Common Sense Ignored

Too often we have ignored wise counsel in this society. By now it may be too late to fully appreciate these men while they are alive, however, a young group of men is rising up. They are unafraid and tell the truth. American culture needs this to balance out the rhetoric spewed by the left about victimhood and race.


Dr. Thomas Sowell and Dr. Walter E. Williams are well-known in conservative circles, yet it seems the world ignores everything they say. Even the conservatives in the past, like George Bush and others, seem to ignore the economic warnings they give out. One explanation of this is that good economics often is seen as bad politics, while bad economics may help in the short run, but only can get you elected. Bad economics cannot sustain success.

These men consistently expose the racism in, whether inadvertent or purposeful, in the “progressive” policies of the left. In actuality, these policies can be more accurately called “regressive”, as they only hamper the success of the individual and grow the government. The liberal media loves to write them off, and promote Keynesian economics, which encourages more spending.

They also show how race has been mishandled in America, however folks would rather listen to cultural Marxists and socialist idealism than actual realism. The realism of these men is as follows, that culture matters, and affects results. Thomas Sowell wrote about this extensively in his book Black Rednecks and White Liberals. 

This happens to be one of my favorite books on culture in America. Sowell breaks down the history of culture in America and other areas in the world. In so doing, he demonstrates over and over that culture matters more than race. When a culture is bad, the people suffer, and when it encourages hard work and thrift, the people thrive.

A simple concept really, yet so hard for the masses to accept. The main issue is responsibility to create a winning culture, and in an American society where everyone blames everyone else, that does not fly. Saying that the effects of the minimum wage hurt black people is sacrilege. Explaining that a welfare state is never good for anyone is taboo.

Common sense is ignored. Yet as these men age, a new group of young people are rising up. Men like Jason Riley, Allen West, Lenny McAllister and others are speaking out. Others are in the legislature, like Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Tim Scott, and Will Hurd. The idea that freedom is what is best for all people is common sense, yet it is all too often ignored.

With these men, and the young libertarian movement, there is hope that all common sense is not lost. There is hope that conversations about issues that may offend, but ultimately lead to solutions, will occur. Let us not be discouraged by what the media shows, but be encouraged but what is actually out in the world. There is hope, but the agents of that hope need to succeed for it to be realized.

Welfare: Does It Really Help? 

“Everybody has asked the question. . .”What shall we do with the Negro?” I have had but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us. Do nothing with us! If the apples will not remain on the tree of their own strength, if they are wormeaten at the core, if they are early ripe and disposed to fall, let them fall! I am not for tying or fastening them on the tree in any way, except by nature’s plan, and if they will not stay there, let them fall. And if the Negro cannot stand on his own legs, let him fall also. All I ask is, give him a chance to stand on his own legs! Let him alone!” 

-Frederick Douglass

Welfare, the great force of governmental compassion for poor people. Or so we think. What has welfare done to develop the poor man’s skills? Not much at all. In fact, it has taught the poor man to rely on the government and its handouts for survival. This dependency is hardly compassionate. 

True compassion would be a true and helpful education that caters to the poor man’s needs. One that is practical and can be executed with great affects. True compassion would be allowing the poor teenager to work for a low wage and learn skills on the job. This would allow the poor teenager to be promoted. However, the minimum wage law hinders employers from hiring cheap and unskilled labor. 

The major issue with the current welfare system is that there is no incentive to work, for as soon as the poor man starts to earn money at a certain rate, the benefits of welfare are taken away. If the system penalizes looking for or aquiring a job, what man would risk losing his benefits? In the contrary, he would not risk losing money unless the job paid well enough to live. 

If young people were allowed to work for low pay, buy the time they would be on their own, they would have developed skills that would allow them a higher paying job. However, the current system does not allow for this to happen. Instead, it makes it harder for young people to get a job, while the one in welfare does not want to get a job for fear of loosing money. 

The welfare system also increases taxes on the middle and upper class, who often supply consumerism and jobs. This hinders the economy from growing as there is less incentive to take risks in business and hiring. Therefore with less job creators, there are less jobs. The less jobs there are, the fewer middle class citizens there are and the more dependent the society becomes. 

The affect in the family is also hurtful, as the male becomes expendable and the government takes its place. This pattern keeps the welfare dependency firmly in place, as mothers have a hard time being able to balance the hardships of parenting and providing for a family alone. This is hardly compassionate and the social results are often tragic. The children have less guidance without another parent and adversely affect the neighborhood and their own future.

Citizens should keep most of what they earn in their own pockets for their own private use. They should be able to give it to charities so that those who are in need or are on welfare for reasons they cannot change can get help. Welfare for an able minded, able bodied person is, however, not sympathetic nor is it helpful. If a man or woman can work he should work. Work is a good thing. It builds character and strength and builds the nation. Work commands respect. 

Welfare does not command respect, nor does it build character or skill. If a person is idle, that is not good for neither himself nor the rest of society. That person could get into all kinds of trouble, when work could develop him and help mature him. Welfare is not sympathetic, it is patronizing, demeaning and though its intentions may be good, the results are not desirable. In essence, welfare as a system and not a safety net is not helpful to able minded and able bodied people.