Month: July 2018

Dereliction of Duty: The Failure of The Republican Congress

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When will Republicans in Congress do their jobs? It’s a question that seems to grow in relevance with each passing day. This is the party that likes to wrap its self in the American flag whenever it is politically convenient, the “Make America Great Again”, crowd.  When, I wonder, will the Republicans in Congress and in the Senate, and I’m not talking about the ones on their way out the door going to put the country they all claim to love so much above Donald Trump and his staunch supporters?

The answer is becoming clear, never. Not as long as the Republican base supports Donald Trump no matter what he says or does. Until then we as a nation will careen from one crisis to the next becoming weaker and more isolated in the world. It is obvious to almost everyone that it is more important to the Republican politicians to hold on to their jobs than protect the American people and our American way of life from an unhinged and out-of-control President.

With each passing day, the evidence that Donald Trump is compromised and is trying to derail the Mueller investigation is less theory and more fact. America is under attack and those elected in the Republican Party are refusing to protect us from Russian hackers and dare I say the President of the United States. Donald Trump, his unwavering supporters, and the Republican Party as it stands at this moment are a clear and present danger to the United States and our American way of life.

After watching Trump’s betrayal of our country and our allies in Helsinki and on the world stage, and his subsequent behavior after returning to American I’m compelled to  write about it. Vladimir Putin ordered the attacked on our elections and may have influenced the outcome of the election and is trying to do it again in the coming mid-term elections.

I can only hope that in November our country will have a new majority in the United States Congress. A Congress that will stand up to Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.

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We Are Not So Divided

 

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There is a so-called civil war on the rise in the black community. Is it real or is it just another device used by those in power to keep us divided and therefore, weakened? I don’t know if I would call it a civil war but there is certainly a divide between black people with a college education and those that only have a high school diploma or less.

Let me be clear, I’m not saying that one group is better than the other. What I am saying is that there are those who have their sights set on the future and there are others who are content to complain. In a perfect world, all black people would want to pursue a college education and attend an established university, but college may not be the right choice for some. There are other options, such as vocational schools, which offer valuable trade training that can prepare a person to succeed by providing them with the necessary skills and knowledge that they will need to get a good paying job.

 

That isn’t to say that having a college degree is the beginning and end to all, but in this day and age, a person must have more than a simple high school diploma or GED under their belt. Nowadays, more and more companies are seeking college graduates with degree’s, especially those with a master’s degree. We need to push our community to do better and work harder, not just settle for whatever comes our way. Change, however, doesn’t happen overnight. If we want to see more black folks in leadership and corporate positions, then we need more members of our community to pursue a higher education. Protesting, prayer, and boycotting is effective in some ways but in the end, it will only take you so far. We must do more than complain about the state of the black community and start doing things that will bring about change in the community.

You can’t complain about not being offered the job if you go into the interview unprepared and not qualified for the job that you seek. We can’t expect more from our community without giving more to it. If we want to stop police brutality against young African American men and women, we need to get more African men and women on the police force. If we want to change the judicial system, we need more African American judges and attorneys to work within that system. If we want economic power, we must support locally black-owned businesses. If we want social change, we must vote in federal and more importantly local elections.

Protest without action to back it up will has little to no effect. Let our voices be our power. The divide-and-conquer tactic is as old as conflict itself. There are differences within the black community for sure, we are not a monolithic group, but we are certainly not as divided as they would have us believe.