Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Freedom Now Platform by Akindele Akinyemi

The Republican Party must develop a Freedom Now Platform if they want to resurrect the dead. I cannot believe how we lost the Grosse Pointes to a Democrat. It is absolutely the sign of the times.

I do not believe the Republican Party lost their Core Principles 100%. I think it has become a party of fear and intimidation. Call me a liar but how come the Oakland County Republicans will not support Mike Rogers, a Black Republican, for Oakland County Road Commission? If anyone can answer that question I will be happy to hear from you.

While the party has become a party of fear I have moved forward of networking with many of our young adults from one side of the state to the next. One element of rebuilding the Republican Party is networking and grassroots activism. Here's the catch. You have to (1) bring your ass to the inner cities and (2) know what you are talking about.

You cannot stay safe in Birmingham or Bloomfield Hills when Southfield and Pontiac needs your help. Are you afraid that your car will be stolen or you might get jacked? That comes with the territory. Ask any Black person who lives in Pontiac or Detroit.

Sen. John McCain could have scored points with the Black Republican base if he would have brought himself to the inner cities. Of course, his advisors did not want this. McCain is not afraid of Black people. After all he did something I would never do in a million years...speak in front of the NAACP National Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio this past summer. Anyone can live to tell that story is NOT afraid to come over in Southwest Detroit, Warrendale, River Rouge or Inkster.

The Republican Party's grassroots program must be intact for future elections. We cannot allow someone like Jon Stryker to come in with $3.8 million dollars and kill Republicans in every election. Where is our Jon Stryker? If he exists please step up and introduce yourself.

In Michigan, we have to reform our Outreach, Ethnic, Grassroots, Coalitions and Youth Vice-Chair positions. These important positions cannot be left to die anymore. At the same time, we must began to clean house at the county and district level. State committee people need to resign if they are coming with the same ideas.

Let me give you an example. I am going to name 8 cities in Michigan for you.

1. Detroit
2. Highland Park
3. Ecorse
4. River Rouge
5. Flint
6. Saginaw
7. Benton Harbor
8. Hamtramck
9. Inkster

These cities I named are in crisis. There is no reason why Democrats can control these cities and then MOVE to the countryside and win seats that are traditionally Republican. Ridiculous.

We have to be on the offense. For example, Wayne County is the seat of the Democratic Party in this state. However, Detroit, Highland Park, Ecorse, River Rouge, Inkster and Hamtramck sits in Wayne County. All of these cities have failing schools. This means the middle class does not exist and most people living in these areas are living below the poverty line.

The only way to strategically address this issue is to do several things. First, as Republicans, we must become issue-advocates. The top issue in these cities is educational reform. Period. We create what is called focus groups. We knock on doors, pass out literature on ways we can galvanize voters on the issue of educational reform. We hold focus groups in OUR churches, in other people's churches and we host educational forums.

Second, we use the technology that in front of us. Podcasting is a excellent tool to get our message across. Check out the Michigan Minority Report at for examples.

You Tube, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and other social utilities are necessary to build a strong grassroots network. Blogging is sufficient and critical in times like this to report things that the mainstream networks will not discuss.

Third, as urban conservatives, we MUST change our message. We need to take our message of urban conservatism to the inner cities. One such platform that I urge any candidate running for Detroit City Council to embrace is the Covenant for Detroit.

The Covenant for Detroit are based on nine steps to improve city government.

1. Fiscal Responsibility: A balanced budget/tax limitation proposal and a legislative line-item veto to restore fiscal responsibility to an out- of-control Mayor/City Council, requiring them to live under the same budget constraints as families and businesses.

2. Reclaiming Our Streets: A REAL anti-crime package including stronger truth-in- sentencing, good faith exclusionary rule exemptions, and cuts in wasteful spending to fund prison construction and additional law enforcement to keep people secure in their neighborhoods and kids safe in their schools.

3. Encourage Personal Responsibility: Work with state lawmakers to discourage illegitimacy and teen pregnancy by prohibiting welfare to minor mothers and denying increased benefits for additional children while on welfare, cut spending for welfare programs to promote individual responsibility.

4. Real Family Preservation: Child support enforcement, tax incentives for adoption, strengthening rights of parents in their children's education, stronger child pornography laws, and an elderly dependent care tax credit to reinforce the central role of families in the City of Detroit, shared equal parenting rights which equals to children needing both parents.

5. Educational Reform: Repeal the tax credit in the Michigan Constitution to allow Universal Tax Credits for parents and children in Detroit, expansion of theme based charter schools, private scholarships for children in failing public schools, silent prayer in schools, replace multiculturalism with patriotic education, encourage private sector participation in math and science education, fighting adult illiteracy with private based programs that will create job readiness.

6. Detroit Restoration : A $500 per child tax credit and creation of Detroit Dream Savings Accounts to provide middle class tax relief.

7. Job Creation: Small business incentives, capital gains cut and indexation, neutral cost recovery, risk assessment/cost-benefit analysis and unfunded mandate reform to create jobs and raise worker wages.

8. Citizen Legislature: A first-ever vote on term limits to replace career politicians with citizen legislators in Detroit. Also, vote City Council by districts and place term limits on each council member. Mayor of Detroit should have term limits.

9. Senior Citizens: Provide tax incentives for private long-term care insurance to let the elderly in Detroit keep more of what they have earned over the years.

These are nine steps that will help get Detroit moving from an realistic perspective. Plus, I am just using Detroit as an example. We could take this plan on the road and develop a more comprehensive plan for our inner cities to create political diversity in our respective areas.

Urban conservatives must realize that in order to implement this strategy we have to increase the adult illiteracy rate in our community. If we do not raise the adult illiteracy rates in our community we will be spinning our wheels. While the mainstream Republicans are digging in the grave seeking guidance from Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater urban conservatives must at all cost address the adult iliteracy crisis in our community. While adult illiteracy is a non-partisan issue most liberals have jumped on the band wagon on this issue. We must NOW jump on the band wagon as well.

A Freedom Now Platform will inject much needed energy to the party, engage our opposition in executing 21st century ideas that comes from research and development. Our party must become a R&D Network if we want to be successful against Generation Obama.

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