What’s the most common negative moniker liberal progressives like to heap on constitutional conservatives? C’mon, think about it… wait for it…yep, you got it! Who could ever forget crying Senator Chuck Schumer using the reference, “mean spirited?”Yes, it’s the most overused progressive socialist description of those who do not conform to their insidious expansion of the welfare nanny-state: mean, evil, hateful, heartless, uncaring. For the left, it’s always about emotion — normally faux emotion — feigned unrighteous indignation, all centered on them feeling good about giving something to someone else. Actually, when you think about it, it’s the liberal progressive left who is mean, uncaring and condescending as they truly believe the individual cannot survive, achieve or excel, without the onerous and intrusive nature of the state. Hence why we refer to them as statists. It’s through dependency that the left gains its power, its political base, and keeping an uneducated, economically enslaved group has and always will be their calling card.
It reminds me of that joke circulating around the internet for a few years now.
“A little girl visiting the zoo accidentally falls into the lions’ den. A courageous man jumps into the den and fights off the lion until zoo workers and others can arrive on the scene, saving the little girl’s life. The miraculous feat was witnessed by a young journalist. The journalist goes up to the man and says, that was the most courageous and incredible thing I have ever seen, can I write a story about it? The man replies sure, and the journalist asks him some biographical information. The man replies that he is a former Special Forces soldier, combat veteran, proud dad and husband, conservative, and life member of the National Rifle Association. The next day the headline on the young journalists story reads, “Right wing racist attacks African immigrant and denies him food.”
And so, I shall share with you a bit of news, that if you were to read or hear reported by the liberal progressive media would have a totally different spin.
As reported by Fox News, under the headline “Food Stamp rolls plummet in states that restore work requirements:”“After the food stamp rolls swelled for years under the Obama administration, fresh figures show a dramatic reduction in states that recently have moved to restore work requirements. States were allowed to waive those rules for able-bodied adults thanks to the 2009 economic stimulus. As the rules loosened and the economy sputtered out of the recession, food stamp enrollment soared to record levels – peaking at nearly 48 million nationwide in 2013. But while that number has dipped gradually in recent years, some states have moved aggressively to push recipients who can work back into the job market and, in due time, off the program.
Alabama began 2017 by requiring able-bodied adults without children in 13 counties to either find a job or participate in work training as a condition for continuing to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. According to AL.com, the number of those recipients declined from 5,538 to 831 between Jan. 1 and the beginning of May – an 85 percent drop. Similar changes were implemented in select counties in Georgia and by the end of the first three months, the number of adults receiving benefits in three participating counties dropped 58 percent, according to the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently reported that in 21 additional counties that restored the work requirement, there was a 62 percent drop in SNAP participants. “Work requirements have been enormously successful at reducing the number of people on food stamps. And while they made sense in the early part of the recession when unemployment was higher, that is no longer the case,” said Robert Doar, a fellow in poverty studies at the American Enterprise Institute.”
Here is what the headline would read at any liberal progressive media outlet: “Red states starve the poor by forcing them off food stamps and into forced labor.” You’re laughing your butts off but you know I’m right. The left can take something positive and turn it into a negative, especially if it contradicts their ideological agenda, namely increased dependency on the government.Let’s not forget that it was President Bill Clinton who, as part of welfare reform, instituted work requirements — former South Florida Republican Congressman E. Clay Shaw was instrumental in that happening. Hey, that’s called bipartisanship, but if a Democrat today were to even dream of something such as that, they would be immediately destroyed by the hateful left and face a primary challenge. How bizarre it must have been for Bill Clinton to sit there at the Democrat National Convention last year, in Philadelphia, what a blatant contrast, and watch everything he advocated for as president be rejected.
See, for the leftists who control the Democrat Party it’s not about you being independent, working and able to produce for yourself and your family. Recall the words of one Barack Obama, “if you own a business, you didn’t build that” — easily the most disrespectful assertion ever made by an American president.
The left doesn’t want Americans who can stand on their own two feet. They don’t see welfare programs as a safety net, but rather as a hammock. All of a sudden, if we get more Americans back to work, well, they’re going to start asking why is more of my earnings taken away? As opposed to being a ward of the welfare nanny-state and demanding more be taken away from others and redistributed to them.It’s simple: we are in an ideological and philosophical battle…yes, fundamental transformation. As I wrote here, the grand strategy of the left is to flip red states via mass migration into the urban centers…you know, those “Human Rights Cities.” Imagine if Georgia, Tennessee and Texas all of a sudden become run by progressive socialist leftists? In other words, we increase the amount of failing “blue” states such as California, Illinois and Connecticut. This has already happened in Colorado, New Mexico, and elsewhere.
The left doesn’t want working Americans. The socialist left wants victims, and that’s funny because if there is truly a mentality that’s mean, it’s theirs. They have their elites in the areas of entertainment, politics, culture, media, and academia…and then the rest. However, it makes the leftists feel good when they give something to the “underprivileged,” and anyone desiring the underprivileged to rise up and excel above their deemed status is demeaned and denigrated. How else can you explain the tirade of one Rep. Maxine Waters against current Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson? Dr. Carson represents that which engenders the greatest anger by the left, a successful black conservative from the inner city.
My warning to the Hispanic community in America is, be aware. I’ve watched the policies of the progressive socialist left, the Democrat Party, destroy the black community, the black family, black education, black entrepreneurship. And they do so under the dangerous banner of “Black Lives Matter.” The Democrats have their sights set on the Hispanic community next. The values of the black community — faith, family, and freedom — have been undermined, destroyed. And like the locusts they are, they move from one community to another, decimating all that stands in their way. It’s time to break out the repellant, spray the fields, and eradicate the scourge…and protect our fertile lands of economic growth and prosperity.
[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]