Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Last Thursday's episode of the Glenn Beck Show was Part II of "A Time to Be Heard." It was a town hall show of Black conservatives discussing issues of relevance to the Black community. A few conversation pieces stand out most in my mind: Harry Reid's insert-foot-in-mouth-Negro-dialect-disaster; the use 'em-abuse 'em tactics Democrats employ to keep Blacks on the plantation, which is necessary if they are to keep them voting for them; and the question, "How many of you think America is a racist country?" You can find the entire show on Youtube.
As was the case when I traveled the two hours to New York City in November, Clifton of Another Black Conservative was kind enough to meet me at Penn Station, and together we headed over to Fox Studio. We noticed immediately that not nearly as many people were invited to this particular town hall. The producer had said this would be the case since last time was a bit too boisterous and most people didn't get a chance to speak.
To be sure they heard from more people this time, they interviewed some of us when we entered. You can watch the clip of me below. I'm at the beginning. This was played on the air coming out of a commercial break. The clip only shows a couple seconds of my remarks, where I mention wanting less government intrusion into people's lives. Actually, I also talked about the planks of the Republican party and was asked about one current issue that is of high priority to me. I discussed my concerns with the health care bill, its unconstitutionality, and the frightening thought of the government getting between Americans and their doctors.
When we entered the actual studio where the show would air live, I once again talked to the man who had made some unkind comments about Governor Palin the last time. I told him I wrote about him, and he asked me to email the blog post to him so he could see what I said--good or bad. Brave soul! He recalled what he had said, but did not go down that road again, so neither did I.
A couple times during the show I put up my hand to comment, but I wasn't able to get a word in. That's okay. It was great listening to other people's perspectives. It wasn't until the end that I thought I'd burst because I had something I just had to say. I never got to say it on television, but I did have a rather lively conversation with Lisa Frisch, one of the panelists for the first part of the show, during the commercial break and after the show. Clifton chimed in, and we agreed that this is a topic we absolutely have to revisit in a big way. Glenn had been asking what the answer was to the issues facing the Black community, facing any community really, issues like education, the family, finances. I have that answer, and I wanted to share it. Lisa was trying to say the same thing.
There is no education problem, family problem, or financial problem in the Black community. The problem is a spiritual problem. Take education, for example. As a teacher, I have heard Black students say that they couldn't earn certain rewards because, "We (Blacks) can't ever get through a quarter having passed every class and never getting even one (behavioral) referral." I've heard it said. How sad is it that some actually believe that? It is, without a doubt, a spiritual problem.
Look at the hold the Left has on Black voters, even getting many to vote against their own values and the tenets of the faith they profess to hold dear. Again, it's a spiritual problem.
So many have gotten so far away from what truly made this country great, a deep faith in God, and whenever God is removed from the equation or told to sit in the corner until called upon, disaster ensues. That disaster includes a breakdown of the things that are so vital to the success of a nation and an individual.
On the other hand, when people know who they are in God, everything changes. When a child, for example, knows in his innermost being that he has value because--and simply because--he was created (yes, I said created) in the very image and likeness of God, he lives differently. He no longer believes he can't be successful because of the color of his skin. He no longer believes that the government is his source requiring him to bow down and worship at its altar. He no longer believes that he is a victim and, therefore, must fall prey to opportunists, also known as agenda-ridden Left-wing Liberals, who play on his emotions and repeatedly play the race card to keep themselves in power. Instead of believing the lie that he's a victim, he understands that he is a victor who has been called to be the head and not the tail. He understands that he can cooperate (that's co-operate) with the God he believes in. This means he takes an active role in his own life's progress through hard work, personal responsibility, and a faith that makes all things possible.
That spiritual foundation changes everything. Without that foundation, we sit around and put band aids on one another. The band aid won't fix the problem. We've got to get to the root. Someone I know often says that if a dog is attacking a child's leg, there's no point in rushing in and bandaging the leg until you've gotten the dog off the child. It's time to get the dog off. It's time to return to what works, to what matters. This is true for the Black community, and this is true for every community. It is a principle, a truth, that does not discriminate.
America, bless God--and God will bless America.