Is there ever a time when we, the American people, are allowed to look at the disastrous results of failed centralized federal policies? Can we, as a nation, take a long hard look at cities like Detroit and determine that is not the road to take the entire nation down?
What happened to Detroit? How could it go from an amazing industrial powerhouse, with beautiful, tree lined neighborhoods full of families with children and good jobs, to a desolate wasteland of vacant city blocks and burned out buildings populated by crackheads, welfare zombies and violent criminals in just a short forty year span?
There are many areas in and around Detroit that even law enforcement is hesitant to enter. The chief of police was a recent victim of an attempted carjacking while he was stopped at a red light. Three words will explain how the Detroit of yesterday became the Detroit of today: The Great Society. Alternatively, or you can choose another three words: Lyndon Baines Johnson. No matter which three you choose, you are correct.
The Great Society program was President Johnson's signature legislation. It was the birth of today's massive, lazy and corrupt welfare entitlement state. It's been fifty years of government handouts, 17 trillion dollars taken from those who work and given to those who, for whatever reason, don't or won't. So to use an old cliché, are we there yet? After 50 years, do we have President Johnson's vision of a great welfare society within sight? Unfortunately the answer is yes, we do see it. We see the results of his legislation very clearly; it is in plain sight. It's right in front of our faces and it's called Detroit.
Bureaucrats cannot deny the results, as they are there for the entire world to see and trust me, the entire world is looking. We should be ashamed at the condition of many of our major cities. While the atom bombed cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have been rebuilt and are now prosperous beautiful urban landscapes, American cities like Detroit look like they are the ones that were bombed into oblivion during the last world war.
When do we stop the free handouts that are killing entire cities, destroying families and bankrupting future generations? Do we ever look at the results of what the central government is doing to our schools, neighborhoods and citizens?
A 73-year-old recently wrote me about how when she was a child, welfare was given out at the town hall, then it went to the state level and then to the federal level. How can a federal government thousands of miles away know better than the local citizenry who is actually needy and who is just plain lazy? And if you are here illegally, then you should not get one darn cent of free welfare money. You should go straight home, do not pass go, do not collect $200.
It seems our great welfare society has become quite the global magnet for everything free, courtesy of the American taxpayer. Even the two scumbags who were the Boston Marathon terrorists, turned out to be on the good ole' great society welfare bandwagon. Yes, they were on welfare as they planned their crimes. Have we lost our minds?
I had a dream last night that I was a young community organizer. I was standing at the Lincoln Memorial preaching about social justice to the great unwashed masses yearning to be free and I shouted into the microphones at the tops of my lungs, "if you don't want to work then you must not want to eat! And that, my friends, is true social justice and fairness." Then I woke up and realized that welfare is not about helping people, as much as it is about controlling people. In fact that's all it has ever been about – control.
Nick Hudson is a contributing opinion columnist. He can be reached at nickhudson252 @yahoo.com.