The Truth, Part II: About Many Other Things

Such as the state of affairs in the once great state of Michigan.

You may have taken notice of the recent kerfuffle over Michigan’s new “right-to-work” law, which spawned (yawn, the usual) left-wing union violence.  I’ve been tempted to speak to these events, but will limit my comments to the following statement:

In what world should anyone be compelled to join a union?  If they actually serve their members best interests, they should be quite capable of both freely attracting members AND keep from getting fired en masse by the, presumably, equally free employer.  Finally, in no way should unions EVER be “lawfully” permitted to control monopolies such as government services.

Enough said.  The proof, they say, is in the pudding.

I would now call your attention to yet another good website (The Truth), which I’ve come to appreciate over the past several months.  In particular, I greatly appreciated this recent article regarding the state of affairs in Detroit or, as described in one Fox News article, Michigan’s “Dumping Ground for the Dead“.

I found this article highly relevant to current events on many levels, demonstrating the “end-game” effects of the socialist agenda in both economic and societal terms.  What, after all, might we imagine happens when both collapse.  Study Detroit and you’ll get a clue.

Notably, the article references this piece from The Daily website, which details the general neglect and abandonment of great swathes of the city by Detroit’s shrinking (union) police force….security, it seems, being an “amenity” they can no longer afford.  A few excerpts:

The people of Detroit are taking no prisoners.

Justifiable homicide in the city shot up 79 percent in 2011 from the previous year, as citizens in the long-suffering city armed themselves and took matters into their own hands. The local rate of self-defense killings now stands 2,200 percent above the national average. Residents, unable to rely on a dwindling police force to keep them safe, are fighting back against the criminal scourge on their own. And they’re offering no apologies.

How it got this bad in Detroit has become a point of national discussion. Violent crime settled into the city’s bones decades ago, but recently, as the numbers of police officers have plummeted and police response times have remained distressingly high, citizens have taken to dealing with things themselves.

In this city of about 700,000 people, the number of cops has steadily fallen, from about 5,000 a decade ago to fewer than 3,000 today. Detroit homicides — the second-highest per capita in the country last year, according to the FBI — rose by 10 percent in 2011 to 344 people.

On a bleak day in January, a group of funeral directors wearied by the violence drove a motorcade of hearses through the city streets in protest.

Average police response time for priority calls in the city, according to the latest data available, is 24 minutes. In comparable cities across the country, it is well under 10 minutes.

The number of justifiable homicides, in which residents use deadly force in self-defense, jumped from 19 in 2010 to 34 last year — a 79 percent rise — according to newly released city data.

Not to put too fine of a point on it, Detroit is pure socialism in microcosm.  What should we imagine happens when we choke the living daylights out of every good thing we might have in order to help sustain every bad thing?  Fortunately, the recent passage of the right-to-work law is a small sign that the state is not completely devoid of common sense, results of the recent election notwithstanding.

We might recall that, arguably, President Obama “bought” this election (in great part and with our money) with his bailout out the failing unionized US auto industry….to great effect in Michigan…and, probably, in Ohio.  “Brilliant strategy”, as characterized by many experts.  Well, ok, but take a peek at Detroit to see what you’re really going to get in the end.

– HT

Note – I lament the plight of these citizens and mourn for anyone one of those 344 murdered in Detroit last year who might have been just as “innocent” as the children of Newtown, CT.

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