I hate thinking that Detroit must go down more to come up again. When I talk to my many friends in recovery they remind me that it was not the millions of times that someone told them to change, but the fact that they had nowhere else to go that made them change.
It was death or change that got them off the drugs and alcohol that had dominated their lives and destroyed all they had. There was nowhere else to go; they were at a dead end, so they turned around.
We have lost control of everything in the city, policemen are hurting and crime is rising. You don’t have to go in the streets or to a gas station to be robbed in broad daylight. People are being robbed in the yards and on their front porches.
Is this the bottom? Can we now, start to do something different? Can we turn around? Getting a new mayor and a new city council will not help if voters demand the same thing of the new mayor and the new city council that they do of the ones we have now.
We can’t just change the people in the seats or office; we must change the seat and the office by putting in decision makers. I am not a Republican, not even a Lincoln Republican. He was just trying to save the Union and slavery was in the way. But I like the nerd that was elected governor of Michigan, because he will make a decision and just do it. Build that bridge, Mr. Governor. Just built it. Do something different.
Detroit, we must not let the election of city officials be the same. We can’t just elect new faces, we need new people. We need people that will do more than use the office to run for another term. We need change makers.