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The ultimate political objective is Donald Trump exiting the Oval Office.  Reasonable Americans should be laser-focused on that happening.  We shouldn’t blame President Trump for being exactly who he always was and employing “by any means necessary” methods to win.

For me, the blame lies primarily with a Republican Party that has so demonized everyone else that any member of their party is better than any Democrat.  The Democrats put Trump in the Oval because they ignored non-city voters; the Dems’ preoccupation has been driving higher voter turnout in cities and suburbs while blowing off us rural people as hicks and bumpkins.  Your Whole Foods pumpkin was grown by a bumpkin.

Achieving the objective starts with projecting the end and reverse engineering the desired result.  President Trump shouldn’t be reelected in 2020 and I personally think he has had it with public office…so let’s do him a solid and vote him out.  But, he can’t win the general election in November of that year if he isn’t on the ballot.  As Habakkuk 2:2 says, write the vision and make it plain upon the tables…tables, tablets, iPads, Galaxy Notes, smart phones.

The goal to reach the objective is: smart southern Blacks possibly swaying Republican primaries for better Republican candidates.

Most southern Blacks are Democrats but some like blogger Keith McCants and I are what you might call “functional Democrats.”  We know that an alarmingly big percentage of Blacks aren’t registered or vote only for the big elections.  President Obama often mentioned the large number of people who voted for him and exited the polling place without voting for other contests on the ballot.  We need some real hard hitting voting and public policy education and it can’t come from candidates or political parties… it must be us talking to us about us.

The well-intended Democrat Party is a comedy of errors and would have completely collapsed if not for the star power of the Clintons and the Obamas.   Whomever the Democrats select as their/our nominee in 2020, it should be fast and Bernie-free…I personally say Hillary.  Georgia Democrats would be free to vote in the Republican primary for a reasonable GOP candidate like Ohio Governor John Kasich.  It’s called hedging your bets with nuclear chips on the table.  A Democrats winning is important but not as important as keeping an unstable person out of the position.  Oh, I have Republican friends who to this day never supported Trump and question his fitness for public service.

The ultimate objective is assisted by election goals next year.  To me, all elections (state, local and federal) are indirect referenda on Trump and Obama.  If you still think Obama is a horrible person and Trump is wonderful, you have issues and will be in my prayers.   I might not be a strong Democrat but I am surely an Obamacrat.   Obamacrats and Trump supporters logically wouldn’t support the same candidates next year.

This blog started over 10 years ago and a recurring plea has been for Blacks to diversify our political portfolio…. don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.  Moderate to conservative Black southerners should strategically deal with reasonable people in both parties to achieve the objective of “a more perfect union.”  From the center, the Far Left seems almost as odd as the Far Right.

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Weak Families = Crime

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The Sunday Albany Herald had an outstanding article about the root causes of crime.  To be honest, crime starts with the family foundation. When that mad man shot police in Houston last year, the Black police chief said the police are the scapegoats for bad families, underperforming schools and everything else wrong in America.

Before I share the hottest points from the article, I want to put my two cents worth in the mix.  A woman alone rarely successfully raises a strong man.  I couldn’t bring a girl up properly without help from ladies in my family, church and community.  Black churches need to be packed and teaching churches like the A.M.E. church shouldn’t be dying.  The residual benefit of church attendance for young family should be fellowship with successful and encouraging members of the community…folks eager to share their keys to positive living as well as connections.  Kids need to learn how to sit up straight and pay attention in class and that starts in church.

The federal and state government has unintentionally destroyed the Black family with too much assistance.  Kids plan to have kids like this: You have a baby with any oh body and you go get a check. Huh?

Then, you have babymakers, I refuse to call them fathers, who are too cool to flip burgers or pick fruit but not too cool to have others feed their “seed.”

Albany Herald    Sunday, November 26, 2007

Officials: Crime may be symptom of family issues             by Jon Gosa

Poverty is the mother of crime.

With statistics showing 33.8 percent of Albany’s population living at or below the poverty level, lack of material success seems to be a powerful argument for the city’s escalating violent crime.

“I want to know why these kids are out at 2 or 3 a.m., shooting each other.” City Commissioner Jon Howard said.  “Where are their parents? I don’t know how you do it, but we have to address the family.  I have a slogan: ‘If you can’t feed ‘em, don’t breed ‘em.’

71 percent of babies born in Albany were born to unwed mothers.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services study by Patrick Fagan “The Real root Causes of Violent Crime: the Breakdown of Marriage, Family and Community” the rise in violent crime over the past 30 years parallels the rise in families abandoned by fathers.

Data show that the type of aggression and hostility demonstrated by a future criminal often is foreshowed in unusual aggressiveness as early as age 5 or 6.

Even in high-crime inner-city neighborhoods, more than 90 percent of children from safe, stable homes do not become delinquents.

Many lawmakers in Congress and in the states assume that the high level of crime in America must have its roots in material conditions, such as poor employment opportunities and a shortage of adequately funded social programs.  But, members of Congress and other policymakers cannot understand the root causes of crime if they insist on viewing in purely in material terms. The view blinds policymakers to the personal aspects of crime, including moral failure, the refusal to exercise personal responsibility and the inability or refusal to enter into family and community relationships based on love, respect and attachment both to the broader community and to a common code of conduct.

Government policy has, evidence indicates, become a powerful facilitator of the long-term rise of crime.  

  

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Gil Scott Heron

 

My mind is blown by election numbers. The mayor of Camilla, Georgia, and I were talking this morning about the vast opportunities that exist for communities that simply register and vote…the squeaky wheel gets the grease. In Sylvester, Georgia, the newspaper reported that 26% of the 2,900 registered voters made it to the polls this month—mayor’s race decide by 600 so-odd people total while it was 1,200 two elections ago.

Parents support the football teams in Camilla, Sylvester and across the South; they brave bone-chilling weather for hours, cook post-game meals and boost the cheerleaders and marching band. I hope they like marching in uniforms because the current occupant of the White House might draft them into a nuclear war with that fellow in North Korea. But, we should remember that President Trump didn’t win the popular vote and less that 10,000 voters in two states could have given the election to Clinton.

Police wear uniforms and I am fortunate to live in a town with decent officers. On the other hand, the Worth County Sheriff’s Office actions are being reviewed. I think I voted for the Sheriff and always had a “how you” familiarity with sheriffs of my teen years. But, when it was time for upset people to sign a petition to recall the Sheriff, it was clear that many if not most of those parents in the football crowd don’t vote.

My brothers hipped me to election stats with the first lines of Gil Scott-Heron’s “B Movie” after Carter fell to Reagan.  But, President Reagan (right or wrong) was tough….cheap steak tough. Trump is a character and real Republicans know it. At the risk of sounding dramatic, life as we know it might be saved by electing local leaders this year who serve as the foundation for winning in 2018 and ultimately taking the White House from Trump and those like him. While candidates are important, it all begins with reaching people—turning pissed-offed people into regular voters. Gil Scott Heron seems like a visionary today.

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Well, the first thing I want to say is: Mandate my -ss! Because it seems as though we’ve been convinced that 26% of the registered voters, not even 26% of the American people, but 26% of the registered voters form a mandate or a landslide. 21% voted for Skippy and 3, 4% voted for somebody else who might have been running.

What has happened is that in the last 20 years, America has changed from a producer to a consumer. And all consumers know that when the producer names the tune, the consumer has got to dance. That’s the way it is. We used to be a producer – very inflexible at that, and now we are consumers and, finding it difficult to understand. Natural resources and minerals will change your world. The Arabs used to be in the 3rd World. They have bought the 2nd World and put a firm down payment on the 1st one. Controlling your resources we’ll control your world. This country has been surprised by the way the world looks now. They don’t know if they want to be Matt Dillon or Bob Dylan. They don’t know if they want to be diplomats or continue the same policy – of nuclear nightmare diplomacy. John Foster Dulles ain’t nothing but the name of an airport now.

The idea concerns the fact that this country wants nostalgia. They want to go back as far as they can – even if it’s only as far as last week. Not to face now or tomorrow, but to face backwards. And yesterday was the day of our cinema heroes riding to the rescue at the last possible moment. The day of the man in the white hat or the man on the white horse – or the man who always came to save America at the last moment – someone always came to save America at the last moment – especially in “B” movies. And when America found itself having a hard time facing the future, they looked for people like John Wayne. But since John Wayne was no longer available, they settled for Ronald Reagan and it has placed us in a situation that we can only look at -like a “B” movie.

Come with us back to those inglorious days when heroes weren’t zeros. Before fair was square. When the cavalry came straight away and all-American men were like Hemingway to the days of the wondrous “B” movie. The producer underwritten by all the millionaires necessary will be Casper “The Defensive” Weinberger – no more animated choice is available. The director will be Attila the Haig, running around frantically declaring himself in control and in charge. The ultimate realization of the inmates taking over at the asylum. The screenplay will be adapted from the book called “Voodoo Economics” by George “Papa Doc” Bush. Music by the “Village People” the very military “Macho Man.”

“Company!!!” “Macho, macho man!” “Two-three-four.” “He likes to be .. well, you get the point.” “Huuut! Your left! Your left! Your left, right, left, right, left, right…!”

A theme song for saber-rallying and selling wars door-to-door. Remember, we’re looking for the closest thing we can find to John Wayne. Clichés abound like kangaroos – courtesy of some spaced out Marlin Perkins, a Reagan contemporary. Clichés like, “itchy trigger finger” and “tall in the saddle” and “riding off or on into the sunset.” Clichés like, “Get off of my planet by sundown!” More so than clichés like, “he died with his boots on.” Marine tough the man is. Bogart tough the man is. Cagney tough the man is. Hollywood tough the man is. Cheap steak tough. And Bonzo’s substantial. The ultimate in synthetic selling: A Madison Avenue masterpiece – a miracle – a cotton-candy politician …Presto! Macho! “Macho, macho man!”

Put your orders in America. And quick as Kodak your leaders duplicate with the accent being on the dupes – cause all of a sudden we have fallen prey to selective amnesia – remembering what we want to remember and forgetting what we choose to forget. All of a sudden, the man who called for a blood bath on our college campuses is supposed to be Dudley “God-damn” Do-Right? ”

You go give them liberals hell Ronnie.” That was the mandate to the new Captain Bligh on the new ship of fools. It was doubtlessly based on his chameleon performance of the past: as a Liberal Democrat. As the head of the Studio Actor’s Guild, when other celluloid saviors were cringing in terror from McCarthy, Ron stood tall. It goes all the way back from Hollywood to hillbilly. From Liberal to libelous, from “Bonzo” to Birch idol, born again. Civil rights, women’s rights, gay rights: …it’s all wrong. Call in the cavalry to disrupt this perception of freedom gone wild. God damn it, first one wants freedom, then the whole damn world wants freedom.

Nostalgia, that’s what we want…: the good ol’ days, when we gave’em hell. When the buck stopped somewhere and you could still buy something with it. To a time when movies were in black and white, and so was everything else. Even if we go back to the campaign trail, before six-gun Ron shot off his face and developed hoof-in-mouth. Before the free press went down before full-court press, and were reluctant to review the menu because they knew the only thing available was…Crow.

Lon Chaney, our man of a thousand faces: no match for Ron. Doug Henning does the make-up; special effects from Grecian Formula 16 and Crazy Glue; transportation furnished by the David Rockefeller of Remote Control Company. Their slogan is, “Why wait for 1984? You can panic now…and avoid the rush.” So much for the good news….

As Wall Street goes, so goes the nation. And here’s a look at the closing numbers: racism’s up, human rights are down, peace is shaky, war items are hot. The House claims all ties. Jobs are down, money is scarce, and common sense is at an all-time low on heavy trading. Movies were looking better than ever, and now no one is looking, because we’re starring in a “B” movie. And we would rather had…John Wayne. We would rather had…John Wayne.

“You don’t need to be in no hurry. You ain’t never really got to worry. And you don’t need to check on how you feel. Just keep repeating that none of this is real. And if you’re sensing, that something’s wrong, Well just remember, that it won’t be too long Before the director cuts the scene. yea.” “This ain’t really your life, Ain’t really your life, Ain’t really ain’t nothing but a movie.”

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If our rural southern communities are going to improve, we need to change the plan culturally and politically.  The current plantation mentality has not worked in years: fancy candidates raise tons of money for T.V. spots and get working people to “volunteer” to do grassroots.

First, your family’s life would be better culturally if the government wasn’t at the center of it.  You can’t and shouldn’t trust the government (local, state or federal) to care for your kin; that’s your job.

Secondly, the public policy actions of government relative to your family are decided by elected officials.  Candidates and political parties have state of the art computer software that shows voting actions and patterns down to the city block…down to each house.  They know what areas vote and voting areas get the services and attention—the squeaky wheel gets the grease.  In other words, crappy schools and brash policemen start with you not voting.

The Democratic Party often functions as a top-down enterprise with elites in Atlanta and D.C. deciding what is important and how operations should go then selling those plans to the people.  Say what?  Give credit where credit is due: the trashy views that are the base of the current far Right grew organically from the people and folks like Trump parachuted to the top of the steaming heap.

Dems can’t win statewide or win states for president because “down ballot” activities have been missing for years.  However, there is hope for a new Dem political foundation based on the Zero candy bar of our childhoods.   In my youth, the rural South was a mix of Black and White people.  We know southern Whites love the freedom of land—their spreads feels like little kingdoms equipped with standing armies.  Since the church is at the bottom of the hill and the kids are homeschooled, Walmart is the only reason to go into town.

The exodus of Whites to the rural areas leaves the largest town in the county Black…60 and 70 percent Black.  So, a new check and balance is Black political power in city government balancing White control of county government.  That situation would be fine if Black residents would actually vote and if White county voters didn’t insist on still trying to control the big town— because their businesses are there and yes they are vital to the tax base.

It gets better.  Many counties had two high schools when I was a kid…i.e. city kids at Valdosta High and country farm kids at Lowndes High.  But if you watch “Football Town” on the NFL Network, you will see that the money in Lowndes County is now out of town.  The same can be said about Camilla, Pelham and Mitchell County to some degree.   Remember, elected officials hire city managers and city managers select police, fire and other department heads.   So, a countywide school board has to decide the allocation of funds for two high schools—one school has a huge student body but the rural smaller school’s parents pay much more in taxes.  Valuable farmland is the tax base.

Georgia seemed surprised that so many Black mayors were elected recently but it shouldn’t be and city councils should be next.  That Zero Candy bar was white on the outside with chocolate goodness in the center.  Counties from Virginia to Texas are the same way and those new Black elected officials’ campaign teams and voter turnout operations serve as the foundation of Dems winning future statewide and presidential elections from the bottom up….without the approval or permission of Black political relics.  You know that Zero Bar has a hard white shell and the inside includes some soft brown and some brown nuts…just saying.

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Since the Republican establishment is facing a restructuring of their party by movements like Trumpism, the Democratic establishment should also have a cleansing enema.  Old school Country Club conservatives were generally pro-business, lower taxes decent people but to win national elections they connected with radical, less sophisticated folks.

From the Tea Party to the Trump crew, the far right radicals have taken over the GOP.  The Democrat establishment is based on liberals on the two coasts, labor union memberships and African Americans.  However, the fastest growing segment of the left is Bernie Sanders’ Progressives.  Their socialism and social free thinking makes some rural Southern Blacks uncomfortable.

Look here, we should put everything on the table during this time of swift transition and maybe a more perfect union will emerge from the fray.  To me, Barack Obama represents what we ideally should be while Donald Trump presents who we actually are—the good, the bad and the ugly.  The early 1980″s hit “Against the Wind” comes to mind because the Democrats are constantly facing election storms—weather they can’t weather.

Crazy notions come off the corners and barbershops in the African American community.  The rapper Jadakiss had a song called “Why” that included the line “Why did  Bush knocked down the towers.”  Of course, he didn’t believe that but was conveying what some folks wildly think.   He also said “Why they let the Terminator win the election.”  Hey, there are wild thoughts across the spectrum.  I say put all of it on the table once and for all then move forward.

The Democrat establishment considers many of the following points of contention “unallowable.”  I say put every possible idea, concept and wild notion up for debate and deliberation.

Unallowable

  1. All military and law enforcement personnel are heroes.
  2. Unwinnable wars against certain enemies.
  3. Constitutional right to religious freedom
  4. America is a Christian nation?
  5. Blacks: Second class citizens yet first class troops
  6. The Confederate States of America: America’s biggest foe?
  7. Honoring drafted C.S.A. troops by all Americans today
  8. Go Back To Africa vs. Ellis Island
  9. Whites Built America…They Did
  10. Native Americans got robbed
  11. Some current Blacks’ actions dishonor the Civil Rights Movement
  12. Is the Hip Hop culture worse than the Klan?
  13. Unprepared Parents
  14. White Privilege won’t go easily
  15. Democrats love undocumented people and Gay people more than Blacks
  16. Should able-bodied people receive food stamps?
  17. Public Assistance while undesirable jobs unfilled
  18. School choice/vouchers
  19. College for Everyone/Massive student loan debt
  20. Republicans: Say anything to win elections
  21. Why do working class Whites support rich Republicans (Trickle-down Economics)
  22. Healthcare for All vs. Uninsured using the E.R. as a doctor’s office
  23. Corporate America (Insurance/Drug Companies) control healthcare with Lobbyists’ Money
  24. Too much money in political campaign ads
  25. Democratic Party wants Blacks to do GOTV grassroots for free
  26. Michael Steele’s plan for GOP diversity vs. eggs in one basket
  27. We don’t make anything in America anymore
  28. Many rural Blacks are actually conservatives
  29. Progressives took over the DNC and the Far Right took over the GOP
  30. Southern Christians are homophobic yet ignore other sins from the Bible
  31. Corporate America would rape the environment for money
  32. American foreign policy doesn’t respect others’ cultural history and civilization
  33. Weak American youth aren’t prepared for the changing global economy..video games vs. STEM
  34. Women are the backbone of the Black home/ Psychological Castration of the Black Man
  35. Government Assistance inadvertently stunts some of Black America
  36. Government Assistance equals Reparations
  37. Black America: delayed gratification vs. minimum wage struggle
  38. Dreams of pro sports vs. academic/vocational development
  39. Learn a Trade job
  40. Black preoccupation with “Looks” over substance
  41. Is prison similar to modern slavery?
  42. Every type firearm shouldn’t be available to private citizens
  43. Low-income Blacks vote less frequently
  44. Importance of Homeownership
  45. Sense of Community: Whose You Are
  46. Reinstitute Shame
  47. Coastal liberals don’t respect or appreciate the Heartland
  48. Can’t Win elections in cities alone
  49. Big Pharma vs. Legal Weed
  50. You can’t save people from themselves

You can’t blame Project Logic Ga if America goes to hell in a hand basket.  After 600 blog posts, I spent a year writing the Best Interests Initiative which outlines what we can do to improve with limited governmental involvement.   Then, we created OPEN 20/20 to plan discussions in 20 Georgia communities with 20 key grassroots leaders.  To have those meetups with “Unallowable” on the table would be refreshing.   Bob Seger wrote “Against the Wind” and he also pinned “Turn The Page.”  We really need to turn the page as a nation.

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

https://open2020blog.wordpress.com

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An anachronism is defined as a thing belonging or appropriate to a period other than that in which it exists, especially a thing that is conspicuously old-fashioned.  At Worth County High School, we were taught that William Shakespeare, the Bard, was wrong to put clocks in Julius Caesar or have Caesar say “Jesus Christ, these fool stabbed me” when Caesar lived before Christ.   Ok, I am paraphrasing.

In the military movie Heartbreak Ridge, the young Annapolis  grad Major calls Gunnery Sergeant Highway, played by Clint Eastwood, an anachronism to the modern Marine Corps.  But in the heat of battle, you need those oldheads….wait, us oldheads.  The Tea Party on the Right and the Progressives on the Left might need to watch this old film.

Hollywood, like every part of life, had a way of doing things back in the day….sometimes right and sometimes wrong.  Harvey Weinstein is an anachronism of the film industry.  We would be here all day talking about those nasty old school dudes of the Black and White era.  But, we should make a distinction between sexy cats who the ladies were all over like Ronald Reagan and trolls who used power and influence to get sex from those trying to get a head.  Of course, some of those young starlets got off the bus from the Midwest with plans to make it come hell or high water… by any means necessary.  No one should ever ever be attacked.  Period.

In some ways, official Washington was supposedly like that back in the day and the music industry still is.  Kayne West’s lyrics from his collaboration with Jay-Z on “N-ggas in Paris” must have been Weinstein favorite jam.

She said Ye can we get married at the mall?
I said look you need to crawl ‘fore you ball
Come and meet me in the bathroom stall
And show me why you deserve to have it all
Ball so hard
That sh-t cray (that sh-t cray), ain’t it Jay?

 

It’s silly season to say Democrats are connected to Weinstein’s actions if they didn’t know.  Didn’t Republicans just elect a guy president over quality candidates and they were fully aware of his long history.

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Learn A Trade..Stay Paid

Sunday Morning on CBS recently had a segment on the lack of workers in the construction trades.  It’s worth watching because evidently too many young people feel they are too good to do dirty work…manly work.  But, they can ask the government to feed their kids with taxpayers’ dollars.

Hogwash.  Oh, you can’t ask them to actually wash a hog, pick crops or do any of the jobs that traditionally go to unskilled workers.  However, they don’t want to put in the time to become skilled tradesmen or the academic effort to attend college and become a white collar office person.  If the same folks blow off military service, I am out of legal money-making options.  But, these are the same nitwits who want to drive a 60k car by 20 years old.  I have a bad feeling about half of America’s next generation and I hope I am wrong.

My friend Mr. Greene and I built my shed.  I love my shed and every tool in it because my daddy taught me the trades and agriculture.  Actually, he had my brother and me doing grown man work on family rental houses way too early.  My nephews need to learn how to cook and clean better than any women to impress smart, attractive women after college.  These good brothers are learning the construction trades to keep a watchful eye on contractors and to do much of home improvement themselves in the future.

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So, the Sunday Morning segment says that America doesn’t have enough tradesmen to repair hurricane damaged communities.  Oh boy, supply and demand dictates that pay for these projects will be crazy high.  Actually, an enterprising student can graduate high school with much of their vocational school credits and start making money in a year.  But, the homies on the corners want to get rich quickly…the fast way…. Ski mask way.  Once you are in the penal system you will be mopping for pennies an hour but nobody can tell you anything.

You can’t be a dummy in the trades because it’s all math, chemistry, physics, biology, etc.  Also, you need to know computers, logistics and proper communication.   Being clean cut with clean urine gets you in the door.

America is the land of opportunity for the smart but the rest of the world is hot on our heels.  We can’t stay number 1 refighting the Civil War and I have a feeling the Japanese are quietly sabotaging our young with video games.  Our kids prepare for battle with gaming controllers while other kids are grinding in STEM subjects.

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