April 2023 Detroiter: State of Democracy

The April Detroiter focuses on competitiveness, extremism, and democracy in the 21st century. Learn about Michigan’s challenges, opportunities, and where we stand today. Read the edition.

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President’s Letter: Democracy Only Works When Compromise is in the Air

One of the heroes of the Republican Party is Barry Goldwater, U.S. Senator from Arizona and 1964 Republican nominee for president. During his quest for the presidency, at a time when the Republican Party was fighting an internal battle between the rising more conservative Westerns and Southerns versus the East Coast and Pacific Northwest moderates, Goldwater famously proclaimed, “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, and moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.” As a young Republican these words rang true to me and others toiling away on Republican campaigns during the Reagan and Bush eras.

Today, however, I view these famous words as more of a cautionary tale. Certainly, America and Americans value liberty and justice as bedrocks of our 200-plus year experiment in self-governance. But the use of the term “extremism” brings near chills to my spine when I put it in the context of today’s polarized environment. Read more.

Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans and Senator Debbie Stabenow attend a community fishing event.

Leadership Matters

Collectively, the leadership of Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties represent more than 3.9 million people or approximately 39% of Michigan’s entire population. That means the performance of the tri-counties goes a long way to determine the prosperity and growth of the entire state.

With voters re-electing both Warren C. Evans in Wayne County (3rd term), and Mark Hackel in Macomb (4th term), and Oakland’s Dave Coulter settling into the third year of his first full four-year term – the tri-counties continue to have strong continuity in its executive leadership. The three county executives shared their top priorities and election analysis with the Detroiter. Read more.

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