Detroit ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years for corruption. He didn’t cause all of Detroit’s problems, but he added to them. He is a symptom of a problem worthy of explicit definition. So, here is the analysis.
When the citizens of Detroit were looking for a mayor to run their troubled city, they had two primary sources: Democrat Party and Republican Party. Who were the available candidates from those parties at the time?
On paper, this son of politicians (both parents) looked great on paper as being academically equipped and qualified.
“Kwame Malik Kilpatrick attended Detroit's Cass Technical High School and graduated from Florida A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science in 1992 (where he was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and captain of the Rattler football team).
He later received a Juris Doctor degree from the Detroit College of Law(now the Michigan State University College of Law) in 1999."
Yet, there is a glaring problem from the get go, his ambition in life was to be a politician. American voters must awaken to the idea that people who aim to be politicians are not the one’s they should elect to office.
Instead, they should look for candidates who are highly accomplished in a profession or business and who have chief executive officer and managerial skills to run government enterprise. In addition, Kwame who is now 43 was too young and inexperienced to assume management of a troubled American city, one that in fact, has failed.
Now, the person who appeared to have a great career will have nothing as he wastes his best years behind bars, and who will never get a chance to apply his credentials again.
His arrogance can be witnessed in his final remarks to the judge:
“Kilpatrick, 43, said he was sorry if he let down his hometown but denied ever stealing from the citizens of Detroit.
"I'm ready to go so the city can move on," Kilpatrick said, speaking softly with a few pages of notes before U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds ordered the sentence.”
“28 years in prison for corrupt ex-Detroit mayor
By ED WHITE10 hours ago
DETROIT (AP) — A former Detroit mayor was sent to federal prison for nearly three decades Thursday, after offering little remorse for the widespread corruption under his watch but acknowledging he let down the troubled city during a critical period before it landed in bankruptcy.