During the times of slavery, a slave owner could free his own slaves, but only with permission from the government. The process to free a slave was called manumission. The laws at the time made it difficult to free a slave, and it was done only under extraordinary circumstances. We live in those same times today.
Manumission allowed a slave to experience freedom, an amazing feeling for somebody who has never had it. The last thing slave-owning Democrats of the time wanted was a bunch of free blacks running around living like free men!
Like whites, freed slaves, called Freedmen enjoyed freedom. Slave owners recognized that freed slaves were bad for morale of other slaves, because they represented hope; the possibility of changing one’s status. What people would want to be slaves, if they tasted freedom, even if only vicariously. Having freedom so dangerously close might make blacks want to leave the plantation.
That is exactly what happened. Freedmen by their mere presence caused other blacks to get the nerve to escape the confines of the plantation. And why not? The Revolutionary War slogan was “Give me liberty or give me death!” Could slaves not apply that same slogan to their plight, lest whites appear hypocritical?
Nevertheless, white slave owners relished in their hypocrisy. And besides the obvious human rights violation of slavery, another reason given for limited manumission was the possibility of freed slaves taking jobs from whites!
“The more things change, the more they stay the same.”
Slavery is alive and well today, and it is not limited to blacks or the poor. Slavery today confines everybody. Either you are being taken care of by the government—the lazy slave. Or you work through the end of August to pay your taxes, so the government can redistribute your money—the industrious slave.
Some might argue that the industrious slave is the most ignorant of the two slaves. No matter, because the government needs both sets of slaves. They complement one another.
For the lazy slaves who are wards of the government, the government constantly tests what it takes to keep them from wanting to change things, or as LBJ said, “…just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference.” When this slave gets uppity, the government throws a few more dollars at them, and finds the tipping point.
However, when Pelosi and other government gangsters need to shove a piece of unwanted legislation down the throat of taxpaying Americans, the non-working slaves must go to work. The field hands are bused to rallies or other protests, given signs, and asked to create a rancor. The state-run media covers it as if it’s the real pulse of America—a warning to the industrious slave. It is this type of logic that has Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) believing that welfare is stimulus.
That stimulus is paid for by industrious slaves, whom the government constantly tests their threshold of pain. Government will say things like, “We need to raise taxes to 70%!” When the industrious slave complains, the government settles on 40%, which is 5% more than the government wanted anyway.
We have finally reached the pivotal point in history, where the industrious slaves revolt. Rabble-rousers on the Right are attempting to escape slavery, and are trying to bring others with them. It may be working.
Like the white abolitionists of yore, Limbaugh frees slaves by explaining the inside workings of DC. Beck joins the cause of freedom by educating on the Founding Fathers, the Progressive Movement, and corruption in government that hinders liberty. There are others, like Levin, Ingraham, Medved, and Hannity, to name a few.
Black Conservatives like Thomas Sowell, Herman Cain, Alan Keyes, Walter Williams, et al lead Americans through education on the disgraceful history of Democrats with respect to blacks, and how those policies have led to government run amuck. These brave black warriors have battle scars from decades of fighting against government re-enslavement.
All of these great Americans, black and white have freed thousands from slavery and have created the current slave revolt. It is because of all these people that I exist. I am proud to join the fight.
Most don’t even realize that slavery has been government sanctioned since the ‘40’s. Make no mistake about it, it is not the intent of government to offer manumission to any modern-day slave. It will take strong resolve to re-emancipate people from the tyranny of government, which is why I call 2010 Emancipation II – This time even the white folks must be freed!
To quote Harriet Tubman, “I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more, if they knew they were slaves.”
That’s my rant!
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