The Essence of Politics

Friday, September 04, 2009

The Essence of Politics

My Fellow Americans:

Many of us wonder what the essence of politics is but most of us don't really understand that politics is everywhere from the class setting to the local grocery store. Therefore with politics impacting every component of our lives, we have to become more aware of the issues that are important to the political arena and in turn start a chain reaction of more citizens becoming involved in the political process on all levels but especially the local level.

So in understanding what politics is than one must understand that politics is the study and conduct of decision-making power (who's got it, and who hasn't) at the inter-social and societal levels. Some even use the term politology to describe it. When politics are considered at smaller scales, e.g. within a profession, it is indistinguishable from applied ethics or specialist ethical codes.

However at whatever scale, politics is the rather imperfect way that we actually coordinate individual actions for mutual (or strictly personal) gain. What distinguishes the political from the ethical or merely social is a much-debated question. Most theorists would acknowledge that to be political, a process has to involve at least some potential for use of force or violence - politics is about conflict that is about much more than theory and fashion. To win a political conflict always implies that one has taken power away from one group or faction to give it to another. Most would also acknowledge that political conflict can easily degrade to zero-sum games, with little learned or settled by conflict other than "who won and who lost":

Lenin said politics was about "who could do what to whom" (Russian "Kto-Kogo" for "Who-Whom"). As political scientist Harold Lasswell said, politics is "who gets what, when and how." It also concerns how we resolve moral conflicts that are sufficiently serious that they constitute a risk of social disruption - in which case commitment to a common process of arbitration or diplomacy tends to reduce violence - usually viewed as a key goal of civilization. Bernard Crick is a major theorist of this view and also of the idea that politics is itself simply "ethics done in public", where public institutions can agree, disagree, or intervene to achieve a desirable culmination or comprehensive (process) result.

In addition to government, journalists, religious groups, special interest groups, and economic systems and conditions may all have influence on decisions. Therefore, politics touches on all these subjects.

Authors of studies of politics have both reflected and influenced the political systems of the world. Niccolo Machiavelli wrote The Prince, an analysis of politics in a monarchy, in 1513, while living in a monarchy. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published "The Communist Manifesto" in 1848, a widely-read and highly influential pamphlet that formed the basis for Socialism and Communism throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.

Today, much study of politics focuses on democracies, and how their form affects the decisions they make.

Other lines of political inquiry attempt to answer philosophical questions such as; is there a moral justification for government?, what is the purpose of government?, is there any possible empirical or more formal method for evaluating and quantifying ethicality and morality of human actions that could augment or replace religion or authority or political contention in deciding what political leaders "should" do? Also politics attempts to answer is there an objective way to evaluate the quality of a decision, policy, leader or party?

These are ongoing debates that are millennia old. As well as being influenced by these weighty matters, politics is also a social activity, and as such it is subject to the whims of fashion as any other.

Nonetheless, politics is what makes many of us who we are, what we are and creates what we do in most cases. Still in today’s time, many political analysts and authors of political books say that politics today has lost its soul.

“Americans are not a virtuous people,” Tocqueville wrote, “and nevertheless they are free.” More than a century later Richard Hofstadter evoked the same paradox: America is “a democracy of cupidity rather than a democracy of fraternity.” A society founded on the primacy of the private has become an exemplary republic, or respublica; the universal pursuit of individual wealth has produced a flourishing commonwealth. Locke is our civic prophet; liberalism our civic creed; the “invisible hand” our political, as well as economic, Providence.

This, at least, is the perennial myth of American historiography. It is currently under attack from several directions. The “republican” school (Bernard Bailyn, for example) has tried to displace Lockean individualism and enlightened self-interest from the center of 18th century American ideology, replacing them with a discourse of patriotism and civic virtue supposedly inherited from Continental theorists like Machiavelli and Montesquieu or from the English Dissenting tradition.

Now the “communitarian” school (e.g., Garry Wills) stresses the influence of Scottish moral philosophy on Jefferson and other Founding Fathers: in opposition to Locke’s psychology of possessive individualism, Hutcheson, Hume, and Adam Smith posited an innate “moral sense,” a faculty of imaginative identification or “sympathy,” which they (and the Founders) considered the basis of political community.

While radical historians (e.g., Staughton Lynd) have followed Charles Beard and the Progressives in raising questions about the class allegiance of the Founders and have resurrected the pre-Marxist anticapicalist critiques of Paine, Thoreau, and many previously invisible lower-class radicals.

Then there are revisionists who all dispute the centrality of liberalism in the history of American political thought. So John Diggins, in “The Lost Soul of American Politics”, rereads that history and attempts to vindicate the traditional liberal, or Lockean, paradigm—but with a twist. Where other historians have mainly seen the influence of Locke’s doctrines —materialist psychology, property rights, ethical individualism—Diggins sees also a Christian legacy—the Calvinist tenets of innate depravity, inescapable guilt, work as a “calling,” the sovereignty of individual conscience. According to Diggins, it is this Christian pessimism, not just Enlightenment skepticism, which answers the familiar question: why did the ringing rhetoric of the Revolutionary period issue in the cautious conservatism of the Constitution?

In pursuit of America’s Calvinist soul, Diggins threads his way through key texts—“The Federalist”, John Adams’s “A Defense of the Constitution”, Cooper’s “The Bravo”, Melville’s “Billy Budd”, Lincoln’s speeches, Henry Adams’s “Mont-Saint-Michel & Chartres”—looking for Old World shadows. There are a good many, it turns out, and in this strain of melancholy and self-doubt Diggins finds what he calls a “Niebuhrian corrective” to current, overly cheerful assessments of the American heritage. As Diggins recognizes, there is something problematic about intellectual history on this scale: three appendixes anticipate methodological objections from his colleagues. But other readers, methodologically innocent or indifferent, will be at least intermittently intrigued.

Unfortunately, many of Diggins’s speculations are barely visible through the murk of his style. “The Lost Soul of American Politics” is marred by much clumsiness (“Once we see the Calvinist foundations of liberalism, the gospel of ‘free labor’ that Lincoln espoused as the essence of liberty, we are in a better position to see why in American intellectual history liberalism could carry the seeds of its own condemnation, particularly in its fostering of capitalism, as ends came to absorb means, wealth to replace work, and the mere possession of things to replace the making of products as the nation threatened to sink into a morass of materialism”), obscurity (“Today, when America seems to be awash in a ‘culture of narcissism’ and Emerson’s doctrine of ‘self-reliance’ has dropped from the ‘Oversoul’ to the underbelly, Tocqueville’s fears of ‘the passionate and exaggerated love of self have made the demands of the ‘Me’ the first priority of politics”), and even bad grammar (“There was no place for sin, evil, and guilt in Jefferson’s Christianity, as there would be for Henry Adams, Melville, and Lincoln”).

But suspended throughout, like beacons in the fog, are passages of limpid or luminous, sprightly or sonorous prose by Jefferson, Madison, Cooper, Emerson, Melville, Henry Adams, and others (including this timely quote from Lincoln: the Republican Party is “for both the man and the dollar, but in case of conflict the man before the dollar”).

“Democracy,” said John Dewey, “begins in conversation.” Even through Diggins’s static, we can sometimes hear Jefferson arguing with Montesquieu, Emerson with Locke, Henry Adams with Tocqueville, Thoreau with everyone; and this is, momentarily, exhilarating.

Thus when it comes to politics, it is the activity through which people make, preserve and amend the general rules under which they live. As such, it is an essentially social activity, inextricably linked, on the one hand, to the existence of diversity and conflict, and on the other to a willingness to co-operate and act collectively. Politics is better seen as a search for conflict resolution than as its achievement, as not all conflicts are, or can be, resolved.

Politics has been understood differently by different thinkers and within different traditions. Politics has been viewed as the art of government or as ‘what concerns the state’, as the conduct and management of public affairs, as the resolution of conflict through debate and compromise, and as the production, distribution and use of resources in the course of social existence.

There is considerable debate about the realm of ‘the political’. Conventionally, politics has narrowly been seen as embracing institutions and actors operating in a ‘public’ sphere concerned with the collective organization of social existence. However, when politics is understood in terms of power-structured relationships, it may be seen to operate in the ‘private’ sphere as well.

A variety of approaches have been adopted to the study of politics as an academic discipline. These include political philosophy or the analysis of normative theory, an empirical tradition particularly concerned with the study of institutions and structures, attempts to introduce scientific rigor through behavioral analysis, and a variety of modern approaches including the use of rational-choice theory.

Still the study of politics is scientific to the extent that it is possible to gain objective knowledge about the political world by distinguishing it between facts and values. This task is nevertheless hampered by the difficulty of gaining access to reliable data, by values that are implicit in political models and theories, and by biases that operate within all students of politics.

Therefore the concepts , models and theories are the tools of political analysis, providing the building blocks of knowledge. However, they are only analytical devices. Although they help to advance understanding, they are more rounded and coherent than the unshapely and complex realities they seek to describe. Ultimately, all political and social inquiry is conducted within a particular intellectual framework or ideological paradigm.

In language terms, politics is cause of all mankind and how to make society better for all humans through legislation. Benjamin Franklin once said, “’Tis a common observation here that our cause is the cause of all mankind, and that we are fighting for their liberty in defending our own.” Well that is exactly what the essence of politics is about. It is about standing up for those who can’t stand up for themselves. It is about speaking out against injustices and it is about creating laws that give an equal playing field for all to abide by.

However Winston Churchill once said, “If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.” To a degree that is right as well because sometimes in politics we have so many restrictions or regulations that hinder people to achieve success. Therefore politics is not about simply creating more regulations for the sake of it but it is about creating laws that will create opportunities for equality and justice for all.

For far too long, we as a nation of people have depended on government to solve the problems of the present by understanding the past in order to create a better future for all. This is what the essence of politics is about. The essence of politics is merely the ability for us as a people to understand our government and to use it to master life and to create a better future for future generations to strive and succeed.

“What is true of every member of the society, individually, is true of them all collectively; since the rights of the whole can be no more than the sum of the rights of the individuals,” said Thomas Jefferson. This is what politics is about because no law should be created that doesn’t improve the livelihood of the individual as much as it improve the livelihood of society. Still politics is just not about government but it is about life. It is about looking around our own communities and understanding who are the key stakeholders, who are power brokers and who are those who impact the day to day lives of hundreds of thousands of people in our own areas of residents.

If democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers as Aristotle says than who are the indigent in our own cities, towns and states. Is the religious leaders, business leaders or civic leaders? Who are the leaders since we the property owners are not rulers according to Aristotle. This is the question when it comes to politics. However we can’t believe that we as the property owners, the renters and just ordinary Americans or people are not the rulers of our own communities, towns, cities and states. We are the ones who control the livelihood

When it comes to politics it is not about the haves and have not’s but it is about people giving a darn about their own prosperity and the prosperity of others. Politics is not about the left vs. the right or Democrats vs. Republicans. Politics is not about being a liberal, conservative or moderate but it is about caring about our society, caring about our nation and most of all caring about improving the lives of the less fortunate, the underprivileged, the youth, the elderly and all Americans as much as you care about yourself and your own families.

Ronald Reagan once said, “You and I are told we must choose between a left or right, but I suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down. Up to man’s age-old dream — the maximum of individual freedom consistent with order — or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism.” Well Barry Goldwater said it best when he said, “I would remind you that extremism in the defiance of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.” Therefore the true nature of politics is not about ideology but it is about liberty and freedom for all. The freedom to obtain opportunities through equality and justice that for some decades elude some people in society but this is what politics can give if done correctly.

It is through politics that we can change some of the unfairness and mistreatment that we as a society experience. However politics through government will not solve everything but politics through us as a people can. Now we might think that politics only exists in the form of government but the truth of the matter is that politics exists in everything we do. From the prices in a grocery store to the taxes we pay on certain goods to the roads we drive on to the money given to schools, it is all through politics that these things exist. Even when we lobby to get a recreation center built in our neighborhoods for youth or a stop sign at the end of our block to prevent people from spending, we are using politics to do so by us lobbying. Lobbying or advocating for something is a form of politics and it is a form of relationship building in order to achieve a goal for the greater good of most of society if not all of society.

Mahatma Gandhi said it best when he said, “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.” This is what the advocating or lobbying for a cause is all about. It is about fighting for what you believe in despite those who might think it is a silly cause or those who may think your cause is not necessary. Politics is about believing in a cause that is greater than self and working to achieve it by not demeaning others as your opponents might do but by being wise enough to listen to the opposition and to have a rebuttal to their questions or statements but at the same time articulating the message of the cause in a way that all people can understand and relate to no matter what it is.

This is what politics is about and this is why when George Orwell said, “He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future.” He was speaking to those of us in society who understand that the power of today rests in understanding the past in order to improve the present so that the present can create a greater future for all. This is what politics give us as a people. An opportunity to improve the present while understanding the past is what politics gives us in life but most of all it is the ability to know that through present legislation we can impact the future for the better if we apply the legislation currently.

Still the as Thomas Jefferson said, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” This is what politics gives us because from time to time, we lose many good people in society but their lost should not be vain because we should continue to fight for the causes they fought for or use their lives as reasons for us to fight for equity, equality, and fairness. Then there is the opportunity of us as a people to elect people to political office who meet the needs of us the people while getting rid of people who don’t have the best interests of us the people or have become corrupt while being office. This is how the tree of liberty can be refreshed as well as molding others to lead the causes of the present as well as the causes of the future.

“Words may show a man’s wit but actions his meaning,” said Benjamin Franklin which is why it is our actions now that should be looked upon as what our future will be like. If we don’t take the necessary steps to create future leaders in our communities, our towns, our cities and our states than what will the future be without the proper molding of leaders?

Our actions today is what will determine the future along with our words but words alone without action will not make our present better or our future any more greater. This is why the essence of politics is about creating future leaders for not just the future but creating future leaders to lead the present.

No longer can the nature of politics simply be engraved in the thoughts and beliefs of the past. This is why the actions we take today alone with the words we chose will create the type of future that we want future generations to enjoy. So our actions must aimed toward obtaining liberty for all in this great nation. As JFK said, “…we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”

This must be the attitude that guides our actions and this is why politics gives us this opportunity to do so. Still if liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear as well as what they don’t want to hear. Sometimes in politics, some of us have to bear the tough task of speaking the truth while it may not be widely accepted, it is necessary for us as a society to understand what realities we are facing as a nation.

Nonetheless it is this belief that makes us understand who we are and what we are. It is the truth that should guide us to understand that the federal government has taken too much tax money from the people, too much authority from the states, and too much liberty with the Constitution while leaving much of liberty, justice and equality in its rearview mirror which we cannot allow to happen.

Thus we must continue to use education as a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed at. Education is the passport to success but we must use it to our advantage as a people to help others and to create opportunities for the less fortunate, the underprivileged and the sick. We must use our education as a chance to engage others who usually don’t agree with us to understand our causes as well as why collaboration is needed to find common ground solutions to many of the issues plaguing our society.

As President Franklin Roosevelt once said, "In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can be sure it was planned that way." Therefore we as a people must understand that if nothing happens by accident and if every that happens is planned than we the people need to be on the inside of planning it so that we can guide the solutions to improving everyone’s life or at least a majority rather than a select few.

Thus when Robert Novak said, “Always love your country — but never trust your government! That should not be misunderstood. I certainly am not advocating civil disobedience, must less insurrection or rebellion. What I am advocating is to not expect too much from government and be wary of it power, even the power of a democratic government in a free country. Ours is one of the mildest, most benevolent governments in the world. But it too has the power to take your wealth and forfeit your life. ... A government that can give you everything can take everything away.” That is the true essence of politics, us as a people being active in it to understand what our government is doing and how we as a people can counter what they are doing when it doesn’t impact the majority and support our government when they are doing what is best for the majority.

The essence of politics is activism and participation to do things to improve the present but to also improve the future. The essence of politics is not simply being reactive to the problems that occur unexpectedly but it is about being proactive to deal with problems before they occur but knowing that it could happen. The essence of politics is engraved in community activism but it is more so engraved in our hearts and souls as people. The essence to know what is right, what is wrong and working to make sure everyone understand that, abides by it and lives by it. The essence of politics doesn’t rest in a government that works for a select few but it rests in a government that works for all people.

WE the people are the essence of politics, we live it, we eat it, and we sleep it. We all participate in politics each and every day regardless if we like it or not. No matter what we do on a day to day basis, it is at least one thing that we are involved in that is based off of some type of political legislation or government program. This is why no matter how much we try to escape it, we must understand that politics is in everything that we do and it is us.

WE the people are the essence of politics and that is why no matter what new political ideology is created or what new political leaders emerge, politics always will be within each one of us.

WE the people are politics now and forever. We are the essence of politics and we are the engines of innovation that drive political circumstances, opportunities and chances for us to engage in.

WE the people are politics and its essence is us whether we like it or not.

WE the people are the driving force to politics; today, tomorrow and forever. We the people always will be the essence of politics and we must understand that, live by that and grow as a people if we are to improve our present and create a better future for all.

WE the people are the essence of politics.

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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