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Saturday, September 03, 2005

America, We Have A Problem

“There are two things which cannot be attacked in front: ignorance and narrow-mindedness. They can only be shaken by the simple development of the contrary qualities. They will not bear discussion."

“When a poor man becomes destitute, it is a moral evil, teeming with consequences and injurious to society and morality."

– Lord Acton

America, we have a problem. During NBC’s "A Concert for Hurricane Relief" last night, a telecast where the purpose was to encourage citizen donations to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina as well as bring the country together in a time of severe crisis, Rap star and producer, Kanye West, decided to take this time to express his opinion about the situation in the Gulf Coast by stating on-air, next to an extremely uncomfortable Mike Myers, that "George Bush doesn't care about black people" and said America is set up "to help the poor, the black people, the less well-off as slow as possible."

This statement was Mr. West’s attempt, in hip-hop parlance, to “keep it real.” I am inclined to give Mr. West, to a small degree, some slack. He is a young, black man who was acting on his emotions during a trying time, much like the other young black men who turned into looters, rapists and killers in the aftermath of Katrina. I am sure Mr. West’s comments are not uncommon feelings in most black urban communities.

How could such animosity ever take hold in a “Free” society like ours? Because America is not totally free. It has become a “nanny” state in which some citizens rely on the government for their basic needs. In other words, socialism has taken hold in America. Programs sponsored by the government always mean well because because America has a big heart - witness the current level of donations coming into various relief organizations - who value its citizens and immigrants.

Written on the base of The Statue of Liberty are the following words written by Emma Lazarus:

"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

These words remind us who we are and what we stand for as Americans. These are also words fading fast from the memory of the American psyche. Thrust into a socialist throe by well-meaning legislation and turned into an ongoing business by the likes of black national leaders Je$$e Jack$on, Al $harpeton, and the Democratic leaders who crave power, even if in the end, like Richard III, their “kingdom” will be reduced to the value of a horse. America is slowly and most assuredly churning towards implosion from within. It is being preyed upon by opportunists who strike with both subtlety and bluntness. Once the subtlety is gone, the revolution will have begun. We are close to the end of subtlety.

Throughout world history, societies are built, destroyed and rebuilt again. America has, itself, undergone such extreme cycles three times in its short history. The first was the Revolution, the second was the Civil War, and the third was the social/cultural revolution of the 1960’s. The horrible reports and video of crime run rampant in New Orleans in the aftermath of Katrina is a preview, dear reader, of a fourth revolution to come.

If these words sound extreme or even daft, you need to re-read Mr. West’s statement above once more. He is speaking for an entire group of people who have been lied to by their leaders and who will willingly, not to mention blindly, follow them into anarchy.

"Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end...liberty is the only object which benefits all alike, and provokes no sincere opposition...The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern...Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." -- Lord Acton

10 Comments:

Anonymous Mark Cross said...

Good, well-written post Rick.

I linked to it in my recent post...

Wisdom Rap: The Kayne West Story

Good writing should be recognized. Kudos!

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