By the time Detroit declared bankruptcy, Americans were so inured to the throbbing dirge of Motown´s Greatest Hits – 40 percent of its streetlamps don´t work; 210 of its 317 public parks have been permanently closed; it takes an hour for police to respond to a 911 call; only a third of its ambulances are drivable; one-third of the city has been abandoned; the local Realtor offers houses on sale for a buck and still finds no takers; etc., etc. – Americans were so inured that the formal confirmation of a great city´s downfall was greeted with little
So what is the judge´s suggestion in lieu of bankruptcy ? That´s something I would like to hear. I can guess - she wants OTHERS to pay off Detroit´s debt. Lady, we do NOT want to throw our money in the toilet. and we do NOT want our money redistributed to anyone except those we want to give it to.
But I bet the city employee pensions are doing ok though.
With all the horror movies that Hollywood is doing right now, maybe they could buy all the abandoned homes, buildings, etc and use them as sets. Some of the pictures I have seen have a heartbreaking creepiness about them.
More and more of America will begin to look like Detroit if Obama´s dictatorship is allowed to reign.
If you want to see all of the dots connected get this documentary by Idaho legislator, Curtis Bowers. It´s called Agenda: Grinding America Down. (watch the youtube excerpt) I bought five to share with friends and family.
FTA: “So, late Friday, some genius jurist struck down the bankruptcy filing. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina declared Detroit´s bankruptcy ´unconstitutional´ because, according to the Detroit Free Press, ´the Michigan Constitution prohibits actions that will lessen the pension benefits of public employees´."
In a tiny bit later article, Mr. Steyn elaborated on the ‘genius jurist’ ruling: ‘The news that Judge Rosemarie Aquilina had struck down Detroit’s belated reality check as “unconstitutional” came just as I was wrapping up my weekend column, so I only caught up later with this choice morsel: “It’s cheating, sir, and it’s cheating good people who work,” the judge told assistant Attorney General Brian Devlin on Friday, adding that she will ensure that President Barack Obama gets a copy of her order. “It’s also not honoring the president, who took [Detroit’s auto companies] out of bankruptcy.” The right of the President not to be dishonored shall not be infringed.’
To say that ´progressive liberalism´ brought down Detroit is to assume that the members of the Detroit City Council have enough intelligence to pursue a political strategy of any kind. They are a group of the most astonishingly stupid people I have ever seen. And if you knew what I have seen in my lifetime that is saying something.
What happened to Detroit is happening in real time to America. This isn’t a movie, this is real, and it’s happening on our watch. Our grandchildren are going to hold us accountable for what we let happen to their country.
#19, Detroit´s citizens elected those politicians and kept them there. They put up with the crime because they were getting free stuff. They had a racial chip on their shoulders and used it for all it was worth.
Detroit can´t be saved because the rot goes way beyond the decayed buildings and abandoned neighborhoods. We left there 27 years ago and it was obvious to us then. Now it´s obvious to everybody.
What makes me even sadder is that I´m starting to think that in the long run, the rest of the country can´t be saved either.
#22 I absolutely agree. I can´t understand why the people kept re-electing the crooks and thieves, and it´s happening in many of the major cities. All I can figure is they truly believe that they´d be worse off if they didn´t vote for the Ds, although I can´t imagine how much worse their lives can be at this point.
Here´s an interesting fact about Detroit´s changing demographics over time.
As the city began to decline, whites fled the city in record numbers. However, more blacks moved into the city. In other words, the total number of blacks actually increased as the city became a cesspool/toilet. Go figure.
#21, don´t feel so sad. So many of the younger generations participate in so much liberal stupidity. (See the article about North Carolina above.) They can blame another generation, but they are guilty as well.
The younger generation will only learn if the see what stupid liberal/progressive/democrat policies do.
Here is an excellent example. (Not that the average liberal is smart enough to connect those dots.)
Saying Democrats ran Detroit into the ground lets blacks off the hook. Blacks were so violent that whites fled, blacks burned buildings and trashed the rest. Blacks looted all the money. Would the same thing have happened if Detroit was 90% white Birkenstock liberals?
Would make a great disaster flick. Right up there with Sharknado. Take the most prosperous city in America and turn it into a smoldering ruin in 50 years. Blind greed led the way with usual suspects... crooked liberal politicians and unions. Everyone knew that the financial model for the auto industry was doomed yet they milked it to the bitter end. The result? White flight on a scale never before seen and a city that now resembles Dresden. At this point don´t send good money after bad. The only money we should send should be to raze the place to the ground.
The problem is Detroit is a "chocolate city", like New Orleans, except NO is still viable enough to attract tourism. Being run by democrats is a symptom not the disease. The disease is "chocolate" attitudes, work ethics and fundimental social views and that´s not going to change!
I remember vividly in the 70´s the husband of a friend, a white "community activist", who would regale anyone who would listen with stories of his "laughable" Detroit relatives who routinely wrote letters home detailing their concern that the blacks were ever encroaching on their neighborhoods. Ha. Ha. Ha. NOW, that´s funny...
I grew up in Detroit. My family left in ´63... about the time that my older sister could not get into a parochial (private) school. That was also the time when blacks were protesting racial injustice in the South by waylaying people coming to pick up their kids from after school programs. Just like Trayvon protests, doncha know. Then came forced busing to ameliorate the situation and that triggered white flight: vast numbers of the productive, employed, financially able and law abiding left for the suburbs.
It only got worse when Coleman Young, knowing that these people were NOT his constituency, bad mouthed and denigrated them and their preferences.
But, you know, I think the real damage started with telling parents that their kids belonged to the city and the parents couldn´t choose where they went to school.
Mormons don´t like to be in the political news, thinking they are part of a different kingdom (even traditional Chritians deny their claim of being Christians--so lets call them Chrisstites or restored Christianity having arisen out of America´s period of Restoration and westarding movement--in the case of the Mormons and native Americans in the south, forced movement at the point of point of Minister driven mobs (yes even in the Trail of Tears someone was leading the people on the frontier)and US Military and states militias swords and guns. Good news for them as they were out of the way as the North and south whites duked it out and came to a resolution?
Consider the societies and cultures formed by each in their apartheid conditions (though the US didn´t leave either the Mormon´s of Utah territory or the native American 5 civilized tribes of Indian territory alone for long and what drove them? Gold, but that is another story.
Look to those societies and what has been created for its subculture. Mormons were Puritan based leadership and a wave of British converts seeking to build a life after the initial Joseph Smith beginning years. Community, cooperation and throw God into the mix (or wasn´t He the originator of the mix?) and what have you? A people honed in the fire? As were our original Puritans driven for religious freedom and the Jsmestonians of the religious/Civil wars of England?
IOW there is another way for folks to elate to each other, grab the rod, put your back to the wheel and do what you can do yourselves. The world is willing and waiting to help self effort unlike opposition faced by other minorities.
There are 2 general totalitarian government structures: fascism and communism. Seems our government is adopting the worst of both. They are destroying the middle class (fascism didn´t do that) and waging the race war in the country - exactly what fascism did. Seems that alinskyites are full throttle ahead!
Folks I hate to break it to you, but Detroit was lost 20 years ago.
I remember taking a cab from the Bonaventure Hotel to SEMA in 1986. I noticed that the cabie was a black Arab who spoke broken english.
I had asked why there was a 2 inch thick poly-acrylic shield between he and I. He stated it was bullet proof screen that the cab company had placed in all their cabs. The screen was used to help reduce a rash of cabie killings over the past few years.
Motown may be BK dead, but the timeless legacy of The Funk Brothers, amazing black and white musicians that did the music for EVERY Motown hit, that legacy is alive. It was not government controlled. Mark, you are one of the few truly up front take no prisoners journalists, and you´re on the pioneer of freedom Orange County Register. You can change the semantic defensive language that is indoctrinated in our media and country. You can stop using the words "liberal" and "progressive" when referring to socialists/communists/thieves. You can call them what they ARE, and you, only you, can get Rush to do the same to change our losng, defensive terms to winning offensive terms. Liberals were our Founding Fathers who beleived in freedom. Liberal means freedom. How stupid is it for Rush, Ann Coulter, O´Reilly, Hannity all the great old timers to still be calling these destroyers good names? And worse, not having the guts anmd honesty to call them a whols list of other realistic names !
I call them "leftwingtards" which is a term designed to perfectly describe them.
You might have noticed it´s misspelled ~ that´s so I can get it in under the auto-edit systems in place in so terribly many websites.
There´s this other term "Chicom" you might find useful.
Socialist, Communist, etc ~ all the traditional terms are easily subsumed under the single word "totalitarianism" ~ but the practitioners gotta´ have a special term of oprobrium ~ "leftwingtard" meets that need.
#2 John56-- I love your idea about Mark Steyn Mondays on Rush. Mark always offers a fresh unique perspective which I think is from him being an immigrant to our country. He sees things that, let´s face it, we have taken for granted all our lives. But of course, Rush has to remain as the head professor on EIB!! oh oh lightning outside, need to end this!
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