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I’m a Frederick Douglass Republican

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Last week, I had the good fortune to attend the Fayette County Republican Party’s monthly breakfast meeting. This event is held on the first Saturday of the month at the IHOP in Fayetteville.

Normally, I am unable to attend these meetings as my kids usually have soccer or softball games. But with the sports season over, I was able to go, and I was so glad I did.

For, I had the opportunity to listen, first-hand, to the founder of the Frederick Douglass Republicans movement — K. Carl Smith. Read More»

Issues that challenge a black conservative

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As a conservative, I hold to Judeo-Christian social values, fiscal responsibility, and limited, constitutional government. As an African-American, I hold to the racial identity of my family and the heritage of my ancestors.

In today’s political climate, these two tenets seem to be irreconcilable.

That is why, in an effort to bring about mutual understanding, I have, to varying degrees, written previous articles that describe why so many African-Americans have differing socio-political views than I do. Read More»

IRS & stereotyping the Tea Party

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This past week the Tea Party ended up in the national news headlines.

It was reported that hundreds of conservative organizations, particularly Tea Party groups, were targets of unconstitutional scrutiny, delays, or denials for tax-exempt status.

Given the media’s past coverage of the Tea Party, I anticipated that this story would die within a couple of days, because I did not think the media would cover the unconstitutional treatment of Tea Party groups, which they often treat with disdain and antipathy. Read More»

‘Taxes’ are out . . . ‘Revenues’ are in

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April 15th came and went, and there was a sense of resolve this year.

I didn’t hear about Tax Day Rallies from Tea Partiers — probably because Tea Partiers are still a bit burned out and discouraged from last year’s election.

I didn’t hear stories about last-minute filers waiting in long lines to get their tax forms in on time — probably because many filers did their taxes online. Read More»

Who ‘owns’ your children?

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By temperament and educational training, I’ve learned not to over-react when I hear something second-hand. There are always two sides of every story. Until you go to the primary source, you truly don’t know what really happened (my children have taught me this first hand).

Such was the case, when I heard about a commercial by cable channel MSNBC host, Melissa Harris-Perry which advocates that “your children don’t belong to you.” Read More»

In what should we place our hopes?

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Like many Americans I was surprised by the outcome of November’s elections, and am still processing what happened.

After all, virtually every quantifiable performance measurement revealed that the majority of Americans felt — personally, and as a country — that they were worse off and heading in the wrong direction.

Yet, these same Americans re-elected President Barack Obama, who presided over the country during this period of decline.

Here I am, nearly five months later, finally able to process what happened. Read More»

What is the point of Easter?

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I enjoy looking out our office window especially now as the trees begin to bud with the signs of spring. I marvel at this time because it is a wonderful reminder of one of the most glorious times of the year, Easter.

Growing up in a non-religious household, Easter always meant egg hunts, the Easter Bunny, and the promise of warmer weather. It was fun, lighthearted, and inconsequential. Read More»

Answering the call to serve Fayette families

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When I decided to run for secretary of the Fayette County Republican Party (FCRP) several weeks ago, it was a very difficult decision. My husband and I talked and prayed about the decision.

I feared the time commitment. I feared my lack of political experience and whether I had the ability to serve in such a position. I feared how it might hinder my ability to effectively speak to, and be of positive influence to family and friends who might disagree with me on some issues. Read More»

Learning to live in a virtual world

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I think the first time I consciously noticed the power of “living in a virtual world” was about ten years ago when a girl I was mentoring seemed to be far more conversational when we would “talk” via email than when we talked on the phone or in-person.

I could barely get her to speak two sentences to me in the real world, but when we would “talk” online, she could go on for pages.

When I questioned her as to how she seemed to open up via email, but barely spoke in person, she smiled and shrugged. Read More»

Sequestration — What it really means

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With all the fear and rhetoric going on about the sequestration and the impending deadline for the “across the board cuts in federal spending” to take place in less than a week, I think it is important to take everything in context and understand how we got to this point, the real numbers involved, and the implications of what this means for our government and ourselves. Read More»

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