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What would this Country look like if our Greatest and Largest Cities were run by Republicans?


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As a basis to begin the guessing;


The True Plight of Black Americans

While it might not be popular to say in the wake of the recent social disorder, the true plight of black people has little or nothing to do with the police or what has been called "systemic racism." Instead, we need to look at the responsibilities of those running our big cities.

Some of the most dangerous big cities are: St. Louis, Detroit, Baltimore, Oakland, Chicago, Memphis, Atlanta, Birmingham, Newark, Buffalo and Philadelphia. The most common characteristic of these cities is that for decades, all of them have been run by liberal Democrats. Some cities -- such as Detroit, Buffalo, Newark and Philadelphia -- haven't elected a Republican mayor for more than a half-century. On top of this, in many of these cities, blacks are mayors, often they dominate city councils, and they are chiefs of police and superintendents of schools.

In 1965, there were no blacks in the U.S. Senate, nor were there any black governors. And only six members of the House of Representatives were black. As of 2019, there is far greater representation in some areas -- 52 House members are black. Nine black Americans have served in the Senate, including Edward W. Brooke of Massachusetts, Carol Moseley Braun and Barack Obama of Illinois, Tim Scott of South Carolina, Cory Booker of New Jersey, and Kamala Harris of California. In recent times, there have been three black state governors. The bottom line is that today's black Americans have significant political power at all levels of government. Yet, what has that meant for a large segment of the black population?

Democratic-controlled cities have the poorest-quality public education despite their large, and growing, school budgets. Consider Baltimore, Maryland. In 2016, in 13 of Baltimore's 39 high schools, not a single student scored proficient on the state's math exam. In six other high schools, only 1% tested proficient in math. Only 15% of Baltimore students passed the state's English test. That same year in Philadelphia only 19% of eighth-graders scored proficient in math, and 16% were proficient in reading. In Detroit, only 4% of its eighth-graders scored proficient in math, and 7% were proficient in reading. It's the same story of academic disaster in other cities run by Democrats.

Violent crime and poor education is not the only problem for Democratic-controlled cities. Because of high crime, poor schools and a less pleasant environment, cities are losing their economic base and their most productive people in droves. When World War II ended, the population of Washington, D.C., was about 800,000; today, it's about 700,000. In 1950, Baltimore's population was almost 950,000; today, it's around 590,000. Detroit's 1950 population was close to 1.85 million; today, it's down to 673,000. The population of Camden, New Jersey, in 1950 was nearly 125,000; today it has fallen to 74,000. St. Louis' 1950 population was more than 856,000; today, it's less than 294,000. A similar story of population decline can be found in most of our formerly large and prosperous cities. In some cities, the population decline since 1950 is well over 50%, and that includes Detroit, St. Louis, Cleveland and Pittsburgh.

Academic liberals, civil rights advocates and others blamed the exodus on racism -- "white flight" to the suburbs to avoid blacks. But blacks have been fleeing some cities at higher rates than whites. The five cities whose suburbs have the fastest-growing black populations are Miami, Dallas, Washington, Houston and Atlanta. It turns out that blacks, like whites, want better and safer schools for their kids and don't like to be mugged or have their property vandalized. And like white people, if they have the means, black people cannot wait to leave troubled cities.

White liberals and black politicians focus most of their attention on what the police do, but how relevant is that to the overall tragedy? According to Statista, this year, 172 whites and 88 blacks have died at the hands of police. To put police shootings in a bit of perspective, in Chicago alone in 2020 there have been 1,260 shootings and 256 homicides with blacks being the primary victims. That comes to one shooting victim every three hours and one homicide victim every 15 hours. Three people in Chicago have been killed by police. If one is truly concerned about black deaths, shootings by police should figure way down on one's list -- which is not to excuse bad behavior by some police officers.


Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University.



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Democrats exploit well-meaning passions in cities seeking relief

There are many tragic ironies unfolding since even before the death of George Floyd. As we see sincere people demonstrating for change in this country regarding how people of color are treated within policing and the justice system, Democrats and left-wing leadership see this righteous activism as an opportunity to reinforce the status quo.

I say this as a former community organizer for the left a great deal of my adult life. Whenever there was an issue on which people could be “organized” the goal was always to increase that rage and concern in order to access as many people as possible. For the Democrats, marches based on outrage and people gathering to protest are the most effective means with which to gather names and to expand political influence. The horrible irony is the passion of these well-meaning citizens is being exploited by the Democrats and their “social justice” handmaidens to actually maintain the political status quo.

In the aftermath of Mr. Floyd’s death, millions and millions of corporate dollars are pouring into the Democratic and left-wing establishment “social justice” organizations. Once again, the good intention is to help spur “change” in the inner-city and for people of color in this country after watching, for decades, nothing improves for people in cities such as Chicago, Minneapolis, New York, Baltimore and Detroit.

Voter registration efforts are a focus of the Black Lives Matter organization, the NAACP and other Democratic-allied organizations. The message seems to be that the more you vote if you are a person of color in an urban area, the more your voice will be heard and the better your life will become.

But how has that been working out? Is the suffering endured by people living in cities run by Democrats somehow going to change by voting in more of the same?

The arterial message with Democratic crisis voter registration is that it is Republicans who are evil and at fault. All of this is President Donald Trump’s fault, and voting in more Democrats such as former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is going to, somehow, improve everyone’s lot in life.

But that, of course, is a lie. The cities suffering from the most economic and social injustice are cities that have been controlled by the Democratic establishment for years, and in most cases, for decades.

Chicago has been controlled by Democratic mayors for 89 years. Detroit for 58 years. Baltimore for 53 years. Washington, D.C., for 53 years. Minneapolis, with Mr. Floyd’s killing by police being the spark of the latest demand for change, has been controlled by Democrats for 42 years. Los Angeles for 19 years. And New York, in the latest round of disastrous governance, has suffered under Mayor Bill de Blasio for six years.

The messaging from both the Democrats and the media is that Mr. Trump, the guy who’s been in office for three years, is the source of all the injustice — or so say the people in charge for half a century or longer.

It’s not surprising that those responsible for the continuing decline of America’s great urban areas would like their constituents to look elsewhere to blame. The attempt to deflect and accuse others for the continuing decline of urban America has been generally successful. After all, why else would cities like Chicago and Minneapolis and Baltimore keep voting in their tormentors?

One tactic is to promote extremes accusing others for the disasters, issuing slogans such as “Defund the Police” so real policy solutions won’t be discussed. The emotional reaction also keeps local constituencies from looking at their local failed and culpable leadership that is directly responsible for the untenable situation.

This circus is made possible in large part because Democrats are very good at deflection, theater and stunts, and their compliant media loves covering it.

Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, D.C., a city facing many economic and social problems, and led by Democratic mayors for more than half a century, decided to paint a massive “Black Lives Matter” slogan on the street leading to the White House. When it comes to stunts, that’s a good one. It is the ultimate in what I term “Patronizing Mayhem,” where politicians give the impression of acting on a problem with one hand while maintaining the pain with the other.

Many community activists are beginning to recognize and admit that, despite (or because) of decades of Democratic leadership and involvement of so-called social justice organizations, the lives of people of color have not gotten better in the inner-city. And even some of the deflected blame may not be the core of the problem.

The Washington Post reported there were 15 fatal shootings of unarmed black men by police in 2019. Even one is too many, but the messaging has been that the police are responsible for a “genocide” of African-Americans in this country.

There has been massive suffering and death in the black communities in this country, that is true. But the question remains, why?

The Chicago Sun-Times reported the grim news of what that great American city still endures.

“From 7 p.m. Friday, May 29, through 11 p.m. Sunday, May 31, 25 people were killed in the city, with another 85 wounded by gunfire …,” The Chicago Sun-Times said.

The newspaper tells us this was the most violent day in 60 years in that city, and it wasn’t due to police shootings.

“‘If immediate action isn’t taken to address systemic racism, poverty and ‘black folks being shot down and killed out here like dogs,’ [the Rev. Michael] Pfleger said the last weekend in May will merely serve as a ‘coming attraction of what’s going to happen next.’”

Is it finally becoming undeniable that if Chicagoans want to genuinely address the systemic problems of their city, they will have to look directly at the Democratic leadership they have relied upon for 83 years — the same Democratic leadership at the city and state level controlling the social policies destroying lives.

For those living in the inner-city, the corporations that are sending millions to groups such as the ACLU, Black Lives Matter and the NAACP, among others, are doing so with the intent to improve peoples’ lives. The past, however, indicates they are instead funding efforts invested in the political status quo keeping people trapped in cities where generations of lives have been lost to self-obsessed politicians and a political party that sees the suffering of people as a political necessity.

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Big cities are cess pools of crime, disease and destruction. There are pockets for tourists, but it’s get in, take a few photos and get the fuck out. The more a place becomes a melting pot, the worse it gets. Diversity is a weakness. Lol. 

Every single painting, picture or imagination of peace, tranquility, God’s country etc is of mountains, beaches, lakes, etc. Basically as far away from the sewer soaked big cities as possible. 

I been to some nice big cities but not many. Dallas comes to mind. Denver was cool. But the east coast big cities are turrrrrible 

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conch is a partisan toady.

Miami is run by Republicans and has the same issues with homelessness, poverty and poor education as all the other large cities.


Hint: not because of who the mayor is.

concha has no ideas and no insight on how to address any of these issues. His only recourse is to blame liberals for systemic issues that occur in every major city regardless of mayor's party.

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Well, Andy appears to have single-handedly debunked the theory that decades and generations of Democratic Party hegemony in our major cities is at all responsible for the state of our major cities.  After all, what possible influence could mayors, city councils, local teachers unions etc - for decades upon decades - have on life? 🤡

I'm not aware of the intricacies of Miami and Miami-Dade politics, but I'm guessing there is more than a small amount of Democratic influence and power there given the area has voted strongly blue in at least the last five presidential elections running.


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8 minutes ago, concha said:

Well, Andy appears to have single-handedly debunked the theory that decades and generations of Democratic Party hegemony in our major cities is at all responsible for the state of our major cities.  After all, what possible influence could mayors, city councils, local teachers unions etc - for decades upon decades - have on life? 🤡


Republicans run on the motto that government is the problem. So the idea that they would be active enough, or care enough, to fix these issues is totally laughable.

This crusade that you've been on to blame Democratic mayors is one of the dumbest and most thinly-supported positions you've taken here. And there's a lot of competition for that title.

All you've done is make a claim and then post opinion pieces by other idiots to support it.

What's even funnier is that you attacked Sweden and those crazy liberals for having one of the safest countries on Earth.

So apparently there's nothing a liberal can do to satisfy you. Chicago dangerous? Liberals! Sweden not dangerous? Lie and say that it is and liberals are to blame!

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5 minutes ago, concha said:

I'm not aware of the intricacies of Miami and Miami-Dade politics, but I'm guessing there is more than a small amount of Democratic influence and power there given the area has voted strongly blue in at least the last five presidential elections running.

In the face of evidence that is contrary to his preconceived notion, concha just shrugs and says "Well, it's got poverty and stuff so there must be some Democratic influence!"

Completely void of substance.


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concha lies about statistics and.or makes thinly-supported claims based on ideological biases and when this is pointed out he just starts throwing around bootlicker.


concha has been a broken man several times on here but this might be the lowest.

Pretending to care about blacks being killed by police and then making up statistics and arguments to blame liberals so he doesn't have to actually think about the issue.

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