Archive for December, 2012

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The year 2012 was arguably the most transformational year of my life. At the beginning of the year, I was living in North Augusta, SC. I was enjoying life as a political radio show co-host and producer and local TV show co-host.

I was a very popular figure within my community. I had connections with local politicians, businessmen, educators and even ministers.

When I wasn’t in the comfortable abode of a radio/TV station, I was the center of attention at the party scenes. I was admitted into bars and clubs for free, and I mesmerized many individuals with smooth dance moves and a charming pick-up line or two. I even bragged to my closest friend’s that “the party didn’t start until I hit the dance floor.”

Spiritually, I was dry and lost. I had substituted a walk with God for popularity and a secular lifestyle.

I thought I was having the time of my life until one of my party friends got killed in an hit-and-run accident. I hear an audible voice from God telling me that if I remained where I was that I was going to die. I was unaware if this was going to be a spiritual or physical death, but I just knew that I felt like I was beginning to succumb to fear and anxiety.

I called my parents who were residing in Virginia in February to inform them that I was going to move to their location at the end of March.

During my final month in North Augusta, I began the uncomfortable and painful task of bidding adieu to my co-workers, church family and some of my closest friends. There were quite a few of them who didn’t understand the nature of my decision to move and pondered the thought of my possible return.

I tried my best to explain to them that my exodus was to begin a new journey and that I was simply unaware of what the future would bring.

I moved to Virginia the last week of March with a definite fear of the unknown. How would I adapt to my new environment? How will it be living with my parents again? How long would it take for me to rehabilitate spiritually? Will I find employment? Will I be able to trust anyone here?

I immediately began to feel a positive impact when the church my parents attended in Virginia quickly embraced me without holding judgment. Through the weekly small group meetings and Sunday services, I found myself spiritually maturing quicker than I had originally thought.

I could’ve easily entrenched myself in self-pity, condemnation and guilt. Instead, I challenged and encouraged myself to accept God’s forgiveness for past sins and to move forward and fulfill the purpose God has given me.

My newfound faithfulness to God’s kingdom quickly paid off. I found a job within a reasonable time span and me and a good friend from St. Louis launched a successful online radio show at the end of May.

As I write this final blog post for 2012, I can sit here and reflect on God’s mercy and grace. I’m highly confident that 2013 will be a year of transition. I’m expecting my faith to be accelerated. I feel there will be a transition from being a spiritual nomad to being a vessel used by God to perform miracles, signs and wonders. I’m expecting the transition from experiencing the fear of the unknown to fully taking hold of the challenges put before me knowing that God will never abandon me and will help me accomplish every task given to me.

I’m acutely aware that challenges and circumstances will arise in 2013. That’s a given. With the transitioning to a mindset of spiritual authority and dominion, these obstacles will not be a distraction, but a mere stepping stone to the next level of faith.

I’m enthused about what God has in store in 2013. It’ll be a monumental year. One transition has already been made: Instead of hoping for positive results, I’m already claiming that there WILL BE a surge of positivity to come my way.

Be blessed in 2013.

O Father, Where Art Thou?

Posted: December 31, 2012 in Politics, Race Relations

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We used to hear about the single mother who worked two and three jobs to make ends meet for her and her children.  But today we’re hearing more about the society of dependency that children in America are being born into, and at alarming rates.  According to the US Census, approximately 15 million children are currently living without a father in the home. That equates to roughly 1 out of 3 children that are being raised without the presence of a father.

The average income for a married couple with children is $80,000 compared to an average income of $24,000 for a single mother. Right now in America, three in ten caucasian children, 53 percent of Hispanic babies and 73 percent of black babies are born outside of marriage.  If this trend continues we will be looking at an ever increasing generation of children born into poverty and staying there.

The structure of the family is crucial to meeting social and economical needs.

While it serves as an economic advantage to have the two-parent family model, the policies of the liberal progressive movement have done nothing but undermine this structure.  They embrace the single mother as means of promoting big government solutions and a welfare state. This can be traced back to Lyndon Baines Johnson’s “The Great Society”, which was used to usher in welfare and entitlements, not for temporary use, but as permanent way of life.  Now we are seeing three and four generations of children trapped in this cycle of dependency.

The lack of a father figure in the home makes a single mother more economically vulnerable. Liberal politicians are aware of this assessment and they cling to this voting coalition every election cycle. They promise them hand-outs, but no real opportunity to lift them out of their government induced valley.

Take into consideration this haunting fact: The Congressional Research Service reported that the fiscal year of 2011 consisted of $1.03 trillion of spending for government welfare programs on the federal and state level. The report says “total means-tested welfare spending is currently the single-largest category of spending in the federal budget.” There is more spending on welfare programs than there is on Social Security, Medicare or on national defense. It serves as an imperative reminder that President Obama gutted the federal work requirements that were placed in order by President Clinton when he signed welfare reform in 1996.  Policies such as this encourage more dependency and lessen the initiative for one to find work.  Why work when the government is creating incentives for women to have children outside of marriage and who needs a daddy to provide when you have Uncle Sam?

While the economic factors of single parenthood can be a hurdle to a young child, another factor that weighs into the mix is the incarceration rate associated with single parent families.

In 2002, the Department of Justice took a survey of 7,000 inmates. It revealed that 39% of jail inmates came from single-mother families. About 46% of jail inmates in 2002 had a family member that was previously incarcerated. One-fifth of the inmates experienced a father in prison or jail.

While the devastating effects on families and neighborhoods are hard to quantify, the financial costs are not.  Imprisonment is coming at an high cost. According to a CBS report in April 2012, there is roughly 2.4 million prisoners in the United States. In the year 2010 alone, the cost of one inmate averaged $31,307 per year, which equates roughly to the salary of a new firefighter or a teacher. This comes at a cost to the taxpayer of nearly $63.4 billion a year. We are paying for this breakdown of the family on both ends of the spectrum.

The message is loud and clear: big government wants to be your babby daddy. It wants to provide for your essential needs rather than encourage the father to do it. It feels that it is the sole answer and solution to all economic and social needs.

This leads to a pressing question: “O Father, Where Art Thou?

Many of the young men that find themselves entangled in the chains of poverty and prison have lacked a strong father figure in their lives.  It’s a father’s unconditional love that not only helps his children gain financial stability and insight as they are growing up, but also allows them to treat other people in society with dignity and respect. It is easy to indulge in reckless and undisciplined behavior, but it takes courage to embrace responsibility and accountability for one’s actions.  Which do you think the current welfare policies encourage?

Government can never be a substitute for the role of a father. It can only deepen the economic and social woes that have already been inflicted upon the families. The planner’s desires to create a “Great Society” have nearly stripped society of all that made it great to begin with. To turn the course we’re on, fathers must take initiative and they must do it now.

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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley appointed Rep. Tim Scott to be the replacement for outgoing Sen. Jim DeMint. The move was highly anticipated since DeMint announced that he would be departing the Senate on December 6th.

Scott, a Tea Party favorite, will bring a strong message of conservative principles to the Senate; one that is centered around limited government, lower taxes, and free enterprise.

In the press conference announcing her appointment of Scott to the Senate, Gov. Haley noted the historic significance applied to her decision.  “It is important to me, as a minority female, that Congressman Scott earned this seat,” Haley said. ”He earned this seat for the person that he is. He earned this seat with the results he has shown.”

Prior to being elected to the House of Representatives in 2010, Scott worked at an insurance company and was also involved with real-estate. He served on the Charleston City Council in 1995 and was selected to be the statewide chairman of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond’s senatorial campaign. He is a staunch believer in school choice and tuition vouchers, both are strong assets to his conservative credentials.

At the press conference, Scott immediately turned his focus toward the frail and anemic economy, “I look forward to pressing the flesh on economic development issues, having the opportunity to work on making sure that our economy in this state continues to hum like an engine and get on the team with Nikki Haley to make sure that all of America continues to hear the great things about South Carolina.”

Scott is now the lone African-American in the Senate. He is the first black Republican Senator since Edmund Brooke in 1979 and first Republican Senator in the South since Reconstruction.

While the mainstream media has long attempted to label the Tea Party and Republicans as “old, rich white men” and “racists,” Tim Scott debunks that liberal myth. He broadens the GOP’s appeal and brings a sense of leadership that Washington so desperately needs.

In retrospect, the Tea Party is to thank for the diversity and appeal that is attributed tot he modern-day conservative movement. It produced victories for Hispanic New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, newly-elected Hispanic Sen. Ted Cruz, and the well-known Cuban-American, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who is rumored to be one of the favorites to occupy 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in 2016. 

Not everyone was pleased to hear about Tim Scott’s promotion. Liberals began to conform to their usual race-baiting whenever a black conservative gleams in the spotlight. Radio show Amos Brown managed to express a distasteful and hateful sentiment towards Scott via Twitter (@Amoswtlcindy). “Gee, courtesy of S. Carolina GOP, the nation gets Tim Scott an ultra-rightwing, Tea Party devotee US Senator who’s Black only in skin color.”

While it is typical of the left to invoke a senseless notion that black conservatives are less authentic for their stances and beliefs, it is important that the narrative be centered on true substance: jobs, growing the economy, and strengthening the middle class.

Tim Scott is not only a symbol of racial progression and diversity, but he embodies the American dream.  He is someone who came from very humble roots, experienced many challenges along the way but with hard work and dedication has become a powerful voice for liberty.  He will be positive force in the United States Senate. 

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On Sat, Dec 1, college football was the center of attention in many American households as the Alabama Crimson Tide and Georgia Bulldogs squared off in an intense battle for the SEC Championship. During the game, Marco Rubio, the 41 year-old GOP senator from Florida, sent several tweets related to the game.  I thought to myself, ‘This guy gets it!’ Not that a college football game resembles politics, but sports do reflect culture, and culture is essential into making political gains in the ever so changing demographics.

Making politics acceptable, in part, is realizing that most voters do not live in a political space but yet are immersed in culture. Therefore, even politicians, especially politicians must reach out to that culture in whatever means available and Rubio’s engagement on social media and football is part of that effort. Whether it’s keen knowledge of sports, music, spirituality, or the arts, the intertwining of culture and politics will produce a renaissance in the 21st century.

Nothing irritates me more than seeing old, half-bald men, who are only accustomed to phone banking and door knocking in an election year, trying to lead the narrative on engaging the youth. It’s not to say that there isn’t wisdom to be gained from seasoned activists, but new voices must emerge. Millennials should be the most active, energized and engaged and advocate for cultural appeal among the conservative movement. Politicians are a synopsis of their society. Culture is a synopsis of society. If we want more politicians elected that inhabitant a moral conscious and a law of ethics, we must be willing to change the cultural environment.

Many youth are reluctant to obey rules that are set before them, it’s why I’m positive that they would be hesitant to embrace a nanny-state America if they truly understood what liberties were at stake. Letting young people know what the power of free markets and individual liberty looks like and how it can empower them will enable them to boldly tell the government “hands-off” of their freedoms.

Young conservatives have done quite well in engaging in technological euphoria of social media. There is an immense amount of conservative talent that amasses Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. The intellect and wit of conservatives on these websites are undeniably second to none. However, it is quite easy to abide in the political bubble of social media and not change a single heart or mind.

It can be entertaining and comfortable to use social media as an outlet to vent frustration and to bring awareness of the liberal agenda within the mainstream media, but it will not change anything if there is no actual engagement in culture. We must feel obliged to not just use social media, but to be physically active in our cities and communities. It’s time to dispose of the coat and tie, and appeal to the youth. 

Within our own political circle of trust, we find it easy to discuss taxes, budgets, deficits and use mathematical statistics to prove our points. However, this is only appealing to political enthusiasts, not the average millennial. I sincerely believe that the message of freedom and liberty is universal and transcends to all generations. Young people, who I believe by nature are driven by self-interest, should be informed of the rising student loan crisis and the lack of jobs being awarded to college graduates, as well as the entitlement crisis to which they are footing the bill. These are issues that are front and center in the lives of today’s youth. The bigger the government, the less of a chance that today’s youth will have the opportunity to exercise their God-given rights.

Conservatives are known for talking about the corruption of culture that exists in Hollywood, schools, colleges, etc. But let’s not just talk. Let’s activate change. Culture will remain contaminated unless we vocalize our alternatives. We should be present in the areas that are dominated by liberals. If we’re going to win this culture war, we must define the narrative. Because the future of the youth is at stake, a cultural renaissance must occur within the conservative movement. It must be bold, courageous, fierce and unprecedented.