Detroit is a case study in the wreck of liberal governance and the politics of racial grievance. Michael Barone is from Detroit originally and has occasionally written about its decline, as in his CRB review “The unheavenly city” (on Charles LeDuff’s Detroit: An American Autopsy). The review opens: “When people ask me why I moved from liberal to conservative, I have a one-word answer: Detroit.”
In his current column, Barone refers to last week’s GOP debate in Detroit and points to Ted Cruz “citing Detroit and how, in his view, 50 years of liberal governance destroyed so much of a once-thriving city.” Here he provides his own testimony again: “I saw that destruction as an intern in the Detroit mayor’s office during the 1967 riot and in repeated visits over the years afterward, destruction wreaked in large part because of policies now advocated by the Black Lives Matter movement and Hillary Clinton.”
In his new Firewall video for the David Horowitz Freedom Center (below, also posted with transcript here), Bill Whittle takes a look at Detroit over the past 55 years. He calls what happened to Detroit Death by Democrats. I thought readers who haven’t seen it might find it of interest.