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Uncle Sam’s Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America’s Poor And What We Can Do About It-Star Parker

In Book Reviews, nonfiction on September 12, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Star Parker tackles the issue of how the federal government’s policies for the poor keep them permanently as an underclass, despite whatever good intentions those who promote those policies may have.  She tackles the welfare system head on, and much of the book is a full frontal attack on liberals and Democrats, those who she sees as the ones who keep the plantation system alive in the United States.  Much of her argument is based on the idea that liberals have taken away the religion in daily life and as a result, the country has become godless, leading to a mentality among the poor that anything goes.  In addition, much of the argument focuses on blacks in America, but what Parker argues can be applied to all poor people who view the world through the eyes of slaves to a government that has taken the initiative out of  those who so desperately need it.

Uncle Sam’s Plantation is a book worth reading, but the author relies too much on the argument that religion would change everything if only liberals would stop eradicating it from society.  You would be hard pressed to find a more religious segment of the population than African Americans, yet Parker consistently argues that they remain at the bottom of the socio-economic ladder because of their belief in government over God.  She conflates the issues and repeatedly comes back to the same conclusion: Because liberals have taken God out of public life, America’s poor are enslaved.

Overall, Star Parker makes some very good arguments regarding the welfare system.  Her approach is no-nonsense and may put some off, particularly those of a liberal bent.  But what she writes needs to be said.  Generations of Americans on welfare because of policies that encourage dependence on the government is quickly causing American society to become one where a permanent underclass that believes in the eternal handout is satisfied as long as they are given just the basics to get by and then feels justified in claiming that the rest of society keeps them down.  That’s not the kind of life any American should strive for or tolerate.
-Alexandria

Uncle Sam’s Plantation was received for free for review from the publisher through Booksneeze.com

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