I hate to be a blogjerk, but I’m going to crib pretty much an entire post from somebody elses’ legwork.
Here is a list of the 30 most dangerous cities in America, listed in order of their per capita murder rate, with their current mayors and political affiliation:
1. New Orleans – Mitch Landrieu (D)
2. Detroit – Dave Bing (D)
3. St Louis – Francis G. Slay (D)
4. Newark – Cory Booker (D)
5. Baltimore – Stephanie Rawlings Blake (D)
6. Oakland – Jean Quan (D)
7. Kansas City – Sly James (I)
8. Philadelphia – Michael Nutter (D)
9. Atlanta – Kasim Reed (D)
10. Cincinnati – Mark Mallory (D)
11. Stockton – Ann Johnston (D)
12. Cleveland – Frank Jackson (D)
13. Memphis – A.C. Wharton (D)
14. Washington DC – Vincent Gray (D)
15. Miami – Tomás Regalado (R)
16. Chicago – Rahm Emanuel (D)
17. Pittsburgh – Luke Ravenstahl (D)
18. Milwaukee – Tom Barrett (D)
19. Buffalo – Byron Brown (D)
20. Tulsa – Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr. (R)
21. Mobile – Sam Jones (D)
22. Indianapolis – Greg Ballard (R)
23. Columbus – Michael Coleman (D)
24. Dallas – Mike Rawlings (D)
25. Omaha – Jim Suttle (D)
26. Toledo – Michael Bell (I)
27. Boston – Thomas Menino (D)
28. Oklahoma City – Mick Cornett (R)
29. Tucson – Jonathan Rothschild (D)
30. Ft. Wayne – Tom Henry (D)
Perhaps correlation does not strictly mean causation, but 24/30 — with no R’s in the top 14 — is a strong elbow to the ribs.
So what’s going on here? Does electing Democrats turn a jurisdiction into a crime ridden war zone? Do the people who benefit from living a crime ridden war zone vote Democrat? Is it incompetence? Is it that Democrats naturally thrive in conditions that favor corruption? Is it a desire to hold their constituents in the cycle of poverty and handouts so the politicians can claim to be their saviors?
Like a lot of complicated and chaotic systems, I believe the answer is all of the above in concert, none singly. What we have is not a coordinated conspiracy, but a confluence of incentive vectors that all align with the core ideology of the DNC: the expansion of state power. Say what you want about the GOP (and #DEITY knows I’ve said most of it), but the only place limited government advocates can even get a foot in the door is with the Republicans. First principles do matter, and the tarnished but still intact Jacksonian core demands above all that the reach of the state be limited to its base functions, and is only legitimate so long as it has the consent of the governed.
Alternatives? No. The Libertarian Party has been a bad joke for 30 years, a bunch of unorganized clowns who couldn’t put together a gangbang in a whorehouse because they’d prefer to sit around and debate the ethics of making everyone wear a rubber. Power in America lies within the two establishment parties, as distasteful as that may seem. Like Friedman said, the way to success in advocacy politics is not to hold your breath waiting for the perfect Prince Charming candidate to ride in on his white horse and save us, but to create the conditions for the wrong people to do the right thing.
Easy or even assured success? LOL, no. The tragic comedy of our situation is that we have to work within a system that only rewards success to those that grow the system. Remember the fundamental axiom of government: Government exists only to give out money, power and influence to the clients, employees and patrons of government. Squaring this circle is the seemingly impossible task of the limited government coalition, and may only be possible when the state finally runs out of other people’s money.
The smart money may be to run. The problem is the lack of places to run to, and personally, I am not wealthy enough to run. We may be outnumbered twenty to one by the moochers of the state, but as in the past, five percent may be enough to turn history.
We can witness every day the foul results of runaway state power: 500 murders a year in Chicago. The silencing of critics in Argentina. Price controls, food shortages, slavery, war, Gulags, ethnic cleansing, genocide, forced medical experiments — these do not occur because of racism or sexism or other mean feelings but always and directly when too few have too much power over too many.
The GOP is certainly home to many jerks and numbskulls. Face it, if they were competent or ethical or honest, they’d be able to hold down real jobs in the productive economy. But at the core, down in the bedrock, where it all finally matters, (most?)(some?) Republicans are comfortable with trusting their constituents to own military and police grade weaponry and controlling a (larger) portion of their productive labor. In comparison, the Democrats are only willing to trust us with the decision of where we wish to stick our genitals, and demand everything else be reserved to the state — how much money you are allowed to keep, your public safety, your health care, even what lightbulbs and laundry soap you are permitted to buy — everything. And as fond as I am of my genitals, I do not find this a difficult choice.
For the 18 years that I have been a registered voter in NC my voter registration card has read “independent”. This year, it will read “R”. I submit that if you prefer liberty to servitude, that you do the same. We must get involved and start bending the RNC where we have the most leverage: in the primaries.