January 1, 2018 SnyderTalk: The Urbanization Problem/Opportunity

“I am Yahweh; that is My Name!  I will not give My glory to anyone else, nor share My praise with carved idols.” (Isaiah 42: 8)



The Urbanization Problem/Opportunity

Thomas Jefferson had some concerns about urbanization that have proven to be well-founded.  Below are a few of them:

  • “When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.”
  • “The mobs of great cities add just so much to support of pure government as sores do to the strength of the human body.”
  • “I view great cities as pestilential to the morals, the health and the liberties of man. True, they nourish some of the elegant arts; but the useful ones can thrive elsewhere; and less perfection in the others, with more health, virtue and freedom, would be my choice.”

Below are a few statistics relating to the urbanization of America:

  • In 1910, 45.6 percent of American’s lived in urban areas.
  • In 1930, 56.1 percent of American’s lived in urban areas.
  • In 1950, 64.0 percent of American’s lived in urban areas.
  • In 1970, 73.6 percent of American’s lived in urban areas.
  • In 1990, 75.2 percent of American’s lived in urban areas.
  • In 2010, 80.7 percent of American’s lived in urban areas.

Urbanization leads to all sorts of problems, just as Thomas Jefferson accurately foresaw:

  • Example 1: “The average annual 1993-98 violent crime rate in urban areas was about 74% higher than the rural rate and 37% higher than the suburban rate.”
  • Example 2: “It is overwhelmingly clear that, at least in the United States, bigger cities have higher crime rates than smaller cities, small towns or rural areas. The data is so clear on this that it is amazing anyone would assert otherwise.”
  • Example 3: “In presidential elections, votes are tallied by county and grouped by state, but zoom in closer and you see that Democrats cluster like blue inkblots on a mostly red map and that many jurisdictions are sharply divided. In the 2016 election, virtually every large urban center and many small ones — white Boise and majority-black Baltimore, wealthy San Francisco and beaten-down Detroit, sprawling sunwashed megalopoli and shrinking union strongholds — rejected the man who became president, often by yawning margins. The density that is one of the defining characteristics of cities forces encounters that, more and more, seem to strengthen Democratic principles — and separates urban dwellers from their rural cousins.”

The “Democratic principles” mentioned in example 3 should have been clearly identified as Democrat Party principles.  Thanks to those principles, crime rates skyrocket and perversions of all sorts flourish and fester.

Urbanites see themselves as better than their country cousins.  They think they are smarter; they think they are more cultured; and they think they have a monopoly on wisdom.  Their arrogance is breathtaking.

“Liberal progressives” rule urban areas.  They depend on support from urbanites to win national elections.  Their disdain for the rest of us is evident, and they haven’t been shy about telling us what they think of us.  For example,

  • The Economist referred to rural Americans as “white trash”.
  • Hillary Clinton called rural Americans bigoted “irredeemable deplorables”.
  • Barack Obama called rural Americans ignorant people who “cling to guns and the Bible”.

President Trump needs to focus on winning cities in 2018 and 2020.  If he can win in a few of the largest cities and reduce the margin of victory for Democrats in the rest, he will win nationally by a wide margin, and he will change political dynamics in the U.S. for many years to come.

No one in America is more familiar with the consequences of urban decay than city dwellers, particularly low-income city dwellers.  Enough of their votes can be won to make a huge difference if they understand that it’s a matter of life and death for them and their families.







“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” (John 17: 22-24)

See “His Name is Yahweh”.

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