Thursday, February 12, 2009

Uncle Sam's Plantation

When I was much younger, I used to read those historical romance novels. I loved them. I had an interest in history and of course I thought the descriptions of the gowns and the women who wore them was amazing. I remember the story line from one novel of a young English woman who was sold into indentured servitude to pay off her father's debt. My heroine wound up in the Carolinas on a fledgling tobacco plantation and by the end of the story, she had fallen in love with the handsome but troubled plantation owner and managed to marry him and bought herself her freedom in the process.

That was my first exposure to the concept of indentured servants. Seemingly ordinary people who had to place themselves at the mercy of a debt holder for a period of time, because either they or someone else in their family owed more money than they could repay. I feel that mentality creeping up on this nation's people. Do you feel it? As a nation, we owe much more money than we are going to be able to repay in our life times and our elected officials are working overtime to add 1 or 2 or maybe even 3 TRILLION dollars to that debt.

So will our children be sold into indentured servitude to pay for the socialization of our nation? There won't be any handsome plantation owner to come and save them from the fate we are assigning to them. We have raised a nation of Americans who believe the only way they can live their lives is through the beneficence of the government. Now we reap what we sow. Even though I didn't sow those particular seeds, the seeds of apathy, ignorance,laziness,amorality, dependency I have to pay for the consequences. My sons will pay the consequences and so will my grandchildren. That fills me with such sadness.

Star Parker writes "A benevolent Uncle Sam welcomed mostly poor black Americans onto the government plantation. Those who accepted the invitation switched mindsets from "How do I take care of myself?" to "What do I have to do to stay on the plantation?" in her article this week. That statement came to mind this week when I saw Ms Hughes begging the president for a new house or a new kitchen. I saw it again in that young man, Julio who wanted the president to hand him better healthcare. I saw it all throughout the elections, a woman claiming that BO was going to fill up her gas tank, and all sorts of miraculous feats.

"Instead of solving economic problems, government welfare socialism created monstrous moral and spiritual problems. The kind of problems that are inevitable when individuals turn responsibility for their lives over to others.
The legacy of American socialism is our blighted inner cities, dysfunctional inner city schools, and broken black families. "

I know Star Parker was speaking as a black woman about other blacks, but I see this not in a black or white context, but a context of those who were raised to believe the government is the font of all that is free and those of us who know the government is going to take from us to give to them, just to maintain the plantation. That really bothers me.

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