Or at least well over 50% of you are.
You see, after Coleman Young was finally done being mayor of Detroit after about 100 years of race-baiting, corruption, and watching the city go down the toilet, we actually got a decent mayor. Someone who, lord knows why, had wanted to be mayor of Detroit since he was in high school, and actually helped Detroit come back economically.
He did some upoppular things, but he also increased the police presence there, cleaned up the crime a LOT, and got some pretty large businesses to move back downtown (Compuware, General Motors).
Then, after 6 years, he declined to run again. He wanted more time with his family.
In the next race, we got an energetic, charismatic young candidate that everyone thought would be great. Kwame Kilpatrick.
Boy, was everyone wrong. The local newspapers even admitted their mistakes in editorial columns during the recent election. He squandered the city’s money. He gave out contracts to friends and relatives, he harassed the press, refused to comply with requests for information, and cut the police force back (rumored to be because they kept opening up investigations about him). He was awful.
During the recent election, in all the polls leading up to the election, he was trailing by a large margin. In the last week, he somehow managed to make up a lot of ground, and today, I found out he won. We’re back to the days of Coleman Young again. Serious adversity between the city and the 'burbs, allegations of corruption out the wazoo, and nothing but grief until (hopefully) the next election.
Shame on the people of Detroit. You fell for the oldest tricks in the book, AGAIN.