Chicago has long been a favorite city--not exotic in the way San Francisco and New York are, with less history than comparatively tiny Boston, but even so it has a character that still speaks to us. This came to sight as I sunned on Ohio Beach, next to the Navy Pier. From this vantage point the city's vista is spectacular. Vision, ambition, low politics, greed but above all pride created such a scene. The skyscrapers are the sensuous products of these noble and base passions. One cannot look at Chicago without being affirmed that this is a country full of ambition, a great country bent on even greater things.
I am staying in the "Dick Tracy" house, in the Chicago suburbs, the one in which the young Chester Gould got his family and cartooning career started. How appropriate that the always proper Dick Tracy was given birth in mob-fascinated Chicago. Contrast the steady Tracy with our psychically tortured Batman. Shouldn't virtuous acts be done with pleasure, in order to be virtuous?
All this puts into perspective the strange case of our Chicago-based President, who has brought to the national scene all that is low about Chicago and who seems intent on suppressing all the grand motives that made America a great nation. His vision of American destiny would rob America of all its distinctiveness.