I have been extremely impressed with the work and words of Star Parker, yet I reviewed a video of the “ladies” on The View grilling her as though she was the lowest form of life. They questioned her, without allowing adequate time for her responses, on homosexuality, same sex marriage, abortion, birth control, and even evolution! Their disdain for her was vile. How could anyone with any sense not see how amazing Ms. Parker is? (Perhaps I just answered that question.)
Star Parker is a shining example of an American who fully understands the difference between liberty and security. She was a “secure” single mother on the welfare rolls of Los Angeles for years; working the system so that she didn’t have to work, feeding on liberal propaganda and food stamps, and letting a progressive “nanny” state provide for her family’s needs.
After accepting Christ, she not only found dignity for herself as she left what she called “Uncle Sam’s Plantation,” but she’s helped others do the same through CURE, the Coalition on Urban Renewal & Education, a 501c3 non-profit think tank she founded. CURE provides a national voice of reason on issues of race and poverty in the media, inner city neighborhoods, and public policy.
Star Parker's personal transformation from welfare fraud to conservative crusader has been chronicled by every major newspaper and news network, and she has written three books, "Pimps, Whores, and Welfare Brats" (1996), "Uncle Sam's Plantation" (2003), and "White Ghetto" (2006).
In reference to “Uncle Sam’s Plantation,” Parker said:
There are two Americas — a poor America on socialism and a wealthy America on capitalism.
I talked about government programs like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Job Opportunities and Basic Skills Training (JOBS), Emergency Assistance to Needy Families with Children (EANF), Section 8 Housing, and Food Stamps: a vast sea of perhaps well-intentioned government programs, all initially set into motion in the 1960s by Democrats, that were going to lift the nation’s poor out of poverty.
A benevolent Uncle Sam welcomed mostly poor black Americans onto the government plantation. Those who accepted the invitation switched mindsets from “How do I take care of myself?” to “What do I have to do to stay on the plantation?”
Instead of solving economic problems, government welfare socialism created monstrous moral and spiritual problems — the kind of problems that are inevitable when individuals turn responsibility for their lives over to others.
The legacy of American socialism is our blighted inner cities, dysfunctional inner city schools, and broken black families.
Instead of poor America on socialism becoming more like rich American on capitalism, rich America on capitalism is becoming like poor America on socialism.
Uncle Sam has welcomed our banks onto the plantation and they have said, “Thank you, Suh.”
Now, instead of thinking about what creative things need to be done to serve customers, they are thinking about what they have to tell Massah in order to get their cash. Our corporate executives seem happy to move onto the plantation.
There is some kind of irony that this is all happening under our first black president on the 200th anniversary of the birthday of Abraham Lincoln.
She is not only critical of Obama’s strategy for America’s long-term growth and opportunity in areas such as renewable energy, healthcare, and education, but is amazed that he treats his own views as new. The idea that massive growth in government can take place “with unprecedented transparency and accountability” was offered by Presidents Johnson, Carter and Clinton as the education system was hijacked and a “war on poverty” was launched. Yet, trillions of dollars later, black poverty is the same. However, black families are not, as the number of single-parent homes and illegitimate births has tripled.
It’s not complicated. Americans can accept Barack Obama’s invitation to move onto the plantation. Or they can choose personal responsibility and freedom. This is not the freedom to be happy. It is the freedom to pursue happiness. This is not the freedom to realize the “great American dream.” It is the freedom to succeed, or perhaps fail, in attempts to realize it. It is the freedom to control our own destinies, to be an integral part of a democratic republic, to have a viable voice in government, and to demand that our elected officials work in accordance with our wishes as public servants. Our government is financially and morally bankrupt as a result of decades of Washington’s belief that they are our masters.
Take back your government. Become one of “We the People.” Let's end this plantation system.