We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The city leaders allowed this and you could even argue that they encouraged it. Detroit is in the shape it is today because of criminal neglect and malfeasance by the elected and appointed leaders. They were too busy looting the treasury to take care of the city. This problem was compounded by the state and federal government who handed these same criminal Detroit politicians millions of dollars. This doesn't need to happen in any city but I suspect this is going to be a trend. Do you think for a second that this would have happened if Rudolph Giuliani was the mayor?
The Reckoning by David Halberstam is a great account for how unions wrecked the auto industry. I read it almost 20 years ago and don't remember much municipal government covered in it. Halberstam certainly covered the lack of incentive to work once union contracts became bloated.
It astounds me that the politically ignorant and the ideologically blind continually vote against their own self interest. It's not a racial thing. Witness the blue state emigres fleeing their blue states only to bring the same destructive policies with them to their new homes.
The Founders feared the irresponsible vote. That's why only property owning men were given the right to vote.
We will eventually vote ourselves into total ruin. The only question is, how long will it take?
Donny "The Bear Jew" Donowitz
That's true Donny. My comment was ambiguous.
"The United States Constitution did not originally define who was eligible to vote, allowing each state to determine who was eligible. In the early history of the U.S., most states allowed only white male adult property owners to vote. "
I love Bill Whittle and love that he's fighting the good fight. Though, I've lost the ability to care for people who don't care for themselves (yet those same people are paradoxically incredibly self focused). This country wasn't made for a godless people and the problems in America are past the political. We no longer have a culturally agreed upon Judeo-Christian moral standard. I'm not sure if America's problems can be remedied, we may need to split... I'd like to split.
I'm with you on secession - presumably peaceful if possible, but it would be REALLY difficult! Besides all the political reasons, the geography will be difficult because you'd end up with sort of an East & West Progressia with the rest retaining the Constitution.