When I finish Ms. Parker's book, I have Silence Makes the Loudest Sound: A Conversation Between African-Americans and the Republican Party by Marvin D. Rogers.
All of this, of course, is inspired by C. L. Bryant's Runaway Slave documentary which I saw this past weekend. The thesis isn't new: Democratic entitlement programs have enslaved many black Americans to a dependency on the government, thus the politicians get power and money while the poor get handouts and remain dependent. The Democratic programs have also decimated the family unit in black communities; to get that welfare check there must be only one parent and the more kids there are, the more money you get.
Rush Limbaugh talked about this very subject today:
We have 48% of the people in this country not paying income tax, and yet all of them... And this is important in trying to assess all this. All of these people are eating. They're not going hungry. And they all have their cell phones. And they all are able to afford to use their cell phones. And they all have their plasma TVs, and they're all able to sign up for cable and use them. Despite all of the economic malaise. Now, the reason for this is that we're $16 trillion in debt. We've got an administration which is happily paying for this result.
There is no longer a stigma to being unemployed or a stigma to being on welfare.
What will hopefully happen as C. L. Bryant's documentary makes its way across the country at the end of the month is that people will talk about this and raise awareness. Hopefully more people will be inspired to take Star Parker's route and turn their backs on a life of dependency and poverty and instead dedicate themselves to honest work, renewed self-esteem and prosperity. C. L. and the participants in this film hope to reach what he calls the "closet conservatives."
Of course, the only way for those on welfare to prosper is to reject the big government programs favored by the Democrats and to elect small government, fiscal conservatives who support small business development and job creation on all levels. That, and as Parker notes, a strong moral code: "Although the poor need free enterprise, capital investment, and rising productivity in order to attain better living standards, the lack of a sustainable moral code and value system brings such endeavors to naught."
Nobody ever got rich living on welfare, Parker says.
Amen to that.
Watch this clip with C. L. Bryant and Deneen Borelli talking with Glenn Beck. It's 26 minutes but well worth your time: