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Friday, July 6. 2007
Re Mayor Bloomberg's Learning for Dollars scheme, Heather MacDonald notes (my bold print):
She goes on to explain why, despite the above, it's a bad plan. Whole thing at The Weekly Standard.
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Bloomberg's attempt to solve the sociological problem of what to do with the poor, primarily the black poor, is the equivalent of ttempting to solve the Goldbach conjecture in mathematics....it hsn't been solved yet nd Bloomberg's answer is so much more baloney.
In 1965 "The Monyihan Report" was issued during the "butter phase" of the guns and butter administration of LBJ (may he live in eternal damnation). In the report THE salient factor Monyihan exposed as to the failure of the black community in the USA was the breakup of the black family unit.
Each successive administration, both Republican and Democrat has aided in the continuation of this almost complete destruction.
Out-of-wedlock births among blacks had gone up from 17 percent in 1950 to 26 percent in 1965. By 1970, that figure would reach 39 percent. More children were being raised without the presence of fathers. In Detroit last year 100% of all black biths within the city were out of wedlock.
Blacks choose as their role models men such as Kweisi Mfume former US Congressman, head of the Congressional Black Caucus, and recent President of the NAACP. He is also the father of five out of wedlock children by five different women. How do you handle that?
Sociologist at the time of the Monyihan Report said that a civilization could not prosper or survive with an breakdown of the family unit that had 17% out of wedlock births.
In 2005 40% of all births in America were out of wedlock....40%.
Bloombergs Plan is farcical in the face of those kinds of statistics couple with the nanny state too many Americans are totally dependent on for life. The Socialist Democrats have no answers and the Republicans don't have the votes or courage to change it.
You can dump your T shirt that says "These colors don't run" cause we're just about to do that in Iraq, as we did in Vietnam.
Our country is soft and ripe for the taking.
Excellent post, Habu. Moynihan said it all about urban poverty, didn't he? But it didn't fit the Marxist explanation, so the Dems never really listened to him.
Responding too your last sentence only. But, damn you Habu. You may well be correct. That was meant as some sort of macabre humor by the way.
I admit to a tendency, at times, for thinking all is lost. This country faces multitudinous seemingly intractable problems. In our leaders, our government, our media, our educational institutions, even our very churches, and being honest, my own hedonistic and lazy ass.
Yet, somehow, I have hope and optimism that we will survive yet. But I am unsure of the event that will initiate the needed corrective response, which must be multifaceted, inclusive and speak too a supra majority of Americans. I do not mean this last as being multi-cult, socialist BS. I mean it as an understanding, on a national level, that it is time to shit or get off the pot.
Now, what may divert us off the rail to hell that we appear to be on? I don't know. It may be the bright flash in the sky over several major/minor cities. It may be any number of clever, smart and absolutely abominable and barbaric attacks that our enemies can construct and from which we will mightily suffer.
Break... break... just now, looking up 'abominable' on Webster's I am served a perfect illustration of the depth of BS that we face... I quote...
1 : worthy of or causing disgust or hatred : DETESTABLE ..the abominable treatment of the poor..
2 : quite disagreeable or unpleasant ..abominable weather..
Apologies for the digression, it seemed fitting too me.
So, back to my point, if I can chase that damn thing down. The spark that may ignite our survival instinct, yes that's it. What threat to our "Freedom" will convince these sorry assed types of people...
that their very survival exists out of the goodness of our hearts and the grand American experiment.
The physical danger of attack may wreak more immediate damage. But it is the internal struggle that rends the darker and more deadly wound. That damn point got away from me again.
I don't have a clue as to a beginning for suturing that internal mess. There are so many now who care not for reason, and yes, even simple survival. It is perplexing.
And, just to be ever so slightly on topic, Bloomberg doesn't have a clue. Success in one endeavor, does not always transfer too another. Once again, ego conquerors over common sense.
In 1972 Simon & Schuster published an eleven volume work by an amazing man and his equally amazing wife, Will and Ariel Durant. Entitled "The History of Civilization" to this day it is hailed as a tour de force, a magnum opus on the topic.
I would recommend in the leisure of your life undertaking the reading of this magnificent work. Here are, out of eleven volumes are three passages germane to what we are discussing.
"A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself within. The essential causes of Rome's decline lay in her people, her morals, her class struggle, her failing trade, her bureaucratic despotism, her stifling taxes, her consuming wars."
"On The Process Of Civilization"
"Civilization came through two things chiefly: the home, which developed those social dispositions that form the psychological cement of society; and agriculture, which took man from his wandering life as hunter, herder, and killer, and settled him long enough in one place to let him build homes, schools, churches, colleges, universities, civilization. But it was woman who gave man agriculture and the home; she domesticated man as she had domesticated the sheep and the pig. Man is woman's last domestic animal, and perhaps he is the last creature that will be civilized by woman. The task is just begun."
"Religion And Civilization"
"A certain tension between religion and society marks the highest stages of every civilization. Religion begins by offering magical aid to harassed and bewildered men; it culminates by giving to a people that unity of morals and belief which seems so favorable to statesmanship and art; it ends by fighting suicidally in the lost cause of the past. For as knowledge grows or alters continually, it clashes with mythology and theology, which change with geological leisureliness. Priestly control of arts and letters is then felt as a galling shackle or hateful barrier, and intellectual history takes on the character of a "conflict between science and religion" Institutions which were at first in the hands of the clergy, like law and punishment, education and morals, marriage and divorce, tend to escape from ecclesiastical control and become secular, perhaps profane. The intellectual classes abandon the ancient theology and -- after some hesitation -- the moral code allied with it; literature and philosophy become anticlerical. The movement of liberation rises to an exuberant worship of reason, and falls to a paralyzing disillusionment with every dogma and every idea. Conduct, deprived of its religious supports, deteriorates into epicurean chaos; and life itself, shorn of consoling faith, becomes a burden alike, to conscious poverty and to weary wealth. In the end, a society and its religion tend to fall together, like body and soul, in a harmonious death. Meanwhile, among the oppressed, another myth arises, gives new form to human hope, new courage to human effort, and after centuries of chaos builds another civilization"
Mr and Mrs Durant's work is wonderful reading.
I would say with little hesitation we have sqaundered in the last sixty to seventy years our civilization. I see nothing on the horizon that encourages me in thinking we have sufficiently learned the lessons of history or risen above the pettiness of mankind to chart a brighter course. Fortunately my vision only goes to the horizon.
Ain't saying you're wrong Habu. Far from it actually. But that is a desolate future you see. I prefer too infer some hope on that upcoming and always just out of sight horizon. Course I will be long dead before most of this gets settled. But we weep not for ourselves, but our descendants.
I like the leisure and 'hedonistic' linking :-) I've read a bunch H., but mostly in youth when no need for work. Sporadic, after that. Always just excerpts from Durant, no scholar here. Though your quotes from are perfect just now.
You've made me emotional here. Semper Fidelis, you SOB. "the gates are guarded by..."
Habu, hope you understood the SOB as camaraderie, as it was.
No other reason ever crossed my mind. And that's a very short trip. You're input is always insightful and welcomed.
If it's not I do what I do with the grocery lists my wife often gets carried away with..I leave it at home...