The Left’s Betrayal of Our Inner Cities.

C.S. Lewis died on November 22, 1963, the same day of the JFK assassination.  Thus, his death was not noted as it otherwise would have been.  I have at times wondered about the scene when the leader of the Free World and the greatest Christian apologist of the 20th century stood before God on the same date.

I long for a sensible Democrat leader like John Kennedy again.  He was really quite conservative by the standards of the Far Left Democrat Party of today.  Hillary Clinton is a congenital liar as William Safire noted in 1993.  So is her husband, Bill, but he at least brings a charm to his stories.  His wife looks mean even when she smiles as her eyes blaze.

I would share a few quotes from C.S. Lewis as a way of illuminating our day.  In Is Theology Poetry? Lewis said, “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun rises;  not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”

In The Joyful Christian he wrote:  “Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in;  aim at earth and you gain neither.”  Commenting on Milton’s Satan in Paradise Lost, Lewis said, “He (Satan) has become more a Lie than a Liar, a personified self-contradiction.”

Why does our nation find itself in such a state today?  I would suggest that too many of us, including our leaders, are aiming at earth with no thought of heaven and the long view and so we are gaining neither.  And Hillary Clinton and her Party are living a lie and seeking to perpetrate that on the nation.  They are Milton’s personified self-contradiction.  People sense this is not right whether they can identify the problem or not.  This is one of the reasons such an overwhelming number of Americans say the nation is on the wrong track.

What is that lie?  Principally it is the lie that government knows best and we should accept that even at the loss of our freedom.  Communism imposed this and millions lived in tyranny until a real leader, Ronald Reagan, who lived by light and broke the spirit and power of the Evil Empire.   He did not do this alone as his predecessors Harry Truman and Jack Kennedy also stood up to the Communist lies.   And Reagan’s contemporaries, Margaret Thatcher and Pope John Paul II (who had grown up under Communism) stood tall with a great American President.

One of the places we see the failure of the Left most markedly is in our inner-cities.  In The Speech for Barry Goldwater that Ronald Reagan delivered in October 1964 he asked if at some point we should not see positive results of the programs of the Left which were costing us billions (now trillions).  Instead we saw then and see now The Left leading to a “thousand years of darkness.”

Donald Trump did something similar in Milwaukee on Tuesday when he outlined the failure of Democrats in our cities.  He noted that Democrats have led most of our cities for 50 years and then asked Reagan’s question about results–have things improved for blacks and other people of color in the cities.  They are, in fact, worse as Democrats take the black vote for granted and then give them only misery in return.

Trump could have given this speech in Ferguson, Baltimore, Baton Rouge, or most any other city where the Left has been in charge.  As the violence continues the anger grows.  The solutions one hears from the elites is gun control, body cameras, disarming the police and decriminalizing drugs.  These are inadequate and superficial.

Thankfully Donald Trump, like Ronald Reagan, has the help of another voice–Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke. Sheriff Clark is a man of faith who offered a thoughtful analysis of what has led to frustration, anger and resentments that Americans in many poor communities feel.  Here is what he says causes riots:

“We have inescapable poverty in the city of Milwaukee. . .the sixth poorest city in America.  You have seen massive black unemployment.  I think it’s at 32%.  You have a failing K-12 public education system.  It’s one of the worst in the nation.  You have questionable lifestyle choices. . .All of these kids with no fathers around, father-absent homes. When fathers aren’t around to shape the behavior of young men, they oftentimes grow up to be unmanageable misfits.  Those are the ingredients.  Milwaukee has all of them.”  He added, “Stop trying to fix the police.  Fix the ghetto.”

Trump and Clarke both pointed to the fact that the government is doing all it can to weaken the Middle Class rather than strengthening it through training in skills that lead to a good job.  Part of the solution is good schools which can be found through vouchers and school choice, both of which are bitterly opposed by teachers’ unions.  And Washington bureaucrats are trying to kill successful job training and career education programs that help people learn these skills.

Is there a success story where a city turned to a Republican leader to solve these problems of crime and poverty and lack of opportunity in the inner-city?  Indeed there is!  Rudy Giuliani is often called “America’s mayor” and he cut the murder rate in New York City by 83%, improved the schools through a voucher and scholarship program (which the current, Far Left Mayor De Blasio is seeking to kill).  As the New York city under Giuliani became safer and education improved, new businesses and established chains moved into Harlem.

Rudy is backing Donald Trump as is Newt Gingrich.  The Republican nominee is better staying on message now and his poll numbers are improving.  Hillary is nowhere to be seen other than her negative ads.  It has been 3/4 of a year since she has held a Press Conference.  Her campaign is a bit like that of Thomas Dewey in 1948 who thought he would win by not appearing.  Meanwhile, his opponent, President Harry Truman, went on a Whistle Stop cross country campaign and won going away.  Dewey’s numbers were so good and Truman’s so bad that pollsters stopped checking the pulse of the country.  The Chicago Tribune famously published the very premature headline “Dewey Defeats Truman.”

Which do you want in this campaign?   More darkness and lies and failure?  Do you want to aim for earth and gain nothing or do you want to take the longer view and gain a real future for our children and grandchildren?   Do you want light and truth or darkness and lies?  Do you want Milton’s Satan of personified self-contradiction? I hope not.

I appeal to C.S. Lewis once again in closing.  In Christian Reflections he wrote, “Where, except in the present, can the eternal be met.”  Now is the moment to decide.  I plan to follow Light as best I can.  Please join me in that.


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