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By Cireal Americanus
A far cry from the 1773 Boston Tea Party, the political landscape of the Republican Party has been expanded to include the emergence of an extreme right faction known as the Taxed Enough Already Party or Tea Party. Although, both the 1773 and the 2009 movements originated as a result of frustrations over what was believed to be unjustified, unfair and over taxation levied by “Government”, their final impact, however, on their overall causes is turning out to be very different.
Today’s Tea Party, consisting of a large coalition of small groups, is more primarily focused on “fiscal responsibility, limited government, and free markets”, while deliberately avoiding the more traditional conservative social philosophies such as banning Gay Marriage and Abortion. This dramatic move from the parties more traditional social focus is an attempt to attract/retain potential allies found in the younger Republican, Independent and disenfranchised Democrat voters. Party leaders justify their break in tradition on the basis that social issues hold little value when faced with the threat of passing on enormous debt to future generations.
The Tea Party’s emergence, however, does not come without a cost to the GOP, i.e. Matthew 12:25 (amplified) “…..no city or house divided against itself will last or continue to stand.” Many Republican Incumbent candidates seeking election have found that fear of this movement has forced them to take positions far to the Right of the same fiscal values that initially got them into elected office.
While recent elections held on June 8th found Tea Party backed candidates to be the victors in some of the GOP Primaries, i.e. Meg Whitman ( Gubernatorial Candidate CA), Susana Martinez (Gubernatorial Candidate NM), Nikki Haley (Gubernatorial Candidate SC), and Sue Lowden (Senate Candidate Nevada), political analyst have expressed concerns that these same candidates may have now alienated essential voting demographics necessary for them to secure sought after offices in November, thus providing dramatically weakened opposition to their Democrat opponents.
Although the Tea Party started out with a lot of steam, the final impact may result in a great bit of fizzle. Only time will tell………..
Gwen Ifill’s book, “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the age of Obama” is a true political page turner that takes an in-depth look at the world of politics within the “African American Community” as its focus broadens from the micro perspective of the African American Community to the macro perspective of the “Global Community” and the roles in Politics African Americans are forging for themselves.
In taking this hard hitting look at the evolution of Political Power as it transitions from the “Old Guard” of the Civil Rights Movement, i.e. Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Julian Bond, etc., to the emerging group of Leaders, i.e. Newark, New Jersey’s Mayor Corey Booker, Massachusetts’s Governor Deval Patrick, and New York’s Governor David Patterson as well as lesser known up-and-comers, who have come into Political power during the era of the Obama Candidacy and Presidency, Ifill skillfully captures the internal challenges & struggles of race, gender, sexism, ageism, and the conflicts, i.e. “Sandpaper Moments”, these groups face between each other as well as those of the African American Politian.
The Break-Through is a must read in understanding the Political landscape, challenges, successes, and future role of African Americans in various Political arenas and their impact on our homes, our lives and future generations to come.
“So we have a choice to make. We can remain one of the world’s leading importers of foreign oil, or we can make the investments that would allow us to become the world’s leading exporter of renewable energy. We can let climate change continue to go unchecked, or we can help stop it. We can let the jobs of tomorrow be created abroad, or we can create those jobs right here in America and lay the foundation for lasting prosperity.” -President Obama, March 19, 2009
As an increasing number of households in China, India and other advancing overseas economies join the world’s middle class, they’ll start making such basic purchases as electronic goods, houses – and automobiles. The fact that China’s oil imports jumped 18% in one month is evidence enough that this is happening. And the fact that leading India automaker Tata Motors Ltd (TTM) has unveiled a $2,500 dollar car, the Nano, underscores that international carmakers are looking to recruit a whole new group of motorists. Couple these facts with the U.S.’ consumption of 21 million barrels of oil per day and the net result is not only the accelerated depletion of a valuable finite natural resource but an exponential increase/advancement of carbon emissions and other destructive “Greenhouse” gases.
To meet the challenge of an ever increasing Demand juxtaposed to an ever decreasing Supply, President Obama has recently called for higher fuel efficiencies, i.e. 35 mpg for some of the 2011 car models sold in the U.S., as well as further exploration of alternative sources of energy and fuel. U.S. Entrepreneurs and the Government are stepping up to the challenge by exploring alternatives such as Wind Energy to off-set our insatiable consumption. One Such Entrepreneur from Texas, proposes to build an experimental Wind Energy power plant (in Pampa, Texas) that will serve as an initial model for the next evolutionary step in Energy generation. This plant will not only produce/generate approximately 4,000 Mega Watts (MW), which is enough energy to power 1.2 Million U.S. homes, but will also result in the creation of thousands of “Green Collar” jobs.
Why Wind energy? The U.S. Department of Energy has indicated that Wind energy can provide in excess of 20% of our overall energy needs, approximately the same percentage of energy production provided through the use of Natural Gas. With Wind substituting Natural Gas as an energy fuel, Natural Gas can solely be used as a transportation fuel. This would reduce our need for Imported Oil by nearly 40%, a reduction of approximately $300 Billion dollars in annual Foreign Oil consumption. In addition, the use of Wind generated energy provides a “clean” alternative to the use of carbon emitting fossil fuels.
For the economy this would mean lower prices at the pump as well as additional revenue streams from newly created jobs in the area of Power generation, Facility/Community retro-fitting, alternative vehicle production, and Wind Mill/Generator manufacturing. Thus solving a new and increasing problem using an old and “Sustainable” alternative
First Steps in the Journey
Just 138 years after the XV amendment gave Blacks the right to vote, 45 years after the Civil Rights Act outlawed Segregation, and after 21 months of a Brilliantly fought 650 Million Dollar campaign, we see the emergence of the Country’s first Black President, Barack Hussein Obama. This journey, although long, is not over. The next steps of President Obama will lay the foundation for his administration’s focus and success.
The Economy – Experts are now indicating that the Sub-prime Mortgage issues is only the tip of the iceberg in the Economic Crisis. In addition to Major Financial Institutions getting in-line for their piece of the Bail-out package (Troubled Assets Relief Program – TARP), you now have other industries, i.e. Automotive, Consumer Credit, Manufacturing, etc., lobbying for Bail-out assistance as well. The Country is looking to an Obama administration to instantly implement a resolution that will save their houses, jobs, bank accounts, investments and grow the economy. The wrong action could cause irreparable damage to the Credibility and Confidence in the transitioning administration. This is not only important to the U.S. economy but the World Economy as well.
Health Care – Health-care spending is the single largest component of personal consumption. Spending on health-care services currently exceeds 15 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) (approx. 2.1 Trillion Dollars).–larger than spending on either housing or food. In 2006, a total of 47 million Americans, or almost 16 percent of the population, lacked health insurance. Couple this with rising cost in medical care and increased demand from the Baby Boom generation and this issue is second only to the current Economic Crisis. Expedient and effective actions are a mandatory for this new Administration.
Global/Foreign Policy – One of the most vulnerable times for any administration is during the initial Transition of a new administration. The Obama administration will be faced with a two front war, a Terrorist leader who has yet to be brought to Justice, a dramatic decline in the Russian Stock Market brought on by there recent Military actions, A Chinese Government that is increasingly concerned about its stability, and a new world system that does not look to the U.S. for authoritarianism but as a interdependent player with a major role in the World economy. The World is looking for the Obama administration to make a distinct break from policies of the past in its attempts to set and accomplish Global/Foreign Policy goals and be a Galvanizing force in the Global Community. The Obama administration must structure itself in a manner that leads in an intelligent fashion that recognizes this new reality of interdependence.
Leftover G.W. Bush Policies – The Bush Administration leaves behind a number of controversial policies consisting of the Patriots Act, FISA, the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp, a severely damaged Global U.S. image, and Unilateral Authority over the use and deployment of U.S. Troops. The manner and speed at which an Obama administration addresses these residual policies will be a key indicator to the People, Congress and Global Community on the Administration’s ability to create, set, and administer policy.
A well planned Administration Transition will ensure that Obama is not snared by similar errors of the transition efforts of Administrations of the past. This transition to the White House will show and communicate a new form of Government, where our involvement did not stop with the end of the Presidential Campaign but has been and will continue to encourage our involvement. The initial transition and policies of an Obama administration will not be a spectator sport. Visit www.change.gov to see how you can get involved.