…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
The plight of Detroit is a harbinger of things to come, and not only in America.
A Detroit denizen, Michael Moore, reputedly worth mere $50 million, a thoroughly amoral human, who discovered that in the post-modernist world the best way to became rich is to attack the rich, has probably for the first time in his life ‘twitted’ the inconvenient truth: Don’t cry for us, America. You’re next.
The city of Detroit is bankrupt, even if not yet legally, thanks to the judicial rejection of reality. Mark Steyn:
Detroit was the industrial powerhouse of America, the “arsenal of democracy,” and in 1960 the city with the highest per capita income in the land. Half a century on, Detroit’s population has fallen by two-thirds, and in terms of “per capita income,” many of the shrunken pool of capita have no income at all beyond EBT cards…
… In my book After America, I observe that the physical decay of Detroit — the vacant and derelict lots for block after block after block — is as nothing compared to the decay of the city’s human capital. Forty-seven percent of adults are functionally illiterate, which is about the same rate as the Central African Republic, which at least has the excuse that it was ruled throughout the Seventies by a cannibal emperor.
…40 percent of its streetlamps don’t work; 210 of its 317 public parks have been permanently closed; it takes an hour for police to respond to a 9-1-1 call; only a third of its ambulances are driveable; one-third of the city has been abandoned; the local realtor offers houses on sale for a buck and still finds no takers; etc., etc. — … To achieve this level of devastation, you usually have to be invaded by a foreign power….
To any American time-transported from the mid 20th century, the city’s implosion would be literally incredible: Were he to compare photographs of today’s Hiroshima with today’s Detroit, he would assume Japan won the Second World War after nuking Michigan.
As we know, Michigan was not nuked, but we ought to know that Detroit was since 1961 continuously ruled by the Democrat Party, a party of Clinton and Obama. Australia would look like Detroit if it had the media as it has now at the time of Whitlam’s episode. Thankfully, it did not and Australian Labor Party was resolutely voted out.
However, beside the bankruptcies or near bankruptcy of its cities and states America suffers from something far worse – bankruptcy of the judiciary. Michelle Malkin:
… Michigan Ingham Country Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina ruled that Detroit’s bankruptcy filing must be withdrawn because it is in her opinion unconstitutional (in Michigan, “reality is unconstitutional”).
Before issuing her ruling, Aquilina said this:
“It’s cheating, sir, and it’s cheating good people who work,” the judge told assistant state Attorney General Brian Devlin. “It’s also not honoring the (United States) president, who took (Detroit’s auto companies) out of bankruptcy.”
Before you cry, or laugh, recall that the Australia’s judges are not elected as Ms Aquilina, but appointed by a ruling clique, mostly Labor. Thought they would not, I assume, as yet dare to be so openly partisan as that woman, their decisions follow the party line nevertheless.
It is too early to say whether this state of affairs is the result of Obama’s abysmal incompetence, the devious design of his masters or the incompetence (or worse) of the so called conservatives. (A disclosure: I am a cynic) With the US economy on the brink of the collapse, the former Chicago black community organiser he has nothing better to do but foment racial riots, designed to cove the white and Hispanic sections of the population. Chicago next? Chicago, Chicago…