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Candidate Romney should have listened to the song “Pop Life” by Prince before making his 47% statement last spring.  He could have spent two days in south Georgia listening to Rep. Austin Scott and two more days learning from me on the front porch—but more about that later.

“What’s the matter with your life…is proverty bringing you down.”  Prince is actually a rather conservative music star and his patriotism and logic comes out in his lyrics.  In “Pop Life,”  Prince sang, “everybody can’t be on top…life, it ain’t real funky unless it’s got that pop.”  There it is; that is what I have been waiting to hear from some leader for three decades.  America doesn’t guarantee a great life to everyone but (as Newt Gingrich said when he was Speaker of the House) everyone should have the opportunity to learn in a quality school, train as an adult and build wealth overtime through hard work and smart living.   Yes, we should have temporary help but don’t plan on life-long government assistance.

Everyone can’t be middle class and those who find themselves in a lower-income bracket likely arrived there because of personal decisions, playing in school and simply being out hustled by the real go-getters.  I am not a real go-getter and most classmates from 16 years of formal education drove harder for the good life– congrats to them on their success.  I know who to blame for my thin wallet—the guy in the mirror.   Attending a high school football game today is difficult for me because I am concern with the fact that some of the kids in the crowd are prepping for the state penn rather than Penn State.   Their music doesn’t have the substance of Prince or early rappers.

My wallet would be crazy fat if conservatives asked me how to create a segment in their movement that would attract the sensible center but they are too busy loving on the angry far-Right.  During then congressional candidate Austin Scott’s effort to unseat Blue Dog Dem Jim Marshall, I saw Scott and RNC chair Michael Steele get off a bus together.  I knew that the Dems would be in trouble if the Scott, Steele, Jon Huntsman, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels and similar minds crafted a message high on issues and solutions and low on name calling and fear tactics.   That development never happened and President Obama has the lion share of us in the middle.

Yeah, my man Prince wrote the daylights out of Pop Life with lines like “..is the Mailman jerking you around…did he put your million dollar check in someone else’s box.”  While Prince was talking about the sweepstakes, people in my community put too much hope in the lottery and wishing that their sons will make the NBA.  Once and for all, if your son spent as much time and effort in school work as he does bouncing a ball, he could be so rich that he had money offshore like Romney.   Plus, most former NBA players are destitute six years after leaving the league.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1153364/index.htm

Austin Scott seems like Barack Obama during his first congressional bid.  He played the smooth role and stayed fiscal in his concerns about Democrats–avoiding the birther nonsense.  Do you think the GOP spent much time studying his blueprint for defeating a moderate Democrat?  Nope.

Well, I am not one to want anyone to wallow in ignorance.  When they get ready to learn how to approach reasonable people reasonably, my flat wallet and I will be right here.

Pop Life  By Prince 

What’s the matter with your life
Is the poverty bringing u down?
Is the mailman jerking u round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In someone elses box?

Tell me, what’s the matter with your world
Was it a boy when u wanted a girl? (boy when u wanted a girl)
Don’t u know straight hair aint got no curl (no curl)
Life it aint real funky
Unless it’s got that pop
Dig it

Pop life
Everybody needs a thrill
Pop life
We all got a space 2 fill
Pop life
Everybody can’t be on top
But life it aint real funky
Unless it’s got that pop
Dig it

Tell me, what’s that underneath your hair?
Is there anybody living there? (anybody living there)
U can’t get over, if u say u just don’t care (don’t care)
Show me a boy who stays in school
And I’ll show u a boy aware!
Dig it

Pop life
Everybody needs a thrill
Pop life
We all got a space 2 fill
Pop life
Everybody can’t be on top
But life it aint real funky
Unless it’s got that pop
Dig it

What u putting in your nose?
Is that where all your money goes (is that where your money goes)
The river of addiction flows
U think it’s hot, but there wont be no water
When the fire blows
Dig it

Pop life
Everybody needs a thrill
Pop life
We all got a space 2 fill
Pop life
Everybody wants to be on top
But life it aint real funky
Unless it’s got that pop
Dig it

Pop life
Everybody needs a thrill
Pop life
We all got a space 2 fill
Pop life
Everybody can’t be on top
But life it aint real funky
Unless it’s got that pop
Dig it

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Arthur Ashe, Jackie Robinson and Magic Johnson can credit part of their success to marrying well; they chose partners who smoothly insisted or assisted their drive to the top.  Tiger Woods has made me so proud as an American and African American. Yes, my friends and I were wrong to say he is Black when he wins and Asian on the Sundays that he doesn’t win…we are wishy washy like that.  Obama policies worked well “that’s my brother”…economy down next year “what up with the Hawaiian Kansan.”

On Ken Burns long documentary about Baseball, we learned that Mr. Jackie Robinson was a “race man” or a person who constantly concerned himself with uplifting his people.  Before someone gets his BVDs in a bunch, that doesn’t mean that race men wanted to pull down other races; just assist in our raise out of our previous condition.  Of course, Robinson found himself at odds with radicals during the civil rights era and would be so disappointed with our community today.

Cookie Johnson stood by her man when some thought that she would kill him for insulting her and putting her at risk.  How is Magic doing these days?  Cookie wins and the same can be said for the widow of Arthur Ashe.  Jeanne and Arthur’s relationship was the standard by which we measured couples in my college crew—okay the Huxtables also but that was T.V.  People talk about what would Dr. King think about this and that but I wonder about Ashe’s views. 

When Ashe wanted to enlighten prominent Black Americans about the South African situation, he would coolly have a private function and broach the subject. 

If I currently serving in the Senate, I would have an outdoors weekend on my southwest Georgia spread to nudge the young cats toward who I think they should be approaching.  The only thing sweeter than Georgia peaches is the fruit that bosomed on the African vine.  Unlike the White House, security would be in full force to keep out golddiggers and video vixens.

Guest List

Tiger Woods

Kobe Bryant

Lamar Odom

Reggie Bush

Alex Rodriguez

Usher Raymond

Brian Urlacher

Ray J

Esperanza Spalding

Lizz Wright

Alicia Keys

Kelly Rowland and any former members of Destiny’s Child

Kandi Burruss (No, Kim Zolicak can’t be Plus One)

Huma Abedin, Hilllary Clinton’s assistant

Jill Scott

Melody Barnes, Obama Domestic Policy advisor

Tamron Hall, MSNBC

Venus Williams

India Arie

Let the matchmaking being:

Tiger and Esperanza

Lamar and Kandi

Kobe and A Keys or Huma

Ray J and Kandi or one of the former D.C. singers

Brian and Tamron

Alex and Melody or Esperanza 

The Senator and Tamron or Lizz 

Okay, Who told the D.J. to play Sir Mix-A-Lot:

To the beanpole dames in the magazines: You ain’t it, Miss Thing!
Give me a sister, I can’t resist her.
Red beans and rice didn’t miss her!

(Yes, I have way too much free time on my hands and half these people never dated anyone who looked like them.)

All kidding aside, Tiger and his family are going to be just fine.  After all of the things he has done right, the guy can have a little drama—he is human off the course and after last year he is human on the course also.  He knows who he likes and I wish them well.

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