By John Ruberry“And they hide their faces
And they hide their eyes
‘Cause the city’s dyin’
And they don’t know why
Man, it’s hard just to live
Man, it’s hard just to live, just to live.”
Randy Newman, Baltimore.
“The city has a level of corruption,” says one woman in The Keepers, a Netflix series about the murder of a Baltimore nun.
Today and yesterday on Twitter President Donald Trump attacked House Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) as well as his district, Maryland’s 7th, a gerrymandered majority African American district covering the city of Baltimore and parts of Baltimore County. ‘ Yes, Democrats, you guys do gerrymandering too. If you need more evidence, take a look at Illinois.
Here is a part of just one Tweet:
“…As proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded,” the president Tweeted, “Cumming [sic] District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess. If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place.”
….As proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded. Cumming District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess. If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2019
I’ve never been to Baltimore, but I’ve heard mostly bad things. And like many big cities, there are blighted areas that in Baltimore, some pictures of that urban rot have been uploaded onto social media, exposing the filth.
Trump is president and I’m not of course. That being said I would have advised the president, in the unlikely event that I could do so, not to engage in Twitter attacks on Cummings. As he is black, surely Trump knows that any criticism of him will be viewed as racist because he is a Republican president.
A different and likely more effective attack on Cummings would be along the lines of Trump’s appeal to black voters at a Michigan campaign rally in 2016, “Look at how much African-American communities have suffered under Democratic control,” he said, “To those hurting, I say: What do you have to lose by trying something new like Trump?”
Cummings is a member of the House Progressive Caucus. Name an issue and the solution from those progs will involve additional government spending and probably a new and expensive eternal federal program. Non-government solutions to the education crisis in America’s inner-cities, such as school vouchers, which will allow parents can send their children to private schools instead of unionized and failing public schools (education unions are generous donors to Democratic campaign funds) are non-starters with leftists.
Government has failed America’s inner cities.
Cities like Baltimore, Chicago, and Detroit are notoriously corrupt and none of them have had a Republican mayor in decades. Baltimore has 15 members on its city council, none are Republican. Detroit has nine members on its city council, none are Republican. Chicago has 50 members on its city council, just one is a Republican.
Democrats beyond the cities enjoy the status quo. Urban districts serve as reliable “pocket boroughs” for them in state legislatures and in Congres
This year Catherine Pugh resigned as mayor of Baltimore a week after a series of FBI raids in regards to suspicious bulk purchases of a series of children’s books she authored. Two mayors back Shelia Dixon was found guilty of a misdemeanor embezzlement charge. In between was Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who during the 2015 Baltimore riot, supposedly offered space to those “who wished to destroy.”
To “hurting” voters in Baltimore, Chicago, and Detroit, why not try something new like Trump? Or a local Republican?
What do you have to lose?
If you are reading this in Chicago, I have a side note: Don’t elect avowed racists like Arthur Jones or what radio host Dan Proft calls “Stockholm Syndrome” Republicans beholden to Boss Michael Madigan’s Democratic machine.
John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.