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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Black Americans and Government Dependency

Kenneth Durden: "Rep. Joe Walsh Is Right About Black Americans & Government Dependency"

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I don't see the big fuss here either, because Rep. Walsh is telling the truth. The fact remains that most African Americans are dependent on the government largesse in some form: working for the government (22%), welfare (12%), or Social Security/disability benefits (24%). That means that almost 60% fall into Rep. Walsh's category. The only change that I'd have made is to add that the Democratic Party's goal is increasingly for everyone — across race — to revel in envy politics and be dependent on government. Anyway, Mr. Durden, a libertarian-conservative blogger, opines about the controversy: "Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) is catching hell for saying that Democrats want Hispanics dependent on government 'like black people.' It's easy to be offended by what Walsh said, but in a way, he's right. Okay, pick up your chin off the floor. While there may be some Democrats and leftists/Socialists who believe in a simple safety net, there are many others who want an expansive welfare state so they can maintain power. ALL politicians (right and left) know that by promising more, they can maintain their power."

He continues his commentary: "Democrats know they have the loyalty of Fido when it comes to black people. They need to tap into the largest minority group. If Hispanic/Latino people embrace the notion of 3-jobs-or-whatever-it-takes like black people used to do, then Democrats can offer them little. Make a man a victim, then pretend to be his hero. You have his loyalty."


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Why Christians Go Postal Over Facebook, Jay-Z, Yoga, Avatar, and Culture in General

Many times Counselors forget to go out into the "world" via the internet and see what others are doing. We are so busy that we can inadvertently live in a bubble. I am one of those people who try to get out and see what is going on around me.

With that said, I came across this wonderful article that I would love to share with you. Enjoy!

Why Christians Go Postal Over Facebook, Jay-Z, Yoga, Avatar, and Culture in General

It was only last week that the Washington Post asked for my opinion on the New Jersey pastor calling for Christians to stop using Facebook. Had I known what would erupt this week, I might have agreed with him.

The big idea of my Post blog was that Facebook doesn’t cause adultery, people do. Calling for a boycott of Facebook is not the answer because the issue is the heart. Even if someone doesn’t commit adultery because of Facebook, if that sin remains in their heart, they will find another way to act upon it. Sadly, after the story broke, it was revealed that the pastor protesting against Facebook was, in fact, guilty of prior adultery, along with his wife. Of course, their adultery had nothing to do with Facebook, according to the news reports. So, while I pray for the couple to get beyond whatever may be troubling their marriage by God’s grace, it simply confirmed my big idea that sinners are ultimately responsible for sin. 

Facebook, like many technologies and cultural phenomena, is an opportunity for my heart and the hearts of others you and I interact with to be revealed and transformed. Funny that this week, a simple comment I made appreciating the talent of Jay-Z generated hundreds and hundreds of comments across multiple threads on my Facebook page. Compare that to nineteen comments on my post regarding a news article about the Christian who is being raped, beaten, and tortured for his faith and needs some people to push for his freedom.

 

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