Archive for May, 2012

Debut of “He Said, She Said”

This is the debut show of “He Said, She Said”, a new conservative talk show with me and Stacy Washington from StacyOnTheRight.com. We discuss the origins of our conservative backgrounds, a little Mitt Romney chatter, and a conversation with the legendary conservative talk show host Tony Katz! Hope you enjoy!

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Last Saturday, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) officially came out and declared their support for same-sex marriage. According to USA Today, the organization now sees the issue as comparable to civil rights.

Ironically, this stance fails to comport with a large sector of the African-American population.  Roughly 62% of blacks are against same-sex marriage,according to a Pew Research poll conducted in October 2011.  This is not alarming news, as it was clear that blacks are in favor of traditional marriage which was evident in the 2008 passage of Proposition 8, which banned same sex marriage in the state of California, which African-Americans supported overwhelmingly.

The timing of the NAACP’s support for same-sex marriage is undeniably alarming and perplexing. It follows President Obama’s public endorsement of the issue on May 9th.  The underlining tone from the NAACP is pretty clear and doesn’t need much deciphering: Get behind President Obama. It’s quite that simple. The NAACP, which is supposed to be a non-partisan organization, has betrayed the principles that matter so dearly to the black community to join forces with President Obama’s secular agenda.

While it is not surprising to see the NAACP applaud the efforts of the nation’s first African-American president, it is irresponsible of them to put a divisive political issue ahead of what truly is affecting the black community—high unemployment rate, a weak economy and lack of jobs.

Also, their call for racial harmony has been questioned by many due to their hypocritical and impeccable acts at times. In 2006, NAACP Chairman Julian Bond compared the GOP to Nazis and compared judicial nominees of then-President George W. Bush to the Taliban. 

Not only did this cause a strain with the administration, but it temporarily but race-relations on hold. It is this divisive and toxic rhetoric that compels many to not take the NAACP’s agenda seriously.

            If the NAACP wants to have a relative dialogue that parallels to President Obama’s policies, I would encourage them to engage in discussions of how jobs can be available in the black community. The current deficit, debt and fragile economy will impact the black community more directly than same sex marriage. The fact that many college graduates are finding difficulty finding jobs post graduation has higher precedent among blacks than the debate over marriage.

            Has the NAACP challenged the President over the high unemployment rate among African-Americans? In April, blacks saw a troubling 13% rate in unemployment. To not engage the first black President about these depressing numbers does not do justice to the black community.

The NAACP, if it desires to regain its status as a valid and concise voice for the advancement of African-Americans, must engage in discussion and policy that will help blacks compete in today’s economy, and must also be willing to respect the views of African-Americans without aligning itself to the partisan tactics of politics today.

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We all familiar with the fictional superhero powers of Spiderman. He makes a web with his fingers, swoops down and saves an innocent citizen from falling or being held captive from an evil villain. Spiderman is called upon in desparate times. He is adored, admired, and a throbbing celebrity, but even Spiderman had an humble beginnning…

Peter Parker was no superhero before he became Spiderman. He was a broke high school teenager with no girlfriend and no popularity status. He suffered rejection, loneliness, and inadequency during his teenage years. Peter Parker was indeed a social outcast.

We all know what happens next…Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider that gave him an enormous amount of strength and powers to defeat evil.

My dear friends, we are the “Peter Parker” Christians. The fact is, before we had an encounter with Jesus Christ, we were nobodys. We struggled to find our identity in a complex world, because we didnt have God, and therefore we were miserable and was trying to fit in with the secular and mainstream society. We were the just an “avearge Joe” trying to make sense out of a complicated life. We had nothing to hope for or live for.

But, just like Peter Parker had a radioactive experience, we had a SUPERNATURAL experience. We became intimate with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. God baptized us with fresh faith and he saved us by his grace and mercy. After he saved us and regenerated us, he gave us a special power—the power to turn the world upside down!

The world is longing for that superhero—We are that Superhero!! We need to reach the “Peter Parker’s” out there–the rejected, the outcasts, those who are struggling with their self-identity. We have become transformed, and God has given us different ministries and talents to reach a lost and dying world. This world is on the very edge of falling of the cliff—with God’s help, they can be caught in his web–a web of forgiveness, grace and mercy–but they won’t know about it until Peter Parker tells the testimony of his transformation that will impact in their lives.

I once was lost, but now I’m found, was blind, but now I see…I once was Peter Parker, but now I’m destined to save this world and to inform them that God loves them and wants to save them…I am a “Peter Parker” Christian.

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For many members of the Millennial Generation, now is about the time when they begin to ponder major life choices, including their first home purchase. However, the heavy increase of student debt load this generation carries may prevent many from buying a home, even at low prices.

While the challenges that face the Millennial Generation are great and massive, President Obama enjoys a 63% approval rating among young people according to a latest Gallup poll. This is quite odd and perplexing given the economic plight that young people face, that is familiar to us all. The job market still appears to be fragile and weak after April’s anemic addition of 115,000 jobs, according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Facing the Millennial Generation is the rising catastrophe of the student loan crisis. It has been a burden on students to face increasing tuition fees, which has caused their student loan costs to spike. According to a Wall Street Journal report, approximately two-thirds of students from 2010’s graduating class graduated with student loans, with an average cost of $25,250, up 5% from the previous year.

While the fear of not acquiring a job is a constant fear in students’ minds, also concerning them is the question of which career to pursue during their collegiate studies. If a student chooses a career path that is not currently seeing high numbers in the workforce, it obviously becomes a risk. For example, there are more opportunities in the workforce for engineers and nurses than there are for those who may pursue a career in the creative arts field. It is extremely helpful that students work in an internship or job training program while enrolled in college that will not only benefit their academic career but would also assist in their job search.

Due to the heavy debt load and lack of jobs available for students, many of them have decided to move back home to reside with their parents and caregivers. This makes it difficult for them to flex their financial muscles in purchasing a home, paying their bills and embracing financial dependency.

With all of these woes being up front and center in the lives of Millennials, one has to ask: “Why are they still supporting Obama?” The answer is this: imagery.

Barack Obama may not have the celebrity appeal as he did in 2008, but he is still a likable guy. How do you compete with the president who effectively sings Al Green and can slow jam the news?

The toxic climate involving his economic policies is somewhat overshadowed by the fact that he relates to culture. Whether it be basketball, Hollywood fundraisers or soul singing, President Obama has an advantage with the youth vote because he is continuing his role as a “hipster” or someone who is culturally relevant.

In contrast, his opponent, presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, has been burdened with a stigma from the media that is tough to counter. He is constantly portrayed as a rich white guy who is out of touch with mainstream society. He hasn’t had quite the appeal to the youth as Obama has and been accused of appearing stiff and rigid.

However, Mitt can tap into the Millennial vote by advocating a message of economic freedom, free market capitalism and job growth, which are essential to beating financial dependency and creating economic freedom for the Millennial Generation.

Will Romney be able to shake off the image of a rigid, rich white guy and convince them that Obama’s policies have failed them? Only time will tell. Unfortunately in politics, imagery can trump ideology.