If a Democracy falls in the forest… (Pt. 2)

Posted: December 5, 2011 in Constitutional Issue, Discrimination, Non-AZ, Racism, The Economy
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Chris Savage over at Electablog is reporting some scary stuff about an overreach of executive power in the state of Michigan.  Apparently the Governor is suspending the City Councils in some cities that are in extreme financial meltdown.  It’s legal, apparently, for the Executive to appoint an Emergency Manager in such situations.  Flint, Benton Harbor, Pontiac, Ecorse and the Detroit Public Schools already  have Emergency Managers and now the Gov.  is going to do the same with Detroit and Inkster.

Whether you agree or disagree with Emergency Manager statutes, there something else you need to know about what will happen when the Gov. takes over Detroit and Inkster.  Over half of the state’s African American population lives in those areas.  However, there are a bunch of other locations that are in similar situations in Michigan and they are NOT being given an Emergency Manager.  And surprise, surprise, those areas are predominantly white.  That should worry you.  Remember first they came for them, then they came for the other guys…but eventually they’ll come for you too.

Money quote by Savage:

…solving a municipalities [sic] problems does not start from the baseline that the locally-elected, democratically-elected officials are not a useful part of the process, to be shoved aside. Everything that happens should begin at the baseline that democracy is not just important, it’s essential….”

Without representative government at its most basic level in the day-to-day workings of cities and towns where hands-on politicians are most in tune with and held accountable by their constituents then we no longer live in the U.S. of our forefathers. Do you hear that tree falling in the forest?

  1. alopecia says:

    Nicole has been all over this at her place (she lives in Michigan, so she has more than just a rooting interest). Rachel Maddow, to her credit, has run segments about it on her show a few times.

    One would think that at least one member of our wonderful news media would reassign a reporter from the Conrad Murray trial (or Made in America or Making a Difference or professional football or something else of less pressing importance) to take a look at the situation in Michigan. But that would require real resources and real reporting and would probably not please the owners, so I guess I’ve found the answer, haven’t I?

    “No matter how cynical you become, it’s never enough to keep up.”
    –”Lily”, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe written by Jane Wagner, performed by Lily Tomlin

  2. drangedinaz says:

    Tell me about it! If I didn’t watch Maddow or read most of my news on the Internet I wouldn’t have heard about this. And how few people do that, like you and I do? Too few. I think the lack of an effective Fourth Estate may be our undoing. I wonder what our Founding Fathers would have thought about it….

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