Skip to comments.Dear Democrats: Your Desire For Reparations Leaves Us With These Questions
Posted on 04/08/2019 2:29:36 AM PDT by Kaslin
Last week, virtually every serious 2020 Democratic presidential candidate spent an unserious period of time embarrassingly kissing the ring of race-baiter extraordinaire Al Sharpton at his National Action Network conference.
Sharpton’s burning question for each of them? Would they support H.R. 40, a bill originally introduced in 1989, probably as a joke, by former Democratic Michigan Rep. John Conyers, but reintroduced in today’s beyond-absurd political climate by Democratic Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee. If passed, and I’m not kidding, it would create a “Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans to examine slavery and discrimination in the colonies and the United States from 1619 to the present and recommend appropriate remedies.”
That’s right. Sharpton was asking if 2020 presidential candidates - 2020 mind you - support paying black slave descendants reparations for an institution that ended in 1865.
If you don’t already know, do you really need to wonder how the candidates answered this guy’s ridiculous question? Of COURSE each and every one of them responded with a “hell yah,” because it’s 2019 y’all, and because to a person everyone running for president under the Democratic Party banner are either shameless liars, intellectually dishonest, or hopelessly stupid.
So Dems, how exactly would this work, you know, in real life and outside your pea-sized brains, you feckless morons? Was that mean? I’m sorry, I meant to say, “you handi-capable morons.” Is that better? But I digress. Let’s get back to figuring out how on earth this reparations thing would work.
First of all, geniuses, where is the money going to come from? We know good and well it won’t be voluntary, so do we tax everyone, or just white people? What if the white person descended from Italians who, like my grandfather, emigrated to the U.S. in the 1920s? Do we tax ALL white people or just rich ones? What if the white person descended from Northern soldiers? What if the person being taxed is only half-white, or maybe, just for fun, three-fifths white? Finally, on the topic of where the money is going to come from, might it be possible that, should we finally settle on who is to be taxed, said parties might not be amenable to having their money stolen to cement the Democratic Party power base or, at best, assuage the consciences of guilt-ridden liberals?
Secondly, who gets the money? All black people, just poor ones, or just poor ones descended from slaves? Does Michael Jordan get the same as a Blood member just released from prison? And if poor is a criteria, how does one determine if someone is poor because of “systemic racism,” one’s capabilities, or just simply bad choices in life? To what percentage does one have to be of both black and/or slave descendant in or to qualify for all this free money? Or are we creating a scenario where, as Fox News host Laura Ingraham aptly put it during her Friday conversation with former ACLU Executive Committee member Michael Meyers: “The guy that came here from Serbia six months ago is going to have to write a check for a Somali refugee that came here 20 years ago?”
Speaking of Meyers, the guy tore into the “buffoonery” and “sheer racial rhetoric” surrounding Al Sharpton, the Democratic candidates, and today’s slavery reparations movement in a blistering segment for the ages:
“At that house of so-called justice, you have either a horror picture show showing or you have a farce,” Meyers told Ingraham, speaking of Sharpton. “Either way it is not to be taken seriously. I can’t understand how serious presidential contenders can give legitimacy to a racial blowhard and I think it is outrageous and silly on the part of the presidential candidates. Anybody who thinks that white Americans are going to take the blame or going to feel guilty or give their land and their property away in some sort of reparations pot because they feel responsibility for the sins of their forebears. They are not.”
The former ACLU executive also had some insight on where the money is NOT coming from:
“Nobody is giving up their house,” he said. “Nobody is giving up their land. Nobody is giving away acres. The 40 acres are gone. Not even a building is going into the reparations pot. So what are they talking about? These people they are chasing thoughts.”
The ever-present quest to achieve equality of results, as opposed to simple equality of opportunity and under the law, lies at the root of the liberal approach to this and so many other matters. In this case the thought is, since so-called “economic inequality” exists, simply shift some of the economic wealth over the the “disadvantaged” and all will be well. It’s a racially biased form of the unworkable and thoroughly discredited “welfare state,” except worse because for every individual you temporarily make “wealthy” you run the risk of making many more resentful.
Libs, do you want to create racial animosity where none existed before? Try telling the white son of a West Virginia coal miner working his way through community college as a bartender, or the white single-mom daughter of an Iowa farmer, or a down-on-their luck white couple who just got turned down for a home loan that their taxes are going up so the black son of a professional athlete can get richer because his ancestors a dozen generations back may have been slaves, or something.
I don’t think anything remotely like this could ever conceivably happen in the foreseeable future, for any number of the above reasons and a thousand more, but the real kicker would come if it ever did happen and - gasp - it made no long-term difference whatsoever. Because despite the insistence of Joe Biden and virtually every excuse-making liberal out there, “systematic racism” is a myth, like the equal pay gap, the Loch Ness monster, and Bigfoot. But that’s another column ...
Yes, there are certainly issues and problems facing America’s black communities, but they’ll only begin to get solved if enough people start listening less to the likes of Al Sharpton and more to thinkers like Walter Williams.
The fact is the Democrats are responsible for 300 years of slavery, Jim Crow, Lynchings, murders, segregation, and a host of other evil ideas. If anyone is financially, ethically, and legally obligated to pay it is The Clintons, the Obamas, Joe Biden, and the small Socialist minds that have not yet grasped the fact that their membership in the Party is more like a past-due-bill.
How to start a hot civil war with this one weird trick.
Little difference in what the Democrats , now having renamed themselves ‘’progressives’’ are doing is a version of FDR’s internment camps for Japanese-Americans and the Nazis Nuremburg Laws. Boy. Thick as thieves the two all are really. Nothing changes with the Left.
While they're at it, they can also pay reparations for their attacks on Civil Rights activists and Republicans.
And, they can pay reparations for all of the murders that have occurred in the cities they run.
We gave at the office.
The worst part is that this is so outlandish, yet affirmative action is as well - and still passes somehow legal muster. We’ve spent half a century on “reparations” with no positive result (and many negative ones); I thought “reparations” was the rationale behind those schemes.
The fact that these scams are being publicly discussed is alarming because 1) it is a racially divisive plot, with no practical application (both perps and victims long dead), and 2) it is an acknowledgment that elites have given up on blacks ever assimilating (like American Indians) - and I mean EVER.
Al Sharptons unpaid back taxes would be a good start for the source of reparation money.
Has Africa paid reparations for selling other tribes into slavery?
When is Robert “still used the n-word” Byrd (D-KKK)’s name going to be removed from every single structure that isn’t a sh!thouse?
How many Klansmen who Robert Byrd personally recruited for the Klan committed hate crimes (assault, vandalism, extortion, murder) using the card given to them by Klan Recruiter Robert Byrd, Democrat?
Bill Clinton said that you HAD to belong to the Klan in those days to get elected. Nope.
Take BJ Clinton’s name off everything too.
Put it on the tax form. “Would you like to contribute $5.00 to the Reparation Fund?”
How can i forget? they tried to burn down my house in 1970 with me in it.
I say lets DO give them their reparations. Compensate them for what they lost as free Africans. Men and women get one loin cloth (sorry, nothing for up top, ladies). Men get one spear, women get a straw basket. Thats pretty much all they lost other than a straw or mud hut...so I guess we could throw in a basic tent.
Take them seriously. They would pass reparations if they could. In other words, they would seize Whitey’s money and give it to non-Whitey, thus allowing non-Whitey to blame all his self-inflicted failures on Whitey.
Question #1-for me:
Will your ‘reparations’ include the BILLIONS of us taxpayer revenue, ALREADY thrown at programs, assistance, benefits, ed/health/housing/energy/employment consideration, etc. for US minorities in the past 45 years?
Or are we going back to square one AS IF nothing whatsoever has been accomplished and nothing has been done for people Liberals insist on calling ‘underserved’??
The families of those who died freeing the slaves in the civil war should get the money. The families of freed slaves should pay them.
Taxpayers, last I knew, have spent over $22 trillion on the War on Poverty.
We gave at the office.
You forgot to add: In clear violation of A1S8, 5th and ESPECIALLY the 13th.
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