I received a truly offensive email forwarded to me today and thought that those of us that believe in a fair, honest society need to read it to see exactly how far the dishonest right wingnuts of this country will go to lie their way back into power.
It would be a measure of sanity for the purveyors of this trash to ask themselves: If you have to lie because the facts do not support your position, what really is your objective? Does the lying make the hating easier? Why not be honest and proudly proclaim your racism?
It’s hard to understand why the Repugnicans so hate the country they say they love.
BTW – Obama a socialist? Mr. Obama, I’m a socialist. You’re no socialist, Mr. Obama.
Sorry for the length. Three parts: Forward by Mr. Evans, the offensive missive and my response.
Forward by Mr. Evans :
This is one of the very best comments on the present situation that I have seen! If a white person had written it, it would be considered extremely racial, but since Star Parker is black and admittedly a product of the “welfare state,” it is acknowledged as a person speaking from experience. I hope that it gets widely circulated.
Back on Uncle Sam’s plantation
Six years ago I wrote a book called Uncle Sam’s Plantation . I wrote the book to tell my own story of what I saw living inside the welfare state and my own transformation out of it.
I said in that book that indeed there are two Americas — a poor America on socialism and a wealthy America on capitalism.
I talked about government programs like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Job Opportunities and Basic Skills Training (JOBS), Emergency Assistance to Needy Families with Children (EANF), Section 8 Housing, and Food Stamps.
A vast sea of perhaps well-intentioned government programs, all initially set into motion in the 1960s by Democrats, that were going to lift the nation’s poor out of poverty.
A benevolent Uncle Sam welcomed mostly poor black Americans onto the government plantation. Those who accepted the invitation switched mindsets from “How do I take care of myself?” to “What do I have to do to stay on the plantation?”
Instead of solving economic problems, government welfare socialism created monstrous moral and spiritual problems — the kind of problems that are inevitable when individuals turn responsibility for their lives over to others.
The legacy of American socialism is our blighted inner cities, dysfunctional inner city schools, and broken black families.
Through God’s grace, I found my way out. It was then that I understood what freedom meant and how great this country is.
I had the privilege of working on welfare reform in 1996 which was passed by a Republican controlled Congress.
I thought we were on the road to moving socialism out of our poor black communities and replacing it with wealth-producing American capitalism.
But, incredibly, we are now going in the opposite direction.
Instead of poor America on socialism becoming more like rich American on capitalism, rich America on capitalism is becoming like poor America on socialism.
Uncle Sam has welcomed our banks onto the plantation and they have said, “Thank you, Suh.”
Now, instead of thinking about what creative things need to be done to serve customers, they are thinking about what they have to tell Massah in order to get their cash.
There is some kind of irony that this is all happening under our first black president on the 200th anniversary of the birthday of Abraham Lincoln.
Worse, socialism seems to be the element of our new young president. And maybe even more troubling, our corporate executives seem happy to move onto the plantation.
In an op-Ed on the opinion page of the Washington Post, Mr. Obama is clear that the goal of his trillion dollar spending plan is much more than short term economic stimulus.
“This plan is more than a prescription for short-term spending — it’s a strategy for America’s long-term growth and opportunity in areas such as renewable energy, healthcare, and education.”
Perhaps more incredibly, Obama seems to think that government taking over an economy is a new idea. Or that massive growth in government can take place “with unprecedented transparency and accountability.”
Yes, sir, we heard it from Jimmy Carter when he created the Department of Energy, the Synfuels Corporation, and the Department of Education.
Or how about the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 — The War on Poverty — which President Johnson said “…does not merely expand old programs or improve what is already being done. It charts a new course. It strikes at the causes, not just the consequences of poverty.”
Trillions of dollars later, black poverty is the same. But black families are not, with triple the incidence of single-parent homes and out-of-wedlock births.
It’s not complicated. Americans can accept Barack Obama’s invitation to move onto the plantation. Or they can choose personal responsibility and freedom.
Does anyone really need to think about what the choice should be?
“The trouble with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”
TRUER WORDS WERE NEVER SPOKEN!
Mr. Evans: A truly offensive piece of dishonest crap. You need to broaden your reading list beyond fiction.
Oh. So it’s not the fact that the Repugnicans have moved literally 90% of the wealth of this nation into the hands of 2% of the population. That most of the things you blame Pres. Obama for were done by the Bush administration. It’s all the lazy black folks under the yoke of the nanny state. And you post the factually dishonest, racist writings of a modern day Uncle Tom to place the blame comfortably on those least able to defend themselves.
BTW – Food stamps don’t come on paper. They do prevent the serious malnutrition and starvation of millions of children.
We are in the Bush/Repugnican created 2nd Great Depression. The only difference from the last Great Depression is that the Bushies made sure that only the rich were protected from it’s ill effects. The only reason there are not lines of people begging for food is we have moved the soup kitchen onto a plastic debit card to hide the true devastation of the poor in this country.
Wall Street is booming while the real count of the unemployed hovers around 20%. The Repugnican’s Capitalism-without-responsibility has allowed their corporate masters to move millions of jobs to the poorest countries to squeeze out more profits while decimating our inner cities.
Where are these jobs the poor are avoiding with all their might? Where is all this opportunity the downtrodden are dismissing for their meager handouts so they can enjoy their poverty in crime-riddled cities bankrupted by the financial disaster?
The real shame is that – until the last election – the majority of this country would defend a system that is rigged by and for the corporations.
So, comfort yourselves that it’s all the fault of the nanny state, lazy immigrants and those “colored” folks yearning to be slaves.
The Repugnican Party – come for the racism, stay for the hate!