Decline of Democrat-Run Cities & States

Decline of Democrat-Run Cities & States


American politics is dominated by an enduring myth to which everyone pays lip service—that Democrats are the party of the common man; the voiceless, the powerless, the poor.  That if you care about what happens to the least among us, you will cast your vote in the Democratic column.

But the reality is this: the vast majority of voiceless, powerless and poor people are concentrated in Detroit, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Chicago, Atlanta, and America’s other large urban centers. Virtually all of them are run by Democrats and have been for decades, sometimes for as long as 50 to 100 years. Everything that is wrong with America’s cities that can be affected by policy, Democrats are responsible for. There are poor people to be helped, but Democrats have buried them deeper in poverty and powerlessness. For minorities, Democrats are part of the problem rather than part of the solution.

The great American cities of the early 20th century were run for the most part by politicians whose allegiance was to the New Deal, many of them autocrats who held office for decades. But they were judged on how well their policies produced real-life solutions for the poor and how well they translated the poor into the middle class. Voters and residents were interested only in one thing: whether or not the cities these politicians managed “worked.”

That was then, and this is now. Since the 1960s, America’s urban centers have slid into violence, corruption, and dysfunction on a colossal scale. Democrat Party policies have turned these once-great metropolises into little more than holding cells for blacks, Hispanics, and other minorities made impotent and immiserated by the policies of their Democratic Party rulers. This urban tragedy is not the result of some impersonal historical process; nor is it, as the Democrats who have presided over the catastrophe like to charge, caused by racism or neglect by the federal government. The reasons for the decline of America’s cities are complicated, but there should be no argument that it has occurred during the reign of policies designed and implemented by the Democrats, or that this decline began in the 1960s, when the pragmatic centrists who had defined this Party for a generation, and who had built vibrant and imminently livable cities, were defeated by “new politics” liberals who were soon calling themselves “progressives” and who proceeded to make these cities into mad laboratories for their leftist ideological experiments.

The city profiles in this section give the lie to the leftist idea—never anything more than a power grab disguised as compassion—that it takes a government to elevate an individual. By documenting the ruinous state of our once-great cities, these profiles illumine a darker truth: that it takes a government to destroy the communities that give individual life dignity and purpose.


* Atlanta, GA

* Baltimore, MD

* Buffalo, NY

* Camden, NJ

* Chicago, IL

* Cleveland, OH

* Detroit, MI

* Flint, MI

* Milwaukee, WI

* Minneapolis, MN

* Newark, NJ

* Philadelphia, PA

* St. Louis, MO

* Washington, D.C.


* California

* Illinois

Additional Resources:

The New Shame of the Cities (pamphlet)
By John Perazzo
August 2014

1% of Democrat Counties Make up 42% of America’s Murders

Embracing Failure: Despite Recent Crime Spikes, Decarceration Advocates Are Unrepentant
By Rafael A. Mangual
Winter 2023

America’s Shadow Self: Ruinous Policies Have Transformed California …
Michael Shellenberger
February 26, 2023

Do Progressive Policies Hurt Black Americans?
By  Kurt Williamsen
November 21, 2013

Historian Says Don’t ‘Sanitize’ How Our Government Created Ghettos
May 14, 2015

Blue Cities Bleeding: Homicide Rates Surging in Major Cities Run by Soros-Backed DAs
By Aaron Kliegman
October 21, 2022

Big Dem Cities, Big Dem Poverty
By Arnold Ahlert
December 17, 2013

Mapping America’s Distressed Communities, Zip Code by Zip Code
By Sue Chang
February 25, 2016

The Democrat Model for the Future Is the Worst City in America
By Daniel Greenfield
June 1, 2021


How to Make Our Cities Safer
By Tom Hogan
March 20, 2023

The Most Shameful Injustice
By Bill Whittle

Why Cities Are So Left-Wing
By The Why Minutes
October 2023

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