America could end. Really? This great republic might go the way of Ancient Rome if we are not careful. We know that the nation stands on a shaky foundation( stolen land, stolen Africans) but it’s still the best country in history.
We should remember the line from President Lincoln’s first inaugural address regarding the “better angels of our nature.” I could go back to Paul who wrote in his first letter to the church at Corinth ”Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you: but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgement.”
Oh, there are crazy divisions in America today: Republicans vs. Democrats, Voters vs. Non Voters, the Haves vs. the Have Nots, the two coasts vs. the everywhere else, Black vs. White, Brown vs. Whomever, Christians vs. Those Who Are Wrong (ok, the last one was just fun.)
In the Democrat Party, we have a division of Real Liberals/Progressives vs. Black Rural Clean Cut Southerners. First of all, this writer thinks of the Dem Party as the party of inclusion while the GOP is the party of exclusion/marginalization. My Republican friends generally feel they know what is best for everyone—with limited input from everyone else. I grew up in the Dem Party that included New England and West coasts liberals, Blacks, working class union members, and White Dixiecrats. Those Dixiecrats were still mad that Republican Lincoln reluctantly freed the slaves.
Hillary Clinton lost the election because the Dems didn’t court Black southerners or working class rural Whites. Remember, Blacks are the back bone of the Dem Party from Virginia to Texas. But, the D.N.C. spent most of their time trying to get undocumented Latinos citizenship so they could vote in bloc for the blue.
The DNC is about the business of convincing the heartland to agree with liberal policies rather than listening to our brand of moderation; that moderation is the only hope of getting back the working class White vote. To Trump’s credit, he was all ears for blue collar voters who are struggling because Trump’s corporate buddies shipped their jobs overseas.
Dilemma: The southern Black rural agenda isn’t important to either major political party. The national Dems are siding with Socialist Bernie Sanders. While dude is a cool guy, give me, give me, give me isn’t the answer for Black America.
I will give you what you need and it won’t’ cost a penny in federal spending. You need to carry yourself in a way that doesn’t depend on who is in the White House or governor’s mansion. This self-reliant mentality is rooted in Black nationalism from Marcus Garvey to Malcom X to surprisingly Justice Clarence Thomas.
In the 2018 elections, the Dem will be D.O.A. if they don’t come up with something fresh for my community. We need to build a network of trendsetters who ensure that the message is clear and plain and that we know the importance of voting. Of course, this bloggers thinks it starts with ideas and concepts outlined in https://bestinterestsinitiative.wordpress.com/long-term-bii/ .
It took a series of missteps and errors for the Dems to drop the White House with a quality candidate like Hillary Clinton. If the Dems Team doesn’t appreciate the rural moderates and centrists, we might need to explore swaying elections in the Republican primaries because their candidate selection process seems to be based on arrogance and superiority. When there is no action in the Dem primaries, I vote in the GOP primaries to assist their more reasonable candidates. Remember, the Black voting power in the South could sway most elections.
Yes, America could end if we aren’t careful and the fall will started when too many Americans feeling the nation isn’t fair for them.