Thursday, February 12, 2009

Irony on Lincoln's Birthday

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Irony on Lincoln's Birthday

I am not the only one who remembers the fleet of bills that were floated in the 60's that were going to lift the nation's poor out of poverty.

We heard terms like, "The War On Poverty" and the "Great Society". President Johnson was going to end poverty---forever. He declared his Presidency a time for change. He promised to not just address the symptoms of poverty, but the causes.

Trillions of dollars later, instead of solving economic problems, government welfare-socialism has created both moral and spiritual problems. The kinds of problems that are inevitable when you turn responsibility of your life over to others.

Perhaps the black community has suffered most from this miscarriage.

It is ironic that this is happening again, through a misguided and sometimes corrupt Congress with the unrestrained support of America's first black President---on Abraham Lincoln's birthday.

A woman who has seen the industry of poverty from the inside of what she calls, "Uncle Sam's Plantation" and has found her way out into personal freedom, can tell the story much better than I can.

Starr Parker has written a poignant column titled, "Back On Uncle Sam's Plantation."

She says following President Johnson's "Economic Opportunity Act" of 1964 and the spending of trillions of dollars, black poverty is the same. But black families are not, with triple the incidence of single-parent homes and out-of-wedlock births.

She describes the return to the plantation and observes that this time, not only is the black community invited to Uncle Sam's Plantation, but industry as well through the massive bailout for nearly everyone who wants more money.

This socialistic scheme was not conceived in liberty, nor is it dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. It steals the essence of freedom, liberty and self reliance.

This column is a must read.

I would pray the closing words of the Gettysburg Address, "That we here highly resolve these dead shall not have died in vain---that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom---and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

God help us.

Happy Birthday, President Lincoln.

Gary Randall
Faith & Freedom

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