“Master Thomas told me, if I would be happy, I must lay out no plans for the future. He said ... he would take care of me ... and taught me to depend solely upon him for happiness.” — Frederick Douglass, an American slave.
So begins the book “Death of a Nation” by Dinesh D’Souza. The above reference is to slavery and the slave mentality on antebellum plantations. Many slaves were content, for this is all they ever knew.
The plantation owners had convinced themselves that slavery was good and blacks were better off. However, the bottom line was you were a slave to the master and the plantation for your entire life with very little chance of escape. War ended the plantation system, but soon after, the Klan, Jim Crow and sharecropping arose.
In the North many people were OK with the plantation system, and shortly before and during the Civil War, Lincoln referred to these people as “the fire behind us.” But up North, they had plantations too; although different and less cruel, they were just as stifling.
It was recognized early on that the mass immigration of the 1800s and early 1900s posed an opportunity. As the Irish, Poles, Italians, Swedes and others arrived, they had nothing. Politicians, who controlled the cities and the all-important purse strings, came to dominate the new immigrants.
These northern masters controlled their jobs, pay, housing, education, neighborhoods and owned their unions. For this “care,” they paid dues, looked the other way, asked no questions, and voted as told. Yes, people could leave, but in reality, it was quite difficult to do so.
The “new slave” on the “new plantation” was born, and although not nearly as encompassing as the southern version, it was slavery nevertheless. It went by many names: the machine, Tammany Hall, Boss Tweed.
Before World War II, the new plantation changed. Instead of being local, it became nationwide. Local politicians still got their votes, but now national elections for the House, Senate and president took precedence.
After the war, the plantation began to crumble. With post-war prosperity, the Irish, Poles, Italians and others thrived, and began to think of themselves as Americans rather than Irishmen or Italians. Something had to be done.
In the 1960s under President Johnson, one of the great racists of the 20th century, the plantation came back with a vengeance. African-Americans were once again targeted. The Great Society became the “next new plantation,” and changed black communities and families for generations.
Welfare, food stamps, and social programs helped make work unnecessary. A breadwinner was not needed. Illegitamacy soared and so did crime; pride plummeted.
Inner cities became like the old plantation: dilapidated housing, broken families, violence and no opportunity for education or advancement. For this “care” and at the behest of whip crackers like Sharpton, Maxine Waters, Cory Booker and others, the cared-for were expected to ask no questions, look the other way, and vote as told.
There is another plantation being born, and that one is aimed at immigrants and Hispanics. The lines between legal and illegal immigrantion are being blurred, so as to pander to the Hispanic population. Health care, entitlements, sympathy and victimhood are being heaped on this large minority, and will have the same crushing effect as the Great Society
Hispanics vote 65 to 70 percent Democratic, but as they prosper, they become more conservative. This cannot be allowed. Borders are left open to replenish the ranks of the poor and dependent, the Spanish language is promoted and racism is exploited in hopes of forming a huge voting block where “care” is provided. The price is dependence and poverty. All you have to do is ask no questions, look the other way, and vote as told.
There is a common thread that runs through this sordid history. A common denominator, if you will, and that is the Democratic Party.
Democrats owned the slaves and the Southern plantations. They were the fire at Lincoln’s back. The KKK, Jim Crow and sharecropping are Democratic inventions. Is there doubt that Tammany Hall, Boss Tweed and The Machine were Democrats? Do unions vote Republican? A resounding, “no.”
The 13th, 14th, 15th Amendments, the Voting Rights Act, and school desegregation would never have happened if left to the Democratic Party.
Are the old slave owners, the Boss Tweeds, President Johnson, the Al Sharptons, the Maxine Waters, the Nancy Pelosis, the Chuck Shumers simply good Christian people steeped in the milk of human kindness? No, they were and are ruthless.
“Everybody has asked the question ... What shall we do with the Negro? I have had but one answer ... Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us.” — Frederick Douglass, an American slave.
Chuck Pinkey is a retired area businessman. He can be reached at email@example.com.