There Goes the Neighborhood

March 21, 2023
There Goes the Neighborhood
Big City Blight    Image Source Unknown
..... In all, more than half of the nation’s 20 largest cities in 1950 have lost at least one-third of their populations. And since 2000, a number of cities, including Baltimore, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Buffalo, have lost around 10 percent; Cleveland has lost more than 17 percent; and more than 25 percent of residents have left Detroit, whose bankruptcy declaration this summer has heightened anxiety in other postindustrial cities.1

It pains me to think of my perception of the United States by the year 2123 - maybe sooner. 

It shouldn't bother me because my days are likely limited to the next 5 or fewer years. Still, it's a traumatic feeling knowing the liberals are tearing down all America has represented.

I have accumulated both good and bad memories during my first 85 years but I only see a future of gloom and doom. I visualize a future of present day Detroit - the city that comes to mind when thinking of how blight has taken over big chunks of our large cities - in every direction.

It doesn't have to be as bad as I describe. But, I fear it will be because, for now, liberals are steering the country in that direction. The farther beyond 2023 we get with a growing number of liberals in the executive and legislative branches of our government, the slimmer our chances become of surviving as a land of the free and home of the brave with a government of, by and for the people.

How did we get ourselves into this predicament? The answer is simple. Politicians know the way to win elections is by promising everything to all. They also know many voters do not know jack about the candidates. We learned from the 2008 election that putting a candidate with promises of free this and free that to every Tom, Dick and Harry in the Oval Office, the uninformed and apathetic will bite. We fell for it - fell for it as in duped.

Now, I believe the present is our future. It isn't a good thing.

Two events from the Obama days reinforce my belief that the Obama think-a likes are America's enemy: 

  • Reducing the size of our Armed Forces.
  • Encouraging the invasion from Central America.

Armed Forces

This from a July 9, 2014 New York Post opinion2 written by West Point graduate and former U.S. Army Captain Jonathan Hendershott:

In a stunning display of callousness, the Defense Department has announced that thousands of soldiers — many serving as commanding officers in Afghanistan — will be notified in the coming weeks that their service to the country is no longer needed.

Last week, more than 1,100 Army captains — the men and women who know best how to fight this enemy because they have experienced multiple deployments — were told they’ll be retired from the Army.

The overall news is not unexpected. The Army has ended its major operations in Iraq and is winding down in Afghanistan. Budget cuts are projected to shrink the Army from its current 520,000 troops to 440,000, the smallest size since before World War II.

Alarming it is that the reason given for these involuntary separations is budget cuts, a reason I interpret as our already trained soldiers and our national welfare aren't worth the money. It is a rip in our nation's fabric.

Does anyone believe these soldiers will voluntarily return to active duty if ever offered their jobs back? Some will but I suspect the majority will say something like, "To hell with that noise. They had me once. Let them go through a costly training program with unknowns off the street. I’ve got a good job now. Piss on ‘em."

Now, get this: We learned that even without funds to maintain the strongest defense possible by keeping our fighting forces at maximum strength for protecting our nation, our Father of Transparency wants $3.7 billion for tending to the needs of the invaders from Central America.

The Invasion

This from an article written by Linda Feldmann:3

The request for funds – nearly twice as much as originally expected – would go toward enhanced border security, care facilities for the children, additional immigration judges and agents, and efforts to help Central American nations curtail the exodus of children northward.

More wasted taxpayer dollars in my opinion as there will be inadequate accounting of the money, even more will be required as time goes on, and the additional judges and agents will remain even if the objectives are achieved. It will become another out-of-sight-out-of-mind thing once the media outlets move on to other stories.

Here we are in 2023, nine years later. We know the border security issue was a bogus issue. It is just happy bullshit talk. By the way, two points to make about border security:

We are naive to believe old, slow Joe will fix, even try to fix, our border concerns. If he were sincere, he would pull limp-rag Harris from the "Border Czar" position and put her in the hen house where she would be right at home cackling.


Why would we expect old, slow Joe to even care about border security? During 2007, he and Obama were the ranked the 1st and 3rd most liberal senators when ranked according to their voting records.4 Then, we put up with them the next eight years during which time Obama further liberalized old, slow Joe.

I think many across the nation agree with me when I say our old and slow liberal president and his liberal cronies have anti-American motives – motives opposed and hostile to the people of the United States. In addition, I agree with others that our liberal politicians want to grow and develop the illegal population for future Democrat votes. Don't believe it? Here is an excerpt from the summary5of  Allowing Non-Citizens to Vote in the United States? Why not written by Stanley A. Renshon.

In recent years, a concerted effort has been gathering force to allow new immigrants to the United States to vote without becoming citizens. It is being mounted by an alliance of liberal (or progressive, if you prefer) academics and law professors, local and state political leaders most often associated with the Democratic Party or other progressive parties like the Greens, and community and immigration activists. They are working in tandem to decouple the legal standing to vote from American citizenship.

There are dozens of similar and more recent articles on the Internet. However, Mr. Renshon's credentials suggest his opinions are beyond reproach.

Without a change in the direction of our country, you can bet blight will overtake the landscape in much the same way it has overtaken large chunks of our large cities. More and more low income people accepted from other countries via our open southern border will move to the nicer neighborhoods prompting the middle and upper classes to continue the suburbanization trend started in the 1950s.6

In time, today's fruited plain will be tomorrow's blight.


1 Blighted Cities Prefer Razing to Rebuilding, The New York Times, Timothy Williams, November 12, 2013.
2 Sending pink slips to a war zone, New York Post, Jonathan Hendershott, July 9, 2014.
3 Border crisis 101: What’s in Obama’s $3.7billion proposal? The Christian Science Monitor, Linda Feldmann, July 8, 2014
4 Obama and Biden, #1 and #3 most liberal senators, Free Republic, Delacon, August 24, 2008
5 Allowing Non-Citizens to Vote in the United States? Why Not, Center for Immigration Studies, Stanley Renshon, September 15, 2008. 
6 1950 Census Records: A Window to History, United States Census Bureau, Perry, Mendez-Smith, Laughlin, March 28, 2022.