Wake Me When It’s Over!

Republican Party (United States)

Who’s the genius that approved planning a major political party convention during in one of the most weather volatile states in the country?

Really, no seriously, really?

Is it news that the gulf coast and most Caribbean islands are off-limits in August?  Lest not forget Hurricane Katrina in 2005 that devastated several cities along the gulf coast!!  Hurricane Katrina displaced millions of American families and killed hundreds and now…seven years later the Republican Party wants hold a national party convention in a city vulnerable to natural and catastrophic weather conditions?

Is our country not in a state of panic as thousands of residents along the gulf of Mexico are in jeopardy of potentially losing their homes and personal belongings?  Does the show still go on when Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama brace themselves for what is to come over the next few days?

I guess speeches and agendas are more important….after all, now they must cram 4 days of speeches into 3?

Wake me when it is over!

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To BOO or Not to BOO? The Romney Effect

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Presumptive GOP Nominee Mitt Romney boldly visits the NAACP ( National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) 103rd convention in Houston Texas today….to address thousands of men and women who work, organize and lead passionately in the pursuit of civil rights–fighting for social justices for all Americans–all the time.

His political platform has remained somewhat consistent and he continues to make his case so there were no surprises in his speech, which is why I am shocked that he was Booed
 
“Booing” someone should be an off the cuff, embarrassing knee jerk reaction.  This usually happens if you are suddenly blindsided, shocked and/or betrayed…but even then it’s not acceptable–we knew what he was going to say!!
 
There is so much that can be debated about this issue… actually too many layers to peel back in one blog posting, but here’s my take…
 
Mitt Romney didn’t come to the NAACP expecting a standing ovation and he knew his message was not going to be well received.  He failed to use this opportunity to “really speak” to the African-American community.  He could have delivered a powerful message and widened his appeal on “the issues”…the economy, health care, unemployment, the war..whatever without “bashing” President Obama and a plan that would offer 7 million African-Americans access to health care, really? 
 
Up to this point, we don’t see the Romney campaign demonstrating a “real” interest in the African-American or Latino base, so the way I see it Mitt Romney used this opportunity to grand stand, and his message today was intended to further widen his base and assure his “conservative” constituents that he doesn’t lean left under any circumstances.   
 
If we were going to boo it should have been at his offer to speak at the convention.  In my opinion, to invite a guest to speak, publicly ridicule him and then defend it is wrong!  The issue now becomes your actions rather than his words.
 
Do you believe the members of the convention were right in booing Romney? 
 
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Are you Free? No, Really? Think About It

On July 4th we will rejoice in celebration to commemorate our countries’ declaration of independence from Great Britian and King George III.   160 years later and the celebrations are still going strong, but I challenge you to take a moment today to reflect upon the reasons why we celebrate…. the freedom from oppression….. that all men are created equal and our unalienable rights; life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

On July 4, 2012….Are you free?  No, really…think about it!  In many ways we are still fighting…we may not be escaping oppression from another government, but we are still fighting…fighting for justice ( for Trayvon Martin), life ( the right to choose),  liberty (freedom from the oppressors of life; a job rather than a career, overwhelming debit, sickness without access to quality health care) and the pursuit of happiness (existing yet never truly living life).

Today it’s all about the barbecue and the fireworks, but at some point when you manage to get a quiet moment….. reflect on the significance of the celebration and then ask yourself, ” Am I Free”?

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Is Obama is the next FDR?

Amazingly enough, history continues to repeat! The precedents of our past have a way of coming full circle…take a close look at Chief Justice John Roberts and then take a closer look back at Chief Justice Charles Evan Hughes. Now let’s look at the most obvious commonalities of the two–they are both conservative Republicans who nonetheless sided with liberal justices during a Democratic administration in very controversial and historic cases. Hughes ruling over the constitutionality of Social Security under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Roberts ruling in the health care reform act; Obama Care under President Barack Obama.
 
 
During “The Great Depression of the 1930’s” when poverty among senior citizens was at its’ highest, President Franklin D Roosevelt enacted the Social Security Program to limit and prevent poverty and unemployment which was plaguing the old aged, widows and fatherless children. The constitutionality of Social Security was challenged, debated and resisted…Many opposed this program and labeled it “socialism” to create hysteria and rally support against this so-called “social insurance.”
 
 
Over the past 80 years past US Presidents’ have enacted legislation in attempts to reform Health Care in our country– Medicare, COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985) and SCHIP (State Children’s Health Insurance Program). In response to the increasingly amount of millions of Americans without health care and the plea for reform, President Obama enacted The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This act mandates health insurance and is designed to reform our insurance, health care systems and provide quality accessible care for all Americans.
 
 
Just as before, the opponents are armed and ready to point and click — they have a bus load of tea bags ready to deploy and destroy! The rants of “socialism” are at the forefront and the downstream effects on the economy and businesses are being projected—And again, Health Care Reform is being attacked and The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s constitutionality has been questioned–
 
 
Well, the SCOTUS has spoken AGAIN– The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act IS CONSTITUTIONAL– end of story!
 
Quite frankly, none of us have all of the facts, figures and knowledge to reconcile our nation’s debit to make an intelligent assertion as to whether or not “Obama Care” is fiscally prudent yet alone prove our national debt will suffer or increase as a result of health care reform.
 
Did it make sense to ensure the elderly, widows and fatherless children with a “social insurance” program in 1935? Yes it did— Yes it does— YES WE CAN!!!
 

Does is make sense to have access to quality care for all Americans without life time limitations and barriers due to pre-existing conditions– as it is defined by insurance companies? Yes it does—YES WE CAN!!!

YES WE CAN–YES WE WILL!

What commonalities do you see between Presidents FDR and Obama?

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ENOUGH of the Dog and Pony Show!!

I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for the Republican “dog and pony “show to be over…. I am sorry, but I am simply not impressed! You have one super righty (Santorum), one border line righty (Romney) and one angry righty (Gingrich) playing dirty in the sandbox.  Every once in a while one of them will say something half way decent, but before you know it… some half cocked remark forces you to pause…..

All of the Republican candidates rolled into one are still not as a formidable candidate as John McCain was in 2008 …and he was just decent, so put us out of our misery…stop making a mockery of our political process, either the Republicans need to find another candidate or stop the petty behavior so the “real slim shady” can stand up and everyone can rally behind.

Aren’t you tired of hearing the ridiculous decisive campaign rhetoric?  My ears are burning already!  I personally don’t care what each of them think of each another and quite frankly I am sick of the finger-pointing at the President.

Start addressing what’s most important…. Hey Republicans….what’s your plan? do you have one past blaming Obama for what you claim are “failed policies”…. You guys are like benchwarmers standing on the sidelines complaining about the game you are not in…..I haven’t heard a unique, innovative, ” free capital market-ish” option from you for solving any of our crisis’ yet.

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Elephant Stomp in Iowa!

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Discussing politics can be a slippery slope, but I can’t resist today— As I watch the Iowa caucuses, I began to reflect on the campaigning leading up to the Republican primaries and boy oh boy it’s been one interesting ride and it’s not over yet.  There has been more mud slinging and dirty draws airing than I care to have witnessed..mistresses, money and mannheim!

Quite frankly, I am embarrassed and ashamed!  Imagine the conversations of our neighboring countries?  I can hear the conversations at the dinner tables regarding the likes of Herman Cain, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich?  Here we have these men…. self-declared as the best and the brightest to hold the highest office in our land… to lead our country…really?

What is really going on? No disrespect to the Republican party, but how is it that one week everyone is loving the Herman Cain train .i.e Rev Low Down– (that’s my opinion, not necessarily a fact..) until it gets too hard to overlook the bones falling out of his closet then it’s flip over to Mitt Romney..seems like a nice enough man, but really?  He is not the right candidate for the same reason he was not in 2008…not much has changed there.

And Newt, between his messy personal life to his hot headed temperament and politically incorrect comments…he will eventually self destruct.  Ron Paul..gotta love him… he makes a few great points, but he’ll never get the nomination…and what about the one too many “senior moments” that Rick Perry is constantly trying to explain away– of course I know the legal voting age…do you really?

Yeah, ok and here comes Rick Santorum sneaking up from behind last place?  As far as I am concerned they all spent a lot of time in Iowa blowing where the wind blows for the sake of a vote; pun intended.  So now you have an election hanging on 14 votes…really? Iowa is the first stop, not the last one.. None of them will be conservative enough for Evangelicals/Tea Party’ers and some will be too conservative for others, so from what I can see, we should have (4) parties:

  1. Conservative -Righties
  2. Liberal- Lefties
  3. Very Conservative- Hard Righters
  4. Very Liberal- Hard Lefters

A lefty will never be able to satisfy the hard lefties; he will always fall short and same with the rightie , he will never satisfy the hard righties!  So why try to do it all, pick one and own it instead of trying to be a little of both!

Bottom line, none of these men can hold a candle stick to the heated, highly competitive, contested race in 2008 between three REALLY qualified candidates for the office of President!

But you know, in the meantime just keep it coming!  Close call elections, dirty politics and affairs make good news and interesting history, it will help keep news ratings up and help to put reality TV out of business!

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The Relevance of Kwanzaa ?

The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa

What is Kwanzaa? Why do we celebrate?   And is this holiday too deeply rooted in African culture that only African Americans can or should celebrate?

Have any of these questions crossed your mind?  If so, let’s blabb about it….

Just as a point of historical reference, during the 1960’s African Americans began reaching back to tie the lost cultural roots of traditional African communities embracing self awareness and empowerment…thus founding Kwanzaa, which is the only nationally celebrated, native, non religious or political African American holiday.

The Kwanzaa holiday is observed from December 26th through January 1st and its’ focus is to pay tribute to the rich cultural roots of the People of the African Diaspora. It is strongly rooted in cultural awareness and it reinforces personal growth and achievements.  Kwanzaa is now a 45 year old celebration and tradition yet the principles are still relevant to African Americans today; particularly young African American children.

The principles are:

1. Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
2. Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.
3. Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems, and to solve them together.
4. Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
5. Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
6. Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
7. Imani (Faith): To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

With this celebration commencing at the last week of the year, it allows us the opportunity to reflect and re-affirm our goals, add some clarity or tweak our perspectives and/or re-define, but performing the traditional ceremony is where I struggle…Many African Americans are still “ignorant” to African tribal and cultural traditions.  It is piece of culture that is 10 times removed and not easy to plug back in… I realize that one of the very purposes of this celebration is to continuously introduce, reinforce and cultivate an appreciation for African culture through these principles, but when many African Americans speak of celebrating Kwanzaa (in the true spirit upon which is was found) it feels like lip service to a culture and traditions we really don’t fully understand and/or appreciate.

But in every effort to be the all around culturally in-tune African American family, you go out and buy all the necessary items, invite your friends and family over, recite the principles, light the candles, spread the kente clothe and exchange the gifts……

Is practicing this celebration really preserving African communitarian values?  Or are we just going through the motions at home or in public for the sake of saying we celebrated Kwanzaa and on January 2nd we forget we lit those (7) candles?

So I ask this question, giving all do respect to Dr. Maulana Karenga, is Kwanzaa too deeply rooted in African culture?  Is the way in which we celebrate and honor the principles relatable (we agree that they are relevant) 45 years later?   Should the Kwanzaa celebration be redefined to keep the principles of Kwanzaa relevant and consistent  in our daily lives after January 1st?

What do you think?  Blabb Back…