Baltimore a study of liberal wreckage

From todays Wall Street Journal editorial:

…as order starts to return to the streets, and the usual political suspects lament the lack of economic prospects for the young men who rioted, let’s not forget who has run Baltimore and Maryland for nearly all of the last 40 years.

The men and women in charge have been Democrats, and their governing ideas are “progressive.” This model, with its reliance on government and public unions, has dominated urban America as once-vibrant cities such as Baltimore became shells of their former selves.

The dysfunctions of the blue-city model are many, but the main failures are three: high crime, low economic growth and failing public schools that serve primarily as jobs programs for teachers and administrators rather than places of learning.

Wherever the “progressive” culture exists destruction of property and loss of economic opportunity soon follows. Unless the “Blue City Model” is abolished or politically marginalized Democrats will continue to wreak havoc on America’s great cities.

Liz Peek:

Why are young black men so quick to take to the streets, rioting and looting their own neighborhoods?  Because they have nothing to lose. Yes, they may be thrown into jail, but for too many, that is likely to happen anyway.

Unlike the majority of white or Asian kids, they do not risk being bounced out of school, or not being accepted to their university of choice. Their parents are not going to ground them or make them do chores for a month. This doesn’t excuse their behavior, but it helps explain it. These kids are untethered to their own futures – and that is a challenge for our country.

Having nothing to lose is a kind of freedom, but not the good kind.  Having nothing to lose should open doors to the future, and having everything to gain. Young black men just don’t think that way, though.

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