Friday, May 01, 2015

Giuliani: Decades of Liberal Democrat Rule Haven't Helped Baltimore (To put it mildly)

Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said three decades of liberal Democrats running Baltimore have done little to help the plight of minorities.

Appearing Tuesday on Fox News Channel's "Hannity," Giuliani said he was able to bring communities such as Washington Heights back to prosperity after a riot in 1992 and a blackout in 1999.

"That community went from being very high crime community to being a good community," Giuliani said. "I would ask all those politicians you saw there talking about the terrible conditions, economic conditions, they have been in charge of Baltimore for the last 30 years. This is a Democratic city."

Democrat Martin O'Malley was the governor for eight years and mayor of Baltimore eight years before than, Giuliani noted.

"If those people are suffering from economic depravation, then what the heck have they done?," he asked. "What has (Rep.) Elijah Cummings done for his city? … What kind of economic development have they done?"

Democrats and left-leaning pundits have pointed to systemic racism and poverty for causing the boiling over of tensions in Baltimore and other cities as black men have died in police custody. The most recent was 25-year-old Freddie Gray in Baltimore, sparking protests and rioting.

Giuliani blamed the problems on "very left wing policies of dependency" and leaders who "don't do anything about the schools, let the teachers union push you around so you can't have vouchers, don't support charter schools, don't move people off welfare."



Wireless.Phil said...

Don't think it went through the first time, I had to signin again.

6-officers charged In death of Freddie Gray.

C. S. P. Schofield said...

"No, Riots Are Not a 'Legitimate Political Strategy'"

I must respectfully disagree with you on this, at least as a blanket statement. No, The Baltimore riots are not legitimate, but riots can be an effective, legitimate, if risky, tactic. So can armed insurrection; consider the Battle of Athens Tenn..

The distinction we need to make is not that the Baltimore Blacks have no cause to riot; they clearly do. They have been governed for all of living memory by a Democrat machine, that has claimed for half a century to have their best interests at heart, and it is increasingly clear that that government considers them to be so many subhuman peasants. The problem with the riots is that they are aimed at the wrong targets. If the Baltimore Blacks were calling for a necktie party featuring the Democrat Politicians, Poverty Pimps, and assorted Shills that are responsible for the hole the city is in, I would be inclined to cheer. I would still want the National Guard to rescue those targets, but it would be a wonderful turning point. If the Baltimore Blacks were threatening to burn down the City Hall, the Sunpapers building, and the local Democrat Party headquarters, I would laugh myself silly with delight.

Sadly, the riots are misaimed, fomented as they are by the very political machine that fosters the conditions that set them off. The Progressive Left LIKES riots; they prove that the inner city poor are stupid animals who need to be guided by their "betters".