Sunday, February 10, 2008

Mayor Kilpatrick's Failure In Office by Akindele Akinyemi


The second term of Mayor Kilpatrick's rule in Detroit again comes to another disappointing head, with little to suggest that the remainder of his term will be any better. Events over the past weeks are indicative of ill-equiped governance far removed from reality and the people’s plight. The government of Detroit has once again failed to spur an economic turnaround by skillfully mobilizing the vast resources at it’s disposal. The government of Detroit has once again failed to contain crime and insecurity, by mobilizing it’s vast resources in instituting meaningful collaborations with communities across the nation. The government of Detroit has once again failed to address crippling levels of unemployment, by mobilizing it’s vast resources in instituting meaningful collaborations and ventures with communities across the nation.

The government of Detroit has once again failed to contain high level corruption by apprehending the offenders through the mobilization of it’s vast resources. Of grave concern in particular, are the continued and growing incidents of government have now sanctioned crime and sleaze. The governments of Detroit has once again failed to arrest spiraling social decadence that daily continues to manifest itself through pedophilia, rape, illegal abortions, underage sex, illicit sex and substance abuse of all and different natures. The government of Detroit, under Mayor Kilpatrick's direction, has once again failed to give hope and direction to the people of Detroit.

The soul of this city is in a coma and the entire Detroit leadership, whether in the city government or state government, is tragically doing nothing to remedy this ghastly and fatal condition. Tales of Detroit politicians being paid off by powerful interest groups, in return for their votes in passing crucial bills in government, are indicative of a city that has gone to the dogs. Scenes of city government officials openly confronting and openly insulting each other, are a sign that government functions have ground to a complete halt.

The entire Detroit leadership as we presently know it, is clearly just a lull before a major storm. Unless drastic action is taken to address and remedy the vast problems afflicting this city and it’s people, a vicious and violent uprising is not far off. No attempt is being made to build goodwill at the grassroots, and this is the reason why several groups within one city have evolved, up to and including the Black mafia that controls the underworld here in Detroit. This city is so amorphous and so desperate, it’s difficult to tell who is really in control.

Hundreds upon hundreds of people, not least the trained and educated elite, are daily being marginalized by a system that cannot cope with vast changes that this city has undergone over the past fifty one years. There are next to no opportunities left in Detroit anymore, and even worse, there are no concrete steps in place to create them. If the city government has a plan, it has failed to communicate it’s vision, goal, objective and mission to the people, which is as bad as having no mission at all.

While Mayor Kilpatrick is lying about his mission from God crap on radio and television when will he discuss the evergrowing crisis of poverty in this city? Mayor Kilpatrick's Adminstration has failed to curb poverty and disease in Detroit that is inflicting its long-suffering residents. Poverty in Detroit is widely seen as one of the global challenges of the 21st century. In an age when all other regions of the world are making progress in building their capacity to meet the basic material needs of their people, Detroit stands out as the exception where stagnation or even regression is the order of the day.

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