Robert Knight

Getting back to the vote fraud issue:  States with photo ID laws such as Georgia and Indiana reported higher minority turnout after the laws took effect.  Federal courts – including the Supreme Court – have found no plaintiff with a plausible claim to be unable to get an ID. In liberal Rhode Island, where a Democratic legislature last summer enacted a voter ID law, black state Sen. Harold Metts (D) co-sponsored the legislation.

"As a minority citizen and a senior citizen," Metts explained, "I would not support anything that I thought would present obstacles or limit protections, but in this day and age, very few adults lack one of the forms of identification that will be accepted, and the rare person who does can get a free voter ID card from the Secretary of State."

The left is getting desperate. They have lost every fact-based argument about domestic policy. Their social experiments, along with Hollywood’s relentless mythmaking about sex without consequences, have shattered families, left cities in shambles, and created a debt-ridden, mega-nanny government that is careening toward the cliffs of Greece.  It isn’t just minorities who are victimized by liberal policies, but they have taken the brunt of the war on marriage, religion and personal responsibility.

The evidence is all around. Just take a stroll through much of Detroit, or through rundown areas of any big city, in broad daylight. Detroit, which has tried every liberal government "solution" to poverty, spending tens of billions over the years, has lost one quarter of its population over the past decade and is on the verge of bankruptcy. Democratic Mayor Dave Bing has just the right medicine for this sick patient – another tax increase on businesses.

Years ago, before GPS, I got lost in Detroit coming from downtown, and drove the wrong way for a couple of miles.  As the sun began to set, I noticed groups of young men gathered on corners, giving me puzzled looks.

At a stoplight, an older man gestured for me to roll down the window. "Son," he said. "You do not belong here. You cannot be here. You need to make a left at the next corner, turn around and head back in the other direction. And, do not – I repeat – do not stop at any more lights." He shook his head at my stupidity, gave me a warm smile and walked away.

I did find my way out, and I have never forgotten that man’s kindness.

The point is, before the Great Society, I probably would have felt differently about being lost in Detroit, at least in most of it. Every big city has a rough side, of course.  In Detroit, the Great Society and the auto industry’s government-and-union-managed decline have managed to make almost the whole city "the rough side."

Over there in Switzerland, I hope Mr. Jealous and the delegation had a fine time after dumping on their country. They probably didn’t bring up the wonders of Detroit’s enlightened path toward true democracy and social justice.

The UN’s cafeteria serves up subsidized, gourmet meals and fine wines, even at lunch. It’s a great place to relax and plot the next desperate move to hang on to political power. 

Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.