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January 16th, 2011

Would Martin Luther King, Jr., be proud of liberal policies?

By Rob Gettemy

I have scratched my head for years in wonderment on why Blacks support liberals in overwhelming numbers.  Liberal policies are the antithesis of what Martin Luther King, Jr., wanted when he said, “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal…I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”  King uttered the phrase “I have a dream” several times that day.  Never once did he say, “I have a dream of a time where politicians will categorize people by their skin color.”  Never once did he say, “I have a dream where people of my race will become dependent on the government.”  Never once did he say, “I have a dream that one political party will exploit my people to stay in power.”

No, King talked of a dream that we would live up to our Declaration of Independence where all men were created equal.   Racism and slavery are a true stain on the history of the United States.  More Americans died in the Civil War than in any other war previous or since.  The family that is America had to go through major upheaval in order to erase this stain.  Much progress was made up through the Civil Rights laws of the 1960’s.  It was conservative philosophies that value individuals and don’t see skin color as a major differentiator among people that drove the Civil Rights Movement.  The reality is, King had a dream that is nothing like modern liberalism.

Modern liberalism has convinced African-Americans that they cannot succeed in the United States without government help.  Modern liberalism has pushed African-Americans into a perpetual state of victim-hood, some of it real and some of it imagined.  Modern liberalism has exploited African-Americans for power.  Modern liberalism must do all of this in order to remain the political choice for the overwhelming majority of Black voters.  If modern liberalism ever allowed Blacks to live the dream of King, modern liberalism would be dead.

At every possible step, liberalism opens racial wounds.  At every possible step, liberalism pushes down the dreams of black children.  At every possible step, liberalism encourages dependence.  With dependence, comes a sense of being beholden to those who make you dependent.

These are harsh charges to level against a major philosophy of much of our governing class, but the charges must be made, lest we allow the destruction of King’s ideals.  I was privileged to meet author Star Parker several years ago.  Parker says, “I was first exposed to the ease of collecting welfare in 1976.  Living recklessly in the fast lane and dismissing all authority, I was experiencing many of the consequences, including several venereal diseases and multiple pregnancies.  The government must have had a hotline into the darkest and most dreadful places I journeyed.  Provisions were made to ensure it would not be necessary for me to take responsibility for my actions and lifestyle.”

Yes, Parker has a history of drug addiction, multiple abortions, drug dependency, and perhaps the most destructive, a dependence on the federal government.  Early on in her experience with the social welfare system, a “nice” young lady told Parker that if she wanted to get along with this person (meaning get along in the system), that she should not open a bank account and should not get married.  Overtime, Parker came to the conclusion that this was “a white man’s world designed to keep Blacks from getting ahead.”

However, after years of dependency, Parker realized that, yes, there was racism, and some people wanted to keep her down, but the biggest destructive force in her life was the government programs that really were designed to keep her down.  They allowed her to be much less than she could be, and they promised to take care of her.  But she understood that these programs were not a safety net, instead they had become a ceiling.  By being dependent on the government, she was able to avoid all consequences for her choices.  All she had to give up in return was her vote and her freedom.  She came to the conclusion that she was enslaved by the very people who purported to be there to help.  Eventually, she wrote a book called Uncle Sam’s Plantation.

Parker found herself with food, shelter and clothing, but not freedom.  She had to navigate the faceless bureaucracy with no ability to better position herself for success.  She was told what she could and couldn’t do to make sure she continued to receive her benefits.  Being stuck in the system meant she had reached the pinnacle of her existence in that system without ever accomplishing anything.  Her soul was sapped.  She wasn’t afforded the freedom of self-determining her success.  She didn’t even have the feeling of accomplishment of getting that paycheck and earning that first raise.  The system made sure that Parker knew that she was beholden to it.

The legacy of King is that skin color would not be relevant to the individual’s worth and value in society.  That is a dream we can all agree on.

The legacy of liberalism is the loss of the importance of the individual.  Liberalism is all about the collective.  Liberalism drives the individual to lose faith in themselves and their ability to self determine their life.  liberalism values people for what “victim-group” they fall into.  Liberalism doesn’t care about the individual’s character.  Further, the legacy of liberal governance is the destruction of families and the enslavement of the poor.  Yes, being categorized based on the color of your skin and being enslaved on “Uncle Sam’s Plantation” is the legacy of modern liberalism.

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About the Author

Rob Gettemy
Rob Gettemy is the founder and owner of 1 Million for Jesus Christ, a Christian apparel company. In addition, Rob teaches entrepreneurship at the University of Iowa and was a candidate for US House, Iowa District 2 in the 2010 Republican primary. Rob attended the 912 rally in Washington DC in 2009 and also attended the 8-28 event in 2010. Rob has been an outspoken critic of liberal policies his entire adult life.

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