Some of you may recall my May 2010 blog "Deadly Week in Detroit." It recounted a series of horrendous violent crimes and bloodshed, including the death of a seven-year-old girl caught in the crossfire when police trying to arrest a 34-year-old man hiding out in her house (he was wanted for allegedly killing anther man days earlier).
Today I was sickened to read this report in The Detroit News about a spate of violence occurring in the Motor City over a 24-hour period -- 16 people shot, seven dead.
When I see the mayhem that our inner cities have become, I am continuously astounded that so many people keep on engaging in behavior that might rightly be labeled insane. I am referring, of course, to this definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. The people hurt the most by liberal Democrat policies, black Americans, are the party's most loyal supporters. And they just keep voting Democrat, like an abused spouse who keeps giving her thuggish husband another chance.
Take a look around. In the vast majority of big cities where leftist, liberal Democrats have had their way for many years, urban blight, drugs, gangs, illegitimacy, wretched schools, violence, unemployment and despair reign supreme. Yet African Americans continue to support destructive policies that have wreaked a tsunami of pain on their communities.
It's been obvious for decades that Lyndon Johnson's so-called "Great Society" has been a cruel hammer blow on black Americans. The welfare reform of 1996 ameliorated the worst aspects of welfare, but the damage had long since been done. Perverse incentives discouraged black men and women from marrying , and made it seem okay for women to get pregnant as the trusty nanny state would substitute for a father. That's worked out real well.
Of all the pathologies harming black Americans today, the rampant incidence of out-of-wedlock births, fatherless homes and the irresponsible culture these have bred, are at the root. Drugs, gangs, high school dropouts, unemployment, further illegitimacy, and deadly violence perpetuate the cycle.
School boards in big cities from coast to coast are dominated by self-serving liberal Democrats who arrogantly and delusionally refuse to acknowledge their roles in ruining urban public education. Granted, some districts such as Washington, D.C., have allowed charter schools to get a foot in the door, bringing hope that competition and an end to teachers' union monopolies will result in improvements.
But many urban school boards and the unions to whom they suck up appear to possess the outrageous attitude of the late Albert Shanker, president of the United Federation of Teachers. Mr. Shanker famously declared, "When school children start paying union dues, that 's when I'll start representing the interests of school children."
Why can't folks put two-and-two together? Just as the riots in Europe provide ample evidence that the road paved with cradle-to-grave nanny-state policies leads to the chaotic destination of fiscal ruin and molotov cocktails hurled through London shop windows, the violence and decay of long-suffering Detroit are a damning indictment of left-wing Democrat policies.
Regrettably, a huge majority of black voters will vote to re-elect Barack Obama in November 2012, simply because they can't see past the color of his skin and somehow take pride in having a black president, even if he is a president who is hopelessly in over his head and is hastening the decline of our nation. As bad as Jimmy Carter was, Obama is compiling an even more abysmal record. His policies are the bull; the American economy, jobs and fiscal condition are the china being thrashed about, shattering into tiny pieces.
But it is my hope that large numbers of registered black voters will either not vote (out of disgust and disillusionment), or will decide to vote for change. Pardon me, progressives, if this sounds racist or condescending, but it is downright ignorant for blacks to vote for someone who doubled the black unemployment rate, and whose cadre of leftist ideologues promote policies that grievously damage their community.