If I could wave a magic wand on New Year’s Eve, the notations I would place in southern voters’ minds as we enter the election year would involve understanding. Kandi from the Real Housewives of Atlanta was in a hip hop group with T.I.’s lady Tiny back in the day and they had a hit called “Understanding.”
Xcape’s “Understanding” had a line that said, “You don’t really know me… you just want’a do what you want’a do… that’s not the way it is baby…you gotta listen to me.” That line applies to elections, politics and policy because the South has a history of leaders and parties who arrogantly want to make desicisions for everyone without input from or understanding of everyone else.
I am an American who is concerned that the so-called developing world could blow past our nation in this century because those hungry people are driven liked we once were. Simply put, we might get out hustled by Latin America, South America, Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia because their young people aren’t playing when it comes to education and training while too many of our youth are soft whiners. We must understand that the entire nation must be striving collectively.
Anyway, the following points are the ideas I would put in voters’ heads:
1.President Obama can’t improve your life alone. He can only foster an environment conducive for your personal development. That’s what he said from the moment he stepped onto the national stage but folks don’t know how to listen.
2. Newt Gingrich as president could actually be good for my community. While we never know which version of Newt will show up, Speaker Gingrich from the Clinton era was a great ideas person who sincerely wanted to change the cultural mindset of Americans in a positive way. Look: the government doesn’t now nor has it ever cared about the average person. With Newt as president we would know that fact without a doubt and get about the business of personal responsibility.
3. Jon Huntsman is the most Obama-like Republican and moderate Democrats should vote for him to encourage the GOP nominee to make him their VP candidate. As quiet as it is kept, Obama respects Huntsman more than he does most of the Congressional Black Caucus. If the GOP takes the White House, moderates will wish level-headed Huntsman was at the table.
4. A small percentage of Democrats could sway the GOP presidential primary. “Ted, is right..we should vote for Huntsman just in case Obama doesn’t win or Newt to help Obama win.” Of course, no one understands my points until after the fact.
5. In South Georgia, running someone against Sanford Bishop will crank up Bishop’s campaign apparatus and organize Democrat GOTV efforts in Albany, Columbus and Macon. If President Obama wins reelection by a slim margin and by surprisingly winning Georgia, Bishop’s opponents can be thanked. By the same logic, Democrats can’t beat Austin Scott so we shouldn’t run anyone against him. That energy would be better spent developing a functional relationship with the young lawmaker.
Bottomline: Using the “Understanding” song in a blog post is recycling a past post. Another past post is my notes from “The Art of War.” That Chinese warfare manual is like a blueprint for politics and modern business. A central theme in the book is respect for and understanding of the other side. If the GOP understood Democrats, they would select Huntsman as their nom but the hardheaded never learn. If the Dems understood the Tea Party, they would vote for Huntsman in the GOP primaries in droves to keep them out of the White House. But, we are more concerned about the NFL playoffs.