Months earlier, the controversy that Rep. West had been entangled in started when he roundly criticized the African American establishment's collusion with the Democrat party in keeping blacks on "the plantation" in return for what equates to bread crumbs and empty promises. Almost immediately, he was attacked by Rep. Maxine Waters (D – CA.) who said West’s remarks were “a little bit outrageous, a little bit ridiculous and that’s hard to respond to because [it] absolutely does not make good sense.”
V.P. Biden and the rest of modern day plantation bosses known generally as progressives could not be further from the truth. In fact, their words speak to their intellectual bankruptcy.
Their remarks are really anecdotal to the greater underlying philosophical differences between individualism that highlights classical liberalism and progressivism, which is a euphemism for collectivism. The “plantation” that Rep. West refers to is symbolic of the insidious form of enslavement, acquiescence, and eventual destruction of the human spirit collectivism leads to.
The Ideological Chasm:
The ideological divide between the core beliefs of the two major political philosophies – collectivism and individualism – could not be more opposed. In Ayn Rand’s words: "Collectivism means the subjugation of the individual to a group -- whether to a race, class or state does not matter. Collectivism holds that man must be chained to collective action and collective thought for the sake of what is called 'the common good'."
RINOs aside, Rep. West's party believes that individual is the ultimate source of his empowerment. This reliance on one's self not only develops the kind of character that has excelled us as a nation but is the sole source of ones rights and liberties as outlined in our principal founding document - the Declaration of Independence!
I invite progressives to read, and take to heart, the first sentence of the second paragraph:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
On the other hand, any of the asserted (non)rights by the progressive liberals and other collectivists do impose on every other productive member of the society. This is inevitable. The moment people’s supposed right to shelter (or any others I listed above) is legitimized by the government, the resources necessary to provide them with housing (or food, healthcare, etc.) must come from the labor of others. Maybe progressives have missed it but one of the fundamental rights an individual has in nature is the right to the fruits of his labor. So, how can anyone claim artificial rights that impose on others’ private property and not violate the spirit of our founding documents? I am yet to see an intellectually honest, well reasoned response to my question.
More one relies on a central government for their daily needs, proportionally less freedom he has as we have witnessed in collectivist regimes throughout history. That is an inevitable fact – basically a law of nature - and intellectual integrity demands acceptance of it for what it is. Reliance on anyone other than one's self decays every one's unalienable rights - liberty (which includes physical freedom) being one. Therefore, symbolically speaking, Rep. West's plantation remark is spot on.
The Impact on African Americans:
Black leaders and entertainers portray a grotesquely distorted image of self reliance through the prism of race in order to discredit it. What the black establishment, as represented by the Congressional Black Caucus and community leaders such as Rev. Sharpton, has done to their community over the past half century is unconscionable. By signing on to the policies of the increasingly progressive Democrat party which religiously adheres to counterculture and collectivism, they have chosen (and assured) high abortion rates, non-traditional families, high levels of school dropout rates, poverty, and inescapably high incarceration rates for a whole generation of blacks instead of embracing traditional values and self reliance.
Rep. Waters and black community leaders in general must ask themselves what is more demeaning and racist: Telling your people that they are just as capable as others of working hard and excelling by relying on their own labor as Rep. West's ideology suggests, or telling them they need the government nanny state to scrape by whether it is affirmative action, welfare, or whatever. Isn't giving someone a fish rather than teaching them to fish the ultimate insult to their integrity as human beings, as well as being the height of irresponsibility? Without the dignity of self reliance, people can never be truly free because spiritual freedom is as important as physical freedom.
And how about socially? Are black leaders and progressive liberals in general proud that genocide has been taking place in poor communities by encouraging through government policy abortion of millions of fetuses - black, white, or any other color? Do they think that rejecting traditional education and traditional values, including traditional marriage and teaching our kids the importance of responsibility strengthens the fiber of a society? Are they proud of well over half the black babies (72% to be exact) being born to unwed mothers? Are they proud of almost half the black youths in urban settings who end up dropping out of school and about the same amount getting incarcerated?
These are the fruits of the betrayal of the black community by their own leaders. The same policies they have pushed because they benefit them as far as their own power goes while impoverishing, and essentially destroying, the black community. So, aren't they essentially the modern day plantation bosses who are double crossing their own people for sake of their own benefit?
The argument that black Americans have been historically discriminated against, therefore (even) currently require a 'helping hand' is a tired and demonstrably faulty one. Are new black Americans from the West Indies or
The blind allegiance to the Democrat party and progressive ideals by black leaders is only explainable by their hunger for power. Self reliant blacks do not empower them as leaders. Fostering an environment that creates a large dependency class does. Like a pusher who gives free samples to hook the feeble minded, they are fostering a generation of addicts who are taught to only rely on government for their most basic needs. It is an insidious and morally corrupt brand of leadership.
The same political party that enslaved blacks, fought tooth and nail to preserve the perverse institution, founded the KKK, resisted desegregation, voted in vain to defeat the civil rights legislation, and otherwise undermined black independence at every turn in the past is now exercising a more insidious form of racism - one that enslaves the spirit of African Americans.