WIND radio talk show host Joe Walsh broadcast from the sidewalk at Pablo’s Mexican Family Restaurant on Wednesday afternoon.
The former congressman talked of how dangerous the job of being a policeman has become since Ferguson.
He cited case after case from just the last ten days of hostile action against police officers.
There were obviously signs on the opposite side of the equation, featured most prominently in the the outpouring of support for the families of the slain policemen in Dallas and Fox Lake.
He told of one teen who was standing behind a policewoman who was filling her squad car.
The officer asked why he was there and the young man replied, “Just guarding your back, ma’sm.”
Walsh harshly criticized Republican congressional leaders for giving away the store (my characterization, not his) when they agreed to consider the Iran agreement as something other than a treaty, which would require two-thirds approval of the U.S. Senate.
As you would expect, Walsh was critical of the terms of the agreement as well.
He heaped effusive praise on Congressman Peter Roskam for demanding President Obama provide Congress with all the side agreements prior to any vote.
And it would be no surprise to any listener that Walsh thinks Obama is leading American down the wrong path.
Presidential candidate Jeb Bush was criticized for his mild treatment of Obama.
From what I gathered Bush confined his comments about the President to saying he disagreed with his policies.
When Walsh was calling out the President on Obamacare, pointing out that fewer young people weree studying to be doctors, a heckler persistently shouted, “What are you going to do?”
As Walsh’s producer and the crowed gathered out front of Pablo’s turned on him, the heckler walked away.
Toward the end of the show a 7th grade boy from Carpentersville arrived with his father.
They were listening to Walsh on WIND and decided to drive up.
During a commercial, Will and Walsh had their pictures taken.
The final segment was an interview with a local law enforcement officer who told of the change in attitude among officers this past year.
One long-time officer, who always had a sunny disposition and no plans for retirement, is now counting the days until his retirement, the guest said.
Officers now watch their backs much more than they used to.
Without much encouragement, the 30-40 person audience erupted into loud applause.