Much has been written about the demise of the Motor City, expounding on the inevitable result of progressive liberalism gone wild and the potential ramifications to our communities if we allow the same forces to remain in power.
Pictures and stories of the once-great American metropolis, brought to her knees, are staggering. As if the complete default of the city on its financial obligations wasn’t bad enough, Detroit continues to produce horrifying headline after horrifying headline, the most recent being a series of female victims who have each been found tied to a chair and burned to death in abandoned buildings throughout the city. It is hard to fathom that these stories are not coming from Mogadishu, but a major American city which holds a prestigious place in our history. How could a city which achieved such prominence become so godforsaken, both figuratively and literally?
G.K. Chesterton, once wrote, “Men did not love Rome because she was great. She was great because they had loved her,” (Orthodoxy). Rome’s greatness did not lead to the adoration of Romans. It was because of the adoration of her citizens that Rome’s greatness became fact. How starkly apparent this axiom becomes when applied to entities like Detroit or the United States herself. Men did not despise Detroit because she was broke. She was broke because men had despised her. Too often the cart is put before the horse and the result is mistaken for the cause.
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