writer and public speaker Sharon is the President and Executive
Director of The Center for Changing Worldviews, a non-profit
corporation founded for the purpose of increasing the conservative,
pro-family voice in a predominantly liberal society. Sharon
produces and hosts Changing Worldviews TALK Radio which is
the media outreach of The Center, and is heard Monday, Wednesday
and Friday on KDIA AM1640 San Francisco/Vallejo and online
daily at Oneplace.com. Sharon has worked to promote civic
responsibility on the grassroots level since 1992 through
various organizations such as Eagle Forum, so that America
will continue to be a land of liberty, respect for human
dignity and family integrity, as well as public and private
virtue. For further information on Sharon and The Center
go to www.changingworldviews.com or
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The John-John Ticket - Richest in History…
[Sharon Hughes] 8/6/04/04
Included in the display of carefully orchestrated talking points on stage at
the DNC was John Kerry's and John Edwards' belief in two Americas. "Plantation" talk
as my recent guest, Mason Weaver, would call it. You can hear my interview with
him online at Oneplace.
most shameful articulation of the liberal philosophy of "rich, Republican,
corporate America" and "poor, the-rest-of-us America" was by
Bill Clinton on opening night as he put one of the cleverest spins I've ever
on his benefiting from the Bush tax cuts. The essence of it was how nice the
Republicans had treated him with the tax break he received as one of the top
earners in the country (bringing to mind the $10 million he just received for
his new book) at the expense of "your" social security. However,
one thing he didn't say was that he didn't refuse to take the tax break!
thing we didn't hear said, but should be noted, is that while the John-John
nominees talk about "rich them" and "poor you", they just
happen to be the richest ticket in history to ever run for President/Vice President,
with John Edwards' estimated personal worth of $60 million and John Kerry's,
if you include Teresa's wealth, at about $500 million, or half a billion. But,
then that probably doesn't matter to the democrats because, as Mason says, "the
slaves don't care how rich master is, as long as master takes care of them."
Frederick Douglass said, "Slavery has been fruitful in giving itself
names. It has been called by a great many names, and it will call itself
by yet another
name; and you and I and all of us had better wait and see what new form this
old monster will assume, in what new skin this old snake will come from next."
Slavery still exists today, in the form we most think of for instance in
southern Sudan where
thousands have been tortured, raped, displaced or made into slaves. Controversial "slave "redemption" is
one effort used to alleviate the sitution, but many are concerned it only
encourages more abuse for the gain of money. It‚s a terrible situation
and we need to do whatever we can to see an end come to these horrendous
human rights violations.
Open Doors is
one organization on the forefront of this battle.
There also exists the unbelievable abuse of women and children as sex slaves.
President Bush has urged aggressive
law enforcement to
bring an end to human trafficking. "Human life is the gift of our Creator.
It should never be for sale," President Bush told a Justice Department
conference. He also accused Fidel Castro of exploiting children by encouraging
regime in Havana, already one of the worst violators of human rights in the
world, is adding to its crimes. The dictator welcomes sex tourism," Bush
As many as
17,500 people are brought into the United States every year
in human trafficking, subjecting them to slavery-type conditions for things
sweatshop labor and forced sex. Last year an estimated 800,000 people,
the majority of
then women, were trafficked across borders around the world.
as alluded to in the first part of this article, there is the
slavery of "welfare mentality", that results in broken
families, low self-respect and zero hope of escape. These chains
are passed on to generation after generation
until there exists little understanding of what the promise of the American
Another thing Mason
Weaver, founder of The
New Underground Railroad, said is, "Slavery did in fact take on
new names. It became know as 'sharecropping,' 'welfare,' 'projects,'
'public schools,' and
'good intentions.' Frederick Douglass was right, we must keep watch for
the new names of slavery, we must also keep watch for the new opportunities
We must also keep watch for the rhetoric that promises a future and a
hope but in reality is only "plantation" talk. CRO
Hughes 2004 - Used with permission