Of course I couldn’t let this day go by without discussing the presidential election. The 2012 election is in the books as Barack Obama beat Mitt Romney 303-203 to cruise to a second term in the White House. Regardless of what side you were rooting for, it’s painfully obvious that our country continues to be as divided as ever. Last night, I posted the following message onto my Facebook account following the news of Obama’s reelection:
“Time for a rare partisan moment– Whether you like the guy or not, Barack Obama overcame a bad economy, the questioning of his citizenship and the Tea Party to get reelected as President of the United States. Whether you agree with his policies or not, you must to RESPECT Barack Obama for making history again. My hope is that Congress will actually work with him this time around and we’ll see some real things get accomplished that did not happen in his first term. I hope this election was a wakeup call to the ultra right of the Republican Party that it’s time to put aside their differences and help Obama move this country forward . Plus it’s really telling that neither Mitt Romney nor Paul Ryan won their home states. God don’t like ugly! Lol”
Respect is what I truly want Obama to experience in this second term. There is nothing wrong whatsoever with disagreeing with any political figure. However, there is a very big problem when you hate someone. And it goes both ways. Did former President George W. Bush make the best decisions in the interest our country? No. Should he be as personally reviled as Satan? No he should not. At the end of the day Obama, just like Bush, is a human being with a loving family.
The level of disrespect Obama was shown during his first term was unprecedented in the history of American politics. Remember Rep. Joe Wilson shouting “you lie” at him during the joint session of Congress in 2009? How about the numerous inflammatory statements Donald Trump has made questioning his citizenship over the last several months (including a very hateful Twitter post following the election). And let’s not forget the about Gov. Jan Brewer who pointed her finger squarely in Obama’s face as he was coming off of Air Force One.
Today’s school lesson- How many times can you ever recall this kind of behavior happening to any sitting president in American history? If your answer is none then you get a sticker!!!
For the longest time, very few people on either side of the debate have wanted to admit what is obvious to anyone with a fifth grade education: much of the anti-Obama sentiment is based on the color of his skin.
This election has shown the true colors of a lot of people. And to be fair, I’ve seen a bunch of ignorant statements from blacks, whites, republicans and democrats today. It seems stupidity is an equal opportunity employer regardless of race, age, employment status or gender. Many of the comments I’ve read from educated people in my life have revealed a level of ignorance I did not want to believe existed in 2012. Perhaps the dumbest comment I’ve read was from a person I knew who bragged about not voting at all. That is something I’d dare not share with the world on social media. However, there has been the occasional bright light which profoundly speaks to the current situation facing America. A friend of mine posted the following:
“I don’t understand why you have to be so hateful and disrespectful just b/c someone’s political views differ from yours. Especially people who claim to be a part of a party based on ‘Values’ and so called ‘Christian principles’. Leads me to believe that the root of the issue is just not ‘political’. Other things, such as prejudice, racism, and classism (don’t know if it’s a word but, oh well, I’m making it one now) just to name a few, have to be the root of the hate. Christianity is based out of love, not hate. People really need to re-evaluate themselves and really look at the stuff they’re saying.”
In a perverse way, I truly believe people get a kick out of blaming Obama for all of their problems. If gas prices are too high, blame Obama. If you show up late for work and get reprimanded by your boss, blame Obama. If the dog bites you, blame Obama. If you wake up on the wrong side of the bed and fall on your face, then it must be because of some super socialist plot Obama is scheming to take over the world. In fact, every bad thing that will happen in your life over the next four years will be the direct result of his man. We’re all doomed. Nooooo!!!!!
The next time you think of speaking ill towards Obama, take a second to honestly ask yourself what you hate him for? Allow yourself the opportunity to find the true answer because chances are it will be due to an issue you do not want to confront.
I sincerely believe Romney lost for the mere fact he failed to connect with the general public. When the vast majority of voters are people unlike yourself, you must do everything in your power to reassure them that you care about their everyday struggle. It really says something powerful about our nation that Obama won reelection in what was described by political pundits as the worst environment any incumbent president ever had to run in. Despite the goals he failed to achieve in his first term, voters still had enough faith in him to give him another try.
And for the record, I’ve never hated Romney. I actually think he’s a decent guy. I did think he was in over his head and didn’t have many good policies planned out, but not for a second did I think he was a bad person. If he were to win the race I will admit that I would’ve been a little bummed, but at the end of the day I would’ve accepted him as my president and prayed for him to make the right decisions. In a sense, I feel bad for him after he was openly repudiated (and quite rudely I might add) by members of Tea Party Patriots. They blasted him in a statement earlier today that described Romney as a “weak moderate candidate.”
Obama is back in office. Though this is a time of celebration and depression (I believe so after some of the things I’ve read!) for many, I hope the next four years will mark a notable change in the level of respect Obama is shown across the board. His election is 2008 was the result of an historic moment in American politics and a promise of change. This go round, Obama clearly deserved the win and fought hard to get it. Regardless of your political affiliation, play your part by asking God to grant Obama and those in Congress with the wisdom and capability to make the decisions that will lead this country in the right direction.
Happy Fourth of July everyone!!!! What better way to celebrate than with a good dose of 80s nationalism courtesy of Hulk Hogan. It’s a bit cheesy, but it gets the point across. This was Hulk Hogan’s WWF theme song, which President Obama used during one of his campaign rallies in 2008. Enjoy!
Hello. Today, I want to share something I think everyone (my subscribers especially!) will enjoy. I want to talk a little about dreams.
For as long as I can remember, I (as well as most of you) have been told to reach for our dreams. You know the lecture: “No matter how hard and impossible they may be, as long you work hard and never give up, they will become a reality.”
I’ve always wondered about how people really achieve great things in life. Did Jay-Z just wake up one morning as the single greatest rapper of all time? Did Barack Obama listen to Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech hundreds of times until it was embedded in his mind that he could one day become the president of the United States? As George Clooney progressed throughout his acting classes and first major roles, did he envision himself being among the best actors of his generation?
At first glance it may seem as if there is some special genetic code in celebrities and important public figures that give them an ability to succeed beyond their wildest dreams. In reality, they are people just like you and I. They were born with special talents that they considered important enough to improve on everyday. I don’t believe in overnight success stories. Anyone who has ever been great at what they do for a living had to work extremely hard at it.
I read a very interesting fact about famous horror/suspense writer Stephen King last week. It was in an excerpt from the September 2011 issue of Writer’s Digest magazine. Here it is:
“Stephen King served as a janitor for a high school while struggling to get his fiction published. His time wheeling the cart through the halls inspired him to write the opening girls’ locker room scene in Carrie, which would become his breakout novel.”
If a man who worked as a janitor could go on to become a New York Times bestselling author, then I truly believe that anything is possible. Growing up, I only thought certain people could attain the really big thing in life. I was raised in a great household and grew up in church, but I always thought it was out the realm of possibility to achieve the spectacular things. Instead, I’ve come to realize that it really does take hard work and a bit of patience.
As I said earlier, success doesn’t come overnight. However, I believe only those who chase after their dreams are the ones who ultimately catch them.
Looks like it’s time to start running!
To further illustrate my message I chose to include a video of a song from the Disney Channel movie, Lemonade Mouth. The name of the song is Breakthrough and the lyrics are very appropriate to what this article is about. Enjoy!
On last Thursday the president of the United States, Barack Obama, made one of his most important speeches of the year. In an address to the joint session of Congress, he laid out his plan for the American Jobs Act. The president feels this bill will generate the jobs that so many people in this country desperately need. During his impassioned plea, he repeatedly used several variations of the following phrase: “Congress should pass this bill immediately.” One cable news show aired a compilation which showed him using the phrase about 16 times. He also outlined a few of the specifics of what would make this bill work. The following outline was taken directly from a press release on the White House website, www.whitehouse.gov:
THE AMERICAN JOBS
1. Tax Cuts to Help America’s Small Businesses Hire and
- Cutting the payroll tax in half for 98 percent of
businesses: The President’s plan will cut in half the taxes paid by
businesses on their first $5 million in payroll, targeting the benefit to the 98
percent of firms that have payroll below this threshold.
- A complete payroll tax holiday for added workers or increased
wages: The President’s plan will completely eliminate payroll taxes for
firms that increase their payroll by adding new workers or increasing the wages
of their current worker (the benefit is capped at the first $50 million in
- Extending 100% expensing into 2012: This continues an
effective incentive for new investment.
- Reforms and regulatory reductions to help entrepreneurs and small
businesses access capital.
2. Putting Workers Back on the Job While Rebuilding and
- A “Returning Heroes” hiring tax credit for veterans: This provides
tax credits from $5,600 to $9,600 to encourage the hiring of unemployed
- Preventing up to 280,000 teacher layoffs,while keeping cops and
firefighters on the job.
- Modernizing at least 35,000 public schools across the
country,supporting new science labs, Internet-ready classrooms and
renovations at schools across the country, in rural and urban areas.
- Immediate investments in infrastructure and a bipartisan National
Infrastructure Bank, modernizing our roads, rail, airports and waterways
while putting hundreds of thousands of workers back on the job.
- A New “Project Rebuild”, which will put people to work rehabilitating
homes, businesses and communities, leveraging private capital and scaling land
banks and other public-private collaborations.
- Expanding access to high-speed wireless as part of a plan for freeing
up the nation’s spectrum.
3. Pathways Back to Work for Americans Looking for
- The most innovative reform to the unemployment insurance program in 40
years: As part of an extension of unemployment insurance to prevent 5
million Americans looking for work from losing their benefits, the President’s
plan includes innovative work-based reforms to prevent layoffs and give states
greater flexibility to use UI funds to best support job-seekers, including:
- Work-Sharing: UI for workers whose employers choose work-sharing over
- A new “Bridge to Work” program: The plan builds on and improves innovative
state programs where those displacedtake temporary, voluntary work or pursue
- Innovative entrepreneurship and wage insurance programs: States will also be
empowered to implement wage insurance to help reemploy older workers and
programs that make it easier for unemployed workers to start their own
- Work-Sharing: UI for workers whose employers choose work-sharing over
- A $4,000 tax credit to employers for hiring long-term unemployed
- Prohibiting employers from discriminating against unemployed workers
- Expanding job opportunities for low-income youth and adults through a
fund for successful approaches for subsidized employment, innovative training
programs and summer/year-round jobs for youth.
4. Tax Relief for Every American Worker and
- Cutting payroll taxes in half for 160 million workers next year: The
President’s plan will expand the payroll tax cut passed last year to cut workers
payroll taxes in half in 2012 – providing a $1,500 tax cut to the typical
American family, without negatively impacting the Social Security Trust
- Allowing more Americans to refinance their mortgages at today’s near 4
percent interest rates, which can put more than $2,000 a year in a family’s
5. Fully Paid for as Part of the President’s Long-Term Deficit
Reduction Plan.To ensure that the American Jobs Act is
fully paid for, the President will call on the Joint Committee to come up with
additional deficit reduction necessary to pay for the Act and still meet its
deficit target. The President will, in the coming days, release a detailed plan
that will show how we can do that while achieving the additional deficit
reduction necessary to meet the President’s broader goal of stabilizing our debt
as a share of the economy.
This all sounds very good and I agree that the President and all of Congress should do whatever it takes to put as many people back to work as possible. I talk to people everyday who are struggling to find full-time work. A generation ago, having a college degree was an automatic ticket to obtaining a good-paying and respectable job. Today, the average college graduate will be fortunate just to find a part-time job in today’s economy, nonetheless a full timer. I had two full-time jobs over the past year and half which were both cut. The first was a temp job at a local university (that lasted one year) which was cut due to a lack of funding (budget cuts have really hit the UNC system hard) and the second was another temp position at the same place which ended after about three months. I continue to work part-time at a grocery store that I have been at for almost five years. Since being layed off from my last temp position, I have applied to about 10 different communications (field I got my degree in) related jobs in North Carolina.
This bill needs to pass. People in this country need to get back to work. According a Census Bureau report released yesterday, the overall poverty rate has climbed to 15.1 percent, or 46.2 million, up from 14.3 percent in 2009. Yikes! That doesn’t sound like good news. A report that I saw a few weeks ago on an episode of CBS Evening News stated that nearly 21 percent of all African Americans were unemployed or forced to work a part-time schedule. This is not an African American issue. This is an issue that affects everyone from all walks of life. With gas and groceries getting more expensive on a daily basis, it’s nearly impossible for the average family to support itself on part-time funds.
Anyone that has followed Obama’s presidency knows the opposition he is up against from Congress. The Republicans in Congress have successfully blocked a vast majority of the items he has proposed over the last two and a half years. There is a deep-rooted belief that the GOP wants nothing more than for the presidency of Obama to fail and the easiest way to accomplish that goal is to successfully block every piece of legislation he brings to them. Moments after his address, Eric Cantor, the republican house majority leader, was on a Fox News broadcast sarcastically talking about Obama’s speech. During the address, it was almost comical to see the expression on the face of John Boehner, the speaker of the house, also a republican, whenever Obama would make a comment about how Congress needed to pass laws that cut taxes on middle-class working citizens instead of giving tax breaks to the richest people and corporations (a key aspect of republican philosophy since billion-dollar corporations fund a large percentage of republican campaigns, and in in turn, they are given political incentives). Boehner’s face nearly turned pink when Obama mentioned how billionaire investor Warren Buffet feels that he should be taxed more!
Now there are legit concerns to this bill. Obama probably needs to more concretely explain where a alot of the funding for this bill will come from. Members of both political parties feel there doesn’t need to be another bill passed that puts our nation into more debt. And that is a very legitimate argument. At the same time, all of the political games that are being played over this needs to stop. At the end of the day this bill isn’t about the democrats or the republicans gaining more political points nor is it about refusing this bill just because you dislike the president and his policies. It’s about getting American men and women back to work. And it should pass for that reason alone.