[March 17, 2018] Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Or, should I say “bah humbug”! Why? I’m back dear readers with some bad news. This being only a few days after the release of the City of Baltimore’s latest crime statistics, we can again say unequivocally that the murder rate and violent crime is on the upswing in this once great city. Did I read the entire report; nope, because it says the same thing every single month; more crime. On the local news yesterday it was reported that the City of Baltimore is more dangerous than 98% of all other cities in the U.S.; I wouldn’t want to be anywhere close to the 2% since they’ve got to be bad. It’s hard to keep straight any of the indistinguishable, self-important, nanny-state, blowhard city politicians from the city pontificating on one thing or another – #StopGunViolence, #StopPoverty, #StopPoliceHarassment, #StopMakingMeThink (oops, not that one). Whatever!
As a public service to my readers and to the many good folk living in this “diverse” city – with Sister Cities in Rotterdam, Netherlands and Xiamen, China (those darn socialists) – I’m going to provide a few things the city government can do that will be much more beneficial than hashtag government. Of course, these suggestions will have to replace their whining and complaining about how bad gun violence, poverty, and the police are making the city into ground zero for unfair, discriminatory, racist, and homophobic crime. If you are of the societal elite, politically liberal, a suppressed group, or minority, then Baltimore wants you! If these groups support current government policy, ideology, and governing philosophy then don’t be surprised at the sky-high violent crime rate because that is where the problems continue to be tolerated.
Because so few City of Baltimore senior officials (or workers) never had a job outside government, they don’t understand the important concept of self-reliance and making things actually function. I recently went into City Hall (you know, the stately building on Holliday Street) wearing my finest, go-to-work Saxxon Wool Herringbone suit with a U.S. Flag pin proudly displayed. The “guard” at the entrance (before the metal detector routine) informed me that the pin might be considered offensive and would I consider taking it off while in the building. I smiled back and in my best Yankee drawl informed him that Baltimore officially remains a part of the United States; at least for now.
Baltimore city-government is broken. It’s that simple. People and businesses are leaving; getting out of town while they can afford to. Crime is up, property values down, government graft and corruption is rampant; the animals are running the zoo. To fix it will require a massive reordering of the way the government operates, a reevaluation of its core values, its governing policies, regulations, and retraining of its workforce. More importantly, those who now occupy any elected position of government, or appointed by an elected official, will have to be shown the door. Yep, they are the core of the problem and thus need to be fired … and the sooner this happens the faster the city will recover.
I had the great privilege of knowing a World War II Navy veteran who survived the sinking of the USS Lexington in 1942 during the Battle of the Coral Sea. To steer a damaged ship is hard, he told me, but to get out of danger you must keep up steam while doing repairs to keep it fighting. It takes bravery, steadfastness, resilience of the crew, good training, and an iron will of the Captain. So too for the City of Baltimore. The real question is whether the intestinal fortitude exists within city leaders and it population to steer the “Greatest City in America” into friendly waters while repairing the damage. Things in the City of Baltimore will have to get a lot worse before they wake up. Sadly, that will not be soon.
Sadako Red’s Previous Posts:
- Thoughts from Sadako Red as a Young Man
- Race, Leadership, and Moral Failure
- City of Baltimore: When Leaders Fail
- City of Baltimore: Stuck on Stupid II
- Weak Leaders, Politicians, and Racism â€¦
- City of Baltimore and Race: Stuck on Stupid
- Lead by Example and Show Some Dignity!
- Fear: Racist, Sexist, Homophobe Accusations
- The U.S. Army, Race Relations, and Manhood
- Race: Leadership and the Lack of Leadership
- A Failed Management Culture in the VA
- Race Trumps and Leadership Fails
- Race, Character, and the Government