Elite Democrats and their Republican co-dependents are representatives of a government enterprise to ensnare citizens in the bowels of a swelling federal beast. It explains the insane drive of Democrats and Republicans alike to immediately legalize 11-20 million illegal aliens. It is directly linked to their need to be seen as the governors of a massive, paternalistic State that provides for every needs of the bedraggled poor.
Democratic Senators such as Marco Rubio, disguise this by arguing that amnesty will be a net plus for the economy [read: federal government].
We know it won’t be. As Steven Camarota has been documenting for over a decade, immigrants have the highest usage of social services.
This is no small point. Among its more pernicious acts, the welfare state entices Americans to exchange their hard won but fragile liberty for a seemingly secure and well padded servility.
Look at the history of Black Americans.
In response to hostility and pariah status in the North and legislated inferiority in the South black communities were honeycombed with mutual aid societies such as the Negro Odd Fellows, the Black Knights of Pythias, the Independent Order of St. Luke, the Galilean Fishermen, the Free African Society, and the African Benevolent Society. They established banks, churches, schools and social insurance programs that provided resources for families during times of illness, death or unemployment. In large cities such as Baltimore and Philadelphia, 98 percent of adult blacks carried insurance through mutual aid societies. Some of the societies became so large that they opened department stores, ran newspapers, or became full-fledged insurance carriers.
Black mutual aid societies were defensive accommodations of Jim Crow. The New Deal, while repressive in many respects, offered blacks a pathway out of the Depression that seemed even-handed and inclusive. Blacks would gain an equality before the law at least as much as they were recipients of government largesse. Black workers — last hired, first fired and worse off in the Depression than other groups — were offered a hand by their government. It was the first time in living memory for most blacks that the U.S. government showed any interest in them as citizens. It proved to be a powerful stimulus to ditch the self-help ethos that had dominated black thinking until that time.
Roosevelt won the black electorate by advertising the federal government as a reliable replacement to the localized structures that sometimes failed. In 1936 the black vote turned Democratic.
By 1960, despite the segregationist bloc in the South, the black vote was reliably Democratic. The federal government could not remove the boot of Southern Jim Crow regimes but its welfare programs could lessen the pain caused by racist local governments. New Deal programs were administered with less discrimination in the North than in the South which further encouraged black migration to Northern cities. That distance from the Wallaces, Connors’ and Barnetts of the world made it easier for blacks to vote for Democrats.
Johnson’s Great Society and War on Poverty went beyond replacing neighborhood welfare structures. They were billed, in part, as a repentant nation’s response to historical injustices wrought upon African slaves and their descendants. The traditional view that civil and economic rights were unalienable to all humanity was discarded — the federal government was now in the business of securing those rights for its downtrodden black wards. In a hundred years blacks had gone from actively seeking their own betterment and defending what was theirs by birth to becoming passive recipients of whatever the Democratic Party could secure for them through legislation.
Marching in unison behind men with bullhorns is a relatively new feature of black political life. Actually, it is a perversion of the great social movements blacks cobbled together to survive and advance in a society that ranged from antagonistic to indifferent.
Admittedly this recounting leaves out the radicalization of the NAACP and other civil rights organizations and it bypasses entirely the cynicism of the Democratic and Republican parties. All that is being stated here is that the social tradition of blacks in America — strong families, mutual aid and self-help (exactly the purported virtues of the allegedly morally pristine aliens the government class wants to grant citizenship) — was gutted and filleted by the federal welfare state long ago.
And lest you think this is isolated to the black community check out the rising dependency in white America. For working class whites illegitimacy is up, disability claims are up and workforce participation is down. Charles Murray’s 2012 book, Coming Apart, The State of White America, 1960-2010 is an outstanding read into how the welfare state’s encroachment is damaging a growing segment of the white community.
Native born Americans have been swallowed up and degraded by our voracious welfare establishment. It doesn’t take a deep imagination to understand what will happen to scores of the poor we plan to import.
Author Wendell Talley
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