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New Film Shows How the War on
Poverty Failed and the Real Hope
for America’s 'Forgotten' Cities

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Posted By: MissMolly, 2/14/2020 4:13:31 AM

When Donald Trump won his historic upset victory in 2016, media outlets briefly turned to the "forgotten" men and women of rural America and those in once-great American cities now crumbling. The "Great Revolt," as Salena Zito explains it, describes a political realignment aimed at revitalizing broken communities. Yet according to a groundbreaking new film, the true answer to urban decay, broken families, and ballooning debt from dependence on social programs isn't more government but a return to the traditional sources of meaning: faith, family, work, and community. Filmmaker Christopher Rufo traveled to three crumbling American cities — Youngstown, Ohio; Memphis, Tenn.; and Stockton, Calif. —

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Reply 1 - Posted by: John C 2/14/2020 5:36:43 AM (No. 318005)
The lost of men/fathers in the family and community has terrible ramification in the featured cities. FTA: "The solution for our forgotten cities is not just to revive their economies, but to create a new foundation for our fractured, postmodern world. We must rediscover the traditional sources of meaning, faith, family, work, and community, and adapt them to the modern condition
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Reply 2 - Posted by: privateer 2/14/2020 6:19:26 AM (No. 318026)
As with Vietnam and the Middle East, the ROEs used in the War on Poverty prevented victory. But then, it was never about poverty. LBJ exposed the real goal: keep 'em voting Dem for 200 years.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: F15 Gork 2/14/2020 6:42:18 AM (No. 318047)
Once the liberals killed personal responsibility, common sense and threw Jesus under bus, it was all over but the shouting....
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Reply 4 - Posted by: TheLadyNextDoor 2/14/2020 7:01:28 AM (No. 318060)
#2 - LBJ used a rather different descriptive term in his statement.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Strike3 2/14/2020 7:23:29 AM (No. 318074)
Set people up so they have food, drink and housing all paid by the taxpayers, phones, TVs, multiple girlfriend/boyfriends and every baby is another little bonus in the monthly check. What could go wrong?
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Lazyman 2/14/2020 7:49:03 AM (No. 318087)
Until the men in these communities decide to stand up, support and work with the police, and lead their children, this cycle will go on. Liberal excuses for the problem of shunning individual responsibility and encouraging hate and disrespect for the people charged with defending them doesn't help.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino 2/14/2020 8:20:53 AM (No. 318108)
And when will the Prohibitionists admit that the "War On Drugs" is an even bigger failure? Nearly fifty years - - trillions of dollars spent - - and the result? More addiction, overdoses, deaths, crime, gangs, cartels, corruption. And why was the "war" even started? To prevent free citizens from pursuing happiness in their own way. But there were already laws in every municipality against public intoxication - - which can adequately handle any problems caused in public by narcotic drug users. And the irony is - - most Prohibitionists consider themselves to believe in free markets, free assembly, and the Constitution! End the ridiculous "War On Drugs" - - now!
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Clinger 2/14/2020 8:30:48 AM (No. 318125)
Before we can fix it we need to accept the truth, these are not unintended consequences, these are predictable outcomes and in fact by design. We also need to grasp that the same tactical process has not been limited to LBJ's targeted 200 yr voting block. The strategic goal of the former democrat party has been to purchase the votes of a critical mass of dependents to achieve one party rule. Once 51% are net beneficiaries of wealth redistribution the redistribution party has it made. They are closer to 60% now but some beneficiaries have principles and some are too lazy to vote, otherwise we don't stand a chance. It sure is easy to see why our founders feared democracy.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: FunOne 2/14/2020 8:32:10 AM (No. 318127)
As many of the previous posters have identified, the "War on Poverty" had no exit plan. This was by design because it was, in reality, a nationwide, taxpayer-funded scheme to get low-income people to accept a life of minimal government support instead of encouraging them to seek real employment. Vote democrat. It's easier than getting a job.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: montwoodcliff 2/14/2020 8:59:39 AM (No. 318166)
Before you can fix something, you have to know how it works. Stop paying for babies to single mothers. Stop saying it’s OK to have children out of wedlock. If we have to pay for these fatherless children, put them into orphanages where they can learn structure and discipline.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: fysammy 2/14/2020 9:19:46 AM (No. 318194)
$22 Trillion for LBJ’s Great Society and the answer was staring us in the face for Free. “Don’t Feed the Bears”
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Reply 12 - Posted by: bigfatslob 2/14/2020 9:29:13 AM (No. 318207)
We all know what identity politics has created keeping people impoverished in need and dependent on government then stack the deck with people of the same race and the city becomes a run down crime invested jungle village. You might hear 'white flight' but there are people of color who believe in family and have faith that flee. The problem is the black flight person still has to keep looking over his shoulder because he is labeled, disliked and a target. What LBJ and the left have created is now failure and they are on to illegals to fill the voting void and it's about to happen.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: MDConservative 2/14/2020 9:56:42 AM (No. 318247)
All of this is true...and the solutions include all the above. Meanwhile, we ignore other aspects. Like culture. Communities and their "norms" vary incredibly. American urban blight is largely rooted in the diaspora of poor, unsophisticated southerners who invaded northern cities in the '30s and especially into the war years for industrial work. Take a dive into your local "big city" newspaper archives and read of the cultural clashes, simple things like yard maintenance and "off-street" automobile parking that occurred into the 60s. The historians never mention that the so-called white flight to the suburbs was closely followed by black middle-class flight from formerly thriving black neighborhoods, causing their collapse. What happened in the 60s was another example of what Americans do when the economy is doing well and it appears someone else will foot the bill - the explosion of Federal social welfare and its funding. There was nothing the U.S. Gvernment couldn't do - from build interstate highways to send men to the moon. It was once all about Appalachia...and the pathetic CBS Reports broadcasts and Life magazine photospreads. Today, it's all about the cities. Except, after six decades of urban poverty rooting and growth, it's really about "spreading it around" - not to the clients of programs, but to the armies of social workers, educators, administrators, bureaucrats, law enforcement, courts, and assorted eggheads who never fail to have another strategy that will work this time...just need a few more dollars. Those kids need a community center, you know. And if one wants to see the effects of "community" and "churches" one need look no further than the various murder capitals...see any of them getting safer as a result of the teddy bear memorials? The usual reverend-speak? The grieving mother and wailing sisters?
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Reply 14 - Posted by: JimJr 2/14/2020 10:10:02 AM (No. 318264)
#6, There two things that get men to "Stand Up" - strong Churches that teach the actual Gospel and strong, moral, God-fearing women. The ad-line was Colt sold the guns that tamed the west, no they sold the guns that opened the west. Women settled the west. Old-west cattle and gold boom towns were civilized because no self-respecting man would bring his wife into a lawless, debauched setting - and no good woman would risk her reputation and children to go. The Church provides the spiritual foundation and inspiration and the moral backstop.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: Trapper 2/14/2020 10:21:26 AM (No. 318279)
Don’t even need to read it. I’ll tell you why the war on poverty failed, and I’ll tell you what happened to American towns and cities. Between 1998 and 2008 America closed 51,000 manufacturing plants and manufacturing employment in America crashed. We lost over 8 million manufacturing jobs, and because of the multiplier effect of manufacturing jobs more than 90 million Americans lost their jobs. Those were job-for-life jobs which the middle class counted on, the foundation that supported the entire American economy, packed up and shipped to China. But we were told by the likes of John McCain that good high-tech jobs were on the way to replace the manufacturing jobs. Our factories would become giant tech centers where former assembly line workers would sit at cubicles coding all day while support staff brought them lattes and gummy bears. It was all a lie. The Post Industrial Economy was a fairy tale, a pretty story to keep Americans from waking up to the hustle. We didn’t just lose the war on poverty. We deliberately drove 90 million middle class Americans over to the other side. Trump Landslide 2020
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Madinmaryland 2/14/2020 10:33:04 AM (No. 318292)
#13. Baltimore. Such a disgrace. Open season on cops, drive by shootings galore, failing public schools. I could go on, but won’t. Oh yes-drugs, drugs, drugs.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: bighambone 2/14/2020 10:43:05 AM (No. 318305)
You never hear a leftist or liberal Democrat lawyer-politician speak without him or her bringing up some aspect of the Democrat identity politics schemes. So it is very doubtful that those Democrats who enjoy almost universal rule in those cities that have socially crumbled generations ago, will go along with any of the solutions put forward in the article to revitalize those cities, processes that would take generations to achieve, and result in those Democrat lawyer-politicians loosing political power. It is more likely that once the leftists attain federal political power, that through expensive and radical legislation, that they will attempt to move much of the inner city populations out of the inner cities to the suburbs, where they will bring all their criminal and social problems, resulting in the destruction of those outlying residential areas around those cities.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: lakerman1 2/14/2020 10:53:55 AM (No. 318320)
President Eisenhower, with the best of intention in the 1950s, approved Urban Renewal. Tearing down buildings dispersed members of stable communities, often into public housing. That was an unanticipated problem, not thought through by the policy makers. LBJ's War on Poverty built itself on that mistake, creating Community Action agencies in every city or county in the U.S. It was a political move for the dimocrats, and it worked in their favor, but at a loss to the communities. During that era, blacks coined the term 'poverty pimp' to describe those people who took adamtage of the War on Poverty Ron Dellunms, a congressman from California, made his way up the political ladder, and never held a regular job. Barack Obola was a community organizer, a bogus term that describes nothing. Bernie Sanders probably played the system as well, never having held a civilian job. and I suspect that if we looked closely at the emmbers of the Congressional Black caucus,l we would find some poverty pimps. Finally, the film recognizes the dirty little secret of a 'ladies man.' In the black sub-culture, a black man can have multiple girlfriends, and on welfare check day, he circulates among his girlfriends and collects some money from each of them. (If you google the lyrics from some rap songs, you will often find a theme of hatred of women, but the dollars are good.)
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Reply 19 - Posted by: HisHandmaiden 2/14/2020 11:24:08 AM (No. 318357)
Wow, and Amen! Bless OP for posting. And excellent thread. Just shared this with my pastor... This is the reason I moved from VA to CA [after watching the blight come to Baltimore where I went to ballet class each afternoon for 10 years... Pelosi’s dad was mayor] to get my masters in biblical counseling... It’s a heart issue. KAG
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Reply 20 - Posted by: bythegates 2/14/2020 12:17:06 PM (No. 318419)
Only 9.99 to watch online. I know what I'm going to do tonight.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: DVC 2/14/2020 12:30:36 PM (No. 318436)
teh ONLY thing that works is to provide the proper conditions for free markets to work and provide a range of jobs for people. People do not do well on handouts, it is morally and mentally destructive to them. Having a job, earning your way in the world by doing something USEFUL, something that you can say you did well at the end of the day, even if it is screwing in door hinge bolts on cars - THAT makes a decent life. The Dems cannot grasp this, and insist on destroying life with their handouts. Very destructive.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: czechlist 2/14/2020 2:30:06 PM (No. 318575)
Right #18 lakerman. Urban renewal destroyed my hometown's thriving downtown displacing families and businesses. The people who were moved to new public housing units quickly destroyed them and created a slum. Retail businesses moved out to malls and strip centers and never moved back. Resaurants and theaters closed and moved to the suburbs. The city's largest hotel became a retirement home Of course the construction companies and banks got rich and there were temporary jobs, but, in the end, it was wasted tax money. Government expedience and cronyism without any thought of unintended consequences.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 2/15/2020 2:51:10 AM (No. 318899)
Always remember: People do what you let them. If you throw money at people for behaving badly, they will keep on doing it. Three things changed this country forever: They stopped the draft They took prayer out of school Women went to work and nobody cuddled their kids. I am in a class every week and the mindset of those considered "impoverished" is warped. Worse yet is the people with grant money who keep them on the plantation. Why do better and stop the gravy train? What I don't read about or hear about is the elderly who live in poverty. Illegal aliens get more in benefits than the elderly and disabled.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: judy 2/15/2020 5:45:38 AM (No. 318915)
Didn't Benjamin Franklin say don't make the poor too comfortable, otherwise they will never want to get out. Margaret Thacher said about welfare recipients just think what they could have been. I never did understand why we have to pay for someone else to have a baby. Welfare was established way back when women stayed at home , now welfare mothers stay home & working mothers work??? Learning Independence & responsibility is key. Welfare is like the education system $$$$ is not the answer.
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