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The ObamaNation Poverty Plantations

Keeping Black Folks Enslaved on Government Welfare Plantations

By Mark Alexander · Sep. 20, 2012
“Repeal that [welfare] law, and you will soon see a change in their manners. [I]ndustry will increase, and with it plenty among the lower people; their circumstances will mend, and more will be done for their happiness by inuring them to provide for themselves, than could be done by dividing all your estates among them.” –Benjamin Franklin (1753)

Near the end of the 2012 presidential campaign, Barack Hussein Obama and his Leftmedia sycophants condemned the Romney-Ryan ticket of making a very offensive “political gaffe” at a private campaign five months earlier.

The colossal blunder in question? Romney identified the underbelly of Obama’s socialist political agenda – the fact that an ever-increasing number of “useful idiots” have been lured into subservience by generations of Socialist Democrat policies, are now dependent on a laundry list of government subsidies, and, consequently, they are very likely to vote for the candidate who will continue redistributing wealth to fund those subsidies.

Romney’s offhand remarks were surreptitiously recorded, then leaked by an opposition researcher named James Carter IV – yes, he’s the grandson of that Jimmy Carter – to a hard-left magazine, which timed its release of the video to comport with Obama’s socialist dezinformatsia propaganda.

Dezinformatsia indeed! Though Romney’s assertion that most Obama supporters are government dependents has generated a flood of faux-outrage on the Left, their underlying indignation is more accurately rooted in the fact that Romney did not declare that ALL Americans are dependent on government, which is more in line with the Left’s agenda. Obama himself recently asserted just that in his now-infamous assertion, “You didn’t build that. Somebody else [read: "government”] made that happen.“

In the video, Romney said, "There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president, no matter what … who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That’s an entitlement, and the government should give it to them. And they will vote for [Obama] no matter what. … These are people who pay no income tax.”

While Romney’s citation of the percentage of Americans who pay no taxes was correct, and it happens to coincide with Obama’s current poll numbers, which is why he confused the number, clearly Romney was alluding to the fact that 30-35 percent of Obama’s most fervent constituent support is composed of those who are now culturally, if not irrevocably, dependent upon a plethora of government subsidies. These “takers” pay no income tax, and they thus have no direct liability in the economics of wealth redistribution and no stake in curtailing our calamitous $16,000,000,000,000 national debt.

Indeed, they are “dependent upon government,” and “believe that they are victims, believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, [and] believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it.”

Now, there’s nothing new about Romney’s contention regarding the relationship between populist socialism and popular elections. Avowed socialist George Bernard Shaw, co-founder of the London School of Economics, smugly declared at the turn of the 20th century, “A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.”

Observations about the inherent threat to Liberty posed by that electoral equation predates Shaw by at least two millennia. Greek Historian Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus wrote, “The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits.”

Six centuries earlier, Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu wrote, “The people suffer from famine because of the multitude of taxes consumed by their superiors. It is through this that they suffer famine.”

And every generation of historians since has likewise noted that long and sordid history of destruction.

In 1766, that founding sage Ben Franklin observed, “I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”

In 1776, the year the ideological ancestors of today’s American Patriots were codifying our natural right to Liberty, Historian Edward Gibbon published his six-volume treatise, “The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire,” detailing how opulence and entitlement led to the loss of civic virtue and the fall of the world’s first great republic.

Another enlightened philosopher of the era, François-Marie Arouet (Voltaire), observed, “The art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of citizens to give to the other.”

In his 1781 “Notes on the State of Virginia,” Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.”

These 18th-century observations about taxation and entitlement served as seminal reference points for the “Fatal Cycle of Democracy” published a century later.

That cycle follows this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From courage to Liberty (Rule of Law); From Liberty to abundance; From abundance to complacency; From complacency to apathy; From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage (rule of men).

Thus, not only is the substance of Romney’s assertion about Obama’s “base,” tragically and completely accurate, it has been substantiated throughout history. And, according to The Heritage Foundation’s 2012 Index of Dependence on Government, Obama’s earnest endeavor of “fundamentally transforming the United States of America” is well underway, with historic numbers of Americans now dependent upon the state.

While it would be patently wrong to assert that everyone who receives a government subsidy and pays no taxes is an Obama supporter, the growing number of Americans who depend on government support under Obama’s Great Recession is staggering.

According to the Tax Policy Center, more than 46 percent of households pay no income tax. That is because over the last four decades, Congress has “engineered” the tax code to exempt income from targeted voter blocks.

The Census Bureau reports that almost 50 percent of Americans in the most recent quarter of record resided in a household where a family member received direct government assistance, at a cost of almost 70 percent of the federal budget. During the Reagan years, only 30 percent of households received government support, and the percentage has increased almost 10 percent since Obama took office.

About 16 percent of American households (one in seven) depend on food stamps – the rolls of which have swelled from 31.9 million when Obama took office, to a record 46.5 million people today. And when Obama gutted Welfare reform, that shuffled millions of voters into his camp.

Of course, most Americans who receive Medicare and Social Security have been forced to pay into those non-existent “trust funds” for their whole careers. Thus, to call that support an “entitlement” would be entirely wrong.

Responding to Romney’s exposure of the relationship between Obama’s socialist agenda and his electoral support, Barack endeavored to distance himself from his “redistributive justice” platform and instead enlisted his minions to kill the messenger.

House Democrat Whip Steny Hoyer claimed, “I don’t know that any Democrat believes redistribution of wealth is the end of government – it is not.”

Apparently Hoyer does not recall candidate Obama’s own words on the subject: “There has been a systematic, uh, uh, I don’t think it is too strong to call it a propaganda campaign, uh, against the possibility of government action and its efficacy. … As we try to resuscitate this notion that we are all in this together … the trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that actually pool resources and hence facilitate redistribution, because I actually believe in redistribution.”

Meanwhile, Joe Biden, in a recent speech to the ultra-Leftist Center for American Progress Action Fund, said that Romney and Ryan “are gonna put y'all back in chains!” But what Obama’s state-dependent lemmings don’t understand is that they’ve already been lured into chattel slavery chains of by their narcissistic master.

Obama and his ideological Marxists have overtaken the once-noble Democratic Party, and converted it to the Socialist Democratic Party. The consequences have been devastating for those he ostensibly serves, particularly for his most loyal constituency – black Americans, 93 percent of whom blindly vote for Obama.

The primary protagonist of the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King proclaimed famously, “I have a dream that my children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” But Obama has done nothing to advance that proclamation, instead, affirming the statist status of most blacks, who, in effect, are enslaved on urban poverty plantations.

Obama maintains this most loyal constituency by maintaining their “victim status,” thus ensuring they are judged by the color of their skin rather than the content of their character – the antithesis of MLK’s dream.

In 1982, as the last Evil Empire was disintegrating from within, Ronald Reagan observed, “In an ironic sense, Karl Marx was right. We are witnessing today a great revolutionary crisis, a crisis where the demands of the economic order are conflicting directly with those of the political order. But the crisis is happening not in the West, but in the home of Marxism-Leninism, the Soviet Union.”

It is an even greater irony that today, the birthplace of Liberty is slovenly succumbing to the “Fatal Cycle of Democracy,” and is on the precipice of an irrevocable plunge into the abyss of tyranny. The good news is that if Obama’s re-election serves as the tipping point for that plunge, there is always the option of restoring Liberty by bullets when ballots fail.

The notion that the ballot box is not the only path to restore Liberty may make some of our countrymen uncomfortable. But that must be all the more motivation for every Patriot to contribute the utmost of our time, talent and treasure to restore Liberty, as “endowed by our Creator.”

Thomas Jefferson noted in the year our Constitution was written, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” To that end, I recall the words of Thomas Paine: “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.”

P.S. Regarding Obama’s utopian ObamaNation flags for sale on his official campaign Web site – unbelievable! For the record, desecrating our national colors, under which so many Patriots have fought and died, causes me a little heartburn….

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Gerald Smith in Evansville, IN said:

When I heard that tape I knew what Romney meant but I also know the opposition, aka the mainstream media, would have a field day. My daughter is in the "47%" and while she is not paying a lot of attention she heard about this and she was offended. Mitt could have chosen his words more carefully but he was speaking off the cuff and it is what it is. Hopefully this will fade in the next week or so and if Romney can avoid give the other side more ammunition let's pray that he can prevail. The thought of another four years under Obama is almost too much to bear.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 1:30 PM

NW_Jack in Pacific Northwest said:

Unfortunately we may be too late.

As the Heritage Foundation reference book - cited in the PP - shows, the huge increase in Federal dependency occurred in the Bush, Jr. years. Where were we in 2002, 2004, 2006, as well as 2008?

A quick analogous story about California:
When Jerry (Moonbeam) Brown was again elected to Governor (2010),
I asked some friends why anyone would vote for him. Two voted because they were "True [left wing] Believers" one because he disliked Brown's opponent and one because her government-supported job would likely disappear if Brown lost.
I suggest that similar motivations apply here, in addition to the "too-lazy-to-work poor" stereotype.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Sandra in CA replied:

Please remember also who was in charge of the Congress and Senate during most of the Bush years. That doesn't excuse him for not being more forceful with his Veto though.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Bob Gardner in Pasadena, MD said:

I was raised to fend for myself and that everything that I obtain should be earned. It would be impossible for me to live off the government because I fear it would take away my self-respect. Now take the polar opposite of my upbringing. Someone who was raised on government services and believes this is the way of life. I believe it is just as difficult for them to change their ways and earn what they need. It will have to be forced on them. But don't think for a minute they will vote for the change. This election will be decided by those on the fence for they represent the tipping point between a free America and one enslaved to the government.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 1:34 PM

karl in Chalreston Sc said:

The facts are now coming out right and it is a shame to have people who can work believeing that once Obama is elected they will have more> In fact they will be asked to give back part of what they have. Even the poorest will be doing a bit more to reduce debt. That came right off the David Letterman show> " WE ALL HAVE TO DO SOMETHING. All means the poor too will have been effected by this socialist agenda. We will look and act like Russia. NO voices left.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Linda in Calif said:

The biggest hangers-on are those that came here illegally, produced children via an american citizen, have that person work at a minamal (reported)n job and sit back and wait for the government hand outs via the ilkligitamate children of their concubine. The law would not allow the irs to clamp down on this in clinton's admin and their has been rampid misuse every since. I think Romney is head on in his remarks.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 1:34 PM

The Texas Cooke in Lockhart, Texas said:

Machiavelli paraphrase encompasses the notion of “Useful Idiots”: Never lead a revolution, but if you must and you some how succeed, the first thing you must do is kill your supporters, because you will never be able to meet their expectations either.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Bruce R Pierce in Owensboro, KY replied:

He also said, a Society cannot be ruled under Tyranny as long as it maintains its virtue. Alas we are getting close to the point where 50% of Society has lost their virtue.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 4:17 PM

The Texas Cooke in Lockhart, Texas said:

Another useful Lao Tzu quote: "The fit leader is he whose people say, 'We have done this thing ourselves.'" I guess Barry never heard that one.....

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA said:

I reciently read a quote from an unknown source.
"I came into this world kicking and screaming covered in someone elses blood, I don't mind leaving the same way."

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Donald G McKeighe in Sheffield Lake Ohio said:

I noticed a 'bumper sticker' in todays essay by Alexander, it read 'rope and chains' under the ubiquitous sotero 'O', I was saying that while the flopeared Teleprompter Kid was still a candidate, based solely on the things he was saying, I was also mocking the bumper sticker that had their names on it, saying 'Obeyme, Blowhard', and it wouldn't hurt my feelings if that became an actual bumper sticker, though I would change it just a little, it would read 'Obeyme, Babblin'. Just a thought.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Cindy Scott in Pasadena, CA replied:

Love the "obeyme" you came up with. How (sadly) appropos!!!

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 1:49 PM

greg d in colorado said:

While I agree with what Romney said, I dislike the attitude, an aire of superiority he came accross with. He said those folks dont matter. Those handicapped dont matter those single moms those with terminal illness those who have served our country to keep him free and on and on. He shouldnt be allowed to wing it, he's not a good speaker and truely is not in touch with the middle class and never will be .People need to feel their leaders really want to help them. He smirks and bobs and weaves like a boxer. He is his own worst enemy.he will lose the election all by his self Im afraid. Well maybe we can survive 4 more obama years and then Santorium ,a true American, with dedicated conservitive beliefs and a strong faith in God above, will take the reins here in America. I now believe we voters need to focus on our senate and congress to prep for a majority there. I think we have lost the presidency in 2012, come on 2016.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 1:45 PM

tarymelon in Illinois replied:

I think you've mistaken what he said. I think he's a very good person and what he was saying was that the people that don't want to work are the people that he cannot win. He wasn't rude. Just stating a fact. You are reading into it like a liberal. He never mentioned handicapped, ill, disabled. I think he's a way better speaker than Obama ever could be and he has a great chance to win if illegals, prisoners, and as in Ill, deceased. and those shuttled around from polling to polling place aren't allowed to vote.

Friday, September 21, 2012 at 1:56 PM

demsarerats in Oregon replied:

greg, so true, welfare dependency is a winning issue but Romney is the worst candidate to raise it.

Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 11:17 PM

William Nickoley in Rockaway, NJ said:

Maybe it’s time to call attention to the fact that a small majority (53%) of us are forced to carry nearly half the rest of the country on our backs.

In response to Mr. Obama and his friends, our chant should begin: “We are the 53%! We are the 53%!”

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Lucia in Minneapolis, MN said:

Mr. Romney spoke the truth at this dinner meeting. The truth to the left always hurts, they can't stand it. Mr. Carter junior is a low slug, I hope that what he did will be done to him as well, soon. The American media are anti American, they must hate this country very much or they are paid very well by Mr. Soros for reporting lies and exageration against Mr. Romney and the Republic Party. Shame on all of them, I do not believe anything they have to report, I have stopped listening to them on television and radio, they all are very biased and liers! need I say more!?
God bless America, One Nation under God, for ever!!!
p.s. Yes, this is STILL, a Christian Nation Mr. President.....We are still Americans under God.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Cindy Scott in Pasadena, CA said:

If there's one thing we should all be aware of is that the truth isn't always pretty...but, the truth IS the truth! Generations of families have been on the system -- THAT goes from dependence to expectation and it is NOT right. There is not a Republican or conservative I know who would begrudge a senior who has put INTO the system all his/her life getting social security and medicare; nor ANY veteran getting all the care and assistance they need for their service to our country in defending our values and our lives. We certainly don't have a problem with people who have lost their jobs due to the mishandling of our economy by the current administration getting assistance as they continue to try to get back on their feet. THAT, however, is NOT redistribution of wealth. I don't have much, but what I have I have worked very, very hard for for the past 35 years...I will be damned if I'm going to let some idiot socialist take it and give it to those who feel entitled! I pay for my own healthcare, and did for my son when he was growing up -- ho one offered, nor was I led to believe, that anyone but ME was responsible for my son's well-being. I put food on the table, I paid his medical bills, I gave him everything I could -- NOT everything he WANTED! He had an absent father and learned from that how NOT to be a father. He has now opened a second business, has just bought his first home, and is doing very well -- sadly, in Australia because his America, my America, couldn't get him where he wanted to go. This is OUR country -- we have to be willing to FIGHT for it!

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Walt in Sidney, Ohio said:

I find it disconcerting to see an Obama add in the middle of your publication, not once but twice!! I was under the impression you din't allow adds inside your publications.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 1:49 PM

MNIce in Minnesota replied:

Did you read the commentary on the ads? Did you notice the small "Patriot Post" tag on the right edge? The ads were shown to illustrate the commentary so we wouldn't have to guess what it was about. The point is to show that Mr. Obama thinks this is all about him, not the 50 United States; that's why he took out the stars in the flag and put his logo there. His cartoonish fuzzing up of the 13 stripes representing our historical beginnings is no accident either.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 10:30 PM

teapartylady in Wisconisn said:

Interesting 47% wow. I am not surprised and way to go Romney for standing on your words. I am a bit perplexed that if it was Jimmy Carter IV that taped and released this "supposedly whole video", why he or someone, chose to edit it (per Fox News) and leave out pertinent positive data by Romney??? I guess the far left didn't want the "public" to really see the TRUTH. Shame on you Jimmy Carter IV or whoever did the editing of the truth. I am not surprised either since I saw the Dem's Caucus' editing of "God and Israel"...oh God's's IN... sound familiar? One day the Dem's will pay...on God's day!!! He might say: "dem's are down and out". Good luck with that and God bless.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 1:50 PM