Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's
Poor and What You Can Do About It
America has two economic systems: capitalism for the rich and socialism for the poor. This double-minded approach seems to keep the poor enslaved to poverty while the rich get richer. Letís face it, despite its $400 billion price tag, welfare isnít working.
The solution, asserts Star Parker,
is a faith-based, not state-sponsored, plan. In Uncle Samís
Plantation, she offers five simple yet profound steps that
will allow the nationís poor to go from entitlement and slavery
to empowerment and freedom. Parker shares her own amazing
journey up from the lower rungs of the economic system and
addresses the importance of extending the free market system
to this neglected group of people. Emphasizing personal initiative,
faith, and responsibility, she walks readers toward releasing
the hold poverty has over their lives.
Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What You Can Do About It
TOPICS | MESSAGE TO WHITES
"The welfare system had some of its teeth taken out in 1996
under the welfare reform put forward by the Republicans in
Congress, but the monster is far from dead. Time limits and
work requirements are a step in the right direction, but the
culture of Uncle Sam's Plantation is fed by the misguided
policies of the left. As long as there are liberal ideologues
in the halls of power, there is likely to be a long hard battle
ahead for those of us committed to seeing poor people emancipated
from a paternalistic system that robs them of their initiative,
their freedom, and ultimately their hope for the future."
Message to Whites
"I wonder if the reason that most Americans settle for the
type of war on poverty being waged today, with no clear definition
or common goal, is that we don't want to think about it. Poor
people of most stripes make us uncomfortable - the unpardonable
social sin. So, we will condemn them to the hell of mediocrity
and debasement, and pay handsomely for the privilege, as long
as it keeps them out of our sight."
"I say indeed let's move on, but don't you dare tell me
to get over it. Good or bad, our history is our history, and
our suffering is our suffering. It is a part of who we are
and in time God will us the spade of sorrow to plant joy and
heal the brokenhearted. Reconciliation waits in the wings,
but our wounds are not as old as you may think. We must be
allowed to mourn for as long as it takes, even as we move
Star Parker rocks the world. She is an iconoclast that must be listened to and reckoned with.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan's identification, in 1965, of the self-destructive roots of the Welfare State was prophetic. Star Parker's new book seizes on this theme, adds her personal sense of "been there and done that" and casts new light on the redemptive power of freedom.
In Uncle Sam's Plantation, Star Parker has written
her declaration of independence from the grand illusions, slippery
safety nets and moral muddles of the Welfare State. In this compelling
and inspirational book, she presents a devastating critique of the
socialist plans of the welfare bureaucrats and blasts into orbit
her fireworks of faith, family and freedom like an angelic avenger.
Star Parker's important new book helps advance the understanding-critical for all Americans-that prosperity does not come from government and politics, but results from men and women of character and high moral fiber living and working in freedom.
I have known Star Parker for almost 20 years. Her background gives her the experience to challenge us to get off the fence and get involved in creating a better society for all. I admire her for speaking up and expressing her fresh and compelling ideas. She is not striving to be popular; she is striving to be right. We all should be open to read and to learn from Uncle Sam's Plantation.