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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.