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Clueless Peter Beinart Insults All Americans, Black and White (Mostly Black)

Will we ever reach a point in America where a white conservative, Newt Gingrich, can speak openly and honestly of how poorly black Americans are being treated by the Democrat Party, and of how little understanding a majority of black Americans have in knowing they are being intentionally used to propagate a liberal agenda that can only move forward, that can only survive, when most blacks and other “minorities” are kept in poverty and where their minds are kept darkened and diluted with racist, anti-white propaganda?  Liberals and the Democrat Party take the intelligence of black Americans for granted and, unfortunately, there is still a large portion of black Americans which give legitimate cause for why the Democrat Party can so easily take the intelligence of black Americans for granted.

Peter Beinhart, writing for The Daily Beast, attempts to slam Newt Gingrich because he dared to call President Obama the “food stamp” President, in reference to the fact that 47 million Americans are now on food stamps, and that black Americans ought to demand jobs not welfare checks.  How on earth can anyone find this “insulting” to black Americans, unless black Americans really only want to stay at home collecting welfare checks?  Beinhart calls Gingrich “ignorant”.

Gingrich’s problem isn’t racism; it’s ignorance. Only someone profoundly ignorant of African-American politics would suggest that black Americans have spent the past few decades seeking food stamps, not jobs.

The past few decades are not what is at issue.  The past few years, certainly since Obama took office, have seen an increase in black Americans demanding more free “goodies” from government and from Obama’s “stash”.  Black Americans who voted for Obama did so expecting he would deliver to them these free “goodies” in any number of government provided (but taxpayer funded) programs to assist them.  Black Americans aren’t exclusive to this idea, but more than any other group of Americans, they now feel they have been duped by Obama, and many blacks who once supported Obama are now openly criticizing him for not giving them more than they feel they deserve.

All Democrats, black and white, voted for Obama with the idea in mind that an Obama win would mean they would get something in return for their vote.  Obama never once during his campaign emphasized the importance and value of hard work over government assistance.  Obama has not done that as President.  His policies during his first two years, when Democrats controlled both the House and Senate, weakened our economy which in turn forced more businesses to lay off more workers, which in turn created more unemployment and put more people on welfare and government dependence including food stamps.  So Gingrich rightfully labeled Obama the “food stamp” President, much to the astonishment of Beinhart.

But for Gingrich—a veteran politician from the state of Georgia, speaking at a debate in South Carolina on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday—not to understand why calling the first African-American in the Oval Office the “food stamp” president would offend African-Americans is simply amazing. The most plausible explanation is that Gingrich inhabits a cultural and intellectual bubble. A bubble called the Republican Party.

More Americans are falling into poverty, or closer to it, because of the anti-business, anti-capitalist agenda the Democrat Party has put forward since 2006.  These initiatives have grown and bloated the size of government, skyrocketing the cost of paying for the programs Democrats have created and expanded.  The number of Americans who have found themselves being provided government assistance in one or more forms is dramatically increasing.  And every time Republicans fight to halt government expansion they are called racist because Democrats, and liberals like Beinhart, insist a smaller government puts black Americans at a disadvantage.

Is more welfare or more jobs the answer to black poverty?  Because Democrats tout more welfare, whereas Republicans tout more jobs.  And for that, we are called racist, insensitive, bigoted, ignorant.  Beinhart is in his own little bubble, and it isn’t comprised with a shred of intellectuality or common sense.

If increasing the size of government, expanding already existing programs and creating even more programs to provide assistance to an ever larger pool of Americans who are out of work, is the answer to poverty in America, is raising taxes on business in order to pay for larger government and more government programs the solution to poverty in America?

In other words, if raising taxes on business, who in turn will have to pass that cost on to their customers, who in turn will stop purchasing from them, or purchase less, which in turn will slow and lower the profit base, which in turn will cause business owners to stop hiring, and/or lay off employees in order to stay afloat, which in turn creates more unemployment and more Americans on welfare and government assistance, which in turn causes government to expand and Democrats to call for raising taxes even more on business in order to pay for new government expansion – all of which creates this never-ending cycle of liberal madness, how are black Americans, any Americans, “helped” if the only way they can be “helped” is when government is large enough to provide every American with enough assistance to keep them from starving, from being thrown out of their homes, from falling further into poverty and despair – if the only way government can do this is to grow and expand by raising taxes on business which causes more and more businesses to lay off more employees – if business failure is the cause for more Americans forced to seek government dependence because government is ever-increasing their taxes, lowing their profits and making it harder for business owners to keep their employees and stay in business?

That is the very, very long and unnecessary way around the solution to a problem which is best answered by less government and lower taxes and regulation on business.  Do that and businesses will have more money and be more competitive and profitable, which will see fewer business laying off employees and more businesses hiring employees.  The more businesses hiring employees, the fewer people there will be on welfare and food stamps.

The fewer people there are on welfare and food stamps, the less likely Barack Obama will be dubbed the “food stamp” President, and perhaps Peter Beinhart can finally get a good night’s sleep knowing black Americans aren’t being “insulted” by such rhetoric.

I don’t doubt that Newt Gingrich wants to help African-Americans, just like I don’t doubt that George W. Bush wanted to help Iraqis. But in politics, if you want to help people, it’s a good idea to learn something about them first.

On the other hand, for someone, like Beinhart, who thinks Black Americans are too stupid to think for themselves, who wants black Americans to remain too stupid to think for themselves, if more black Americans were employed, making a living, and less dependent on government, wouldn’t they be smart enough to think for themselves – to themselves – and know that welfare and more government was never the solution to their poverty but the problem?

Isn’t it Peter Beinhart, not Newt Gingrich, who is really being “insulting” to black Americans?

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Celebrate, And Honor, Martin Luther King By Renouncing, Rejecting Liberalism

Of all the terrible plights to have fallen upon black Americans, liberalism is the most devastating and the most damning.  Slavery, segregation, Jim Crow, the power and influence of the KKK – these ugly chapters in American history are all a thing of the past.  But liberalism yet remains an intense obstacle to black freedom, empowerment and independence.

When blacks were slaves, they could rightly blame white America for their bondage and for the physical and emotional scars inflicted upon them.  When blacks were “separate but equal”, segregated from white’s by Jim Crow laws and locked out of higher centers of learning and education, good jobs, proper housing and health care, blacks could rightly blame white America for their failure to rise out of poverty and for dying statistically earlier than whites.  When the KKK was at its height of power and influence, blacks could rightly blame white America for the savage beatings, lynchings, murders and other crimes committed against black Americans.

But these ugly chapters in American history are over.  However, the poverty rate for black Americans reached 25.8% in 2009, and at 15.8%, unemployment is higher for black Americans than for any other group.  More blacks drop out of high school than whites, and black on black crime still kills more blacks than white supremacists ever did.  Without slavery, Jim Crow laws, the KKK to intimidate them, the economic despair black Americans are now faced with, the failure to rise out of poverty, not graduating high school, joblessness and unemployment, inadequate health care and even obesity rates among black Americans cannot rightly be blamed on white America.  Neither can black Americans blame white America for the millions of aborted black babies.  For all the troubles and ill-begotten misfortunes set upon black Americans today – black Americans have only themselves to blame.

It is all well and good, and proper, to reminisce about the past, and past struggles.  History not remembered is oft repeated.  However, life today for all Americans, including black Americans, is vastly improved.  One would never know this if all they had to listen to, and educate them, was the voice of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton who still cling to America’s past racism.  Would you want your children being taught from a history book printed in the 1950’s?  If not, then why does anyone still listen to the same outdated, racist rhetoric and drivel, of which can be found in a 1950’s history book, and which is still spoken of by Jackson, Sharpton and most black liberals today?

Martin Luther King lived for the future, and he spoke of the future.  His “Dream” was that blacks and whites would be united as one race and one people.  Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton only speak, only “dream”, of the past, and a past where whites and blacks were divided.  So does virtually, if not, all black liberals – from Cornel West, Louis Farrakhan, Van Jones and Tavis Smiley, to Harry Belafonte, Morgan Freeman and Samuel L. Jackson, to Maxine Waters, Sheila Jackson Lee, James Clyburn and most members of the congressional black caucus (with the exception of Allen West who is in fact a conservative), to Barack and Michelle Obama.  The result?  Black liberals are killing King’s “Dream”.

King never “Dreamed” of black Americans being or becoming dependent on government.  King never “Dreamed” of black Americans needing government assistance.  King never “Dreamed” that anything government might do to help black Americans out of poverty, to become independent and have a shot at success, would ultimately trap them in a system which breeds lifelong poverty and servitude to the government; a catch 22 where blacks who need government assistance must live in poverty in order to be eligible for enrollment, and those black Americans which live above the poverty line, who yet might be, and probably are, struggling, are nonetheless rejected.

King never ‘Dreamed” that government would betray black Americans.  King never “Dreamed’ that blacks would betray blacks.  Yet, that is what is happening now, under liberalism and liberal policies, originally set up and designed to provide poor blacks with assistance in housing, education, jobs, food, transportation, etc., but which has devolved into a sinister and evil plot by liberals to keep black Americans poor, destitute, dependent on government and voting for liberal Democrats who promise them even more government assistance in exchange for their undying servitude to the Democrat Party, and for their votes.

King never “Dreamed” black Americans would revert back to the past to live their lives in the present, or look to the future while still stuck in the ideology of America’s past.  It is, and has been, liberals and liberalism which denies blacks have the same ability as whites to be successful and which insists that black Americans are not successful now because of America’s past.  It is, and has been, conservatives and conservatism which says anyone, regardless of color, birth or financial status, and regardless of the past, has an equal opportunity to become independent and attain wealth today.

King never “Dreamed” black American youth would be prepared for the rigors and responsibilities of adulthood, and become productive, self-sufficient Americans, by being educated solely on America’s past racism, sexism, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.  Yet, it is, and has been, liberals and liberalism which has indoctrinated and infused young black Americans with a hostility and negative attitude toward America’s entire history on the basis of slavery and segregation, always omitting the fact slavery itself has existed for thousands of years; and while millions of blacks have been enslaved throughout time immemorial, so too have whites.

Liberals and liberalism use the past to explain the present and to justify their present day racist attitudes and beliefs.  Conservatives and conservatism use the past to explain past attitudes and beliefs.

Liberals and liberalism desire to keep the racism of America’s past, and the belief it still exists, alive in the present and in the future.  Conservatives and conservatism desire to keep the racism of America’s past from repeating itself in the present or in the future.

Liberals and liberalism search the past to explain all the present-day problems faced by black Americans.  Conservatives and conservatism search the present for solutions to present day problems faced by black Americans so they might be applied now and in the future, and leave the past and its problems in its rightful era and in its proper context.

Liberals and liberalism live in, and for, the past, and that part of America’s past which was not so positive.  Conservatives and conservatism live for today and tomorrow, and only study the past to know what happened, why it happened, and if a wrong was committed in the past, to make damn certain it does not occur again, now or in the future.  Dwelling on America’s past wrongs, using those wrongs to justify today’s hatred of America, to justify racism and vitriol and anti-white bigotry is not progress and does not help black Americans out of government dependence.

Resurrecting the past by keeping America’s past racism alive today only fuels the division among blacks and whites which, without the element of racism to prop up as justification for the high rate of poverty, unemployment, joblessness among black Americans, liberalism fails and liberal race baiters lose their followers and disappear into oblivion and irrelevancy.

Liberalism, with its false teachings of victim hood, is the most damning and damaging plague to befall blacks because blacks are the ones hurting themselves.

As hard as Martin Luther King fought against the brutal practices and policies which kept black Americans from realizing their own independence, and fought for the right of all Americans to share in the “Dream” and the American Dream, equally, there are legions of liberal black Americans like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton fighting to keep black Americans from ever realizing their full potential.

King never “Dreamed” black Americans would fall so far, so fast.  King never “Dreamed” black Americans would fall for a lie so blatant and so obviously engineered to keep them ensnared in a never-ending cycle of poverty and government independence.  King never “Dreamed” people he had known personally would turn his own words into anti-American, anti-white propaganda.  King never “Dreamed” black Americans would give up on his “Dream”.  King never “Dreamed’ what a nightmare liberalism would turn out to be for black Americans.

And if he had, wouldn’t he want all black Americans to wake up from it?

Do Black Americans Want Pay Checks Or Welfare Checks?

UPDATE:  Allen West agrees, Barack Obama is the “food stamps” PresidentUPDATE:  Newt Gingrich and Juan Williams debate “blacks and food stamps” President remark.

At least one black American is outraged, incensed and insulted by what he perceived (wrongly) as Newt Gingrich making a racist comment against blacks.  What was the comment?

What I said was, there’s a real problem in America because you have a president who’s put more people on food stamps — people, I didn’t say any ethnic group, people — than any other president in history. … And I said I would be willing to go to the NAACP annual convention — which most Republicans are not willing to do — and I’d be willing to talk about the importance of food stamps versus paychecks.”

Why would anyone, black or otherwise, be so overwrought, so emotional, so taken aback by someone, Newt Gingrich, who has a desire to see all Americans working rather than collecting welfare checks?  When you collect a pay check, aside from what money is taken out, you own what money is left because you did something for someone who entitled you to earn it.  When you collect a welfare check, which is a pittance compared to a paycheck, not only is this money you did not earn, it is not your money, and you did absolutely nothing to earn it.

Black Americans have worked diligently and intensely, for generations, to rise above the post slavery and post Jim Crow era which did much to keep them in perpetual poverty and dependence and kept them from being full Americans.  Why would black Americans want to go back to that?  Don’t black Americans want to be independent?  Apparently many do not.  Apparently, as with this one black American, the idea of independence is too scary to realize and he, at least, is perfectly comfortable being a dependent welfare recipient rather than an independent, productive American – a man.

This is entirely the result of liberal ideology and brainwashing.  Conservatism teaches and instills the value of work and earning your way through life.  Liberalism, which teaches and instills victim hood, has long been telling black Americans that their poverty status is a result of past, and present, racism; that if they are poor, and cannot rise above their poverty it is because of racism and therefore they have a “right” to be “rewarded” certain “entitlements”.  Liberalism also says, of rich black Americans, their wealth is the result of “selling out”.

Somehow, so far as liberalism is concerned, the only way a black American can be a true American is to be poor and dependent on government and to accept it, to revel in it, even to love it.  Liberalism tells poor black Americans to despise rich black Americans, to shake their fists at them and shout “Uncle Tom” at them.  Liberalism says to black Americans their poverty is not their fault but the fault of white America, and until white America has paid the price in full for America’s racism black Americans will remain in poverty and be prevented from realizing the American dream.  But is it liberalism which is intentionally preventing black Americans from rising above the poverty they are in and realizing the American dream?

In other words, which is more pro-black American?  The conservative ethos that says no to welfare, no to “rewards” and no to “entitlements”, and yes to the dignity and respect which comes with work, having a job, earning a living and being independent?  Or the liberal ethos which has created, funded and is growing a system which has ensnared more and more black Americans into a perpetual dependence on government; a system which was intentionally designed to force more and more black Americans to remain in poverty?

If it is conservatism, which it is, which supports legislative initiatives that are pro job and pro business growth; legislation which, if and when passed, would create millions and millions of jobs for all Americans, and pave the way for millions of black Americans to go back to work, why do black Americans still insist conservatives are racists for supporting the very initiatives which take Americans off of welfare and bring them back into the workforce, earning a living and realizing the American dream?

Why is the liberal approach itself not racist?  Why is it not racist to have in place a system that only benefits, only provides for, only supplements someone who is poor, while at the same time forces them to remain in poverty in order to keep them in the system?

It is liberalism and liberals who are keeping black Americans down.  It is liberalism and liberals who have a strong political desire to keep blacks in poverty.  It is liberalism and liberals who are racist, and while there are conservative racists, there is no racism within conservatism.  And there is absolutely no excuse for any black American to be a liberal.

Newt Gingrich was, and is, absolutely right to condemn a system which has only one purpose – to keep as many Americans, including and especially black Americans, in perpetually poverty throughout their entire lives and to keep them dependent on government, and to keep them thinking that it, government, and them, liberals, are their ally and fighting for them.

Black Americans who reject conservatism for its perceived racism, who embrace liberalism and its value of “victim hood” and government dependence, do more to hurt black Americans than any white supremacist could ever hope to accomplish.  Black Americans who embrace “victim hood” and liberalism have rejected Martin Luther King’s teachings and have embraced slavery and Jim Crow.  Is there any real difference between being a slave to a master and being a slave to liberalism?  Whereas a slave master would beat his slave physically, liberalism beats black Americans as well.  Liberalism beats black Americans emotionally and psychologically and these scars run deep.  And there are probably some liberal thugs who do beat black Americans physically as well, to keep them in line, particularly at the polls.

Think of conservatism as the new underground railroad, and conservatives as the new Harriet Tubmans, helping black Americans escape liberalism’s never-ending cycle of “victim hood”, chained and in bondage to a system that treats them like garbage; that throws them a bone, such as a welfare check, with very little meat on it and tells them to keep in line and they will get another “bone”.

To all black Americans who remain embittered, trapped in poverty, trapped in liberalism, in the deceit of liberalism, the racism of liberalism, just walk away from it.  It isn’t any easier than that.  You’ve been a liberal all your life, and you are still poor, still dependent on government, still clinging to liberals who only care about your vote.  Abandoning the cause of, and for, your poverty and need for government assistance is the first, and biggest, step you can take to take back your life, your dignity, your self-worth.

Or, do you really want to continue believing you are only worth the sum total of a welfare check?

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