Freshman Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) on Wednesday evening praised the Republican Party for consistently fighting for individual freedom over the last 150 years, and criticized Democrats for pursuing “handouts” to the less fortunate that he said are a modern form of slavery.
“Our party firmly believes in the safety net,” West said in a late Wednesday floor speech. “We reject the idea of the safety net becoming a hammock.
“For this reason, the Republican value of minimizing government dependence is particularly beneficial to the poorest among us,” he continued. “Conversely, the Democratic appetite for ever-increasing redistributionary handouts is in fact the most insidious form of slavery remaining in the world today, and it does not promote economic freedom.”
As usual, Allen West is right on. The Democrats want minorities and the poor to be dependent on the government, instead of truly wanting to see minorities and the poor succeed. If they keep people dependent upon them, these same people will continue to vote them into office in order to keep receiving handouts. Republicans believe in the freedom to excel, to rise above your station in life and achieve your dreams so you don’t have to beg at the government’s table. The Democrats want to hold people down; the Republicans want people to be able to soar.
For as long as I can remember the Democratic Party has been trying to wipe out poverty and rac-ism and yet here, 55 years later, welfare (poverty) has increased, rac-ism is in the vocab of the Left to explain everything and used to blame others for their own failure. The Dem’s thrive on keeping people on the government dole. Free money buys them votes. The ultimate goal is for all citizens to be controlled by the Government from the day they are born to the day the government decides when they should die
West is in some good company on this issue.
“I am for doing well to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing well to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.” Ben Franklin
“Give a man a fish and he eats today, TEACH a man to fish and he will eat for life.”
The problem is the Democrats are handing out the fish, with your tax dollars.