Four More Years…

To say that I am happy that President Obama won re-election is the understatement of the century.  To say that I am happy that the 2012 Election Season is over is the 2nd understatement of the century.  I was SO tired of seeing commercials related to Virginia politics and amendments, Maryland amendments, AND presidential ads.  Now, to move onward…

Unfortunately for Republicans who in 2010 stated their main focus was to make President Obama a one term president, that is not a reality.  He is going to be around for 4 more years.  If elected officials REALLY and TRULY cared about the American people, they would do as Mr. Romney suggested in his concession speech-cross party lines and make this about people and not politics.  The only way to move this country forward is to work together.  Put whatever it is behind you to ensure that America is a country that continues to prosper.  It’s time to put all of this juvenile, petty, old-world thinking behind us and to come together as a country.

I implore all of you to reach out to your elected officials by writing a letter, an e-mail, or even visiting them.  When you go to them, voice the concerns that you have and that affect you and your family.  Don’t let them do what they want to do.  They are in office and work FOR YOU.  If an elected official is too busy to talk to you, they may not be the right person for the job.  You should at least be able to speak to someone in their office.   If your representative isn’t making the decisions that benefit you, do not re-elect them.  One thing that I think Americans take for granted and gloss over is the elections of our state and local leaders.

Arrogance nevers win.  Being respectful to your counterpart is key.  Working on a compromise is essential.  These principles not only works in politcs and government; they work in real life, too.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

PS  Can I just say a big “CONGRATULATIONS!” to my cousin that won his town council seat in Hilton Head, SC?!?!?  We are so proud of you, Marc, and know you will do great things! 🙂

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Way Back Wednesday-Game Change

Happy Hump Day!!!   If you’re like me, you’re just about ready for this week to be over.  Today’s post is going to be a first for me.  I’m going to switch it up a little and do a book review.  The book, “Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime”, is a background tell-all book about the election of 2008.  I purchased this book last February (for my friends on Facebook, I was clearly wrong thinking I had ordered this last summer), and just finished it Monday night.  (Hey, don’t judge me.)

The first thing you must be thinking is that, “The book must not have been that good.  It took her a whole year to finish it!”  That is SO far from the truth!!!  While I’m a self-proclaimed bookworm, I was a little overwhelmed by the more than 400 pages so there was a lot of picking up/putting down going on.  (Also, most of my reading is inclusive of Eric Jerome Dickey fiction.)  As someone who loves politics and history, I found this book very intriguing.  It tells EVERYTHING that you ever wanted to know about the primary and the general election of 2008 from the people who were there.  You learn how McCain had NO money during the Republican primary and was almost out of the race altogether, how Palin shut down anytime she was prepped by her staff,  and how during the Democratic primary Edwards knew the story about his mistress was coming out and before irreversible damage was done, was trying to make a deal with Clinton and Obama to serve in either one’s cabinet.  You also see the evolution of how the Clintons and Obama started of as bitter enemies and evolved to having a mutual respect for each other.   This book was really good, and I highly suggest you all read it.  It makes for great discussion and gives you insight to all parties involved.  I will admit it was hard for me to keep track of who’s who in each party’s camp (as some new name and position pops up frequently), but I was able to grasp the main points, which I think was most important.  I was also able to reminisce a little about the election of 2000 and the McCain/Bush debate in South Carolina.  (To keep your attention I won’t go into details, but I do remember when a classmate’s father, who was a Congress person in my home state, pulled his support from McCain when the Senator made disparaging remarks about his alma mater.)   McCain and his wife remembered it, too, and weren’t even sure if John should run again based off his experiences in the Palmetto State. 

So, if you read the book, what did you think about it?  If you didn’t read the book, but want to share some thoughts on the election, feel free.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

The Black History Month fact of the day is about Clennon Washington King, Jr.  King was the first African-American man to run for the President of the United States.  In 1960, King was a candidate of Independent Afro-American Party. 

Last Week in the News

The first week of November was pretty busy.  And I couldn’t just very well let it pass without saying ANYTHING…so here goes.

First, mid-term elections.  DC has a new mayor (Congrats, to Vincent Gray), my home state of South Carolina elected it’s first female governor Nikki Haley, Lil’ Wayne got out of jail, and Marques Houston FINALLY responded to these allegations of sexual abuse by former B2K member Raz B

I guess I’ll start with the elections.  No big surprises in the city of Washington, DC.  But of course, there’s been a shift in the power on Capitol Hill.  I certainly hope Congress and the White House can work together before the 2012 election.  If not, America can get ready for a stalemate, gridlock, and NO CHANGE coming from our government.  As I like to stay optimistic, I’ll pray that our country starts making positive changes, addresses unemployment, healthcare, and education. 

Speaking of elections, despite lies, controversy, and being the underdog, Tea Partier Nikki Haley won the governor seat of the great state of South Carolina.   It’s funny because when I was home for my high school reunion in September, I saw her commercials all over Southern Mom’s tv screen.  When I asked who the Democratic candidate was, she couldn’t tell me.   I just truly hope that this does not mean SC will start turning back to the days of old.  Black people in SC have enough to deal with, so I hope it doesn’t get worse.  “YAY” to South Carolina electing a woman governor, but “BOO” to her being part of the Tea Party. 

Finally somebody is responding to these accusations.  For the past few weeks, Raz B has been accusing (again) former B2K manager Chris Stokes and singer Marques Houston of sexual abuse and misconduct during the heydey of the boy band.  A few years back, Raz made similar accusations, but recanted.  Now, he’s making videos and going on satellite radio drumming up allegations again.  Just last week, Marques Houston was granted a restraining order against his “You Got Served” castmate.   If these allegations are true, I do hope these men are brought to justice.  I really don’t want to talk about this too much because this is such a sensitive subject.  I will say I keep these people in my prayers, especially Raz B.  He needs to be able and available to raise his son. 

Lil’ Wayne was released from jail last Thursday!  I’m sure the hip hop world is excited, especially Young Money group member Nicki Minaj.  And there’s something about that little man that one of my linesister’s and I like.  And I’m sure at his welcome home party last week he got some girl preggers and a new little Carter will greet the world in 9 months. 

 I know there was TONS of other stuff that happened last week, and I could be here all day.  But I like you guys and want to ensure I hold your attention, so I’m out.  But please feel free to share your thoughts, especially on the elections and how they affected your city/state.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city.