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The Best Interests Initiative seeks to give the public and policymakers the non-governmental solutions to problems that end up requiring governmental responses and taxpayers’ money.  You could say BII is budget neutral if not budget zero because it’s about getting policymakers to acknowledge that not all answers come from them.  Actually, that acknowledgement could lead to a reversal of mindset; a future where governmental involvement is reduced and consequently governmental spending.

Listen to BII: If reading nine blog posts is long for some, the PC and smartphone offer the opportunity to cut and paste the text of the individual post and listen to them.  Cool.

System Speech for computers

http://melvindev.com/apps/system-speech/

@ Voice Reader Aloud for smartphones

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hyperionics.avar

Background:  Destroying the opposition and holding power are the primary missions of political parties.  Improving this nation comes as an afterthought.  During the last few decades, the political arena has become a battlefield and the American people are the ultimate losers.

Mission:  The Best Interest Initiative (BII) was created to add a supplemental discussion/purpose to the public policy debate.  The BII concept is simple: governmental policies do not address many of the problems in the community and the nation but no one admits that fact.  The mission of BII is to educate everyone on non-governmental options and solutions by creating a platform for discussions that include everyone.

For Future Candidates:  It’s clear that the body politics and policy needs some new ideas.  Well, BII could be the I.V. that pumps good medicine.  Those who follow politics know the names being toss around as “who’s next” when current leaders retire or move up to different positions.   Some say the Dem and GOP benches are thin but I say not so because I know prep moves when I see them.

My advice to candidates is to slowly build your network and credentials but also come to the people with something fresh, outside the box and something solutions –based.   Something like the Best Interests Initiative.  I think of the BII as being a middle/centrists version of the TEA Party or the Contract With America….or better, what the Blue Dogs really say after retirement.

For Democrats: BII could open the door to moderates and centrists who think the party has been pulled too far left.

For Republicans:  Aspects of BII grew from talks with my disenchanted Black conservative friends who feel their party has the correct objective but approaches problems with ugly, brutish methods.

For the Sensible Center: BII is an education movement to compassionately outline a fresh approach to living better with less governmental involvement.

Goal: BII has the lofty goal of having 1,000 readers before March 2016.  At some point, someone with some juice is going to read BII and say “this is it…this is hot.”

http://projectlogicga.com/best-interests-initiative/    and the link is a tab at the top of projectlogicga blog.

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Best Interests Initiative    Power point show

Best Interests Initiative –Outline

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Solutions

Desired result/build Backwards

B.I.I.- non-governmental solutions to community problems that create governmental actions.

Key Topics

Education/Career Training– Education is the foundation of a nice life.

No bad legal job

24/7 Grammar

Cost of College

Hoop Dreams

Military Education Option

Networking/The Hustle

Straight To Work Option

Hip Hop Music and Culture – Rap is an art form and artist should be free.  Musical sub-culture leads to choices which lead to financial consequences.

Proper Context

Art imitating life

Life imitating art

Hip is a Culture

Dress and Speech (Employability)

“Old men for counsel; young men for war.”

1 Kings 12:8

Music Executives/Klan’s work

Solutions

Music/Cultural Decisions

2nd Thessalonians 3:10-15

Law/Freedom  What’s more important than freedom?

Would you rather be a slave in 1815 or an inmate in 2015?

Put it on the scale.

Bill Badass- no one tells him what to do

Closet living

Cost of Prisons- big governmental budget item

$21,000 for Georgia inmate in 2011

$90,000 for Georgia Juvenile offender

Other freedoms

Reporting to government

Alcohol, drug and food addictions

Financial Freedom

Basic Law 101

Ignorance is not an excuse

Civil, Criminal, Torts, Property And Family Law

Two hour Intro to Law for Youth

Home Economics/Housing Everything starts at home/Home Training

Home = Small Business

Home Business Plan

Investing- college cost, homeownership

Training- etiquette, faith walk, dinner table discussions

Research- Successful families, DIY Home Improvement, Useful T.V.

Development- building stronger kids, parents who learn from other’s wisdom, family sacrifice for career opportunities

Risk Management- Nipping problems in the bud, surrounding family with positive people in healthy environments, particular about schools.

Savings/Financial Foundation- untouchable nest egg, retirement program at work, struggle-free living

Marketing- Networking positive constructive people who witness your solidness, dating people who enhance your life

Human Resources- family members are new employees/partners, exhaustive interview process, detailed research of history and experience

Home Ownership

House is 2nd biggest investment

Renting is buying for someone else

Appreciable Asset

Means – Don’t bite off more than you can chew

House Poor/Counting Chickens

Struggle, Stretch, Strain

Struggle is part of life

Constantly Stretching Money

Financial and Emotional Strain

Conspicuous Consumption/Bling

Smart Financial Planning

$3,000 Rims on $2,000 car

Air Jordans at the Bus Stop

Lump Sum / Earned Income Tax Credit

 Public Policy Arena Agenda Everyone has an agenda/staying paid

Eye for detecting agendas

Teachers’ Union – Johnny Can’t Read

Georgia Peanuts

Activists- sincere or love drama

Gun Control

Press as Activists

Right Wing Media and Hip Hop Culture

Negative Energy = Opportunistic Agenda

Psalms 1:1  Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

Psalm 1:6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Tail Wagging the Dog

Conflict and Demonization = ratings and money

Presidential Candidates Building a Brand

Hip Hop Industry – worse than the Klan

Do anything for more money

Music executives get the real money

East money for thugs and dancers isn’t easy

Role of Government/Unhealthy Liberal Agenda

Federal Government should protect everyone’s rights

Temporary Assistance leads to Entitlement Mentality

Does assistance limit doing for self?

Are city liberals’ agenda healthy for rural communities?

Every voice at the table

Far Right and Far Left too vocal

Justice Clarence Thomas’s Grandfather : Keep the government out of your business

Summary:

Everyone has an agenda

Develop Agenda Detection Capabilities

Compare and Contrast

Personal Responsibility  Choices, Decisions and Consequences

Government can’t fix everything

Solutions start with personal responsibility

Own what you did

Conservative Movement P.R. movement failed: Too Mean

Positive Encouragement

Speaker Newt Gingrich’s federal government limited role: fair playing field

Prosperity determined by actions

If your life stinks, what did you do or didn’t you do

Choices, Decisions and Consequences

Does governmental involvement encourage risky decision-making?

Deliberation –  big choices require a slow well-researched decision-making process

Focus – implement and execute decisions

Family Engineering – who had a baby with whom at what time and under what financial conditions

Self-analysis – look in the mirror

Faith and the Moral Compass

Faithless people – costly circumstances

Why God allows suffering?  Earthly Heaven

Moral Compass = Act Right

Matthew 22:35-40 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,

Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

This is the first and great commandment.

And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Randy Pausch: Just ignore everything they say and only pay attention to what they do.

Thoughts, Words and Deeds

JFK: Ask Not

Governmental Authority:

Romans 13: 1-5 1Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.2Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. 

Rulers do not bear the sword for no reason

Without order, chaos

Shame

Residual Benefit of Church

Understanding – Proverbs 3, 5-6.  Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

                Limit life in the streets

                Positive Networking/ Job Search

Money/Worldview

            1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

                Biblical justification for wealth seeking

                People your faith consider wrong

Religious, Spiritual and Righteous

Plenty room in Hell

Peace: respectful and considerate toward others    

 

T.V. and Social Media Influence

T.V. and internet shape lives

Fashion, Cultural and Social Trends

T.V. as an educational tool

                Maury Show, Honey Boo Boo  

                High channels: Law, Food, Home, History, Money

Classic T.V.

Social Media

                Facebook isn’t the devil

                Educational You Tube

Summary- media shouldn’t replace family

 

 

 

Health/Wellness

Life and Death

Personal responsibility for diet and exercise

Foods literally “to die for”

Food choices: low-fat fat back

Drinking calories

First Lady Michelle Obama’s food choices efforts

                Government involvement – public healthcare cost

                Speaker Newt Gingrich: healthcare system should reward fighters

Moderation – portion control

U.S.D.A. My Plate: Fruits, Grains, Veggies, Protein, Dairy

Other Choices: Alcohol, Illegal Drugs, Relations

Healthcare Industry 

                Doctors with pills

                Emergency room = doctor’s office for uninsured

                Annual exams for early detection

                Big Pharma vs. diet/exercise

Mental/Emotional Health

                Emotional Problems – Self-medication

                Counseling Needed

Peace, Rest and Happiness = Good medicine  

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The aftermath of the Charleston church tragedy has some Americans flirting with crazy talk.  The killer wanted to spark a race war in this nation and he just might get his oxymoronic civil war.  The central theme of my day is often set by the scripture in my daily devotion and today Isaiah 1: 17-19 hit right on time.

Isaiah 1:17-19 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord…..If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land. 

“Let us reason together” has been on my mind since I started this blog with the influence of a Black Republican and a Black Independent.  We were just weary of those who favored fussing and fighting for political gains with little regard for the ultimate objective…a more perfect union.

If we reason together, we would calmly sit down and here from every point of view about the history of this nation as it relates to peaceably moving forward.  It’s silly to think that private citizens shouldn’t be able to displace the stars and bars flag or the red, black and green flag on their private vehicles and shirts when the flags represents themselves only and not the community or state as a whole.  It’s silly to discuss removing the figures from Stone Mountain in Georgia.  Really?  With all the jacked up things happening in the state and nation, this is your focus.  We shouldn’t remove all vestiges of racism because clearly we still have much racism–black and white racism.

During the civil rights movement, Atlanta was called the city too busy to hate.  Leaders in this southern city were about turning the corner faster and reaping the financial benefit of being cool, calm and collected.  You can trip all you want but when tripping starts costing you real money…hold your horses.

A friend pointed out a beautiful building in Savannah that was built to lure BMW to Georgia.  In the end, the German automaker went to South Carolina because in part that state addressed a confederate flag issues before Georgia.  The nation that has Hitler and the holocaust in their recent past was tripping because BMW was concerned about racial problems on their factory floor in the American South.  Again, when tripping cost you real money is time to sit down and come to some reasonable conclusions.

Reasonable people can say that someone fought hard for a cause that I don’t support..i.e. a Nazi combat flying ace or the military maneuvers of General Robert E. Lee.  But, if we insist on refighting the Civil War or addressing the stealing of this land from the Native Americans, we are going to open a big can of worms like the discussion of reparations…let’s not go there.

On my blog, I wrote the Best Interests Initiative to start a discussion about improving the South in a non-governmental way by having governmental leaders openly and honestly outline their limited roles.  It’s in our best interest to work together as brothers or perish as fools.

http://projectlogicga.com/best-interests-initiative/

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My niece McKenzie won first place at a Jack and Jill regional Oratorical Contest with good speech about being yourself–nicely done.

Living Unapologetically

I remember the 1960s. Or at I least remember being told about the 1960’s. Peace, flower power, freedom and afros. A time when black became synonymous with beautiful and the afro was a sign of pride. Black people were living unapologetically. As pride grew, so did the afros. And as pride shrank, so did the afros. And as pride died so did the afro, by way of heat and chemicals. Appearance was a person’s livelihood. So if a Jheri curl was acceptable over an afro then curl activators and shower caps were in order. Hair modification once done for employment purposes shifted to social purposes which merged with psychological sanity.

I have experienced my own connection between my hair and social acceptance in a 6th grade camping trip. “Mom please let me wear it straight so it will flow in the breeze with the rest of the girls.” She finally gave in and I was overjoyed. After the first day of camp full of breezes and flowing hair I went to sleep ready for day two. I woke up, stroked my hair only to realize my flowing mane had reverted to my naturally bushy afro. I was devastated. I no longer fit in like a puzzle piece, but I stuck out like a sore thumb.

Everything has changed now. In 2015 being different is the new goal and being basic is the new fear. I’ve grown from a time where my afro was my shame to a time where my natural hair is my pride and fame. But are all differences really accepted? What about the people who are different beyond the superficiality of outward appearance.  A young woman who decides to embrace her body despite society’s mold, and a young Christian man who reveals his pledge of abstinence. Is this the same “different” we praise? Or is this the type of “different” we reject?

Truth is, standing out is not about being different, it’s not about going against the grain, but it’s about being yourself. When God took time to create you, he made you unlike any of the 7 billion people on this earth. And he didn’t make anyone else the way he made you. You’ve already been made differently. Standing out is simply a side-effect.  Why fit in, when you were born to be uniquely yourself.

I wear my hair the way I want now, not to stand out or to fit in, but to be myself. Marcus Garvey taught me not to remove the kinks from my hair, but to remove them from my brain. Whether my hair is kink-less or kink-filled, my mind is kink-free. When I choose to be myself and live life unapologetically I don’t stick out like a sore thumb, but I stand out like a candle amidst darkness. And if any one questions my authenticity, I reply with the words of Chance the Rapper “I don’t wanna be cool. I just wanna be me.”

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How little people know about people living near them.  As a Black southerner, I am a descendant of people who built America for free against their will.  This land is definitely your land and my land.  The Confederate battle flag is a part of our collective history…as was my “X” hat in college.

Firstly, there should be a difference between a flag in places that represent all citizens of a state and individual recognition of heritage.  Since the beginning of human interaction, you have had winners and losers and winners write history.  How did the southern states imprint parts of the CSA into southern governments after they were defeated in war?  I won’t go into comparisons with Germany, Nazi and swastika but you get the point.

Consider this: why should we remove indicators of our trouble past when our present is also troubled.  If I go into my pantry and remove all the labels on canned goods, it wouldn’t change what’s inside.  For the record, Blacks and Whites can be racist and to some, Black racial mindfulness is somewhat understandable.  My point is change what is inside first.

Malcolm X use to say he had more respect for a man who tells him how he feels (even if he is wrong) than for a man who smiles in his face but who is evil.  During my youth, I read Black nationalist information and came to appreciate the “do for self” mentality.  There was a time when rocking an X hat made certain folks steer clear of you.  Good.

I often steer clear of folks with the Confederate battle flag but I in some way appreciate their display of how they are thinking.  You wanted a group to win a war and if said group won, I might be a slave today.  From a military standpoint, real history buffs can intelligently admire fighting techniques and efforts of the Confederates and the Nazis but haul ass from around me with that “I wish they won stuff.”

Remember also, Whites in the North weren’t fight for equal rights for Blacks.  Many of them just wanted to stop the expansion of slavery because slave did work for free that Whites wanted to be paid to do.

In D.C., I saw a bumper sticker that said “If I knew it was going to be like this, I would have picked my own dam cotton.”  A friend once said life is too short to argue with fools.  A fool believes America would have been a great power again Spain, England and France without years of the economic boost of free labor.

I also steer clear from certain Blacks with their own indicators but that’s a topic for another day.  Project Logic Ga continues it’s Best Interests Initiative and hopefully reasonable folks will get to know the opinions of others.

My Congressman Austin Scott was courageously interested in changing the Georgia flag when he was in the state legislature.  I bet he is singing a different tune today…he isn’t whistling Dixie because the Tea Party is a beast.

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Secretary Hillary Clinton becoming president could come down to getting out the Democrat base in November 2016 and that won’t be easy because something fresh and different must be crafted.  Yes, she is a thousand times better for our community than most of the GOP candidates but that isn’t enough.  Democrats must frame their approach to our community post-Obama.

History will remember Barrack as a great president—one of my three favorites of all times.  We remember that candidate Obama said he wasn’t running to be the president of Black America and he was correct; he is the president of the all of America.  With that said, Blacks can finally see that who is in high office is secondary to what we do for self.  John F. Kennedy said “ask not what this country can do for you….ask what you can do for this country.”  What you can do is stop messing up and stop waiting for the government to fix your life.

At church yesterday, the head of the Stewards Board made a brief speech that centered on our community now being free but stated that with freedom has come a freedom to rob, kill, steal and do other detrimental things.

I have been saying for years that we are our own worst enemies.  In the post-Obama era, we need an honest and frank discussion about how we carry ourselves.   Hillary Clinton’s campaign could go the way of Al Gore’s if the Black community doesn’t feel that voting is important.  After everything the Clinton/Gore White House did for regular people, these same people didn’t feel the need to vote for Al Gore…unbelievable.

So, the zillions of dollars that will be in the elect Hillary movement should be used in part to explain to our community that Democrats are about us more than the GOP.  No, Blacks won’t vote for the Republican nominee because the crazy part of their party keeps us away but Blacks might stay home.

Surprisingly, Rachel Dolezal and Louis Farrakhan could tilt the balance of power in a way similar to Elian Gonzalez and Al Gore.  Remember, the Cuban boy who was sent back to Cuba by the Clinton Administration.  I knew right then that this issue would determine who would be president and the election came down to south Florida, pregnant chads and all that drama.

Rachel Dolezal is a White civil rights activist who decided at some point to self-identify as Black.  There have always been White Americans doing serious work for the advancement of racial equality; their efforts and achievements exceed those of most Black people.  But, she should have said I am White technically but Black culturally.

The presidential campaign problem is this: Dolezal felt the need to become Black because she likely knew that Blacks are weary of non-Blacks telling us how to feel, think and action.  You know we all loved Bill Clinton as the first socially Black president until we actually had a Black presidential candidate.  Remember, all hell broke loose when the Clintons tried to tell their long-time Black friends that being with Hillary was the thing to do.  But, we (yes, me included) said Obama is special…not because he is Black but because he is just special….Washington, Lincoln, JFK, special.  Oh, Bill Clinton is one of my favorite presidents of all-time but he couldn’t get me away from Barack.

In the South, Blacks now make up most of the Democrat Party because most rural Whites (former Dixiecrats) bounced for the GOP.  However, the leadership of the Dem Party is still rich White people.  In Georgia, I call them the Buckhead crew.  The old saying goes “real power is who is at the table when the money is counted….not who is on the stage during the speeches.”  The Buckhead crew eats and Blacks get the crumbs afterwards…just like the plantations of old.  It’s based on color and that color is money green.

The Buckhead crew and the national DNC try to win in Georgia by getting out the vote in Atlanta.  But Atlanta Blacks are too liberal to vote for moderate Dems like the recent U.S. Senate and governor candidates.  That energy should have been spent getting out moderate to conservative Black voters in areas that support Rep. Sanford Bishop and former Rep. John Barrow.  Hillary could win Georgia with non-Atlanta Blacks, White suburban moms and the ATL base.  Rachel Dolezal has us thinking about who is at the top and that’s thinking that Hillary doesn’t need.

Minister Louis Farrakhan drives the Buckhead crew crazy because he could plant a seed of doubt with Blacks about Democrat leadership.  First, Farrakhan’s views on Middle East and religion aren’t on the table in this blog post.  Peace to all three Abrahamic faiths from this Black Methodist.  I will say that Psalms 82 makes the Dems seem more in tune with Biblical teachings regarding the needy than the GOP.

Psalms 82

82 God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods.

How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.

Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.

Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.

 

In the post Obama era, we remember that Farrakhan and Black nationalists have been encouraging Blacks to do for self, eschew governmental assistance and getting ourselves together for over half a century.  Psalms 82 could play out today like this: help those who might become poor not become poor in the first place.  Paul wrote that those who don’t work shouldn’t eat.  Some feel that Democrats handouts since LBJ have limited Black growth. Farrakhan recently did a radio interview in preparation for another massive Washington rally and everyone on Hillary’s team should listen to the whole thing.

In the future, the conservative movement will realize that Farrakhan’s message to our community is similar to their message.  Hillary Clinton has time to craft the next phase of our community’s relationship with the Democrat Party.  The approach should be more about self-determination than assistance.

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Governor Jeb Bush is catching heat for a statement he made about out of wedlock births.  In his 1995 book Profiles of Character, a chapter called “The Restoration of Shame” includes the following:

“One of the reasons more young women are giving birth out of wedlock and more young men are walking away from their paternal obligations is that there is no longer a stigma attached to this behavior, no reason to feel shame.”

http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/06/10/413431225/jeb-bush-and-floridas-scarlet-letter-law-explained

It might be hard hearing a presidential candidate talking about shame because it seems that the government is telling people to be ashamed.  However, candidates are people too and have opinions.  We often vote for them based on their ethical opinions on non-governmental matters.

Look, people’s personal behavior ultimately leads to governmental action at times. For example, a young woman has a baby but isn’t prepared to care for the child.  When she turns to the government (taxpayer’s dollars) for hopefully temporary assistance, all taxpayers then become involved.  To me, having other people offering commentary on my decisions and conduct is the worst of the worst.  I feel like a child….hey, I would feel shame.

Of course, I have personally made some decisions that were wrong…again, shame on some level or to some degree.  My personal problem isn’t so much with the out of wedlock births (because we know plenty people with two crappy parents at home) as it is with children being born without the mean to care for them.  The government nor grandparents shouldn’t be factored in financially for 18 years.  Oprah can have all the single lady children she wants because she has money.

What Bush wrote is similar to what my man General/Secretary Colin Powell wrote in his first book.   Powell often says people should have a sense of shame but he is smooth with it.  He said the following in an interview:

Powell said he often tells kids, “Have a sense of shame.”

“We gotta put a lot of this burden not just on the schools and on the family but on the kids themselves,” he said. “We just can’t have them sit in front of the television set watching Jerry Springer as a way of solving problems. We have got to make sure that we give our youngsters a sense of the need for excellence, the need for hard work. And we believe in you. We have expectations for you. Don’t disappoint us.”

See, Colin Powell is encouraging people to have a personal sense of shame.  He talks about getting back to that vibe in the our community.  My A.M.E. pastor says that being free shouldn’t give you the right to be foolish.

This blog’s Best Interests Initiative includes a section on personal responsibility.  It’s an interesting topic and I don’t have all the answers.  I do feel that parents should be on the grind all day every day to care for kids who didn’t ask to come here.  Wait, it is a dam shame for a guy to feel he is too good to work for 10 bucks an hour but plays Madden all day while a female works to care the child and while her parents reenter the workforce after retiring to help.  “Did she have a baby with a guy who has six kids already and has done anything for them….that’s a shame.”

Finally, I am not a Republican but vote sometimes in their wild primaries.  General Powell should have been president and Jeb Bush happens to be the most reasonable of their candidates at this point.

http://projectlogicga.com/2015/04/28/best-interests-initiative-personal-responsibility-choices-decisions-and-consequences/

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