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The Left is to Blame for “Inner City” Dysfunction

March 21st, 2014 - 9:44 am

Excellent editorial in the Wall Street Journal this morning, defending Congressman Paul Ryan from the usual dishonest charges of racism from the left.

The Wisconsin Congressman has been looking into the problem of upward economic mobility and how effective federal programs are in combatting poverty. Appearing on Bill Bennett’s radio program, Mr. Ryan observed that antipoverty assistance can often create “incentives not to work and to stay where you are, that’s not what we want in society. . . . There are a lot of people slipping through the cracks in America that are not reaching their potential and we as conservatives should have something to say about that.”

He also mused: “We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work, so there’s a cultural problem that has to be dealt with.”

Beginning with Think Progress, the left immediately jumped on this, accusing Ryan of speaking in code, using “inner city” to mean black. But that’s not code, friends. That’s short-hand. And “inner city” doesn’t mean black, it means only those blacks who have bought into the lies and been seduced by the tax-funded bribes of the left and so been trapped in a self-destructive culture of illegitimacy, belligerent victimhood and financial irresponsibility.

In order to create a world in which powerful elites (them) can steal the money of hard-working Americans (us) in order to buy votes by flinging coins from their limousines at the poor (often in the inner city), the left has created a perpetual motion machine of black self-destruction. Convince black people they are helpless victims, give them free stuff that discourages work, sell them feminist and anti-religious social policies that destroy families, infiltrate their churches so that they cease to preach moral and ethical behavior and instead preach “social justice,” that pernicious phrase…  and then, when someone like Ryan has the testicular fortitude to point to the problems created by all this leftism, call him the racist. As bloody if.

The left has developed a wonderfully self-sustaining system. It works great — if, that is, you don’t like your fellow Americans whose skin happens to be dark. But the truth is: there is not one single thing inherent in being black that causes generational poverty and violence. It’s the leftism, stupid. It’s the policies.

It’s you, Think Progress, and the rest of the left — you people calling Paul Ryan racist…  you’re the ones to blame.

For more, check out this radical film, Runaway Slave.

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I'm watching Runaway Slave right now. Although it's a bit dated with its opening scenes of Glenn Beck and the '10 March to Restore Honor, by any other measure it's a brilliant piece of work which perfectly captures the behind the scenes groundswell of black Americans going through the process of waking up to the damage the Welfare State has inflicted upon them. That's why the Dems are going to start leaking support from the black community. Now the Repubs must get a lot smarter about their outreach. If the Repubs take congress and pass immigration reform, they'll start winning Hispanics as well. There's a lot wrong with the Repubs, but as of this date they're the only alternative.
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I suspect that one of the biggest public works projects in the U.S. has something to do with the decay of inner cities. The Interstate highway system condemned and paved vast swaths of inner city neighborhoods (the poorest ones, of course). Not only did it split neighborhoods in two physically, but introduced an incredible amount of noise, smog, etc. that further hurt property values. Yeah, government.
45 weeks ago
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I've got a topic suggestion for you Andrew. Easter is coming up, during which the resurrection of Jesus is celebrated. How does the most convincing alternate explanation of what really happened fit with the data we have?

If you aren't aware of the data, check this out:

And here are the New Testament citations:

fictio cedit veritati
45 weeks ago
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Runaway Slave is available on Amazon Instant Video.

I've been trying to think of movies set in the segregation period, the 100 years between the end of the Civil War and the victory of the civil rights movement, that show the African Americans of that time as the strong, independent people they were. One that fits the bill is the movie Nothing But a Man, from the early 1960s.
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Andrew, Fine observation. Been made many times before, yet nothing changes. Logic and reality has no effect on getting them out of their masochistic fantasy that the Left is good and the Right is bad and the cause of all evil.

The question I'd like to see answered is how do you wake the Lotus Eaters to their own peril and to the lies being told to them on a regular basis?
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