will admit how analogous government dependence is to living on a plantation.
Star Parker, once enslaved by “Big Government,” is now unshackled and ready
to expose her former master in her new book, Uncle Sam’s Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America’s Poor and What We Can Do About It. She openly takes on “Uncle Sam” for keeping millions trapped in poverty.
A former “welfare queen” and current president and founder of the Coalition
for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), Parker courageously analyzes Big
Government’s system of dependency. She encourages those living on handouts
to break the chains of poverty and find purpose and meaning in their lives.
In a follow-up to her first book, Pimps, Whores and Welfare Brats,
where she handed down a stinging indictment against liberal politicians and the
black leaders they exploit, Parker hits the mark once again in Uncle Sam’s Plantation.
“Uncle Sam has developed a sophisticated poverty plantation, operated by
a federal government, overseen by bureaucrats, protected by the media elite,
and financed by taxpayers.”
The author knows of what she speaks. Parker lived a reckless life; she was
promiscuous, had four abortions, smoked pot and burglarized people’s homes.
One day while looking for “under the table” cash to supplement her welfare
check, she was given a Bible instead. She was told that her lifestyle was
unacceptable to God.
Three years later, still on welfare, the pastor at her church preached to
no one in particular, “What are you doing living on welfare?” At that moment,
Parker says, she knew he was talking to her and felt a sense of personal
responsibility for the choices she’d made.
“Before the pastor could finish his sermon,” Parker writes, “my heart was
stirring with the desire to find real purpose and meaning for my life.” The
next day, she wrote her caseworker and asked that her name be taken off the
welfare rolls. Parker began to wrest the chains of dependency and hopelessness
and dared to dream.
Parker’s charges against the liberal establishment will move readers to challenge
Big Government’s plantation system. Tracing the shift in America’s attitude
from belief in strong families and hard work to the flawed idea that it’s
the government’s role to solve social problems, the author contends that
the Great Depression marked a turning point in the American conscience.
After the stock market crashed, fear caused people to turn to the government
for help in the face of the “dark side of capitalism.” Looking to the government
for solutions became acceptable.
As increased racial tension and discrimination led blacks to demand civil
rights, societal guilt over past wrongs in turn led to a lie still perpetuated
“Social engineers of the late 1960s told Americans that black people could
not take control over the poverty in their lives due to centuries of racism
and segregation,” Parker writes. The onus was now on society to “fix” poverty.
Thirty-five years later, taxpayers are still trying to fix it.
But poverty cannot be fixed with money, Parker asserts. Moral bankruptcy,
caused by the scourge of relativism, must be overcome. Government “safety
nets” allow people to escape the consequences of personal behavior (free
health care, abortion on demand, sex education, affirmative action, etc.).
As a result, there is little incentive to learn from bad behavior.
For example, by removing the man’s responsibility to take care of his family,
the welfare state has freed men to abandon their pregnant women, the author
argues. The collapse of morals in America has virtually destroyed the black
Uncle Sam’s Plantation offers more than Parker’s personal
journey; it’s about what works and what doesn’t. The author outlines in detail
several “mission-critical” challenges to anyone who wants to respond constructively
to race and poverty in America. These challenges include dismantling multiculturalism,
abolishing affirmative action, allowing school choice and privatizing social
Parker’s life is a testimony to her faith in God and determination not to
waste the precious gift she’s been given: freedom. Read for yourselves the
first-hand account of a black single mother on welfare who dared to dream.
Freedom and personal responsibility, not government dependence, are the answers
Uncle Sam’s Plantation will inspire you to resist the lie next time you hear it.
Uncle Sam's Plantation is available on Amazon.com.
La Shawn Barber, a columnist for American Daily, reviews books for Townhall.com. Visit her weblog at http://lashawnbarber.blogspot.com.
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