Monthly Archives: February 2011

Who Has Really Been Misguided?

By: Alesha Martin

My lifestyle résumé is not one that characteristically aligns with the stereotypical picture of a conservative. I am a single black female, raising four fatherless children, making enough income to just stay afloat in a job that has no areas of advancement. Those who learn of my political predilection are often taken aback and immediately begin to question my rationale as to say:

“You poor misguided fool, they don’t accept you, why would you follow their belief system?” Well what is “their” belief system?

The fundamental principles of the conservative is a belief in an individuals freedoms as outlined in the Constitution of the United States; equality of rights, justice and opportunity for all. We believe in moral, ethical and spiritual representation as it pertains to the individual with an emphasis on core values. We believe in the political process and endeavor to educate, organize and mobilize individuals on public policies that affect us all and practice our civic responsibilities such as voting. We do believe the role of the government is to provide critical functions that cannot be performed by the individuals or private organizations. Furthermore, it is my belief as a testimony to the strength that lies within us all, that it is an individuals right to either be a participant in the American dream or remain a complacent spectator.

Starting my journey into adulthood, I aligned myself with the typical political thought process of a bleeding heart liberal. “Blacks don’t get there fair share, we are disadvantaged in our schools, in social programs, at our jobs…..etc, etc.” I felt the federal government must come up with a solution to resolve all the wrong in my life as it was a direct result of the racist politicians making policies that keep me impoverished. “Besides, the government owes me for 400 years of slavery and another 100 of segregation and oppression…humph.” I felt as extreme about this as many others feel today, “the federal government should provide me with life essentials if I am unwilling to provide for myself; income, housing, food, childcare, car repair, clothing… you name it.” Nor should I have been held accountable for utilizing my freedoms and civic duties. I may have voted a time or two, but felt; “my vote doesn’t matter anyway, look what happened in the election in 2000 with Al Gore and George Bush!” I could have gone on like this forever, but it was not God’s will for me to remain so blissfully ignorant.

Now before there is a loud outcry of “FOUL”, I do realize that all democrats are not liberals however, this parochial philosophy of perceived living and the “current legislation now cares about the people” encompasses far to many good citizens who values align with a conservative lifestyle, yet due to tradition remain to check the box that has kept policy makers in place that perpetuate the very existence of the woman I once was. I am holding accountable those who want “change” but are not willing to work for it, recognize all dysfunction as it currently stands….change your values, your ideals of politics and see how they benefit you… change your core principles and remain focused on core goals….accepting the same lies and rhetoric has lead to the same inevitable outcome: Generational Poverty and a greater divide of the have’s and have nots.

What we all must see is there is legislation responsible for the state of poor people and creating more policies that heavy the load of the taxpayer must end. Isolating blacks to this statement I ask;

“When will we learn getting something for nothing has never benefited the whole?”

We have been feed crumbs and given pennies and we are required to be thankful for them. We have been trained for 400 years to remain complacent and compliant to our social status and if we do so they (liberals)will continue to give us something (Welfare, Medicaid, SSI, Food Stamps, Sec 8 Housing, etc) for nothing ( remain uneducated and uninformed). The impoverished, uneducated, dependency of our people is a plague on generations that must end now. If the answer to this is to align myself with more conservative views and those who share the like- then so be it. Furthermore, I joined the Frederick Douglass Foundation of Michigan (TFDF of MI) because they, despite my misguided beginning believe in people like me and applaud my efforts. It is TFDF of MI and now my own intention to liberate citizens of closed minds and closed mouths to stand up and take action for the sake of our children. Fostering any type of perpetual incompetence and impotence in any regard should be an area of concern, especially for a race of people who can’t afford to foster neither.

Alesha Martin is Communications Director for the Frederick Douglass Foundation of Michigan  .  She owns PNL Personal Assistant Service in Saginaw, Michigan


Understanding the Relevance of History leads to Glory

by Alesha Martin on Monday, February 7, 2011 at 1:48pm

What is History and why is it relevant?

History simply put is the depiction of events re-told that serves two purposes- Remembering and Growing. Why is it important to remember and to grow?

Remembering and growing creates a roadmap to glory for remembering leads to knowledge, an awareness of truths that is the key to reflection and survival; yes, survival, for it is survival that leads to tradition or a pattern of behavior that transcends generations that is the basis for establishing principles.

The bible teaches that men shall be known by their fruits- even so every good tree bring forth good fruit (matt 7:16-20). The development of principles leads to growth for establishing a standard of ethical decision making reveals one’s fruit and by his word we know that growth begets hope. As children of God we are saved by hope and through hope we build patience and abridge structure.

Structure allows the effectiveness of learning and leading that transforms and transcends our righteousness before God. If one is absent of hope then he is absent of faith- without faith one cannot develop structure.  The absence of structure or law leads to chaos. The doctrine of God teaches men “where no law is; there is no transgression (rom. 4:15)and where there is no limits there can be no righteousness for God does not allow all things into his kingdom.

Being righteous is a direct spiritual link with God – for as many that are lead by the spirit of God are the sons and daughters of God.  If an individual believes in His word then they know that being in direct relation with God or being “children” of God inherently makes them heirs to his legacy and joint heirs of Christ. As joint heirs, we suffer with Christ (Rom. 8:14-17) by doing works according to God’s will for we know that all things work together for good to them that love God (rom. 8:28) and those who seek God through a righteous spirit will be glorified.   

When we consider the potential of learning past events the desire to consume the information acquired should increase exponentially; a reassurance shall rain over our subconscious for glory comes by reflecting on knowledge gained by the relevance of history that is re-told.

Alesha Martin is Communications Director for the Frederick Douglass Foundation of Michigan  .  She owns PNL Personal Assistant Service in Saginaw, Michigan


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Republicans and Uncle Toms

by Chaplain  Tommy Davis (February 3, 2011)

You may have heard some people refer to certain black Americans as “Uncle Tom.”  This term is widely used as derisive language to discredit the accomplishments of successful black Americans who probably overcame poverty through hard work.  What many black Americans are unaware of is the fact that “Uncle Tom” was an actual hero.  This fictional character helped slaves escape the harsh plantations according to the novel titled “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”  You may have also heard people say: “Republicans don’t like black people.”

Equally troubling is the fact that many people use the phrase “Uncle Tom” in a negative light having never read the book.  In the same way, black Americans are unaware of the rich history of the Republican Party. They only pass on negative information having never researched the accounts of the past.

In 1865, Chief Justice Salmon Chase swears in Black Republican John S. Rock.   Attorney Rock became the first black American admitted to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court.   No, I didn’t make a mistake.  This was 1865!   No racial quotas, no affirmative action programs!  John Rock was also a licensed dentist and doctor!   Black Republicans succeeded despite discrimination!

January 31, 1865, marks the passing of the 13th Amendment by the House of Representatives abolishing slavery.   All 118 Republicans voted to end slavery, and only 19 Democrats out of 82 voted for the Amendment; and these were the Democrats from up north.   The Republicans passed EVERY civil rights law relative to the rights of black Americans. 

Republicans have also fought for black Americans to get a decent education by supporting the school choice program.  This will allow poor parents to send their children to better schools.  In 2001, the U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee declares school choice to be “Educational Emancipation” because it frees children trapped in underperforming schools.  The Democrats oppose this initiative, thereby preventing poor children from acquiring a suitable education.

Many are under the assumption that Democrats supported and passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Even though President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Act while being pressured by a Republican Congress, it was Democrat Senators Robert Byrd and Richard Russell who led the Democrat opposition against the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.   If it had not been for the strong support of Republicans, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 would have never become law.

Today’s Republican Party strives to maintain the same agenda.   Some of the things the Republican Party stands for are EQUAL rights (freedom of opportunity), limited government, balanced budgets, freedom of religion, and low taxes.

Americans would do well to observe facts about history especially as it relates to a people (black Americans) who misidentify the source of contemporary social ills.  Thus, it is to my credit that some identify me and other black Republicans as “Uncle Toms” as we continue to help blacks escape the pangs of modern slavery under the control of the Democratic party.

Rev. Tommy Davis


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