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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell was featured on “Meet The Press.”  Powell, who identifies himself as a Republican, has faced much scrutiny from conservatives for endorsing Obama, not to mention his consistent attention seeking tactics at the expense of the GOP.

Powell was asked by host David Gregory to tell on what basis on which he was a Republican and if he left the GOP or if the GOP left him. While Powell refused to clarify on exactly what makes him a Republican, he did manage to give a short, but weak response in which he described himself as a “moderate.” Powell referred to the GOP as having “an identity problem.” He pointed to immigration, health care, voter ID laws, and the changing demographics (rising numbers of Hispanics, Asian-Americans, blacks) as examples.

While it is absolutely true that the GOP must re-evaluate its approach and methods of messaging to minority communities, the retired general was vague on specific proposals and ideas to help reinvigorate the party. Instead, the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs decided to regurgitate the liberal talking points, claiming the GOP shows hostility or resentment towards minorities.

“There’s also a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party,” Powell retorted. “What do I mean by that? What I mean by that is they still sort of look down on minorities.”  Has Gen. Powell forgotten the fact that he was nominated as the first African-American Secretary of State by Republican President George W. Bush, who also happened to have the most diverse cabinet in presidential history? Bush’s successor, however, has neglected this attribute.  After Obama’s picks for the Treasury, State, Defense and CIA were announced, the President came under some criticism from pundits and commentators on the left and right bringing to center attention the lack of diversity in his choice cabinet.

I’m intrigued to know if Powell thought it to be intolerant when Sen. Harry Reid claimed Obama lacked “negro dialect” or when Joe Biden said Obama was the first “clean and articulate” African-American.

Powell used an opportunity to take a jab at comments made by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. ”When I see a former governor say that the president is ‘shuckin’ and jivin,’ that’s a racial-era slave term,”he exclaimed. This is an absurd claim by Powell. Palin was simply referring to the president’s inconsistent descriptions of the Benghazi terrorist attacks, and if Powell figured that to be slave-term usage, his uber sensitivity has served as a substitute for facts and rationale debate.

Powell also implied that the GOP was heavily involved in the “birther” movement. As astute and knowledgeable as Mr. Powell is, I was a bit surprised he was unaware of the fact that Phil Berg, an ex-deputy attorney general for Pennsylvania and 2008 Hillary Clinton supporter, filed a lawsuit alleging that Obama was ineligible to be a presidential candidate. On these grounds, would Secretary Powell deem Mr. Berg also hostile to minorities?

By these remarks and inserting himself back into the conversation, is Colin Powell simply attempting to become relevant in the GOP once again? If so I question the strategy.  I mean, who better to speak on behalf of all Republicans but a man who voted for Barack Obama, not once, but twice?

His refusal to highlight the class warfare that’s been elevated in the Obama administration, the higher taxes implemented under Obamacare and the fiscal cliff deal and Obama’s horrible record regarding the economy, makes Powell appear to be a steward of the Democrat party, barring the (R) behind his name.  Where is his mention on the hostile job market and rising unemployment rate in the black communities under the first black president?

He has a stage, and millions of black Americans admire and respect him for good reason.  But, if Powell truly wants to be relevant again, and help the party he claims to be part of, might I suggest that he actively involve himself in transforming the GOP instead of using liberal means to bash it?

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.

I’m not going to go into details on how Mitt Romney lost. Plenty of pundits and political analysts have educated us on that already. You can always slice and dice up the facts in a way that seems appealing, but the simple fact of the matter is the Republicans lost an election that they shouldn’t have. Unemployment, debt, lack of jobs, and more people leaving the workforce should’ve catapulted Republicans into the White House, but it didn’t.

The GOP is in extreme danger of being on the losing end of a cultural revolution. The demographics are getting bigger and their message is getting smaller. While it is obvious that a revamping and reconstruction needs to take place, the biggest question looming is “What exactly needs to take place?”

I will attempt to share some ideas on how conservatives can rebuild from the 2016 elections.

1.)  Bridge The Divide From Within. There needs to be a healing between traditional Republicans and the libertarian movement. I’m not suggesting that they have to agree on every singular issue, but there’s need to be a restoration of respect. Republicans should avoid calling libertarians names such as “PaulBots” and “Paultards.” Libertarians should attempt to work with GOP more on their similarities instead of ostracizing them on their differences. This is a vital part of the conservative restoration. Both have a lot of ideas and principles that can accelerate the movement, but if the division remains, it will simply be a stalemate.

2.)  Enhance Minority Outreach.  We must defeat the media narrative that the GOP is for “old white men only” and the myths of racism that surrounds it. In regards to Hispanic outreach, the talks of “self-deportation” needs to be terminated. There needs to be a compassionate approach to immigration that focuses on strengthening the family, jobs and the economy. Immigration has always contributed to the American dream. It is the melting pot in the United States that makes it a compelling place to visit.

There must also be a bolder, smarter and more gracious way of approaching the black community. Conservatives need to admit their longstanding lack of willingness to embrace them, and simply listen to their needs without being defensive. It will not be helpful to point out the GOP has a handful of African-American elected officials in Washington or to remind blacks that the GOP is the party of Lincoln. History is very important, but what’s more important is what the GOP is CURRENTLY doing to reach out to black voters. Blacks are not a monolithic group, contrary to popular belief. If the GOP reaches out, in a non-election year cycle, they will listen. A message of strengthening the family, education, tackling poverty and jobs is a very appealing message. Conservatives need to step outside their comfort zone. Go to them. Be engaged in cultural activities. Be involved in community forums. Simply show that you are concerned and you’ll build a relationship that will leave a good impression.

3.)  Listen to Millennials. The conservative movement is saturated with the talent of many 18-35 year olds. They have the ability to appeal to a culturally-entrenched society. It’s no surprise to many that today’s generation is very ambitious, driven and successful in modern-day communication. Example: social media and technology. I believe young conservatives can be effective in discussing freedom and liberty. An effective message to the youth is informing them that the more choices they can make, the more empowered they can become. Millennials love the thought of freedom. It gives more power to the individual and less power to the government. This is a message that needs to be resonated in schools and college campuses. While YouTube, Facebook and Twitter are obvious way to tap into the cultural paradigm shift, conservatives should not be afraid to embrace fresher and bolder ideas.

4.)  Do not sacrifice principles for popularity. While winning elections is a prerogative, compromising principles isn’t. People will indeed be reluctant to embrace your ideas if they consider you to fall for anything, and stand for nothing. People respect those who have principles, even if they don’t agree with them. There is a call among many in the GOP to abandon social issues in order to appeal to various demographics. I staunchly disagree. Our principles and morals are what separates us from liberals. We don’t have to be hammer down one single issue, but we should be able to articulate conservatism efficiently to where we are solid on our beliefs and culturally engaged as well. If it comes to the point where conservatives are abandoning their core principles to win elections, they deserve to lose. It’s about expanding the message to every single community, not watering down our beliefs for a popularity that could serve as only temporal.

These are just a few reasons of how conservatives can be more effective. I’m sure there are other ideas that will make sense and serve profitable as well. The bottom line is this: We must engage everyone, or we’ll forever be in the utopia of isolation.

In this video, Bishop E.W. Jackson gives a solemn and passionate request for Christians to flee the Democratic party.

The bishop points to the far left views of the Democrats that has compelled them to promote hostility towards Christians and same-sex marriage.

The left is entrenched in an Hollywood-like, secular society that embraces everything that is anti-God and anti-morality. The Democratic Party has sought the influence of mainstream society that is pushing a progressive agenda that neglects God and the biblical principles this nation was founded on. A recent example of this was the party’s refusal to acknowledge Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the attempt to remove God from its party platform.

As a preacher and a minister of the Gospel, I join Bishop Jackson in calling on Christians to walk away from a party that puts God on the back burner and crucifies Christian principles in order to be politically correct.

The Democrats eagerness to embrace the expansion of government sends a message that government is bigger than God. I strongly reject this notion. We must continue to seek God’s wisdom and guidance concerning every decision we make.

” You’re a black Conservative? Wow, you’re a rarity.” I’ve heard this and similar responses over the course of my life. This indicates that there is a cultural stereotype that exists in the mindset of many people. So what does it exactly mean to be a black conservative?

There are many dimensions to this questions. It is a matter of boldness and courage—not with white America , but black America. When blacks found out that I voted for George W. Bush and that I was not supporting Barack Obama in 2008 , I felt like I was one of the thieves one the cross next to Jesus during his crucifixion. I was criticized for betraying the black culture and appealing to whites. When I informed liberal blacks that I refuse to pledge my allegiance to the Democratic party because of historical precedent or because it’s politically convenient, I was instantly a target. I have been labeled an “Uncle Tom” and accused of “sucking up to white people.” I was momentarily distraught at the fact that I was being demeaned because my political thought and ideology was different from from what many black people expected it to be. But I quickly embraced the power enabled to me by being a black conservative: Freedom. Freedom from the notion that I have to vote a certain way or be aligned to a political party without knowing the reason why. Freedom to express myself, despite the backlash or lack of support I may receive from my own race. Freedom to embrace the fact that my knowledge and stance on conservative principles is due to the fact that I refuse to enslave and bondage myself to a party that, in my honest opinion, has done nothing to enhance my freedom or well-being. Freedom to also know that there are also many other like-minded African-Americans who have also entrenched themselves in the fight for conservative principles.

To anyone who wants to deny the fact that black conservatives are a target, they are simply not living in reality. Black conservatives are targeted because they defy the status quo and ignore the stereotypical imagery of blacks being one-dimensional and not having an open mind. For example, it is on a regular basis that I receive vile and racist hatred from the left on Twitter for my beliefs. It comes to a point where you have to chuckle at the thought of people maximizing their energy to demean someone and to see it come to no avail. With that said, I am not playing the “victimization” card. Despite the harsh treatment I have personally witnessed and experienced, I am proud of my conservative ideology and I absolutely have no regrets.

The reaction I have received from whites concerning my conservative stance have been quite interesting. There have been some who have ignorantly labeled me a Democrat because I am black. Ignorant assumptions always informs you of a person’s intelligence. However, I would say that more whites have embraced me being a conservative than blacks. Does it make me feel uncomfortable or isolated among black liberals/Democrats? Absolutely not. Friendship can always transcend political thought.

The most accurate way to describe being a black conservative is that you know you will face a battle: mainstream media, stereotypes, black liberals. That battle is overcome by freedom and choice. I made the choice to be a conservative. No one forced me. No one persuaded me. I did my very own soul-searching and I am satisfied with the conclusion. Also, I feel very PROUD to be a black conservative. I am not a victim. I am a warrior, and I am not alone in the world of black conservatives.

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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.

God And the Economy

Posted: April 28, 2012 in Politics, Religion

In the midst of the turbulent and chaotic economic woes that America faces on a daily basis, how are we supposed to respond to the financial armageddon that has encompassed us? It is very easy to become saturated with fear and anxiety, and to live in worry and be pessimistic about the future. The economic experts are predicting that the economy will be in a downward spiral for several months to come. Politicians and government analysts are divisive on how to solve the crisis. To be completely honest, the secular and mainstream world are in a frantic panic. However, if we abide by God’s economic policy, we will be prosperous and live a joyful life.

When you abide by God’s economy, you will live joyful even in the most heinous and toughest times of life. Right now, people are looking for economic news that will make them “happy.” But being happy is just a temporary feeling that can be easily changed in a matter of time. Being happy is a momentary satisfaction that can be offset by a circumstance or situation. However, being joyful is the state of being conditioned in the love and faithfulness of God. Because his Word promises us that he will never leave us or forsake us and that he has never seen righteous beg for bread! There is joy in the simple fact that no matter what the situation looks like, God is with me! Wherever he will lead me, he’s already been there and he’ll never put more on us than we can bear! But what does this have to do with economics??? Well…

1.) God’s economy is based on faithfulness. Being faithful to God requires more than 10% tithes and an offering. While we are required to bring God our first fruits through tithes and offerings, our faithfulness to God is simply the way we live our lives. If we are faithful to him by abiding in his word, prayer and offering up sacrifices of praise at ALL time, God will be faithful to us. If we love him and put him first above anyone and anything, God will look out for us and he will be our provider!

2.) God’s economy is based on contentment. Trying to keep up with the Joneses is very easy to do, but also can be detrimental. Paul said that “I have learned that whatsoever state I am therewith to be content.” In this financial disaster that our country is currently in, many people were trying to live outside their means. If God has not given you the resources to live higher than your means, DON’T DO IT! We must be content with what God wants us to have. I do believe God blesses unconditionally, but also on his timing and that we cannot try to push the fast forward button and try to live upscale before it is our timing. We must be content and be willing to let God use us in whatever state we are in. Our contentment will take us to a higher level with God which opens the door for more blessings and opportunities.

3.) God’s economy is based on selflessness. “For the love of money is the root of all evil”. Greed has crucified our financial system. It’s because of greed that CEOs are receiving huge bonuses even when their companies are under-performing. It’s because our world has become intimate with greed that Wall Street is constantly sinking. Bank accounts have dwindled, savings have evaporated and for many people, their lives have been turned upside down. Money can cause us to become selfish and think about our wants instead of us investing into the kingdom of God. When you invest into God’s economy, you will never become “broke”. For when you invest into the economy of God, you invest your time and energy into being developed into the man or woman of God that God wants you to be and you do not become caught up in the stress and money woes of the secular world. It is important for us to be kingdom minded and start of thinking of serving God and others and not ourselves.

4.)God’s economy is based on trust. At this time, people have little trust in government. Can we blame them? Absolutely not! The corruptness that has been revealed has fractured what little trust people may have put in government. However, God’s economy operates completely different. God wants us to trust in him. We must believe that his word is forever settled in heaven. When our family and friends fail us, we must trust God to be a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. We must trust him to make a way out of no way. We must trust God to stand in our defense and be our strength when we are weak.

God’s economy is NOT in a recession! The world is wavering but God isn’t. Let us partake in God’s economy by investing our time and energy in his kingdom. Let us store treasure in heaven and not in this earth. That which is divine, cannot be harmed by that which is secular.

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Thanks to liberal Democrat Hilary Rosen’s vicious attack on Ann Romney claiming that she has never had a “real job”, the conservative base of the GOP is now united in one front to destroy liberalism. Ann Romney, mother of 5 boys and a survivor of multiple sclerosis and breast cancer, is a testament to the many mothers who sacrificed careers and opportunities to make the selfless service of putting their families first.

This goes beyond attacking the wife of a presidential candidate. This is a vile attack on conservative women nationwide. According to the logic of the left, if you choose to raise a child instead of aborting one, you are less of a woman. We have seen countless, vicious and character attacks on women of conservative ideology. Sarah Palin, for example, was criticized and scorned by the liberal left for raising a child with Down syndrome while pursuing her career. Black conservative women are CONSTANTLY being targeted for their belief in the pro-life movement, small government and for their opposition to President Obama’s policies.

President Obama wants to vocalize his support for women, but the facts say otherwise. Women employees at the White House make 18 percent less of the median salary as do male employees. According to Amy Sullivan of TIME Magazine, the Obama administration is described as a “boy’s club” and suggested that the president has a woman problem. It is reported that senior women staffers are seen and not heard during policy meetings.

I am outraged and furious that the left what to attack women instead of having a constructive dialogue about the core issues affecting Americans today. The REAL war on women is the economic plight that they are experiencing due to big government spending, high unemployment rate, a raking deficit and a President who is opposed to job creation that will benefit many women in the U.S. today.

Stay-at-home moms are usually the ones who are responsible for the economic accountability of their family. There is something that Ann Romney and many other SAHMs have done that puts Obama and Senate Democrats in unfamiliar territory: monitor a BUDGET. The attack on SAHMs is meaningless. They are some of the most hardworking people in America.

I am proud to say that I am a beneficiary of a productive stay-at-home mom. I will forever be in debt to my mom countless hours raising me as a child. She did more than cook and prepare meals. She home-schooled me for a period of time, cleaned and washed dirty laundry, was a mode of transportation for me when I was without a vehicle, provided spiritual guidance, and sacrificed career opportunities so that I was raised in a good home and was provided with a great and balanced family structure.

The left’s war on women affects the family as a whole. It is indeed the demonizing of the motherly figure, the husband that supports her and the children that have grown to admire her. This war must be stopped and the best way to put it to a cease is at the ballot box in November.

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This election year’s theme has evolved around one common theme: the identity of America. We’ve heard the rallying voices calling for “restoring”, “believing”, “saving” and “reviving” America. There is this undeniable feeling that America is wayward, distraught and dysfunctional.

The choice is quite simple and fundamental: we can continue to march towards an European socialist society or we can be a nation of economic prosperity, constitutional liberty and freedom. America’s soul has been entrenched by big government welfare and mandates that infringe on individual rights. The enhancement of government, by means of a weak and anemic private sector, has changed America from being an economic promised land to a nation that is being defined by unemployment, joblessness, a divided political front and a lack of efficient leadership at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

It is embarrassing and shameful that we currently have a President who does not understand the power of American Exceptionalism. It is quite common for President Obama to travel worldwide “apologizing” for what he perceives to be the flaws and imperfections of America. I wish he would express gratitude for this country.

American Exceptionalism is about being what you dream to be. It’s about taking advantage of the fact that America is one of the greatest nations known to mankind and that it flourishes with plenty of opportunities for many individuals to succeed. American Exceptionalism is not about government dependency. While the absence of government in its entirety would lead to a society in total chaos and disorder, it is the notion that government will meet all your needs that has caused many to be apathetic and indolent.

American Exceptionalism is about YOU. It is about having a good work ethic. It is the blissful reminder that if you dream and believe in God and yourself, that you can indeed be what you want to be. It is not about piggybacking off of other’s successes and blessings. It is not about being entitled to something without working hard and diligently for it. American Exceptionalism promotes the idea that America is great and that the power of free is what makes individuals successful in life. The idea of big government necessity is pure selfishness. The fact that many just want to depend on the government to provide them services without putting in the work and effort as others, is not only selfishness, but its robbery from those who have worked diligently in their life.

I refuse to adhere to the thought that government serves as a lifeguard and rescue mission. My success in life is dependent on Almighty God, the encouragement of family & friends, and the effort I personally put in to achieving my goals. Many may perceive this to be an egotistical analysis. On the contrary, it’s the beauty of American Exceptionalism. Don’t ride the coattails of government. Empower YOURSELF.

An Unrecognizable America

Posted: April 4, 2012 in Politics

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Imagine this scenario: You walk into your kitchen on a hot, muggy summer day for a midday snack. You fix yourself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a common and traditional All-American treat.  You open the refrigerator and pour yourself a nice, cold glass of milk. As you sit down at the table, you are in great anticipation to partake in this delicious snack. As you put the glass of milk to your quivering lips, you suddenly portray a look of disgust and dissatisfaction. The milk is spoiled. It’s been in the refrigerator without use for far too long. You groan in disbelief as you become victim to the sour taste of milk gone bad.

We were once taught that America was the place of opportunity and achievement. We believed in the concept that you can be anything that you desire to be and that America was a beacon of hope for those who dreamed of success. But for those who are looking up to America as a symbolism of hope and prosperity will quickly find that America is simply unrecognizable, and like sour milk, leaves a bitter taste in many people’s mouths.

The U.S. borrowing tops 100% of GDP. The last time US debt topped the size of its annual economy was in 1947 just after World War II. Currently, The Total Debt Of The US Government Is $14.3 Trillion Dollars. (Department Of The Treasury, “The Debt To The Penny And Who Holds It,” TreasuryDirect.gov, Accessed 7/21/11).

67 Percent Of Americans Think The Country Is On The Wrong Track. (NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey, 1000 A, MoE 3.1%, 7/14-17/11)

Only 29 Percent Of Americans Think The Economy Is Getting Better. (Dennis Jacobe, “No Improvement In U.S. Economic Confidence In July,” Gallup, 7/12/11)

81 Percent Of Americans Say The Current Economic Condition Is Poor. (CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll, 1015 A, MoE 3%, 6/3-7/11)

57 Percent Of Americans Say An Economic Recovery Has Not Begun. (ABC News/The Washington Post, 1002 A, MoE 3.5%, 6/2-5/11)

48 Percent Of Americans Think Another Great Depression Is Likely In The Next 12 Months. (CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll, 1015 A, MoE 3%, 6/3-7/11).

The simple and painful truth is that this place of economic freedom and prosperity called America is on the verge of extinction. America is becoming unrecognizable.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimer Putin once said, “America is a parasite on the global economy.” This is unfortunately an accurate statement. As our elected leaders in Washington D.C. debate the debt ceiling, national deficit, to raise or not to raise taxes, our country’s economy is anemic, unsustainable and unproductive.

College graduates are painfully becoming accustomed to finding little or nothing on the job market. It is a discouraging feeling to know you have worked and studied hard to excel in the academia to find no job and to become the recipient of an amounting U.S. debt figure.

I strongly urge for our government to take responsibility and to promote business and entrepreneurship and to not punish those who want to dream and excel financially but advocating useless spending, unnecessary tax increases and government take-over of the private sector. If we are the land of the free and home of the brave, we must take prepare a sustainable future for the generation ahead and encourage them to be fiscally responsible. My love for America has not evaporated and my dedication to this country has not wavered. However, if we do not uphold economic sanity, we will face the danger of a unrecoverable recession that will leave America unrecognizable.