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Detroit: ‘I Gotta Laugh ‘Cause I Know I’m Gonna Die’

19 July 2013 @ 21:20

Detroit’s ruling class is a parasite that has outgrown its host.

Kevin Williamson

Here before us is, perhaps, the Left In America’s greatest achievement [although their production of people like Rachel Janteel is a close second].

Detroit is a wasteland.  As Mark Steyn writes:

To achieve this level of devastation, you usually have to be invaded by a foreign power. In the War of 1812, when Detroit was taken by a remarkably small number of British troops without a shot being fired, Michigan’s Governor Hull was said to have been panicked into surrender after drinking heavily. Two centuries later, after an almighty 50-year bender, the city surrendered to itself. The tunnel from Windsor, Ontario, to Detroit, Michigan, is now a border between the First World and the Third World — or, if you prefer, the developed world and the post-developed world. To any American time-transported from the mid 20th century, the city’s implosion would be literally incredible: Were he to compare photographs of today’s Hiroshima with today’s Detroit, he would assume Japan won the Second World War after nuking Michigan….

For nigh-on sixty years [that’s three score for our Lincolnesque Fearless Leader], Detroit has been THE big Leftist urban experiment and, with the bankruptcy filing, said experiment is nearing it’s completion.  It’s Omega time in the Progressive frat house and, instead of bing cherries, the Leftists have their heads up their arse.

On Friday, an Ingham County Circuit judge, Rosemary Aquilina ordered that the federal bankruptcy filing be withdrawn.

I’ll let Ace gives you The Rest Of The Story [tip of the fedora to Iowahawk][emphasis by Ace]:

[quoting from the Detroit News] …“It’s cheating, sir, and it’s cheating good people who work,” the judge told assistant Attorney General Brian Devlin. “It’s also not honoring the (United States) president, who took (Detroit’s auto companies) out of bankruptcy.”

Aquilina said she would make sure President Obama got a copy of her order.

“I know he’s watching this, she said, predicting the president ultimately will have to take action to make sure existing pension commitments are honored.

She actually speaks of this nothing as if he were a god, or a child’s conception of a god, such as Santa Claus, watching down upon us, ordering the universe.

They said if I voted for Romney, the country would be in the hands of a bizarre cult worshiping a ludicrous god, and they were right!

Iowahawk describes this shining example of judicial temperament thusly:

Come on, Dave, Rosemary’s just standing by her girly-man!

More from Mark Steyn:

…Americans sigh and say, “Oh, well, Detroit’s an ‘outlier.’” It’s an outlier only in the sense that it happened here first. The same malign alliance between a corrupt political class, rapacious public-sector unions, and an ever more swollen army of welfare dependents has been adopted in the formally Golden State of California, and in large part by the Obama administration, whose priorities — “health” “care” “reform,” “immigration” “reform” — are determined by the same elite/union/dependency axis. As one droll tweeter put it, “If Obama had a city, it would look like Detroit.”

Instapundit found the graphic:


Perhaps, instead of prosecuting Obama after he leaves office for his high crimes and treasons, we should appoint him Emperor Of Detroit and build a wall around that ruined municipality, letting only rat bastard Bolsheviks in?  It would make one heckuva reality show.

As for Americans outside of Detroit being called-upon to bail out that hallmark of Leftist Planning, Jeff Goldstein’s remarks are dead solid perfect:

The plain and obvious truth is, there needs to be consequences for electing bad government repeatedly and then riding the gravy train until it inevitably derails, its individual cars empty of the spoils it’s long promised and less and less frequently been able to deliver upon.  And those who greedily or ignorantly enabled them need to be taught economic reality.

Meaning, those consequences are not to be born by those of us who rejected the government of those cities and states, and who have no say in their implementation.  That is taxation without representation, and conflicts have begun over such government-protected thievery.

Well, like the band on The Titanic, let’s at least enjoy some fitting music as Detroit sinks via it’s port side…


Finally, of course…

  1. M. Thompson permalink
    19 July 2013 @ 21:56 21:56

    I recommend urban renewal by combat engineers.

    • M. Thompson permalink
      19 July 2013 @ 23:30 23:30

      Film any fighting and make the best Pay Per View. That might pay off some of the expenses.

  2. theo9geo permalink
    20 July 2013 @ 01:39 01:39


  3. 20 July 2013 @ 14:19 14:19

    Detroit: the Rolling Stone cover. (Yeah, I admit it, I’m being a link whore.)

  4. 21 July 2013 @ 13:26 13:26

    How well I remember that Bobby Bare song. There were two songs that were on US Jukeboxes in Germany in 1969, “The Letter” by the Box Tops, then later “Detroit City.” Almost every time I went into a snack bar in that period either of those songs were playing.


  1. Detroit, where the lights went out. :

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