Ok, the insane left is at it again — but what else is new? They’re crying once again and trying to make so much more out of a statement than what is actually there. And it appears they’ve found a new favorite whipping boy (wait, is that racist?): Trump administration Housing and Urban Development Secretary, Dr. Ben Carson.Here’s what the far left Kool-aid drinkers at Think Progress said in an article titled, Ben Carson shakes his head at ‘comfortable’ affordable housing options: He doesn’t understand how critical housing efforts can be.
As written, “According to Ben Carson, low-income Americans should have access to affordable housing — just nothing too “comfortable.” Carson, who is President Donald Trump’s head of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), was touring facilities for low-income residents in Ohio last week when he made the comments.Observing one apartment complex for veterans, Carson criticized the niceties available to residents. More to his liking, according to the New York Times, was a grouping of bunk beds inside of a homeless shelter, where no televisions were provided. Expanding on his philosophy, Carson told the Times that compassion means not giving people “a comfortable setting that would make somebody want to say: ‘I’ll just stay here. They will take care of me.’”
After the head of a supportive housing center for recovering drug addicts asked for increased federal aid, Carson interrupted. “We are talking about incentivizing those who help themselves,” he said.
Research has indicated that providing housing is a viable approach to reducing homelessness, but Carson has shown little interest in such efforts. If anything, he seems determined to oppose them. A former neurosurgeon, Carson arrived in his current role with no political experience. His background in housing and poverty is rooted entirely in personal experience — Carson grew up in a low-income Detroit, Michigan home, overcoming a number of obstacles before going on to a successful medical career. He has never lived in public housing — in fact, his mother actively worked to avoid doing so.”I just had to laugh at this feigned and unrighteous indignation emanating from these white liberal progressives. I completely understand that this post-modern liberal progressivism is based totally on the emotion of feeling good. It’s not about enabling others to achieve and attain. It’s about feeling better about yourself because you helped someone by giving them something. This is one of the fundamental tenets of socialism — the creation and expansion of a welfare nanny-state. It’s all about the dependency society and its promulgation which means you erode the drive and determination of an individual…but you gain their loyalty and dependence, because you continue to give, and provide them their livelihood.
Of course you’re going to hear the progressive socialist left declare that conservatives are hate-filled, mean-spirited people – that’s certainly far from the truth. Constitutional conservatives are classical liberals in the mold of the great British political philosopher, John Locke.
It was Locke who originated the ideal of natural rights theory and that the unalienable rights of the individual came not from man, but from the Creator. And Locke articulated that these rights were life, liberty, and property. It was Thomas Jefferson who refined these rights in our Declaration of Independence to be life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.We classical liberals do indeed believe that everyone born in or coming to America is given a ladder of success to climb to whatever height they prescribe for themselves — that is their pursuit of happiness. Admittedly so, there are times when you will slip, fall off the ladder, and a safety net is needed, but it is meant for one to recover, and continue to climb. Progressive socialists embrace a completely different concept and believe in providing a hammock. Sadly, one day that hammock dry rots and you fall through. But, it’s a nice looking hammock and in it, you can just pine away the day.
As a matter of fact, there’s a quote attributed to one of our Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin…another Dr. Ben, “I am for doing good to the poor, but…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. I observed…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.”
I suppose this quote from Ben Franklin would also draw the ire of the chuckleheads over at Think Progress?I also grew up in the inner city, Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward. And my parents Herman West Sr. and Elizabeth Thomas West came to Atlanta in 1959. My dad and mom wanted more, they set a high bar, and so they bought a simple home at 651 Kennesaw Avenue for $20,000. As Buck and Snooks West’s middle son, I’ll never forget the day Dad made that last mortgage payment. He owned his home. Now, perhaps the elitist sweet little white liberal progressives at Think Progress can’t comprehend what I’m talking about. But let me make it really clear, I grew up in a home with both a mom and dad, a dad who was a disabled American veteran from World War II. They didn’t want “comfortable affordable housing.” They wanted their own house. And in setting that standard, they raised a family — not just their three boys, but an extended family that sought, through quality education, individual responsibility and hard work, their own home.
And so it was for Angela and me upon my return from Operation Desert Shield/Storm in 1991 when we purchased our first home at 300 Morning Glory in Manhattan, Kansas. In 1993 and then in1996 we brought Aubrey Elizabeth and Austen Brianna to that home, a level of pride that we need to once again inculcate into a new generation. Today the West family has two homes, one in Dallas, Texas and another in Plantation, Florida, and one day those properties will be handed down to our daughters. And oh by the way, our oldest daughter Aubrey, who graduates with her Masters from Southern Methodist University this month, owns her first home in West Virginia where she’ll attend Physician Assistant school.
So perhaps the writer of the article in Think Progress doesn’t understand what started by my parents which continues to subsequent generations. Hand up, not hand out is the way we build up one’s drive, determination, and desire to excel. I suppose Think Progress and the left fully supports the culture of the Participation Trophy. Sure, you can continue to give them out and make them more extravagant and pretty…but they’re still just useless plastic, advancing victimization and the entitlement mentality. America, classical liberalism, is all about making the individual a victor, and John Locke understood that personal property ownership was the best way to close the class warfare gap.
It was also Dr. Benjamin Franklin who said,“The U. S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.”
The ultimate lie of the left has and always will be that they can guarantee your happiness…with “comfortable, affordable housing.” They said so about affordable healthcare too…
[Learn more about Allen West’s vision for this nation in his book Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom]