Here are the major stories out of Detroit. And that's just this week.
Anarchy, according to Webster's
Dictionary: political disorder and violence. When the political
mechanisms cease to move, society devolves into a war of all against
And where was the political leadership this week?
Convicted felon and former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was moralizing from the pulpit of a city church, taking no responsibility for the millions of dollars looted during his tenure from the poorest urban dwellers in America. He told congregants his old self died. If that's true, then the old Kilpatrick would be the 60th homicide victim in Detroit so far this year. The bloodiest city in America.
Current mayor Dave Bing stood in the pulpit of city hall the next morning, also moralizing. He looked like a man drowning in a suit too big for him. He offered no plan to restore order. Instead, he gave a lecture. He said parents needed to do a better job raising their kids. "It is too late to start disciplining them at age 12 or 14," he lectured. Tell that to the woman who lost her head after she told her 14-year-old he was staying home.
And then there was Wayne County Executive Bob Ficano. In his state of the county speech in downtown Detroit -- Ficano acknowledged that under his guidance, the county is broke, scandal plagued and under FBI investigation. And then he blamed it all on his underlings. "I should have had better oversight and for letting you down, I apologize," he lamely offered. And then he promised, despite public outrage, that he would stay and fix the mess he created.
Today marks the 4th anniversary of my return to Michigan. I came back to raise my child where I was raised. After a week like this one, I'm not sure I'd do it again, but I know I'm not running away. It'll never get better if we leave it to the thugs and the inept.
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