The laundry list of "persistent problems;" single parenthood, teen pregnancy, the dropout rate, rising welfare dependence, crime and the misery they produce, are all the effects of and are reinforced by the very worldview that Harris-Perry and her father subscribe to. If it's fixed, Liberals have to find a way to break it. They simply don't know how to mind their own business.

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, rapper Kanye West used the widely-broadcast “Concert for Hurricane Relief” to tell an international audience that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” 

Might West have the same perception today, as black America crumbles under the leadership of the first black president?  

Last summer the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) passed a resolution condemning what it called “extremist elements within the Tea Party.” Stunningly, the national NAACP has never questioned the extreme practice of race-based abortions.

When given the chance to support a bill that would end the practice of race-based and gender-based abortions in the United States, the NAACP passed on the honor. In fact, it protested the bill.

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President Obama is an OPM addict.  Our commander-in-chief is addicted to spending “other people’s money.”  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) is his pusher.  The establishment media are his enablers.   

Consider what’s happening in Washington right now with the debt crisis.

With a bit of Chicago-machine swagger about him, Bill Clinton, a “war room” veteran, is back in the spotlight and stumping for Obama.
Speaking to Campus Progress last Wednesday, Clinton asked the crowd of young progressives, “Are you fighting?”  Taking talking points almost directly from the mouth of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Shultz (D.-Fla.), the former President asserted, “There has never been in my lifetime, since we got rid of the poll tax and all the voter Jim Crow burdens on voting, the determined effort to limit a franchise that we see today."

Now that the political dust is settling, 2010 can be officially coined as the “Year of the Tea Party” (or something like that).

Amazingly, the boom that was Obama’s historic election and subsequent two-year reign of unchecked activist governance has led to Tuesday’s Democratic bust. And thus, the Democrats’ Progressive monopoly has been squelched by the Tea Party’s now apparent ability to translate protest into political power. 

To hear the mainstream media tell the story, you would have thought that I, a black man, had walked into a hornet’s nest of racists when I decided to attend Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally. In reality, my experience was the complete opposite.

Instead of hooded Klansman frothing with hate and venom, I made dozens of new Facebook friends and gained a hundred Twitter followers.

One lady from New Jersey asked me if I was "afraid" because I was one of the "few blacks in attendance?"

The first step in liquidating a people is to erase its memory. Destroy its books, its culture, its history. Then have somebody write new books, manufacture a new culture, invent a new history. Before long the nation will begin to forget what it is and what it was. The world around it will forget even faster. A nation cannot cross a desert of organized forgetting.
- Milan Kundera, “The Book of Laughter & Forgetting” (1977) 

The pernicious history of the American left has many starts and restarts. But the legacy of the American Left took a Giant leap, when Robert Owen gave his "A Declaration of Mental Independence," speech in the public hall of New Harmony, Indiana, on July 4, 1826. The idea of “mental independence” gave birth to the never ending movement of dreams and dreamers who all hoped to ultimately deliver “Heaven on earth.” But in fact Robert Owens’ sermon was a declaration of war on the three Pillars of Western civilization: private property, religion and traditional marriage. Robert Owen brought to America the ideas of mere gratification that had already failed in Europe. But Owen in an attempt to separate himself from pass failures-like so many on the left chose to do, continued in his efforts to “introduce an entirely new state of society; to change it from the ignorant, selfish system, to an enlightened social system which shall gradually unite all interest into one and remove all cause for contest between individuals.” It has been almost two hundred years and this “new state of society” still remains to be seen. It is cynical yes, but more pointedly it is terribly ironic that the same Pilgrims who fled communism in Europe were the forebearers of a communist Plymouth Colony setting a precedent for ensuing communes in the early American Left, one failing right after another. Capitalism and individual initiative proved first why there could never be an American Left. “Of the twenty-nine Fouriest communities that dotted the American landscape in the mid-nineteenth century, twenty-seven never made it past their fifth year. The North American Phalanx made it past twelve. Why?” Unlike its sister commune of “dreamers and philosophers” Brook Farm, the North American Phalanx “attracted men and women accustomed to hard work.” Because the North American Phalanx turned away 70 percent of ‘unproductive’ applicants in three years, utilized the various surrounding water ways and “followed strict accounting rules” it was able to “pay $4,000 in dividends in its first four years.” But ultimately because “a skillful teacher, who received at the North American Phalanx nine cents an hour, on going into the outside world was paid five dollars for two hours labor” it was hard for even one of the most successful social communes to compete with a vastly more competitive American economy. It is a conserved American tradition to do what best promotes personal freedom through individual progress. But those on the American left have always been determined to usher in a “new society” in which “each will be for all and all for each.” The American Left can never be because in order for this “all for each” society to work, a price must be paid wherein some things must be taken from those according to their ability and given to others according to their needs. Always attempting to make the old new again, the American left has no tradition or a record of proven success. With the 1914 establishment of the Federal Reserve and an American Left influenced President Wilson, hard working Americans found themselves living under the economic oppression of a top marginal rate at a wartime high of 77 percent. This top rate, which ultimately raised American debt, was the first time that the ideas that the American Left held about “equality in economics” actually made it to fruition. It was also the first time that modern America felt the pain and pressure of a redistributive income tax. However, President Warren G. Harding’s Treasury Secretary, Andrew Mellon cut the top marginal rate of 77 percent in 1918 to 25 percent in 1929, “which spurred the prosperity of the "Roaring Twenties”,” notes Dr. Burt Folsom. “Combined with truly prudential Congressional spending, the national debt actually decreased for several years.” What’s more, the traditional practice of not punishing prosperity but rewarding hard work would prove successful yet again. Suffering from historical amnesia, President Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” (or the “New deal II) would be one of the latest attempts of those on the Left to use an “impersonal Government” to provide personal Responsibilities. Without personal responsibility coming from each person, could there really be an American Left? The Great Society established Aid to Families with Department Children for “women unwilling to get jobs”, Medicaid for doctors bills that “weighed too heavily”, Rent Supplement Program for those “having trouble paying the landlord”, and the first permanent food stamps programs for “people unwilling to buy their own groceries. Eventually though as “WWI ended Woodrow Wilson’s New Freedom, and WWII brought FDR’s “New Deal to a close” “the Vietnam War crushed the loftiest ambitions of the Great Society” but not before it successfully turned Aid to Families with Department Children recipients from 3 million in 1960 to 8.4 million in 1970. Alas, “by the end of Johnson’s presidency, blacks, students, and the Vietnamese-the groups along with the poor, upon whom he had showered money most lavishly in schemes of renewal-stood in violent rebellion against the man who thought of himself as their benefactor.” “Urban riots, students forcing campus shutdowns, and the Vietnamese rejecting his Great Society on the Mekong in favor of Communism broke Lyndon Johnson’s progressive heart.” “How is it possible” Johnson asked after his presidency, “that all these people could be so ungrateful to me after I had given them so much?” The answer is that no matter how much you “expand the powers of the government” it will never be able to “solve the enigma of the world.”Those on the American Left forever focused on the future have always chosen to suspend their disbelief in hopes of a Heaven on earth. Ardently seeking control, socialists on the American Left who “distrust man” and “resent God” must lie; forgetting their past, while exaggeration “the grimness of the present and glory of the future.”The American Left will never be because the Ideals that Robert Owen railed against in His “Declaration of Mental Independence”: private property, traditional marriage and religion are the reasons that Americas’ place in the world is an exceptional one. They are ideas that uniquely set America apart from the rest of the world. And still, even years after the terror attacks of 9/11 the idea of prosperity through hard work inspire millions to migrate to America each year. The American dream is one rooted in reality and a dream realize through hard work. The American Left is merely a dream.