I read this lengthy story about how hard the town of Greenwood, SC has been hit by the recession. It’s a sad tale, and by the end I’m really not sure what the point was, other than to highlight these people’s misery. What struck me as I read it though, was how locked into the bureaucracy these people are. They are serving the enormous, impersonal machine that is big government (leviathan). Councilwoman Childs needs to re-think the whole concept of what she’s doing. If she really wants to help these poor people then the first thing she needs to do is quit her job, of which her salary comes directly out of the pockets of local businesses. I guarantee you that if the government of Greenwood, SC abolished itself, local business would boom overnight. Just the lack of municipal taxes alone would create hundreds of new jobs. But alas, this won’t happen. What will happen is that people like Ms. Hackett will keep going down to the unemployment building and looking up serial numbers while standing in a line to get to the computer terminal. It’s 1984 but worse. It’s real.
This is what 70 years of liberalism has done to our country. It’s created slaves to Leviathan. They can’t think outside the box. They can only queue up and wait for Kafka’s worst nightmare to call their number. Did Hackett contemplate moving to another town? I guarantee you that there are thousands of jobs in South Carolina to be had. You have to go to where they are. That’s always been the case, since the dawn of time. That’s why big cities are so big and small towns are so small. All the jobs are in the big city and people flock there to get them. Finding work sometimes means moving away from your hometown. Millions of people do it every year. Leaving messages on some councilwomans voicemail and filling out your serial number at the unemployment office is the absolute worst way to find a job. Why? Because they don’t care. They don’t care because there is another person in line right behind you with the same story. It’s human nature. And it’s human nature on the employer’s part too. Also, the fact that Hackett thinks dreadlocks and pink high-heels are “classy” is part of the problem. I guarantee you that if I walk in for a job interview with a pony tail and flip-flops I’ll walk out empty handed.
Look, we’ve all been there. You find yourself out of work and you really need to find a job. That requires getting out and beating the bushes. Filling out applications is for the birds. You go door to door in the town and tell people that you will work in whatever role they can use you. You tell them you are a hard worker and if they can’t afford to pay you in full that you will work for cash under the table to avoid all the taxes. Yes, you screw Leviathan, because it doesn’t care about you and sometimes you just have to eat. In short, you do what you have to do. This brings us all back to the beginning doesn’t it. Minimum wage(read this and this). If the minimum rate is $9, then an employer is naturally going to pick the person who has enough skills to produce $10 worth of value per hour, and most of the time that isn’t going to be you or me. What we have to do is change the game. We have to say, well, I know I don’t have the skills that guy does, but I’ll work for half what he will and won’t charge you overtime. Now that gives the employer a value proposition. But, here again, Leviathan says no. You can’t control your own life. You must adhere to it’s rules.
As I said, the saddest thing about this story is how enslaved these people are to the state machine. This is especially true in minority-dominated areas. The welfare society has destroyed the black family from the inside out. Walter Williams lays it out plain as day:
The bottom line is that the civil rights struggle is over and it is won. At one time black Americans didn’t share the constitutional guarantees shared by whites; today we do. That does not mean that there are not major problems that confront a large segment of the black community, but they are not civil rights problems nor can they be solved through a “conversation on race.” Black illegitimacy stands at 70 percent; nearly 50 percent of black students drop out of high school; and only 30 percent of black youngsters reside in two-parent families. In 2005, while 13 percent of the population, blacks committed over 52 percent of the nation’s homicides and were 46 percent of the homicide victims. Ninety-four percent of black homicide victims had a black person as their murderer. Such pathology, I think much of it precipitated by family breakdown, is entirely new among blacks. In 1940, black illegitimacy was 19 percent; in 1950, only 18 percent of black households were female-headed compared with today’s 70 percent. Both during slavery and as late as 1920, a teenage girl raising a child without a man present was rare among blacks.
If black people continue to accept the corrupt blame game agenda of liberal whites, black politicians and assorted hustlers, as opposed to accepting personal responsibility, the future for many black Americans will remain bleak.
and yes, he is black. Mrs. Childs sneared at the tea party protesters as “probably a bunch of rich, white guys.” The longer she deceives herself with this class and race warfare rhetoric, the longer her life is going to be miserable and hopeless. The only “rich, white guys” standing in the way of her and Hackett are the ones you vote for in November. But, these days, Leviathan is less white, and less masculine. But it’s still Leviathan. And it still wants nothing less than total control of your life. The problem isn’t your neighbor Mrs. Childs, it’s your leaders.