The Essence of Politics

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Detroit’s Future according to Bing

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says Detroit’s future or his blueprint for Detroit rests on Cooperation, Opportunity, Responsibility, and Education which is known as CORE. Bing last week unveiled to the Detroit Free Press his blueprint for a new city. Bing said he didn't want to introduce a feel-good campaign, but something tangible that encourages all of his appointees, city employees, residents and stakeholders to embrace it.

Now when it comes to Cooperation, Bing said, "There are a lot of people who feel that Oakland County led by (County Executive L. Brooks Patterson) is our enemy. They are one of our greatest assets. Oakland County is still, I think, the second wealthiest county in the country. They've got some smart people; they've got some good people. A lot of those people were either born in Detroit or grew up in Detroit or were educated in Detroit and moved out for a lot of different reasons. They are not our enemy.”

Bing went on to say, “"The city of Detroit often sees itself in a vacuum against other municipalities in the area. I believe that in order for us to come back -- survive and thrive -- we're going to have to open up our mind-set and not think that we're the elephant in the room all the time." However when it comes to Opportunity, Bing says, "I have met with our Workforce Development Department and said to them, we now have pink slips out for 1,061 city employees. I want to say to those employees that lose their jobs, that you are not a throwaway -- we care about you. The training dollars that we got from the stimulus plan, we need to make sure that those people that are laid off from city government have the first opportunity to utilize those training dollars, so where there's opportunity for them to get employment, we want to make sure we help them as best we can.

Bing ultimately said, "The health care industry is an industry that is enjoying double-digit growth on an annual basis. They need employees. We should be training some of our laid-off workers for that industry." In regards to Responsibility, Bing feels "Our residents in the city need to take a step back and say, 'What is our responsibility in all of this?' There are so many residents that walk around with an attitude that is so prevalent in our community, one of instant gratification. Yes, I've made more money than the average citizen and I understand that, but I had to work like hell. I am hopeful that our community becomes more caring for each other. Are we responsible for our neighbor? I'm old-fashioned. I was raised that way. But now we seem not to care or we forget about those in need."

As it relates to Education, Bing said, "I feel very blessed that I grew up in the time and in the city where I did, and I got a good education. When I first came here in 1966, things were still pretty strong in the schools. But as things continued to change and were going in the wrong direction, we did nothing to stop it. I will take on the responsibility of the school system if voters want it. If our citizens vote for such, I will do it. I recognize that I have my hands full trying to bring the city back, so I would go and find the best person to lead the system and have that person report to me."

Still Bing’s CORE projects are not Bing’s only ideas for Detroit’s future because he seeks to privatize services and slash departments in order to right size Detroit’s government. Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says he is taking a strategic approach to turning around Detroit -- an approach that will focus on the city running core services such as police, fire and EMS and outsourcing or privatizing others that can be done more efficiently elsewhere. In an exclusive interview with the Free Press, Bing said he views public safety -- which also includes homeland security -- and water and sewerage as the key core services a city must deliver. Within the next week to 10 days, he and his team will identify others the city should manage and those it should not, given its shrinking revenues and burgeoning budget deficit.

Bing knows he's in for a fight from city workers, especially in a city and region with a history of union strength. The word "core" is big for Bing -- it's the acronym for what he is calling his administration's mission and vision for making Detroit a better place to live, work and play. CORE stands for:

· Cooperation: Sharing resources between businesses and municipalities across the region.
· Opportunity: Giving Detroiters the skills to pursue employment in growing industries.
· Responsibility: Actively encouraging Detroiters to assume ownership of improving the condition of the city.
· Education: Working to create and maintain a quality school system.

"I didn't come in here as a politician and I won't leave as a politician," Bing said from his 11th-floor office at city hall. "I came in on change, and change is happening." 'I'm going to make the hard choices,' he says.

Bing, his top advisers and department heads spend hours each week holed up in a downtown conference room on the 26th floor of the Cadillac Tower, blocks away from city hall. The space is called the OR, the off-site operating room where they're debating how to restructure city government into a more cost-efficient and effective model. The debates can be intense, but Bing's team members have agreed to walk through the doors with cleansed and open minds. Yes, trash pickup is a vital city service, but who says it must be done by city workers? Certainly Detroiters depend on public buses, but why does the city need to manage the Department of Transportation? Bing acknowledges that the decisions are difficult to make -- which city services will be outsourced and which departments will be consolidated or eliminated -- but he doesn't appear to be flinching from the responsibility.

"Because I'm not worried about my next job, I'm going to make the hard choices that are necessary to move forward," Bing said. "I've had people tell me, 'You've got to be crazy to do the things that you're doing right now and think you're going to get re-elected.' Well, that's not the most important issue to me. The most important issue to me is doing what's right for whatever time that I'm here to make a difference. "If it means that I don't get re-elected but I know I've done all that I can do and I've done it for the right reasons, I can live with myself."

Bing said cuts to personnel are painful, but because previous mayors did not make the structural changes needed, he now must cut 10% of the workforce just to keep finances afloat. The city has about a $300-million accumulated deficit, and Bing is hustling to find enough money to address this year's cash shortfall of up to $80 million. "There are departments that should have consolidated a long time ago, and there are probably departments that should have been eliminated, and that's going to happen -- it has to happen," he said. Leaner is goal for 2010-11.

Though Bing said he's prepared to soon begin identifying some service cuts, he acknowledges that the long-term process will not occur overnight. But by the time the 2010-11 fiscal year begins next July, Bing, if still in office, is determined to be running a leaner city operation. Detroit's budget process begins about Oct. 1, when department heads are sent letters from the budget director reminding them what their budget was for the previous fiscal year and stating that it's time to get cracking on their spending plan.

Next month, though, that process will be completely different, said Charles Beckham, Bing's chief administrative assistant. He calls the idea revolutionary: The Bing administration will require department heads to essentially justify why they should exist. Some questions they'll be asked: What services do you provide now? What services should you provide? How much will it cost? Is there a way to do it cheaper? Can another entity do it cheaper?

Beckham points to this example: The city spends $4 million to $4.5 million annually on the 68 workers who oversee the Mistersky Power Station on West Jefferson in Detroit. The plant produces power for the city at a cost of $212 per megawatt hour. Yet when the plant goes down, the city pays DTE Energy $15 to $20 per megawatt hour for that same power.

Now Detroit isn’t the only city trying to reap savings these days. Leonard Gilroy, editor of an annual privatization report by the Reason Foundation, a Los Angeles-based nonpartisan public policy research center, said cities such as Indianapolis; Cleveland; Charlotte, N.C., and Phoenix have led the way in mixing privatization, consolidation and shared services, and data show those cities have experienced anywhere from a 5% to 25% savings in operational costs. Gilroy simplifies how a city can determine what can be privatized by using the so-called yellow pages test, a term coined by former Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith. If you can find the service in the phone book, from mowing grass to vehicle fleet maintenance to accounting, those are things that can be competitive, Gilroy said.

"The more of a union influence and presence, the more difficult it is to even get something off the ground, but the writing has been on the wall for Detroit," Gilroy said. "Mayor Bing only has to look around at other models. It's all out there, and it's all been done successfully. It's not like he'd have to reinvent the wheel; he has to just get comfortable with the new wheel." Nonetheless on Friday, the city's largest union officially withdrew its support for Bing, with leaders declaring they had no faith in Bing's leadership. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees says Bing isn't negotiating contracts in good faith, asking that workers not only take a 10% pay cut through 26 furlough days, but also demanding what they call other outlandish concessions.

"This guy is just full of it," Leamon Wilson, chairman of the presidents of AFSCME's locals, said about Bing. "He's not trying to work with us. He doesn't seem to have any respect for the workers and what they do." The mayor has already talked about privatizing two of the primary tasks of the city's Finance Department: the collection of taxes and payment of the city's employees. About 100 city workers would be affected by privatizing payroll and tax collection. Bing insists he's not antiunion and is not offended that members have switched their collective allegiance to Tom Barrow, his competition in the November election. But if Barrow were to be elected, Bing said he'd have to make many of the same cuts if he were honest with citizens and the workforce.

For his part, Barrow refers to Bing as an outsider who isn't equipped to help the city. Bing, a Detroit businessman long before his entry into politics, scoffs. "Anybody who thinks this municipality is not a huge business is absolutely nuts," Bing said. "Nobody likes to look at city government as a business, but that's exactly what it is. We're a $3-billion business, and it needs to be run that way." Therefore this is Bing’s plan for the future of Detroit and regardless if Detroiters like it or not, I don’t see Bing changing his mind on any of this and unless Bing is unseated, this is the type of decisions we as Detroiters should expect because he did what I thought he would do in regards to bus services and routes so I see no change in all of what Bing is saying.

Also what should be noted is that some of Bing’s ideas are good particularly privatizing DDOT or perhaps merging DDOT with SMART would increase bus service in not just Detroit but Southeast Michigan. It could be the beginning of real public transportation happening in the state of Michigan and Southeast Michigan could pave the way. Nonetheless Bing’s CORE vision is what Detroiters will see from an Bing administration for the next 4 years unless Detroiters decide to vote for Tom Barrow or write-in Jerroll Sanders for Mayor. I know what I plan to do but does the rest of Detroit know its future. That is the question.

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Jay-Z - History



(Jay-Z - History)Jay-Z - History with Lyrics

LYRICS : [Chorus: Cee-lo]
Now that all the smoke is gone
(Lighter)
And the battle's finally won
(Gimme a lighter)
Victory (Lighters up) is finally ours
(Lighters up)
History, so long, so long
So long, so long

[Verse 1: Jay-Z]
In search of victory, she keeps eluding me
If only we could be together momentarily
We can make love and make history
Why won't you visit me? until she visit me
I'll be stuck with her sister, her name is defeat
She gives me agony, so much agony
She brings me so much pain, so much misery
Like missing your last shot and falling to your knees
As the crowd screams for the other team
I practice so hard for this moment, victory don't leave
I know what this means, I'm stuck in this routine
Whole new different day, same old thing
All I got is dreams, nobody else can see
Nobody else believes, nobody else but me
Where are you victory? I need you desperately
Not just for the moment, to make history

[Chorus: Cee-lo]
Now that all the smoke is gone
(Lighters)
And the battle's finally won
(Lighters)
Victory is finally ours
(Yeah)
History (yeah), so long, so long
So long, so long

[Verse 2: Jay-Z]
So now I'm flirting with death, hustling like a G
While victory wasn't watching took chances repeatedly
As a teenage boy before acne, before I got proactiv I couldn't face she
I just threw on my hoodie and headed to the street
That's where I met success, we'd live together shortly
Now success is like lust, she's good to the touch
She's good for the moment but she's never enough
Everybody's had her, she's nothing like V
But success is all I got unfortunately
But I'm burning down the block hoppin' in and out of V
But something tells me that there's much more to see
Before I get killed because I can't get robbed
So before me success and death ménage
I gotta get lost, I gotta find V
We gotta be together to make history

[Chorus: Cee-lo]
Now that all the smoke is gone
(Lighters. Up.)
And the battle's finally won
(Lighter. Up.)
Victory is finally ours
(Lighters. Up.)
History, so long, so long
So long, so long

[Verse 3: Jay-Z]
Now victory is mine, it tastes so sweet
She's my trophy wife, you're coming with me
We'll have a baby who stutters repeatedly
We'll name him history, he'll repeat after me
He's my legacy, son of my hard work
Future of my past, he'll explain who I be
Rank me amongst the greats, either 1, 2, or 3
If I ain't number one then I failed you victory
Ain't in it for the fame that dies within weeks
Ain't in it for the money, can't take it when you leave
I wanna be remembered long after you grieve
Long after I'm gone, long after I breathe
I leave all I am in the hands of history
That's my last will and testimony
This is much more than a song, it's a baby shower
I've been waiting for this hour, history you ours


[Chorus: Cee-lo (2x)]
Now that all the smoke is gone
And the battle's finally won
Victory is finally ours
History, so long, so long
So long, so long



Man in the Mirror--By Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson - Man in the mirror

I'm gonna make a change,
for once im my life
It's gonna feel real good,
gonna make a diference
Gonna make it right...

As I, turn up the collar on
my favorite winter coat
This wind is blowing my mind
I see the kids in the streets,
with not enought to eat
Who am I to be blind?
Pretending not to see their needs

A summer disregard,a broken bottle top
And a one man soul
They follow each other on the wind ya' know
'Cause they got nowhere to go
That's why I want you to know

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
I'm asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
(If you wanna make the world a better place)
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change
(Take a look at yourself, and then make a change)
(Na na na, na na na, na na, na nah)

I've been a victim of a selfish kind of love
It's time that I realize
That there are some with no home, not a nickel to loan
Could it be really me, pretending that they're not alone?

A willow deeply scarred, somebody's broken heart
And a washed-out dream
(Washed-out dream)
They follow the pattern of the wind ya' see
'Cause they got no place to be
That's why I'm starting with me
(Starting with me!)

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
(Ooh!)
I'm asking him to change his ways
(Ooh!)
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
(If you wanna make the world a better place)
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change
(Take a look at yourself, and then make a change)

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
(Ooh!)
I'm asking him to change his ways
(Change his ways - ooh!)
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself and then make that..
(Take a look at yourself and then make that..)
CHANGE!

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
(Man in the mirror - Oh yeah!)
I'm asking him to change his ways
(Better change!)
No message could have been any clearer
(If you wanna make the world a better place)


Michael Jackson - Man in the mirror

A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cook






It's been a long time coming but a change is surely going to come in America and the World! I am the Future of America and the World and that is the message that each of us must carry with us each and every day that we wake up on Earth! I am the Future! You are the Future! We are the Future of America and the World! That is way every election is important--primaries, special elections and general! So vote every year and hold our politicians accountable. Hold our political officials accountable by writing them, calling them and making sure they attend meetings that we the people have. "The Time for Change is not Now but Right Now!"

"EmPOWERment By Any Means Necessary" should be our anthem and should be our creed as we make the positive differences in America and the world that so many people beg for and hungry for year after year! A Change is Gonna Come, A Change is Gonna Come, that's what we must say as we say "God grants us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, Courge to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference" each morning before we go about the task of making a positive change in America and the world a reality.



Born In The U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen


“When will people realize that we are Americans first and foremost, not Democrats or Liberals, not Republicans or Conservatives, not Independents or moderates. We are Americans. Stop putting a political party above America and stop putting any politican above America. America succeeds because of us the people holding our government responsible no matter the political party because the main two political parties are to blame for the condition America is in."—Hodari P.T. Brown

America with its flaws and all is a country I am proud to have been born in. America is not perfect but my love for it is perfect. That’s why all Americans must realize that we are all Americans. In fact we are Americans first and foremost. We are not Democrats or Republicans. We are Americans.

We are not Muslims, Christians or Jews. We are Americans. Too many times we recognize our differences with others rather than appreciating our similarities which are, we are Americans. We are Americans first and foremost, no matter if we were born here or moved here legally. We are all Americans, here in this country to make not only our lives better but the lives of other Americans better so future Americans can enjoy the rights and freedoms that make us all Americans.

We are all Americans. We are one party united under God. We are Americans and this is the only political party that matters. We are Americans and this is our country so let’s make sure that we make America better than how we found it so future Americans can live prosperous and joyous lives. We are Americans and must not ever forget that.

America will prosper as long we make sure we are doing our part to make it prosper and that means we can’t put any political party or politician above America. Long live America forever and long live America’s service to the world. Together, America and the world will prosper for future generations to enjoy America and the world we live in.


Lift Every Voice and Sing


This video of the ' Negro National Anthem' was originally screened at the historic African-American Church Inaugural Ball in Washington, DC on January 18th, 2009. Many of the esteemed individuals featured in this video in attendance and we presented with the ' Keepers of the Flame' award for the monumental contributions to social justice.

This version of the song was performed by the Grace Baptist Church Cathedral Choir, conducted by Derrick James. The video was produced and donated by Ascender Communications, LLC (www.ascender-c.com) at the request of The Balm In Gilead, Inc.

If I Was President--Wyclef Jean




If I was President that is the people's anthem. We all have ideas of what we can do as President and through this website, we will fulfill our deam as a people!

Somethings Gotta Give--Big Boi ft Mary J Blige



Somethings Gotta Give people and it begins today for all us to make sure that something is us. We the people are sick and tired of suffering. Where is our piece of the Dream that so many people dead for so that we all could see today. This is our time people to change America and the world so that the Next Generation has a better future than the past we inherited.

This is our call to service. This isn't about one political candidate or one political figure. This is about us as people coming together to finally leave up to our potential and achieving the great feats that those before us have achieved. This is our moment to lead our nation and our world to greater heights.

Somethings gotta give people and it starts with us the people making it happen. We have to improve our education system in America. We have to rid the world of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. We have to go to the streets and lift a hand to another in order to decrease poverty in this world. We have to take a stand today and make sure that the future of America and the world is brighter than it has ever been.

Somethings Gotta Give and that is why we must "Remember Each One, Reach One and Teach One so America's future and the World's future continues to prosper."

John Legend - "If You're Out There"


If you're out there than you need to get started in helping to change America and the world. The world and America won't change until you get involved in making the changes you want to see in this world. If you're out there, than you must know that tomorrow started now and today started yesterday so you are behind in helping to the change. If you are tired of hatred, racism, poverty, war, and violence than the time to change it is now. If you want universal health care, world peace, democracy for every nation, equal rights, and happiness for all than you must get involved now to help the save world.

You must believe in the change that you want to see and you must act on making that change a reality. If you're out there than say it aloud and show the rest of America and the world that you're out here to make a real positive change in the communities we stay in. If you're out there than get involved now. I'm calling every women and men to join me as we take back our country right here, right now. If you're out there than the future started yersterday and we are already late so we have lots of work to do but I know we can do it together as one.

YES WE CAN



Yes We Can accomplish anything that we set out to do! We don't need charismatic or inspirational leaders to believe in ourselves and to take responsiblity for our own faith, we just need each other. Yes We Can build a new America and a new world if each of us would take action now to make the changes that we want to see in the world. Yes We Can control government by holding our political officials accountable for their actions by calling them out when they don't pass legislation that supports the common good of all man and by voting in every election to ensure that we have people representing the people locally, state wide, nationally and in the world.

Yes We Can be great! Yes We Can be what we want to be! Yes We Can be glorious in not only America but the world! Yes We can put action behind our worlds and change the world starting right here, right now! Yes We Can as Republicans, Democrats and Independents become one as we freely think about our fellow men and women and make decisions that will be in the best interest of all people and not one single group.

Yes We Can be the change that we want to see in the world! Yes We Can show the world that the youth are ready to lead! Yes We Can put our egos, our social economic statuses, our religions, our educational statuses and our skin color to the side for the better good of the world! Yes We Can be Greater than we have ever been and help others be Greater than they have ever be!

YES WE CAN and YES WE WILL BE VICTORIOUS IN ALL THAT WE DO! YES WE CAN, no matter what others may say, we will be glorious! YES WE WILL and YES WE CAN! YES WE CAN!

YES WE CAN! YES WE CAN! YES WE CAN is what will be sung from every mountaintop, every riverbank, every household, every school yard, every factory, every sporting event, every college campus and even every place you can imagine in the world is where YES WE CAN, will be said and heard!

YES WE CAN!

Keep On Pushing - Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions


Wake Up People! No matter who is elected to any public office, we have to “Keep On Pushing” as a people to make sure they don’t leave us in a worst state than what they inherited. We as a people have to “Keep On Pushing” to make a difference in the lives of others. We have to have an “EmPOWERment By Any Means Necessary” attitude as we continue to push our agenda that we the people deserve and want better. We have to “Keep On Pushing” to bring about change in a positive way that will benefit all Americans no matter their age, their religion or skin color. We have to “Keep On Pushing” to bring about change that will improve our education system, improve our military, improve our national security, improve our healthcare system and improve our economy. We have to “Keep On Pushing” to bring about change that will leave America’s future in a better than how we found it and that will leave the world’s future in a better state than we imagined we could live it. We have to “Keep On Pushing” to make life better for our neighborhoods, our families and even our quote on quote enemies. We have to “Keep On Pushing” to inspire, to uplift and to guide those who need help spiritually, physically and mentally. We have to “Keep On Pushing ” so that our lives, our future generation’s lives and the lives of those who came before us does not die in vein.

“Keep on Pushing”

A War For Your Soul

A War For Your Soul-regular version from Erisai Films on Vimeo.


The moment has come for us as a nation of people to finally wake up and realize that our destiny and fate in society has rests on our shoulders. We cannot allow the forces of evil and darkness to drain us out. We have to continue to overcome all odds in order to make the future of our nation better and the future of future generations of Americans better. We have to continue to pray to our Lord and we have to continue to uplift each other in prayer as well as take action against those things that are trying to destroy us. We have to stand up once and for all and be the future that we want to be. Now is our time and we shall do together by any means necessary.

This video was created to inspire young African-Americans not to fall prey to some of the problems they face in society. The use of the voice "Master of Darkness" represents evil, which is where the blame of all problems should be placed, and not on any one group of people. This video should not to be used to divide people (Black & White), there are images of heroes that are white in this video, and there are images of Black & White coming together with the words of Dr. King in the background. Some of the images from the past can be unsettling, but they are used to show all Americans how far we have come, and how far we still have to go. This film is being strategically placed in school systems, churches and youth orgs around the country, in hope of helping a lost generation of kids that we as Americans have forgotten. As fellow Americans we must continue to love each other, and take that love and spread it to the rest of the world. **THIS VIDEO IS NOT FOR SALE & I AM NOT ACCEPTING DONATIONS FOR THE FILM, I ONLY WANT THE MESSAGE TO REACH AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE WITHOUT ANY HIDDEN POLITICAL OR FINANCIAL AGENDA.
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Sitting On the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding



"The time for sitting is over! The time for action is now! The time for hope without action is hopeless! The time for change without a positive attitude is a change that we can't believe in! We need change that is positive of helping all people! Our time for action is now, our time for hope is now, our time for change is now and our time to believe that we can do whatever we set our minds to is not now but right now!"

STAR SPANGLED BANNER


The Star-Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key

O say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming;
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave?


On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, now conceals, now discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines on the stream;
'Tis the star-spangled banner; O long may it wave
O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave,
From the terror of flight and the gloom of the grave;
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave!


O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land,
Praise the power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just.
And this be our motto— "In God is our trust; "
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.

Black President



Our Time is not now but Right Now! Our Time has finally come to change the world not now but Right Now! If you don't believe that we can change the world than watch as we do it by changing your mind into believing in us and what we can do! This is OUR TIME RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW!

FIGHT THE POWER



We got to FIGHT THE POWER! We can no longer sit on the sidelines and watch injustices take place. We can no longer sit by and allow our right to vote to become unexercised. We must FIGHT THE POWER for our past, present and future! We can no longer allow our rights to be oppressed and our voice to become drained by the powers at be. We must FIGHT THE POWER and show that we have a lot to say that needs to be heard by the mainstream media. We must FIGHT THE POWER and live up to our potential as dynamic, unbelievable and phenomenal people.


We must not believe the hype but we must become the hype. We are not Harriett Tubman, Marcus Garvey, MLK, Malcolm X, Booker T. Washington, Carter G. Woodson, W.E.B. DuBois, the Black Panther Party, SNCC, or any other activists but we are the fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, uncles, aunties, and relatives of those who came before us to pave the way for us to FIGHT THE POWER! We are not next Generation of leaders who will not be honored and praised until they die but that’s the fight we accept. We are not fighting the power for glory or fame but we are fighting the power for just causes that most men and women will not understand until years or decades later.


We are fighting for our sisters and brothers in Darfur, Georgia, Iraq, Iran, China and Mexico. We are speaking for those who are poor and have no food or water. We are fighting for those who are sick and dying. We are fighting for universal healthcare across the world and human rights for all people. We are fighting for rich and poor! We must FIGHT THE POWER no matter how hard and tough the road may be. We must FIGHT THE POWER for a better today and an even greater tomorrow!


FIGHT THE POWER!

PEOPLE GET READY


“People Get Ready” our time is coming! We have come too far to turn back now. Our train is coming and it is coming in waves. “People Get Ready”, we don’t need a ticket but we need faith and the Lord will help guide us as we take back America and the world. “People Get Ready” our moment is now and we are ready to see the change we want in America and the world. All we got to do is have faith, hope and prosperity. “People Get Ready” to face your fears. “People Get Ready” to face your demons and the challenges of yesterday because today and tomorrow we will conquer & be victorious. “People Get Ready” a change is coming and our actions will make sure that change is a real positive change that lasts forever.


“People Get Ready” because we have had enough of just talking but now is our time to show action. “People Get Ready” to take back America and the world. “People Get Ready” to take back our communities and to make our streets safer and schools better. “People Get Ready” to make all our dreams come true. “People Get Ready” to see a better present for everyone and a better future for future generations. “People Get Ready” to live up to your potential and to help others live up to their own potential. “People Get Ready” to move past hatred, bigotry, racism and sexism. “People Get Ready” to fulfill the dreams of those who came before us and those who will come after us.


“People Get Ready” as we make our actions speak louder than our words. “People Get Ready” to make words mean something again as we put action to back up our rhetoric. “People Get Ready” as we embark on a new journey that will re-write America’s history as well as the world’s history. “People Get Ready” as we make the lives of others better and the lives of future generations better. “People Get Ready” because all we need is faith, hope and action to make this world a better place. “People Get Ready” to make a difference. “People Get Ready” to fulfill the American dream. “People Get Ready" to live out the American Dream as our founding fathers wanted us to live it. “People Get Ready” because our time is now, our moment is now and our moment in time to change America & the world is not now but right now. “People Get Ready” because a change is coming!


Alicia]
(Let me tell you now)
People get ready, there's a train comin'
You don't need no baggage, you just get on board
All you need is faith to hear the diesels hummin'
You don't need no ticket, you just thank the lord

[Lyfe]
People get ready, for a train to Jordan
Picking up passengers coast to coast
Faith is the key, open the doors and board them
There's hope for all among those loved the most

[Alicia]
There ain't no room for the hopeless sinner
Who would hurt all man kind just to save his own (believe me now)
Have pity on those whose chances grow thinner
For there's no hiding place against the kingdoms throne

[Alicia & Lyfe]
So people get ready there's a train coming
You don't need no baggage, you just get on board
All you need is faith to hear the diesels humming,
You don't need no ticket, you just thank the lord


“PEOPLE GET READY!”

God Bless the U.S.A. by Lee Greenwood


Lee Greenwood-god bless the U.S.A