Monday, July 9, 2012

Trading One Form of Tyranny for Another

I've been busy reading which is why it's been quiet here.  I'm deep into Star Parker's book, Uncle Sam's Plantation:  How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can Do About It.  She has a compelling personal story and, like C. L. Bryant and others, makes the case that welfare is the new plantation.  From one set of chains to another.

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:


Mr. SIGIS said...

It is said that the Romans provided free wheat to Roman citizens and entertained them by putting on costly circus games and other forms of entertainment as a means of gaining political power.

And we all know what happened to the Roman Empire.

Red said...

I think you have your finger on the pulse of something very important and critical to turning around the political and social environment of this country. This country lacks pride in itself and is rampant with the attitude of entitlement throughout all walks of life, not just the impoverished. Focusing on what is the nut of the Democratic party's success--enslaving minorities-- and shinging a light on those practices is hopefully what will wake people up to the fact that they are being had. It takes people like Star Parker, Lt. Col. Allen West, C.L. Bryant and others to be wayshowers and leaders. Hopefully not only blacks but other minorities and those embedded in the welfare system will 'click' to their message and practices of doing better for oneself instead of waiting for the government to provide. It's a long shot but I believe you are really on to a big message here Pat. I'd like to see TOM and Red State pick this up as well.

The following says it all perfectly:

"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."

Keep it up ;-)

Red said...

I linked you in the comments at TOM here:

Pat Austin said...

Thanks Red!

Red said...

Sure thing.

Mr. SIGIS said...


So true, but the problem is now a large number of whites are jumping onto the welfare wagon as fast as they can get on. I don't understand this mentality. When I retired from the police department I could have sat on the couch with a comfortably, but I didn't want to be comfortable. I wanted to be able to give Pat things and to do more than what comfortable could provide. Yet, the people on welfare are stuck in the lower strata of the economic scale taking a happily what the government gives them while screaming they're barely existing. IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE!!!!!!!!!!

Luke Livingston said...

Everyone in Bossier City and Shreveport, please grab 10 friends and go watch Runaway Slave at the Regal on Shed Rd. We need your support to show the theater chains There is demand for good quality films about liberty, freedom and the truth. Otherwise, Michael Moore films are all we will ever see. Luke Livingston, Exec Producer.