Our Murdered Cities and the Freedom-Eaters

“Gary, Indiana, Gary, Indiana, Gary, Indiana. Let me say it again. Gary, Indiana, Gary, Indiana, Gary, Indiana. That’s the town that ‘knew me when’…”

Most of us have heard that song. It’s from “The Music Man.” It’s a famous song, and it made the city famous. How many American cities are the subjects of a famous song?

But Gary, Indiana, for all practical purposes, is no more.

There are still some 80,000 people living there, according to the 2010 census—a decrease of almost 17% from the 2000 census. In 1960 Gary had a population of over 178,000; so today’s population figure represents a decrease of about 55%.

To get a better feel for what those numbers mean, you have to see the pictures. You can take an online tour of Gary, Indiana, on the “Forbidden Places” website.

Yes, the pictures tell the story. Schools, hospitals, the Methodist Church; post offices, factories, office buildings, and the Jackson Five Theater—all abandoned, all quietly rotting away. Broken windows, floors covered with debris, and peeling ceilings. Tons and tons of equipment, furniture, and accessories: desks, hospital beds, wheelchairs, file cabinets, electrical fixtures. And outside, mile after mile of empty streets—no cars, no pedestrians. When 80,000 people inhabit a city that once, and not so long ago, housed 178,000, it leaves a lot of unused space. One is reminded of Isaiah’s prophetic vision of the ruins of Babylon:

“It shall never be inhabited… But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there, and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there.” (Isaiah 13:20-21)

Consider the waste. That furniture and equipment were not decayed and useless when first they were abandoned. Much of it must have been left behind in satisfactory working order. And we see vast quantities of iron and steel left behind to rust, and tons of beautiful building stone.

Why was none of it salvaged? Once upon a time, Japan built a modern navy out of scrap metal. And if you’ve ever had to rent a hospital bed for home care, you know it’s a costly proposition. You’d think some of those hundreds or thousands of beds might have been sold, or donated. But no—it’s all been left behind to rust and rot.

Consider the labor that went into building this city, the dreams, the hope, the sacrifice, the sweat, the tears, the joy: and all that, too, has gone to waste.

But then one gets to thinking, “How much more of America is going to look like this, before our leaders are finished with it?” In “America the Beautiful” we sing the line, “Thine alabaster cities gleam.” How many of our cities have stopped gleaming, since those words were written? Have you looked at any pictures of Detroit lately?

“How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people! How is she become as a widow! She that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary!” (Lamentations 1:1)

We’ve got the “smart growth,” save-the-planet crowd, who wants to “build down” Western civilization. In 2009, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s “green advisers” told him Britain had to get rid of 32 million Britons—somehow! They didn’t say how: only that the UK had better cut its population from 62 million to 30 million, or else Britain wouldn’t be “sustainable.”

Whenever you hear a statist use the word “sustainable,” watch out.

Gary, Indiana, came into being as a steel town. It died because America’s steel production industry was permitted to die. Gary didn’t die because a plague hit it, because the Assyrians razed it to the ground, or because a flood erased it. Gary died because our leaders of politics and industry decided America didn’t need to make steel anymore.

It was, perhaps, a case of involuntary manslaughter. Maybe Detroit is negligent homicide. But the next generation of ravaged, rotting cities appears to be on the short list for premeditated murder.

Murder by whom?

By the freedom-eaters—the Agenda 21, Man-Made Global Warming mob; George Soros, Maurice Strong, and their robot in the White House; by the country club Republicans who let the Democrats take the blame but are very much along for the ride; by Planned Non-Parenthood, the “Human Rights” Campaign, and the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement; by the whole devouring locust-swarm of statist zealots who will do what’s best for us even if they have to kill us: the whole Godless crowd of freedom-eaters.

That’s who.

7 comments on “Our Murdered Cities and the Freedom-Eaters

  1. My gosh, I had heard from people who have taken trips back through the midwest, but still couldn’t picture the gravity of the situation. Your pictures as well as word pictures tell the story graphically. It is so sad, I can’t bear
    to look for very long. I worked in a real estate office until 2009, and a client related the facts about his home town, Detroit. I had no idea how
    widespread the problem really is. Your Scripture quotes are so appropos.

    1. I visited Detroit several times, back in the 1970s. It was an ordinary, normal city then.
      There are all sorts of sites on the Internet where you can see pictures of many cities where this has been made to happen–by misgovernment, mostly.
      I cannot think of a single one of those cities that was not governed by Democrats.

  2. “All that is required for evil men to prevail….is for good men to do nothing”!

  3. Hello Lee! Great column on Gary, Indiana and the demise of the American Steel industry. Interesting that both you and Michael (cough) Moore both think it was a bonehead idea to stop manufacturing steel in America. I imagine you two would have a very different view on how this could have been prevented, however. At any rate, interesting, and very appropriate for a May 1st column. “Worker’s Day” should be about work, and how sad that opportunities for good old fashioned honest labor have been disappearing from the American landscape.

    Best regards,

    1. Welcome to the blog, Jess!
      I am not going to recant my position just because Michael Moore agrees with it. Actually, those pictures of Gary, Indiana, brought me very close to tears. How could the world’s smartest people have allowed this to happen? “Oh, but that’s OK–all those steelworkers can just go into the service industries, right?”
      God blesses honest labor, and those who cheat the workman stand in danger of judgment.
      I doubt He blesses dishonest labor… but that’s another topic for another day.

    2. Excellent article Lee. I witnessed as a young boy, and later as an adult the demise of a thriving steel related industry in my hometown of New Castle,Pa, and in the Homestead,Pa Youngstown,OH areas. In the cases that I recall, most shutdowns were the result of high labor and material costs; brought about by the Unionization of the related industries. Strikes and Boycotts followed from the late ’40s into the early 60’s..to the point where it was more cost effective to shut-down and purchase from Belgium..and now China! If the current trend of out-sourcing continues, much longer….we will have a multitude of Gary’s throughout the nation.

    3. Ironic, isn’t it, the role played by unions in the demise of American industry? Unions were founded to protect workers, but wound up chasing away the workers’ jobs. Meanwhile, I’m afraid we already have a multitude of dying cities throughout the nation. Detroit; Camden, NJ… The Internet is full of depressing photo galleries.

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