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Recent reports reveal the harsh reality of hope and change.  According to CBS News, while the national average is a depressing 9.1%, black unemployment stands at a dismal 16.2%.  Worse still, black teens 16 to 19 face 41% unemployment.  CBS News, noting the historical disparity between black unemployment and the national average, adds that these are “Depression-era levels.” 

The fact that most black uplift is held hostage by a confluence of cultural cancers that are constantly overlooked is part of the problem.  But black America’s enduring conflict—a hesitancy to address deep historical contradictions—is the real culprit. arrived on the campus of the University of California, Merced, last May to gather signatures on a petition calling for a redistribution of grade-point averages.  Not surprisingly, few star students wanted to share the fruits of their academic labors.

But the logic was liberally sound.  Students who worked hard and studied longer than their peers—in the spirit of fairness—should be willing to sacrifice their higher GPAs to benefit those whose grades weren’t so high due to laziness or ineptitude (or both).

As the White House lobbies to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, why not instead raise its moral ceiling? After decades of rewarding bad behavior, it is in the government’s best interest—and perhaps even its duty—to promote the morals and values that made our nation great.

The Obama administration wants Congress to raise the debt ceiling so our government can borrow more than the almost $14.3 trillion currently allowed by law.  Conservatives want any debt increase tied to spending cuts, and a recent vote shows Obama lacks the political capital to ram through an increase as he might have in the past.

But an increase in borrowing authority is no solution to our nation’s woes.

How will a little bump curtail unfunded entitlement liabilities some estimate to cost more than $100 trillion?

Instead of raising the ceiling for more debt to support policies rewarding unwed motherhood, broken families and failing government-run schools, we must instead raise America's moral ceiling to promote the institution of marriage, hard work and quality education.

In the long run, reinvigorating these virtues could effectively cut spending by lessening the need for government entitlements now certain to bankrupt our government.

Conventional wisdom suggests a precipitous moral decline in America since the 1960s.  Consequently, no subgroup has been affected more than the black family.  The notion of family has changed.  Marriage no longer seems to hold the same appeal and divorce rates have skyrocketed.  Two-parent homes and academic performances suffer chronically, while crime and illegitimacy flourish.  But the liberal elite apparently considers all this a series of social non sequiturs.

While the pundits try to figure out whether Obama’s decision to kill Osama bin Laden will benefit him politically, the average American—after some celebration—is really fixated on the economy.

Unemployment still hovers around 9%.  Home values are still down, and the dollar is in a nosedive.  Food and gas prices are soaring, and one in seven Americans receives food stamps.

Is this how we “win the future”?

Perhaps, but it’s hard to fathom.

Planned Parenthood employees got caught giving underage-abortion advice to activists posing as sex traffickers and the liberal newsmakers went nuts.

What’s the message coming from the far Left media:  Republicans want women and children to die, quickly. 

Americans for Prosperity is here in Cancun as leaders from 192 countries and some 400 environmental organizations have found time in their busy schedules to board their private jets, and have flown thousands of miles to attend the 16th United Nations Climate Change Conference to discuss global warming. 

Now in case you haven’t heard, the Earth’s temperature is rising and is getting hotter (faster than Barney Frank getting a full body cavity search) and only these leaders, most of them governing countries with failing economies myriad in mind boggling debt, can save it. 

Now that the political dust is settling, 2010 can be officially coined as the “Year of the Tea Party” (or something like that).

Amazingly, the boom that was Obama’s historic election and subsequent two-year reign of unchecked activist governance has led to Tuesday’s Democratic bust. And thus, the Democrats’ Progressive monopoly has been squelched by the Tea Party’s now apparent ability to translate protest into political power. 

To hear the mainstream media tell the story, you would have thought that I, a black man, had walked into a hornet’s nest of racists when I decided to attend Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally. In reality, my experience was the complete opposite.

Instead of hooded Klansman frothing with hate and venom, I made dozens of new Facebook friends and gained a hundred Twitter followers.

One lady from New Jersey asked me if I was "afraid" because I was one of the "few blacks in attendance?"

Boy, this has been a crazy couple of weeks, from border law protests from Arizona to Washington D.C, to a near fatal terrorist attack in Times Square, to a “methane triggered” oil rig blast on the Gulf of Mexico.

The mainstream media has had its hands full keeping up with the current events and reporting on them accurately……cough…cough.

You know it’s funny, the national media that took and ran with allegations of Tea Party protesters spitting on Congressmen is the same national media empathizing with the alleged attempted ‘Times Square bomber.” And again, ironically of course, the very same dinosaur media that made two weeks worth of news out of alleged racial slurs hurled at lawmakers during health care protest rallies, conveniently forgot to make such hay about the actual cases of vandalism and violence from Santa Cruz, California to Asheville, North Carolina brought on by Arizona immigration law protesters.

It’s so weird.

But given the other three examples (with some individual exceptions) are we to really expect accuracy and honesty form the so-called “forth branch of government?” Yeah, I didn’t think so!

Can someone explain to me why we have to sit and watch the Arizona illegal immigration debate and its narrative be steered by sports team executives and civil rights leaders?

Don’t get me wrong, I loved the Los-- I mean-- Phoenix Suns but I think I am going to have to side with Phil Jackson on this one: “If I heard right, it’s that the American people are for stronger immigration laws if I’m not mistaken. Where we stand as a basketball team, we should let that play out, let the political end of that go where it’s going to go.” In other words, (in my best Forrest Gump voice) “I am a basketball coach and that’s all I have to say about that.

And while we are on the subject of the Arizona illegal immigration reform act, what is the all the fuss about anyway? And why do we need civil rights victimhood vendors Sharpton and Jackson leading marches? I mean, considering the stellar job the federal government has done these last two decades, what is so wrong about Arizona securing its on boarders? Now I know what you are going to say but here’s a novel idea; the federal government should enforce existing immigration laws–laws that mirror the recently passed Arizona immigration bill. That said, hats off to Governor Brewer, the Arizona state legislature and the respective law enforcement agencies of the Grand Canyon State. On behalf of all sane, law abiding, taxpaying, common-sense, Americans, thank you for taking responsibility and doing what you were hired and elected by the people to do, in securing the economic and physical well being of your citizenry.

Now, to the mainstream media, Mr. Sharpton, Jackson, Congressman Gutierrez and an innumerable many other public figures who believe or defend the notion that the Arizona immigration law and to an even further extent, that there is a racist at the heart of all white people and the system is unfair and rigged for minorities to fail and for these and many other reasons, those who knowingly break American laws should not be arrested, prosecuted or deported–please wake up and smell the coffee.

Or please, for the love of Pete, report on the fact that Chicago lawmakers, like Arizona, are calling for the National Guard to help secure the economic and physical safety of its citizenry.

Yes, that’s right, you don’t see Mr. Sharpton and Jackson holding press conferences, airing on CNN, MSNBC, ABC and the likes about the gang-related violence, murders, and crimes that are beyond out of control in the streets of Chicago. Sadly protesting a law that makes what is already a federal crime a state crime is more financially profitable and politically beneficial.

While Phoenix is now the “kidnap capital of America,” Chicago is the 8th most murderous city in the country (2009), with murder rates in the first four months of 2010 putting the number one spot well within reach.

CNN reports that during the 2007-2008 school year, at least 20 students were killed, including 18 by gunfire. The year before, more than 30 students were killed, again mostly by gun violence and so far in 2010 there have been 36 murders.

Where are the unions or Shapton’s Nation Action Network or Jackson’s Rainbow Push Coalition or better yet, President Obama at on the weekly murders in his neck of the woods?

They are not coming folks because they are all too busy emphasizing with terrorists and illegal aliens, keeping that “boot” on the neck of British Petroleum, yukking it up at press dinners and working on their golf swing.

And on that note I would like to wish every mom and mother to be a happy Mothers Day. You are truly God's gift to the world.
In recent weeks, the corrupt procedural process and the subsequent passing and signing of President Obama’s health care overhaul have left many Americans feeling deeply disenchanted and disappointed.

But many mainstream media outlets have been reporting that the Tea Party movement, in reaction to the federal government’s unprecedented intervention into the American health care system, is a movement of “old racist white people.”

It seems almost laughable, the utter hypocrisy of major broadcast networks and newspapers reporting on allegations of congressmen having racial slurs shouted at them by a misguided few. Paradoxically, you would be hard pressed to see those same media outlets make the case that the supposed race baiters who (allegedly) screamed N____ and other racist and insensitive statements at Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga), Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass), were saying the same racist and incendiary statements repeated constantly by rappers like Jay Z (who recently visited the Situation Room with President Obama) on bestselling rap albums for the last two decades.

Yes folks, we have seen this movie before.

Time and time again, those on the Left in the media and persons with a specific political agenda, associate any white person who has the ‘audacity’ to espouse any substantive disagreement to President Obama and his policies, with racist, hate speech hurling Klansmen.

Yes, the majority of Tea Party protesters are white men and women. But white men and women make up the majority of the American population. In fact, the U.S Census Bureau concludes that in 2008 white Americans made up 79.8 percent of the population, and black Americans were 12.8 percent.

What’s more, the 92 percent of blacks who voted for President Obama in 2008 are still “giving him a chance.”

But there is more to consider.

What two things do Angela McGlowan, former Fox News political analyst and Republican candidate for the 1st congressional district in Mississippi, Kenneth Blackwell, former Secretary of State of Ohio and current Vice Chairman of the Republican National Committee’s Platform Committee and Herman Cain, radio talk show host and former chairman and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza have in common? They are all proud proponents of the Tea Party movement and yes, you guessed it, they are all Black.

The old ‘dinosaur media’ would have you believe that like the author of this opinion piece, not only do black conservatives not exist; they are certainly not present at any Tea Party rallies.

But sadly, this is contrary to fact.

“We want our country back” (a widely used Tea Party chant) is not an attack on all things minority, it simply illustrates the increasing frustration that hardworking Americans have over the growing number in our society who are all but comfortable with being “wards of the State,” on our dime. “We want our country back” from those at the highest levels of federal government who admire and quote communists and socialists.

The Tea Party movement, rooted in individual volition, represents a contingent of concerned Americans of all races and ethnic backgrounds, who at the end of the day, don’t want their hard earned income to be “spread around” or “redistributed.”

Unlike most things liberal, the Tea Party movement does not have a “racial quota” to meet.

The Tea Party is not and never has been about race; but instead, exists only to argue why we are, and what we must do to remain, the greatest country in the history of the world.