Thursday, February 29, 2024

Mississippi’s Decaying and Decrepit Capital City a Leftist-Run Eyesore

Have you taken a drive through Jackson, Mississippi lately?

Just remember to dodge the potholes. And if you can drive on the rest of the poorly maintained roads without damaging your shocks, struts, and/or your catalytic converter then stop (but only if it’s safe) and survey your surroundings.

What you will see is akin to a Scooby-Doo Ghost Town where billboards for sleazy gentlemen’s clubs dominate the interstate. You will see dead restaurants. Dead motels. Dead shopping centers. Dead cineplexes. Dead malls. Just dead everywhere. Pray that you can escape the city limits without getting a flat tire. 

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The past month alone, the Jackson, Mississippi Police Department’s twitter reported, among other crimes, a hotel robbery, a pawn shop burglary, carjackings, and armed robberies.

According to the Jackson-based WLBT, people in the city “are being killed at a higher rate per capita in the Capital City than any other major city in the United States.”

“With 153 killings thus far in 2021, the homicide rate for Jackson is 99.5 per 100,000 residents, a rate that blazes past Memphis, St. Louis, and Baltimore,” the station reported.

And now the city has no running water.

Back in the 1980s, Jackson was (from a child’s point of view anyway) a thriving metropolis bustling with people. The city had the best malls, the best hotels, the best restaurants, and even the best zoo. My family and I would make the two-hour commute and make a day of sightseeing, usually during the summers.

Perhaps my childhood recollections of the city aren’t entirely accurate, but the bottom line is that 35 years ago Jackson was an entirely different (and better) city.

What happened?

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I have not followed Jackson’s political scene closely, but current Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba is a socialist. In 2017, Lumumba promised to make Jackson the “most radical city on the planet.”

According to Ballotpedia, only 398 people voted in Jackson’s Republican primary for mayor in April of last year. Exactly 19,841 people voted in that city’s Democratic primary. In the general election, Lumumba got 69.3 percent of the vote. 

Jackson is now another blighted city that is the victim of failed left-of-center and progressive policies, and there is little reason to believe circumstances will change anytime soon.

The next time you drive through Jackson….keep driving.

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