Self-Reliance

Louisiana State Senator Switches to GOP, Criticizes 'The Government Plantation'

Not a fan of the culture of dependence

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A state senator in Louisiana explains in a new video why he switched to the Republican Party, arguing that the GOP should be the new home for African-Americans like him.

In the video, state Sen. Elbert Guillory says Democrats use social programs like welfare and food stamps to monopolize the black vote. He urges them to "please join with me today in abandoning the government plantation and the party of disappointment."

"You see, at the heart of liberalism is the idea that only a great and powerful big government can be the benefactor of social justice for all Americans," Guillory says. "But the left is only concerned with one thing: control. And they disguise this control as charity. Programs such as welfare, food stamps — these programs aren't designed to lift black Americans out of poverty. They were always intended as a mechanism for politicians to control the black community. The idea that blacks — or anyone else — need the government to get ahead is despicable."