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! 

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.

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Racial Bias in America

Not too long ago, the whole world stopped to listen to the Martin-Zimmerman Case. The “African American Community” took to the streets, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson were outraged. The President of the United States even threw in his two cents

“Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago,” Obama told White House reporters in a surprise appearance at the daily briefing.

He even said this!

“If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” Obama said

On August 22, as the Huffington Post reports

A WWII veteran who fought at the Battle of Okinawa, where he took a bullet to the leg and continued fighting, was beaten to death by two teens Wednesday night.

He happened to have beaten to death by two African Americans.

Why is there no Outrage?

Where is the President?

Where’s Jesse Jackson?

Where’s Al Sharpton?

Nowhere to be found.

BUT WAIT! There’s More!

Fox News Reported:

Officials say 22-year-old Christopher Lane, who was visiting the U.S. on a baseball scholarship at East Central University, was jogging along a road in Duncan, Okla., after visiting his girlfriend on Friday when he was shot in the back.

Who are the suspects?

Two African Americans and a Caucasian.

But Why?

“For the Fun of it.”

WHERE’S THE OUTRAGE?

Well….
We have this..

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“It’s frowned upon.”

THAT’S IT.

No rallies, nothing.

The hypocrisy is intense.

What are you getting at Bique?

The President wants a “National Conversation” on race relations.

Lets Have One.

But he’s got to condemn any violence that’s not in selfdefense. He’s got to promote active parenting. He’s got to bind the nations wounds and let go of our nation’s racial past and look forward (his 2012 campaign slogan) to a brighter and more prosperous future where we all play our part.

We’re practically brothers and sisters. Us in America. We grow up together and experience similar things. And to be degraded to second grade fighting and immaturity is ridiculous. We are supposed to be “One Nation”, I mean we are the United States. Not the Confederate States or the Segregated States or anything else. We lose respect in around the World when we are seen going at odds with each other. What makes us the Land of the Free when our Government tries to dictate certain religious ceremonies and having to argue for the life of an unborn child? What makes us the home of the Brave when thugs kill decorated soldiers, who fought for their freedoms and prosperity, in cold blood? What type of society are we when we can’t see our brothers character past the color of his skin?

Lets have a National Conversation. But lets have an intelligent and unbiased one as well. Lets put our differences and our grievances aside for the better, the prosperity, the unity and moreover, the future of this great nation.

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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.