November 03, 2009

Reared in Misery, Pining for More

We're enduring a battered economy teetering on the edge of a depression. Bankruptcies and foreclosures are growing as the unemployment rate far exceeds unrealistic expectations. Trillions of taxpayer dollars are being blown in reckless government spending. Tremendous tax increases are in our future, and rapid inflation is a distinct possibility.

Amid all this Gallup releases a poll that shows African-Americans are apparently thrilled with it all:

Blacks' satisfaction with the direction of the country has surged since Barack Obama became president in January, while satisfaction among whites has increased by far less. Today close to half of black adults nationwide, 47%, say they are satisfied with the way things are going in the country. In mid-2008, the figure was 10%.

This is compared to the 59% majority of likely voters who feel the country is on the wrong path.

You aren't going to see too many bloggers commenting on this shocking poll result, nor will you see the media do anything but shy away from any criticism that could even vaguely be misrepresented as racist, but seriously... what kind of plantation mentality is this?

African-Americans are among the hardest hit in the Obama economy, finding it more difficult to find work or obtain housing, and yet they profess satisfaction with their diminished opportunities for success, and the likelihood that their children will live a less successful life than their own?

Yes, we all know that they are thrilled that a black man is the President, and they should be proud of the symbolism of Barack Obama's election.

But Barack Obama's inept-to-disasterous term thus far should be another matter entirely. Policies that he and his allies in Congress are pushing will enslave generations under tax burdens are crushing and strong as any cutting iron chain, and especially hurt the possibility of those in the lower and lower-middle income tiers from establishing more comfortable and successful lives for their families.

Are bonds of melanin stronger than the bond of familial love? Of cultural success? Of society's progress? Of true equality?

Or have some simply given up hope of their own success, and only find grim satisfaction in seeing others dragged down to their level of resignation and despair?

There is something deeply perverse about the psychology of people who find solace in the decay of their own nation. It's too bad no one cares enough to address the problem, much less fix it.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at November 3, 2009 01:17 PM

>>"Are bonds of melanin stronger than the bond of familial love? Of cultural success? Of society's progress? Of true equality?"

Is that a rhethorical question?

Posted by: Steve at November 3, 2009 02:21 PM

So, you're going to get deluged in crap for this post. When they come, tell them to take it up with Eric Holder.

“Though race-related issues continue to occupy a significant portion of our political discussion, and though there remain many unresolved racial issues in this nation, we, average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about things racial.”

He's right. Props for not being one of the cowards, CY.

Posted by: Pablo at November 3, 2009 02:33 PM

Remember katrina? Remember scores of people waiting for someone to help them. They did nothing to help themselves. What people forget is that there was a second hurricaine that season that hit west of NO. Did you see people sitting around waiting to be helped? No, you saw nothing as there was no news. That is because that hurricaine was worse than Katrina in damage yet hit people that would do something for themselves. The ones that want something from the government love Obama.

Posted by: David at November 3, 2009 03:53 PM

The Obama economy?

What policy did Obama enact that created the current situation?

Did the last President have anything to do with the current state of the economy?

Posted by: salvage at November 3, 2009 05:22 PM

How dare Confederate Yankee speak the truth in the world of Frankfurt School Obumunist counter-reality.Racist... Racist...that's it! It's racism!
Ask any lib its racism to speak the truth in the truth in the USA.

Posted by: Old One at November 3, 2009 06:23 PM

The current economy was the result of Bush and Barney. At least as of one year ago. I voted for Bush both times. Yet in doing so I knew he was one of the dumbest of the dumb and not a conservative. However, he was far better than the other side.

As to what Obama has done, it is more what he hasn't. He hasn't reduced government spending, the deficit, has not reduce taxes. He has put forth multiple bills that will bankrupt us. This in its self will keep the economy down. There is a play book for getting out of these things and he has not done any of it. We will have a minor recovery over the next year then a large crash once again in the next few years. Thou Bush and Barney started the ball rolling, Obama has given it a good kick.

Posted by: David at November 3, 2009 07:34 PM

Good questions, Confederate Yankee.

Obviously there is something going on when over 90% of one racial group votes for one candidate, but still I don't think it's fair or accurate to conclude that this is due to racism.

I think it's cultural. The example of the Katrina episode is spot-on, and that also was a catalyst for Whittle's famous 'Tribes' essay that raises the same issues, and his compelling essay is where I get my answer from.

When blacks condemn other blacks for 'acting white', that's not racial, it's cultural. It's a mind-set that may be strong in a certain racial group, but there are so many notable exceptions that calling it racial would be absurd. Race-consciousness is strong in the Left-liberal community, white and black, and that also is a cultural trait.

As Viktor Frankl wrote, there are only two types of people: the decent and the unprincipled. Once a person absorbs that, they cannot be racist.

I agree that this plantation mind-set is alarming, and needs to be addressed. Let me ask another question: How is faith in G-d's Providence, protection and guidance distinct from having faith in government? What I mean is, can a culture deeply committed to spirit-filled worship of obedience (which I admire and enjoy) be also susceptible to a habit of complacency?

I think so, and I felt that for the first time in a church service earlier this year, after attending services for years without it bothering me. The other churches' services always felt a little dry to me, but now I also realize they are more personally demanding, in some intellectual or individual way. That's just a thought that's been bothering me recently.

Please don't misunderstand- I'm committed to Biblical faith and seeking G-d's guidance. What I sense is that spirit-filled worship needs to be balanced with character training, and I would love to hear what Pastor Hutcherson (Rush's good friend) might say about that.

Best regards, Peter Warner.

Posted by: Peter Warner at November 4, 2009 12:31 AM

So that's where all the stimulus money is going! and I bet that they don't think they will be on the hook for the tax hikes to come. If that were my situation, I guess I'd feel pretty good about the country too. I mean if you're on the receiving end of government largess but you never have to worry about paying the bill what's the problem?

Posted by: Jayne at November 4, 2009 01:14 AM

I live in Richmond, VA. The GOP doesn't even bother sending a poll worker to my precinct, but the Dem is there every election day handing out a sample ballot so that the illiterate welfare parasites can be sure to vote to keep the gravy train rolling. They can't read, but they can recognize (D) and they are well trained to vote for whoever has that next to his name.

Posted by: Britt at November 4, 2009 01:37 AM

"Are bonds of melanin stronger than the bond of familial love? Of cultural success? Of society's progress? Of true equality? "


How do you think "The O" got elected???

Posted by: Hangtown Bob at November 4, 2009 09:46 AM

I'd like to see the same "country direction satisfaction" analysis by socioeconomic distribution. I cannot believe in a post-racial society that Americans would embrace delusionary unemployed happiness simply because the Man in the Oval Office is the same color as they are.

Should that be the case, we need to seriously investigate the social welfare system and black market economies. For instance, in our predominantly rural Iowa county, almost all of the contractors I know of (plumbers, electricians, handymen, hired men) are 100% cash-based now. To the government, they look unemployed and receive Federal and state assistance. But they continue to do jobs and earn a pleasant $25K to $50K/year tax free. These same individuals who drive new pickups and live in decent homes show up at the grocery store buying staples with their Iowa Food Stamp card (while buying lottery tickets, beer and smokes with "their" money).

I've heard this reported in inner cities as well but haven't experienced it first-hand. Is this part of the consultation services that agencies like ACORN advise? No wonder nobody cares about Obama's higher taxes... the bottom 50% doesn't pay them.

Posted by: HatlessHessian at November 4, 2009 09:57 AM

And adding to my comment, guess what the one thing the tax-free workforce constantly complains about lacking? HEALTH CARE. Even though $50K/year tax-free spends like a very nice middle-class wage for Iowa, these folks despise the fact that they have to use their cash for health care.

I hear all the time that it isn't fair that they have to pay out-of-pocket when they'd get it "for free" if they worked for a Big Corporation. (They'd pay taxes if they worked there too and also pay out-of-pocket for groceries, but I digress).

Clearly it appears that Obama is fueling the persistence of the underground economy. It appears his inner city community organizer experience is being put to use after all.

Posted by: HatlessHessian at November 4, 2009 10:01 AM

Why the popular silence about today's Zimbabwe compared to the rage about apartheid-era South Africa? I do think it's about racial solidarity.

It's all about who is on top, who is the boss. It's bizarre when it manifests to the point where it even overshadows self-interest, but I think it's true.

Posted by: Brad at November 8, 2009 09:20 PM