We have again come to Friday Night and with it the ever growing Guest Commentary. As you all know, I am such a fan of the guest commentaries. I, of course, get to take the night off from writing (although those who submit them will tell you that I spend a lot of time formatting, critiquing, and ultimately…. procrastinating on them). The real reason that I remain a fan is because it allows each of you the opportunity to use your voice and voice your thoughts as the center of attention in the same way I get to do it each night here on the site. I value each and every voice on this site, no matter which “direction” it comes from. And the opportunity to give everyone a shot at writing their own articles is one of my most rewarding endeavors on the site. And besides, the fact remains that as much as I might try to appear to know everything, I think I am exposed over the last 10 months to the fact that there is MUCH that I don’t know. Hearing all these other voices exposes everyone to knowledge they may not get otherwise! I felt like this was a good topic given the recent discussions we have been having about government intervention in the home. While not the same topic, it hits some of the same veins.
Tonight’s guest commentary is another repeat performer who submitted his article to me back at the beginning of September. I finally got around to really working to get it ready towards the end of that month after Mrs. Weapon began to show real signs of healing. Life of Illusion is our author once again. Some of the conversations over the last month or two have been quite intense around the idea that we, as a society, are morally bound to take care of those that cannot take care of themselves. The reverse argument has been that many of those we are forced to take care of are not in that situation by accident. LOI takes that to task with some examples and some thoughts around the sad state of some of the poor in today’s America. In the end, the question we have to ask ourselves is whether we should be required to take care of those who fit the mold he speaks of in tonight’s article.
Self Reliance: Not Government Approved?
by Life of Illusion
My parents split up when I was in the third grade, mother took my sister and I back to her home, we lived with my grandparents for a few months. As soon as she could, she got a job, saved up, and rented a house for us. She loved her parents, but could not stand living with them, independent streak, I suppose. So a single working mother with two children, she required us to help out. When we got out of school, we did the laundry, cleaned the kitchen and bathroom, etc. We both even learned to cook a little. My father joined us after a while. In that time, my mother had obtained an FHA loan, and built her own house. She lost everything except a car and our clothes, and in a few years time, had us living in the nicest house we had ever lived in.
I remember as a child noticing a change in my sister after my father came back. We stopped doing as many chores, my mother still worked, but my father’s income meant times were no longer hard. I expanded my cooking skills, my sister got into sports. She would sit watching TV and ask mother to bring her a soda. What happened to the girl who helped me clean the whole house and feed ourselves? What happened to the mother who would require us to take care of ourselves? I continued to get my own drinks. My father required us to work summers starting when I was eleven. Both of us can paint, weld, woodwork and could make a living in any of those trades.
Greatergoodcs said August 31, 2009 at 3:53 pm
“You’ve convinced yourself of this stuff and I guess it works in here, but out in the real world, application is what counts (not theory). And there are still 304 million waiting to learn how they are to survive without gov’t and/or chaos.”
“When 75 percent of New Orleans residents had left the city, it was primarily immoral, welfare-pampered blacks that stayed behind and waited for the government to bail them out. This, as we know, did not turn out good results.
One wonders how there was “no way” for these people to evacuate the city. We have photographic evidence telling us otherwise. You’ve probably seen it by now the photo showing 2,000 parked school buses, unused and underwater. How much planning does it require to put people on a bus and leave town, Mayor Nagin?” – Rev Jesse Lee Peterson
If New Orleans is an example, that 304 million would be 226 million taking action for themselves, and 78 million staring at the headlights of an onrushing vehicle.
I recall most of the VDLG “members” support limited welfare and assistance. Bill Clinton would have gone down in US history for the passing of 1996’s welfare reform act.
“Child poverty has dropped substantially since reform was enacted, from 20.8 percent in 1996 to 16.9 percent in 1999.”
Nancy Pelosi erased Clinton from those history books. The 2009 Stimulus Act required states to expand welfare rolls back to previous levels. Why? Was it to help the millions who were starving, and give them a better life?
“Prolonged welfare dependence reduces children’s IQ levels. Out-of-wedlock childbearing and single parenthood are the principal causes of child poverty and welfare dependence in the U.S. Children raised in single parent families are more likely to: experience behavioral and emotional problems; suffer from physical abuse; engage in early sexual activity, and do poorly in school. Boys raised in single parent households are more likely to engage in crime; girls are more likely themselves to give birth outside of marriage. These effects are the result of the collapse of marriage per se rather than poverty; a poor child living with a mother and father united in marriage will do better than a similar poor child living in a single parent home.” http://www.heritage.org/Research/Welfare/Test031501b.cfm
The harsh reality is Pelosi and her ilk are keeping and expanding a group of people who are willing to be dependent on the government, and to help the Democratic party to remain in power. We have seen charter schools and voucher programs work, but for some reason, non of that will work for education reform. Could it be that might affect the governments grasp of those young minds?
Unemployment in Detroit Climbs to 28.9 Percent, must be the auto industry.
Poor families by family type
Married-couple family (17.7%)
Male, no wife present (8.5%)
Female, no husband present (73.8%)
Detroit is a bad example. Lets look at New Orleans, still being rebuilt after Katrina, there must be plenty of jobs there. 20.6% unemployment.
Poor families by family type
Married-couple family (19.6%)
Male, no wife present (6.1%)
Female, no husband present (74.3%)
And this is not just about welfare, think about the crime rates in those neighborhoods. 78% of the nation’s jail and prison inmates grew up in a fatherless household.
The Goals of Welfare Reform
The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) enacted in 1996 set forth three legislative goals: 1) to reduce dependence; 2) to reduce child poverty; and 3) to reduce illegitimacy and strengthen marriage.
Welfare reform was working. Strong but poor families don’t have the high figures for children quitting school and ending up in prison.
“Prior to 40 years ago, such a pathetic performance by the black community in a time of crisis would have been inconceivable. The first response would have come from black men. They would take care of their families, bring them to safety, and then help the rest of the community. Then local government would come in.” – Rev Jesse Lee Peterson
And where Rev Peterson sees this as an issue for blacks, I see it as an issue for all Americans. I know of as many or more white that are content to trade their self reliance and freedom for the easy government hand-out. Our government knows the results of their policy on welfare, and is seeking to grow the dependence further with taking over health care.
And what has been happening in New Orleans lately?
The “news judgment” of the major networks implies there is no such thing as individual responsibility.
Kendall Deschamp, suggested all he needs is a little more taxpayer money. “A disabled state highway worker, Deschamp collects just $1,368 a month in benefits — not enough, he says, to afford the sheetrock and new hot water heater he needs for the permit allowing him to move back into his four-bedroom home, which stands just a few tantalizing feet away.”
A little Googling would show the name Kendall Deschamp shows up on a list of Mississippi recipients of taxpayer money in 2003 – $25,500 – two years before Katrina hit.
What really divides the nation into blue or red states? It seems about three quarters of us can and do take care of ourselves. Of that seventy- five percent, we are split on what to do about the remaining quarter. Some children do not want to learn how to do laundry, clean a bathroom.
And they take that attitude to school, where deadbeat parents expect the school to raise their children for them, there are second graders that cannot clean their own tushes. And the Pelosi’s out there seem eager to provide for them with money taken from the rest of us. They are deliberately re-expanding the welfare rolls, knowing that increases child poverty rates. They hamper or stop education reform, knowing charter schools and voucher programs work, and instead, want to add pre-school to government control.
This is not really about helping people that cannot provide for themselves.
Its about a dependent class the government may not have created, but for sure has kept, nurtured, grown and exploited.
GreaterGood feels 304 million Americans are looking for a government to set our rules and provide for us. I do not see that. Three quarters of us are able to function very well without depending on the government. I think the 25% looking for the government to provide for them would drop to six to eight percent if we reversed the trend of the government will provide back to those values of self reliance that created this country.
My father told me a story from his childhood. He grew up in a poor farm family that used mules to plow, and had the normal assortment of animals.
A wild boar broke into their pig pen and stayed. Large, sharp tusks and a mean disposition. After a few weeks, my grandfather coaxed it into a stall in the barn. He then tied it to the side of a stall, first by the neck, then each leg in turn, until it was very secure. My father then watched from above as the boar first had his tusks pulled with large pliers, and was then castrated. After that, the boar no longer threatened him or the others, attitude adjustment indeed.
Can we liken the tusks to our second amendment and our testicals to the first? I don’t know. I do know the more we bow our heads like good little sheeple, and let the government think for us, the worse our country has become. Those who shout out for us to cast aside the values that made this the greatest nation in the history of the world are ignoring history and reality. How many millions died for the “greater good” under communist China and the USSR? The standard of living has risen since the Industrial Age for the US and every nation that embraced free markets. Conversely, those that adopt communism or socialism see their standard of living drop.
Is our government completely broken, where replacement, not repair is the only answer? I think not, and its not just the government, its all of us as well. We are the only nation known for “we the people”. The government can only do what we allow. We are a self reliant people, we need the require our government to follow those same values we live by.
Solution? Very Damn Little Government!
A thank you to Cyndi, for some good advice.
Life of Illusion
SOURCES AND COPIED INFO
Unemployment in Detroit Climbs to 28.9 Percent: http://blogs.abcnews.com/theworldnewser/2009/08/unemployment-in-detroit-climbs-to-289.html
From an email CONFIRMED by Illusion at Snopes before sending on: http://www.snopes.com/katrina/soapbox/peterson.asp
Snopes/Rev Jesse Lee Peterson
Subject: New Orleans Orleans Went Under–A Black Man’s Comments
By Rev Jesse Lee Peterson
Say a hurricane is about to destroy the city you live in. Two questions:
What would you do?
What would you do if you were black?
Sadly, the two questions don’t have the same answer.
To the first: Most of us would take our families out of that city quickly to protect them from danger. Then, able-bodied men would return to help others in need, as wives and others cared for children, elderly, infirm and the like.
For better or worse, Hurricane Katrina has told us the answer to the second question. If you’re black and a hurricane is about to destroy your city, you’ll probably wait for the government to save you.
This was not always the case. Prior to 40 years ago, such a pathetic performance by the black community in a time of crisis would have been inconceivable. The first response would have come from black men. They would take care of their families, bring them to safety, and then help the rest of the community. Then local government would come in.
No longer. When 75 percent of New Orleans residents had left the city, it was primarily immoral, welfare-pampered blacks that stayed behind and waited for the government to bail them out. This, as we know, did not turn out good results.
Enter Jesse Jackson and Louis Farrakhan. Jackson and Farrakhan laid blame on “racist” President Bush. Farrakhan actually proposed the idea that the government blew up a levee so as to kill blacks and save whites. The two demanded massive governmental spending to rebuild New Orleans , above and beyond the federal government’s proposed $60 billion. Not only that, these two were positioning themselves as the gatekeepers to supervise the dispersion of funds. Perfect: Two of the most dishonest elite blacks in America , “overseeing” billions of dollars. I wonder where that money will end up.
Of course, if these two were really serious about laying blame on government, they should blame the local one. Responsibility to perform legally and practically fell first on the mayor of New Orleans . We are now all familiar with Mayor Ray Nagin the black who likes to yell at President Bush for failing to do Nagin’s job. The facts, unfortunately, do not support Nagin’s wailing. As the Washington Times puts it, “recent reports show [Nagin] failed to follow through on his own city’s emergency-response plan, which acknowledged that thousands of the city’s poorest residents would have no way to evacuate the city.”
One wonders how there was “no way” for these people to evacuate the city. We have photographic evidence telling us otherwise. You’ve probably seen it by now the photo showing 2,000 parked school buses, unused and underwater. How much planning does it require to put people on a bus and leave town, Mayor Nagin?
Instead of doing the obvious, Mayor Nagin (with no positive contribution from Gov. Kathleen Blanco, the other major leader vested with responsibility to address the hurricane disaster) loaded remaining new Orleans residents into the Superdome and the city’s convention center. We know how that plan turned out.
About five years ago, in a debate before the National Association of Black Journalists, I stated that if whites were to just leave the United States and let blacks run the country, they would turn America into a ghetto within 10 years. The audience, shall we say, disagreed with me strongly. Now I have to disagree with me. I gave blacks too much credit. It took a mere three days for blacks to turn the Superdome and the convention center into ghettos, rampant with theft, rape and murder.
President Bush is not to blame for the rampant immorality of blacks. Had New Orleans’ black community taken action, most would have been out of harm’s way. But most were too lazy, immoral and trifling to do anything productive for themselves.
All Americans must tell blacks this truth. It was blacks’ moral poverty not their material poverty that cost them dearly in New Orleans . Farrakhan, Jackson, and other race hustlers are to be repudiated for they will only perpetuate this problem by stirring up hatred and applauding moral corruption. New Orleans , to the extent it is to be rebuilt, should be remade into a dependency-free, morally strong city where corruption is opposed and success is applauded. Blacks are obligated to help themselves and not depend on the government to care for them. We are all obligated to tell them so.
The Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson is founder and president of BOND, the Brotherhood Organization of A New Destiny, and author of “Scam: How the Black Leadership Exploits Black America .”
78% of the nation’s jail and prison inmates grew up in a fatherless household: inkarcerated.intrasun.tcnj.edu/womeninprison/Prison%20Statistics.doc