Man of Steele

Friday, January 30, 2009














I HAVE A DREAM!

The last couple months, leading up to the inauguration of President Barack Obama, Americans have been hearing a lot about Martin Luther King, Jr. The two have been mentioned in the same sentence frequently. Countless emails have been circulating around the globe, the message being that Dr. King's dream has finally come to fruition and that he would be most proud. I never did buy into that. The only connection I see between Dr. King and President Obama is skin color. I'm not so sure what we gave birth to in America is the dream Dr. King had in mind, for one of the most quoted sentences of Mr. Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech was, "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." We all know that this did not happen on November 4, 2008. In fact, reverse that sentence, and you'll have what actually took place.
But today, we in America did get closer to the realization of Dr. King's dream. Today, Michael Steele was elected as Chairman of the Republican National Committee. He is the first African-American to hold this office. He is used to being involved in firsts. In 2003, he became the first African-American to serve in a Maryland state-wide office and the first Republican lieutenant governor in the state.
This year, Republicans were looking for a new spirit and new direction after such devastating losses in November's national elections that gave Democrats control of Congress. Steele represents this newness. He is articulate, energetic, and focused on the task at hand. "The winds of change are blowing," said one candidate who bowed out."
Michael Steele is the man for this crucial hour. He is ready to lead the GOP forward, and I expect him to do so by remaining true to the conservative values that separate the Republican Party from the Democrats. As Republicans have been trying to figure out what went wrong in November, as we've discussed how to regain momentum, many people have toyed with various and sundry possibilities. Some have suggested we sell out our ideals for popularity. I have maintained, however, that the Republican conservative platforms are good platforms. We must not water down our message; it's the right message. What we must do is find a way to articulate that message to all people. When I'm asked why most Blacks vote for Democrats in spite of the fact that their worldview does not line up with the tenets of the Democratic Party, of course I tell the truth: they've been enslaved and held captive by Democratic slave masters. Yet I have also stated that we must find an effective way to articulate our message. There is nothing wrong with what we stand for, but if we don't find ways to share it, what good is it?

Enter Michael Steele. "We're going to say to friend and foe alike: 'We want you to be a part of us, we want you to be with us.' And for those who wish to obstruct, get ready to get knocked over," Steele said. "There is not one inch of ground that we're going to cede to anybody," he added. Here is a man who is going to take the message for the betterment of America to all people--but is not going to bow to political pressure.

What do conservative Republicans believe in? In part, we believe in limited government, fiscal and personal responsibility, low taxes, a strong defense, the value and potential of all human life, traditional family, and the constitutional right to bear arms. We do not believe in bankrupting our children and grandchildren by making them pay for bailouts of auto companies, financial institutions, newspapers, pornography and abortion industries. We do not condone tax breaks to people who don't pay taxes! We believe that government should be working for the people--not vice versa. We believe that it is detrimental to America to take from our businesses and consumers and spread the wealth around. No, if we allow our businesses to keep more of what they earn, jobs will be created, people will spend money, and that is what will stimulate the economy--not a humungous stimulus package, which is mostly a spending package designed in part to pay people back for election support. (You know, a quid pro quo; in other words, one hand washes the other.)

All Americans benefit from these basic principles, but some have no idea these principles exist. I believe Michael Steele will use his integrity, charisma, and technology savvy to spread the word. And as an African -American, he can reach across the aisle to people who have turned a deaf ear to Republicans.
Steele once had oreo cookies thrown at him by foolish, misguided people who were insinuating that, as a Republican, he was Black on the outside but white on the inside, but he didn't let that control him or stifle his God-given right to think for himself. He truly does represent Dr. King's dream. He believes that God--not the government--is his source, he is pro-life, and he is a Republican. Of course, Dr. King was also a Republican. More than anything, Michael Steele appears to be a man of conviction and values. When I was hit with the weight of the fact that I could not, in good conscience, vote for Obama, my heart was heavy. I would have loved to cast my vote for our nation's first Black president, but I wasn't about to sell out my Christian principles to do so. Today, I cannot help but be proud that the new Chairman of the Republican National Committee, the party that was started to fight for the rights of Blacks, is an African-American. But more than that, I am proud that Michael Steele is simply an American with values and principles that are so needed in this country.

Today, the RNC acknowledged this as well, for they found this man worthy of their vote, not because of his skin color, but because they judged his character to be honorable. Dr. King would be proud!

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Wake Up, Rise Up, Speak Up!

Friday, January 23, 2009

I don't have much to say this week, so this should be brief.

What moves you? What brings you to tears? Is there anything that drives you to your knees and causes you to call on the name of the Lord as if your very life depends on it? Is there anything that just gets your blood boiling and makes you rise up and speak out? What compels you to act? How about the willful killing of 50 million children? That's approximately the number of unborn babies murdered in the womb since Roe vs. Wade legalized abortion 36 years ago yesterday. If that doesn't do something to your heart, you might want to check to see if you actually have one. I am addressing this blog to Christians because I have something to say to us in particular.

I am completely mystified by God-fearing people who remain silent on the issue of abortion. It just doesn't seem to move some Christians. When faced with the truth of America's current pro-abortion agenda, they say nothing at all, or they offer weak and spineless responses that amount to quoting Scriptures like, "Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?"--Matthew 6:27 or "Have faith in God"--Mark 11:22. These they say to relay the message that God does not want us to worry about anything, certainly not abortion. I will certainly not disagree with the Word of God, but I declare without reservation that not worrying does not mean not acting, and it certainly does not mean not having a heart. Perhaps Jesus instructed His people not to worry in part because they would act, and when they took action, they could have faith that He would act with them. The "with" part implies that we do our part. I have come to understand more than ever that God often does not override human will--or human unwillingness to take a stand. We are not to sit back, cross our legs, and do nothing, then expect God to show up on the scene to make it all right. This was never God's will for His people. This is not why He equipped us with His Spirit, power, favor, and anointing.

Where do you stand in all this? When emailed valuable information that begs you to send a letter to a politician, call your senator, or send a donation for some cause you profess to believe in, what has been your response? Chances are since the inauguration, you have received several emails about abortion and the President's radical commitment to it. His position is no surprise, for if you did your homework prior to election day, you already knew that he intended to make some serious decisions concerning abortion, including causing you to pay for them. He has proven that he means what he says, as today he lifted the ban on federal funding for international groups that promote or perform abortions. This ban was originally put in place by President Reagan, removed by President Clinton, put back in place by President Bush on his first day in office, and removed again today on President Obama's third day in office. (Notice a pattern? You're smart; figure it out.) We cannot say that someone else's position on abortion is that person's business--or choice. No, it's your business because your tax dollars are paying for it. It's bad enough that abortion has become acceptable in our society, but now Christians--who religiously, philosophically, and common sensically oppose it--will be funding it! This is the abortion bailout, people. This is the "change you can believe in." All I'm saying is rise up! Do something. At the very least, say something! Silence is consent. And this may seem very elementary, but I'm going to say it anyway: If you don't care enough to open your mouth or even click your mouse, much less get off your couch, shame on you!

Look, Jesus knew that God was in control, He knew He was not to worry, and He had faith that this world was not His home. But He still acted. He still called out the Pharisees, the hypocrites, the naysayers. He still laid hands on the sick, raised the dead, opened blinded eyes. He was not weak and anemic. He was not insensitive or cold-hearted. He did not cower to the status quo. No, He railed against it.

My prayer is that the Church would rise up and do as Jesus did: stand for righteousness and defend the defenseless. We would have no hope apart from the price that Jesus paid and the blood that He shed. It's high time we did our part. It's our moment to stand up and speak out against the bloodshed of millions of innocent babies who are being killed in the name of convenience.

I stress that we are not waging an attack on people, not even on President Obama--for we respect the office in which he stands--but we must stand for life, and we must make our voices heard. Jesus, as our example, declared, "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." --John 10:10. Now is the time that we, too, espouse that same passion. Our willingness to make a difference will put us in position to stop the senseless killing of those whom God loves, and will also put us in position to minister to those who have, at some point in their lives, terminated a pregnancy and are struggling with guilt, shame, and confusion. Get out there and help; you do have something to offer. It's called the love of God.

Christians, wake up, rise up, speak up! LOVE UP!

My sole motivation? The truth.

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YOU HATE ME!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

"You hate me!"

As I walk across the street, I see two people on the other side, one angry and pointing a shaky finger, while the other shakes his head left and right. The pointer stares accusingly into the eyes of the clearly guilty individual to whom he is speaking. I say "clearly guilty" because all the pointee can do is stand there and respond, "No, I don't hate you."

Isn't it just like guilty people not to even be able to have a good come-back? Instantly my need to defend the weak kicks in. Jerk, I think! Now, I have no idea what's going on, but all I see is this poor soul who has clearly been the target of another's hatred, the object of his ridicule, the subject of his need to feel superior. I reach the sidewalk, my eyes locked onto the hater, venom threatening to spew forth from my mouth. How dare you treat someone like that? I don't even know what "like that" is, but whatever it is...I don't like that!

Before I can say anything, I hear, "Yes, you do. You hate me. You hate what I stand for. You know what? You disgust me. Who are you to judge me?"

Yeah, tell him! I say inside my mind.

I'm now standing several feet away from these two, listening intently, waiting for my chance to chime in on behalf of the one so obviously oppressed by the other. After all, something horrific must have been perpetrated on him to make him respond so vehemently.

"I don't hate you," is the lame, pathetic response. I disagree with you, but I don't hate you."

Likely story, I seethe. You bum!

The accuser continues. "How do you think"--he pauses to look around and then finds me standing there, so he points to me and continues--"he would feel if I hated him just because he's Black?"

There's a collective stir in the crowd and a closing-in not lost on the accused who almost pleads, "I don't hate you. I disagree with you, yes. But please don't think I hate you."

"People like you ought to be locked up, you filthy piece of self-righteous trash--you and everybody who thinks like you. Why don't you admit it? You stinkin' hate me!"

Okay, FREEZE.

De'ja' vu, right? For those of you who don't know, de'ja' vu is a French term which basically means, I know I've experienced this before. You're feeling that right now, aren't you? Tell the truth. This scenario is not new. We see it all the time in our society.

Okay, enough messing around. Let's get down to business.

Who are these people on the street? I bet you're one of them. The finger pointer--the one with whom we often sympathize--could be anybody who uses the new wave of hate-speech to advance his agenda. Now, I say "new wave of hate-speech" because the old kind is passe'. The old hate-talk was where one person or group would vomit words of racism, sexism, classism, or other insults. This new stuff would put the old to shame. This new stuff is where someone points a finger at someone else and declares before all the world, "You hate me. You want to oppress me. I'm different, and you can't stand me because of it." So instead of saying, "I hate you" (the old stuff), the new wave goes on the offensive and says, "You hate me," even when this accusation is completely erroneous and unfounded.

Believe it or not, the accused who's standing there pitifully trying to convince the finger pointer that he's a lover, not a fighter--the one we normally want to annihilate simply because it's been suggested that he's a hate-mongering meany--is actually the victim. This poor guy engages this other character in conversation that will never amount to anything. The best thing he could have done was walk away. See, he lost the minute the accuser said the words "hate" and "black." This is akin to a portion of the famous To Kill A Mockingbird novel, which happens to be my favorite piece of literature ever. Those of you who know the story will remember that after innocent (and Black) Tom Robinson's conviction for the rape of Mayella Ewell, Scout has an ephiphany. She comes face to face with the sad way of the world.

"Atticus had used every tool available to free men to save Tom Robinson, but in the secret courts of men's hearts Atticus had no case. Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella Ewell opened her mouth and screamed." Chapter 25

See, although Mayella, who claimed to be hated, really wasn't, as soon as she but said she was hated and violated, Tom, the accused, had lost because, don't you know, people sit around all day looking for someone to point fingers at, looking for someone to accuse of some kind of ism or schism? It's what people do. It's the new wave of hate-speech. They find some unsuspecting soul and scream.

Now, I, as the onlooker, am not inconsequential or neutral in the scenario, and neither are you, as the reader. I, perhaps, play the largest role of all. I'm the one who is so easily caught up in the spectacle, and because I hear, "You hate me!" my hackles rise and I want to fight on behalf of the hated. After all, I understand because I've been hated too, and I know what it feels like. The pointer has turned his bony finger on me, and suggests that the hater would treat me the same way because I'm Black. Then everything begins to blur for me, and, as if I'm not having trouble already, I can no longer decipher who's who. Are we talking about me or him, you know? So what do I do? In my confusion, I wait for an opportunity to fight against the hater, and had the scenario continued, you would have seen me run for reinforcements. That's where you come in. I would have told all my neighbors and organizations about what I heard, and we would have declared an all-out war--because surely such injustices must be avenged. We can't let people get away with treating me...I mean him...like that, can we?

Hold up. Wait a minute. Did anyone hear the man say, "I don't hate you. I disagree with you, but I don't hate you"? Well, why don't we believe him? See, this is my point. People with an agenda always try to have their way by accusing people who disagree with them of hating them. When did we get to the place where we have to check only one of two boxes: Either you agree with us or you hate us? Can't I love you and disagree with you at the same time? Why can't I love you but not love what you do? Oh...I know why: because it sounds too much like church-talk: "Love the sinner; hate the sin." And the new wave hate speech posse won't buy into anything they associate with the Religious Right, as they call us. Well, I have something to say about all this. Just like I can walk and chew gum simultaneously, I can love you and disagree with you--at the same time! And you're not going to convince me that I hate you. Here's a news flash: I DON'T HATE YOU! Here's an even better one: YOU CAN'T MAKE ME HATE YOU! Isn't that what you're really trying to do? You really want me to hate you. That way you can continue to paint yourself as a victim--and you actually hate me because I won't hate you. Look at the scenario above. Which of the three was hurling hateful, angry words? Exactly!

Whether you're gay, lesbian, a proponent of gay marriage, an illegal immigrant, an abortion supporter, or whatever...you're not going to control me, neither are your liberal lawyers and advocates. See, the plan is this: You tell me and your sympathizers that I hate you, and then I do like the dude in the scenario: I expend all types of energy trying to prove to you that I don't hate you. I hang out in your circle of friends, I invite you to speak at my church, I give money to your causes, I defend you to those who speak against you, I compromise the Word of God. "I'll do anything, Masta. Just please don't say I hate you. I couldn't live with myself if you--and the rest of the world--think that I hate anyone."
See, just like Tom Robinson in To Kill A Mockingbird, they had you--in the minds of the simple--at the word "hate," but then they caused extra outrage when they linked themselves to "Black" people. That's another tactic--and a good one at that because everyone knows how sensitive that subject is. Well, listen to this. You can't compare homosexuality, for example, to Blackness. I was born Black, it can't be denied, it can't be hidden, and therefore, there was no closet to come out of. I had no choice but to be out. My people could not have chosen not be oppressed. On the other hand, a gay person could, if desired, hide that aspect of themselves. By that very fact alone, the two can't be compared. Now, a homosexual may decide not to hide, but again, that's a decision. Can a Black person make that same decision? Of course not. It is an insult, therefore--and a gross misunderstanding of the plight of the oppressed--to compare the two.
Back to the subject of hate. I am not in favor of anybody displaying hatred toward anybody else. I am a Christian, and it's the love and mercy of God that compel me. God is a God of grace, kindness, and forgiveness. He's also a God of truth. And He doesn't abandon the latter to display the former, and neither should we. They're inextricably linked. That's how I can say, "I love you, but I don't agree with you." That's how I can say, "I'm not buying into your agenda." Truth be told, think about the reaction to Prop 8. Who's been knocking old ladies down in the street? Who's been going to churches and disrupting their services? Who's been vandalizing church buildings? And yet the victims of such actions are called the hate-mongers? Are you kidding me?! Funny, however--in a non-humorous way--that Black Christians were the predominant people who stood up against gay marriage, and yet their churches and people are not being harrassed. Isn't that curious? But then, that would be counter-productive. How could they continue to connect their situation with the situation of Black people who are discriminated against if they then turned around and attacked Blacks? See, there's always an agenda. They're very picky about who they accuse of hatred. If it doesn't serve their cause, they look the other way.
Bottom line: I don't hate you. But I don't have to agree with you. So the next time you scream "Hate-monger!" in my direction, I'll just keep walking in the other direction. You can't make me hate you. So don't bother trying.

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DON'T BE AFRAID TO SEE WHAT YOU SEE

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

"There is no doubt that the Democratic Party is the party of the Confederacy, historically, that the Democratic Party's flag is the Confederate flag. It was our party's flag. ...so much of the Democratic Party's history, since it is our nation's oldest political party, has its root in slavery." --Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr.

Such a statement did not come from right-wing nuts who want to distort historical fact to promote their radical agenda. No, this statement came from the Democrats' own. Democrats--so quick to point crooked fingers at Republicans and accuse us of racism and hate speech--have a history steeped in racism.

Contrast that to what Republican Party historian Michael Zak writes. "The Republican Party began as a civil rights movement. See, it's not just enough to say that the Republican Party advanced civil rights, the Republican Party began the civil rights movement. We, as a party, don't appreciate our heritage as much as we should. The heritage of the Republican Party is so much more honorable than that of the Democratic Party."

How many of you truly understand the historical context of these two parties? I submit to you that many have no idea whatsoever. If you read my last article, you heard me say that there is a vast majority of African-Americans who have taken up permanent residence on the plantation of Liberal Democratic bondage, feeling indebted to a party that never did--and does not now--have your best interest at heart.

The so-called party of civil rights fought against the civil right of blacks, fought against blacks' voting rights, used the Democratic KKK to advance its cause by threatening and beating blacks--and their supportive Republican whites--into voter submission, and adopted Jim Crow laws to stifle our freedoms. Even revered Democrats, such as JFK and LBJ, were not who many thought. They both spoke scornfully of African-Americans, and LBJ was said to be quite cruel to Blacks. The 1964 Civil Rights Act signed by JFK was a weaker version of the original bill that Republicans proposed.

Republicans, on the other hand, stood for Blacks every step of the way. "Every right that has been bestowed upon blacks was initiated by the Republican Party," said Mary Church Terrell, Black Republican and co-founder of the NAACP.

And most Blacks actually were Republicans. Even if they were so inclined, it would have been hard to be a Democrat, since Democrats opposed Blacks' right to vote.

But my how things have changed! My how we've been duped, misinformed, bamboozled! Malcolm X said it best: "Oh, I say and I say it again, ya been had! Ya been took! Ya been hoodwinked! Bamboozled!" Now if you're Black and not a Democrat, you find the need to hide because you've been made to feel ashamed of the fact that you've showed loyalty to the Republican Party, the party that has been loyal to you all along; you've stood with the party that believes in your religious freedom and wants no part of putting God in the closet; you've chosen to put your money where your shout is by believing that God--not the government--is your source. Anyone who's ever seen Black people worship know that we can sing, clap, shout, run the aisles, speak in tongues, and tear up the carpet like nobody's business! We can testify and cry about how good God is and how nothing is impossible with Him...yet when it comes time to vote, we side with Democrats who feed off of us like blood suckers by telling us we're victims who need them to fight for us and then promise to take care of us, pay our mortgage, and send us a check. We look lopsided at people who didn't vote for Obama although he stated unequivocally at a Planned Parenthood function that his first order of business would be to sign the Freedom of Choice Act, which will legalize unlimited abortions--abortions for any reason, at any stage of pregnancy. Yes, this includes partial-birth abortions. How sick is that?! As a senator he didn't even vote to provide medical care to a baby born alive after a botched abortion! And while we shout and fall out in the floor of our churches about the first Black president, he's making plans to allow the annihilation of millions more babies because he wouldn't want people to be "punished with a baby," as he stated.

I am appalled at the fact that the masses of Black people either don't know or don't care that Planned Parenthood has most of its offices in Black and lower class neighborhoods, was founded by a known racist who began what she called "The Negro Project" whose stated agenda was to rid the world of those she deemed inferior, namely African-Americans and special needs individuals. And yet they call Conservative Republicans racists and hate mongers. Go figure!

I am even more appalled by the fact that Christians--you know those shouting, singing, tambourine-banging, and praying-for-a-move-of-God-in-this-nation-people--bashed (and still bash) Governor Sarah Palin with reckless abandon because she had the unmitigated temerity to call Obama out on his radical agenda and associations. While we were praying for "change we can believe in," God had given us that change we so desperately needed. It came in the person of Sarah Palin, a Christian Holy Ghost filled woman, one who loves God so much that she gives Him glory every time she's heard speaking, boldly proclaims she's seeking God for her future, and reportedly years ago as she attended a Wasilla, Alaska community event as a special guest, unashamedly "sat on the dais where the Alaska Children's Choir stood ready to perform. When the choir sang "Amazing Grace," the audience all watched the then mayor throw her head back, close her eyes, and wave her arms around high in the air through every verse!" As a Christian myself, that's the kind of faith, passion for God, and dedication to prayer that I want--and America needs--in the White House. Combine that with her experience as a member of city council, a mayor, and a governor, and it's no wonder my heart breaks at the loss of opportunity for change that could have been. Doesn't the Bible say, "Righteousness exalts a nation"? Now wouldn't that be a change from the political corruption of our nation's politics?! Call me an old-fashioned Christian Conservative Republican--and I'm guilty as charged. The truth remains; the Liberals who declare hatred for Sarah Palin do so not in spite of, but because she stands up for life and special needs children and believes in the God-given worth and potential of every human being. Contrast that with the founder of Planned Parenthood, and no wonder their staff members and supporters can't stand her! The governor's bold declaration of Jesus as Lord and her proclamation of the sanctity of the traditional family are just two more reasons some people don't just disagree with her but despise her outright--although most can't even tell you why. I've never seen anything like it, and it's starting to tick me off--and that's hard to do!

As for me, I'm not falling into the trap of being lied to and manipulated anymore--believing that I'm supposed to be a Democrat because I'm black. No, it's because I'm Black that I should know better! If they had had their way, I wouldn't even be able to vote. Now they take that right that Republicans fought to secure and have the nerve to expect that I'll use it to keep them in power! I'll take my chances with the Republican Party, thank you, the Party that produced such heroes as Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Denzel Washington, Michael Steele, Angela McGlowan, and Adrienne Ross...and the list goes on. I'll go one better--hold on to your hat now: I'll actually look at all candidates, see where they stand on the issues, see how those positions line up to my faith and philosophy...and vote accordingly. Now there's a novel thought!

Lest I be misunderstood, let me say that I do--yes, really--pray for the President-elect and his family every day. First and foremost, I pray for his salvation because, as I say, "If God can get his heart, He'll have his policies." It really is that simple.


Plantation indicator--Which one are you?:

*Intrigued by the information presented and seeking the truth = Goodbye Plantation Stage OR
*I don't care what the truth is; I'm a Democrat for Life = Permanent Plantation Resident OR
*I read the first couple sentences of your post, and I'm not reading any more = Just plain ignorant. But since you didn't read this far, you don't even know it, which is, of course, the worst kind of ignorance!

The source of some quotations and information in this post is Bamboozled: How Americans are being Exploited by the Lies of the Liberal Agenda by Angela McGlowan. Get the book; it'll blow your mind.

Ronald Reagan: "Don't be afraid to see what you see."
Thanks for reading. My only motivation? The truth!

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