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With almost a month before the 2014 General Election, those who politically blog on the Democrat side find the same results about to occur.  The Republicans in Georgia will win again because the Dem base isn’t motivated to come out as they were when President Obama was on the ballot.

But, Obama’s White House is basically on the line.  A fact Democrats fail to mention as they break their necks to get certain former Democrats back.  Hey, take care of home first or nothing else is relevant.  While the traditional campaigns and party operations are doing what they do, someone like bloggers and activists should be firing up the base with pure bullet points about what is on the table with this election…Senate control, impeachment, stand your ground laws, minimum wage, voter suppression, job creation, education reform.

The bloggers at Peanut Politics blog and Projectlogiaga blog have the same discussions about using new media in an edgy way every election year. “Oh, what we could not do with a nominal budget.”  What about radio ads like the following:

 

It’s Fall 2014 but let me tell you about last Spring.  When they thought no one was listening, Republican leaders plotted impeaching President Obama or at least humiliating him for his last two years in office because the president and Democrats put working families and jobs before corporations and fat cats.  We can’t let them control Congress.  

The despicable Republicans were even discussing forcing kids who receive free lunch to clean the schools for their meals.  These are the people who created the “Stand Your Ground” laws and fight increasing the minimum wage.  We stop them by voting and making sure that everyone we know votes early—that’s the best protest.  For more on turning anger into action google _______ and join our facebook page.

 

“Should have, would have, could have” makes for a rough Thanksgiving every other year.  But hope springs eternal and I still think that it will occur to someone that the “unlikely” voters who came out for Obama twice can still tip the scales this year if they are motivated properly and quickly.   I think the traditional efforts have the organization, scheduled events and volunteers.  But, their message and approached wasn’t design by people who know these streets and rural roads like us.  They don’t know what hits home hard and fast or what resonates with regular folks.

It’s like too late for anything except radio spots and that’s rough because 10K in meetup events with t-shirts could have produced earned media and might have been the need sparkplug or catalyst.

Below are a few of the blog post from this summer which outline possible bullet points.

http://projectlogicga.com/2014/08/03/cant-bear-itproperly-channeled-anger/

 

http://projectlogicga.com/2014/08/08/could-lil-john-impeach-for-what-put-a-fire-under-the-peach-state/

 

http://projectlogicga.com/2014/09/08/1-peter-chapter-2-respect-the-office-of-the-president-gop-and-dem-plantations/

 

http://projectlogicga.com/2014/06/07/questions-before-the-georgia-senate-runoff/

The Roosevelts Knew the People

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After watching Ken Burns long documentary on the Roosevelts, one key point remained with me.  TR, FDR and ER asked people what they were thinking rather than telling them what to think like current Republicans and Democrats.

One voter remarked that FDR was the first president who realized that my boss is a son of a b-tch.  As President Franklin Roosevelt’s funeral procession past, a man dropped to his knees while crying.  When asked if he knew the president, the man said “no, but he knew me.”  There it is.  How many of the 2014 candidates truly know the people.  Some might argue that Roosevelts, Kennedys, Bushes and even Obamas are fancy Ivy Leaguers who learned the aspects of “regular people’s struggles.”  But, Truman and Clinton were intimately familiar with the grind in the heartland.

I want to add a new twist to the “but he knew me” notion based on our current president and the next person to occupy the office.  Barrack Obama isn’t a regular person because he is such a good guy.  When he speaks, he speaks of the righteous America we should be ideally rather than the rough America we are.  By rough, I mean the America where not everyone is a hero and doing his/her best.  To be honest, some people suck and we can’t move forward until we make a real assessment of our situation.  The folks who won the Second World War might have been the greatest generation but a significant percentage of today’s population is weak and of questionable character.

Who is the 2016 presidential candidate with TR’s guts because a reality check should be priority one.  President Obama and the first lady will have a lot to say “on the real” after leaving office and their future actions will be wonderful.

I am afraid that the day after the November 2014 election, the Democrats will be crestfallen about the weak Black voter turnout….which would cost them the U.S. Senate and facilitate Obama’s impeachment.  If the candidates knew me/us, voter turnout wouldn’t be an issue.  But, they are talking with the wrong people.  We could use Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt in the next 30 days.  When Truman asked her what he could do for her, she replied “is there anything we can do for you? For you are the one in trouble now.”

The best Eleanor Roosevelt quote is “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent…and the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.”  But, you have to love that Teddy Roosevelt.  When a Tammy Hall political boss said he would kill TR and put him in a blanket, TR went up to him and said, “By God! MacManus, I hear you are going to too me in a blanket.  By God! If you try anything like that, I’ll kick you, I’ll bite you, I’ll kick you in the balls, I’ll do anything to you—you’d better leave me alone.”  MacManus backed down.

The ice cold TR quote is about those who choose to get in the arena and fight.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. 

 

http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/the-roosevelts

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Heston at the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C with Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte.

My daily devotion today covered 1 Peter 2: 13-14.  “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.  For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.”

Would someone kindly explain to me how some southerners ignored federal laws since the end of the Civil War whenever they pleased?  It continues in some form to this day.  Gangbangers and thugs are un-American to me and these southerners are also.  I could put them in the same category as the Klan, the Taliban, ISIS, and the mafia.  Okay, that’s being a little dramatic but I am rightfully ticked off at these folks.

“Charlton Heston is my president” read the bumper sticker in the 1990s.  Really?  Bill Clinton was the president and you fools are pissed because he won the elections fair and square.  Of course, Heston was leader of the NRA at the time and back in the day he earned cool points for being in the civil rights fight with MLK and company.  But, the NRA crowd should play like that; it’s borderline treason while being protected free speech.

George Bush “became” president over Al Gore in a questionable election—the most questionable in history.  But, Bush was still my president because I respect the democratic process.  Barrack Obama wins two elections yet the Right uses every dirty trick in the book to undermine him and his supposedly Kenyan White House.  The cherry on top is the effort the suppress voting by these people who evidently shouldn’t be voting.  Again, we are talking about un-American activities and I think limiting people’s right to vote fits in that category.

So, what’s the best reaction to these actions?  Voting and standing up for yourself.  You know, President Obama is such a nice guy; he might actually be too nice.  As he says, he is a thin guy but he is tough.  Well, the tough guy has some supporters who are rough in a good way.  Without dancing around with floury talk, we need to speak to the regular folks about what the Right does and says when they think no one is watching.  It would be so sweet to see the look on their faces when they realize that “unlikely voters” voted.  President Obama might be bracing for two years of hell if the Republicans take the U.S. Senate but we aren’t going to let that happen.  You don’t get to humiliate his gentleman because those who put him in office didn’t follow-up by voting for the House and Senate.

Not so fast!  The far Left is a zany as the far Right.  Once and for all, the government cannot provide housing and food for everyone forever—that would be socialism, not democracy.  The government should hopefully working toward the fair opportunity for every American to achieve a nice life but (as Prince sang in “Pop Life”) everyone can’t be on top.  The nice life goes to those who put in the work and kept it clean.

In my community, we are always talking about the ongoing plantation in America.  Yet, some people dream about a second Civil War that will get us back to pre-1865—do you really think private ownership of military weapons is for home protection and hunting.  Oh, those weapons for hunting all right but not whitetail deer (I better stop writing here.)

But, the Democratic Party feels like a plantation also in a different way.  How Black is that party in Dixie but the decisions and power rest with the few in the big house.  The old saying goes “who is in the room when the money is counted.”  I love it; not who was on the stage or who holds office.  Mr. Charlie is still running the South at the end of the day so let’s hope he is pleasant.

We should end this blog post by continuing with 1 Peter Chapter 2.

1As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.

17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.

19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.

20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.

21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps.

Time for a Mighty Blow

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On the movie Soul Food, the grandmother made a brilliant point about fingers coming together to form a fist that could strike a mighty blow.  Of course, the five fingers are the members of the family.  As southerners, we should consider five points that could greatly improve our region by changing how all of us “carry ourselves.”

Some of us are living smarter than others but we can’t sink while others float because we are all in the same big boat.  The actions and shortcomings of some prove costly to the taxpaying others.  In the Black community, we are transitioning from the civil rights era “marched with MLK” leaders to new leaders who recognized that personal development and financial planning are as vital as social justice.

The defining image of Project Logic Ga blog is a rural bridge that takes us from one place to a better place.  I think two rural bridges could be Senator Rand Paul and my former boss Sanford D. Bishop.   While Senator Paul’s international isolationism is questionable, he is the conservative/libertarian who is most open to dialoging with everyone about public policy.  I still feel that Republicans treat everyone else like children—making laws and policies without opposition input.

Rep. Bishop has had a nice political career but it has been in many ways too safe.  The guy is a brain and was an eagle scout.  I don’t think Sanford Bishop and President Barrack Obama have don’t enough hard talking to Americans about their personal growth and what young people can learn from their proper development.  I am one moderate/centrist who thinks the government has a limited role in everyday living and that leaders should say that.  As Justice Clarence Thomas’s grandfather said, you don’t need to government coming into your house asking if you fed your children today.

Bishop reads a page of text in 10 to 15 seconds.  So, he should take an afternoon to read this entire blog—all 500 plus post.  He could then singlehandedly craft the knowledge-based message about how we are wrong and what should be done about it.  Of course, he has always known what was wrong but Democrats are about the business of giving poor folks the impression that government can help them.  Liberals helping regular folks by pouring money into problems isn’t helping.  Actually, kids have kids far too early because they feel that the government will provide.  Mark my word, the Obamas post-presidential efforts on personal living of Americans will be as significant as their historic time in the White House.

I have always thought that candidate Obama learned more about rural America from watching Rep. Bishop than he learned from any other member of the Congressional Black Caucus.  The crowning achievement of Bishop’s career, his legacy, should be the bridge he builds to our southern future with his book and speaking tour.  You know Rep. Bishop will mention one of his favorite Bible scriptures, Luke 12: 48, For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.  That passage expresses Bishop’s public service and the best could be yet to come because a mighty blow must be struck first.

I want to outline the mighty blow mentioned earlier in bullet form.  In a discussion, I wonder if I could hit five points with five minutes each.  I bet I could do five points in five minutes total.

  1. Education: learn 24/7; education is formal and informal; informal involves good grammar at home, educational TV channels and life lessons from elders. Hard to unlearn bad habits.  All legal work is good; continue to learn on the job.

 

  1. Faith: You must believe in something or you will fall for anything. Life is God’s gift to you and what you do with your life is your gift to God.  Church kids know how to sit, listen and learn.  Bible is a manual for living.  Respect others’ faith.  Try to faith walk 24/7.

 

  1. Nature: Can’t break the rules of nature. Being free is natural; no jail.  Illegal drugs are unnatural and legal drugs should be limited if possible.  Committed relationships are natural…husband/wife.  Grow old together.  Free milk and the cow.  Avoid the struggle but adversity builds character.  Appreciate natural resources and wonders.

 

  1. Health: Eating right, exercise and rest. Much water.  Burn all of your calories.  Cut “To Die For” Foods.  Adjust soul food: Low fat, fatback.  Don’t self-medicate.  Respect emotional and mental health also. Bullets hurt.

 

  1. Loyalty: Mean what you say and say what you mean. Keep your vows or don’t make them.  Actions honor faith, family, nation, region, race and self.  Surround yourself with positive likeminded people.  Be loyalty to yourself with positive actions; don’t be your own worst enemy.

Voting: the Best Protest

Some Americans actually feel that they are more American than others.  When those other Americans get wind of that notion, they often blow off being productive, engaged members of society and live as part of a sub or counter culture.  In these subcultures, the people are at war with the government and particular the police.  Really?  You hate local, state and federal government as the enemy.  Some of that distrust fuels what we are seeing in Ferguson, Missouri.

First, we must still teach young Black men to “come home to night and wake up in the morning.”  Yes, you have the right to not be attacked unlawful by the police or a Stand Your Ground zealot.  But, you should consider defusing the situation while mentally recording the injustice so big lawsuits can be filed in the future.

I am going to ask a risky question: how does someone who is benefiting from “temporary” government assistance not voting?  They should be the first people to vote. Secondly, voting out the elected officials who make bad laws and oversee the police is one of the best forms of protest—mess with their power and paychecks.

Conservatives have some good points about the limited role of government but they turnoff everyday people by allowing the nuttiest in their ranks to run the show.  The worst method of the far Right involves discouraging elected officials’ dialog with the other side.

While we are in this election season, we should watch the Democrats botch the opportunity to get our community voting and engaged.  If they listened to (and funded) my political friends and me, the face of the electorate would change for the better and more Americans would be at the discussion table.

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Georgia Senate hopeful David Perdue just announced that his focus will be the policies of the Obama Administration.  Perdue simply could have ran out the clock in our Red state and likely gone home with a win.  But, this decision to make the Senate race more about President Obama than Michelle Nunn could put the peach state on fire in a way not seen since General Sherman’s march to the sea.  To use another military parallel, it’s like Germany in World War II opening an eastern front with giant Russia.  Why wake a sleeping giant?

The sleeping giant in the peach state would be the infrequent voters who almost gave Obama Georgia in 2008.  How do you get them back out in 2014 because their numbers coupled with the fact that Georgia has only sent two women to congress in 50 years could give Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter wins.  Carter and Nunn are running their own races without being on Obama’s coattails but that doesn’t stop Obama supporters from rallying to the defense of our guy.

Lawd, the Republicans want to impeach the president.  For what?!   I need Lil John to remix his club tune “Turn Down For What” to “Impeach For What.”  We should look at recent presidents who weren’t impeach after questionable actions but Clinton and Obama get impeach for what?  Nonsense.

The peach state will be a fire behind im”peach”ment and a dozen other issues that the GOP think we didn’t hear during the primary season.  It’s not about political parties for me because I am a Democrat moderate who just voted in the GOP primary.  I support reasonable member of that party but finding them has become as difficult as finding peaches out of season.

The far right wants to humiliate President Obama for two years or until they impeach him from office.   If people who supported his election stand idly during this mess, they should be shame.  And don’t get me started on Stand Your Ground and free lunch kids cleaning schools.  Oh yea, David Perdue is going to need to respond to Jack Kingston’s comments.  The Democrats have energy but I am afraid the need folks like me to stoke the fire correctly.

Columnist E. J. Dionne recently wrote a nice one about where the Republicans of old have gone.  Yes, conservatives once were decent people with serious opinions about government and American life.  When they entered the political arena, they debated matters fairly and respected the decisions that were made; decisions that often included many of their positions.

In recent years, far right talk radio and a T.V. network that rhymes with lox have juiced regular people up with wild theory after wild theory.  To put the cherry on top, they have convinced their folks to never listen to the other side and have dared elected officials to compromise as statesmen.  Wait, wait,wait…then they decide that their faith (which is also my faith) is the official faith of this nation—a decision that seems to be in direct contradiction to the intent of the framers of the United States Constitution.  Oh yea, and what are all these Native Americans doing here…and why don’t Black folks go back to Africa….how did they get here in the first place.

People are correct when they say that President Reagan couldn’t be a modern conservative. On the other hand, the Democrats have some adjusting to do also.  They spend too much government money on people who mess up over and over again—generation after generation.  You would think that those Americans would take the time to vote.  You know what: if every adult who had free school lunch at any point would vote, Democrats would control every state house in Dixie.

The question is which party will improve first and secure the support of the growing disillusioned political center.  Clearly, the Democrats will because they welcome to the table those with different points of view.

The elections in November will be an effort by Democrats to regain the missing White blue-collar voters.  Conservative Democrats shouldn’t be an oxymoronic term because those White voters bring to the table the sensibility of rural folks before the far Right told them not to speak with anyone else.

 

 

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