The more I study Political Science in school, the more politically aware I am becoming. Let me tell you two distinct incidents that made me research
the Democratic parties' platform:
At the end of my active duty from the United States Marine Corps (ooo-rah!) , I was single mother having to move back with my mother for a while,
until I was able to gain civilian employment. During this time, I encountered a few friends from back in the day and we decided to meet for drinks and
catch up. We were to meet at one particular friend's home. As I drove to her home, I saw that she lived in the suburbs and had a big, beautiful home.
She owned a new car and was dressed in the latest fashion. When I came inside, she had lots of brand new furniture and her refrigerator was stocked
with plenty of food. We sat and talked. I joked about how much I envied her new 'lifestyle' and said, "Girl, please tell me how I can get on at your
job." She looked puzzled, and said, "Job?" I said, "Of course!" She said, "Girl, I don't work." I was confused....I stated, "You are kidding me,
right? How is it that you have all of these nice things? Look at this home!" She laughed and said, "Girl, my food is from food stamps, I got that car
with a tax refund, my clothes and furniture come from welfare checks, my utilities are paid for by the gov't, and this house is section 8." I quickly
said "WTF!" I didn't even know what section 8 was. When she explained this to me, I jokingly said "Well hell, how do I get all of this stuff..lol" She
looked serious and said, "Well, you probably don't qualify cuz you only have 1 child, plus you went to college".........
A few years back when I returned to school to complete my bachelor's degree, I began receiving welfare/food stamps. The conditions were to either be
enrolled in school, working for less than $8.00 per hour, or "looking for work". I was very serious about escaping poverty, so I was a serious
student. Dean's list, honors program, you name it. About 3 months into my college time, I had an appointment with my TANF (welfare) caseworker...she
basically told me that my benefits were about to be terminated in 30 days. I was confused. I was doing exceptionally well in school, and was following
all of the 'guidelines'. I asked what the problem was. She told me, "Well, it appears that you have been going to school for more than 3 months. We
will only pay assistance for 3 months of you being in school." Again, I was like "WTF!" I stated, "Ma'am, it takes more than 3 months to complete a
degree." She said, "Yes, that's true. But you cannot get assistance that whole time." I asked "Wasn't this program designed to help those who are
helping themselves? I am getting my degree to escape poverty permanently." She said, "Your choices are to quit school and "look for work" or to work
under $8.00 per hour." I said, "Those choices will have me in poverty until I die!" She just looked at me. I smiled and said, "You go ahead and keep
this 'assistance'. I'm about to graduate with honors. Have a good day!"
I began to really rethink the agenda of the parties, and had noticed that everyone in my family (black) had blindly voted democratic longer than I
have been alive. I started to learn the history:
It was the Democratic Party who:
upheld the slavery institution/ rebelled against the gov't that freed the slaves/ formed the KKK as a terrorist arm to scare newly voting blacks into
the democratic party/ developed the 'Southern Strategy' to trick blacks into voting democratic forever, in exchange for lifelong entitlements
It was the Republican Party who:
freed the slaves / voted blacks in the Congress/ enacted the Civil Rights/ was against segregation/ tried to educate misinformed blacks that lifelong
entitlement was just like the 'plantation.
I saw that the Democratic Party perpetuated generational poverty by not supporting higher education and encouraging already poor blacks (any race
actually) to 'stay where they are' cause big gov't is here to help them. This party rewards laziness and unproductive behavior, such as having
multiple children out of wedlock and not seeking a degree.
I saw that while most blacks see Republicans as 'evil rich white people', I see it as the party that says, "Yes, get assistance, but not for life, as
that is not in your best interest. It is the party that believes in capitalism and is opposed to socialism, which allows everyone to live alike,
regardless of input and productivity. In fact, most successful black people in history who were Republican were:
Fredrick Douglas / Madam CJ Walker/ Harriet Tubman/ Sojourner Truth/ Rev Martin Luther King Jr, and Sr/
to name a few....
I understand the saying: :If the Republicans are for the rich and the Democrats are for the poor, then both parties will continue to make MORE of
what they are FOR.
There you have it. Talk to me :-)
edit on 16-6-2012 by ButterCookie because: (no reason given)