Blacks realizing they need freedom — not plantation
by Star Parker
July 16, 2013 11:41 PM | 1056 views | 5 5 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Amid the dense fog and hot air concerning what the Republican Party should be about, which is really just a subheading of the bigger issue regarding what America should be about, a new voice of clarity has emerged.

It’s the voice of Louisiana State Sen. Elbert Guillory, who announced several weeks ago his departure from the Democratic Party, which he calls “the party of disappointment,” to become a Republican.

I wrote about Guillory a few weeks ago after I met him at the @Large conference in Baton Rouge, where he announced his change of party.

Subsequently, Guillory explained in a video that went viral why he, a black Democrat, would become a Republican, and he continues to deliver his compelling message with such power and clarity that I cannot see how he can be ignored as a leader who should rise to national prominence.

Republicans are still in search for a candidate to run in 2014 against incumbent Democrat U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu.

Why not Guillory?

Recently Guillory tweeted out, “It’s no longer the American dream, it’s the American nightmare of relying on a monthly government check.”

Speaking to Republicans in Arkansas, he appealed to the Republican Party to stop “cowering behind closed doors.”

“It’s time to shout our values and ideals from the mountaintops,” he says. “Prayer, family, free markets, limited government, lower taxes.”

I don’t think it is possible to be any clearer about what this country needs to turn around.

America is not growing. Jobs are being created at a painfully slow rate, and although the unemployment rate has dropped, the overall percentage of the population employed has barely budged from where it dropped to in the early days of the recession.

Stanford University economist Edward Lazear laid out the dismal picture in a recent Wall Street Journal column.

In 2006, 63.4 percent of the working age population was employed. By 2011, this was down to 58.2 percent and it’s still at 58.6 percent.

Usually, when the unemployment rate drops, Lazear explains, there is a corresponding increase in the percentage of the population employed. But not this time.

Now more and more able-bodied men and women are dropping out of the workforce. Today 37 percent of the unemployed are long term — more than 26 weeks. At the peak of the last major recession in the early 1980s, Lazear notes, this never exceeded 27 percent.

Why? The government plantation has grown even more generous (while we run trillion-dollar deficits to pay for it) to encourage not working.

Disability roles have increased 13 percent and food stamp recipients have increased 39 percent since 2009. And, of course, unemployment insurance was increased to 99 weeks.

Meanwhile, while we take more and more of our own resources to subsidize people to not work, the growing government stranglehold over businesses — such as the Obamacare mandate (parts of which were just delayed by one year by Obama administration) to force businesses of 50 or more employees to provide government defined health care — makes growing businesses and hiring full-time workers harder and harder.

What is wrong with America is not a mystery. It’s the Democratic Party. People who don’t want to be free. People who don’t want to take the personal responsibility for their lives that freedom requires. A political class drunk with the power and money they get running the government plantation.

As always, blacks, with unemployment twice the national average, are hurt the most as the strangled economy doesn’t grow.

More and more blacks are realizing they need freedom, not the plantation.

And without freedom, America will not grow.

It’s why black conservatives like Elbert Guillory see it all so clearly.

It’s why America needs him. Louisianans should get behind him and run him against Mary Landrieu.

Star Parker is an author and president of CURE, Center for Urban Renewal and Education.
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July 18, 2013
We have a government that spends millions advertising dependency programs and we are at a completely unsustainable point. Kevin Foley, bless his heart, believes that Obama's jobs bill would have added 2 million jobs to the economy. I'm sure it would have been just as "successful" as Obama's "stimulus" program...

Fabulous column, Star.
Kevin Foley
July 20, 2013
Lipford (whoever you are) - Spoken like a real ignoramus. Why don't you do a little research instead of letting Fox News tell you how to think.
Old timer....
July 17, 2013
You are so astute....I love your columns...
Kevin Foley
July 17, 2013

"Disability roles have increased 13 percent and food stamp recipients have increased 39 percent since 2009. And, of course, unemployment insurance was increased to 99 weeks."

Gee, I wonder why? Could it be the second worst economic collapse in American history that started in 2007 under Bush, or the GOP House's failure to pass Obama's jobs bill that would put 2 million Americans to work next month?

Mrs. Davis
August 06, 2013
Kevin, I agree.

Articles like this, those that make sweeping generalizations about either party (Dem or Rep) benefit no one, and might I add are largely untrue.

I have voted Dem my entire life for several reasons, and in no way am I looking for anything free. I am college, excuse me, University educated, have maintained a full time job, own property and a vehicle, and happily married. Now Guillory, kindly go back to insulting me and everything I have worked hard for.
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