Monday, April 29, 2013

Oh Colin (The Remix)


I recently posted the blog titled Oh Colin! I took issue with General Colin Powell's critical comments about the GOP. I said at that time as I say again now, leadership leads from within and not from without. I affirm my critique of Powell today and encourage the GOP to have more dialogue with him and others like him because promoting conservative values is the only hope for the future of America.

I began the Oh Colin! blog by stating the obvious. General Powell is a true American, a soldier, a patriot, among other things. His accomplishments make him among the elite and unique people in the world today. I spoke with him directly just the other day and felt compelled to share my take away with you.

Irrespective of my disappointment in Powell's support of President Obama as a Republican, his clear of a conservative bent on certain issues, and his open criticism of the GOP, I encountered his humanity which left quite an impression on me.

It began with a photo op that turned into an honest but brief discussion about the GOP. Gen. Powell was speaking for the Los Angeles Urban League 40th Whitney M.Young, Jr. Award dinner.

During our chat, Powell displayed a real heart for the GOP and his desire that it manage the factors that challenge its future. The Tea Party influence, lack of effective outreach, and the old guard as a few examples of Party conflict. (I happen to believe the Tea Party is part of the solution and not the problem.)

Most interesting was his keynote address. After setting us at ease with his self-effacing opening remarks, (he's a real pro at public speaking), his passion to educate youth was apparent. He laid out five points for a better tomorrow.

Powell transcends politics now. He's a statesman with a message for tomorrow. The GOP should pay attention to Powell's persona and his ability to traffic in and out of diverse circles. In a room full of blacks, no one cared that Powell self-identifies as a Republican notwithstanding his support for the president. (His endorsement of President Obama in 2008 and 2012 likely helps that along.) They were glad to honor his service and receive his message of hope, family, discipline, and hard work. His keynote was apolitical. These are the kinds of messages and messengers that can reach the youth, blacks and Latinos-the groups the GOP must attract in order to win elections and save this country from the harmful effects of liberalism.

Powell restored my faith in who he is and what he represents. I don't have to agree with his liberal bent to respect his achievements and his message both of which are more than admirable. If the GOP could learn to lead by "doing their message" in the heart of our communities instead of just preaching the message, it would go a long way to relating to those it needs to survive.
The key to GOP resurgence is equipping and deploying relatable messengers, promoting uncompromising conservative policies that directly respond to the needs of all Americans while specifically addressing the disenfranchised, and caring for those underserved communities not for an election-cycle but for a generation-shoulder to shoulder and brick by brick. Let’s get to work.


View Colin Powell’s speech here

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Liberal Lovers


We are a nation in crisis when we cannot trust the Main Stream Media (MSM) to report the news.  It is an historical fact that there has been an unholy alliance between the media, the Democrats and the Ku Klux Klan as they held the Jim Crow South mindset together to oppress blacks at every turn. 

This alliance succeeded at finishing the diabolical work of slavery; the trio ripped the guts out of an entire group of people. The Klan has been less of an obvious factor in contemporary American politics today but the MSM and the Democrats have become synonymous with each other.  They are one.  Notwithstanding the biased support for Democrat political candidates like President Obama, the MSM delivered itself another credibility blow when it failed to cover the Pennsylvania trial against abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell. 

The politics of abortion aside, the allegations against this doctor should be national news.  If the death of one little girl named Caylee Anthony, or the presumed death of Natalee Holloway in Aruba, or the murder trial of Jodi Arias can garner round-the-clock national news, certainly the allegations of beheading and killing at least seven born-alive infants from failed abortions by Gosnell, severed limbs in jars and a child screaming after it was delivered alive during an abortion procedure by him is news worthy.  I hear crickets from the media galley.

The MSM’s reserved rows in the courtroom have been vacant since the trial began on March 18, 2013.  But for the USA Today article on April 13, 2013 by one lone real journalist on the Left, only a small number of Americans would know about this trial today.  Thank you Kirsten Powers.

Read article here:

If there is any good news here, it’s that it is only a matter of time before those dead babies have justice against Gosnell whose employees have confessed to their gruesome participation which will surely land Gosnell behind bars for life. (Side Note. Gosnell, who is black, treated his white patients with care while being inattentive to his non-white patients.  It’s the way of the world, he told his employees.)

Now for the politics of the matter.  When we as Americans allow MSM bias to dictate what we know or don’t know about political and social issues, we have very little hope for liberty.  Recall the Benghazi disaster. Because of the lack of media coverage most Americans thought Benghazi was a man’s name and not the city in Libya where our U.S. Consulate was attacked resulting in the death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three servicemen.  The media refused to cover this terrorist attack simply because it occurred just before the 2012 Presidential Election.  They were later forced to cover it through Senate hearings and the like.

Here is the point. Late termination abortions were being performed by Gosnell after 23 weeks and testimony shows some of these babies were born alive.  These are the very types of infants President Obama failed to protect while a state senator in Illinois.[1] These are gruesome procedures and the MSM’s liberal bias doesn’t want that exposed. There is no conceivable way that the liberal ideological chord that runs between the MSM and the Democrat Party is not at play in suppressing this kind of news and otherwise.  This unholy alliance runs counter to American principles that say, “Tell us and let us decide.” The MSM has become weak and sycophantic.  A weak media is a threat to America herself whether on the Right or on the Left.  Remember Hitler and the Nazi Party.

The Nazi Party in 1933, through its Propaganda Ministry controlled the content of news and editorial pages through directives distributed in daily conferences in Berlin and transmitted via the Party propaganda offices to regional or local papers. Detailed guidelines stated what stories could or could not be reported and how to report the news. Journalists or editors who failed to follow these instructions could be fired or, if believed to be acting with intent to harm Germany, sent to a concentration camp. Rather than suppressing news, the Nazi propaganda apparatus instead sought to tightly control its flow and interpretation and to deny access to alternative sources of news.[2]

America is on the slippery slope to being controlled by a single liberal ideology much like Germany was in 1933.  If we Americans let that happen in the face of world history, we only have ourselves to blame.  Demand better.



[1] /              Obama and Infanticide. http://www.factcheck.org/2008/08/obama-and-infanticide/ 
[2] /              Holocaust Encyclopedia, The Press in the Third Reich, http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007655

Monday, April 15, 2013

The Poison Pill


Originally published on Ask Dr. Nicole 

Families all across our country are in pain and are falling apart daily.  Mothers and fathers are divorcing leaving children broken; husbands and wives are violating their covenants to one another; fathers punish children because of their own personal failures and mothers are hating themselves daily.  Why?  Unforgiveness.

Mothers and fathers are divorcing because they could not say, “I’m sorry” or could not accept the words, “I’m sorry, please forgive me.”  Husbands and wives violate their covenants to one another because they allowed an old wound to fester and grow like a cancer unable to get the psychological chemo needed.  Fathers punish children because they didn’t have anyone to mentor them in what fatherhood should be; and mothers are hating themselves after coming to grips with past abortions and have been gripped with guilt.  They all suffer from unforgiveness sometimes one to another and sometimes unforgiveness of themselves.

The ability to forgive requires you to do a few big things.  First, you have to let go of the need for retribution.  Most people who feel wronged want to get even and sometimes that means hurting themselves.  Well, if you can get even, you don’t need to forgive.  It’s one or the other.  Second, you have to desire a whole and healthy relationship with the person who you feel wronged you and that may include yourself.  It’s impossible to forgive yourself or someone who you don’t really care about. News flash:  If you’re hurt, you care!

Third, you should appreciate your own imperfection and perhaps need to forgive yourself for those unknown or unspoken deeds that haunt you.  The ability to forgive is significantly enhanced when we can appreciate our own faults and let them go!  You are not perfect and will never be. And finally, you have to understand a single spiritual principle.  A lack of forgiveness blocks God’s blessings in your life.  The Word says, “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” That forgiveness from God is a blessing.   It then continues and says, “But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (Matt 6:14, 15). What does this mean?  It means there is a consequence for your lack of forgiveness;  your inability to get beyond your pain, bitterness, and resentment directly affects God’s promise to forgive you and Lord knows we all need His forgiveness.

Forgiveness is not easy.  It is not easy because often times we or others have really done some things that are truly hateful and unforgiveable.  And so forgiveness itself can feel like swallowing a poison pill.  But I promise you it’s not a poison pill but a pill of life, a pill of freedom and a pill full of promise because as soon as you swallow it, God will begin your healing and He promises you blessings if you can forgive.  You must do the work even though it seems impossible.  Your life depends on it.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Don't Punish Me Because I'm Rich!


I sat down with a dear friend recently.  We were lamenting the state of the US economy and the apparent war against the top earners in our country. 

The conversation preceded an interview I did where the journalist thought it was a good idea to allow those who earn more to pay more in taxes simply because they can afford it. She thought that was the fairest approach to our nation’s spending problem.  The rich should kick in a little more to help pay for bloated government’s shortfall, she said.

I quickly responded to the journalist that the fact that someone can afford to pay more is not cause to force them to do so.  Those who have earned well often have worked hard and sacrificed to build their wealth. The key to success is know-how, drive, and perseverance which are all ingredients to achieving the American Dream.  If we manage government overspending based on the ability to tax the rich, eventually they too will be broke.  Then what?

It is counterintuitive to believe in equal results for all Americans if they haven’t put in equal work. This notion of forced fairness is simply un-American. On the other hand, I subscribe to the concept of providing equal opportunity and not equal results.  Everyone should have the chance at success and our focus should be on those areas in our society where the inequities preventing equal opportunity lie.
I shared with her that the federal government should have to manage its affairs like every American.  Anyone who spends more than they bring in is destined for one fate:  Bankruptcy.  The federal government cannot be held to a different standard.  It won’t work.

I illuminated my point with a metaphor that my friend shared with me. The Parable of the Mountain Climber.

There were two mountain climbers.  One was an expert climber.  He spent years training.  He was well conditioned and was in great physical shape.  He had a lifestyle of good eating and regular exercise and took his hobby seriously.  He carried with him a heavy backpack equipped with all the tools an experienced climber needs to ascend the mountain.

The other climber was inexperienced but wanted to experience the thrill of reaching the top of the mountain but he had never trained for it.  He was out of shape, rarely if ever exercised; he had a poor diet but had a desire to experience the thrill of reaching the top of the mountain just the same.  He joined the experienced climber at the base of the mountain with his heavy backpack equipped with all the tools an experienced climber needs.  It was heavy.

The two started up the mountain together.  As they climbed side-by-side, the experienced climber moved up the mountain without a problem.  His training and conditioning was paying off.  The inexperienced climber, on the other hand, was buckling under the weight of the backpack and his lack of conditioning was showing.

As they made it up the mountain together side-by-side, at some point, the inexperienced climber had to unload his backpack. He had not trained to sustain such weight for any period of time. He just could not bear the weight any longer; so he turned to the experienced climber and threw the weight of his backpack onto his already heavy load.

Eventually, they both made it to the top.  The inexperienced climber was grateful; with very little effort, he accomplished an almost miraculous feat. The experienced climber was worn out and not so thrilled and less likely to ever climb again with an inexperienced climber.  He felt put upon and completely abused.  This experience completely took away his joy of climbing.

This is a microcosm of what is happening in America in the tax war against the rich.  Those who have prepared, trained, and did the work to earn their success are being penalized with higher taxes for being successful when we ask them to bear the load of others who are reluctant to make the same sacrifices to be successful.  The well-to-do now involuntarily carry the load of those who cannot carry it for themselves.  

For example, the US spends more than $1 trillion dollars annually on poverty programs that have not reduced poverty but instead have somehow managed to grow it.  Poverty has grown in American since the Great War on Poverty of the 60’s from 15% to 17%. 

Eventually, America, like Europe, will wear out the experienced mountain climbers and there will be no one left to bear the burden of those not prepared to make the climb.

Let’s not tax the rich simply because they can afford it; let’s demand that we all contribute our time, talent and treasure and be responsible for our own trek up the mountain.

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