Saturday, January 17, 2009

Standing On The Shoulders of Greatness by Akindele Akinyemi

It is so interesting to see people running to Washington D.C. to see President-elect Barack Obama become the 44th President of the United States. I will say this he has generated so much excitement that we have parents pulling their children out of school and flying to D.C. to see the coronation...I mean inauguration.

That's cool because we have work to do here.

The Silver Rights Movement will not come from David Axelrod or Obama. It will originate from the streets. You see while we have people on cloud nine over the 21st century version of the New Deal we have to work on getting folks like Renee Amoore elected to Co-Chair of the Republican National Committee.

We can hope for Ken Blackwell, Michael Steele or Saul Anuzis getting the top seat of the RNC but we cannot let someone like Renee fall by the wayside. It is our sole responsibility to promote her IN PUBLIC. I cannot believe that we did not use her 1000% on health care issues during the Presidential election. This is an health care expert. Not only she understands health care from a professional perspective but from a policy perspective.

African Americans continue to suffer disproportionately from a number of diseases that result in chronic disability and cause premature death. In spite of the advances in medical science and the development of more effective treatments and innovations in health care delivery, substantial disparities remain between African Americans and the general population in physical and mental health and in the delivery of health care services.

Health care issues are critical because according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance 2007, there were more than 1.4 million cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea in the United States in 2007. The chlamydia rate among women was three times higher than men, and the gonorrhea rate was also higher. If left untreated, 40 percent of chlamydia and gonorrhea cases in women can result in pelvic inflammatory disease -- a condition that causes as many as 50,000 women to become infertile each year.

The report also found African Americans were bearing a large STD burden. While representing only 12 percent of the population, they had about 70 percent of reported gonorrhea cases and almost half of all chlamydia and syphilis cases in 2007.

Ok, so how come we are not using our resources at our fingertips like Renee Amoore? We have to do better as a group.

Renee Amoore reminds me of two Black Republicans here in Michigan with stellar credentials.

Former Oakland County Commissioner Mike Rogers, who is always gives the most explicit explanation on emerging sectors and transportation policy. I would like for him to get picked for Lt. Governor of Michigan since transportation is critical to Michigan's success.

Former Muskegon County Clerk Karen Buie. Everyone who I have talked to who has either lived in Muskegon or LIVES in Muskegon has nothing but praise for the All-Star. I would like for her to be considered for Michigan Secretary of State. I am saying that with confidence. Of course, that is up to her to make that call. I SUPPORT her 1000%.

If I can get Renee, Mike and Karen in a room with me discussing strategy and policy we all might get locked up for having too much brain power in one room.

Ok, I am just joking.

Meanwhile, here in Michigan, we have another young and upcoming leader in the Michigan Republican Party. He is no stranger to politics and has embraced our silver rights movement here in Michigan.

Torion Bridges is currently running for the Youth Vice-Chair of the Michigan Republican Party in a stiff race. I fully support the young man from Detroit not because he is from Detroit but because he is a quick learner, fast on his feet, and wants to fully empower our young people in the party.

When he first stepped on the scene in 2006 he was 18 years old. He ran for this below...

He stepped into the political ring running for Wayne County Commissioner against Burton Leland. What impressed me about him was the fact that he was JUST 18 years old. How many young Black men do you know run for major office at 18 years old?

Then he ran for this position....

Torion ran for Wayne State Board of Governors in 2008 and received 1.5 million votes statewide.

He already has the political experience, connects well with young people, and is sorely needed to bring new young people to the party. We cannot allow business as usual. Anyone else running for this seat will not come into the urban areas like Detroit because they do not see any relevance.

We cannot lose young people like Torion to business as usual. Help him become the next Youth Vice-Chair.

I am bringing this up because after our GOP got our butts whipped by the Democratic Party in November I am STILL watching us move slow on issues that are relevant. While many of us want to REVERT back to the good old days we should be in the board rooms talking about bringing The Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station to urban areas that are stressing urban agriculture. I have not heard ONE candidate running for mayor, city council or any office discuss this in public. I have not heard a Republican OR Democrat discuss this in public. I fear that many of them do not even know what it is.

The Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) encompasses the work of more than 300 scientists in six colleges at Michigan State University: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Communication Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Natural Science, Social Science, and Veterinary Medicine.

These researchers, in laboratories and offices on campus and field research stations around the state, investigate topics that range from forest product development to food safety, new varieties of fruits and vegetables, water quality, livestock production, rural and community development, and the quality of life of Michigan youth and families. Michigan citizens reap the results of this work in the form of new or improved, foods and plants, new production methods and enriched lifestyles.

Hopefully, someone like Torion who is running for Youth Vice-Chair will be able to articulate this important multi-million dollar station to help young people get involved in Michigan's second economy (agriculture). This is good for urban areas such as Muskegon, Benton Harbor and Inkster.

While many of us are fighting over party ideology in our party NONE of us are at the table discussing the aerotropolis that we are trying to bring to Wayne County.

This is a new type of urban form comprising aviation-intensive business and related enterprises extending up to 15.5 miles outward from major airports.

Development Area

The Aerotropolis stakeholders envision development that not only provides economic benefits to the communities immediately surrounding the airport, but which also benefits the greater Metro Detroit region. Leaders recognize the importance of linking developments in the aerotropolis region to the rebirth of the City of Detroit, and that there exists a natural synergy between Detroit Metropolitan Airport and Detroit’s position as a tourist destination. They also recognize that the city of Detroit has a skilled and able workforce that will be needed to support development efforts, and its citizens will occupy jobs created through business attraction efforts.

We can argue all about who is moderate or right-wing conservative but what is amazing is the fact that no one has answered the question of why so many Black Republicans CROSSED over to vote for Obama in our party. The excuse is "we lost our way." Hell, the "way" never made it to my community or Muskegon Heights.

I will give you a hint. You want to rebuild Detroit as a centerpiece of Michigan we would be successful if we understood what people are facing in these areas. I love how conservatives say how the mainstream media "brainwashes" young people into worshipping Obama but this is the same media that conservatives use to view the Black community.

Yes, my community wants educational choice and MORE quality charter schools and I am already working on this to make this a reality for our children and families. But we cannot just use that or vouchers as an excuse to say our party did the "outreach." That is nothing. Come into our community FIRST and find out what is going on.

Consumer Protection such as high insurance rates. Yes, people in the inner cities in Michigan MUST stop carjacking each other to help raise our insurance rates BUT at the same time it is ridiculous for me to stand on Alter Road in Detroit and across the street is Grosse Pointe and the insurance is LOWER by several hundred dollars as opposed to staying in Detroit where car insurance is HIGHER than as person's car note.

Election Reform such as eliminating straight party voting would help both parties. Also, how come NO ONE in the Michigan GOP is discussing redistricting and reapportionment?

Read this quote from the Muskegon Chronicle about why Muskegon County Clerk Nancy Waters ran against her predecessor Karen Buie:

"In the early part of this decade, Republicans controlled the commission and tried to wipe one of the two predominantly black commission districts off the map. This is not about friendship (speaking of Buie), It's about our future, the fate of the county over the next 10 years."

But Waters wants to redistrict to keep poverty-stricken people in power in Muskegon. Does that make sense?

If you want to make serious in-roads in our community you have to talk about family. Child care for low income families and youth development are critical to the advancement of our community. Without it we are lost.

Housing issues are key to the re-development of an urban community. We must be honest and address these issues of affordable housing as well as discrimination. I am not talking about homeownership per se but showing those who are not ready to buy a home because of credit issues or the lack of work that all hope is not lost.

When the GOP began to promoting investment and building wealth in minority communities such as advocating access to economic information, knowledge, technology and training then we will be a force to be reckoned with.

That's why we need Renee Amoore, Mike Rogers, Karen Buie, Torion Bridges and of course the one who is running actively for Outreach Vice-Chair of the Michigan GOP.

I respect those who fought and died in the Civil Rights Movement. People like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Thank you.

I respect those who are responsible for the Reagan Revolution. Thank you.

I respect those who pushed for the Contract for America. Thank you.

I respect those scholars such as W.E.B DuBois, Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells, and many African scholars who paved the way for success in our community. Milton Friedman, Russell Kirk, William Buckley Jr.

Thank you.

I respect and honor the founders of the Republican Party in 1854 in Jackson, Michigan. Their vision was freedom and to end slavery. Thank you.

Once again, our community is enslaved with programs that has failed us time and time again. Once again the Republican Party must be a party of freedom.

That's why we must embrace the SILVER RIGHTS MOVEMENT through URBAN CONSERVATISM in 2009.

The Republican Party is NOT dead...we just got the party started.

5 comments: said...

Torrian is a pretty cool cat.

One of the guys I'd like to clone... you know, if cloning wasn't so passe. :)


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