Thursday, June 05, 2008

Don't Believe the Hype About This Election by Akindele Akinyemi

Black Republicans who are supporting the Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama should not fall for the hype of the first Black President of the United States. Race is not a factor in picking a candidate to run and if it is that those are the wrong reasons to elect a candidate for office. If we based everything on race then we will never make progress.

If you are going to pick a Black person for the President of the United States at least pick someone who reflect your Christian values. Here is someone who does not reflect our values. However, Obama gives good speeches (he is mediocre to me).

But how many people actually analyze his speeches when they go home like I did? I will give you a few examples:

Last month, in Oregon, he redrew the map of the United States: “Over the last 15 months, we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go.”

Last May, he claimed that tornadoes in Kansas killed a whopping 10,000 people: “In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died — an entire town destroyed.” The actual death toll: 12.

Explaining last month why he was trailing Hillary Clinton in Kentucky, Obama again botched basic geography: “Sen. Clinton, I think, is much better known, coming from a nearby state of Arkansas. So it’s not surprising that she would have an advantage in some of those states in the middle.” On what map is Arkansas closer to Kentucky than Illinois?

Obama has as much trouble with numbers as he has with maps. Last March, on the anniversary of the Bloody Sunday march in Selma, Ala., he claimed his parents united as a direct result of the civil rights movement: “There was something stirring across the country because of what happened in Selma, Ala., because some folks are willing to march across a bridge. So they got together and Barack Obama Jr. was born." Obama was born in 1961. The Selma march took place in 1965.

Perhaps the most seriously troubling set of gaffes of them all, Obama told a Portland crowd last month that Iran doesn’t “pose a serious threat to us” — cluelessly arguing that “tiny countries” with small defense budgets can’t do us harm — and then promptly flip-flopped the next day, claiming, “I’ve made it clear for years that the threat from Iran is grave.”

Obama was the only member of the Illinois Senate who voted against a bill that prohibited the early release of sexual predators. He also refused to vote for a bill that would have increased penalties for drug traffickers. Obama voted against a bill that made it a criminal offense for convicts to have contact with a street gang while out of jail on bail or on probation. He even voted against a bill that would have delivered the death penalty to gang members who murder first responders.

Obama sent a shock wave throughout the state of Illinois when he voted to make a criminal out of a homeowner who was forced to use a gun to defend himself in his own home.

This is why I take the time to do my homework. Now, the real reason why some Black Republicans are jumping on board with the Obama camp because some feel that John McCain's camp have ignored Black Republicans. Perhaps when we stop begging for the crumbs that fall from the table of the GOP and begin to craft our agenda that reflects urban issues is when we may be able to do for ourselves.

I guess I am the type of person who do not have time to beg. I rather get up and change the conditions myself (or with a small group of faithful Christians who are family oriented).

Here in Detroit and other urban areas we need to move away from the Obama hype and get down to business. The International Detroit Black Expo is in town this weekend and we need to support the efforts of Ken Harris, Orena Perry and many others who are striving to build wealth creation back into the city of Detroit. We can only accomplish this by establishing free markets that will build competition.

Government cannot bail out the Black community. Take a look at how many Democrats that are running for state representative that are talking the same issues that their predecessors talked about with no changes in our community? These are the same failed polices that have plagued our community for decades, yet, we vote Democratic based on our comfort level. If you are going to run on a Democratic ticket I highly recommend that you discuss education and economics first before your social agenda.

Speaking of our education system we must begin to build green schools that stress financial literacy. Detroit must be transformed into a financial market similar to Hong Kong and Seoul, South Korea. We can integrate the lunch counter but never integrated the dollar.

Only 24% of our students graduate from Detroit Public Schools annually. Why are we still trying to fix something that was never designed to be fixed to begin with and never will be fixed? Most of them end up on the street corner selling drugs.

Truth be told many of the dope dealers I knew, in the past, are smart. They were simply misguided. Many have shared with me that they have no way to feed their families and the dope game is the only way out.

If you pursue drug dealing (which I am not advocating at all), and you are somehow good at it, you are not dumb. You are wrong as two left shoes, but you are not dumb. You understand finance, marketing, distribution, customer service, market penetration, territory, pricing, wholesale, retail, profit margins, and maybe import and export too. No, these kids are not dumb nor stupid, but simply misdirected, and in need of hope and a practical sense of opportunity in their lives. What they need are the role models and mentors in inner cities.

They almost sound like Republicans more than Democrats. They are practicing the free market (from the Devil's perspective) but someone has to be there to turn their lives around.

Because of the bad choices that many of these young people have made in their lives, most of them will probably never be able to secure a meaningful job at a major Fortune 500 company but they can become an entrepreneur. To be perfectly honest with you they are already entrepreneurs. Some are multi-millionaires. Some make $10K a night. However, most do not live past 25 years of age.

What if we unleashed upon Detroit a new "edunomic" (education and economics) vision for the 21st century? An aspirational generation of role model inspired, positive and contributing young entrepreneurs, self-employment projects and “doers” over the next 10 years? I’ll tell you what would happen, Detroit would get a genuine shot of creating an edunomic market because you cannot keep a third of the Detroit population on the economic and aspirational sidelines and otherwise expect that it will.

What if we all came together and tackled the 5% problem of role models, or the lack thereof, in Michigan’s low wealth, urban and rural under-served communities? What if we decided to give our time to Junior Achievement, the International Detroit Black Expo, the Black Star Project, Family Right Coalition or Boys & Girls Clubs, or or any number of other credible organizations or groups serving others one hour of your time per month?

What if we and 25,000 other Detroiters did this once a month, for just one hour, for 12 months? I tell you “what,” we could change Detroit for the better, “that’s what.”

Black Republicans are caught up on the Obama hype without thinking about how all politics are local. Therefore, urban conservatives must begin to take the baton from those Black Republicans who are chasing history instead of creating legacies economically for our disadvantaged children in the inner cities.

Urban Conservatives have to take the lead on breaking the back of poverty in our community. We do this by stressing the fact that it is OK to be smart, cool and sexy. John Hope Bryant of Operation HOPE often says “being broke is a temporary economic condition, but being poor is a disabling frame of mind and a depressed condition of one’s spirit, and we must vow to never, ever be poor again.”

This is true. Do you think Obama or McCain is going to teach the inner city about serious free market prosperity?

If we are going to curve the dropout rate and increase the graduation rate in free market schools that work then we need to look at a couple of things:

Funding for financial literacy: Michigan should seriously consider providing funding for financial literacy education and empowerment, for young people and adults alike. Right now SB 302 that is sponsored by Sen. Michael Switalski has passed the Michigan Senate 38-0. The only problem with making financial literacy a permissible mathematics course under the new state high school graduation requirements is financial literacy is more than mathematics. It is a cross-curricular study that entails civics, business principles, management concepts, and reading skills. However, we need to make it a mandatory elective for graduation and should not be taught in just 1/2 semester.

Financial literacy for every child: Financial literacy should be mandatory for every child in this country, but particularly low-wealth young people who may lack proper role models. You cannot live in the largest economy in the world and not teach young people the basic language of money, let alone the rules of capitalism and free enterprise.

A bank account for every American: We should begin giving our children a bank account (or stock account) for their birthday, instead of a toy or game they will break, or worse forget about in 3 days flat. More Americans don’t have a bank account today (easily more than 30 million) than didn’t have the right to vote during the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

Developing green schools that will spur economic development: Greening school design provides an extraordinarily cost-effective way to enhance student learning, reduce health and operational costs and, ultimately, increase school quality and competitiveness. If we can build new public schools to be built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards we are talking about spurring this type of development into a green community (with faith based organizations on board) that can generate over $5 billion in 10 years.

When we instill financial literacy for a future generation we create a new economy for our city. In fact, if we do this consistently for 10 years we will be able to develop our own communities without Lansing's or Washington's help. When was the last time you told a child that the world was his/her playground and that land was the basis of power in the world? We have an obligation to honor a legacy for our children. Obama is trying to create a legacy by being the first Black President but what good is that if he is willing to expand government spending that has created waste in Washington DC? President Bush increased educational spending by $12 billion and look what has happened to our children. No Child Left Behind should be left up to the states NOT federal government. Since when federal government knew how to educate our children? State and local accountability is what we need in educational systems not just increasing money while our children stand on the corners selling dope and selling their bodies to the highest bidder.

When we make education sexy we instill hope for our children. We can kick out the dropout machine and replace it with a graduation mechanism that will be beneficial to all of us.

Black Republicans do not have to beg for the crumbs that fall from the table of the McCain camp, State and Local GOP or get down with the Obama hype that is sweeping America. We have more important things to do other than listening to speeches. Stick to the game plan. Follow urban conservatives locally who are tackling the mortgage/sub-prime issues in our community. Educational reform is a topic that we all must come together. Green technology and developing financial literacy programs that will develop into financial engineering high schools. Financial engineering is a multidisciplinary field involving financial theory, the methods of engineering, the tools of mathematics and the practice of programming. This is the next evolutionary step of academics in K-12 education. It is already being taught at the Masters level in schools like the University of Michigan, U-D Mercy and Cornell University.

If we stick to our game plan for change and stop chasing history based on the color of their skin we would be able to transform our community easily. Let's make history as urban conservatives by conducting financial, civic and family engineering programs that will cure the economic, political and social woes of the inner city.


Anonymous said...

Racist FOX News - Conservative Media - Extreme Disrespect of Mrs. Michelle Obama wife of U. S. Senator Obama by referring to her as "Obama's baby Mama" - this implies that Senator Obama is not married to her & it is consistent with the U. S. Southern Racist Custom of not referring to Black Afrikan wives as Mrs. in public - justifying the White European-American male privilege to rape any Black Afrikan female

Akindele F. Akinyemi said...

Man you are exaggerating. If a Black Democrat said this about a white republican female you would have said nothing.

Anonymous said...

Coopted ExProgressive - Black Afrikan Apologist for racism against Black Afrikan wives by White European Supremacist FOX News - You are diverting attention from the real issue - White European-American wives have always been called "Mrs." in in the U.S. in public - but this still is not the case for Black Afrikans wives in 2008