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With planning like the Normandy invasion, Georgia Democrats could secure the 2 million votes needed to win the state in 2020.  How sweet would the peach be if the Democrat presidential nominee won the state and the White House, Stacey Abrams became a U.S. Senator and Dems saw victories on every level.

The liberation of Europe from Hitler’s grasp was a massive undertaking, Operation Overlord, that required comprehensive involvement from every part of the military and occupied locals.  This involvement included overnight parachute and glider landings, naval bombardments, heavy air strikes and a year of intelligence before the amphibious landings.  Many battles were won in the planning and preparation stages. We shouldn’t forget about the Europeans who wanted to be free from the German invaders.

Of course, turning the tide in World War II is more significant than an election.  However, taking the White House from President Trump is important.  Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu once said “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”  Ask Al Gore how important a few votes in south Florida was.  Hillary Clinton would be president if she received 77,000 more votes in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan.  The same number would have made Stacey Abrams governor of Georgia or Andrew Gillum governor of Florida.

Some pundits argue that Stacey Abrams got close without only secondary assistance from the Democrat Party, that Trump won with his own operation rather than the R.N.C. and Obama’s campaign apparatus is currently more effective than the D.N.C.  At times, it seems the Democrats are fighting each other more than the other side.

To me, Normandy style planning could win Georgia for the Democrats if we have different elements playing different roles in different locations.  What works in Atlanta, Albany and Adel is different.  One of the brightest minds in the political arena today is Cliff Albright of Black Voters Matter.  Cliff is a mastermind of bus tours, rallies, voter registration and door knocks.  He is part of a team that “put in the work” that won the Alabama U.S. Senate race.  On the internet and in person, I hear one key element from Cliff: raise national money to fund indigenous groups.

The comedy of errors that is the Democrat Party has a reputation of bringing urban activists to rural areas to teach the locals what is important.  Say what?  You ask us what is important to us and tell us if that is something that can be done.  But, you don’t come to south Georgia with a list of D.C. and Atlanta issues.  2019 should be about issues education and network building.  Complex and considerate voters across the Democrat team know that segments of the team are different in mindset and that is fine.

Jason Carter and Michelle Nunn spent too much money on T.V. to secure the Moderate vote while Stacey Abrams was brilliant with Progressive young voters.  2020 should be about doing both at the same time.  We must work hard and smart because the other side is busy with dastardly techniques and methods.  In World War II, the Navajo code talkers were beneficial in the Pacific theater but we need some code breakers today to break down what the Republicans are saying and doing.  I want my country back.  Make America Great Again.

We should never underestimate the role of the local resistance in the liberation of Europe back then and the current resistance today.  If citizens noticed the little things the other side is doing daily, voting would be automatic.  We also need to have a Churchill style “stiff upper lip” because liberals often baby the citizens.  No, these are the issues and how they impact your family.  Vote.

Normandy would have been a mess if different branches of the military were stumbling over each other.  You do your part and we will do ours.  The Lord knows the beaches needed to be cleared of landmines before the troops came out of the water.

Projectlogicga.com’s part in 2020 is South Georgia from Milledgeville to the Florida line-the 8th, 2nd and 1st congressional districts.  100k more voters in Atlanta and 100k more voters in South Georgia would get us a victory.  Of course, Augusta, Athens and other north of Macon areas should be cultivated.  Military operations like Normandy require cooperation and the checking of egos.  The Democrats failed in Georgia for decades because everyone wanted credit for the coming victory.  Young people parachuted into the South to do campaign work and secure White House political appointments.  Did they respect the established indigenous grassroots groups?

The ultimate objective is getting citizens registered and consistently to the polls to create change, fairness and prosperity. If Normandy involved different elements of the military, we should consider different elements to reach voters.  For example, one household could be motivated by door knocks while another noticed social media information and still another attended a stirring grassroots rally/cookout.  Another person became a regular voter because that person was hit with a combination of the three abovementioned elements.

In Georgia, we might put too much hope in metro Atlanta alone. There is an old campaign adage that states a candidate got the same vote ten times.  In other words, that one voter was reached over and over again while potential voters in other areas were lazily reached only with T.V. ads.

A key to military and campaign success is intelligence and reconnaissance.  The locals know who moves the crowds, what the hot button issues are and who is trusted.

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How much of high school sports is reading eyes?  Where are they going…what’s next…who is getting the ball?  Is it fair to have the weight of a community riding on young shoulders?  It’s not tribal warfare like Braveheart but when Bainbridge won the state football championship with a head coach, I don’t personally know him, from Worth County, it was like watching Hoosiers.

For the record, the kids should relax and have fun.  I went to high school with some vocal fans that never played varsity anything.  At the end of the day, youth sports is about character-building.  I have been sitting in the same spot at the Worth County gym for 20 years.  In high school, my best friend and next door neighbor Gene was point guard, QB1 and a track star.  He told me it isn’t called “point” guard because the player points at others; the “one” guard is the quarterback or point of attack.

Worth County has two bright point guards now; you see determination in their eyes and the same on their teammates faces.  The Lady Rams have a young lady who wears Number 1 and she has heart.  As an underclasswoman, she got so flustered with losing. It was as if she was saying “we trained for this, we know this…let’s execute during the game.”  She works at the best soul food restaurant in South Georgia and I would ask in the summer if the Lady Rams would be right this year.  Number 1 would nod like “yes and you old folks need to get a life.”

The Rams point guard is Kobe.  Ok, when your name is Kobe, you can hoop from birth.  It’s like being name Tiger “Woods” and playing golf or Usain “Bolt” and running the 100.  For 20 years, I have been watching Nethers and Bentleys play point guard at Worth County.  Will I live long enough to watch the preschool Nethers at the game this week play point guard here also?

It must be rich having a gym full of supporters and the Nethers as a family are there.  In two decades, the White family is the other one I can remember rolling in like 20 deep three nights a week.  So, I played tennis in high school and a little in college.  The next time a family member watches me play will be the first time but I played a non-revenue generating sport—no spectators, no glory, no pressure.

You know, tennis and golf are actually squads and not teams.  Playing on a team involves working with others.  “You can’t sink while others float because you are all in the same big boat. There is no “i” in team.  Teamwork makes the dream work.”  Kobe and Number 1 are good.  Number 1 throws no-look passes so smoothly that the person she is throwing them to didn’t know they were coming.  Kobe and the Men’s 2 guard have the ability to take over the game or as they say get their own shot.  But, as I watch the games, you hear former Rams saying that the other team would then double team the hot hand.  I came to realize the other night that Kobe was looking to draw the double team and pass to his open teammates.

When Kobe Bean Bryant was 19 years old, he played on his first All-Star Team.  Karl Malone came over to set a pick and Kobe waved him away.  The showman in Kobe wanted to take the defender off the dribble…he wanted to break a fool’s ankles for the crowd.  As Kobe grew older, he came to better understand playing with others.

The federal government job application form use to include a section called Knowledge, Skills and Abilities or K.S.A.  Knowledge is what you learn from others, skills are what you develop from practice and abilities are what you got from God.  Great players (Kareem, Jordan, Bird, Magic, LeBron) have all three while a good baller might have two out of three.  For example, Karl Malone’s Utah Jazz teammate John Stockton wasn’t the best athlete from the abilities standpoint but he had developed skills.  Allen Iverson had skills and abilities but was too cocky to learn from those who went before him.  Today, you hear stories about top rookies in all sports asking if they could visit a legend for a few days to pick his brain about every aspect of the sporting life—on and off the court or field.

The current Rams are fortunate because they have dozens of former Rams at their games…pick those brains.  It occurs to me that confidence is a big part of sports and sports reflect into life in general.  I am nerdy so I will always put the books over the extracurricular but maybe they worth together.  The Rams and the Lady Rams have the personnel to have successful seasons if they gel together as teams.  Hey, the Rams head coach hooped at Albany State when I was in college, he knows ball and it seems the Lady Rams have a good coach as well.  Listen to them.

At the end of the day, sports and high school in general is practice/preparation for life.  The NCAA has a spot that says “There are over 400,000 NCAA student-athletes, and most of us will go pro in something other than sports.”  I like that because the purpose of sports for most students is preparation for work and life… work is a team…family is a team.

My neighbor Wiley Brown played on a Louisville basketball team that won the national championship in 1980.  Tia Lewis played D-I ball at O.D.U. before playing professionally overseas.  Anfernee McLemore was an honor graduate from Worth County who recently selected Auburn for college hoops over Sanford, Georgia Tech and Yale.  You can’t live vicariously through others but I was like please go to Yale for me. Hell, I have a Yale t-shirt anyway because he is brainy enough to go there for grad school after basketball and we support academic success also…you know last year’s salutatorian lives two streets over and a sister from the next street was valedictorian years back.

For the record, I might have had the worst attitude of any Worth County athlete ever.  I wouldn’t play football because I didn’t like people yelling at me…still don’t.  But, they yell at you in Marine Basic Training, at S.E.A.L. School, at Ranger School in Columbus and in college with fraternity hazing.  Are they yelling or encouraging?

The Lady Rams once had a coach who yelled during games at J.C. and her teammates….stuff like dumb and stupid.  At her son’s little league game, I asked her if it would be cool if someone yell at him like that and she said it wasn’t yelling it was motivation.  Well, maybe I was wrong because her son played in the N.F.L. and J.C. has a condo and Benz in Florida.  Students can develop mental toughness from sports but they shouldn’t be disrespected.

My bad attitude had me telling my tennis coach that she couldn’t coach me because I was a better player than she….young and silly.  That coach made us do conditioning over and over.  While we wanted to smash overheads at the net like basketball players want to dunk, she made us practice lobs over and over.  Today, I do those conditioning drills weekly and I am relatively fit..thanks, Coach.  When I am in trouble in a point, I toss up one of those lobs so high it hits a cloud.  Those lobs buy you time to regroup and get ready for the next shot.  Coach wasn’t teaching tennis; she was teaching life.  When things get rough, you need to be cool, remember your training and regroup.  My funky attitude even had me quitting the marching band.  While playing an instrument was fun, I couldn’t have directors and select leaders fussing at me because I couldn’t worth a nothing.  Hey, sometimes it’s just not your thing.  My hard tennis serve was much better than their scales or whatever but I was always at the concerts cheering their achievement.  Several classmates went to college free with those horns and started life without student loans.

Jeremiah and Brandon are my favorite bball Rams.  They were successful and coachable in school and are professionals and fathers today.  During a girls’game back in the day, point guard Brandon asked former Ram standout Harold how he could get a nice job like P&G in the future. Harold said you just keep doing what you are doing because P&G is a team just like basketball: take care of your assignments, be on time and focused, remember your training, be responsible for your mistakes, work well with others and be productive.  Hey, Harold has made more money at the plant than he would have made playing pro baseball.

Ok, why do all the kids love basketball when baseball is easier on the body and you play until you are like 50.  Those baseball players stand around then go eating sunflower seeds in the dugout half of the game. We didn’t have sunflower seeds on that lonely tennis court; we just had sun…lots and lots of blazing sun.

All Rams have the internet at their disposal.  You tube has interviews with the coolest of the cool: Arthur Ashe, Bjorn Borg, Julius Erving, Wynton Marsalis, Tony Dungy, Herm Edwards and Mike Krzyzewski.  Those are some real TED talks.

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Complexity: Southern Mind

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To me, President Obama represents what America should be while President Trump represents what America is.  Is this notion complex?  Understanding the complexity of the southern mind is key to better politics, policy and life in general.

We are different—products of historic opposing factions but at the end of the day Stacey Abrams, Brian Kemp, Andrew Gillum and Ron DeSantis should all want to help form “a more perfect union.”  It takes a complex mind to understand that what’s perfect for you and perfect for me are two different things.  Shall we look into some complexity with an open mind?

Gone With the Wind: Life on Tara Plantation was idyllic if you sat on the porch but if you toiled in the fields or kitchen, if was just this side of hell.  Is it hard to understand that the oppression didn’t really end for Blacks until the middle 1970s?  I have watch GWTW half a dozen times but this summer was the first time I realize that life for Whites on Tara during the war was “flipping the script.”  It wasn’t right for good Whites to live that hard.  The filmmakers were offering radical social commentary right under our noses.

Michelle Robinson Obama: Former FLOTUS Obama’s book includes her statement that she would never forgive Donald Trump for pushing the birther drama that endangered her whole family.  Yes..that’s right.  While President Obama is a “turn the other cheek” guy, Miche from the Southside is more like most in my community.  As a matter of fact, I am complex enough to compare her to Mr. Jackie Robinson.  Both Robinsons had to hold it in for a long time but the truth will set you free.  When you promote division and suffering for personal gains, we should remember (Segregationists, Crack dealers.)

Ignoring current supporters of the Confederacy is a disservice to every African America who lived before 1976.  Condoning force labor, rape and humiliation during slavery and Jim Crow creates an unhealthy racial chasm in this nation.  This drama alone should drive Blacks to the polling place but I am not complex enough to understand these Negroes’ apathy—yes, they should get use to Negroes and other elements of our troubled past… it’s back to the future if we aren’t careful.

Religion: Many southerners think Christianity is the official religion of America.  The Founding Fathers would have done us all a big favor if they were clearer but I think God was in the room during those early days.  In America, we have freedom of religion; you can practice a formal faith or you can do nothing.  It’s up to you or as this blog has stated years ago “there is plenty of room in hell.”

It doesn’t help that the three Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) have been warring in the Middle East for centuries.  I am bless to have visited Jerusalem and I am in the local Methodist church every Sunday but I am surprised to learn the number of rural Black preachers who don’t know that Abraham’s casted-out son Ishmael is considered to be an early prophet in Islam.  The three faiths are related!  In Genesis 17:20, God tells Hagar “And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee; Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.”

Oh, it gets more complex because there are those who believe that Jesus moved and spoke to others around the world in different times.  This constant battling between faiths must be reconciled before we all nuclear perish.  Shall we be complex and consider what Jesus said about dealing with unbelievers?

Southern Intolerance: “It’s my way or the highway” could be the motto of the two extreme ends of the political spectrum.  The Ultra Conservatives on the far Right and the Ultra Progressives on the far Left are inflexible. Yes, I am complex enough to respect conviction but I also know public policy requires understanding, compromise and arriving at reasonable solutions.  The previous sentence is a joke to many rural Whites because they often feel that America was created by Whites, based on the Bible, and designed to keep them in tall cotton.  Basically, they want their country back…make it great again.  Am I missing something here?  Complexity requires that I mention that the foundation of Black slavery is that supposedly Blacks are the descendants of Noah’s son Ham, the guy who laughed at his post-flood drunken father.  According to some folks, Ham’s descendants were to be water bearers for his brothers’ descendants and so guess who comes from Africa to provide free and reduced labor until the 1970s.  To my friends, Blacks claims as Americans is right there with the Native Americans who were robbed of two continents.

If many in the South insist on glorifying/honoring their “noble” Confederate cause, we can have a complex discussion about the investment of Black free labor during slavery and the systematic continued assets resulting from Jim Crow’s oppression of Black opportunity.

Gays: So, your faith tells you that two girls shouldn’t date but the “pursuit of happiness” is in the Declaration of Independence.  At the end of the day or the end of time, we will all have our own cross to bear.  Ancient scriptures mention lots of things we shouldn’t do but do.  This heterosexual writer thinks that sex outside of marriage is a sin but I have never been married and am no virgin.  Did I mention that there is plenty of room in hell?  The Bible also goes into great detail about being judgmental.

Homosexuality should keep Democrats up at night.  Not like that…up worrying about coalitions.  Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and recently Stacey Abrams raised tons of money on the two coasts because they are forward thinkers—Christians who have arrived at tolerant positions on same sex issues. When those issues come up in some rural Black churches, the pastors are like “not so fast.”

I am personally wrong for enjoying the spectacle of watching Gay White men try to understand how someone could take someone else’s rights….join the club.  It took Black folks centuries to get some of our rights but others want all of their rights yesterday.  For the record, discrimination in any form is wrong.

Voting: How do you not vote if you are Black, poor or both.  Democrats fight for working class people who then don’t vote.  I am not complex enough to understand that.

Hip Hop: Rap has grown from a powerful art form into a whole culture.  To me, hip hop is more influential in my community than politics.  While artists should be free to express themselves, I wonder if kids are complex enough to realize that the glamorization of a thug culture is moving Blacks backwards.  Oh, I loved Prince, miss him every day, but we didn’t walk around in purple Captain Crunch coats.  The combination of weak parents and strong hip hop creates a climate in which striving, focusing and long-term goal-making takes a backseat to fast money in a smoky weed haze.

You don’t hear the well-intended Progressives talk about what people did to create their own messy lives.  Shall we be complex enough to consider that weed is self-medication for a generation of Black youth who know that America isn’t fair to them?  Did liquor serve the same purpose for generations of Black men who America saw as boys?

Linear Parenthood: Ok, I just made up that term because I just don’t get some people. Follow me: if you have the vision as a teen to see your whole future on a timeline, are you not complex enough to have children at a smart time. Harvard Law classmates Barack Obama and Hill Harper both wrote in books that it’s better for people to hold off on major life moves until say 24 years old.  Before that point, you are developing.  If 24 year old you saw a video tape discussion by 19 year old you, you would likely say the kid had no idea about life.  Wait, forget about 19 because you have kids making sex, education and gun decisions at 15.  Wow.

Fake News: Really?  Are you not complex enough to know that Fox News and conservative talk radio isn’t real journalism.  It’s propaganda design to create fear, hatred, power and wealth.

Summary: I know this whole writing was all over the place but something radical must be done to reverse our direction.  To me, the solutions are complex and multilayered.  I wrote a post earlier this year about P.E.C.S. (Political, Economic, Cultural, and Social) solutions.  My Progressive friends don’t want to hear it but the foundation of successful Black individuals, families and communities is strong, focus folks.  The government shouldn’t rescue you from you.

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Every American should have a fair shot at the good life and the government should protect citizen’s rights.  We must be complex enough to know that every group should be at the discussion table together…with thick skin.  Unfortunately, the conservative movement wants to make decisions for the whole nation without input from the whole nation.  The well-intended progressive movement seems to think struggling Americans are perfect and not often complicit in their situations.  The Moderates need to be the voice of reason.

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Abrams and Gillum should have easily won; they made the right moves.  The costly miscues came from the Democratic Party in rural areas.  Why is this starting to sound like a broken record?  The young people currently doing political strategy don’t know what a “record” is nor have they checked the election record.  Shall we start a list that would have gotten another 100K voters in Georgia and 100K in Florida.

  1. History: Al Gore=Hillary Clinton=Stacey Abrams. If the working families who are the focus of Democrat issues would simply vote, elections would be runaways. After everything done by the successful Clinton/Gore White House, Gore should have defeated Bush with no problems. The same should have applied to Hillary after Obama’s White House.  But in a twist, the mess of the Trump White House should have driven working Dem voters to the polls in even better numbers.  Problem: the Dems are too nice and politically correct to speak hard to those voters about the real consequences of not voting.
  2. Obama=Trump=Abrams. For real. The Democrat establishment wanted Hillary over Obama. After Obama won with his own organization, he didn’t feel compelled to turn over his fundraising database or network to the D.N.C.  Trump did a similar bypass of the R.N.C. because they knew he wasn’t presidential material.  Today, he controls basically a MAGA/Trump Party outside of the Republican Party and if they try to drop him, the drama will be serious and entertaining.

Since Abrams wasn’t the choice of the state Democrat establishment, she raised millions outside the state and didn’t feel the need to be “plural” with her campaign pronouns.  “Us and We” were more about the Progressive wing of the national party than the statewide Democratic ticket. Problem: Winning statewide in a diverse state like Georgia requires an uneasy alliance like Blacks and Dixiecrats in the 80s and 90s on the Dem side and Country Club Republicans with Trump zealots on the GOP side.  Hillary and Abrams tried to win primarily in the urban areas; the numbers were there but the margin of victory in both their races was rural Democrats that were not cultivated.

  1. Agriculture areas not cultivated: Ms. Abrams did hit the piney woods of rural Georgia hard but it wasn’t her job to be everywhere. I feel like Chicken Little with the sky is falling thing. Moderate Dems kept waiting for Hillary to spend some money rallying Dems who lived in G.O.P. congressional districts.  But, her cool hipster team didn’t see the need after looking at numbers in Georgia’s 6 biggest cities. They thought it could be done with T.V. ads.  What was left on the table was the margin of victory in Georgia and in the panhandle of Florida.  Van Jones on CNN said Hillary spent a billion dollars on T.V. ads and expected Black women to do Get Out The Vote as volunteers.  To her credit, Abrams learned from that.

Problem: the Democrat Party of Georgia needed to recruit quality, well-funded congressional candidates outside Atlanta.  Those candidates drive out numbers in their region.  What do I need on these candidates’ resumes: Military, gun owner, church officer, farm childhood, graduate of a college that plays football on T.V., Black college alum or Black Greek network,  Andrew Gillums’ charm, Moderate who can relate to Progressives.  If we had such candidates in the Red congressional districts from Augusta to Macon to Valdosta, Abrams and the Dem ticket would have had an additional 100K votes there.

  1. Rep. Sanford Bishop: If Bishop had a strong opponent, he would have fully engaged his campaign machine. The results would be an additional 40K votes for the Dem ticket in vital Columbus, Macon and Albany. Rep. Bishop has three of the five Black urban areas outside Atlanta in his district.  He is basically the leader of Georgia Moderates and the leader of rural Democrats in the South.  In other words, a busy Bishop could have produced the numbers needed to give Hillary Georgia.  A really busy Bishop could have help the Dems in the parts of Florida above Gainesville.  Yes, some of us think that an aggressive Bishop could have tipped Georgia and Florida to Hillary and kept Trump out of the Oval.

Andrew Gillum, in or out of the governor’s mansion, will continue to energize Florida. I just realize that Abrams and Gillum cultivating their states for the next two years could swing these states to the Dems.  Are we looking at two cabinet members in the next White House?  Come on, you know that’s how presidential thank yous work.

  1. Should be Shame: It’s a blank blank shame that high school football games are packed with Black folks but the same numbers don’t appear on the Democrat voters results. To be real, we aren’t talking about voting for her or him; we are talking real kitchen table issues.  It has to be “Vote for this candidate because these issues are important to your family: healthcare; the re-segregation of  your kids schools disguised as school choice; attracting new industry and jobs; criminal justice reform.”
  2. Missing Moderates: Can southern Democrats walk and chew gum at the same time. President Jimmy Carter warned that Georgia Dems shouldn’t forget about the Moderates in suburban and rural areas.  We don’t need or want back former Dems deep into Trumpism but there might be a 10 to 20 percent of non Dems who see Democrats as healthier than the divisiveness of the new G.O.P.
  3. Preaching to the Choir, literally: Have mercy, these candidates see numbers in Black churches so the big bishops are going to need that sizable check. That’s nice but church folks vote anyway. The question is how do you get the sinner vote also (too much?) or shall I say how do you light a Fuse under them.  It starts with listening to them; connecting on a personal level before voting time.  Did the homeboys know what Stacey Abrams planned for reform of the money bail system and weed laws.  The Dem ticket in Georgia could have gotten 60K pot smoking voters and another 30k senior citizens who want to grow their own non-hallucinogenic pain relief.  Also, some Georgia farmers are interested in a new cash crop. Yes, we left maybe 90K votes on the table right there.

In summary, the Democrats don’t need to wonder what we should do next to secure victory in 2020.  Projectlogicga.com has been outlining (begging) a better approach for rural Georgia voters for ten years.  Because rural voters are pivotal in 2020, planners should come see us soon and bring a checkbook.

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Scary: The New Negro

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President “By Any Means Necessary” Trump is scaring his folks to the polls with fabricated facts—correction- lies.  If the Democrats had heart, they would use that same information to scare our voters to the polls but with real facts.  With a final push, Dems could win in Georgia and Florida and those wins might compel this nation to dump Trump.  We need rallies and meet ups in every corner of south Georgia the Saturday before election day—stop playing with Halloween and start dealing with the “New Negro.”

The Art of War teaches us to respectfully be familiar with the opposition.  Actually, I am more motivated to vote against Trump’s vision for America than anything.  For the record, the Dems’ vision of leadership mostly involves all views at the discussion table while the Republicans are “winner take all and no holds barred.”

Trump code speak of “Make America Great Again” and “I Want My Country Back” is clearly saying we should get back to an America in which there was a ruling/wealthy class and a defined servant class.  In other words, African Americans will be Negroes again.  “Build The Wall” is code for “Stop illegal immigrants from south of the border, kick the ones here out and get Negroes back to doing whatever work is available at whatever wage…oh, they will do it or starve after USDA food assistance ends.”

For the record, the vast majority of Blacks are against open borders because we are still waiting to be made whole for the infusion of wealth we provided to a young America by our forced free labor.  While my Progressive friends will disagree, most southern Blacks dislike the socialistic idea of the government doing for your family.  Our best America is one in which everyone has a fair shot at the good life but if you are weak and lazy, you made your rough bed…sleep in it.

Halloween is often about the dead.  Well, healthcare is the number one issue in this election season because uninsured people die from preventable issues.  There should be universal minimum healthcare for every American; if you are doing well, you should have employer-provided better care. In reality, insured people use the expensive E.R. as a doctor’s office and the government pays for that as indigent care.  One annual checkup could catch and address medical matters before they become serious and expensive.

Halloween isn’t as frightening as jail and prison.  The Republicans were all “lock ‘em up” when crack hit the community but are for treatment (as they should be) since misused opioids provided by Big Pharma hit the other side of town.  The Dems would redo weed laws and one day grandma can grow her own non-hallucinogenic pain relief.  That would be a nightmare for the Republican-supported drug companies.

Private prisons feel a lot like the old chain gang for Negroes and poor Whites.  I appreciate Stacey Abrams for introducing the “money bail” system to me—if you go to jail without bail money, you will sit there until your court date…even if you are innocent.  Yes, Ta-Nehisi Coates correctly wrote that the local governments sometimes see our community as a revenue source from criminal fees, fines and penalties.   That’s scary.

Dems are too politically correct to say hard stuff but I will.  As New Negroes, your children will be doing “strong back” work with secondary regard to their intelligence.  The Confederacy was based on the belief that no Black person should do a nice job that any White person would want.  Folks at Trump rallies often rock “The South Was Right” pro-Confederacy bumper stickers.  Once and for all: no one is trying to take your firearms used for hunting and home defense.  However, you are frightening people with talk of a new Civil War.

From We Were Eight Years In Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates

page 350  On the eve of secession, Jefferson Davis, the eventual president of the Confederacy: The white laborers of the South are all of them men who are employed in what you would term the higher pursuits of labor among you.  It is the presence of a lower caste, those lower by their mental and physical organization, controlled by the higher intellect of the white man, that gives this superiority to the white laborer.  Menial services are not there performed by the white man.  We have none of our brethren sunk to the degradation of being menials.  That belongs to the lower race – the descendants of Ham.

 

The New Negro kid will be attending a second-rate K-12 school because under GOP “Local school control” concept funding will first go to the part of town that pays more property taxes first.  “School choice” is code speak for “give my family the per child cost of education so we can teach them at home or in private schools—away from those people.”

Finally, the scariest thing in the world is President Trump with the nuclear button.  Wrestling it away from him starts November 6, 2018.  Teens like to play Fortnite but the same teens might be sent to die in an unwinnable war because Trump and his Republican Party love being macho.

We need to spend the last days of this election season putting the real scary issues on the table so people will vote vote vote.

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I voted for the whole Democrat Team today because our diversity of thoughts “looks like Georgia today” and the Trump- led Republicans feel like Georgia of 1971.  Someone should be handing out “Looks like Georgia today” Democrat t-shirts and let me break down why.

Every candidate with a “D” next to his or her name voted for Obama and Hillary in the last few presidential contests.  They share a vision of public policy that brings everyone together; a policy that gives each child a chance to be their best if they work hard and focus.  The Republicans have been taken over by the TEA Party Movement and “Make America Great Again” is code for I want my 1951 America back; the America that had a defined ruling class and a servant class.  Every candidate with an “R” next to their names is a Baby Trump—local, state, federal.

I am a Black man who doesn’t vote automatically.  When it was clear Hillary would win the Democratic nomination, I took the Republican primary ballot to vote for Moderate John Kasich because stopping Trump from becoming president was as important as anything.  If the Democrats do well next month, the Republicans will hopefully dump Trump.  As Trump says in his rallies, he is on the ballot in November.

It’s so cool that the Dem Team in Georgia has Stacey Abrams at the top.  She is a policy expert who would get healthcare for everyone.  Lt. Governor Candidate Sarah Riggs Amico ; a Harvard MBA grad, is a transportation executive.  In Georgia, we grow food and fiber then ship it all over the world with our highway system, the Port of Savannah and the Atlanta Airport.  Sarah will be an industry attracting beast and selling Georgia as a place to bring jobs will be her priority number one.  So, Yale Law grad Abrams and Harvard B-School Amico can watch the Yale-Harvard football game next year from the governor’s mansion.

Former congressman John Barrow is a candidate for Secretary of State and brings my moderate views to the discussion table.  Barrow and Rep. Sanford Bishop are long- time Blue Dog Democrats and they provide a smooth counter-balance to the emerging Progressives.  The Progressives want to help everyone and that’s nice but the Blue Dogs ask if those positions can and should be funded.

State School Superintendent Otha Thornton is a former high level military officer who is on a mission to improve the schools for every kid while the Republicans are using the code “local control and school choice” to resegregate the schools in my opinion.  Yes, teachers should do better….heck, parents and children should do better.  But, funding private and charter schools with public money is simply an effort to get certain kids away from certain other kids.

Agriculture is Georgia’s biggest industry and today I voted for Fred Swann for Ag. Commissioner because he has farm families in mind more than big corporate farms.  Swann and State House candidate Marcus Batten have introduced me to some Progressive points of view.  I am old school but the Progressive ideas about legal marijuana are solid.  We need to explore the medical benefits and grow that crop in Georgia.  Batten is a real farmer and his understanding of the negative impact of Trump tariffs on our crops is deep. In Albany, voters should watch the raise of CaMia Hopson in State House 153.  She will be a U.S. Senator one day.

Today, I voted for a group of candidates who reflect the vast range of Georgians—young and old; rural and urban; Black and White; male and female; rich and modest; Moderate and Progressive.  Every Republican candidate on the ballot was cookie cutter Trump and that will not cut it in modern Georgia.

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Imagine: you are a 40 year old but the culture treats you like a “boy” or “girl.”  That was the life of Blacks in the rural South the first half of my life.  Looking back, I can now understand those who sought self-medication with liquor during Jim Crow.

“They treat me like a boy in front of my children…any work is really about keeping them rich…they don’t care about educating our children because strong back work is their lot in life and then they can show you in the Bible something about the descendants of Ham being cursed, African and us…that’s why slavery and Jim Crow is justified.”

But at the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Mrs. Nether and Mrs. Lumpkin taught us that being Black was noble and actually better.  Elections are won and societies are shaped in church parking lots, in Barber/Beauty shops and on sports/band practice fields.  The residual benefit of discussions and teaching explains that we can be better/should be better.  A community is a tree that must have strong roots to grow and be fruitful but toxins can easily invade and ruin everything.  Liquor, crack, illegal weed, heroin and now opioids often start poisoning people as a numbing agent for those who could understand the cards life dealt them.

Understand: Most people are their own worst enemies but the American dream is a nightmare for people of color.  The best theoretical America is one in which every kid has a fair chance to learn and grow into being a productive, home owning member of society.  Yes, Jesus knows that there will always be poor people and we should be compassionate with them.  But, being poor should be based on your personal productivity; not the skin or gender of your birth.

In a recent blog post, I wrote about improving our community with P.E.C.S. (Politically, Economically, Culturally, Socially.)  Yes, elections are part of the process every few years but we must grind smart daily.  We must create a positive culture around our families.  I think about the line in Gil Scott Heron’s “B-Movie” that said “the ultimate realization of the inmates taking over of the asylum.”

Heron wrote that after Reagan beat Carter for the White House but today I could easily apply that observation to the Black community’s embracing of Thug Culture in hip hop. Don’t get me wrong: artists should be free to express themselves. However, kids should experience art in a healthful context—N.W.A. introduced the nation to rogue elements inside the Los Angeles Police Department but maybe I am too old to understand the benefit of mumbling rap that glorifies crime on my street.

Gil Scott Heron and Muhammad Ali were the fathers of rap to me.  My friends Darryl, Cassie, Rhonda and I saw him in the Blues Alley Club in Georgetown in the early 90s.  Shaking his hand was painful for me because he was a skeleton.  Heroin was eating Heron.  We paid $35 each and he left the stage while the band played for 30 minutes—he wanted his poison in the dressing room.  But, we understood that his genius was self-medicating the pain of being a man in country that saw him as a boy. It’s like Billie Holiday writing “Southern trees bear strange fruit” about lynching while likely high as a Georgia pine.

If you are rich and White in the South, you predictably are conservative because life is grand and design to subjugate others to keep you in tall cotton.  But if you are the subjugated, you are liberal or radical because life isn’t fair…some change, any change would be welcomed.  In the Hall of Fame of American poets, I put Gil Scott Heron and Tupac next to Poe, Dickinson and Hughes.

Heron’s B Movie’s lyrics are really an epic poem.  President Reagan, an actor, was elected to play the role of hero on a white horse that saves the day by preserving a culture that keeps certain folks unfairly on top.  To many Whites, conservatism seeks to go back to a time when life was wonderful without acknowledging that the economic system was based on the robbing of the red man and oppression of Blacks who were never supposed to be here in the first place.  Africa without European colonization would be one of the best continents.

“Quick, we should find the Bible section about dark people working for the descendants of Noah’s other sons—Africans love working in blistering heat.”  For the record, the death of Jesus cleaned the slate for all people before him but evidently the question for some Whites becomes “are Blacks actually people.”

I was hearing knowledge and wisdom in a barbershop yesterday and it made me realize that I learned from Mr. Nether in the chair, from Mrs. Nether in the classroom and both of them in the A.M.E. parking lot as a kid.  Mrs. Lumpkin would encourage your growth every time she saw you.  When Desert Storm broke out, Mrs. Lumpkin’s former students knew exactly where Iraq was.  Unlike the Europeans who when there for oil, we knew that great civilizations of color existing in that region before Christ.  Mrs. Lumpkin taught geography with a timeline and the Great Pyramid at Giza was erected 2400 years before Christ lived.  And Napoleon wondered which Europeans came down to construct them—no, sir.

On a sly note, the Black church taught about the struggles of the Hebrew people AND the fact that some of those battles were with ancient Africans—us.  Watch out now.  Gil Scott Heron said “…Egypt and Libya have been moved to the Middle East…I will swear every time, this version ain’t mine…that’s why it is called “His” story.”

So, I have lived long enough that “conservative” too me is the Black culture of the 60s and 70s.  Kids, we actually had Black business districts called Harlem in every town and city in America.  A Black dollar touched five Black hands before it left the community.  To break it down, the conservatism of my White classmates is different from the moderation/conservatism of Blue Dog Democrats and rural Black church folks.  We are conserving two different periods of time or the culture they want to return is based on the oppression of us.  You know what “make America great again” and “I want my country back” are really saying.

It’s woven into every issue and policy they support local, state and federal.  Reasonable Blacks should all vote on the first day of advance voting if they remember the past those people want to be our future.  On the other hand, the well-intended Progressive Movement might inadvertently hurt our community with wishes of giving too much from the government without acknowledging that someone must fund those programs with taxes and giving to much stymies personal responsibility, planning and growth.  Yes, on some level, I am a conservative but I am trying to conserve the Black mindset from the 60s not the White oppressive mindset from the same time.

Gil Scott Heron’s B – Movie is poetry.

Well, the first thing I want to say is…”Mandate my ass!”
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.But, oh yeah, I remember. In this year that we have now declared the year from Shogun to Reagan, I remember what I said about Reagan…meant it. Acted like an actor…Hollyweird. Acted like a liberal. Acted like General Franco when he acted like governor of California, then he acted like a republican. Then he acted like somebody was going to vote for him for president. And now we act like 26% of the registered voters is actually a mandate. We’re all actors in this I suppose.

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 will 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. Cliches abound like kangaroos ? courtesy of some spaced out Marlin Perkins, a Reagan contemporary. Cliches like, “itchy trigger finger” and “tall in the saddle” and “riding off or on into the sunset.” Cliches like, “Get off of my planet by sundown!” More so than cliches 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 dupe – 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 Bly” 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 with 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 have John Wayne…we would rather have 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.”

[Refrain repeated about 25 times or more in an apocalyptic crescendo with a military cadence.]

“This ain’t really your life,

Ain’t really your life,
Ain’t really ain’t nothing but a movie.”

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