LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK, July 22, 2013—Cory Monteith and Detroit are now both permanently dead.
One was an actor who brought joy to millions of people on the television series “Glee.” The other was a city that brought joy to millions of people through industry and entertainment. The Big Three automakers were the rock of business representing America. Motown brought universally loved musical talent.
On July 13, 2013, Monteith was found dead in his hotel room of a drug overdose at age 31. Monteith struggled with addiction since age 13, entered rehab at 19, and died consuming heroin and alcohol. He had everything to live for, but could not overcome the addiction disease.
The premature death of any promising young person is a tragedy,but the harsh reality is that his death was avoidable. He did this to himself.
Take the destructive tendencies of one million Monteiths, and call it Detroit. Five days after Monteith died, Detroit declared bankruptcy. America’s former economic engine had permanently seized, and like Monteith will never be revived.
Those insisting Detroit can be salvaged should stop living in denial. Detroit is dead. Even sadder, it deserves death. One can empathize with people, but they did this to themselves.
There will be more Monteiths and Detroits because many people are unwilling to take the hard steps necessary to recover. Many people want to take the very steps that will make these situations far worse.
Mr. Monteith at least sought help in rehabilitation facilities. Yet many young people today and even some older ones feel that the solution is to legalize drugs. Many libertarians built an entire presidential campaign around drug legalization. Those wanting to give up fighting the drug war will have themselves to blame when more users consume products that are deadly, legal, and readily available everywhere. Singapore executes drug dealers and treats criminals to the finest quality canings money can buy. Singapore has very low drug use and crime problems.
Detroit is addicted to deficit spending, higher taxes, and increased social services. When the city had 1.8 million people, this was overlooked. Two out of every three residents fled, leaving Detroit below the threshhold of people required to be considered an actual city. Any attempt to rein in unsustainable spending and deficits was met with fierce resistance from unions and other special interests.
Now that the day of reckoning has arrived, the toxic policies that caused this mess are still being defended. As recently as December of 2012, Detroit Councilwoman JoAnn Watson openly demanded that President Obama bring more services to the city in exchange for votes.
“After the election of Jimmy Carter, the honorable (former Detroit Mayor) Coleman Alexander Young, he went to Washington, D.C. He came home with some bacon. That’s what you do. That’s what you do. Our people, in an overwhelming way, supported the re-election of this president, and there ought to be a quid pro quo, and you ought to exercise leadership on that.”
Some Detroit politicians are even trying to overturn the bankruptcy proceedings in court. Decades of mismanagement by local politicians has not led to the epiphany that those careening toward death sometimes have. Conservatives note that liberals have controlled Detroit during its decline, and that the addiction to higher taxes and greater spending is perfectly correlated with the liberal philosophy. Attempts to administer tough conservative medicine is met with anger, but anger is not an effective alternative solution.
Whether a person, company, or city, the choices are to adapt and change destructive behavior, or be destroyed.
Monteith was consumed by addiction until it killed him. If Detroit citizens think their end will be any different without drastic behavioral changes, they are as delusional as any hallucinating addict.
At this point the best solution is for many of the remaining 600,000 people to just flee elsewhere. When Detroit becomes a ghost town, the politicians will finally be shut down because they will have no tax revenue to collect and no people to serve.
As long as JoAnn Watson and her fellow spending addicts run Detroit, the chances of reviving this once great city are as likely as reviving Cory Monteith.
Detroit is as dead as he is, and at this point it is best to close the coffin and hope that the next Monteith or Detroit finally wake up and make decisions that preserve life rather than kill it.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, and satirist. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.
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