As an ideology liberalism has an unbroken record of complete and total failure. Curiously enough that record also comes with the ability to feel really good about said failure. I believe it is true that a liberal is someone willing to spend as much of your money as he thinks necessary to accomplish his goals.
The first classic example of liberal failure on a massive scale that I can remember is the bailout of New York City (only us old guys were around back then I guess) back in the nineteen seventies. Continuing the tradition of failure in our time is the once great city of Detroit.
From 1933 until 1962 Detroit was governed by republicans. That changed in 1962. Still, in 1960 Detroit had the highest per capita income, thanks to the burgeoning auto industry, in the nation.
In 1962 the democrats/liberals/progressives took over. Knowing full well that outright socialism would never allow them to survive the next election liberals do what liberals always do. They advanced their agenda with small steps and massive lies. It is the liberal way.
So what has all this feel good claptrap gained the once mighty city of Detroit, a crown jewel in the liberal pantheon of success? A recent examination of the city produced the following dreadful statistics.
47% of its residents are functionally illiterate.
60% of all children live in poverty.
40% of the streetlights do not work.
It is estimated that 2/3rds of the cities ambulances do not run.
To save money 2/3rds of the cities parks have been permanently closed.
Detroit Police now solve less than 10% of reported crimes, if they show up at all.
The city is surrounded by another city of vacant, deteriorating homes, many of which cannot be sold for prices as low as one dollar.
The liberals take no responsibility for their actions. Clearly, they say, Detroit’s problems are all due to racism and evil republican policies. That is patently silly considering these results were the end goal of liberal policies and republicans have not controlled anything in Detroit for years. Wait a minute I hear you saying. This was planned? No offense intended but, duh! Lets look at some of the “results” individually.
Being functionally illiterate is a precondition of liberalism. The function of illiteracy is to make control of the population easier. Real literacy frees a man to think for himself. A literate man needs no one to tell him what the meaning of “is” is. A literate man can tell when he is being lied to, lead by the nose or being subjected to vile flattery. Truly, literacy is as great a threat to liberalism as reason. In the liberal mindset there is only one function for the “education” system, indoctrination. Reading is definitely not fundamental.
After indoctrination, poverty is the liberals next best tool. The number of children and, by default their more often than not single parent, living in poverty is another element of control. Before you argue consider the position of the parent in poverty. Few businesses can survive the regulatory and union purgatory of Detroit so there are virtually no jobs calling for illiterate, unskilled labor. The parent is now required by default to look to the government for food, shelter and clothing. Given the miserable state of the public education system that parent is forced to submit their children to, even the most dull witted parent will soon realize their child is being set up to continue the dependency cycle. Faced with no jobs, no education, no real moral or ethical leadership, let alone conservative, Judeo-Christian role models, these parents soon reach the conclusion that settling down for the ride is all they can do.
There are no bigger supporters of law enforcement than me. Even the jerk who interrogated me for twenty minutes because I had the audacity to back into a parking spot at a local 7/11 one night gets my support. (Although his partner who talked his overanxious fellow officer “down” gets more of my support. Just for the record I am not black. So much for racism.) One wonders about that 10% number of crimes solved. I wonder just how deeply Detroits law enforcement is handicapped by toxic political correctness. I can’t help but wonder if that 10% are just the crimes that “solve” themselves. This environment, fear of crime and fear in general, is another requirement of liberalism. A dependant man, living in fear, is again, easily controlled. Another intended byproduct of rampant crime is chaos. That chaos is the cover under which those who are dependent, ill educated or simply thoughtless, surrender the rights given to us by, to quote the founding fathers, “our creator.” In other words, rights than cannot be rightfully taken from us. Surrendering the golden right of liberty only produces the iron chains of subservience.
Which brings us back to New York City circa 1970’s. Having spent years doling out money it didn’t have to people who wouldn’t work and regulating so many businesses out of profitability that its tax base virtually collapsed, the city called for and got a federal bailout. Detroit is simply repeating the tragedy. The average middle class liberal, himself an unsuspecting victim of political correctness and liberal public school indoctrination, cannot see the trees because the forest is in the way. Detroit they say, echoing the liberal media talking points nearly word for word, is failing because of racist policies, evil republican machinations, the failure to allow unions free reign over the work force and a host of other nonsensical reasons.
Although intellectually tone deaf, these lifelong democrats look across their city and still cannot understand why, after voting for the same party for some fifty years, nothing has changed. They will approve the spending of more money they don’t have and surrender more of their freedoms in their vain chase for the “workers paradise.” They have been indoctrinated to understand that more laws, rules and regulations equal more freedom. They honestly believe that all wealth comes from government or, even worse, that all wealth has been ill gotten. They will continue to elect leaders whose only interest in the public is the acquisition and preservation of their political power. They will continue to vote for these ideologues because those leaders “care’ more about the “working” man than anyone else. As blindingly stupid as this is, liberals see this as progress.
I only hope none of their liberal leaders ever manage to get to a position where they, like those that came before them, can get “the trains running on time.”