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Old February 14th, 2012, 07:56 AM   #1
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Of all the sins of leftism — its assault on our Constitution, its undermining of our inalienable rights, its hobbling of the economy — none is quite so wicked as its virtual enslavement of the black underclass. It was increases in welfare and the institutionalization of leftist attitudes that, beginning around 1964, brought a century of improvements in black life to a crashing halt. In this 2007 City Journal article, my brilliant friend Myron Magnet explained how it happened:


Though welfare was part of the answer, the real explanation was larger. It was cultural, not economic. Begun by the elites, vast changes reshaped mainstream attitudes in the 1960s. Sex became fine outside marriage, and illegitimacy lost its stigma. Drugs were cool; social authority and tradition weren’t. America was deemed a racist, unjust society that victimized and impoverished blacks, who could rarely better their condition and who therefore deserved generous welfare benefits as reparations for past and present oppression. If blacks committed crime, the system that drove them to it, out of poverty or as an act of protest, was at fault: we shouldn’t blame the victim, as the saying went—meaning the poor criminal, not his prey. Since people shape their actions according to the ideas and beliefs they hold, when these new attitudes reached the inner cities, what could result but an epidemic of social dysfunction?
This leftist witchcraft transformed the once-great gains of the Civil Rights movement into a virtually inescapable structure of government hand-outs and dependency, establishing the Democratic Party as masters of a new plantation with black front men like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton playing the role of go-betweens and overseers. Unlike the original forms of slavery which the Democratic Party defended and upheld for so long, this program of dependency introduced a new wrinkle: it enticed blacks into facilitating and supporting their own subjection. Over 90 percent of blacks vote for the party that has locked them in the slums of Detroit, New Orleans, and Chicago. Some 96 percent of blacks voted for Barack Obama, during whose presidency black unemployment and poverty have skyrocketed, especially among the young.

In order to prevent any liberating message of moral and economic self-sufficiency from reaching their captive black constituency, leftists have waged a scurrilous 50-year campaign to brand conservative whites racist. To do that, of course, the term had to be redefined. Racism once meant a belief that some races were inferior to others. It now refers to any misspoken word or gesture or slightly untoward attitude that might be used to silence a conservative or at least prevent dependent blacks from listening to him. Just watch the ugly, twisted, dishonest, and corrupt attempts by the network news media and others to paint the Tea Party movement as racist per se. Why do that to innocent Americans whose agenda has nothing to do with race at all? Because — if the Democrat Party’s economically enslaved black base ever listened to the Tea Party message, it might come to its senses, break its shackles, and head for freedom.



Over the weekend, I was deeply moved — not to mention infuriated — by a powerful documentary called Runaway Slave. It follows Tea Party powerhouse Reverend C.L. Bryant on a journey across America as he seeks to discover whether blacks are finally “free at last.” Bryant talks to many leaders you’ll recognize — Thomas Sowell, Allen West, and Herman Cain, for example — and many others who are working locally against the insidious and crippling government takeover of black lives. In some truly telling moments, he also confronts leftist black leaders face to face.



Expelled from his Louisiana pulpit for preaching against entitlements, Bryant narrates the film as a cri du coeur against a leftist plantation that thrives and feeds off a dependent black population. According to the film’s statistics, forty percent of that population is on welfare; 72 percent of its children are born out of wedlock; and its 48 percent abortion rate is like Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger’s most evil eugenic dreams come true. All of that is good news for a Democratic Party that routinely trades government hand-outs for power.



This is Black History Month. Celebrate it by watching the trailer above through to the end. Then visit the movie’s website and give it what love you can. The film is finished and the filmmakers are in the process of rolling it out with showings city to city and could use some help. If there’s any hope for our fellow Americans trapped on the government’s plantation, it’s in the fearless voices of people like the Reverend Bryant — and you.



(By way of full disclosure: this movie was sent to me by a friend and I was delighted and surprised to see many people in it whom I know and like and admire — Glenn Beck, Andrew Breitbart, Jesse Lee Peterson, Tony Katz, Alfonso Rachel, Sonia Schmidt, and Bill Whittle, to name those I recall in alphabetical order. But I had nothing to do with the picture and wouldn’t recommend it if I hadn’t found it as compelling as I did.)



Go to the link to watch the video.



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Old February 14th, 2012, 08:25 AM   #2
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I think we should acknowledge that some welfare programs in the past were not well designed and in some cases did encourage dependency.… As somebody who worked in low-income neighborhoods, I’ve seen it where people weren’t encouraged to work, weren’t encouraged to upgrade their skills, were just getting a check, and over time their motivation started to diminish. And I think even if you’re progressive you’ve got to acknowledge that some of these things have not been well designed. -- President Obama, July 2011
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I think blacks still get the shaft in today's society.
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I think blacks still get the shaft in today's society.


I think so too. These things take time, and the quote from the President in Imaginethat's post is right. I agree with him. Things are not done in the best way with our system and for black people, they never have been. Institutionalized racism takes a long time to dissipate when it was a way of life and a source of wealth for so long. However, it's getting better and better.
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I think we should acknowledge that some welfare programs in the past were not well designed and in some cases did encourage dependency.… As somebody who worked in low-income neighborhoods, I’ve seen it where people weren’t encouraged to work, weren’t encouraged to upgrade their skills, were just getting a check, and over time their motivation started to diminish. And I think even if you’re progressive you’ve got to acknowledge that some of these things have not been well designed. -- President Obama, July 2011


I never thought I'd actually agree with something he said, someone probably wrote it. I firmly believe that given a chance anyone from any walk of life can be a CEO of a branch of the Fed, a President, a multimillion dollar sport or movie star, of a musical giant. Disinfranchized low-income families are encouraged not to progress themselves economically through education and hard-work by many factors. Some are the fault of the government through socialized programs which breed dependancy(which Obama stated above), some are the fault of the envirnoment they find themselves in, and some factors invovle the individuals lack of motivation due to the situation they currently find themselves.



However, special treatment of minorities, I believe, breeds dependancy on the state. Since this is a political forum I do have to say that those on the left and right use this dependancy to garnish wages under the pretense of larger state funded social welfare programs. Self-reliance should not be an avenue avoided. Martin Luther King JR. said it perfectly:

" I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal." I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom..."
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I think we should acknowledge that some welfare programs in the past were not well designed and in some cases did encourage dependency.… As somebody who worked in low-income neighborhoods, I’ve seen it where people weren’t encouraged to work, weren’t encouraged to upgrade their skills, were just getting a check, and over time their motivation started to diminish. And I think even if you’re progressive you’ve got to acknowledge that some of these things have not been well designed. -- President Obama, July 2011


I never thought I'd actually agree with something he said, someone probably wrote it. I firmly believe that given a chance anyone from any walk of life can be a CEO of a branch of the Fed, a President, a multimillion dollar sport or movie star, of a musical giant. Disinfranchized low-income families are encouraged not to progress themselves economically through education and hard-work by many factors. Some are the fault of the government through socialized programs which breed dependancy(which Obama stated above), some are the fault of the envirnoment they find themselves in, and some factors invovle the individuals lack of motivation due to the situation they currently find themselves.



However, special treatment of minorities, I believe, breeds dependancy on the state. Since this is a political forum I do have to say that those on the left and right use this dependancy to garnish wages under the pretense of larger state funded social welfare programs. Self-reliance should not be an avenue avoided. Martin Luther King JR. said it perfectly:

" I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal." I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom..."


MLK never advocated for generational welfare. I remember the black pride movement in the beginning. It was cool, black ladies not straightening their hair to look white. Guys with afros.



The politics of race have become naked politics. These politics, while claiming to stand for all people being created equal and with unalienable rights, instead thrive on inequality. Cross-party exchanges of racism have some validity. On exploiting racism for political gain, each is culpable.



It's partisanship - party first - that's paralyzed America, primarily because neither party has it right.



I wonder if you chuckle sometimes when you think about Ron Paul being a Republican. I know I do. He's not the third way. He's the other way.
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I think blacks still get the shaft in today's society.


I think so too. These things take time, and the quote from the President in Imaginethat's post is right. I agree with him. Things are not done in the best way with our system and for black people, they never have been. Institutionalized racism takes a long time to dissipate when it was a way of life and a source of wealth for so long. However, it's getting better and better.


I agree. The Dems are responsible for the "institutionalized racism".



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