Detroit- The Original Motor City, Home of Motown, is the most populous city in Michigan. The Midwest is the "Heartland of America". Detroit is in big trouble. Bankrupt. Down, but not out. Sadly, successful natives sped away. Hopefully Megyn Kelly and the entire Fox Team will focus the Detroit debate on economic development solutions for this iconic city and other struggling communities across America. GOP front runner, Real Estate Developer Donald Trump has the credentials and resources. Retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson will not be on the debate stage but is a perfect team-player to help Trump, "Make Detroit and America Great Again!"
Detroit's Got Talent! Heart and Soul Motown
The long list of talented Americans from Detroit representing vibrant fields of expertise is astounding. Sports, arts, science, medicine, automobiles, and music talent like no other place. Berry Gordy, born in Detroit, the grandson of an indentured servant in Georgia, founded Motown Records in 1959. The theme of Motown hit songs is exactly what Detroit needs, starting with "Money (That's What I Want.)" Visionary Developer Trump, could consider the challenge and opportunity of "Make Detroit Great Again!" After all, he's proven that there "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" for him to climb. And the good folk of this American iconic city "Ain't Too Proud To Beg," cause Mr. Trump, "You Got What It Takes!"- to turn this place around. And good Dr. Carson, your birthplace is calling you to "Come to Me", and use your incredible God-given brain to lead the campaign for saving and transforming this national treasure. It's been on life support far too long. Detroit has heart and soul, so with help from "non-corrupt" politicians and creative entrepreneurs, it will quickly breathe on its own and sing like "The Supremes!"
Hollywood in The Heartland
To survive and thrive Detroit needs the Trump-Carson team to resuscitate, renovate and regenerate revenues, thereby gaining even more "R.E.S.P.E.C.T." so there will be "Dancing in the Street" and more "Pink Cadillacs." This nostalgic song brings back personal memories of the fabulous American auto industry, like no other. Our Mom drove her five daughters to auditions for work in Hollywood in her 1956 Pink Cadillac Convertible, even giving a ride to performers "The Loving Spoonful" because they were so taken by the unique experience.
When we think about it, Detroit made America great! How would America have been so successful and thrived without American automobiles? One only need to read the book "The Reckoning" to better understand how we lost the greatness of Detroit. We let Japan win and Detroit lost. The commitment to restore opportunity for growth, creating more jobs, jobs, jobs and safe neighborhoods in Detroit, the Hollywood Music Capitol of the Midwest, is reminiscent of the Blues Brothers. They took on a mission, "a mission from God," to save their alma mater. With entrepreneurial vision and sound political policies, locally and federally, the ability to attract private investment from successful Americans will result in small businesses, large businesses and everything in between. This economic development campaign will lift minorities, youth and auto union members in Detroit. We need dynamic leadership, "no more talk, only action" approach. "Status quo" fails Detroit and America.
Develop and Market
The key to "Make Detroit Great Again" is to have a strategic development and marketing plan and the leadership to implement it, on budget and on time. Mr. Trump has the expertise and team to get the job done. Dr. Carson has the background to lead this complicated mission. Like the "Masked Marvel of Detroit", Dr. Carson can do amazing things. Anyone that can successfully separate twin's brains must be able to help "Make Detroit-- and America Great Again" in a special capacity.
Proposed Vision for Detroit: Develop and build the greatest "Music, Motor and Museum" City in America. Better than Branson, Missouri or Reno, Nevada or even Hollywood, California! It's ok to put the brand Trump and Carson with Motown, so long as Rosa Parks gets her own street and museum like the favorite, fantastic one for tourists in downtown Montgomery, Alabama.
My first visit to Detroit was to visit Mrs. Rosa Parks and her God-daughter Elaine Steele. It was amazing grace to know both of them and call them God-sisters. We presented Mrs. Parks with The Noel Foundation "Life" Award and worked together on her "Pathways to Freedom" Programs for youth from Detroit. Mrs. Parks said to me something that was so insightful, I shall never forget it. Mentor Rosa Parks said,
"Noel, there's no such thing as 'at risk' youth, only youth-
because all youth, are 'at risk'!"
All parents can relate to this sage lesson. We must help the youth of Detroit and thereby protect the youth and the future of America.
My husband Gordon and his roots are from Michigan, and we are ardent fans of everything from this Great Lakes State. The Lions, Tigers, Wolverines, Spartans, Ford, General Motors, Meier's Thrifty Acres, Whippy Dip and most of all-beloved Rosa Parks.
Unite for Detroit!
Why has the "establishment" in the public and private sector turned their backs on Detroit? This may be a practical way for "We The People" visionaries, dynamic developer Trump and the good Dr. Carson to work with Mitt Romney, who was also born in Detroit but hit the road and did not look back. If Governor Romney of Massachusetts was able to operate the Olympics successfully and help Utah, he can certainly make a difference for Detroit, if he desires. Good way to unite the divided GOP to work toward good for the party, the country and the good people of Detroit. Also reaching out to Eli Broad, the billionaire philanthropist born in Detroit living in Los Angeles is positive and illustrates successful people of varied political ideologies can cooperate and contribute to the renewed success of Detroit. Both Mr. Trump and Dr. Carson have colossal networks of fans and friends who could join the "Make Detroit Great Again" campaign and contribute to its success. Building a new "Motown Motor City" that is visited by millions of American and international tourists annually will help lift the economic plight while having fun at the same time humming the Michael Jackson, Lionel Ritchie tune "We Are the World."
Motor City War Zone Becomes Economic Engine (pun intended)
Since Fox will make plenty of "Money (That's What I Want)" from this debate in Detroit, Mr. Rupert Murdoch can ask his talented grown up kids to work with Trump's amazing kids creating "Music, Motors, Museums... and Fox Movies!" Fox could own the rights to the "New Detroit Reality Show" starring The Trump, Carson, Romney and Murdoch Families with other Americans who desire to "Make Detroit Great Again." What's more, "I Heard It Through The Grapevine"- even Madonna, from nearby Bay City, could join the campaign with her "Ray of Light"- "And feel like she just got home...trying to remember where it all began, she's got herself a little piece of Heaven" ... in Detroit!
By the way, Mr. Trump will negotiate the deals knowing that in Detroit he can be a "Lion" for more than just one day. And Dr. Carson can oversee that the Detroit Lions, Tigers, Pistons and Red Wings heads are protected as he also protects his partner Trump's back. As The Good Book Says, "Bear one another's burdens (Galatians 6:2)."
Dr. Carson is one of the most inspirational candidates ever to be in a presidential race during my lifetime. We are reminded of his virtuous example in St. Paul's message, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race. I have kept the faith (II Timothy 4:7)."
Dr. Carson, thank you for continuing to use your many God-given talents for the good of America and "We The People." In the Gospel words of Jesus, "Well done, good and faithful servant! (Matthew 25:23)"
Brothers and Sisters, Alleluia. Amen.