Traditional American suburbs epitomize everything that Barack Obama and his fellow leftists despise. They represent an era in which traditional marriage, two-parent families, strong fathers who prided themselves on being good providers and stay-at-home moms were considered ideal, and they hate all that stuff! How could the Left make everyone dependent on government if they didn’t destroy the traditional family? They couldn’t, which is the main reason they have been working diligently at demolishing it for at least 50 years. Even worse to these radicals, with their Critical Race Theory inspired view, the ‘burbs are enclaves of “white skin privilege,” where the Haves not only escape the crime and poverty of inner cities, but unfairly insulate themselves from all of this misery. Where do they come off thinking that because they work hard and pay a lot of taxes that their kids deserve to go to better schools? The nerve! And, the suburbs are not “diverse,” which automatically makes their residents guilty of racial profiling, one of the worst contemporary sins in an age when so many people don’t seem to have any concept of “sin.”
Almost 19 years ago, to the day, on August 4, 1994, James Bovard wrote a piece for the Wall Street Journal entitled “Clinton’s Wrecking Ball for the Suburbs,” describing the “Moving to Opportunity” program instituted by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. It was designed to give poor people a way out of their crime and drug ridden neighborhoods by giving them vouchers to move to the suburbs. The results were mixed. Some of the kids who moved to better neighborhoods, girls, seemed to have improvement in their educational attainment and ability to avoid encounters with law enforcement. Boys, not so much. Overall the program, like all liberal social engineering attempts, was, as you would expect, a failure. Of course, the failure of “Moving to Opportunity” or that of the thousands of other well-intentioned programs comprising the social welfare rathole that we’ve thrown trillions down since the 1960’s, does not make a dent in the enthusiasm for arrogant leftists to dream up new schemes to try to make you live the way they think you should. Here’s the latest, from the Obama administration. From Fox News:
The policy is called, “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing.” It will require HUD to gather data on segregation and discrimination in every single neighborhood and try to remedy it. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan unveiled the federal rule at the NAACP convention in July. “Unfortunately, in too many of our hardest hit communities, no matter how hard a child or her parents work, the life chances of that child, even her lifespan, is determined by the zip code she grows up in. This is simply wrong,” he said. Data from this discrimination database would be used with zoning laws, housing finance policy, infrastructure planning and transportation to alleviate alleged discrimination and segregation.
Two-time Teri O’Brien Show guest and National Review contributor Stanley Kurtz wrote a whole book about Barack Obama’s plans for the suburbs, so none of this skullduggery should come as a surprise. (Listen to him on the show on 10/28/12 here:
and on 6/26/15 here:
So now the federal government is going to racially profile your neighborhood, and Comrade, if you are coming up short in the “diversity” department, expect a visit from the Commisar.
Just remember, it’s what “hope and change” are all about.