Days after the water of Hurricane Katrina settled to the submerged city of New Orleans, and those displaced citizens had begun finding drier ground I began hearing the fact that New Orleans was pretty much the microcosm of what the “progressives” in this country wanted for the entire country. Total reliance on the government … and in the process that system’s failure was now on display in the flooded city with the bulk of its citizens trapped and hopelessly waiting. However, there was one elderly New Orleans woman who had a moment of clarity and announced, “I don’t want a hand-out. I need a hand-up.” Yes, there is a difference, however, when a “hand-out” is the norm a “hand-up” can be lost in the mix and indistinguishable. Which is why politically banking on this nation’s poverty is not only unseemly, but criminal.
As a measure of community service, I round up my Boy Scout Troop periodically to meet with my friend, and Patriot Chaplain, Lurone Jennings, an inner-city community pastor.
We gather early on Saturday mornings to serve families who are struggling to make ends meet, most of them elderly and living in squalor. After cleaning around their shacks, providing meals and praying over those families, we always reconvene with Pastor Jennings for a time of fellowship.
Recently, I asked Lurone to explain what factors he thinks have contributed most to poverty in our city and nation. Without missing a beat, he said, “Poverty Pimps,” referring to those who are elected to public office on the promise of a handout rather than a hand up — this from a man who has devoted his life to serving those most irreconcilably ensnared by those pimps.
Handouts, of course, are a much easier sell than hand-ups, but the consequences in terms of human dignity and society are devastating.
Promising to give a man a fish rather than encouraging him to take up fishing to provide for himself is one of the clearest philosophical delineations between the worldviews of contemporary liberals and conservatives.
Lurone explained that, while New Deal and Great Society liberals may have had good intentions, the net result of their socialist endeavors has been the institutionalization of poverty, and the victimization and enslavement of what has become the Left’s most reliable constituency of any stripe or association: black folks.
These days, a candidate for office can count on receiving 90-plus percent of the black vote in any election, so long as he has that all-important “D” next to his or her name.
Generations of Americans have become accustomed to being given, or at least promised, fish caught by someone else. Today, Barack Hussein Obama and his socialist bourgeoisie have banked their entire political fortunes on classist rhetoric, promoting disparity in order to foster dependence.
Duncan: And who empowered these colonials to pass judgement on England’s policies, and to come and go without so much as a “by your leave”?
Cora Munro: They do not live their lives “by your leave”! They hack it out of the wilderness with their own two hands, bearing their children along the way!
British Officer: You call yourself a patriot, and loyal subject to the Crown?
Hawkeye: I do not call myself subject to much at all. – The Last of The Mohicans