Who Better Serves The Poor?
I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth—been rather introspective since October 19th. My last Blog was written in the midst of experiencing “One Hell-of-a Head Splitting Election!” And then on November 8th the election came and went and Donald Trump was elected President to my utter delight yet guarded and checked enthusiasm. I was to play bridge the next day, but suggested a substitute player well ahead, because I knew that I would be either a “poor” gloating winner or an even “poorer” blustering loser!
Any guarded and checked enthusiasm I might have had was totally gone within hours. Anti-Trump “spontaneous” protests broke out in Boston, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, and San Fransico. (Yes, “spontaneous” was meant to be cynical.) The very people who promoted the “Love Trumps Hate” lingo came out screaming expletives of hate: “Racist, sexist, anti-gay, Donald Trump has got to go, hey hey,” “F*** your wall! We’ll tear it down!” They unwittingly didn’t recognize the irony in their chants. In the following days the protests became louder erupting into violence and looting. Social media flared with even more despicable fake news articles, innuendo infused with comparisons of Trump to Hitler, and just plain half-truths. Through this I managed a simile of saneness.
UNTIL last week when a friend on Facebook posted this article. “Why Are Republicans So Relentlessly Cruel to the Poor” and the fore mentioned head split exploded!!! http://www.alternet.org/right-wing/why-are-republicans-so-relentlessly-cruel-poor
As I read the article by Chauncey DeVega for Salon, a Progressive/Liberal/Socialist/Democratic website that espouses left wing bias through reporting and wording, I became more and more exasperated. It was time for me to take a stand and that split head came right back in tact!
The article was the usual Democratic diatribe of misinformed ignorance; a mixture of progressivism, liberalism, and socialism! The author’s hypothesis is that Republicans are capable of being empathetic only to those in their in-group: immediate family and community. DeVega suggests that Democrats (in particular liberal Democrats) have a “different biological inclination” and are able to feel empathy for everyone in the whole wide world making them far superior to Republicans. Talk about a SMARTER and HOLIER THAN THOU attitude….
Progressive/Democrats (P/D’s) such as Chauncey DeVega purposely call out Republicans as being “relentlessly cruel to the poor” to Mask Their Own Agenda: keeping the poor dependent allowing government to redistribute income through progressive taxation and FORCED income redistribution UNDER THE GUISE OF SOCIAL JUSTICE.
Having completely perverted and hijacked the term “Social Justice” Mainstream Progressives and Liberals tend to focus on wealth redistribution, while those who are more leftward leaning progressives focus on “oppression” among social groups: gay marriage and bathroom issues. Both “focuses” have only hastened urban decline by increasing government dependency and the family breakdown.
More than fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty in his “Great Society” program. He challenged Americans to build a “Great Society” that eliminated the plight of the poor.
Well, my P/D friends, how has that worked out for you? DESPITE of those fifty years of the federal government’s anti-poverty program that includes dozens of education and job-training programs, many different food-aid programs, multiple housing programs, and trillions of dollars spent, “Deep Poverty” (that is, individuals earning less than 50% of the poverty line has reached its highest level on record.) http://poverty.ucdavis.edu/faq/what-deep-poverty
Throwing money after more money at all these program hasn’t worked to accomplish the fix! Since that solution hasn’t worked too well, you love to blame Republicans and begin to dismiss, demagogue, and demonize with the “relentlessly cruel to the poor” label! No way!! That is as unbelievable as declaring you—the P/Ds—the champions of the average “Joe”—or as unbelievable as rumors of Big Foot!
Perhaps P/Ds should take a better look at their motives in the war on poverty? Encouraged by the election of Obama in 2008 the P/D party continued to pursue a Secularist And Socialist Agenda for America by employing class warfare—pitting one group of Americans against another: rich versus poor, men versus women, the 1% versus the 99%, etc. Redistribution of wealth and social justice are their constant drum-beats!
The liberal creed seems to be: “We care so much about poor people, climate change, income inequality and protecting the environment (or whatever the cause of the day) that there is no limit to how much money should be taken out of other people’s wallets to solve these problems.” If P/D’s creed is so noble, why do cities such as Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore, St. Louis, New Orleans, Oakland, all of which are their strongholds, continue to slip further into economic misery? Either Democrats really don’t care what happens to their constituents or their “solutions” actually create problems. Either way the Poor are becoming poorer.
The harsh reality is P/Ds need poverty to win elections.
P/Ds have traditionally been defenders of public education, seeing it as the nations’ means to provide equal opportunity for marginalized communities to escape poverty. But the opposite has happened—the marginalized in urban communities have totally failed. Yet when confronted with the idea that the $12,000 (the 2016 national average) spent per student each year should follow the student allowing each family to seek a better education for their children, the P/Ds scream like stuck pigs—not to insult pigs! Republicans look upon education less as a social vehicle and more as places that are supposed to prepare young people for careers, college—you know—real life!
The words School choice and/or Charter schools as well as the name Betsy DeVos send all of you into delirious fits of hysteria; you prefer your tired old method (public schools) and suggest more money as the solution when this has clearly failed our students. The U.S. is ranked 28th out of 76 countries in a global school study based on test scores in mathematics and science.
The harsh reality is P/Ds need teacher unions to win elections.
Republicans provide social justice, but with different solutions.
- We believe in a free society that develops programs to help the poor move from Dependency To Self-Sufficiency. A work-centered system is in everybody’s interest. The present government public assistance programs only glue the feet of the recipients to the floor of dependency.
- We call for the removal of over-regulation impediments thrown in the path of the poor. These regulations only continue to limit their ability to support themselves and make it costly for them to provide decent shelter and clothing for themselves and their families.
- We believe the federal government has a very important role to play, but it needs to be a supporting role, not a commanding role, not a displacing role. Programs should be linked to the private sector, especially churches and employers. (They are in the best position to provide assistance with employment and cultural issues—including teen parenting, absentee fathers, drugs and ex-offender re-entry—that are part of the poverty equation.)
- We want to enlarge the economic pie by creating jobs and economic opportunity for ALL especially those trapped in poverty—not simply shift pieces of the pie through redistribution.
- We believe that outcomes must be measured by the gold-standard question, “Did this effort change lives for the better and lead to self-sufficiency?”
Poverty has multiple causes—but how we address these causes have different solutions. Many of the government actions since the Johnson’s Great Society must be remedied to effectively meet the challenge of poverty that we face today.
I conclude with a warning to all who might be tempted to follow the misguided message of the Progressive/Democratic Party of today.
When did the Democratic Party begin its slide down the road toward Socialist/Communist ideology? It really began around 1944, when Norman Thomas, a six time Socialist candidate for president 1928–48 and one of the founders of the American Civil Liberties Union, said the following in a 1944 speech:
“The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of ‘liberalism,’ they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened…. I no longer need to run as a Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democratic Party has adopted our platform.”