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“He Said, She Said” with Demetrius & Stacy. Special Guest: Tony Katz

When: Thursday, May 30th, 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific

Where: He Said, She Said on Blog Talk Radio

What: Have you ever wondered what Black Conservatives think about the political issues of today? Well wonder no more, “He Said, She Said” with Demetrius and Stacy. brings you an inner peek into themind of the conservative, bold, full strength, and unfiltered.

Tonight: Conservative icon Tony Katz will be a special guest

To love private equity or not love it? That’s the question

So President Obama hates Bain Capital. Is it because Mitt Romney worked or is it due to the fact that the President’s short-term memory loss has caused him to forget that Bain Capital was one of the largest contributors to his 2008 presidential campaign? A bigger question is: how will Obama feel about his campaign co-chair being a “venture capital ‘vampire'”?


h/t @okmaher

Is the NAACP A Fair Representation of the African-American Community?

Last Saturday, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) officially came out and declared their support for same-sex marriage. According to USA Today, the organization now sees the issue as comparable to civil rights.

Ironically, this stance fails to comport with a large sector of the African-American population. Roughly 62% of blacks are against same-sex marriage, according to a Pew Research poll conducted in October 2011. This is not alarming news, as it was clear that blacks are in favor of traditional marriage which was evident in the 2008 passage of Proposition 8, which banned same sex marriage in the state of California, which African-Americans supported overwhelmingly.

The timing of the NAACP’s support for same-sex marriage is undeniably alarming and perplexing. It follows President Obama’s public endorsement of the issue on May 9th. The underlining tone from the NAACP is pretty clear and doesn’t need much deciphering: Get behind President Obama. It’s quite that simple. The NAACP, which is supposed to be a non-partisan organization, has betrayed the principles that matter so dearly to the black community to join forces with President Obama’s secular agenda.

While it is not surprising to see the NAACP applaud the efforts of the nation’s first African-American president, it is irresponsible of them to put a divisive political issue ahead of what truly is affecting the black community—high unemployment rate, a weak economy and lack of jobs.

Also, their call for racial harmony has been questioned by many due to their hypocritical and impeccable acts at times. In 2006, NAACP Chairman Julian Bond compared the GOP to Nazis and compared judicial nominees of then-President George W. Bush to the Taliban. Not only did this cause a strain with the administration, but it temporarily but race-relations on hold. It is this divisive and toxic rhetoric that compels many to not take the NAACP’s agenda seriously.
If the NAACP wants to advance an agenda that parallels President Obama’s policies, I would encourage them to engage in discussions of how jobs can be available in the black community. The current deficit, debt and fragile economy will impact the black community more directly than same-sex marriage. The fact that many recent college graduates are facing difficulty finding jobs takes precedent among many blacks before the debate over marriage.

Has the NAACP challenged the president over the high unemployment rate among African-Americans? In April, blacks saw a troubling 13% rate in unemployment. To not engage the first black president about these depressing numbers does not do justice to the black community.

The NAACP, if it desires to regain its historic status as a valid and vigorous voice for the advancement of African-Americans, must engage in discussion and advocate for policy that will help blacks compete in today’s economy, and must also be willing to respect the views of African-Americans without aligning itself to the partisan tactics of politics today.

A Look into the Perplexing Mind of The Millennial Generation

For many members of the Millennial Generation, now is about the time when they begin to ponder major life choices, including their first home purchase. However, the heavy increase of student debt load this generation carries may prevent many from buying a home, even at low prices.

While the challenges that face the Millennial Generation are great and massive, President Obama enjoys a 63% approval rating among young people according to a latest Gallup poll. This is quite odd and perplexing given the economic plight that young people face, that is familiar to us all. The job market still appears to be fragile and weak after April’s anemic addition of 115,000 jobs, according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Facing the Millennial Generation is the rising catastrophe of the student loan crisis. It has been a burden on students to face increasing tuition fees, which has caused their student loan costs to spike. According to a Wall Street Journal report, approximately two-thirds of students from 2010’s graduating class graduated with student loans, with an average cost of $25,250, up 5% from the previous year.

While the fear of not acquiring a job is a constant fear in students’ minds, also concerning thme is the question of which career to pursue during their collegiate studies. If a student chooses a career path that is not currently seeing high numbers in the workforce, it obviously becomes a risk. For example, there are more opportunities in the workforce for engineers and nurses than there are for those who may pursue a career in the creative arts field. It is extremely helpful that students work in an internship or job training program while enrolled in college that will not only benefit their academic career but would also assist in their job search.

Due to the heavy debt load and lack of jobs available for students, many of them have decided to move back home to reside with their parents and caregivers. This makes it difficult for them to flex their financial muscles in purchasing a home, paying their bills and embracing financial dependency.

With all of these woes being up front and center in the lives of Millennials, one has to ask: “Why are they still supporting Obama?” The answer is this: imagery.

Barack Obama may not have the celebrity appeal as he did in 2008, but he is still a likable guy. How do you compete with the president who effectively sings Al Green and can slow jam the news?

The toxic climate involving his economic policies is somewhat overshadowed by the fact that he relates to culture. Whether it be basketball, Hollywood fundraisers or soul singing, President Obama has an advantage with the youth vote because he is continuing his role as a “hipster” or someone who is culturally relevant.

In contrast, his opponent, presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, has been burdened with a stigma from the media that is tough to counter. He is constantly portrayed as a rich white guy who is out of touch with mainstream society. He hasn’t had quite the appeal to the youth as Obama has and been accused of appearing stiff and rigid.

However, Mitt can tap into the Millennial vote by advocating a message of economic freedom, free market capitalism and job growth, which are essential to beating financial dependency and creating economic freedom for the Millennial Generation.

Will Romney be able to shake off the image of a rigid, rich white guy and convince them that Obama’s policies have failed them? Only time will tell. Unfortunately in politics, imagery can trump ideology.

The Death of Osama Bin Laden: One Year Later

On May 2, 2011, the alarming news of the death of Osama bin Laden spread like an electromagnetic wave all across the world. The world’s most notorious symbol of evil and the mastermind of the Sept 11, 2001 terrorist attacks was finally brought to justice.

Despite the division that so easily saturates the consciousness of America, it was indeed a moment of unity as Americans complimented the extraordinary efforts of the Navy Seals Team 6 that carried out the assignment of bringing down bin Laden.

It’s been a year since this has occurred. What exactly does this mean? Undeniably, it is a feat of accomplishment for the Obama administration. The courageous and disciplined call from President Obama to order the military to carry out the assignment is something that needs to be applauded from all sides of the political spectrum. And, it is important to point out that President Obama benefited from using elements set in place by his predecessor, George W. Bush, such as enhanced interrogation techniques.

One of the biggest questions looming in the mindset of many is this: Is America any safer since the death of Osama bin Laden? This is very complicated and complex.

As of right now, Al-Qaida is weakened and less organized. However, this does not mean that a legit threat against the sovereignty of the United States does not remain alive. It would be totally naïve and asinine for individuals to assume that the national security interests of the United States are no longer targeted. As long as the United States promotes freedom and liberty, it will be a constant target to our enemies and those who seek to bring an assault on our freedoms.

Due to a vast effort on behalf of the counterterrorism agencies, the U.S. have killed nearly half of Al-Qaida’s top leaders and have dismantled any of their networks. However, remnants of their regime still manages to be of some force. “It’s wishful thinking to say al-Qaida is on the brink of defeat,” says Seth Jones, a Rand analyst and adviser to U.S. special operations forces. “They have increased global presence, the number of attacks by affiliates has risen, and in some places like Yemen, they’ve expanded control of territory.”

Another complicated matter is where Osama bin Laden was captured—Pakistan. It calls itself an ally of the United States, but their reluctance to inform the U.S. that bin Laden was hiding within their borders and their sour response to his capture have raised many questions about their validity as an ally and if they are indeed a state sponsor of terrorism.

The death of Osama bin Laden was an ideal symbolic victory in the War on Terror, and may have provided a sense of closure for the families of the victims of 9/11. However, it all ushered in an era of uncertainty. We do not know what the next move is. We do not how, or if, Al-Qaida will retaliate. There is a fear that another terrorist leader will rise and attempt to carry bin Laden’s torch and carry out his unfulfilled goals.

One year later, the resolve of the American remain strong. We are prepared to meet any threat to our sovereignty with a strong military force and community of individuals prepared to defend freedom.

In 2012 and the years to follow, the capture and death of Osama bin Laden will serve as a kind, yet firm, reminder that good can prevail over evil and that the inhumane acts of those who live in darkness will never substitute for those who reject tyranny and oppression.

America’s Much-Needed Liberation from Government

In the time and age of economic peril, we have seen many people lose hope, faith and trust. Many Americans have seen their investments and their financial security totally collapse. While the government is looking for solutions to combat this economic warfare, I believe the answer is simple and not complex: Americans need to decrease their dependency on the government. For far too long, many Americans have had a love affair with the naive thoughts of the government helping to improve their lives.
Americans need to be liberated from the government’s message that it will provide for them and meet all their needs. This is political blasphemy. Nothing is FREE. While the governments is promising health care, economic opportunities for all, redistribution of wealth, etc, Americans need to awake from their slumber and realize that their hard-earned taxpayer money will be used to fund these “free” opportunities.

While there are many that rely on welfare and social services, the government has compelled them to stay just where they are. These people must liberate themselves from the fact that it’s ok to stay on welfare and live off the expense of other taxpayers. It is time for individual responsibility. Time for people to realize that you do not have to stay in your current predicament, but that you can arise from the ashes of economic bondage and enhance your opportunity, such as home ownership, entrepreneurship, etc.

Americans must liberate themselves from the shackles of government expansion. The government does not have the right to tell you what doctor to go to, what car to drive or how to spend your money. If Americans do not speak up and let their voice be heard, they will continue to live in political Egypt, slaving themsleves only to see the government deepen their economic woes.

My fellow Americans, it is foolish and ignorant for us to sit back and be complacent. You have seen your taxpayer money wasted to bailout CEOS and companies who are not performing, only to see them file for bankruptcy. You have seen the government spend money that it simply does not have, and as a result, it has deepened our national debt. You have seen a government who refuses to behave fiscally. Instead of spending your money wisely, government has wasted it on insurance for honeybees, an airport for Congressman John Murtha, and other wasteful projects. We have seen a Senate who hasn’t passed a budget in 1,090 days and counting.

America–it is time to liberate yourself from the idea that the government will take care of you. The question during the 2008 Presidential Campaign was “Are you better off than you were 8 years ago?” I ask you this: Will you be better off 10 years from now? What will you give to your children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren?

While the government is bankrupting Social Security and Medicaid, manipulating citizens with the Federal Reserve, and expanding its power over the private sector, what will you do? Will we continue to cling to a government that depends on China and Saudi Arabia for oil instead of decreasing our dependency on foreign oil or will we remain silent?

It is time for our minds to be liberated. It is time for us to hold our elected officials accountable. The longer we are silent, the less chance we have of becoming truly liberated.

Is My Tie Conservative Enough? A Fun Look Into How Fashion Correlates With Politics

Does fashion matter in politics?

Yes it does. Should it matter? Well, let’s take a look.

If you are involved with politics, not only does your policy proposals have to have an appeal, but so does your appearance. While I strongly believe that a politician’s attire has nothing to do with his stance on the issues, the public seems to focus on their physical appearance. For men, the basic attire is a dark suit, white shirt and a solid or striped tie. However, I like to do various styles. For example: I believe polka-dot ties are a huge plus!

If male politicians were to wear polka-dot ties, I am pretty confident that it will be a huge appeal to women voters. In politics, you can look conservative, but classy as well. Brooks Brothers, Joseph A. Banks, Stafford and Ralph Lauren are some of the basic conservative attire wore by public officials. This is indeed a good choice of clothing, and I approve it, and at times, will wear it, but I also like to add spice to it. Express, Banana Republic and Gap are my favorites. Their pattern of shirts and ties are somewhat similar to Brook Brothers and Stafford, but with a little bit more of a classy appeal.

For female politicians, a blue or black dress or pants suit is very common and acceptable. I view it as less risky and not too loud. I also believe that women should proudly wear colors that will attribute to their personalities. I believe they should stay away from wearing excessive jewelry and makeup. It takes away from the authentic attributes of the individual.

Many people view suspenders as something only worn by elderly men. I strongly oppose that view. I have come to find out that suspenders have become very popular in this modern era. Not only do young men wear them, but it is becoming popular among young women as well. S.E. Cupp of GBTV has worn suspenders on several occasions, and it has a very unique and effective look on her. I like to do a little mix of everything to bring out my personal fashion appeal. For example: striped shirt with a polka dot tie is conservative and stylish at the same time.

Dressy plaid pants are a favorite of mine because it brings attention to you and it stands out and people like things that are different. Also, certain ties have certain relevance in politics. If I was giving a State of the Union address, I’ll sport a black or blue suit, white wide-collar shirt, and a blue tie to symbolize unity, compassion and the strength of the nation. If I am giving a national security speech, I would wear a red tie to symbolize power, authority, and boldness. A gold tie with a blue shirt symbolizes confidence and optimism. This would be appropriate for a politician accepting the nomination for their party. They have to be hopeful and confident not only for their party, but for the nation as well.

Another fashion style that has huge appeal is pinstripes. I cannot describe in words how big of an affect pinstripes has on people. A three-piece or two-piece pinstripe suit is very spicy and yet conservative. I would sport a pinstripe suit with a polka-dot tie so that attention is brought to the suit, the tie, and the appeal of the person. It has a sophisticated, eloquent, classy and conservative touch.

I am also an huge advocate of the bowtie. Yes, the bowtie. I realize for some individuals, it’s a love-hate thing. The bowtie is a sign of confidence, uniqueness, boldness and fashion etiquette. I realize majority of politicians save the bowtie wearing for a tuxedo and formal events, but I would encourage them to wear it more often. People would view this as someone who isn’t afraid to step outside the norm and develop his own style without fear of backlash or disapproval.

Many politicians may worry that some colors or styles may be too bold or too loud. I would like to argue that sometimes it is good to take a risk because it will appeal to the younger and more modern generation. I like the striped ties and solid ties, but taking a risk is more acceptable. Suspenders, polka dot ties, plaid pants are not expected in politics. Therefore, if you bring about change in fashion, it is quite possible that more and more people would be attracted to the politician, as well as to politics.

The Left’s War on Families

Thanks to liberal Democrat Hilary Rosen’s vicious attack on Ann Romney claiming that she has never had a “real job”, the conservative base of the GOP is now united in one front to destroy liberalism. Ann Romney, mother of 5 boys and a survivor of multiple sclerosis and breast cancer, is a testament to the many mothers who sacrificed careers and opportunities to make the selfless service of putting their families first.

This goes beyond attacking the wife of a presidential candidate. This is a vile attack on conservative women nationwide. According to the logic of the left, if you choose to raise a child instead of aborting one, you are less of a woman. We have seen countless, vicious and character attacks on women of conservative ideology. Sarah Palin, for example, was criticized and scorned by the liberal left for raising a child with Down syndrome while pursuing her career. Black conservative women are CONSTANTLY being targeted for their belief in the pro-life movement, small government and for their opposition to President Obama’s policies.

President Obama wants to vocalize his support for women, but the facts say otherwise. Women employees at the White House make 18 percent less of the median salary as do male employees. According to Amy Sullivan of TIME Magazine, the Obama administration is described as a “boy’s club” and suggested that the president has a woman problem. It is reported that senior women staffers are seen and not heard during policy meetings.

I am outraged and furious that the left what to attack women instead of having a constructive dialogue about the core issues affecting Americans today. The REAL war on women is the economic plight that they are experiencing due to big government spending, high unemployment rate, a raking deficit and a President who is opposed to job creation that will benefit many women in the U.S. today.

Stay-at-home moms are usually the ones who are responsible for the economic accountability of their family. There is something that Ann Romney and many other SAHMs have done that puts Obama and Senate Democrats in unfamiliar territory: monitor a BUDGET. The attack on SAHMs is meaningless. They are some of the most hardworking people in America.

I am proud to say that I am a beneficiary of a productive stay-at-home mom. I will forever be in debt to my mom countless hours raising me as a child. She did more than cook and prepare meals. She home-schooled me for a period of time, cleaned and washed dirty laundry, was a mode of transportation for me when I was without a vehicle, provided spiritual guidance, and sacrificed career opportunities so that I was raised in a good home and was provided with a great and balanced family structure.

The left’s war on women affects the family as a whole. It is indeed the demonizing of the motherly figure, the husband that supports her and the children that have grown to admire her. This war must be stopped and the best way to put it to a cease is at the ballot box in November.

The Temptation To Secularize Easter

There will be lots of chocolate, candy, eggs, ham, turkey, and other festive and delicious treats partaken of on Easter Sunday. Children all across the world will attend church services showcasing their flattering dresses and spiffy suits. Parents will sit proudly in church pews and watch their children recite a poem or portray a role in a skit. This indeed fits the description of a traditional Easter service.

There is nothing wrong per se in enjoying these activities, if we keep the meaning of this sacred holiday in perspective. Easter is the holy remembrance of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The old, but untarnished story of Christ’s death on Calvary’s hill still resonates among Christians today. The stripes that were whipped upon his back and the painful beatings that Christ endured is the message of love that brings hope and rest to today’s weary soul. The scriptures in the Holy Bible declare in John 3:16: ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but but have eternal life.” (NLT). There is much joy in this beautiful reminder that Christ died for our imperfections so that we may, wholeheartedly and abundantly, live with purpose.

It was with Christ’s death, that his critics and antagonists celebrated prematurely in their naive belief that the King of Kings was defeated in death. It was to their surprise and to the joy of many others that Christ rose from the grave three days later. His resurrection is what makes the Easter story so compelling, unique and matchless. Death could not defeat him. The grave could not hold him. He rose with power and with a stern and electrifying message that he was still God, in despite of the circumstances that had surrounded him.

This the real message of Easter. It is tempting to secularize Easter into making it about marketing, commercialism and festivities. The real challenge is to remind our fellow brother and sister of the power of God’s love. It is essential that the members of the Christian community be ambassadors of Christ. This consists of telling those who feel hopeless, depressed and battered down by the pressures of life that there is a Savior who died for their iniquities and wishes to heal and make them whole.

There is a temptation to make this holy and sacred holiday secular. There is the temptation to focus solely on easter egg hunts and shopping and neglect to reflect on the life of Christ. We must remember that the mainstream and secular philosophy of this society will never replace the timeless truth of the real Easter story.

This Easter, I will partake of a hearty meal and all the other traditions, but I will never replace those with the true meaning of Easter–Jesus Christ. If we secularize Easter, we are in danger of replacing the story of Christ with our own vanity.

Will America Ever Bridge The Racial Divide?

In wake of the recent tragedy involving the death of Trayvon Martin in FL, America has once again been thrust into the arena of the debate involving race. Trayvon was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, who was labeled a “white Hispanic” by some mainstream media outlets, and thus began a flurry of racial attacks that were relentless. Since there has been no conclusive evidence to this point that shows that Zimmerman had a racial motive, it would be appropriate and wise to put the racial rhetoric on hold and let the justice system do its work. I do not criticize or ridicule those who have been passionately vocal in their support of Trayvon Martin. I under their notion of wanting Zimmerman to be arrested for his actions, and they have a right to vocalize their opinions. However, there have been some tactics used that proves that America is still so bitterly racially divided.
Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson has gotten involved. This definitely gives one a visual of a red flag been raised. Sharpton and Jackson are class warfare tyrants who capitalize on widening the racial divide and use tragedies for manipulation and political gain. One has to wonder: Does Jackson and Sharpton really care about the Martin family or is this another situation that enables them to play the “race card” without any substantial evidence just to elicit an emotional response and portray the African-American population as “victims”?
Also, the fact that the New Blank Panther Party but a bounty of $10,000 on the head of George Zimmerman not only highlights a racial divide, but also allows to confront the issue of violence that is not necessary and advocates revenge in substitute of lawful justice.
President Obama, following the advice of his former Chief Of Staff Rahm Emmanuel who once stated to “never let a crisis go to waste”, invoked himself into the case by stating that if he would’ve had a son, he would’ve looked identical to Trayvon Martin. It would’ve been simple and encouraging enough to issue out a statement of prayers and support for the Martin family, but the President’s racial and political pandering once again proves America is still racially divided.
The fact that George Zimmerman is a non-black that killed a black has aroused attention nationwide. If we want to bring attention racial issues, let me reveal these staggering facts: 43% of all murder victims in 2007 alone were African American, 93.1% of whom were killed were African Americans. Victimizations of African Americans from violent crime which include the following; rape/sexual assault, robbery, aggravated and simple Assault was 24.3% in 2007, with the highest percentages of victimizations within the age ranges of 15-24 totaling a percentage greater than 38%.
I don’t hear cries of agony and concern over these from the Rev Sharpton or Rev. Jackson. You know why? I’ll tell you—it disputes their narrative of black suppression by white individuals ONLY.
It is also aggravating and disingenuous that people always point to racism when opponents of President Obama’s policies voice their opinions. Short- term memory loss can be credited when left wingers and liberals forget the fact that Obama won the largest share of white support of any Democrat in a two-man race since 1976. A stunning 54 percent of young white voters supported Obama, compared with 44 percent who went for McCain, the senator from Arizona. In the past three decades, no Democratic presidential nominee has won more than 45 percent of young whites. My point is simply this: Barack Obama was able to be a racially transcendent candidate whose candidacy proved America has progressed towards bridging the racial divide.
Will America TOTALLY bridge the racial divide? As of right now, I’m reluctant to believe so. Until race can be a issue that can be discussed in terms of improvement, engagement and an embrace of culture, instead of an instant knee-jerk reaction and a tool to divide and conquer, America will divided on a racial and political front.

The Power of American Exceptionalism

This election year’s theme has evolved around one common theme: The identity of America. We’ve heard the rallying voices calling for “restoring”, “believing”, “saving” and “reviving” America. There is this undeniable feeling with oneself that America is wayward, distraught and dysfunctional.

The choice is quite simple and fundamental: We can continue to march towards an European socialistic society or we can be a nation of economic prosperity, constitutional liberty and freedom. America’s soul has been entrenched by big government welfare and mandates that fringes on individual rights. The enhancement of government, by means of a weak and anemic private sector, has changed America from being an economic promised land to a nation that is being defined by unemployment, joblessness, a divided political front and a lack of efficient leadership at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
It is quite embarrassing and shameful that we currently have a President who does not understand the power of American Exceptionalism. It is quite common for President Obama to travel worldwide “apologizing” for what he perceives to be the flaws and imperfections of America. I wish he would the time to have gratitude for this country. American Exceptionalism is about being what you dream to be. It’s about taking advantage of the fact that America is one of the greatest nations known to mankind and that it flourishes with plenty of opportunities for many individuals to succeed. American Exceptionalism is not about government dependency. While it is quite obvious that the absence of government in its entirety will release a society into total chaos and disorder, it is the notion that government will meet all your needs that has caused many to be apathetic and indolent. American Exceptionalism is about YOU. It is the encouragement to produce good work ethic. It is the blissful reminder that if you dream and believe in God and within oneself, that you can indeed, be what you want to be. It is not about piggybacking off of other’s successes and blessings. It is not about being entitled to something without working hard and diligently for it. American Exceptionalism promotes the idea that America is great and that the power of free will has empowered individuals to become successful in life. The idea of big government necessity is pure selfishness. The fact that many just want to depend on the government to provide them services without putting in the work and effort as others, is not only selfishness, but its robbery from those who have worked diligently in their life.

I refuse to adhere to the thought that government serves as a lifeguard and rescue mission. My success in life is dependent on Almighty God, the encouragement of family & friends, and the effort I personally put in to achieving my goals. Many may perceive this to be an egotistical analysis. On the contrary, it’s the beauty of American Exceptionalism. Don’t ride the coattails of government. Empower YOURSELF.

Andrew Breitbart: An Icon of Heroic Conservatism

Andrew Breitbart

The conservative movement suffered a heart-wrenching loss with the death of blogger and activist Andrew Breitbart. Social networking sites such as Twitter & Facebook, were saturated with memorials, tributes and positive statements of how Breitbart impacted their lives.

Breitbart was indeed an influential and powerful giant among conservatives. He was a force of energy that compelled you to be passionate, energetic and involved. He thrived and excelled in producing the truth. He exposed bigotry and maliciousness and was an excellent example of a sufficient media journalist.

He revealed corruptness, such as ACORN, who was heavily involved with voter fraud. He brought despicable and shameful individuals, such as fmr Rep. Anthony Weiner, to light so that the public was made aware of the distasteful acts they were committing. He challenged the Occupy movement to move beyond their hate and disgust for those who are successful and possess good work ethic, and to move beyond the entitlement mentality and embrace the concept of self- responsibility and individual empowerment.
Breitbart was not afraid to fight. He was not afraid to step onto the battlefield of liberalism and counter the bias left-wing media with conservative principles.

He clearly understood what was at stake. He knew America was the edge of disaster and at the brink of an economic collapse. He understood that this country was being hijacked by a liberal society that did not understand how great America was and wanted us to succumb to European socialism.

Breitbart was not alone in his fight for liberty and freedom. He has a large battalion of fighters, warriors and patriots who are ready to take a stand. There is a large band of individuals who refuse to be a victim to liberalism and imperialism. Breitbart’s love for America and willingness to embrace its beauty is what helps ignite the Tea Party and many other conservatives across this great land.

Breitbart was one voice. Unfortunately, he’ll no longer be able to vocalize the truth. However, he left behind a chorus of many voices. America will hear them roar. Andrew Breitbart, an heroic conservative, just gave excitement and more energy to the many voices out there screaming for liberty and freedom. Paul Revere fired the “shot heard around the world,” but today, Breitbart was the modern day Revere that encouraged conservatives to amplify their voices all around the universe.

The Ministry of Politics

When one takes upon themselves the mantel of ministry, they take upon the role of a servant. Yes, a servant. This is an uncomfortable feeling for many individuals, because it is human nature to want acceptance, moments in the spotlight, and to be embraced with praise and glorification for our various deeds. Yet, with the call of ministry comes the abandonment of self, the crucifixion of pride, and the concluding fact that you are called to serve a cause greater than one’s self.
Ministry, in a religious respective, is an expression of the will of the religious faith. Politics, in theory, is an expression of policy or legislative affairs that should reflect the will of the constituents. Politics is a ministry, in the sense that the elected leaders are called to serve. In essence, they take on the title of “public servants.” In various parts of the international world, the word “ministry” is widely used. For example, we use the terms “Secretary of Defense/Secretary of State” to relate to our nation’s top military advisor and top diplomat. Overseas, the term used to relate to these positions are “Defense Minister and Foreign Minister.” I find this strikingly intriguing in the fact that “minister” is used to imply that government intends to minister, or to reach out through self-less service, to its constituents. Anytime the government takes on the term of “minister” it is responsible for expressing outreach through humility and having a passion for people.
Ministry is all about people and connecting with their needs. The problem with politicians in the current era is that they know of their constituents but there is no connection to their needs. This is displayed through policies and legislative procedures that ignore the will of the people, and through acts that benefits politicians but can put the constituents at an extreme disadvantage. Majority of politicians are seeking to be in the spotlight, serenaded by a paparazzi of television crew, radio talking heads and attempting to divulge the voter into thinking that they are acutely aware of their needs by doing glamorous, but deceptive public relations. The constituent knows when the politicians are sincere and honest with them. They know that when election time is vastly approaching, the politicians will appear to be interested in improving their economic conditions. This, however, is not ministry. Ministry is a CONSTANT process. It does not occur every 2 or 4 years but it is intact every single day. People need encouragement and advice every day. Ministry is being aware of these needs and making yourself available to being a helpful asset. This concept needs to be applied in the political theatre. The voter needs to see and hear from their elected leaders on a constant basis, not just during an election cycle.
Ministry requires outreach to every human soul that desires to have their lives impacted for the better. Ministry does not see race, ethnicity, sex, economic status, or past failures. Yes, ministry outreaches to those who have done deeds that are considered despicable. After all, it’s not what you were it’s what you can become. The political atmosphere can benefit from the aspects of ministry. Instead of particular parties outreaching to certain voting blocs and turning a deaf ear to others, they could simply engage in outreaching to EVERYONE in need. This will bring about more interest and a better engagement in public affairs and policy. When you reach out to everyone, there is a better feeling of overall satisfaction. The failure to reach out to everyone leaves a sense of discontent and the “out of touch” label begins to take its role.
Ministry isn’t about receiving a prestigious award or adoration. Many times your deeds go unnoticed. Many times you will not receive a “thank you” or a pat on the back. Ministry is selfless. It is the willingness to operate with passion and to influence others without asking for anything in return. Politics is about reaching out to others and impacting the lives of voters without looking for political favors or “back door deals.” It is about staying faithful to your values and principals and not abandoning them for fanfare or popularity. It consists of connecting to the people you have been chose t represent without betraying them for greed, corruption and deceit.
If you feel the call of ministry has landed on your shoulders, you must embrace it without turning back. You must be saturated with a burden to impact the lives of those you come in contact with and the willingness to serve people with the humble heart of a servant. For those who want to be a public servant through the political realm, you must stand with conviction and consistently display the principals that your constituents expect out of you. This must be shown through policies and lifestyle as well.
Will politics embrace the role of ministry and reduce selfishness and greed and increase humility and morality? This remains to be seen. In order for politics to be more positively embraced, it must become a ministry.

The Importance of Strengthening the Modern Day Black Family

As we celebrate and acknowledge the significance of Black History Month, we remember those who paved the way for success and progress among the black community. We remember the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote racial equality and to eradicate poverty and injustice. We remember the bravery and courage of Rosa Parks that ignited the Civil Rights Movement. We remember the education visionaries such as Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois.

The task that this generation faces to preserve these legacies and accomplishments is to strengthen the modern day black family. The structure of the family is crucial in meeting social and economical needs.

It is essential and highly imperative that the role of the father be exemplified in black families. Many of the young black men that find themselves shackled to the chains of jails and prisons have lacked a strong father figure in their lives. Fathers provide wisdom, insight, discipline and encouragement. Nobody can serve as a greater role model than a father that is present in their children’s lives. Being a father is much more than being a semen donor. It requires having a consistent and active presence. It’s a father’s unconditional love that not only helps his children as they are growing up, but also allows them to treat other people in society with dignity and respect. A father’s love encourages his children to always dream and pursue their goals, and enthusiastically encourages them to be whatever they set their minds to be.

It’s a father’s discipline and maturity that will teach his children financial structure and how to provide the basic essential needs for their future families.
It is also a father’s spiritual hand of guidance that will instruct his children to depend on Almighty God for strength and refuge in times of adversity and great challenges.
I do want to applaud the strong efforts of the young, single black mother who may have to work multiple jobs to provide for her family. She is strong, relentless and faithful to her family. She possesses the courage to sacrifice her needs to make sure her family has the basic essentials of life. However, this does not excuse the absence of a father figure. A mother’s love and warmth should be complimented by the leadership of the father playing his role as head of his household.

A “perfect” family simply does not exist, whether it’s a black or white household. Every family endures struggles, hardships, emotional turmoil and various differences within the household. However, a strong and cohesive bond between the two-parent catalyst will provide wisdom and enrichment that will last a lifetime.

It is highly encouraging when I see many black students enrolled in college and pursuing good careers. It is indeed a reflection of the American dream to see many black individuals start their own businesses and become successful entrepreneurs. However, my heart does ache for the black families who may live in poverty and do not have access to many financial resources as some do. I believe this is due to a weakened family structure. If the black family structured is broken down, we risk the chance of preserving our history and gains in culture in society. Black history must not be a subject that is examined in history books in February alone, but it is what makes America the strong, diverse and thriving nation that it is. The strengthening of the modern day black family will be a thriving force in America’s greatness.

Mitt Romney: Isolation from Reality

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney recently set off fireworks all across the American heartland when he said, “I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I’ll fix it. I’m not concerned about the very rich. They’re doing just fine. I’m concerned about the very heart of America, the 90-95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling.”

There are two major components of politics: ideology and imagery. Unfortunately, many voters are compelled to put more emphasis on imagery. Americans like their politicians to be fairly good looking, charismatic, charming, kind and of course….relatable. When a politician that is worth 250 million dollars talks about not being concerned with the poor, you can expect a chorus of angry and confused individuals. Let me say this: If you’re never been poor or had to struggle to make ends meet, it will be difficult to relate to those who are poor and encounter financial burdens on a daily basis. In all fairness, I do want to point out that Romney contributes 15% of his income to charity, so it’s a little harsh and naïve to claim that he doesn’t entirely care about the condition of the poor in America. However, perception, to most people, is reality. You can begin with Romney telling voters in Iowa that he was “unemployed”, or his unflattering “I like to fire people” comments. This creates an image of a filthy rich politician that is out of touch with mainstream America. It makes people view him as a plastic individual entrapped within his own comfort zone who is unable to reach out to those who are hurting and in financial despair.

Not only does Mitt have an image problem, but his ideology is questionable. His reference to the poor having a “safety net” is intriguing. He said if it needs to be repaired, he’ll fix it. This is very vague and lacks a concise approach to the problem. This can be interpreted as simply allowing the poor to be complacent and increasingly dependent on big government. Should we be satisfied with just having a “safety net” for the poor, or should we look for ways and ideas to help eradicate poverty, enhance the cost of living, promote ownership, help small businesses, and advocate the message that the American people can live their lives better without the government telling us what to do left and right.

I understand and agree with Romney’s case for helping strengthening the middle class. The problem we are facing is that the middle class is shrinking. The middle class is what is paying for our deficit and debt. What happens when the middle class becomes smaller? Well….they become poorer. If you want to help the middle class, you essentially are helping the poor class.

Mitt Romney, obviously in the upper echelon of wealth and success, cannot simply say he isn’t concerned with the poor. This is not an issue that can simply sit on the shelves. This attitude and approach enhances the dialogue and frustration of disparity and the gap between the rich and poor.
For someone who has been running for President for a second time, Romney has struggled and failed, to this point, to perceive an image of someone who can relate to the “everyday individual” or to the couple who shops at thrift stores and Walmarts.

My message to Mitt Romney: Perception can be reality. If you cannot resonate with the “average Joe”, you will not win the 2012 presidential election. I hate to use an Occupy reference, but it’s possible that 99% of people will agree with this sentiment.

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