And correctly. But the real question is: should we really be considering them failures if their REAL–not purported–purpose was achieved?
Fixed it for ya.
Fact: The last Republican city council member in Baltimore City left office in 1942. That is 73 years of solid Democrat city councils.
Fact: The last Republican mayor of Baltimore City left office in 1967. That is 48 years of unbroken Democrat control of the mayor’s office.
Fact: The Maryland Senate is currently 33 Democrats to 14 Republicans.
Fact: The Maryland House is currently 90 Democrats to 50 Republicans.
Fact: The last time Republicans held both the Maryland Senate and the Maryland House of Delegates was 1897.
Fact: The last time Republicans held even one chamber of the Maryland General Assembly—the House—was 1917. That is unbroken Democrat control of the Maryland legislature since 1918, or nearly a century of Democrat control.
He has plenty more, all along the same lines and winding up here:
Charles Murray’s classic study of destructive welfare policies, “Losing Ground,” and Marvin Olasky’s decisive repudiation of the idealistic premises of big-government liberalism’s approach to poverty, “The Tragedy of American Compassion,” explain decisively the failure of Baltimore Democrats. Their values, principles, and organizations doom their efforts to failure.
A sound program has to start with safety and work. That policy has to begin with favoring public safety and small business.
All Americans should care enough about their fellow citizens trapped with bad leadership, bad government, selfish bureaucrats, and misleading news media. All of us should care about creating a much better future for poor Americans. That future has to start with a fact-based analysis of how we got here and who has been responsible.
That’s all true enough, I suppose, but I have to take issue with one thing: why exactly should more sensible people give the slightest damn about what the benighted citizenry of blighted coastal urban areas have done to themselves by their slavish dedication to Democrat Socialist policy?
At the local level, elections and even political parties can still make some difference in the fate of the people living there. So if those populations have preferred to vote for bigger, more corrupt, and more intrusive government (sorry for the redundancy there)–voting themselves largesse from the public treasury, as a famous phrase has it–rather than selecting officials with a modicum of integrity and an appreciation for what the Founders considered good government to be, are the rest of us really obligated to give much of a damn about what happens to them, aside from how it may affect ourselves in the long term?
Which, admittedly, is just a more windy way of saying: let ’em burn.