Meeting Abe

December 26, 2007

Now if I can just meet Ron Reagan.
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I thought I’d show you folks who I had a chance to meet over the weekend. Good old Abe Lincoln. I was up in Nashville, TN for Christmas and apparently Abe had heard that I was going there so he came all the way down from way way up there just to greet me. Okay, so that ain’t entirely true, but at least I can say I have more than just Lincolns in my front pocket.

But it seems to me a matter of convenience that I happened upon the first Republican President while temporarily leaving a state that seems to have issues concerning somehow race, as well as homelessness. It’s convenient because that gives us the opportunity to look at a couple of Abe Lincoln quotes on the subject.

“Property is the fruit of labor…property is desirable…is a positive good in the world. That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another; but let him labor diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.” — Abe Lincoln, March 21, 1864

Property is the fruit of labor, that says it all doesn’t it? When Sharon Jasper further embarrassed the state of Louisiana by crying how unfairly she’s being treated because of living in the slums while posing in front of her big screen t.v., then went to the council meeting and greeted a Caucasian -American with the racist comments “Shut Up White Boy” (imagine a white guy saying “Shut up black boy”) many of us were left scratching our heads, wondering why do we even have a system that aids and abets these racist while we have so many people coming from other countries with nothing willing to work and do the jobs that the professional daytime talk show analyst Sharon Jasper refuses to do? Actually, even those on the left are absolutely appalled by the lack of gratitude expressed by this political pawn. It’s appalling to people such as myself that seek equality for all people in America, that justice does not look at race or class, but rather what is right and wrong, that some are ingrateful to what has been given to them and in turn demand even more from us.

Though Jasper was held up as an example of the people in these slums, I sincerely believe that Jasper is a gross misrepresentation of black people in general. I don’t believe for a second that the majority of black people want to live in those murder holes that Jasper fought to keep. They don’t represent many on the left, they don’t represent most minorities, and they certainly don’t represent me. They represent their selves, and their greedy hearts that chooses to take and take from people without ever having to give back.

But before I get to my next Abe Lincoln quote, I’m going to rant a little bit. You know what I’m sick of? I’m sick and tired of people that claim to leaders of the black community who constantly do everything in their power to leave black people economically crippled. I’m sick and tired of every solution that may actually benefit those living in poverty as being racist. I have long concluded that most so called leaders of the minority communities have ill intentions, that there intentions are to not only keep people living in poverty but to expand it as well. When people are suffering, they are more susceptible to be misled. That conditions warrant assistance, and they are more willing to listen to any solution that might improve their situation. In order to keep that grasp of trust over those who need help, they try to chase off people with real solutions by intimidating them with calls of racism, or being too white, leaving them in the role of leaders. Leaving them with a powerful grasp over the indigent, a grasp that moves the poor on demand, building their own wealth, while leaving the poor far worse off, economically and morally, under their leadership than they would have been without any leadership.

We can not take poverty seriously when we make race the forefront issue of ending poverty. Poor white guy is not an oxymoron, neither is rich black guy. If we want to help people out of poverty, we must approach this with equality in mind. That all men are created equally, and that we ought to recruit, or at very least encourage, those who found a way out of poverty to teach people about how to lift their selves out of poverty. Not by pretending we care about them, throwing race around, while giving people the scraps from the tables, and letting them live in murder holes.

“You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence.
You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they will not do for themselves.” —Abe Lincoln

They way to empower the poor is to teach them to do for their selves, not to rely on a political party to be in power. It’s foolish to aid the poor man by punishing the rich man, in that, it’s just as foolish to create equality among minorities, not by giving them freedoms that are rightfully their’s, but by taking it away from white men.


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