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The Controversial Case Against Markeith Loyd

This is a pivotal case in the rights of Black people in America, whether we collectively realize it or not.

Markeith Loyd, a triple murder suspect, was captured by police last week after a 9-day manhunt.

According to Orlando Police Department’s Chief Mina, OPD officers along with other agency officers were on scene when Loyd was located in a house only two blocks away from the family of Officer Debra Clayton, the Officer Loyd is accused of killing.

According to the aerial view of Loyd’s capture, the suspect crawled out to the officers, surrendered and ‘cowered like a little girl.’

During Loyd’s perp walk, he shouted, “They beat me up. They beat me up. They beat me up.”

Newly elected State Attorney Aramis Ayala, who ran as a candidate funded by George Soros, the financier of the Black Lives Matter movement, can’t seem to find sufficient evidence to charge any of the Officers with excessive force in this case. Not only that, at this time, she’s not even investigating excessive force against Loyd. Read the previous paragraph again. Does that even make any sense? The answer is no.

During the press conference after Loyd’s capture, elected leaders took to the podium and described Loyd as a killer, never using the word “alleged” or “suspect.” The description of Loyd by leaders makes it that much harder for Loyd to have a fair trial.

The Orlando Sentinel and journalist Rene Stutzman did an in depth piece on excessive force by the Orlando Police Department last year that I believe everyone should read.
According to the law, Loyd should have excessive force charges brought up against the arresting Officers. There’s plenty of evidence that shows he was beaten. Loyd didn’t need to yell that out because we could clearly see that. We also saw him surrender and then be kicked and beaten.

Let’s get one thing straight. Officers are human beings. They lost two of their own while trying to apprehend this suspect. Loyd is lucky he came out alive because had I been an officer I don’t know if I could have shown the restraint they showed to keep him breathing. But, under the law and according to Loyd’s actions when he surrendered, Loyd deserved to come out of that house looking like Dylan Roof did when cops took him into custody.

Roof, the Charleston 9 shooter, went into a Black church and shot worshippers killing 9 of them. He’s now rightfully serving a death row sentence. Now and only now can Roof be called a cold-blooded killer without damaging his case or defaming him.

Here’s the irony. The current State Attorney, a Black woman, rode into Orange and Osceola counties, closed the primaries with a fake write-in candidate and then used $1.4 million of Black Lives Matter money from George Soros to call the previous administration racist. Keep in mind and regardless of what you heard, that previous administration, run by a white man, did charge police with excessive force against Black people.

Ayala promised to be fair to the Black community and to hold those responsible, accountable. But that’s not what appears to be happening here. This Loyd guy, to me, is a monster. But according to what America put down on paper, he’s supposed to be innocent right now, until he is proven guilty. That same State Attorney, the same State Attorney that sat on the Orlando Police Department review board and refused to move forward with charges against OPD officers for excessive force, is now remaining true to her history, regardless of the law and is not pressing any agency, including her own, to draft charges against the officers that beat Markeith Loyd.

That should scare every resident in the ninth judicial, regardless of your race. Roof, was tried in a court of law and ultimately sentenced. He had due process. Laws are put in place for a reason and we should follow them. Roof, a white boy, was not a victim of excessive force.

As for Markeith Loyd, I say, your rights have been clearly violated as an American citizen based on what America promised. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 11, states, “everyone charged with a penal offense, has the right to be presumed innocent, until proven guilty, according to law in a public trial, at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defense.”

When you strip someone like Loyd of his rights, you make him more likely to be back on the streets again.

Each person standing at that podium during that Press Conference, post Loyd’s arrest, should have been briefed by a well-versed Public Information Officer, prior to going on camera.

However, Mr. Loyd, you likely deserved what you received when you crawled out on your hands and knees to your oppressors. Good luck with a fair trial. So far, it doesn’t look like you’re getting one and you have a Black State Attorney to thank for that.

Florida Democratic Party fights for their future

Florida Democratic Party fights for their future

I’ve been watching the Democratic Party races up-close and from afar. It’s a mess. One big, hot, mess.

A guy named Stephen Bittel, a long time party donor, who has never served in a position in the party, used another member to cut a pathway for him to run as Florida Democratic Party Chair. To put things into perspective, this is the seat that was previously held by Allison Tant.

Bittel has long supported the messy way things have been handled in the Democratic Party.

Democrats lost a host of seats and now have to bow down to 31 Republican governors along with a Congress that not only successfully stopped the agenda of President Obama but now has even more power to support the new President.

This kind of party leadership should end if the Democrats want to win seats and reel in even more money and active members. Unfortunately, the party didn’t realize or care about this until after the loss of the latest Presidential election to President elect Donald J. Trump.

If voters in the Democratic Party simply shift people but not agendas, the devastation will continue.

Money is a key element in this shift and big donors are donating even more money, in some cases, to keep the same mindset. What is it that they are not seeing? We already know the Democrats lost the Oval Office, Congress (both the House and Senate) and will have no say on who gets to sit on the Supreme Court bench which is big deal for all people, especially people of color. It’s as if Democrats have duct tape over their mouths and need to sit quietly by while their opposition, the Republicans, run this country at full blast.

Let’s be clear. Democrats have to care about the money. They need as much as they can get and they have to stop spending it wildly and without attaching real results to their expenses. But, they should not sacrifice members or more elections in order to do it. If they rebuild a winning party, they’ll build more money and more members.

I’ve spoken with people who could be key donors to the Democratic Party and there’s a lot of money out there to be given but they are unwilling to donate to a party who will waste money, employ laziness and support a high-turnover rate during the election seasons.

One bright nugget in all of this is Senator Dwight Bullard. Bullard just busted a brilliant move on the party. He went from being a disenfranchised candidate in the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Democratic Party, to being actively a part of the Florida election by launching his campaign and website, DwightUnites.com. Bullard put his name in the hat for Florida Democratic Party Chair and is now a contender alongside Bittel. That shows Bullard is not messing around. It shows Progressives are as serious about changing this party as the Tea Party was about changing the Republican Party. That’s what needs to be done in order to bring the party back to the fierce, ugly reality it faces.

Top Ten Things The Democratic Party Isn’t Telling You

Although Democrats won the Oval Office in 2008 and 2012, the POTUS had little to no help in Congress making it ever so hard for President Obama to push through initiatives needed to help move the country toward bigger achievements. The leaders of the Democratic Party counted the President’s wins as universal gains but didn’t care to educate the public, or donors of the party, about how Republicans still had so much power and were using it to their advantage. Even the Supreme Court nominee chosen by President Obama wasn’t cleared. For many, a redesign of the Supreme Court is the reason we chose President Obama. Now, the liberals have not only lost the Oval, but Congress and what’s even more destructive, Democrats lost the upcoming picks for the Supreme Court. Some say the Democratic Party is nearer to its demise more than ever before, but leaders like Nancy Pelosi are denying anything is wrong. Let’s take a close look at the truth. Here are the top ten things the Democratic Party is not telling you.

  1. Superdelegates. Sigh. The Superdelegate process is just as corrupt as the Electoral College itself. It shows they don’t care about the delegates or the votes people cast on a local level. They give gifts and benefits to the Superdelegates to make sure they vote on behalf of the party at the convention, not the people.
  2. The Democratic Party took a big, fat back seat to the Black Lives Matter movement and still captured the “hearts and minds” of the vast majority of Black female voters. As officers gunned down Black men, women and children in the bloody streets of Anytown, USA, where in the world was the Democratic Party? Black people are the firewall to the party and Clinton received 95% of the Black vote. There’s no reason the Democratic Party should have sat silent on this issue. But, shhhhh. Between us, they don’t want you to recognize that a political party has significant power in ending this kind of corruption.
  3. There is no democracy in choosing leadership within the party. Some say there was no democracy in choosing the nominee. During the last Presidential pick, there is some real evidence showing Clinton was coronated. The Party neglected to listen to the members of the party and proudly chose who they owed and convinced members of the party that Sanders could not win a general race. Sadly, we now suffer with the outcome of that decision. Recently, at the Miami-Dade Party meeting, Democrats had plenty of coronating going on in the race against Bullard versus Bittel. Michigan had the same struggle. Local chapters all over the country are facing this battle. The party isn’t listening to the voices of the people, who are the local voters and is putting those in office who are elite and wealthy.
  4. They don’t want you involved in the political process. They want you as a silent member of the committee. But, they don’t want to hear your voice if it’s not in tune with theirs. Even if, you’re right and even if you can push them to win more seats across this country.
  5. The leaders of the party are elite, wealthy and white. These leaders can make it big regardless of which party is in office. They have money and money is power, right? The elite lead the Democratic Party and they really don’t want you messing that up. Hillary Clinton may or may not have been able to understand the struggle of middle class America. We still don’t know that and now probably never will. Most importantly, the takeaway here is, we’ve often bragged that the Democrats feel our struggle. Unfortunately, they just may feel it more so than the Republicans but not to a level of doing anything significant about it. No one really understands the struggle of the middle class except the middle class and those who have had a first-hand experience with it. The Democratic Party’s main goal is to serve its members and the majority of those who protect the party are diverse, poor and middle class.
  6. The Democratic Party ignored Progressives and even abused them. On the other hand, Trump talked directly to the Progressives and felt their pain. When President Elect Trump acknowledged that Bernie Sanders was a victim of the party’s corrupt system, Progressives listened and gravitated toward him.
  7. Progressives mapped out the outcome of the Presidential election and the Democratic Party ignored it. Democrat party leaders were sure they’d win against President Elect Donald J. Trump. They turned off and angered not only progressives but Trump’s “deplorables” as well. Trump reenergized the worst part of America’s mind and clinched the Oval Office by doing that. Democrats were not unprepared, they were unwilling to notice. It was a case of snobbery at its finest.
  8. The Democratic Party ignored the issue at Standing Rock and the protestors that Occupied Wall Street. This was a major mistake in which the Democratic party is not prepared to talk about publicly. When the Occupy Wall Street movement took off, the party should have listened. When our Sioux brothers and sisters stood against the North Dakota Access Pipeline the party should have stood with them. These were predominantly middle-class, Democrats. People who have donated and been active in the party. Yet, the party remained silent.
  9. The Democratic Party rules are the most corrupt. Did you know, leaders of the Democratic party can suspend rules if they don’t want to follow them? They can throw whatever they want out the window during an election and stand on what they think is the “best” action to take even if it goes against the will of the people. Leadership in the party is a steep hill to climb. If candidates in the party don’t have the look or the requirements that pass the elite in the party, the voters don’t have a fighting chance at getting in an election or winning it. Read the rules. They are simply, anti-democratic.
  10. The Democratic Party is struggling to save money right now, not members. So, feel free to leave at any time. If you’re not amongst the super-wealthy, they don’t care. If they have tons of money, they can rebuild a losing party. Right now, the money donors have given is squandered on a system that is outdated and losing. The only way to move forward is with Progressives leading the way and they have clearly refused that option, which is the only option left. Progressives have always said, to beat a far right administration is to put a far left administration into the war. Democrats are just standing there praising the minimal wins they have gotten thus far. President Obama’s win helped the party to push an illusion on donors pushing the narrative that the Democratic Party had far more power than it really has. In addition, this narrative put so much pressure on the POTUS that it made him seem as if he could do anything. When you wonder why the President worked with Republicans, this is partly why.

Democrats Launch War Against Middle Class and Dwight Bullard; Contender to be the party’s first Black Chair

Democrats are usually touted for being the party that houses the best ideas and platforms for Black and middle income people.

But, Dwight Bullard’s experience climbing the party ladder is showing us reality is different.

Truth and demographics show, the Democratic Party is still a political party run by wealthy, white people.

Florida Progressives are hoping to change that. But it appears there are secret deals being cut to keep Dwight Bullard and the middle class out of power.

Florida could have the first African American man as Chair of The Florida Democratic Party very soon.

Except a huge barrier was just created.

A major funding source for FDP, Steven Bittel, is gearing up to run for the same seat.

It appears Bittel made a chess move last week during a Miami-Dade, Democratic party election by using another member of the party.

A long time Democrat and active member of the Democratic party, Bret Berlin, ran for Statewide Committeeman. He won that position. He told members via social media, he was excited about being elected and looking forward to holding the seat. However, it appears that was simply a sly move to make sure Dwight Bullard doesn’t get elected as Chair of the Florida Democratic Party.

Right after winning the Statewide Committeeman seat, Berlin allowed a host of new members to join.

Berlin then resigned the position he recently won in only a matter of days to make it possible for Bittel to run for his seat and subsequently for FDP Chair.
Those members could very well be joining to vote for Bittel as Florida Chair. Having a large number of people to join could upset and offset the Bullard voters currently in the chapter.

When Berlin was confronted on social media about not being transparent and honest with voters he posted and reposted the same statement over and over again which took little effort and appeared to show no true concern about his recent moves to trade power.

Both have different views on how to lead the party. Bullard, a Progressive Democrat and Bittel, a traditional Democrat.

The former Chair of the Florida Democratic Party was Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. Schultz recently resigned after emails were leaked about the party’s involvement in helping Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders in the primary election.

Former Senator Dwight Bullard is currently the outgoing chairman in the county for the party. The Bittel-Berlin apprears to be leading to a face-off between Bullard and Bittel.

Bullard made his actions clear on Monday. In an email, Bullard wrote, “To whom it may concern, Let this email serve as notice that I will be seeking the office of State Committeeman for the Miami-Dade County DEC.”

The recent moves by the establishment seem to be yet another slap the white and elite members of the establishment landed on Progressives.

Progressives see a need to move the party in a direction that can directly compete with the far right-winged agenda Trump defined on the campaign trail.

Traditional Democrats completely missed the boat on how to run a campaign against a candidate like Donald Trump and the Republican Party ultimately losing the Presidential election, control of Congress and eliminating chances to get a liberal on the Supreme Court.

Experience is key in all of this and Bullard has it. Bittel lacks it. But with loopholes, new and mysterious members and the recent resignation of Berlin, Bittel can run for State Committeeman, remain in that position for hours, maybe several days and then become Chair.

Bullard rose through the ranks and took on each position with honesty and good-will for the party. Bittel appears to be quickly running through the ranks in order to gain access to one of the most powerful positions the party has to offer.

A Minimum of 37 Electors Can Save This Country

“The backlash would be devastating if the Electoral College votes to keep Trump out of the Oval Office,” wrote one social media activist.

Another posted, “It’s their duty to keep Trump out of The White House!”

This is a heated debate going on in groups on social media and in the private messages of many. I’ve received quite a few messages from hopefuls wondering if the Electoral College and the recount launched by Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party candidate, will make an impact so significant in America that it will change the course of the country.

It has to be justifiable and to be successful, it must have the backing and support of the Democratic Party, The Green Party, Independents, No-Party Affiliates or NPA’s, Libertarians and yes, even moderate Republicans.

It’s no secret that I blame the Democratic Party for the Presidential loss. I’ve been very vocal about that and believe they took this election for granted at a time when we had everything riding on it. The Presidency, The House and the Senate and the Supreme Court.

The party treated Progressives, NPA’s, Independents and other supporters like the main enemy. The Democratic National Convention was filled with protests that fell upon deaf ears. Republicans pulled together a network that infiltrated counties and precincts strategically and they won without fail. So, let me be clear. Democrats don’t deserve the Oval Office, Congress or even, the Supreme Court based on their performance. They didn’t fight hard enough to get it and this is what happens when you take any opponent and your members for granted.

But, let’s look deeper into what comes next. The Electoral College will cast their votes on December 19th and even though we think the battle is over, the war isn’t completely over, yet. Each Elector typically votes the way their state voted. But, the Electoral College is set up so that America doesn’t crash and burn by electing a President that can cause major damage to the country and this is no typical election.

Donald Trump has shown that he can cause enough damage to this country to leave us open for total destruction. While Trump is choosing his Cabinet, he is also campaigning to the Electoral College and trying to show them he’s ready for this role. Essentially, he’s doing the same thing he did on the campaign trail but with a much softer tone and maybe even lies.

Let’s take a closer look at the Electoral College. It was never designed by the founders as a group that would rubber stamp the election. According to Bret Chiafalo, a Washington State Elector, it was actually intended to do the just the opposite in an emergency.

No matter how they try to sugar coat it, this is a national emergency.

There are 538 Electors and if a minimum of 37 Electors vote against Trump, there’s no doubt in my mind, they’ll be the most famous Electors in American history because they would have pulled the emergency break on Trump and his administration by stopping him from taking office. Chiafalo says, the Electoral College is supposed to put the candidate through “exhaustive scrutiny.” Scrutiny that can expose them as ineligible to run this country.

What Americans must understand and faithfully hold onto, is Electors know all that is at stake and the reality of what is taking place right before our very eyes. The Electors have three simple rules they must follow when casting their votes.

They must be sure the candidate is qualified, they must prevent the election of a charismatic autocrat, or someone who is a ruler, a dictator or a tyrant. Finally, the Founding Fathers feared  a President could be under the influence of foreign powers therefore posing a risk to America. If these three rules are not met, they are not supposed to cast their vote in favor of that candidate.

The Electoral College has a duty we don’t have. As ridiculous as it may sound, the Electoral College must go by the rules outlined in the Constitution while the rest of America can sign off on a ballot because of something as simple as ‘wanting China to pay for a wall to keep Mexicans out.’

Sure, Trump won the election, but he lost the popular vote to Clinton by 2 million votes. That’s the biggest margin in history of someone winning the election yet losing the popular vote. It may also be a very clever and strategic way for Republicans to take full government control.

Among other things, the Electoral College knows Trump owes foreign countries and China is one of them. His rental agreement on Trump Tower in New York City is a problem and Trump admitted Russia influenced the election. Trump’s behavior behavior has been that of a dictator.

Besides the direct racial attacks he’s launched against a multitude of ethnic groups, Trump has also said he believes Americans should be punished for utilizing free-speech if they dare protest by burning flags. He also said during his campaign, that women should have some sort of punishment for having an abortion, even though abortions are legal in America.

This is critical to America. If the Electoral College doesn’t think so, then we have a broken system that is ripped to shreds far more than I can even imagine. Some may worry about a backlash from those who voted for Trump but what can actually happen to this country is complete destruction. If you don’t think so, think again. You don’t have to be a liberal to look at the facts behind this candidate and see that he’s not met the qualifications of the Electoral College.
If it’s to be looked at as a real college and he’s applying for entrance then he should get a rejection letter. Being qualified requires an understanding the Constitution which Trump has shown us he doesn’t quite get. Vice President-Elect Mike Pence was booed in a theatre in New York and his response was, ‘that’s the sound of freedom’.

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He wasn’t booed because he’s Mike Pence. He was booed because of his affiliation with the President-Elect. People assume Pence and all those who are meeting with him, share his ideology and that may not be factual.

The Electoral College is more critical than ever now and many are hopeful the Electors will step in and save all that is good about America including the liberty and justice for all.

The Dakota Access Pipeline; an Open Wound in America

While the vast majority of Americans were celebrating Thanksgiving, America’s government and corporate America hit Native Americans with cannons of cold water during freezing temperatures to keep them away from a billion dollar project.

I’m sure you’ve seen the #NoDAPL hashtags on social media. It’s the reference to the Dakota Access Pipeline that is currently in construction on Native American treaty land.

Some wonder why Native Americans are all up in arms about this pipeline.

The reasoning is simple.

They want to continue to have clean water and they want the clean water to flow for generations from now. The pipeline is being constructed in and on treaty land in North Dakota. Approval was not given by the Native American Chairpersons or appropriate Boards for the federal government and Energy Transfer Partners, a corporation, to construct the pipeline running through sacred land.

This is important because Energy Transfer Partners is a for-profit company building a pipeline that could easily contaminate the drinking water of the Native Americans who live there. Their water could become as contaminated as the water in Flint, Michigan and eventually lead to a decline in health for those residents.
The answer should be, to reroute the pipeline into an approved area and away from the land which the protestors are fighting to protect.
But, that would cost in excess of dollars which the corporation and the federal government are unwilling to pay or forfeit. If that happened, the project would have to be stalled and that would cost more time and money. Instead, the pipeline project is continuing to snake its way through Standing Rock, which is the sacred land protestors are peacefully fighting to protect.
The function of this pipeline is to fill it with oil transport it. According to the DAPL website, the pipeline will transport almost half a million barrels of oil per day and it’s capacity is 570,000 barrels. Historically, pipelines have broken often. Once the pipelines break, the oil seeps into the water and while oil and water don’t mix, it will get into the drinking and bathing water of the people living on the land atop the pipeline. By this time next year, the pipeline is expected to be fully operational.

This is no cheap project. It’s a 3.7 billion, with a “b”, dollar investment by the government, stakeholders and Energy Transfer Partners. The project promises to grow the economy and create thousands of jobs. The problem is the people who live there are more concerned about their health and welfare as opposed to money. As far as this project is concerned, all Native Americans want is to get the corporations and federal government off their land and to keep their water clean. Protestors are not asking for jobs. Protestors are not asking for money. The people of Standing Rock are not even asking to profit from this project.

Native Americas are simply asking to be left alone and for the pipeline project to stop so they may maintain their way of life.

While we celebrated Thanksgiving, a historical time in which Europeans sat down to feast with Native Americans, has been transformed.

The federal government and big corporations shot Native Americans with rubber bullets, sprayed them with freezing water in subzero temperatures and arrested Indigenous People on their own land simply because they are refusing the construction of a pipeline on their native and treaty land. Indigenous People would rather keep their water clean for the present lives that inhabit the land and for generations to come. Listening to the stories and watching the attacks fueled by the government and big corporations should lead us all to think about what’s happening to Indigenous People on the land they inhabited prior to Christopher Columbus’ arrival. This is more than a blemish for America. It’s an embarrassment, an open wound and a national shame to take over sacred and treaty land and impose violence on non-violent protestors as they stand together for clean water on their own property.

Trump Swiftly Constructs Administration While President Obama Addresses the Nation; Supporters

Democrats, your grieving period is going to have to come to a quick end.

This is reality. No, it’s not a reality show, it’s our American reality.
While some Democrats, Independents and No Party Affiliated voters are still blaming each other for the election’s outcome, protesting in the street and sharing safety pins on Facebook, we must move forward strategically and quickly by first accepting the fact that Donald Trump will be our next President.
And, the President-Elect is not wasting any time by pulling together his transition team which is made up of his children, Rudy Giuliani, Ben Carson, Newt Gingrich, Pam Bondi, Chris Christie and Stephen Bannon, who is an ultra conservative, to say the least. Those mentioned here are just some of the names on his transition list, however the list continues even suggesting an inclusion of Trump’s ex-wife Ivana. She is rumored to be putting her name in the hat to become an Ambassador while Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner is going to have a significant role in the administration.

Unfortunately, we have no idea of the qualifications of many of those said to be appointed. As those who will be governed, it is up to us to find out.

As for the election results, unfortunately, the mathematics of this outcome is as true as it was when Clinton was nominated last summer at the Democratic National Convention. Here’s what’s scariest: Trump only needed 5% or less of our vote to win and he got it. In the eyes of those who are in his administration and want revenge, this means they don’t have to serve or govern in a manner to support issues that plague the Black community.

Latinos turned out in high numbers and voted for Trump. “The only thing that unites us, is the language,” shouted one American Latino at a protest. Even though many thought Trump’s language was damaging to his own campaign, threats to deport millions of illegal immigrants did not sway the Latino vote to significantly oppose him.
This shows us how much farther we have to go with learning the true reasons people voted for Trump. We will have to be ever present in our government in order to fight the legislation and all the issues that will come against us. In the first White House Press conference since Trump’s election, President Obama said on Monday, “Campaigning is different from governing and I think he (Donald Trump) recognizes that.”

Obama said his job is to make sure he has The White House in the best possible shape before he hands it off to Trump and his team. After the President’s Press Conference, he joined supporters, activists and campaign workers on a conference all and talked a bit more about Donald Trump.

“He successfully mobilized a big chunk of the country to vote for him and he’s going to win; he won,” he said.

President Obama continued and said he told his team, “You’re allowed to mope for a week and a half, maybe two if you really need it.” Fighting day-in and day-out for our ideals, building relationships, focusing on down-ballot races like Senate and House of Representatives seats, recruiting, training candidates are all things the President said we need to do. “We gotta train new voters, we gotta train volunteers,” he said.

“I’m going to be a private citizen and I’m not going to stop,” Obama added. The President assured those on the call he was in the fight for the long haul saying, “I’m sure we are going to be working shoulder to shoulder for many, many years to come.”

I must say though, when I saw how humble Trump looked when he met President Obama, I was oddly relieved. In a CBS interview on Sunday night, Trump humbly said, “I’ve had a lot but I’ve never had this much,” referring to what was around him in The White House.

I was happy he wasn’t power-tripping and he seemed differently than he was on the campaign trail. My concerns are those who are advising him. They can easily set him up to fail or push an agenda on people of color, the LGBTQ community, women, Native Americans, any group of people they wish to harm. Before we do anything rash, I think we owe it to the person elected by this country and its process to give him a chance. And, just as Dave Chappelle said on SNL, we demand he give us a chance, too.

Stop blaming 3rd party supporters for Trump’s surge

Democrats, stop blaming 3rd party supporters. Republicans, stop praising them.

A vote for a 3rd party is a vote for a third party. It’s not a vote for Trump no more than it’s a vote for Clinton.

Democrats didn’t need Berners or Jill Stein supporters in the primary election. So, shouldn’t their math tell them, they don’t need them now?

I remember seeing a post on social media stating, although Bernie Sanders could turn-out crowds of thousands while Clinton struggled to even get hundreds to a rally, that didn’t translate into votes.

Seriously?

People really pushed that narrative and thought it was bought hook, line and sinker.
Now, they are running back to those same supporters with heartburn begging for them to vote for Clinton.

Listen Democrats, calm down, she’ll win. No need to take it out on young people and 3rd party supporters. She will win but it won’t be because 3rd party supporters put her in the White House.

It’ll be because Republicans also know how dangerous Trump is and they too will graciously hand over the Presidency to Clinton because she’ll do more to support Republicans than Trump will ever do.

That’s the smart way to do it, right? I mean, if you are in support of the Democratic Party and in any way, shape or form at the top of the food chain making decisions, you’d be “smart” to be holding crooked, private meetings doing brother-man head nodding in agreement that this is the strategy to take.

Now, of course, the Democrats will have to sacrifice a little by offering up some Senate and House seats but it’s well worth pushing it aside and claiming that Oval Office, isn’t it?

My mother would always say not to tell a lie because you’ll have to keep on telling lies to cover up the first lie you told. If Clinton and the Democratic Party stole the primary election from Sanders, they have to keep on stealing in order to get the overall win.

They just didn’t anticipate having to steal it from fiery Republicans and the Tea Party who infiltrated the party when President Obama was first elected.

Democrats have to negotiate with Republicans in order to get the White House and by golly, my radar detector tells me that’s exactly what will happen.

Before you go all willy-nilly on me, I’m no Trump supporter. I think the man is as looney as they come and what comes out of his mouth sounds like modern-day Hitler rhetoric.

The vast majority of his supporters are angry for one reason or another. It may be because they are racist and believe Trump will send all “immigrants” away and will take America back to the days of old. Or, maybe his supporters are so angry with Democrats and the Clinton’s that they have decided Trump really won’t be so bad after all.

Then you have those who just won’t vote because they have lost faith in the system altogether.

Whatever the reasons are, it’s sad. Yet we’re in a new era that is staring at the end of a two-party system as we know it.

Trump won’t do what the Republicans tell him to do and his own party knows it.

Not one of these candidates have demanded to stay steadfast on the issues to a point where the American people can take their focus off of the personalities of both and really imagine what a better America could look like for us. It’s not and never has been about them. It’s about us. Somewhere along the line, the American people have forgotten to demand we discuss the issues rather than the personal lives of those running.

Just look at the Dakota Access pipeline controversy right now. Do you wonder why in the world no candidate is talking about it rather than name-calling each other, discussing how he gropes women and blaming Huma Abedin for wide-open private servers simply because she married a creep?

That’s where the Democratic Party has fallen short and their kickback is our sharp and beautiful, Michelle Obama speaking highly of her trust for Hillary Clinton. The Clintons and the party has even pushed our beloved Mo (Michelle Obama) to stomp for the very person that wished her husband harm and launched a brutal attack against him 8 years ago. We still and always will love you MO but we still have yet to focus heavily on us.

That’s politics and that’s where the free world stands today.

So here we are, with a little over a week until November 8th with Clinton and Trump, face-to-face, like they are in an old, western gunslinging movie and they can only draw for their guns on election day, a day when historically more Republicans turn out than democrats.

Yet, there’s nothing to fear and no one to blame but the parties themselves and the narratives that have been pushed since the start of the campaign.

Make no mistake, we’re looking at the very end of a two-party system as we know it and we should be.

Many people can’t fit themselves inside the two-party box no matter how hard they try and it’s about time we stop blaming the 3rd parties for a messy two-party system.

What many elder black leaders won’t tell you

“I’m an open book that no one is reading.”

That has been and probably will be my favorite line to younger people. I’m sure at some point, my elders felt the need to whisper that into my ear, as well.

My love of politics, black people and supporters of our issues often bundle themselves in my mind as one. I can’t fit my way into a two-party political system nor can I easily adapt to the culture of another race or class in which I don’t appear to belong. I can’t fake friendships. I’m ok with being followed around a store because the manager may think I’m stealing because of the color of my skin. I’m used to it. Maybe, I’m just weird like that and I’ve accepted the ways of society. I’d rather work hard and smart, make miracles happen on the job than to pretend to be the CEO’s bestie. If somewhere along the way, I find a friend, I’m happy to adopt him. But, like so many, that’s not my starting point if work and passion is involved.

Our elders often say it’s not about what you know but who you know. That mindset is changing as our tides change in the digital age with how we meet one another. My personality will always come second to my job and passion and I’m confident in that. I can be paid, but not bought and I’m often afraid that I’m so unafraid of other people. I wear my attitude, good or bad, on my sleeve. When it comes to choosing a Republican over a Democrat, I’ll stop you in your tracks.
I am just like so many others with an agenda to change this country. I don’t care if people of other races love black people. I just care that if people harm us, or force us to be what history has proven, that you suffer the consequences of those actions under the law.
I don’t believe our elders are fighting for that same kind of change.

I’ve been cursed out for supporting Governor Rick Scott. My attitude and response was, “so.” I happen to like him and his work. Should I be afraid to say so because I’m black?
I’ve been called the same for supporting a white candidate over a black candidate. My response and attitude is “so, squared.”

I lean toward people who have supported us with jobs, education and even the criminal justice system over anyone that has not, regardless of the color of their skin. That’s embedded in me. I can’t change it, nor do I want to. Don’t ask me to choose a party before I see proof of performance of a candidate and if you do, and your candidate wins without the proper vetting, you’ll regret it every single time. For the party has more power than the candidate. Which is why Republicans have gotten on board to support Donald Trump.

Black people are the only group of people expected to side with Democrats. That’s the reason Democrats don’t side with Black people.

Many, many older Black leaders have been around long enough to have lost their passion for the protest and would rather get something out of politics for themselves. They believe it’s a game. Wait…matter of fact, they know it’s a game. In every era, it’s the younger generation that believes so passionately that our leaders will do the right thing. In this open book of mine, which is me, the power lies fiercely in the appointed, not the elected.

The elected is already appointed.

We simply get to choose from the ones our elders have picked out for us. For example, my Aunt and my Mother, who are sisters, shop for me as much as they can. Don’t ask me why, but I can be their dress-up doll all day long and they’d be happy as unicorns and rainbows. I’ll usually wear whatever they give me. I couldn’t care less what’s on my body most of the time because I’m too busy with a million and one other things.

But, if I’m with them in the shopping mall, I get to choose from the 2 of 5 pieces of clothing they’ve put before me. Stay with me. I’m stating this for a reason. See, they’ve already sorted through hundreds of pieces of clothes, then they call me over. I then get to “elect” two pieces and then “appoint” the final piece in a quick draw between 2 to 5 narrowed down pieces.

And, here I am confused about which one to pick when I probably would have loved the very first item they picked up 4 hours before.
I’m ok with them doing that because it makes them happy and I don’t care what I wear. However, when it comes to politics and Black lives, a two party system is the same as Aunt Allie and Mama in the shopping mall. Analyze this. The brakes should get beat off of someone who tries to force a pair of red boots on me when the black ones are built to save my life and protect my people. Yet, they were in the pile that Mom pushed to the side at the start of the selection process.

This is the age when no one truly cares about the murders of unarmed black men. Some take bullets to the head while they lay on the ground, others are murdered in cold blood while running away and clearly not being a threat to anyone.

Where are our Black leaders?

Why aren’t they pushing for laws that change these kinds of things instead of fighting to have us choose between the final 2 pieces of clothing that we really care nothing about? What Black leaders have done and will likely continue to do, is bash my way of thinking because I think differently and I speak it loudly.

But, it’s because I so deeply care.

I want to see change and I can’t think of any better way to be more vocal than to just say it. I hope for an outcome of equality, not superiority.

Critically thinking Black people, are considered less Black than many who have experienced marching with Dr. King for our civil rights and that’s not ok. We are still just as Black as anyone else. Today, our elders have left you and me. So, we’re on our own, kids. I looked for help with Black caucuses in Florida. I sought help with Black women congress groups. I even accepted friendships so that I could be mentored by Black women who I thought wanted equality for Black people. I was wrong. I was called everything under the sun and it made my stomach turn watching them sell out and lie to our people in churches and town halls across the City of Orlando.
We see the lack of action in the NAACP and the complaints by old school leaders that young people aren’t involved enough. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. Young people aren’t agreeing with them enough. That’s the old folks’ problem and not a problem for the youth. That’s an excellent problem to give them and they should gift wrap it for the old. What many of our elders won’t do is tell you they want it done their way or the highway. They marched in the civil rights era. Yet, it wasn’t until Black people returned the actions of the oppressor that government got involved.

Some Black elders readily allow history books to preach and teach that Martin did it without Malcolm.

Some old Black leaders won’t tell you, people of all skin colors, races and demographics helped pave our way. We’d all love to say we did it ourselves. I believe we absolutely could have. But, we didn’t.

Nothing they can say can change history. Much of what happened at the polls that has led us into a race between the current two candidates is the fault of the old way of thinking and if anyone tells you millennials are hurting Democrats at the polls, know this, that’s a lie. Young people helped elect the first Black President and will do the same for Hillary Clinton but with significant reluctance.

Young people helped establish a progressive platform unlike anything in the past. Whether that platform gets implemented or not is a different story. And, young people are forcing the hands of their elders to change the course of voting in this country, even if it means casting a sacrificial vote. Gag. That sounds dangerous.

But, if their two-party system is as good as they say, why should we fear Donald Trump? If it’s their way or the highway, they are now sitting on the byway and underpass because young people are in charge. Just the threat of youth not going to the polls, leaves those who love the status quo, up at night. Change, has the tendency to do that.

To those young people who are fighting for real change, don’t quit. Don’t sell out. Don’t give up. You’ll be the reason why this planet is safer, an herb intended to be used for healing can and will be legally used and war will be no more. I am not just a dreamer. My position on an old way of thinking may sound harsh and it may be filled with words and an attitude that seems disrespectful to our elders, but it’s warranted. This generation is fired up. In order to ultimately see change, we have to be it.

So what if Black Lives Matter? What now?

Keith Lamont Scott was murdered by police in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Terence Crutcher was murdered only days before Scott by an officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Crutcher was unarmed and Scott is believed to have been unarmed by his family, supporters and activists nationwide. Neither Scott nor Crutcher posed a deadly threat to the officers that shot and killed them.

Crutcher’s killer was indicted on charges of manslaughter. For Scott, there’s pushback surfacing from the Police Department alleging Scott was armed, had a “marijuana cigarette” and pointed a gun at the officers. Scott’s widow said he was sitting in his car reading a book while waiting on his son to get off the school bus.

Officers have a different story.

Parked in an unmarked car, officers were waiting to serve another person a warrant. The officers forced Scott out of his vehicle while they were out of uniform with guns drawn. As the victim backed up away from the officers that had guns pointed at him, he was shot four times.

Riots and protests ignited in Charlotte and in Atlanta. In solidarity, Oregon supporters joined the movement. But, what happens now is barely a headline in mainstream press. A North Carolina law goes into effect on October 1st that allows law enforcement officers to not have to release body or dash cam videos to the public and press unless a judge rules otherwise.

I’ve tossed and turned watching video after video of the shootings wondering what in the world could have triggered a deadly response from those officers. As I so often do, I jumped up in the middle of the night and wrote down six things I think we can do as a unit to help move keep our brothers and sisters safe from the very people we trust to protect us.

We must make a pledge to stop taking the “black candidate” bait. It doesn’t matter if the President, Chief of Police, State Attorney or Officer is black. If we are still being murdered by law enforcement, what difference does it make? If our needs are not met, what have we achieved? We need to make a promise to each other that we will elect people, not just because of their race, but because of what they’ve stood for and what they’ve done for our people. Many white people have also stood behind us in this struggle. It is unfair to not realize their dedication to our lives and the lives of our brethren. I don’t care if you’re black or if you’re female, if you haven’t fought against injustice, you have not earned my vote. I screamed this from the top of my lungs during past elections and people stared at me as if I had just turned purple before their eyes. We gift wrap our votes to politicians because they smile, have hot sauce in their purse or kiss our babies. Miss me with all of that. I’d rather you show me what you’ve done. To sum it up, I am nobody’s firewall unless you are proven to have been mine.

We must force resignations of crooked leaders but don’t stop there. If they are not serving us they way they should, they have to step down. I believe the Charlotte Chief of Police should resign now. There’s way too much in the videos that have been released, showing they’ve not only lied but appear to have placed a weapon at the scene of the shooting of Scott. When there is civil unrest that has, in turn, lead to the death of yet another young black protestor named Justin Carr, law enforcement has failed us yet again. They are not even keeping the protestors safe. The day Carr was killed, law enforcement protecting protestors was at a minimum. Let me be clear, a resignation doesn’t fix the situation. Properly vetting and being active in the selection of the person who takes that vacant office and changing the law will significantly help. The Governor signed legislation stopping police videos from being shown in the public. This further ignites the narrative that we are being sold a lie. If we continue to allow politicians to pull wool over our eyes with these kind of laws, then we’ve bought into the madness with the blood of black men like Scott and Crutcher. Let’s not stop there. With a fine tooth comb, we must go through all of the legislation that impacts us.

We must demand Full Transparency and then read it. The law is an open book that no one is reading. The facts are an open book that no one is reading. The officers had no qualms about shooting these men in public. They should explain it in public. There’s no reason why the public and the press should not see each and every detail in situations that matter most to us. We live in the age of information. Nothing needs to be added or taken away from the details of any situation. It may inflame the community but it may also even settle the community. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t know the truth behind every story that impacts our people.

Candidly and kindly expose those candidates, elected and appointed officials who have not supported the struggle. Recently, a Central Florida attorney celebrated the victory of her client’s sentencing. Noel Carter received a light sentence in court on Monday. Carter was found guilty of a felony. He could have taken a plea deal, before taxpayers spent money on his trial and ended this the exact same way. But, the attorney and activists at the head of this case wanted national attention and pushed to get just that. When they didn’t, and when they lost the trial, they came back and wanted a deal that was likely put before them the first time. Don’t get me wrong, I am happy he didn’t get time in prison. The case was complicated, but the facts and the law remain clear. We don’t have to be nasty to tell someone they aren’t serving us properly, but we sure had better tell them. If we elect an official or support the appointment of a community leader or hire an attorney, we have the right to praise them when they are good and expose them when they are bad. It’s just that simple. There are no friends in the game when people are being gunned down in cold blood. We must also pressure the Press to use the Freedom of Information Act. Journalists are like little elected officials. They are supposed to serve their readers and increase readership. Tell us what you want to see covered and suggest how and we’ll take it from there. Force us to ask the hardball questions. Today, many cannot speak out on social media for fear their employers may punish them for their views. Let us be your voice. Real journalists are unapologetically and unafraid to do our jobs. We don’t back down and we don’t lose any sleep if people in prominent positions hate us. Our job is journalism. Our brand is truth-telling. I couldn’t care any less who doesn’t like the truth I write. My job is to write it.

Push the Senate NOW to approve the nominee by President Barack Obama to the Supreme Court of the United States. Breaking News…Antonin Scalia is dead. He’s gone, people. That means there’s a seat open on the Supreme Court of the United States of America. Scalia is rejoicing in Heaven, hopefully, while we are here trying to decipher the Constitution and the current Supreme Court is slammed with more cases than they can handle. They not only need another Justice to help with that, we need that Justice to help us. Scalia was a conservative whose views differ vastly from ours. The Supreme Court is where the laws are made about what can be enforced on our streets and in our courtrooms. The law doesn’t start and end with a Judge, attorney or a State Attorney. We keep marching in circles, confused and wondering why people can get a slap on the wrist for murdering our brethren and we are fighting the wrong battles. We are still trying to get people to like or love us and hopefully that will solve our problems on the streets. News alert. That’s not happening. Cut them off at the knees with what America has already put on paper as the law of the land and force them to put a Justice in an open seat that will interpret the law in such a way that we are no longer treated as cattle. This way, when it comes down to our level, we are protected and people who hurt and kill us are punished for their crime.

Stop letting Pastors, community and caucus leaders take you down the wrong path. All of us have elected officials that represent us. There’s no reason why we can’t pick the phone up and call them. We can also be quick to believe the mess that comes out of the mouths of people in the pulpit, that we get caught up trying to decipher scripture from the law. They are two separate things and we shouldn’t be crossing the streams. Let your pastor be your pastor and when they start holding debates and talking about elections, vet them, if you choose to stay and listen. Once they cross that political line, they deserve to be treated and handled like politicos. Let them choose if they want to be a Pastor or a Politician. Most of them have no clue as to what they are talking about. Shut them down, shut them up and ask them to get back to scripture or go study political science before they misuse their voices.