by Daniel T. Zanoza, Executive Director
For the first time in my adult memory, I did not watch the inauguration of a new president. I'm sorry, but I find no reason to celebrate what may be the end of America as we know it.
At noon Eastern time, Barack Obama was sworn into office. Some claim it was an historic moment. I refuse to acknowledge the fact Obama's skin color should play a major role in our celebration. Race is openly being used to bolster the worth of a man which is something we have been taught to reject during the last 40 years, haven't we?
The truth of the matter is Barack Obama is not the first African-American president. He is the first President of mixed race. But when studied closely, the labeling of Obama as a black man apparently will fit in well with his agenda for our nation.
During the Clinton administration, welfare reform was enacted to the anguish of many African-American leaders. Mr. Clinton, who, too was called America's "first black president" was criticized from pillar to post for signing the welfare reform bill. Individuals like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton derive power from those who are dependent on government and this new legislation promised to reduce their influence on a substantial segment of American society.
The truth of the matter is welfare reform has been a staggering success. I recently spoke with a member of middle management with the Illinois Dept. of Human Services. He told me welfare reform had literally freed up millions of those who were formerly dependent on a welfare check to now truly be able to seek their human potential. This was not a political pitch I was hearing because this DHS official would benefit from more Illinois residents being on the welfare rolls. You see, the more people dependent on his office, the more power he has. It's a simple equation that many have manipulated for their own benefit over the past 80 years. Beginning with Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal and ending with the disastrous legacy of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society, an entire people had been relegated to a legalized form of slavery which was hidden under the guise of welfare.
Black men were told to stay away from their families or their children would suffer the loss of benefits. Poor white and African-American women were encouraged to have as many children as possible out of wedlock. The more children, the more money a family received. It was a vicious circle of poverty and dependence.
Barack Obama is about to revisit this plague upon our nation. Under what he calls a stimulus package, Americans who do not work will be given tax refunds. We are about to see an entire generation rekindle its dependence upon government as the answer to its problems. Obama has the audacity to admit this is his strategy. In a speech just days before his inauguration, the 44th President of the United States said government is the only thing that will save America.
Sadly, some Republicans have bought into this lie. With amazement, I watched George Bush virtually nationalize the United States banking system. This was a path the Democratic Party was more than willing to follow.
Against the will of the American people, hundreds of billions of dollars were spent--and will be spent--on the socialization of our country's free market system. Therefore, I was not happy to see a man sworn in who seems hell bent on making the United States a second rate world power. I wonder. Will America survive the Obama presidency? Or will Obama's idolization of European socialism become the rule of the land for us all?
Obama truly is a man for his times. He is light without mass. He receives accolades without accomplishments. Perhaps in four years this will fit the description of a once powerful and vibrant nation under Obama's leadership.
Contrary to the thoughts of Obama, I believe our country needs prayer, instead of more government.
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