Pat and Kate Scopelliti's latest (5th) installment of a 12-part series,"Heal our Cities," exclusive to Corsi Nation, reads like a prayer. It reads like a rallying cry. And it reads like a command to each of us to join in the #MAGA movement. It also reminds us to #WalkAway from the Democratic Party's destructive policies as we walk toward the voting stations this November.
Pat and Kate Scopelliti are the authors of America First--The MAGA Manifesto: A Handbook for the 2018 Midterms and Beyond. The Foreword is written by LTG (Retired) Michael T. Flynn. Information about their book is available here.
Heal our Cities--Installment 5 of 12
Who stands to gain the most from the MAGA Movement? Surely every American benefits from an exploding economy. But we propose it is America’s city dwellers. With joblessness plummeting, every able-bodied, self-willed person can now find a needy employer willing to pay decent wages for a fair day’s work. The American people are rising again, filled with new hope and revitalized energy.
We hail from Detroit (Kate) and Chicago (Pat). During the course of our lives, we have witnessed the increasing devastation of the cities we love. We met in California in 1981; both of us adored San Francisco and spent as much time there as we were able . . . until it became painfully apparent that Democrat control of that sparkling jewel, the City by the Bay, was destroying its charm, grace, and welcome. When last we visited, in 2005, we were shocked by its decline. We came away deeply saddened, knowing we might never visit again. Urban decay, in all forms, allowed and actually supported by the Democrat agenda, was widely prevalent and simply too painful to observe.
And today, by all accounts, San Francisco is in much worse shape than it was 13 years ago.
These once beautiful and economically powerful American cities must be saved. We propose that “Make San Francisco Great Again,” “Make Detroit Great Again,” “Make Chicago Great Again,” “Make All Our Cities Great Again” must be a huge part of the mission our movement empowers. How do we begin? With their governance, of course.
Here’s what we mean. Take the Black Lives Matter Movement, for example. To whom should their heartfelt message be sent? How about sending it loud and clear to those who allow the law to be obliterated and justice to be diverted? How is it that we have ignored Martin Luther King Jr.’s command that we judge others not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character? The answer is that the law itself has been betrayed and abandoned in our cities and in predominantly African-American communities. The Democratic powers who purport to fairly and appropriately govern our cities are the very ones who do not care about black lives.
Detroit has suffered from exclusively Democrat control since 1962 and Chicago since 1931. San Francisco’s last Republican mayor’s term ended in 1964; Baltimore has been under exclusively Democrat control since 1967, and Los Angeles since 2001. The list goes on.
The challenge of healing our cities is among the most daunting the MAGA Movement faces. Yet, there is no other acceptable option. We must never give up until every American city is safe, healthy, strong, and as lovely as it can possibly be, for the citizens who reside there and those from around the world who may visit.
Crime in our cities is unacceptable. Deaths and injuries of their citizens due to violent gangs and drug dealing is intolerable. The experiment of taking guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens and thereby empowering criminals to rise up over them and bring them to their knees is suicidal.
The national media, with its obsession of lodging every false allegation imaginable against President Trump, couldn’t care less about the lives lost in Chicago to gun-wielding criminals every weekend.
Corrupt ties exist between global drug cartels and corrupt city governments. Turf wars in Chicago’s South Side make it more dangerous for innocent black children than Afghanistan for our brave soldiers. Tourism continues to drop as the stench of human excrement on the sidewalks of San Francisco grows. It is now a budgetary issue for San Francisco to find the necessary funds to pay for the removal of the filth deposited daily. Where is city government's pride? How low must our cities descend before we realize that new policies and directives are called for?
You might be surprised to learn that our journey as a family led us to Cancun, Mexico. We lived there for five years and saw the same forces at play. What we discovered, in extreme form, was the near-infinite reach of the drug cartels. Not only do they own and control the vast majority of hotels and banks, their power over the justice system from judges down to police officers, and the ever growing corruption made it impossible for us to safely remain.
Upon our return to the States, we relocated to Maryland, spent a good deal of time in Baltimore, and saw the same deteriorating conditions as we’d witnessed in San Francisco and Cancun. Major thoroughfares with strewn garbage and tall weeds, previously glorious buildings boarded up and vacant, city blight metastasizing into the heart of downtown were devastating to us.
We now live in Charlottesville, Virginia, and here a word must be said about the events of August 12, 2017 and President Trump’s remarks. There is a simple formula for empowering protests among potentially violent parties, established in Skokie, Illinois, in 1977. The answer is just this. Keep the two sides apart. Arrest anyone who breaks the law. Violence is NOT a part of our right to protest. Peaceful protest is our right.
Here in Charlottesville, the lessons of Skokie were not employed. When President Trump called out both sides for the illegality of their actions, he was 100% right. But, the national media, and so many of the swamp-dwelling members of his own party and even some in his own administration did not care about the laws that would keep our cities safe. They only cared about political correctness and appearances, sound bites that made them look like concerned advocates. Along with the corrupt media, they viciously attacked our law-abiding President to their shame.
It is this same shame that dooms our cities as long as laws are not enforced. Who speaks for the lost children and their weeping parents, when the criminals and their corrupt politicians allow havoc to reign supreme?
President Trump asks those of us who love American cities what have we got to lose? President Trump understands that it is our once great cities which need to #WalkAway more than any other part of American society. Let's remove the Democrat rule over our cities and vote in those candidates who believe in Making America Great Again. Our success will ultimately be determined as much by the healing of our cities as by any other measure.