Book Review: Uncle Sam’s Plantation by Star Parker

Star Parker begins this political and moral call to arms with a story about her grandmother. It shows real poor compared to the poor nowadays. Star Parker has received death threats from her own race and hateful comments while trying to persuade African-Americans of the destruction welfare is causing to their heritage. She reminds us of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s original civil rights roots:

Relationships between Jews and blacks thrived at the beginning of their common cause. When Dr. King promoted a message that “you cannot legislate morality but you can regulate behavior,” it was easy for both blacks and Jews to lock arms with him and face the potential for jail or death altogether. When the focus of black activists became increasingly political, however, Jews felt compelled to distance themselves from the movement. As a community of people, Jews on the whole did not look to the government to solve their social and economic problems. Their overarching desire was simply to be left alone. They would take care of their own problems and build their own businesses as long as the government maintained civil order to protect their interests. After the death of Dr. King, the civil rights movement changed the focus of its efforts from removing the barriers of segregation to forcing integration. The traditional civil rights groups apparently forgot that Dr. King had said while government “can keep a man from lynching, it cannot make a man love.””

It’s no wonder that Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Larry Kudlow and Dr. Laura Schlessinger wrote wonderful reviews of this book. The book captivated me and opened my eyes to the struggles of the black community. They do have a wonderful heritage, but they are in trouble now. According to Star, they are still slaves on Uncle Sam’s plantation bound to welfare. The connection to the black communities downfall and the downfall of our country is the lack of traditional family and God.

The more liberal educational philosophy of ‘decision making’ prefers the word ‘value’ when referring to anything that might have the sound of morality. Values and virtues are different—the latter, as we’ve just noted, involves objective standards. Values on the other hand are subjective, coming from the individual, not an external source. This is why when public schools must speak of morality at all, they choose the language of ‘values’–at least then it’s not binding. A subjective ‘value’ poses no real threat; it stands for nothing. Because it’s meaning depends on the individual, it can be anything to anyone at any given time—while still sounding good and moral to the general public. According to Webster’s Dictionary, value can mean many things, but each meaning given focuses around the word ‘relative:’ ‘relative worth, utility, or importance: degree of excellence’: Be it money or morals, the value of anything is based upon one’s own perception. Just like money, morality in this context is based on the market value, or what worth society will assign to it.”

As I went through the chapters, many of her paragraphs reminded me of The Truth Project by Focus on the Family. The obvious connection of immorality and welfare are cleanly drawn to the downfall of our country. Anyone who reads this and does not come away questioning his liberal ideology is a fool. She talks about life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and life in the womb. A few times I moved my eyes away from the words because I can imagine the baby struggling for life either at the bottom of a trash can as the girl goes to prom after giving birth or in an abortion clinic whose roots are racist by their own history, admission, and background. If we don’t recognize now that the behavior of entitlement is our countries ruin, we will lose this great country into the prisons of socialism. Star Parker makes this clear in her book. Her voice is determined, clear, and her words succinct. If you care about your kids, you’ll read this book.

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