Some people think Vice President Joe Biden is merely inept and insensitive. I think that he’s planning a second career as a script writer for SNL should he and President Obama’s bid for re-election fail. So far he’s managed to offend blacks, Greeks, and Indians (the kind that he thinks were destined to own and operate 7-11’s) and can it be a long wait until he starts telling Pollock jokes?
What the Vice President doesn’t understand is that there is some truth in his statement, that blacks are “Gonna get put back in chains.” The part of the statement that he doesn’t comprehend is that is exactly the case now and has become increasingly more so under the greatest expansionist of the “Welfare State,” President Barack Obama.
Welfare is perhaps the greatest oxymoron in our language. Very simply put – it isn’t. It is indentured servitude and has created a permanent underclass with no education, no future and no hope. It allows people to subsist below the poverty level in an environment of despair, overcrowded housing conditions and with exposure to personal violence that, if we were to see their real lives portrayed on television, we would be horrified.
This is not the “Good Times” of Esther Rolle and Jimmie Walker, living in a housing project in Chicago and keeping it together as a family. That is an image that does not stand up to the reality of the average black welfare recipient’s life – a life which includes poor medical care and an insufficient income to feed the family which is headed up by a mother with no father present in more than seven of ten cases.
This is a story about a life where the children born into it experience a nationwide drop out rate from high school of nearly seventy percent and a teenage pregnancy rate that is six times the national average – perpetuating yet another generation destined to live in poverty and ignorance.
This is a story where the average life expectancy of a resident is 12 years shorter than for their black brothers who live in middle class neighborhoods, due to disease and violent death.
This is a true American tragedy – and it is at the feet of our politicians that we should lay the blame. They have done everything in their power to continue the enslavement of this large segment of our population in a manner that would have embarrassed their ancestors’ former owners. Why? Because this is a dependable block of votes to keep the perpetrators in power and the voters, who know no better, miserable and dependent.
Thank heaven for industry which has provided a means of escape from this life of poverty and despair – although that exit sign is open only to a few – those who have the potential to become professional athletes or have careers in entertainment. For there is no other way out for this populace whom we have created. Even if the economy were booming, they simply do not have the skills to fill possible job openings – not even within government.
So Vice President Biden, spend a day visiting one of the public housing projects that you and your party have created – if you dare. And if you can come away from that experience with a clever remark on your lips and a smile on your face – well then it should be clear to all that it is you who are the joke. And no one is laughing.