Good news Detroit: We’re #1 again! In a head-to-head contest with real contenders like Chicago, New York, Cleveland (At Least We’re Not Detroit!) and Atlanta, Detroit once again grabbed victory through the misery of defeat. Numero uno on Forbes Most Miserable City in America.  Heady stuff for a city on the verge of insolvency and far beyond societal breakdown.

detroit enter at your own risk

Much should be made of the fact that Detroit, along with the other top-10 miserable winners, is reaping the fruits of decades of liberal husbandry. Unfortunately all that carefully cultivated fruit has been left to ferment on the ground.

Oddly, few people in the media seen interested in discussing this ‘as ye sow so shall ye reap’ phenomenon. Even though the evidence in Detroit’s case is quite staggering, as I’ve recounted before (here, here and here).

MooreADetroitCouch_in_Trees  Democrats care about the environment

Take Charlie LeDuff  for example, who has just published a book called Detroit: an American Autopsy.   When asked about the connection between liberal Democratic policies and Detroit’s collapse on Fox last week, he deftly glossed over it by responding that Detroit’s last Republican mayor also went to jail for corruption.

Interesting, but just for the record, Detroit’s last Republican mayor left office in 1962, pre-Great Society. And he was convicted 7 years after leaving office not for “corruption” but rather tax evasion - a felony that barely raises an eyebrow in Congressional races anymore. Still, better to smear the Republicans of the distant past than acknowledge the shenanigans of more recent Democratic scoundrels.

Detroit Ex MayorEx-mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his father, on trial.

Charlie is a street wise and at times entertaining local news reporter with impeccable journalistic creds. Still, he’s not ready for prime time, unless you’re looking for another talking head capable of spinning an artful dodge of  the inconvenient truths that plague liberal politics.

And not to disparage Charlie’s intellect – which I’m sure is awesome because he has degrees from two very prestigious universities - but anyone stupid enough to be “urinating in the dark” in Detroit isn’t exactly the sharpest utensil in the drawer.  Unfortunately, in a knife fight with Steve Doocy even a spoon wins.

So here’s Charlie’s conclusion: While Detroit probably was done in by corrupt politicians, it doesn’t matter whether or not they were Democrats or Republicans (again, for the record, they were Democrats, exclusively, from 1962 on) because everyone in the country is corrupt: “This is a national sickness. We’re just corrupt cheaters. That’s what we do now.”

It looks like the stay-at-home “independent” non-voters have found their spokesman in Charlie - it doesn’t matter who you vote for – you’re gonna get screwed, man! 

Because of his excellent education (which may or may not have been made possible in part due to his Ojibway heritage)  I’m sure Charlie is aware of the fact that one of the founding principles of this great country is that it was to be a nation of laws, not men. I wonder what he thinks that means, though, and if he even finds it to be relevant anymore? Because to glibly disregard the bad ideas and political corruption that brought Detroit to its knees strikes me as a very cynical view of not just human nature but the entire concept of “a nation of laws.” It seems as if he might be acknowledging, if not actually condoning, the ruling class’ ability to play by their own rules. 

If the governing elite - “our betters” - are not required, or even expected, to obey the laws implemented to guard against the very type of personal corruption that has ruled Detroit for decades, how can we expect them to uphold other rules of law? What’s to prevent them from circumventing or disregarding legal restrictions on their inherent power? Or the Constitution?

Indeed: who’s watching the watchers?

Shrugging your shoulders at corruption seems a slippery slope. But what if resistance is futile? What if we all adopt Charlie’s attitude of concerned resignation? What if we accept the premise that all politicians are bad, and there is clearly nothing to be done about it so you might as well just go about your business?

Choosing the path of least resistance has led Detroit to insolvency. The State of Michigan is about to appoint an Emergency Financial Manager to take over the City’s financial affairs. Imagine what would become of America if the rest of the country adopted the attitude of the citizens in America’s most miserable city.

Imagine what would happen if everyone just looked the other way when leaders make a mockery of their fiduciary responsibilities to the citizenry;

DetroitRuinofCityDemocrats care about jobs

if they continued to allow the ruling class to violate the laws they swore to uphold, or reinterpret them to their own purpose.


Thankfully, you don’t even have to imagine. All you have to do is look at Detroit.

detroit_01Detroit: We had to destroy it in order to save it.

Keep spending recklessly, without considering the long term effect of huge deficits.

detroit_dry_dock-detroitDetroit: the urban frontier of homesteading; and recycling

Keep ignoring the basic laws of economics at your own peril.

michigan_central_depotKeep out: no business welcome here

Keep flouting the rule of law.

detroit_01The halls of justice are empty

What you will be left with is exactly what we have in Detroit. The artists call it “ruin porn.”

mich. central graffiti

To the untrained eye, it just looks like decay.



But you probably don’t think it could happen “here” do you?

Neither did the citizens of Detroit, 50 years ago.

mich centralMichigan Central Station, located in the heart of Detroit, then and now:

through the fields to michigan central station detroitDemocrats stand for progress

Most of us can’t do great things, but all of us can do something. Do something. If you don’t, you, or your children, will wake up one day on the other side, staring into the abyss that was once a great civilization.

Arnold Nursing Home, 7 Mile Road; photograph by Andrew Moore from <i>Detroit Disassembled</i>, just published by Damiani and the Akron Art Museum. For a slide show of Moore’s photographs, see the NYR blog,<br />In Detroit, God has left the building.

This is Dewey, from Detroit; reminding you that we are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

help detroitGod helps those who help themselves.

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Comment by horsesrunningplains on March 13, 2013 at 3:35pm

and now we have THomas Perez offered by bama as Labor Secretary--that ought to really help--he is a Sharia supporter --

What can we do to stop our bleeding?

Comment by Bob on March 12, 2013 at 2:06am

I heard the comments of the "native" people of Detroit on the local news when the story broke that Kwame & Co was found guilty. The majority of comments were anti Kwame and a want for the return to what the Motor City once was. They are glad that the corrupt Politicians are finally getting prosecuted.
Now to get rid of current Mayor Dave Bing and his Agenda 21 tactics. Now that Michigan has become a Right to Work State, the mighty and corrupt Unions have lost their pull and power. Unfortuneatly it maybe to late since most  industrial jobs has left the area.

It is not so much the "Native Detroiters" that are turning the city into a Third World replica, everyone seems to know about the Islamic take over of Dearborn aka Dearbornistan, there has been so much of a growth of the Muslim community in Hamtramyck that Conant a main street in Hamtramyck has been renamed Bangladesh Blvd, and the Muslims call to prayer is announced 5 times a day over a Public Address System. Detroit is nestled right in the middle of these two cities. Get rid of the Muslims and Detroit will stand a greater chance of renewal. 

Comment by Doomsday Boy on March 12, 2013 at 12:51am

I'll give credit to the jurists. In fact I salute and applaud them. But there are roughy 700,000 citizens of Detroit. And if you truly believe this was an overwhelming indictment on Kwame by the general population of Detroit you are deluding yourself. I'm proud (and perhaps even a little surprised) of the action of the jury today. But I stand by my comments in my previous post. Detroit has fallen precipitously from my fond memories of many decades ago. The corruption in Detroit is rampant. And I seriously doubt the conviction of a couple low life political thugs will alter much. But it's a  beginning. I've just lost total faith in a city that is hell bent on self destruction  

Comment by Bob on March 11, 2013 at 11:49pm

Mark, consider this:

If Detroiters were terminally stupid as you say, then why were 26 of the jurist smart enough to find Kwame guilty.

Apparently you did not pay any attention to the crowd and the comments made by the people of Detroit that were gathered out side the Federal Building or the tweets being generated from the over flow room

Comment by Doomsday Boy on March 11, 2013 at 3:33pm

Word came down today sending former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his co-hort Bobby Ferguson have finally been found guilty of racketeering. Gee. What a surprise. And Kwame's old man is guilty too but they only have him on some tax filiing misdoings. But, rest assured, the old man is as crooked as Lombard Street in San Francisco just like his little boy. My concern is the prison system is simply insufficient in size to hold all the corrupt politicians in Detroit. But I would bet three months of pension checks that Kwame could be re-elected to the mayor's office. The residents of Detroit are that stupid. Yep. Terminally stupid.

Comment by Dale Ellsworth on March 9, 2013 at 11:55am

I was born in this city and grew up there.  I watched in horror as the city went from being a vibrant city to a total mess.  Political corruption ran rampant.  No on ever said anything when they instituted "busing" in the late "60's" causing white flight.  No one ever said anything when Mayor Coleman Young, a total crook, took most of his vacations in the Cayman Islands, where there are numerous banks for offshore accounts.  Everytime there was any type of criticism it was met with the term "racism".  Soon, all the normal people had fled the city, both black and white, leaving it to the poor, who could not get out and the criminial element.  No one wanted a job that was located there so companies moved to the suburbs.  Of course the demise of the auto industries didn't help.  Now we have Kwame Kilpatrick, a former mayor, on trial for untold corruption and theft.  No wonder Detroit is in the position it is in.  The school district has been ravaged by theft by former board members.  Detroit schools used to be excellent, now just try to get books for the kids.  The crimes are not just street crimes.  They politicians just ravaged the city and lined their coffers at the public trough.  As things stand now there are people who are afraid to go into the city for events since crime is so bad.  Makes one sick, doesn't it. 

Comment by June Gagnon on March 7, 2013 at 5:40am

Seems Ft. Collins, Boulder and the State Capital are "infected" with the libtard/agenda21 crowd; all transplants from NYC, Kalifornication, MI and DE (among others)!  Difference being the "blight" doesn't exist, they just want to take it over and will use any "excuse"!

Comment by Bob on March 6, 2013 at 10:30am

This is just one of many problems in Colorado ehhh June.

"Fort Collins, Co. Declares 660 Acres and Mall to be “Blighted,” Can Use Eminent Domain"
The article even mentions a 29 block blighted area of Denver, considering in size comparison between Denver and Detroit, with Denver being maybe 1/10th the size of Detroit wouldnt a 29 block area of Denver be almost a1/4 of the city???
 I'm not seeing much difference between the cities in Colorado and Detroit !!!.

Comment by Bob on March 6, 2013 at 12:20am

Mark, thanks for the respect, keep the sympathy and do a little research and check the polling numbers in any given election.


Check the numbers at  also, consider the people that voted Third Party tend to be Grass roots Conservative as well as the People that vote a Straight Republican ticket (an example, The Goode/Clymer 4 POTUS ticket that ran on "The Constitution Party' Platform pulled 18,000 votes out of Michigan statewide). This is only the election results for Wayne County since it is the county that Detroit is in and not the rest of the surrounding counties in South East Michigan that comprise the Greater Metro Detroit area that has higher numbers of "Grass Roots Conservatives.

Comment by Doomsday Boy on March 5, 2013 at 12:35pm

Bob, my friend, I am both amazed and grateful that there is a conservative who is a resident of Detroit. And you report that you're not the only one. Who is the other one? You have my respect/sympathy.

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