From The Raw Story:
In the documentary Urban Danger, 84-year-old Republican Congressman Roscoe Bartlett, who is serving his tenth term as the representative of Maryland’s Sixth District, explains why US citizens should avoid living in cities. “There are a number of events that could create a situation in our cities where civil unrest could be a very high probability,” Bartlett said in the film. “And I think that those who can and those who understand need to take advantage of this opportunity when the winds of strife are not blowing to move their families out of the city.”
My man Roscoe sounds like a real estate agent 40 years ago in Philadelphia: “Run for your lives, you fools, or drown in the encroaching black tide. I can offer you a great deal on a two-story, semi-detached dump in Delaware County, and so what if you have to drive ten miles to buy a loaf of bread? This is your life we’re talking about, man… your children’s lives!
Has this guy never heard of urban sprawl, or of white flight?
To be fair, Roscoe is a Tea Party Caucus member and a Seventh-day Adventist, but there’s no indication he’s a racist. He seems to be saying we should flee the wicked cities because of biological warfare or some other version of the apocalypse.
Maybe Roscoe seems crazy only to those of us who would rather be in the city than in the boondocks when things fall apart in a big way.