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More than football and hip hop, we must develop an understanding of politics and governing.  It’s a matter of life and death.  First, I am not angry at President Trump for being exactly who he said he would be nor am I ticked off at Republican voters for using him to keep Hillary Clinton out of the White House.  I am overwhelmingly pissed at my community for not voting in five or six pivotal states.

Oh, non-voting Blacks escorted Trump into the White House and handed him the nuclear codes.   Our Black –sses will be the first ones drafted into an ego-driven Trump war.  Being drafted by your nation puts you in an awkward situation.   My brother was in the Vietnam War while we weren’t allowed to swim in the local pool or check out books from the library—for the record, he volunteered.

We know that the victor writes history and I have fairly felt that the South in the American Civil War was the most dangerous threat to the United States—more than any power from Europe, Asia or the Middle East in history.  But, I don’t put military personal in the same category as political leaders normally (notable exception being Nazis.)

To me, General Robert E. Lee was a gentleman who strategized for a wrong cause.  Remember, Lincoln offered him command of the Army of the Potomac but his heart was with Virginia.  So, if we are talking about military skills, Robert E. Lee, World War II German General Erwin Rommel and William T. Sherman get military praise.  On the other hand, I am glad Lee and Rommel were on defeated sides and Sherman was so nasty to former slaves during his March to the Sea.  Confederate Lt. General Nathan Bedford Forrest was brilliant on the battlefield but helped found the Klan after the war.  Why do Black guys play football with Jeff Davis County High in Georgia?

Spending 25 years in military service could have been a great career for me but I wasn’t prepared to hear who the president or pentagon saw as the enemy—not while Mandela sat in a cell.  Much of America’s military focus was and is based on the financial interests of fat cats.  America never respected self-governing in Africa or the oil-rich Middle East.  There are some people with legitimate reasons to dislike us but terrorism isn’t the answer.  Blacks in south Georgia see the Klan as more of a concern than the ISIS.  Oh yea, why do we get upset when folks in the Middle East try to have a faith-based government but the conservatives in America seek to do the same thing with our Christian faith.

It never crossed White southerners’ minds that items honoring the Confederacy would be hella offensive to the Black population…the same Black population who built the South for free. But, I say don’t remove anything nor level any Nazi concentration camps…lest we forget.  I am writing this blog post on Lee Street in a small southern town and the street wasn’t name for Bruce Lee.  Finally, Dr. Martin Luther King is turning over in his grave about the trashy ways we carry ourselves on streets name for him…where the good weed can be scored.

To this day, I think Donald Trump is a world class opportunist who never imagined actually winning the White House (which brings forensic examination of his shady business dealings.)  But, his followers on the far Right knew what “take this nation back” meant to them.  They should hug him tightly and not let him go.  Normal Republicans have a few months to figure out how to remove him from their ranks…and when they try, it’s going to be on and popping.

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Scriptures and southern sayings do more for you than the government.  The roles of the federal and state governments need to be reexamined during this non-election year.   My idea is that the best life doesn’t depend on what governmental officials do and we need to hear some of them say that.

Free Milk and a Cow: The Georgia Satellites use this saying as the central theme in their hit “Keep Your Hands to Yourself.”  Beyoncé sang something similar in “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It.)”  Grandmothers once taught girls to hold “the cookie” hostage until a young gentleman (literally a gentle man) presented a long term, whole life package that included caring for future children.  America will always provide a little temporary food assistance to needy families but the government is not now nor should it be your baby’s daddy for 18 years.

2 Thessalonians 3:10-15: Paul broke that thing down in this letter.  “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.  For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all but are busybodies.  Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work and eat their own bread.  But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.

And if any man obeys not our word by this epistle, note that man and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet, could him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.

Society wants to help the needy but how do we have young parents who are too cool to flip burgers and toss watermelons.  But, you love your kids so much.  Hogwash.  We grew up with parents who had a job and a side job.  Paul’s “Disorderly” would be current thugs but Democrats shouldn’t consider them as the enemy…just brothers who never learned the right way.

Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach him to fish and he eats for a lifetime: You help those who help themselves.  Unfortunately, we have a large number of half-raised people in this country.  Georgia Governor Nathan Deal was surprised to discover the amount of money our state spends on corrections.  I love calling the prison system “corrections” because that is what it is.  If a fraction of that money could have been spent on better college, technical schools and K-12, we would need less funding for corrections and have fewer crime victims.

Know who you are and whose you are: Back in the day, our community had pride.  You represented yourself, your family, your community, your race and your church in everything you did.  In his first book, Secretary Colin Powell wrote that we need to bring the concept of shame back in America and I agree.  If your kids are hungry but you won’t pick tomatoes as a job, you should be ashamed.  If that same person plays Xbox all day, he should be ashamed.  If you sell dope on the corner which poisons the community and creates a violent illegal commerce, shame on you.

Look, the American way should be an equal opportunity at success for everyone..a fair shot. If you blow off your shot with your actions (playing in school, disrespecting your family, being lazy), you are messing up an opportunity slaves and sharecroppers would have died to have.

They did die to have the right to vote but too many people in our community blow off voting.  Wait a second..the same young people getting temporary assistance don’t vote. Amazing.  The Trump Presidency is reality and  his plan is simple: Reduce government assistance to needy people, they can do the work currently done by illegals…the work Americans won’t do.

Black Lives Matter: Okay, I always thought this movement should have been Black Lives Matter Also but what do I know.  It’s not saying that other lives don’t matter..they do.  As a southern moderate, I find the progressive movement to be a little aggressive with the whole “what government did and what corporate America did” thing.  But, I was hyped to see a You Tube video say Black Lives should matter to Black people.

 

Yes, sir..there it is right there.  Jesus said one of the two greatest commandments was love your neighbor as yourself but you don’t love yourself.   If we took care of our community, the government would be secondary…”defend the borders and deliver the mail” is one more southern saying.

Oh, liberals don’t want to read this blog’s year-long treatise the Best Interests Initiative.

https://bestinterestsinitiative.wordpress.com/long-term-bii/

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Coalitions win elections.  After primary battles, the party that gets itself together fastest will likely be victorious.  I am still upset that Ralph Nader pulled enough voters from Al Gore to help George Bush win in 2000.  Like Hillary Clinton, Gore won the popular vote but you must have strategy where it matters.

Strategy is a high level plan to achieve one or more goals under conditions of uncertainty.   Remember, at this point in 2016, I was telling everyone who would listen that Donald Trump could win the election by playing opossum (playing dead) as we say in the country.  We let our guard down.

I am getting over my feelings about Bernie Sanders Progressives who didn’t vote for Hillary (…if you had it to do over, grasshopper….).  Yes,  those voters could have been the margin of victory in pivotal states.  I want to take a brief look at coalitions on the Republican and Democrat sides relative to 2012 and 2020.

First of all, the Republican base will obviously vote for whomever their party nominates in any election.  They have been so brainwashed about Democrats until they trust the Russians more than us.  To get to 50%, they motivate some rural people with faith and gun issues.  But, most of the Black folks at my church are veterans who own peacekeeping steel also.  Go figure?

So, will working class Whites stay with the Trump division of the GOP?  Will the Dem Team develop and market a package to entice those voters back?  You can’t win a statewide election in the South without a certain percentage of those voters.  It starts with quality schools, jobs and affordable healthcare.  The awkwardness of the Trump administration from day one has tarnished the Republican brand.  They have some decisions to make.

On the Democrat side in the South, we must understand that Blacks for now are the backbone of the party.  To some, the party feels like a plantation with Whites running everything while Blacks do the heavy lifting.  The strategy for me involves a coalition of everyone….city progressives, moderate rural Blacks and some working class Whites who are about to learn that far Right budget cuts know no color.

Know this: there is a difference between a political party and a movement.  Black Lives Matter, The Tea Party, Occupy Wall Street, Trump’s Make America Great Again and Sander’s Progressives are movements and not subject to political parties.

We need to know now if movements are going to “act right” if parties give them a national stage. Really, they shouldn’t as activist but just say so from jump street.

We are looking at candidates for governor in Georgia for 2018 and even president in 2020.  My friends don’t agree but I believe in asking candidates how they feel about candidates and officeholders on other levels of government.  You don’t get my vote if you thought Obama was a bad guy and Trump is wonderful….no way.  Actually, the 2018 election will be a referendum on Trump… local, state and federal.

The margin of victory for Democrats in 2018 is narrowed if candidates put a fire in the belly of infrequent voters.

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Jeb Bush saw this Trump situation coming like Nostradamus and so did I.  First of all, it’s not about Trump nor is it Trump’s fault.  Donald Trump thought it would be fun building his brand by running for president.  As he said last week, Hillary was supposed to win.

Could enough Americans be so twisted that the least qualified candidate in history gets elected over the most qualified?  Evidently, yes.  The Bushes are basically decent people—notice how Bill Clinton has become an extra son to 41.  Jeb repeatedly said he wouldn’t be president if he had to be a dirty, misinformation candidate to win and the Republican primary voters said take your behind home.  Trump was like “I will.”

In politics and policy, what you want to say to achieve a result and the truth are often two different things.  A noble person would always try to tell the truth and sometimes the truth hurts.  An opportunistic person like Trump thinks “win and get paid” first then deal with whatever later.

People should have a functioning Crap meter to determine when someone is bringing it by the truckload.  At some point, some conservatives determined that the ends justify the means.  Honestly, many of their hopes for America make sense but you can’t get there with dirty methods nor force people to do what they maybe should do.

At some point, Fox News stopped pretending to be unbiased journalism and started saying sensational nonsense that drove ratings up and made money.  It’s misinformation at it’s finest.

A segment of the far Right profits from pitting Americans against each other– flirting with Civil War rather than seeking solutions.  A segment of the far Left wants anarchy.  In his marketing brilliance, Trump saw the opportunity to ride the misinformation wave straight into the White House.  You can see in his eyes that it’s not the fun job he thought it would be.  Hillary was elected president by the popular vote; Trump, by the Electoral College, was elected King.  In our system of government, one person can’t run the nation by the seat of his pants.  Trump might need to let Pence have it before forensic analysis of his businesses leads to real drama for his folks.

All is not lost.  We must reeducate America.  My community needs to understand the importance of voting and keeping up with public policy.  The progressives are hot in the Democratic Party these days and peace to them.  However, the moderate, centrist Blue Dog seats at the table must remain.  I still think we should have a frank discussion about what government can’t/shouldn’t do.  The 1960s Blacks would be appalled by the current lack of voting, desire for assistance and importance of the hip hop culture.  Oh, the thug mentality of some hip hop is holding us down more than Trump.

In 2017, the Democrat Team should be field testing concepts, approaches and issues to find what resonates with my non-urban South.  The Black community is the backbone of the Blue Team.  You don’t need to be Nostradamus to see continued struggle if we don’t do things differently.

 

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The Georgia Governor’s race is a long shot for Democrats but it could be a win if they play their cards right.   A win can come only if a great candidate with tons of personality builds a statewide coalition.  The required buzz words are platform, energy, message, network, freshness and resourcefulness.

I like the fact that the early mentioned names are women: former interim U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates, State House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams and Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson.  All candidates should commit now to stealing a play from Trump’s playbook rather than Bernie Sanders.  “I, state your name, agree to 100% back the winner of the primary and to encourage my team and financial supporters to do the same…so, help me God…really, help me God.”

How many Georgia Republicans wanted Trump to be the nominee?  They knew most of the folks on that stage would be a better president but after he stole that nom, they fell in line.  Hats off to the Republicans who never did and still haven’t to this day.

At first glance, what one key thing comes to mind from the abovementioned candidates?  Yates stood up to Trump like a boss regarding the legality of his travel ban and that fact could net millions in campaign contributions from sea to shining sea.

Democrats have been losing statewide elections for the last twenty years because they wouldn’t use my formula: G.R.= .25% MM   Ok, that’s not a real formula and I have been watching the Einstein based Nat Geo show Genius.  But to me, Grassroots should be 25% of the media money because pouring T.V. ads on the people doesn’t help anyone except the people who sell ad buys.

Leader Abrams seems to be about grassroots and getting all Georgians engaged in the public policy process.  If you noticed, I didn’t say “voting” alone because it involves being a well-informed citizen who watches local, state and national policy and politics constantly…as if your life depended on it.  Look, your life depends on it because it’s a network that stops in the White House.

Mayors, City Council members, School board members and County Commissioners are the building blocks for state legislators.  State legislators are the building blocks for congressmen, who are the building blocks for Governors, U.S. Senators and other statewide races.  Those statewide winners are the building blocks for the Presidency.  As they say at Albany State University, you can’t bulid a chimney from the top.

Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson’s key thing is positive energy.  Various groups in that city just like her; she is a coalition builder and to me, she seems to bring that Obama, Bill Clinton, Sanford Bishop “You can’t dislike me” vibe.  That vibe could go a long way in bringing disenchanted citizens to the polls and presenting Georgia as a state ready to do business.

If Obama and Clinton couldn’t win Georgia, how can someone else?  One word: Trump.  Every Republican candidate will be required to explain why they feel Trump is right for America and Georgia.  Every election in November 2018 will be a referendum on Trump and his supporters.  It’s about who wants to bring people together to find real solutions or who wins by dividing people with fear and ugliness.  Look, my conservative friends are generally good people; my liberal friends are good as well.  But, the sensible center should stand up and take our seat at the table.

In the rural South, the far Right conservatives and the far Left progressives both ignore rural Black moderates.  You can’t win Georgia without rural Black voters in 20 areas south of a line from Columbus to Augusta.  Team Hillary blew us off and did the same in Florida and North Carolina.

Readers of this blog know I hedged by bets by being a Democrat who voted in the Republican presidential primary for Ohio governor John Kasich.  Yes, I wanted Hillary but just in case…  To my friends, I am Nostradamus because I told them so like Chicken Little…”the polls are falling….the polls are falling.”  If they knew Trump could have actually won, they would have helped somebody…ok, anybody.. else be the GOP nom to hedge their bets.

Rural moderates have had it with being ignored by the state and national Democrats.  Remember, rural Blacks are the southern Dem base… act like you know that when you spend all of your energy begging Dixiecrats to come back.  Dixiecrats can be replaced at the Democrat table by reasonable suburbanites and rural Blacks who don’t vote.  My friends and I can light a fire under those disinterested voters; people who voted for Obama and nothing else.

We need to spend the next 12 months building a rural network based on proven local trendsetters.  Also, we need “real” congressional candidates in every district under and on that Columbus to Augusta line…building blocks.  Finally, take it to the people like Sanders did.  The old leaders are primarily interested in keeping power but who can rock a mic like Obama, who is next?

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The Democrats’ future in Georgia and the South centers on building a coalition that energizes everyone.  While the congressional runoff in Georgia’s 6th district is important, a portion of those millions should be directed to cultivating congressional districts with more Democrats—the 8th, 10th and 12th.

Jon Ossoff is the future of the party in suburban Atlanta and we all wish him well.  But, we shouldn’t forget that every area south of I-20 could flip from red to blue in local, state, and federal elections if the Dems could market to our community as well as Trump and the Tea Party hits his base.

Hillary Clinton won the two coasts but left too much on the table in the rest of the nation.  It was like picking peaches in Fort Valley, Georgia, by only getting the low hanging fruit…hell, reach down and get the fallen fruit (infrequent Dem voters) rather than reaching for fruit at the top of the tree (former Dixiecrat voters.)

We need a voter education project with some teeth.  The community should be hit hard with cold, hard facts—take off the kid gloves.  It shouldn’t be on Ossoff’s young shoulders alone and it shouldn’t have been on Hillary’s alone.  Dumb Dumbs, you don’t ask people to vote for someone..you asked them to vote for themselves by supporting these candidates.

The sleeping giant has always been regular folks helped by Democrats’ efforts.  The same regular folks that don’t bother voting… say what?  Oh, the youth are too cool to vote.  You know what else is cool: being drafted to fight in North Korea because Kim and Trump are trying to one up each other.  Why are you on public assistance but won’t vote?  Oh, we need to have a heart to heart in my community.

These young parents are about to see the crafty re-segregation of the public school systems but they only come on campus for sporting events…we need to talk.

Finally, the moderate wing of the Democrat Party needs to take our seat at the table, the old Clinton/Gore Blue Dogs.  See, the new progressive movement fails to acknowledge the moderate to conservative Blacks in the rural South.  We are talking about Blacks who are clean-cut, work the same jobs for years, served in the military and active in church.

The liberals in the national DNC seem more interested in the roughest element of the community.  Look here, many of those people chose that rough life.  Frederick Douglass said it is easier to build strong children than repair broken men.  The thug/street life glamorized by hip hop is negatively impacting our community more than the Klan.  Yea, we really need to talk about what we can do to help ourselves without governmental involvement.

Let’s get the old band back together.  With a few dollars (50k), the moderate movement in the Dem Party could dust off the Blue Dog ideals in 20 rural areas in Georgia.  The platform should be created now while the nation is eager to fund Trump-push back operations; let’s field test concepts and methods.  If something hot emerges, it could be used everywhere.

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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.

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