So here we are a couple of weeks after the supreme ruler proclaimed that some 1 million illegal immigrants will not be deported if they’ve been good boys and girls. “Let’s be clear,” Obama said, “this is not amnesty, this is not immunity, this is not a path to citizenship, this is not a permanent fix.”
Okay, then what the hell is it? They can’t vote, so the Campaigner-in-Chief didn’t just guarantee himself a million votes. True, if they have the courage to come out of the shadows, they can apply for work permits. Of course, there’s no jobs, so there’s little benefit there. So, it seems that this illegal declaration by the supreme ruler was strictly a political move. It certainly put a gleam in the eyes of those on the Left. And after his announcement, Obama caught a bounce in the polls from the Hispanic community. Why is unclear. It’s obviously a hollow gesture. Oh, it looks like a nice present with neatly folded paper and a pretty ribbon. But as a gift, an empty box doesn’t really satisfy expectations. Hopefully the Hispanic community comes to realize they need to wary of Democrats bearing gifts.
From the time of Republican President Abraham Lincoln up until the 1930’s, about six decades, blacks voted for Republicans. It’s understandable, Honest Abe and the Republicans set the blacks free and back then the South was polluted with white supremacist Democrats. But in the mid-1930’s the black community changed their allegiance. That was when Democrats came knocking with gifts in hand.
Blacks heavily supported Democrat Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It just so happens that FDR instituted the nations first entitlements during the mid-1930’s. Did entitlement programs attract black support for Democrats? That juicy debate is still occurring among historians. What is clear however, is that since the mid-1930’s, Democrats have paraded around proclaiming their dedication to improving the lives of the poor. They’re the party of the people, don’t you know. Existing entitlements have been expanded and new ones conceived so Democrats can toss checks like confetti. Blacks accepted these gifts with enthusiasm and have overwhelmingly supported Democrats since then. During his two presidential terms, Bill Clinton received 83% of the black vote in 1992 and 84% in 1996. Jimmy Carter received 94% and most recently Barack Obama gathered 96% of the black vote.
But has the Democratic party really helped the black community?
We know the black community suffers horribly from homicides. There are over 3,000 black killing black homicides a year and blacks commit about 73% of all interracial homicides (see Who Is Killing Who, for more information).
According to Education Week and the Schott Foundation, the high school drop out rate for blacks is 46%. As a comparison, whites drop out at a 23% clip.
In 2010, the Huffington Post, ran an article within their Black Voice section that stated government statistics showed 72% of babies are born to unwed mothers in the black community. That is a horrifying number.
As of 2010 the U.S. population is 223,553,256 (72.4%) whites, with 50,477,594 (16.3%) Hispanic/Latinos and 38,929,319 (12.6%) blacks. According to government statistics, there were 44,708,726 people on food stamps in fiscal year 2011. That’s a 12.8 million increase from 2009 — in case you think Obama is doing a good job. (continued)
Anyway, in 2010, 36% of food stamp participants were white, 22% were black, 10% were Hispanic. This means that of the entire White population about 7% are involved with food stamps, about 9% of the Hispanic/Latino population and very troubling 25% for the Black population.
Democrats have been helping blacks, allegedly, since the 1930’s. Yet we have almost half of black students dropping out, 72% of babies are being born of unwed mothers, lots of homicides and 25% of the black population is on food stamps. The black community is in shambles, even with all the help from the social-engineering wizards within the Democratic party. Or is it because of the wizards?
If entitlements are meant to assist the needy, how can we have this? The Great Society, promoted by Democrat Lyndon Johnson and legislated by a big-time liberal Congress in the 1960’s, was supposed to finally address the poor. In fact, the Great Society’s political sales pitch to the citizens was a “war on poverty”. Program after program was unrolled — Medicaid-1965, Medicare-1965, Economic Opportunity Act-1964 — as just a small sample. The Social Security Act of 1965 greatly expanded coverage and increased benefits. And the Food Stamp Act of 1964, a revision of the 1939 Food Stamp Plan, did the exact same thing. Payments from Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) rose 35% between 1960 and 1968. Overall, federal aid to the poor rose from $9.9 billion in 1960 to $30 billion by 1968.
Yet, almost five decades later, we have these horrifying statistics within the black community.
Are these programs really designed to empower the poor, assist people in a time of need and eliminate poverty? If they are – obviously, they aren’t working. Somebody, somewhere needs to re-think them, pronto, because they stink.
Or could it be that these Democrat led initiatives have a little darker motivation behind them? Many have argued, since the 1930’s and the first introduction of entitlements, that hand-outs would bring down American society. One of FDR’s advisers, Director of the Bureau of the Budget, Lewis Douglas, argued against entitlements because they had “destructive psychological effects of making mendicants of self-respecting American citizens.” Ultimately, after numerous spending disagreements with his boss, Douglas resigned in August, 1934.
But free money generates votes. And votes it seems, are often more important to politicians than legislating solid policy for America. And if votes are more important than America, clearly they’re more important than any given racial or religious community within America.
Noted Libertarian Thomas Sowell argues the Great Society programs pushed by Lyndon Johnson aren’t helping blacks but destroying them. “The black family, which had survived centuries of slavery and discrimination, began rapidly disintegrating in the liberal welfare state that subsidized unwed pregnancy and changed welfare from an emergency rescue to a way of life.”
A way of life — isn’t that what this is actually all about? All Americans understand the value of, and need for, programs of assistance. Life is messy. Because economies falter and individuals get ill or hurt, a safety net is very reasonable. Funding a way of life, however, is not.
And it is here that the rubber meets the road. When Democrats decided to dedicate their political efforts toward providing entitlements in exchange for votes, a tragic perversion occurred.
Assistance programs — rubbish — these are existence programs. The honorable and well-intentioned assistance programs, over seven decades, have been bent and twisted by countless Democrats seeking votes. These programs are now designed to perpetuate poverty and reliance, not solve them. The crack dealer always gives away free samples knowing, at some point, the mark will get hooked. Allow entitlements to perpetuate for a lifetime and you’ll have a lifetime voter.
Perhaps this quote, posted on The Frederick Douglass Foundation of New York’s website, from the architect of the Great Society, will help illustrate the point.
“I’ll have them niggers voting Democratic for the next two hundred years.” — President Lyndon Baines Johnson
And now we have Democrat Barack Obama, presenting a gift to a small number of illegal immigrants to try and win the Hispanic vote. But the Hispanic community needs to be wary of Democrats bearing gifts. If you accept one, no doubt, you’ll get another. That’s what Democrats do. Will the Hispanic community fall for the trick? There are no free lunches, everything has a price. Democrats have been giving presents to the black community regularly since the 1930’s and look at the price they pay.
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