Mayor Rahm Emanuel declared that "Chicago Values" did not include traditional marriage and that Dan Cathy, the CEO of Chick-Fil-A, advocating for "biblical marriage" was not welcome in Chicago.
That statement must have come as quite a surprise for the hundreds of thousands of Chicago heterosexual married couples.
Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod, Bill Daley, Valerie Jarrett, and Mr. and Mrs. Obama brought their "Chicago Values" to Washington and the country has never been the same since.
If there was a cultural, economic, or political trend taking the country in the wrong direction, Obama and his Chicago Values have accelerated that trend.
Chicago Values includes revoking the First Amendment right of the Catholic Church by mandating the inclusion of morally repugnant "coverage" in health insurance for employees of Church affiliated hospitals, community centers, schools, and orphanages.
Catholics in private life are affected too.
Hercules Company in Colorado won an injunction against Obamacare because the First Amendment protects the American citizen from being forced by the Federal Government to act contrary to moral belief. Hercules has a health plan for its employees but objected to the inclusion of coverage for abortion inducing drugs.
Chicago Values also includes lying. Obama repeatedly promised that Obamacare would save money.
Companies like Papa John's Pizza and McDonalds who have signed on for Obamacare have admitted that the extra costs for "free" coverage will be passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices for Papa John's pizza and McDonalds Big Mac.
Chicago Values also includes dictating what business is to be favored and what scorned.
Companies started by Obama contributors to further the "utter transformation" of the United States into a green energy paradise got grants, loans, and tax breaks.
Solyndra got funded, then went bankrupt faster than Obama could blame Bain Capital for closing a steel plant.
Harry Reid got $2.3 Billion in federal stimulus money for favored green energy plants in Nevada. The investment created a total of 288 jobs. The bankruptcy of a number of these companies made money for the bankruptcy bar. Electric bills in Nevada quadrupled. Welcome to the Chicago Way.
Chicago Values also includes the application of raw power.
Just as Chicago mayors forget to plow the snow in the streets in front of the homes of critics and political opponents and reward faithful supporters with turkeys on Thanksgiving, Obama has perfected the art if intimidating foes and rewarding acolytes.
Casino owner Sheldon Adelson famously spent millions helping Newt Gingrich in the Republican presidential primary season. More recently, Adelson has pledged an "unlimited" amount to Romney, rumored at $100 million.
This week, the IRS and the Los Angeles US Attorney's office announced an investigation into a sudden and mysterious "money laundering" charge involving two high rollers who had big losses and were required to post large amounts with Adelson's casino back in 2006.
Also this week, Gibson Guitars of Tennessee capitulated to the Obama DOJ, admitting to a fine and loss of inventory involving imported wood from India. The company paid nearly $500,000. to avoid a lengthy and much more costly trial.
Romney has been out raising Obama in campaign funds. Obama applies the Chicago Values remedy of intimidating Romney contributors. The message has been sent.
When Nixon was found trying to get the IRS after his "enemies list", Americans were incensed. Obama uses all agencies of the government to punish enemies and reward friends. It's the Chicago Way.
Meanwhile, Jon Corzine still cannot explain what happened to $1.2 Billion in investor money that has disappeared from his company , MF Global. No indictments or even a criminal investigation for this Obama bundler. Dodd-Frank requirements are for the not so well connected.
Chicago Values demands that all government agencies toe the line set by the President.
Forget the Constitution or laws of Congress. If Alabama or Arizona actually want to enforce the federal law defining legal immigration, then the "Justice" Department will sue these states, threaten to cut off federal programs and aid, and harass Sheriff Arpaio and any law enforcement that gets out of line.
Those immigrants are not "illegals", they are undocumented Democrats.
If Florida or any other state wants to enforce the law that requires citizenship to vote, they'll be sued too. Florida found 83,000 dead people on the voting roll, but the dead deserve representation too and the dead vote is always counted in Chicago.
These Chicago values are shredding our Constitution, exploding the federal debt, inserting big government into every facet of our lives, subverting the vote, bloating the welfare rolls, killing the opportunity society and replacing it with crony capitalism.
Chicago Values is a cancer that has metastasized to every corner of the country.
And all this happened in just the first term.