Restoring the Heart of America

This past week, throughout our long history, has seen a great deal of bloodshed, frustration, confusion, fear, anger, and turmoil. Law Enforcement vs. the People and visa versa. So many lives have been take on both sides. There is no question both sides need to answer for these grivences, and our justice system needs many reforms

One of the major disconnects we face is the lower socioeconomic status of many minorities. This creates a negative stereotype that suddenly connects the color of one’s skin to their pocketbook, their zip code—to their worth. 

We can change this. Jack Kemp gave us the solution many years ago. Economic Development Zones for our most disadvantaged communities. In lifting every American’s quality of work, education, and life can we take America forward and truly realize the dreams of our forefathers. 

Turning our poorest cities into our brightest can solve a plethora of issues we face: minority unemployment, home ownership among minorities, quality of schools—quality of life will rise. Dignity for every American.

This police brutality must end and so must the anti-police sentiments. We must not give heed to the voices that wish to divide us. We must work to raise the quality of life for every American. In doing so, I think we’ll see the out-of-wedlock births fall and the incarceration rate fall among minority communities. But that can only happen when we lift them up instead of tearing them down. Giving them a hand, not giving them the finger.

And maybe one day, #BlackLivesMatter won’t just refer to the young men and women taken from us by police brutality and gang violence but the black lives that never make it out of the mother alive. What about those lives? In an edition of The Atlantic: “An African-American woman is almost five times likelier to have an abortion than a white woman, and a Latina more than twice as likely, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” It doesn’t have to be that way. As a nation we can provide the moral foundation and support to change the tide, give every life meaning, and every woman respect and dignity. 

Back to this belief in growing the middle class through economic freedom, Conservatism, has the potential to cure these ills. Conservatism can save the American family. Fiscal prudence and financial literacy will take us out of debt, personal and national.  Giving millions of Americans a chance at achieving the American Dream.

Because no American should have to doubt the validity of their hopes, dreams, or asperations because of the color of their skin or the uniform they wear. We can overcome the odds and stack the deck in the favor of justice and personal freedom. There are millions of stories, stories that shine upon the triumphs of human spirit. 

This crisis we face is one of the heart. Are we, the American people, capable of delivering on the promise we made to one another on July 4th, 1776? That everyone has the right to “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”? Of ensuring that a “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not parish from this earth.” We can deliver on that promise and secure the blessings of liberty, but it must be for all. Not just some. 

What do you think? Am I off base? Share your perspective with me in the comments below! 

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One teen’s take on our economy

This was not written by me*. It was originally a Facebook post and the author agreed to let me post it.
*note links were added to enhance reader experience

“Status Quo is Latin for “the mess we’re in”
By Hannah Kavelak

So… information was released stating the economy contracted by 1%, but apparently it’s “no big deal.” Ridiculous.

If our economy is so weak that bad weather can make it spiral down, then there’s a big problem. However, severe winter is not all to blame.
I found it notable to add that with the implementation of the healthcare law, ObamaCare, the economy shrank. Of course it would. When people’s insurance bills become higher and more expensive than they were before to pay for those who don’t have to pay, less money is going to be spent on consumer goods.

This is (as monthly reports have come in stating consumer spending is down) catastrophic to the economy, since 2/3 of the economy is supported by consumer spending.

The continuation and further redistribution of wealth also prohibits growth. A lack of an incentive to work lingers, because people can choose to live off of welfare rather than work.

I’ve probably said this before**, but it’s worth saying again:

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.
2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.
3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!
5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.
Daniel J. Mitchell**

So how to fix it?

Of course, the big thing is to cut spending drastically. However, that can’t be done overnight; a quick reduction of trillions of dollars swiftly would be so shocking to the fragile economy, there would probably be another recession. Like with someone addicted to some drug or medication, it has to be reduced gradually, less they experience withdraw or shock.
Repeal the Healthcare law. It benefits the minority by hurting the majority. Also, the continuing centralization of government control over many things in our lives is incredibly dangerous.

All it takes is a corrupt leader (not exactly a tyrant, or dictator, but someone corrupted) to make one move, and in the blink of an eye, affect all 320 million of us negatively. Rights can be reduced, bills can be hiked, freedoms can be taken away with the manipulative words of one person.
Reduction in taxes for all (A dream!). If government spending ever gets under control, reducing taxes for every class would be beneficial. If citizens have more money in their pockets instead of giving it to government, it can be spent on consumer goods and boost consumer spending, thus bringing up the economy greatly. (As stated before, those 2/3!)

Bring back jobs here. Re-shore. Make it more attractive to businessmen to keep their companies here rather than in poorer countries overseas.
Energy independence. Why not have the Keystone Pipeline? Fracking is booming currently; keep it up. Using our own resources means we won’t have to buy it from other countries.

Complete overhaul of the welfare system. An outstanding number of people living off of food stamps and taxpayer money is never good for any country. It creates dependency and reduces revenue. Make it more difficult to get on welfare.

A Lost Dream?

On August 28th, it is the 50th Anniversary of MLK Jr’s “I have a Dream” Speech. This is such a momentous occasion. I’d say its almost as famous and as well known as Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

What’s the Dream?

Lets refresh ourselves with the enlightening words of Dr. King.

“I have a dream that little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
~ Martin Luther King Jr.

He dreamed that there would be an equal playing field for all people of color.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal.”

Not that we’d have a “War on Poverty” that would amount in Billions in Government Aid but give African Americans the opportunities to be prosperous. What we should seek is an equality in opportunity, NOT in result. It’s simply not how liberty works.

Define these “Opprotunites”

Education.

Remember George Wallace?

“Segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever!”
~George Wallace

During this time schools where segregated by race. And we know the “Black or Colored” Schools were not equal next to their racial counterparts.

The comparative quality of education among rich and poor districts is still often the subject of dispute. While middle class African-American children have made good progress; poor minorities have struggled. With school systems based on property taxes, there are wide disparities in funding between wealthy suburbs or districts, and often poor, inner-city areas or small towns. “De facto segregation” has been difficult to overcome as residential neighborhoods have remained more segregated than workplaces or public facilities.

Now in this age of technology, every American, white or black, can obtain great amounts of knowledge. There is a world of knowledge in the palm of your hands. Never more in our country’s history has there been such an equal playing field of knowledge to build on and get ahead.

So what’s the hold up.

Our politically correct society, we have held back the wheels of progress by not looking any further than our brothers’ skin color… Depending which side of the political spectrum you’re on.

The Content of Character?

Who’s got more character?

Jay-Z?

“Uh, yo don’t get mad at me
I don’t love ’em I f**k ’em
I don’t chase ’em I duck ’em
I replace ’em with another one
You had to see she keep calling me BIG
And my name is Jay-Z
She be all on my d**k
Gradually I’m taking over your b***h
Coming over your s**t”
– Song “Is that yo b***h?

Or Congressman Tim Scott?

“I just dove into the Scriptures and started memorizing different scriptures and started becoming as much as possible a part of the scripture. I wanted it to be grafted into my heart.”

President Obama “weighs in”

“Every time I talk to Jay-Z, who is a brilliant talent and a good guy, I enjoy how he thinks,”
says Obama
Rolling Stones 2008

“Nuff Said”

We have a long way to go for Dr. King’s Dream to become a reality.
But it’s gotta start in our hearts. We’ve got to forgive the past and look forward to a bright future full of opportunities and prosperity, but were holding ourselves back when we discuss race relations in America like Birmingham happened yesterday. It starts today. Let it begin with you and me.

Comment your thoughts below and you can always email me at thebiquefactor@gmail.com

A Changing World

When you see someone, a girl in this case, post things like this on social media

“Society can’t tell you what you are. Because this is the same society that tells you abortion is wrong, but then looks down on you for being a teenage parent…

Governments that preach peace, but endorse wars.”

I felt the need to comment.

“Abortion is wrong because that’s a child’s life, but children shouldn’t be having children. Because they can’t support it on their own and it reflects on their upbringing.

Governments are supposed to protect people (I’m doubting ours right now) and when people drive planes into buildings what are you going to do? Send chocolates and flowers?

I get it, though, your frustration because Compassion is much more powerful than Condemnation.

Luckily there’s something we can do as young adults.

Hold ourselves to a higher moral standard and do the same for our children one day. There’s hope for our world. And it begins with you and me!

Chin up.”

Then it got me thinking..

What is going on with our society?

She has a point. Doesn’t she?

Hundreds of Girls get pregnant before they are married or out of high school.

Luckily the statistics are changing for the better, but it’s no where near where it should be.

And please click that link above.

There’s one statistic that DISGUSTS me as a man.

8 out of 10 teen dads don’t marry the mother of their child.

That. That is wrong.

Let me talk about the Government.

In today’s times, despite whatever actions brought us here, we are the military power of the world and it comes with dire responsibility.

Whether or not you believe we should have such a large military presence, that’s not going to change, but is true?

“Governments that preach peace, but endorse wars.”

Is the Government looking out for us?

Our troops?

We’ve tasked the government with so many things its loosing control.

The IRS harasses citizens because of their political views.
The NSA invades our privacy in the name of security by sacrificing our liberties.
The Supreme Court infringes every religion with a recent ruling on top of disregarding the Constitution on a regular basis.
Our Justice Department is no longer interested in justice and liberty but in political correctness and race biting.
A President who leads from behind, blatantly LIES to the American people and has no integrity whatsoever.
A Vice President who is a total IDIOT.

“three letter word, JOBS J. O. B. S.” Joe Biden

We have a state department that ignores security threats, carelessly letting men die, then shriveling away from our enemies giving them a sense of satisfaction.

Is war abroad the real question?

Seems to me, it roots right here.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

Things can change. But it starts with YOU.

How the Economy Works

For a course on “Advancing Free Societies” I’ve been assigned to write an article on Trade.

Have you ever lined upright dominos, one in front of the other? And if you have you know if you knock n down the rest will be knocked down one by one.

Well that’s basically trade. Hundreds of things effect our markets. In this video it shows you how diners can affect the production of pencils.

Lets build off that. The wood that makes the pencil.

Comes from a tree.
A lumber company must cut down said tree.
Now they have to buy materials do to cut it down
Now dozens of others markets get involved (construction, automobile, buzz-saw, ect)

Here’s we’re the diner comes in.

Workers had to dine during breaks so local businesses are now affected.
The invest into local economies.

Now that lumber must be:
Transported
Processed
Shipped

So now, you have HUNDREDS of markets involved in the making of a simple pencil.

Our free market is incredible, beautiful, complex, and intricate.
Something not to be taken for granted.