On March 2, 2011, Jesse Jackson, Jr., the U.S. Congressman currently representing the Illinois 2nd congressional district (an African area of Chicago) and the son of the infamous Marxist, took to the floor of the U.S. Congress to give a speech concerning unemployment. You can view a video of the pertinent parts of the speech here, or just read the transcript below:
Mr. Speaker, I believe the answer to longterm unemployment is actually in the Constitution of the United States. Well, let me say that a little differently. It’s not in the Constitution of the United States; it should be in the Constitution of the United States and one of these days we’re going to get there.
We need to add to the Constitution the right to [sic] a family to have a decent home. What would that do for home construction in this nation? What would that do for millions of unemployed people? He [sic] says, we need to add to the Constitution the right to medical care. How many doctors would such a right create? He [sic] says, we need to add to the Constitution of the United States the right to a decent education for every American. How many schools would such a right build from Maine to California? How many people would be put to work building roofs and designing classrooms and providing every student with an iPod and a laptop? How many ghettos and barrios would actually be touched by such an amendment? In fact, very little that we pass in the Congress of the United States even touches the longterm unemployed. The only thing that touches them that this Congress has access to that can actually change their station in life is the Constitution of the United States.
Mr. Speaker, there is an even greater America that is in front of us. It’s the America that adds to our founding document these basic rights.
I thought about making this a full-length article, but I’ve decided to simply jot down some of my thoughts on this Marxist drivel.
I think this talk superbly highlights many blacks’ fundamental inability to grasp how wealth and prosperity is created and maintained. From Africa to Haiti to American ghettos, the claim is made that the evil whites are hording the wealth, and if they would only transfer some of it to blacks through foreign aid or “an iPod and a laptop,” then blacks could be equally prosperous as whites. Thus, year after year, billions of dollars are stolen from whites and transferred to blacks – and yet Africa remains Africa, Haiti remains Haiti, and the American ghettos remain the American ghettos. It is a love of liberty, respect for the rule of law, long and hard work, frugal living, and strong families that creates wealth and prosperity, not confiscation and redistribution. Note that even Congressman Jackson says that this is a racial wealth redistribution scheme. He says “ghettos and barrios” would benefit: blacks and mestizos, not the white suburbs or countryside – but it will be the suburbs and countryside who will be paying the bill.
Contrary to Jackson’s lunacy, the federal government is the primary creator of unemployment in America through its overbearing taxation, horrendous monetary policies, and tyrannical anti-business regulations and laws (the vast majority of these taxes, regulations, and laws being blatantly unconstitutional as well). It is therefore far from the case that “very little” of the legislation the U.S. Congress passes touches “longterm unemployed”; much of what the U.S. Congress passes increases the numbers of the long-term unemployed. To introduce as a solution to this problem even more unconstitutional meddling by the federal government in the general economy is the height of stupidity.
Compare Congressman Jackson’s contention that material wealth and equality of results are “basic rights” to the true basic rights formulated by our European forefathers in the Magna Carta and the U.S. Bill of Rights – freedom for the church, freedom of speech, assembly, and association, habeas corpus, due process and a jury trial, the right to be armed and secure in our property, and on and on. Notice that the true rights on this list merely secure us in our own life, liberty, and property, and what we do with these things, whether we succeed or fail, is entirely up to God and ourselves. They do not lay burdens on others or infringe on their rights. A twelve-grade education plus college, modern medical care, and electronic gadgets are not “basic rights”; they are luxuries. They are luxuries that are nice to have and are within the grasp of many people, thanks to the hard work of our grandparents and great-grandparents, but they are still luxuries. Further, to say that others should be forced to buy these luxuries for you, as Congressman Jackson wants, is sinful. That is greed, covetousness, and theft, a clear violation of the eighth and tenth commandments. Our European ancestors built America often with less education, less medical care, less material wealth, and fewer opportunities than the average American black possesses today. And while our ancestors had to work hard for their wealth, modern American blacks have access to public schools, Obamacare, and welfare and food stamps at little to no cost. In a sense, then, what Congressman Jackson wants is already a reality – heavy taxes on the white middle class and generous handouts to minorities. He simply wants more of it, and he wants this theft enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.