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National Tragedy: Some Still Miss-Out on American Dream

October 24, 2007

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
October 24, 2007

Comedian, actor and “entertainer” Bill Cosby has again transformed himself. Now he is announcing a clarion call, a wake-up call, to his community to return to family values and seek better lives through teamwork, jobs, economic prosperity and social reform.

Cosby has been at this for more than a few years and he has been castigated by other “leaders” in the community.

On July 1, 2004, Cosby hurled himself into a maelstrom of criticism from his community by yet again openly criticizing the black community while alongside Jesse Jackson at the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition annual conference. In response to the charge that he is airing African American’s dirty laundry out in the open, Cosby answered critics by saying, “Let me tell you something, your dirty laundry gets out of school at 2:30 every day, it’s cursing and calling each other n**** as they’re walking up and down the street. They can’t read, they can’t write. They’re laughing and giggling, and they’re going no where.”

This encounter underscored an outraged Cosby’s earlier criticisms. On May 17, 2004, at a NAACP celebration that marked the 50th anniversary of the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision that outlawed segregation in schools, 66-year-old Bill Cosby made pointed comments about the way black youth dress, citing their oversized clothes as “ridiculous.” He also attacked lower class blacks for not speaking proper English, not raising their kids properly — by instilling corrupt and materialist-based values — and naming them silly names.

Mr. Cosby has kept his criticism and his call for reforms alive. Along with Harvard Medical School professor and psychiatrist Alvin Poussaint, Bill Cosby has written a new book titled “Come On, People, on the Path from Victims to Victors.”

The two recently appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” with Tim Russert and they eloquently spelled out their concerns during a riveting interview.

If people think that all is well in America’s Black community they should read “Come On People” and listen to the thoughts and facts presented by Mr. Cosby and Dr. Poussaint.

But don’t just listen to these two gentlemen. Read some facts of the statistics and facts from other sources.

Today, hidden in the Metro section of the Washington Post, a careful reader can find an article on the latest report from the Washington D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute. The report’s intriguing title is: “D.C.’s Two Economies.” We’ll just list here some of the findings of fact and opinions found in the study and you decide if all is well in the Nation’s Capital City.

–The District’s poverty rate is the highest in nearly a decade, and the employment rate for African American adults is at a 20-year low.

–Although the District’s robust economy has spurred job growth, higher salaries, a construction boom and neighborhood revitalization, the city’s poorest and least-educated residents have been left behind — living “on the other side” of the city’s “gleaming economy.”

–The wage gap between high-wage and low-wage workers in Washington is at an all-time high. Salaries for the least-paid workers (adjusted for inflation) are virtually unchanged in three decades, while income for higher paid workers has soared overall. Only Atlanta and Tampa have a higher rate of income inequality.

According to the Washington Post, “The study’s author, Ed Lazere, called the findings not only ‘striking and depressing,’ but also a clarion call for the administration of Mayor Adrian Fenty (D) to find ways to reach out to city residents ‘who are not succeeding . . . and who are not connecting to the economy.’

We applaud and support people like Mr. Cosby, Dr. Poussaint, and Mr. Lazere who get to the truth, point it out and advocate for reform.  And we hope that other Black leaders can admit and address the problems of their community and stop yelling “Racism” or “Uncle Tom” every time someone confronts them with the facts.

Related:

As Economy Booms, Poverty Rate Grows
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/23/
AR2007102302230.html

Culture: Bill Cosby calls for men to be fathers

Cosby, Morehouse chief: Parenting is the answer

The Unspeakable Truth: Katrina, New Orleans and Culture

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Newt and The Other Guys

August 19, 2007

By Barrett Kalellis
The Washington Times
August 19, 2007

Whether Newt Gingrich will run for president, and whether he can win the Republican nomination, not to mention the general election against a Democratic rival, is a tenuous set of propositions.

In reality, he has a high set of negatives working against him. His enemies — and they are many — portray him as an ideologue, more motivated by old-line Republican scripture than by political compromise. Opponents also gleefully point to his “dark side,” citing his failed marriages, extramarital affairs and other insensitive behavior, allowing Democrats to point the finger of hypocrisy to smear any Republican who dares to talk about “family values.”

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Newt Gingrich For President
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China: Reversing 1,000 Year Corruption Legacy

July 24, 2007

While your kids read Harry Potter this summer, Chinese kids are likely learning a system of ideas, ethics, family values and societal order. 

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
July 24, 2007

Question: How do you change the hearts, minds, culture and actions of 1.3 billion people?

Answer: Very slowly, Grasshopper.

China has a problem dealing with the west. Simply put, the average Chinese businessman, factory supervisor, factory worker and vendor has one goal in mind: making money. You might say, “That is true of everyone in business all over the world.” True enough; but the Chinese person is a lot less likely to be governed or even slightly influenced by any culture of honesty, integrity, or tendency toward obeying laws or norms.

What’s the proof? The Chinese can tell you themselves.

The communist government of the People’s Republic of China is again fostering the teachings of Confucius. Confucianism was the moral and social code of the Chinese people for centuries until the Cultural Revolution and the advent of the PRC made Confucianism taboo. The “Red Chinese” pushed people away from Confucianism and toward the teachings of the state.

The ship of state lost its moral rudder.

There is no “state religion” in the United States, where we proudly and dearly adhere to a separation of church and state. Yet religion is widespread and permeates much of the fabric of our society.

Most western democracies have no “state religion,” even though religion is pervasive.

But in the People’s Hall’s in Beijing, leaders are discussing the notion of a “state religion.”

You know why? What they have, which is no religion, no ethics, and no moral code, isn’t working.

Conspicuous consumption is not a religion. Putting anti-freeze into toothpaste to save money is not a religion. Killing American pets with tainted pet food is not a religion. And poisoning scores of people in Panama with tainted cough syrup is not a religion.

Not only that, it is bad for business.

So there is a resurgence in at least one old familiar system that would be acceptable to China’s leadership: Confucianism.

While your kids are reading about Harry Potter and his wizardry and sorcerythis summer, Chinese kids are reading about a system of ideas, a way to live a better life and an operating system for the family and the society.

Most people in the west waste their time gamely and gladly. They already have everything money can buy, they have good jobs and lots of toys and time to kill.

I’m not saying the Chinese system is better but it might be enlightening to discover that the Chinese, seeing rampant greed and a social ethic that promotes corruption, are at least grabbing at straws on how to put the train of their society back on the tracks.

There is no Paris Hilton in China, though there are beautiful models and delightful actresses. There is no Michael Vick though there are revered sports athletes. China’s communists system always seems to have one foot on the break: unlike the full throttle party in the west.

Today, Confucianism is in a revival, and partly because the leaders in China realize that as China’s economy has grown and become global, corruption and greed have become the dominant “religion” of many people.

This is rubbing the west the wrong way.

I can remember buying pirated (illegally copied) expensive books in China in the 1970s. Books like the famous Oxford English Dictionary (OED), a tome that would cost hundreds of dollars in London, sold for just a few measly bucks in China. As I student I wanted reference books (this was before the internet, kids) and there was no place where reference books were less expensive than China. That was because the Chinese cared nothing for copyright laws or other such niceties.

Today, the U.S. is still deadlocked with China in bitter negotiations over Intellectual Property Rights (protections for books, movies, computer software, and etc.).

Today The Washington Post ran an article discussing the revival of Confucianism in China and this is no small matter. Some in the west have taken the ostrich approach to Chinese dishonest and trickery.

But the global economy cannot possibly succeed unless nations, their businesses, manufacturers and vendors play by rules.

Almost any rules of proper business behavior would be preferred over what we have from China now: poisoned toys, toothpaste, and cough syrup.

The Washington Post:
China: Trying to Fight ‘Culture of Corruption’ with Confucius

Our Detailing of “The Culture of Corruption”
China: Culture of Corruption a Problem

Why Beijing Worries About its Own People: They Sometimes Do Not Obey, Behave:

China jails two men for birth-control riots

China’s regions ignoring Beijing on environment goals

Why we don’t like Harry Potter much:

Harry Potter: More Worthless Pop Culture

Priest Says Harry Potter Helps Devil, Evil

 What Americans might be reading this summer:

Our Nation: Based Upon God, Not Fiction
Last year in China, Beijing Normal University Professor Yu Dan  wrote a series of lectures called “The Analects of Confucius.” This turned into a $3.00 book on Conficianism, which sold 4 million copies, more than double the sales of the previous bestseller, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”