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Thursday, August 12, 2010

You Can Get Off of the Plantation Now

While participating in a debate in 2008, Professor Ellis Washington (whose archive I link to on the right) of Savannah State University played the role of John McCain (as if McCain were half the conservative that Ellis Washington is) and his opponent portrayed Barack Soetoro Obama in a no-holds-barred affair of aggressive argumentation. At one point during the heated exchanges that took place, Washington declared....

"What is wrong with you people?! How long will you allow your minds to be shackled by Big Government liberalism and the Democratic Party? In the early 1930s, Franklin Delano Roosevelt promised you a "New Deal" and got your forefathers hooked on the drug of welfare and government handouts. In the 1960s, LBJ gave you the "Great Society" and over $5 trillion dollars in new welfare spending to fight what LBJ called his "War on Poverty," yet poverty over the past 40 years has grown exponentially. Even worse, there is a poverty of the spirit that is particularly acute in the black community that remains undiagnosed and unacknowledged … even to this day.

Ladies and gentlemen, when will you say I don't need your welfare, your universal health care, dental care, Social Security, food stamps and government cheese? I'll buy my own cheese. [Slams fist on the table] "GET OFF THE DAMN PLANTATION!"

Yes, get off the damn plantation indeed. Don't be afraid to set out on your own and through your own strivings become a success in your own right. Don't rely on the government to get you by. Do it your own damn self.

In a similar vein, in an article by Connie Hair, former presidential candidate Alan Keyes describes what it's lie to be an black American that dares to differ with the Obama administration.

"Keyes said the notion that he owes allegiance or a vote to Obama simply because of his skin color was constantly pushed on him by the American media, “Oh don’t you feel proud of Barack Obama?”

“Why should I feel proud of someone who wants to destroy the unalienable rights of unborn children; proud of someone who in fact wants to return this entire country to the condition in which my ancestors sadly found themselves?” he said.

The aim of the “Obama faction” Keyes said is to re-institute slavery, this time to government.

“What did it mean to be a slave?” he asked. “Your master guaranteed your food, your clothing, your shelter and a job! Sounds interesting doesn’t it?”

(It actually sounds like the Democrat Party platform.)

“That’s exactly what the Obama faction and the leftists and socialists and the so-called liberals want to pretend is what all Americans should aspire to,” Keyes said. “But I think having grown up having to wrestle with that heritage of slavery—understanding its true meaning—I have seen through that phony promise of socialism and government-dominated largesse.”

“It simply means that we shall all become slaves on the government’s plantation. It simply means that we shall all sacrifice the dignity that God intended for us when he endowed us with those unalienable rights that are the basis for government by consent.."

There's really nothing particular to any one race about the appeal that some people find so enticing, that of the ever present Nanny State with it's allure of cradle to grave socialism under the guise of, among other things FREE (*snicker*) Healthcare! Yayy!

Such reliance upon the government for so many different things in life detracts from personal freedom and personal responsibility and ultimately serves to just keep making government bigger and bigger. One thing that Michael Savage has brought up in the past is that any welfare recipient should immediately forfeit is the privilege to vote. After all, why should someone be allowed to vote themselves more benefits? If that is ever eliminated, then perhaps we can examine the ability of legislators to vote much of the same largesse for themselves. Then perhaps we can explore the possibility random drug testing for both groups who owe their existance to the taxes that we pay


The Maryland Crustacean said...

Not only is McCain not half the conservative that Ellis Washington apparently is, but he would have never said anything so refreshingly true in the debate. He did not even have the cojones to "name names" and identify the people who were responsible for perpetrating the frauds of the Community Reinvestment Act and protecting the shady practices of GSE's Fannie and Freddie. He certainly was not going to say anything so true that it would unleash the full fury of the left and race baiters in the media.

As implied by the above, I am not all that familiar with Ellis Washington. I will have to read some of this stuff. Thanks.

JD Curtis said...

Thanks for commenting MDC.

Washington actually answered a couple of emails of mine. I was floored!

I have his book The Inseparability of Law and Morality: The Constitution, Natural Law and the Rule of Law> in my collection and it's excellent if that sort of subject matter interests you.