Once upon a time, America’s urban Democrat party machines, while corrupt, kept cities running. Kanye’s right, though, that they are irrevocably broken now.
We’re all familiar with the fact that America’s worst functioning cities keep voting Democrat. It’s a truism so very true that even a Trump-hater had to concede that, when Trump told African-Americans last year that Democrat urban governance was letting them down, Trump was correct:
Shrouded in the obscurities of his childlike prose, Trump pointed out the extent to which “communities have suffered under Democratic control.” He is not wrong. While Democrats have successfully manufactured an empathetic image of themselves as the protectors of the poor and the defenders of the downtrodden, this highly tailored conception is without statistical support or empirical backing. To the contrary, the evidence suggests that the cities most afflicted by crime, poverty, and unemployment are all bastions of Democratic control.
Using U.S. cities with a population over 100,000 and the most recent FBI statistics on violent crime, USA Today formulated a list of the top ten most dangerous cities in America. Of these ten, eight are currently run by Democratic mayors and city councils, and two are controlled by Independents. Of the past ten mayors of each of the three most violent cities in America — Birmingham, Detroit, and St. Louis — eight have been Democrats. All told, the three most violent cities in this country have been under nearly uninterrupted Democratic control for more than half a century. With violent crime rates exceeding 1,400 incidents per 100,000 citizens in each of these cities, perhaps a change of pace is in store. Admittedly, it is difficult to identify a significant correlation using only one criteria. However, an analysis of poverty and unemployment indicates a similarly distressing pattern.
I urge you to read the entire post, because it goes on for paragraph after paragraph detailing the horrible disasters that are Democrat-run cities.
Here in the Bay Area, we’re no strangers to Democrat-run cities. In the East Bay, Oakland, Richmond, and Berkeley are all Democrat-run and they all have massive dysfunction. Berkeley is protected by UC Berkeley’s presence, which keeps rents high and ensures a high-class, academic lout. Oakland, too, up in the hills, has a lot of money (especially in the Piedmont community), but it boasts horrific management that shows up in fire safety failures, riots, high crime, and a city mayor so anxious to advance an open borders policy that she willingly put her citizens at risk from violent felons who happen to be illegal aliens. Moreover, Oakland’s mean streets are some of the meanest in America — as are Richmond’s.
San Francisco isn’t doing so well lately, either. It has the highest car-theft and car-break-in rate in America. It’s also been making headlines lately for homeless encampments through San Francisco that would look perfectly at home in a Hieronymus Bosch painting. I wrote about the City’s dysfunction some years ago, and the only thing that’s happened since then is that it’s gotten infinitely worse. Back then, neither car crimes nor homeless people were any worse than what had passed for the norm during the decades in which I lived and worked in San Francisco. [Read more…]