In 1964, a half-century ago, President Lyndon Banes Johnson (LBJ) declared war on poverty. In his Great Society Speech, LBJ laid out the utopian big government progressive road map for America. Today, we are still living with his utopian ideology. Still following his Great Society road map leading us to our own destruction. He spoke about the importance of leisure time, saving the environment, and changing our education system. For progressives, not much has changed in their quest for a more perfect union. As Nancy Pelosi told us, one does not have to worry about working now. With Obamacare, one can now take the time to write poetry or paint a portrait.
After 50 years, the war on poverty has failed the people it was supposedly meant to help.
The collapse of marriage in low-income communities has played a substantial role in the declining capacity for self-support. In 1963, 6% of American children were born out of wedlock. Today the number stands at 41%. As benefits swelled, welfare increasingly served as a substitute for a bread-winning husband in the home.
According to the Heritage Foundation’s analysis, children raised in the growing number of single-parent homes are four times more likely to be living in poverty than children reared by married parents of the same education level. Children who grow up without a father in the home are also more likely to suffer from a broad array of social and behavioral problems. The consequences continue into adulthood: Children raised by single parents are three times more likely to end up in jail and 50% more likely to be poor as adults. The Heritage Foundation
“The War on Poverty has arguably destroyed the black nuclear family,” said Project 21’s Christopher Arps. “Roughly 75 percent of black children were born to a married two-parent family when the ‘war’ began in 1964. By 2008, the percentage of black babies born out of wedlock numbered over 72 percent. Today, the rate of unwed motherhood in the black community is more than twice as high as among whites — and almost three times higher than before big government’s grand intervention. And all this comes at a steep financial cost. The federal government has spent an estimated $15 trillion dollars to end poverty. Government reportedly spent $20,610 on every poor individual and $61,830 per poor family in 2012.” – Christopher Arps – Project 21 Press Release, War on Poverty
We have communities of people, generations of children, trapped in low-income housing neighborhoods. Progressivism effectively placed them on an inner-city reservation and kept them dependent on government handouts giving them no incentive to leave. As statistics document, too many children are growing up in single-mother homes. I grew up watching my Father go to work every day. That is how a child learns a work ethic and responsibility. Without a father figure, whose example does a young man follow? From whom does he learn responsibility, work ethic, how to be a man? Big Mike’s ambition was to be a rapper.
Reverends Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are prominent examples of the people made wealthy by LBJ’s progressive Great Society. These two men hold themselves up to be ministers of the gospel. Reverent men. Men of the cloth. The prey on those who are enslaved to government dependence and reside in those inner city reservations. They are always on the scene whipping up fervor and chanting no justice no peace. Added by outsiders, like Malik Shabazz and his new black panthers, they incite riots and looting. People loot and burn the businesses in their own communities. Al and Jesse ride off into the sunset to their palatial digs, leaving destruction and hatred in the wake of their limos. These men are no more than race charlatans preying on their own people.
If Al and Jesse were true to their titles, Christian ministers, the first time they showed up in Ferguson would not have been after a young man died. If they were true to their titles; if they cared a whit about anyone except Al and Jesse, they would live in those neighborhoods. They would be trying to put families back together, showing young people the pathway out. They would be trying to replace gang banging, looting, dope smoking… with Christian ministry and God. But that is not Al and Jesse. Al and Jesse need victims with straw men enemies. If they really cared and had any courage, they would be in Chicago trying to stop the senseless killings taking place there. Following people such as these is a sure way to remain trapped in the hood. Because this is where they need and want black Americans.
Then there are the Democrats, for who most black Americans vote. It was Democrats who opposed school desegregation, who set dogs and fire hoses on peacefully protesting people. It was Democrats who founded the Klu Klux Klan. It was a Democrat Senator and Klu Klux Klan member Robert C Byrd who filibustered the Civil Rights Act – one of LBJ’s Great Society Democrats. It was the Republicans voting that passed it. Black people vote for Democrats each and every election, and as the statistics clearly show they are no better off for it than they were 50 years ago. With the Great Society’s decimation of the black family, they are arguably worse off.
The white liberal media loves to fan the flames and report misinformation even to the point of editing a recorded 911 call to make George Zimmerman sound racist, and in the Michael Brown case as is typical going to press with the first unverified accounts they heard because they fit with their preconceived story line.
The President and his Attorney General add fuel to these fires and it is most certain that the police officer will be indicted, have his life destroyed in the process and when all the facts are out it will be the same story. Lives destroyed, communities torn apart and nothing will be accomplished that will save the next Michael Brown or the next scourge of looting and rioting. The only thing that will save the future for this lost generation of youth is a U-turn from the past 50 years of progressivism. Progressivism kills in every place and in every situation it is tried.
© 2014 J. D. Pendry