neilethere wrote:Job, I was skirting around the third rail as well, and clearly it is incredibly important in this topic. But you know I don't get your aversion to Government, can you fill in the blanks?
In the 50s and 60s the Black American family was as strong or stronger than Whites, and was growing more prosperous by the year. The Civil Rights Acts threatened to help bring them up solidly into a more middle class level. This meant that they would not be dependent upon a large government bureaucracy. Oh no! That will never do!
So President Lyndon B Johnson, mainly with the help of one party of Congress, began a movement called "The Great Society." The upshot of which was to make the Federal Government much more powerful, either directly, or through the States, by giving benefits to people because of their economic condition. This all came into existence in a perfect storm of many other social revolutionary forces in culture and society in the 60s and 70s.
This is a little quiz I give to my children, and to (especially) young Americans (like Millenials and Gen Z) who are bewildered and clueless about things.
Complete the following, by inserting the accurate verb:
The strongest powers of government are the power to tax
, the power to subsidize
and the power to criminalize
Behaviors the government wishes to increase, it subsidizes
Behaviors the government wishes to decrease, it taxes (or criminalizes)
The foundational principle of the Welfare State is not "compassion." The goal of Welfare is not to lift anybody up and establish them as prosperous people who don't need handouts. The actual effect of Welfare has been to make the Black husband irrelevant and unnecessary to the Black Woman; she can "marry" the State -- the State will be her provider, so who needs a man? At the beginning of the Welfare State the Black out of wedlock birth rate was 15%, now it's 70%. If you talk to "strong family values, conservative Blacks" today they will tell you that they are disgusted, sickened by the raging Black culture today. Black men have been relegated to a place where they are not appreciated or sought as protectors and providers.
We have completely screwed the Black family and especially the Black man, not with oppression and racism, but with false compassion, with the Welfare State. We tell them that they are "oppressed" and that they are "owed" compensation for their disadvantage, so they sign up in droves to receive the "benefits."
The State subsidizes single motherhood, so we get (wait for it) ... more single motherhood.
The State reduces Welfare benefits (same effect as taxing) to families with a father/husband in the home, so we get (wait for it) ... men impregnating women and leaving the home.
If you want to suck the soul right out of people, convince them that they are oppressed and owed something by society, then pay them money to not contribute to society. There's incredible racism in our country, it's called Leftism, and it has virtually destroyed the Black family and left them permanently addicted to the Government. There are many shining exceptions, but the "rule" is poverty, children raised by single feminist mothers and grandmothers, without solidly reliable protector/provider husbands and fathers.
Anybody who points out these truths is called racist, nazi, etc, despite the facts, statistics, and evidence.
Wanting to become like Job, as described in the Bible, the book of Job chapter 29. Hence the screen name.