1950s America

Nobody Cares Like a Conservative

It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.- Thomas Sowell

How can you tell if someone is delusional?

They conflate woman’s rights with abortion.  They think being an activist means being nasty to people on Facebook.  They think freedom is what the government gives you.  You’ll hear them say something like, “The constitution was written over 200 years ago by a bunch slave owners, it’s trash.” They think the only things that come from said Constitution are freedom of speech, abortion, and protection against racism.

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Perhaps that’s where we went wrong in this country.  We made the Constitution something that guarantees the un-guarantee-able.  We gave the illusion that the government can protect us form human nature.  How is the same government that took people’s freedom supposed to be anybody’s savior?

If I have a dream it is to not only speak the truth, but lead my people to the watering hole.  I’m talking about the down-and-out, generationally impoverished, my black family and all the rest who are vulnerable to these vultures who prey on Americans.   I’ve grown up with all kinds of people who feel that they don’t have a voice. I have felt it too. I have been used as a pawn to advocate for things that are not in my best interest.  And I’m writing this to say that it doesn’t have to be this way.

In a previous article I mention how my mother is a black city woman from the north and my father is a southern white man to the bone.  The struggle is real, trying to find where you believe in is hard and there is definitely a pressure to latch on to an identity.  I have lived in the inner cities and been surrounded by the black community, and I’ve been in a completely rural community where there is one or two black people per generation.  This has taught me a very important lesson, no one has to abandon any part of themselves in order to satisfy society.

Like Jon Snow told Theon, he is both a Stark and a Greyjoy.

The watering whole I mentioned above is a place wheremy  black people learn what my southern family holds so dearly.  In the south they value their freedom, but they also know the cost.  They distrust the government, but they also recognize how the government has to be used to make a civilized society.  In a word in the south they’re conservative.  And the watering hole is a well of conservative values.  If I can just get my people stuck in the inner city to drink from it I’ll know someday we’ll all be free.

The Black Conservative

On Quora the other day I answered a question that asked if conservatives care about the poor.  It shouldn’t surprise me that someone could ask such a condescending question about someone who happens to disagree with you.  And it such an ignorant question.

According to a 2006 ABC News piece by John Stossel and Kristina Kendall, Brooks’ research has shown that conservatives donate about 30 percent more than liberals.  Even though , on average, conservatives earn less than liberals.

So clearly conservatives do care about the poor, sense conservatives themselves are poor. No, don’t let the loud elitist media dictate the conversation.  The root of the disagreement between a conservative and a liberal is the role that the government should have in solving our problems.  We’re not arguing on whether racism exist, we’re arguing about the use of government force to solve a human condition.  We’re not talking about the merits of poverty in America, we’re talking about a bloated bureaucracy that has devastated the black community.

We have been mislead into thinking that power will come with gaining a “seat at the table” in politics.  But fifty years ago, there were fewer than 1,000 black elected officials nationwide. According to the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, by 2011 there were roughly 10,500 black elected officials, not to mention a black president.  Yet here we are and it doesn’t look like the black community as a whole is any further than where we started.

In 1940, the black poverty rate was 87 percent. By 1960, it had fallen to 47 percent. During that interval, blacks were politically impotent. There were no anti-poverty programs or affirmative action programs.  That huge spike came in a time where black people had almost no political power.

Years later we have our political power but how is the black community.   In 1940, 86 percent of black children were born inside marriage, and the black illegitimacy rate was about 15 percent. Today, only 35 percent of black children are born inside marriage, and the illegitimacy rate hovers around 75 percent.  Oh joy!  Instead of liberating the black community we have created a class of elite blacks that have benefited from the rise in black political power, but have shut the door on the rest of us.

 

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We have paid $22 Trillion dollars on this great War on Poverty and what do we have to show for it?  The stated goal of the War on Poverty, as told by Lyndon Johnson, was, “…not only to relieve the symptom of poverty, but to cure it and, above all, to prevent it.”

Shortly after the War on Poverty got rolling (1967), about 27% of Americans lived in poverty.  In 2012, the last year for which data is available, the number was about 29%.  Thank you L.B.J!  Because of you and your liberal friends that care so much about poverty have spent countless taxes payer dollars (which is OUR MONEY) to do absolutely nothing.  With friends like that who needs enemies am I right?

Not only was this war expensive and unnecessary it devastated the black community.  The welfare system we adapted came with perverse incentives.  It put a stick of dynamite in the black family and blew it the hell up.  With a requirement for those that receive welfare not to have a man living in the house what did yo think was going to happen?  When welfare is means tested (which it really has to be) women won’t marry men as to not increase their income.  As mentioned above only 35 percent of black children are born inside marriage, and the illegitimacy rate hovers around 75 percent.

In the 1950s, approximately 20 percent of black children lived in mother-headed families. In 1965, the rate was about 22 percent. By the early ’90s, more than 50 percent did.  I come from a single mother (and she is the best mother I could ever ask for) so I mean no disrespect, but this has been disastrous for the black community.

As a Heritage Foundation analysis notes, youngsters raised by single parents, as compared to those who grow up in intact married homes, are more likely to be physically abused; to be treated for emotional and behavioral disorders; to smoke, drink, and use drugs; to perform poorly in school; to be suspended or expelled from school; to drop out of high school; to behave aggressively and violently; to be arrested for a juvenile crime; to serve jail time before age 30; and to go on to experience poverty as adults.

According to the National Fatherhood Initiative, 60% of rapists, 72% of adolescent murderers, and 70% of long-term prison inmates are men who grew up in fatherless homes. With regard to girls in particular, those raised by single mothers are more than twice as likely to give birth out-of-wedlock, thereby perpetuating the cycle of poverty for yet another generation.

As Forbes noted in an article entitled “Poor Students Are the Real Victims of College Discrimination,” out of all students in the United States who received bachelor’s degrees, only “9.4 percent of those degrees went to students with family income below $33,000” — only a part of them black. At more selective schools, the problem is worse: “At elite law schools like Yale and Harvard Law, 60% of the incoming students tend to come from the top 10% of the socioeconomic spectrum … while only 5% come from the bottom half. Similar studies of competitive undergraduate schools have shown that three-quarters of students come from the top economic quartile, while less than 10% come from the bottom half.”

Do you know who the blacks graduating from college today come from?  Immigrant communities with children raised by both a mother and a father.   A study of 28 selective universities found that more than a quarter of the black students were immigrants,  or to a lesser extent, children of biracial couples.

So with all do respect my liberal friends, I do want to make America great again.  I do believe that it is time for conservatives to take back America.  I do think that our private choices can have hurt our communities.  I do believe that people should get married before they have children, I believe a country that believes in God is a compassionate country.  I also know for a fact that the only way that black people will ever get ahead is if we start focusing on living right, on making the difficult choices.  We have stop acting like we live in the 60s and obsessing over white people.  Regardless of racism black people are suffering.

George Clooney recently criticized President Trump:

When you talk about ‘Making America Great Again,’ America being great everyone assumed was the Eisenhower ‘50s, and it was great if you were a white, straight male, but other than that it probably wasn’t so great.

Says who?  Do you see the assumption in that?  We have been so programmed into linking black success with white racism that we define our own happiness based on how others treat us.  I talk to my friends and they express the same sentiments, that it would be awful to be black in the 1950s because of racism-sexism.  To which I say give me the racism of the 1950s any day if it means black people could have half of the success we had back then.

The black poverty rate had been cut nearly in half between 1940 and 1960. In various skilled trades during the period of 1936-59, the incomes of blacks relative to whites had more than doubled. Further, the representation of blacks in professional and other high-level occupations grew more quickly during the five years preceding the launch of the War on Poverty than during the five years thereafter.

It sounds like a time where there was hope.  A time before the black community weren’t hit with drugs, crime and abortion. It sounds like a time when we had each other.  It sounds like a glorious time.

President Trump is right.  The cure to what ails the black community is to make America as economically successful as we were in the 1950s.  And to have that kind of success we have to return to the conservative values that gave us that robust economy.  As America goes so does the black community, so we cannot afford to keep following the same failed progressive policies that we’ve had for the last 50 years.

Just because the answer is obvious doesn’t make the solution easy.  When your an alcoholic the only solution is to stop drinking, even though stopping for an alcoholic is the hardest thing in the world.  If a person really cares about the poor, if they really care about the black community they would be conservative.  The solution for America is listening to conservatives when we say shrink the government, stop with the ridiculous taxes, bulldoze the regulatory state that is crippling American businesses, and end the welfare slave system.

  • Cynthia

    This is a really great article. What I appreciate most about your articles is that while I don’t always agree with everything you say, you’re fair and your positions are well researched and well thought out. One thing I I completely agree with is your statement about Black success. I do not use white approval as the end all be all indication of Black success. The solution to white supremacy can not be white supremacist in nature.

    I also like your sentiments on welfare programs. People assume you have no empathy for impoverished folks when you don’t agree with the system of current welfare programs. I don’t think that’s true at all. I think welfare programs are helpful in the short term. There’s no denying that they keep children fed. But no good deed goes unpunished. The “no male in the household” has had such detrimental consequences on Black folks and we haven’t even seen the tip of the iceberg. Even more, if we can say it’s detrimental to success for teachers to expect Black children to perform low, how is it not also detrimental to success to expect Black people to not be able to take care of their families?

    When it’s this hard to figure out what the solution is, it may be best to start with what the solution is NOT. I think you did a great job pointing that out here. Keep up the great work!

    • Thank you Cynthia! It’s unfortunate that the black community has been set back so many years through this giant progressive apparatus, but I think we could start true change today and pave the way to a better life for all black people. Not just the rich ones.

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