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Are You All In? ...Or On the Sidelines?

September 28, 2011
This will be an interestin­g election period. Most of us still can't discern one group from another, given that we suddenly have so many to choose from. So a moment of enlightenm­ent to define who some of the players are. Do you know what and who the "Professio­nal Left" is? The term “professio­nal left” denotes a growing industry that specialize­s in converting other people’s money into an ideologica­l product, while making a good living out of it in the process. They are interchang­eable with Firebagger­s and EmoProgs. Glen Greenwald, Joan Walsh, Jane Hamsher are, IMO, all Profession­al Leftists. They are paid to write the faux-progr­essive, Anti-Obama­, hand-wringing meme the MSM is only too happy to broadcast. The strategy is that you and I assume they are caring liberal individual­s who tell you we are victimized by every decision President Obama makes. In reality, they are a well-paid covert strategy.

Firebaggers and EmoProgs, aka, EmoProgressives.   An EmoProgressive. According to the Urban Dictionary, “A  firebagger is a term of derision used (usually on blogs) by supporters of U.S. President Barack Obama in arguments with people who criticize Obama and other Democrats from the political left. The term is a conflation of "Teabagger" the term of derision used to describe right wing Tea Party activists and Firedoglake, a left-leaning political blogging community founded by Jane Hamsher. Example: Those firebaggers would rather kill the entire health care reform package than compromise on the public option. They're worse than Republicans!”

Emo Progressive (or "emoprog") is a self-described liberal or progressive, often with strong libertarian leanings, whose primary political orientation is to be angry, dissatisfied and unhappy with the state of the nation at any given time, because in their view, liberal policies are not being implemented quickly enough or articulated forcefully enough. They have particular contempt for Democratic presidents. Emoprogs are ideological purists who disdain compromise and incremental change, which they see as "selling out" classical liberal ideas like full employment, an end to all wars, state secrets, and liberal social policy…”  There is a more detailed description; check their website.  Shoq, a known blogger and political twitter commentator, provided his own candid definition of an emoprog here .
Let's be clear: I am not saying that anyone who challenges the President'­s decisions falls into these categories­. But if the whine is not fact-related or the criticism is without corroborat­ion, you really need to question the agenda of the person with the mike or access to a computer. Sorry, no shortcuts.

Which brings us to the current hot topic: The whine about President Obama’s speech to the CBC.  I personally agree with Melissa Harris-Perry’s assessment in her article, which was followed by a response article,since the first article clearly hit a nerve.  Judging from the response from The Root, a quasi-black publication of the Washington Post and the non-factual diatribe proffered by Boyce Watkins, which was simply insulting, apparently us black folks are emotional, political, um, hussies. I encourage you to read the comments as well, with the understanding that everyone who comments is not African American.

I have this to say to those insistent upon their attempts to micromanage every move that our President makes: If anyone has done the same comprehensive study and consideration that the team President Obama did prior to his inauguration and comes up with a better idea, then put it on the table immediately; I am certain he will listen. Criticism from Congress, media, pundits and/or any other armchair quarterback, without any alternative solutions, is worthless noise. His decisions may not be perfect and please everyone, he may not move on matters as quickly as you or I would like, but we are in uncharted territory. We have/had two wars, a flat-lining national and global economy, fighting between other countries that will ultimately affect us, not to mention a myriad of social, environmental and human rights issues that require attention. Patience and restraint is required.

A more productive action would be contacting those who represent us in Congress and let them know where we stand as citizens and that we expect them to do their jobs and support us with their votes or expect us to support someone else with ours. We do not have time to play political kid games or placate those who believe their personal position or perceived offense is more important than the country.  It is our individual responsibility to hold the President, Congress, media and anyone with the power of the microphone accountable for what they do. Because what they do, or don’t do, affects you, affects me. But in all fairness, you have to make sure the President has all we can provide in support, in order to achieve that change you can believe in. 

Most importantly, we must hold ourselves accountable.  Did you vote in 2010?  Do you understand that you are counted on to NOT vote during midterms and why?  The short answer is that while Blacks are only twelve percent of the national population, our clusters in the major cities have a huge impact on the outcomes within each state.  How do you think public referendums and laws requiring public agreement get passed without your knowledge or input? When you don’t show up for the election of Congressional representatives, mayors, governors, or your state congress, you lose your say in what’s done with your tax dollars, your public schools, your streets, your city’s future.  Tony Brown's Journal once reported that the FBI had done a study showing Black folks stay focused on a crisis for six weeks, and then let it go. Is that you? Are you already on to the next thing? If you thought the Troy Davis injustice was bad, realize that unless you get up outta that armchair and do something, vote, make sure others vote and can vote, work for an effective public school system, push for a better justice system, then you are signaling that whatever someone else decides is fine with you.  Enough with the apathy and cynicism, your focus needs to be on voting in 2011 and in 2012. Your life may depend on it.

Cartoon from 2008 by John Moore

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'SHIPS: Final Thoughts

April 24, 2011

The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.  -- Albert Einstein

I should have this book in my publisher’s hands by now, but there is something that keeps gnawing at me.  The odd thing is I can’t define it. Yet.  But it’s important enough -- at least to me -- to put it on paper, hoping that I will be led to the answer.

There is something dangerously afoot among us.  It’s tasteless, odorless, you can’t really see it.  But i...

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We can believe in change if we are a part of it...

September 8, 2010
Got into and out of a fairly useless conversation, where folks were criticizing the President from the sidelines.
People can sit and armchair quarterback President Obama forever, yet never have a clue to the complexity and difficulty of the job, further exacerbated by the color of his skin.  Where were all you folks and your opinions eight years prior? Because I don't recall seeing any of you expressing them.  This President has been in office under two years trying to redirect the nation to s...

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For All Fathers of Daughters

June 20, 2010

If there were time
To gather all fathers
To sing to their daughters
To sing to their daughters
If there was time.
Not of cats in the cradle
Silver spoons.
But instead how they love them
And would
give them the moon
If they could.
If there were time.
They’d show them a real man
Who knows what love is
From a man to his woman
From a child to his father
A father to his daughter…
If there was time.
She’d learn how to teach
A man how to treat her.
She’d know by example
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June 20, 2010
The reflection is a truth
undeniably clear
His eyes light up
when you walk into the room.
There is a sleepy smile for you
when she wakes to another day.
She can't wait to tell you what her opinions are
He looks forward to telling you what his day turned out to be.
Snuggling with you on the couch is an option oft used.
And she feels safe telling you everything
trusting that you have her heart/even when you don't agree.
He knows that he can risk failure while trying new things
because you hav...
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Sarah Palin, You're Fired! Uh wait...she quit.

March 29, 2010
I said it before when Palin was put on the national stage, this is a woman who was enabled in her delusions. She pieced together an undergrad degree, was second in a beauty pageant and she, like several Palin-esque women I worked with in corporate, moved into positions she wasn't qualified to be in, yet always managed to make excuses for the lack of experience or knowledge,  with a toss of the hair, engaging smile and a persona that attracts both men and women. Listened to a radio...
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January 22, 2010


E. Joyce Moore Author, writer, producer, poet

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