This Newt Gingrich piece on Baltmore’s dysfunction came out last week, and I thought it was worth doing a separate post on. It’s not that the Democratic Party culpability dissected here will be new to anyone paying attention, but that he frames the issue with admirable economy, pith and precision amidst a barrage of data points.
Fact: The last Republican city council member in Baltimore City left office in 1942. That is 73 years of solid Democrat city councils.
Fact: The last Republican mayor of Baltimore City left office in 1967. That is 48 years of unbroken Democrat control of the mayor’s office…
Fact: The last time Republicans held even one chamber of the Maryland General Assembly—the House—was 1917. That is unbroken Democrat control of the Maryland legislature since 1918, or nearly a century of Democrat control.
“The first duty of government is to protect the innocent and the weak from predators and violence. Once again, a Democrat favored the violent over the victims.”
It is Democrats who control the teachers union that traps Baltimore City’s children in schools that fail and ruin their lives. They do so on behalf of the unionized bureaucratic political machine that controls the city.
Poverty in general has been institutionalized by the destructive ideological biases of Democrat President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. On May 22, 1964, President Johnson said, “Our society will never be great until our cities are great. Today the frontier of imagination and innovation is inside those cities and not beyond their borders.”
Tragically, his policies trapped people in dependency, killed small businesses in favor of bureaucracy, and favored unionized workers over children. The result has been a 50-year disaster which no liberal Democrat is prepared to analyze honestly.
His most recent incarnation as a scatter-shot idea-a-minute futurist makes it easy to forget what an excellent, focused ideological street-fighter Gingrich was in his prime. This piece is a nice reminder, and instructive reminder of exactly which political party has run (and failed) Baltimore.