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Making Fun of Detroit

Question: Should we give a pass to those from Detroit to ridicule Detroit?

Consider Steven Crowder, a popular YouTube correspondent (is there such a thing?) who does comic interpretations of life. His most recent effort is "Detroit in RUINS! (Crowder goes Ghetto)". One of his opening lines: "Detroit sucks." The video has had more than 300,000 views so far.

On his personal Web site, he says he was born in Detroit but raised in Montreal.

During the YouTube episode, he blames The Left, government bureaucracy, the United Auto Workers and teachers' unions for ruining Detroit. He also focuses on the "corrupt politicians of the last half century," given the city's longtime trend toward Democratic leaders. He also does a tour of an abandoned Detroit house, highlighting the ruin and the leftover paraphernalia he finds there. He claims this is where America is heading -- a city where the aura is one of "hopelessness," he says. Ugh.

There is a very anti-President Obama feel to the whole thing, and the people who comment on his YouTube and Facebook pages follow that theme pretty closely. A Republican, Crowder has been on "Fox & Friends," "Hannity" and the like, so you know his viewpoint. He often uses the tag line: "Liberalism is a disease... Meet the cure."

Here's what he says about his YouTube effort about the city:

I know that some of you may think that the last thing Detroit needs is another hit piece. Granted, some could consider this video as THE hit piece. Detroit however, can serve as a valuable lesson to the rest of the country. It has been the perfect laboratory for leftist policies at work. The more you examine the policies of Detroit's politicians, the more strikingly similar to this administration they become. The results… are shocking.

Check out his video and tell me what you think.

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