By Kevin “Coach” Collins
The argument against liberals ever being in charge of our lives can be reduced to a single word: Detroit.
Detroit has fallen from its position as one of the greatest cities in America at the beginning of the 1950s to a perfect reminder of what liberal Democrats will do when given enough power and enough time to show who they really are.
“The Motor City” had an unbroken succession of liberal Democrat mayors for more than 40 years and each of these men has contributed to the steady decline of their city. Acting in concert with greedy unions these mayors first turned Detroit into their private kingdom, and then looted its treasury for every cent they could.
In the 1970s and through until 1993 when he finally left office, Detroit’s first Black Mayor, Coleman Young polluted the city’s government. It was fair to say that from the Police Department to the School Board to the Sanitation Department, every one of Detroit’s agencies was corrupt. Yet Coleman Young was just the beginning.
In 2001 when Kwame Kilpatrick became mayor the decline of Detroit progressed at warp speed. He was just as corrupt in his personal as his political life, being a thief and very possibly a murderer. By the time he left office for his new home in a federal prison, Detroit had fallen into such disrepair that reclamation was impossible. His successor, Detroit Piston’s great Dave Bing was ill equipped for the job he knew would be overwhelming.
On the first scheduled payday for teachers after Bing took office he required all School System employees to come to his office and personally sign for their check. The result was horrifying. At the end of the day there were 37 actual paychecks and 220 direct deposit slips totally over $208,000 that went unclaimed.
Now Detroit finds itself in Bankruptcy Court as the biggest city ever to file for such relief. Its Fire Department must use an empty soda can placed on the edge of a teletype machine as an alarm to tell firefighters they are needed and where to go. When the empty can falls off its perch; it’s time to respond.
Such is the stark image of liberalism, representing what these people will do when given complete control at any level of government. If America’s political situation were normal and healthy, Republicans would use every opportunity to talk about the failures of Detroit, but they won’t.
In the meanwhile if you are living in a Democrat infested city keep an extra, empty soda can around because your Fire Department just might need it.