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Blame: assigned

And correctly. But the real question is: should we really be considering them failures if their REAL–not purported–purpose was achieved?

Who Caused Baltimore’s America’s Collapse?

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.

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3 thoughts on “Blame: assigned

  1. Tempting thoughts, there…that “let ’em burn” thingy, especially – like you say, why, exactly, should the rest of us…the folks who can (and mostly do, at least to the extent we are permitted to do so) do without the “benefits” of “progressive government”…give even a tiddly, small rat’s skinny patootie about the fact that alll-l-l that lovely, self-generated (or, at least, tolerated [as being “the right thing{s} to do/vote for/pay for/live with] ) largesse from those many, many years of “progress” – has a price, ultimately, and that the price is – an earlier-stage version of the disaster that is – for example – Detroit…or Flint…or any number of other big-city “progressive” (but actually re-gressive) man-made, Prog-tardian “paradise” of dissipation, deterioration and destruction?

    Problem is – in the end, they won’t burn without taking us down too, and there’s damn little we can do about that.

    Also – the available evidence suggests that even the low estate to which we see Flint or Detroit has fallen is not yet the final, ultimate, end-stage of collapse. There may well be far worse yet to come – and the likes of Baltimore is 1) far earlier in the process of deterioration, and 2) seems well-positioned to suck a whole, big bunch of non-Baltimoreans into the morass as the process proceeds, and the Baltimore “tail” proceeds to wag the Maryland “dog” – using, largely, funds suctioned from MarylandGov and FedGov (read:state-and-national-level taxpayers) largesse to continue (and even augment) the “throw money at it” approach to Big-Gubment big-time problem-solving.

    Finally – Baltimore’s just the latest “hot-spot” in the news; this is the same pattern as in St. Louis – and any number of earlier locales. Who’s to say it won’t burn all the rest of us up – everywhere – as it spreads and continues to “burn”?

  2. “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?”

    I’ll tell you why. Because just like cancer the parasitic nature of these policy’s and actions put in play by ‘liberals’
    inevitably expand and grow. If we ignore the once great cities like Detroit, Baltimore etc. that have fallen into darkness then that darkness expands and other cities will fall. Then states….and finally everything. To paraphrase Trotsky….you may not be interested in politics but politics is interested in you. Meaning you can
    ignore what happens in these places but what occurs there will affect you eventually.

  3. We don’t need to wait for the downfall and the burning for the negative effects. These Dem hellholes already override the good people in those states away from the city. Baltimore overrides the rest of Maryland. LA and the Bay Area override lots of conservatives in the central and imperial valleys. Cook County overrides Illinois. Philly overrides the rest of PA. You get the idea. And by override, I mean not only in brain-dead public policy, but in statewide elections. Those pits of scum and villainy manufacture enough votes to win statewide elections for the Dem, even if they need 150% turnout. As J.S. alludes to, these places will suck the money and life out of the surrounding countryside and take everyone down with them.

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