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And so the left, always on the lookout for an opportunity to contort a story to suit their divisive racialist narrative, has made the little town the flashpoint for the controversy and has stoked the flames with an entire deck full of race cards in order to demonize Republicans. “Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz [her MSNBC cohort] Highlight Black Cities Taken Over by Michigan ‘Tyrants,’” reads one headline on a news website catering to blacks [italics added]. Demagogue Jesse Jackson, Jr., the race-baiting equivalent of an ambulance-chasing attorney, penned a Chicago Sun-Times op-ed a year ago in which he wrote that Benton Harbor “may become to economic justice what the small town of Selma was to civil rights.”
In her coverage, Maddow repeatedly refers to Gov. Snyder and the managers as tyrants denying democracy to the city’s poor black inhabitants, even creatively linking the managers to the idea of “enhanced interrogation.” In her April 2 segment she painted the state’s Republicans as destroyers of democracy:
What Governor Rick Snyder and the Republicans in the state legislature have done is upend the idea that in America, we elect people to represent us. In American we are represented by a democratic form of government. Michigan Republicans are ripping that idea out by the roots.
Her condescending civics lesson conveniently ignores 1) the fact that Snyder and the Republican majority were themselves democratically elected by the people of Michigan to help solve this mess, 2) that Benton Harbor’s emergency manager Joe Harris (who is black) was actually appointed under the previous governor, a Democrat, and 3) that a survey from last year shows that Benton Harbor’s citizens support by a two-to-one margin “the nullification of Benton Harbor’s labor agreements if it would help decrease the city’s deficit.” Apparently, FrontPage writer David Forsmark noted a year ago about the poll, those citizens
care more about whether a fire truck will show up at their house, or a cop will respond to an armed robbery than whether the city council’s feathers are ruffled — or whether the city’s garbage collectors will continue to make about 4 times the average income (plus benefits) of the people who pay their wages.
“In Rick Snyder’s Michigan,” Maddow declared with her usual flare for untruth, “democracy is considered part of the problem.” Nonsense. No one’s trying to rid the state of democracy; the law is a last-ditch temporary effort to ensure the state’s solvency and the survival of the poor blacks Maddow pretends to care about. But progressives like Maddow and Jesse Jackson only care about poverty-stricken minorities insofar as the latter are useful in perpetuating the formers’ narrative of racial victimization at the hands of Evil White Republicans – not to mention perpetuating minority dependency on big government.
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