The 2016 Election The Three Way Race to Nowhere

Welcome to the American voting system. It’s the year 2015. You have your Republicans , Democrats , and Independent party oriented candidates. Of course if you believe in a different type of philosophy , well , to even get nominated on a ballot , you have to pass some financial benchmarks , gain some political clout , and show that you can ace the quizzes of the huge congressional machine with flying colors.

Let’s get into our democratic candidates shall we? Hilary Clinton has been more notorious in the election coming up for her controversies surrounding her emails and the administrative handling of them , as opposed to being seen in any actual influencing light that runs precedent into this race.  There are a few bones to pick with Hilary’s diplomatic policies , practices , and her political relationships outside the US that draws much skepticism surrounding her legitimacy.

Bernie Sanders , who had to give up his actual Independent foundations of office , to be compromised as a Democratic candidate has folks realistically view the system too evil for him to over throw. Even with a young , hip , modern , and very savvy social media campaign. Bernie is ideal in terms of addressing America’s issues on the surface , and maybe for people that want to push for a system that is soundly right , by way of Washington D.C.’s actual politic balance can use Bernie as a father figure in electing and enacting figures that will speak truth into what issues this country faces.

The Republicans? Boy oh boy. What comes to mind? Xenophobia? Racism? Affecting seats of powerful stature that are aligned by people’s pockets , collateral favors , and media control , that appears to be the Republican way so far for the election. Taking over the network exposure times , coverage , correspondence , and providing illogical speeches , conferences and rallies at some kind of method in bringing America back to some unspoken renaissance.

Donald Trump appears to be in Godzilla effect. Taking to talking on the fears of those who do not understand the situation with ISIS , the crisis that is the military over throwing of the Middle East , America’s sudden infatuation with placating Syria as it’s international opponent. In terms of who actually buys into much of this opinionated drivel remains to be seen. At least from what can be gauged in the public.

Ben Carson , ideally conservative , has risen the ranks of authority some how. Unlike Trump who exercises his sorry not sorry card in much of his speeches , Ben Carson allowed himself to insert his foot into his mouth by taking his discriminate remarks about Muslims back. It be would fitting to know from some kind of endorsed standpoint , what kind of Black communities , associations , progressive actions , and people stand forth to have this very delusional fellow obtain a seat through the White House?

There’s no reason to believe that any candidate that is running at this point has done any more or less to usurp the others momentum in changing lives , voters , national beliefs , or promise. Watching the 2016 election coverage is similar to not knowing that there are nothing but gag prizes behind each of the game show networks doors. There are the few , the elite , and those passionate citizens that are riled by particular presidential nominees , who describe with enthusiasm who they vote for or against. That type of attitude is felt almost at every level in organizational politics however. There is a view that should be based on , well , how can I vote if I don’t believe the playing field is qualified enough to do it’s jobs? What about , these men and women that have been interwoven into our daily lives may not be good enough to carry out what is required at leading a country equally for all classes?

The primary responsibility that you can have as a Black , Brown , Poor , or Oppressed national of this nation is to assert your might into the political realm , as it pertains to your organization , educational development , youth empowerment , capitalist resistance , or economic planning. This stands to hold true for any level of election. Whether you are for or against the candidates , we must not sway too far to depend upon federal bureaucracy to lead us all where we belong. This serves as a reminder of watching a fight between people which is not entertaining , but one that you know has to have some kind of outcome. It’s a very peculiar rat race to the finish , in dealing with all developing with the USA’s 2016 election.

Reaction To Washington Post Article on Justice Or Else

As I was supporting my good Brothers and Sisters today on Twitter through the hash tag #justiceorelse and #justiceorelsephilly , I found that Twitter had implanted this article into the Twitter feed. As I read it over, I decided to personally establish a dialogue with the very man who wrote this piece. My reaction and discussion coincides with every paragraph, and reference of this article. I said the following…..

In response to your passively addressed article from the Washington Post on October 8th, what are you doing to address racism and inequality on any level?

Please let me know when bipartisan prison reform leads to those ex-offenders getting jobs in the capitalist work sectors of the world. Then and only then will I believe in the progression that you are attesting to.

Taking the confederate flag down is a very awesome notion. Just make sure if you’re going to use that as a point of emphasis that it eradicates the racism already in the place, hearts, and minds, of white and institutionalized thinking people.

Interesting how you speak of bigotry and hate about the Honorable Minister. I would like to see what your words entail on questionable police handling, economic gentrification, and addressing to combat racism in the white community at large.

Why would you believe in any stretch of the imagination that the very person commencing the march of 1995 would reject it’s own core principles?

What sort of involvement if any do you have in seeing the proactive, empowering, educational, and motivational aspects of what Louis Farrakhan does for Black and Brown people every where?

When you’re discussing Farrakhan at these events, were you in attendance of any of these events that you have your sources from? Who gave you your sources? Can you even go back to the speeches of these very promotional events and attest that these words are being used in the context that you have reported them under?

You speak so fluidly of what the first amendment is supposed to represent, make sure that you are counteracting all of the other bigotries out in this country with the same exact energy that you are putting into this article.

Who are you to say, or even point the notion at what other “Black” people take into receiving one’s message? Have you spoken with anyone from the March of 1995 to even confirm this or attach any kind of credit to it? The fact that you would take it upon yourself to go out of your way in speaking for a multitude of organizing Brothers and Sisters makes that declaration extremely inaccurate.

What if I told you that if you were actually in the trenches of organizing, being involved or volunteering in the Justice or Else Campaign, you would’ve seen the opportunities that were present in all the Black communities that it took parts in?

You speak of people taking a stance against principles you have gone on the record to object. But like many “keyboard warriors” as they have been known to be called, I seriously doubt you, closed minded pencil pushers, and people that have no direct impact on the Black community, are going to stand against history of this magnitude. I will however count on more off base articles possibly from you, and your other antagonistic counter parts though. #justiceorelse Don’t attempt to taint history.

PLEASE READ A PORTION OF THE ARTICLE BY IN WHICH THE RESPONSE IS FOR AND WHOLE THING AT Article

Jonathan A. Greenblatt is national director of the Anti-Defamation League.

From Charleston to Baltimore and Ferguson, it’s undeniable that our country continues to wrestle with racism and inequality. But recently there have been some notable and hopeful developments — including bipartisan prison reform and the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the South Carolina statehouse.

This weekend in Washington, a major demonstration will take place that is billed as a call for justice yet is being organized and led by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who has a long history of bigotry against whites, Jews and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
The stated goals of Saturday’s commemoration of the 1995 “Million Man March” — including advocating for educational equity, ending police violence against people of color and addressing poverty and racism — are admirable and critically important. Tens of thousands of black men attending that first Million Man March two decades ago pledged to renounce violence except in self-defense and to “strive to love my brother, as I love myself.”
Yet Farrakhan has repeatedly rejected this central pledge of brotherly love. Instead, he frequently has promoted hatred — and not just years ago, but in the weeks leading up to this march.
At a promotional event in Milwaukee in August, Farrakhan said, “White people deserve to die, and they know, so they think it’s us coming to do it.”
In July in Miami, he told a crowd, “If the federal government will not intercede in our affairs, then we must rise up and kill those who kill us, stalk them and let them feel the pain of death that we are feeling.”
Over the summer in Detroit, Farrakhan called for the crowd to join him in Washington and said that tolerance of homosexuality in the United States was evidence of a “sick society.”
And at that same event, he said, “[Vice President] Biden said that Hollywood members of the Jewish community single-handedly made same-sex marriage legal. . . . You’re God’s chosen people? And you promote something that God rejects? You’ve lost your covenant status! You are not the chosen of God, you are the chosen of Satan! . . . You’re promoting homosexuality. God doesn’t. You promote filth. God condemns it!”

Robert Allen Mansfield Is a Black Tea Party Republican from Philly—And He’s Running for U.S. Senate

It’s election night 2011 and all signs point to a Republican upset in the City Commissioner’s race between incumbent Joe Duda and challenger Al Schmidt. Win or lose, Schmidt’s holding a victory party in the upstairs lounge at Liberties Bar on North Second Street. North Philly native Robert Allen Mansfield’s one of the first to show up. Mansfield walks with a cane and dresses in black, sporting thin, dark sunglasses. He hands out business cards. He’s just back from Kentucky where, he says, the Tea Party candidates—with whom he identifies—are barely showing up for the fight. And he hopes that here in Philadelphia, Schmidt can bring a “resurgence to the Republican Party… We need to be out there competing and expanding the base.”

In less than a month, the 40-year-old retired U.S. Army Sergeant and 2010 gubernatorial candidate will announce a bid for the U.S. Senate. He’ll be the only Philadelphian in the crowded Republican field, the only Iraq War veteran, and one of the few blacks who’ve ever run as a Republican anywhere in the state of Pennsylvania.

Yes, a black Tea Party Republican from Philly.

Almost two months later, Mansfield’s campaign is in full swing as he meets with PW back in Northern Liberties. He’s just come from an Independence Hall Tea Party Christmas event where he was named a Board Member of the group. 

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Mansfield immediately wants to clarify his positions: A ‘fair tax’ code, school choice, veteran’s health care and black empowerment. He says the Republican Party won’t survive past 2020 if it continues ignoring and disrespecting the Black Community and touts himself as Philadelphia’s ‘hip hop Republican.’ “In my neighborhood, I do what Malcolm X says: I rap to people,” he says. “I don’t talk to them, but I speak with them … everyone in Cheltenham knows I’m a Republican. They know I’m a Tea Party guy. But I try not to come with all that ‘holier than thou’ stuff.”

Mansfield’s personal and political narrative is anything but conventional. Born in North Philadelphia in 1971 to a heroin-addicted mother, he was immediately given up for adoption and spent a week in the hospital recovering from the opiate addiction. He would never meet her. “I spent seven days withdrawing from heroin,” he says, “so I came into this world fighting.”

He spent his childhood in several Philadelphia foster homes. And this would result in a series of tragedies he’s tried to make the most from. “I was molested when I was nine and raped when I was 16,” he says. “And that was in a children’s home. So adults had failed me every step of my life.”

In July 1987, he was transferred to the Easton Children’s Home in Easton, Pennsylvania and believes it saved his life. While there, he became close with the late Michael H. Danjczek, the executive of the Home, who taught him public speaking. When Mansfield was getting ready to leave state custody, he says Danjczek approached him about politics. The move from public speaking to politics, he said, was a no-brainer. So was the decision to register Republican.

“African Americans fail to realize that until recently, the Democratic Party was the party of the KKK,” he says. “Just look at [former West Virginia Senator] Robert Byrd, the southern Dixiecrats. So, why would I join a party that wants to lynch me?”

Mansfield says things could have gotten better from there—but they got worse. After doing some research, he found out his mother had died in 1983, but her family still resided in Philadelphia. He moved back to Philadelphia to reconnect with them, but became homeless, and would remain so for three years. During that period he began working part-time for a local Democratic state Representative, both as a driver and issues advocate.
“I got caught up in progressive politics,” he says. “I was out there advocating for houses, you know, ‘housing now!’ And I realized as I was going through another painful chapter of my life that, you know, how am I going to advocate for the homeless when I don’t have a home?”

The experience grounded him, and even now, as a Tea Partier, he calls the social safety nets that kept him above ground for so long necessary in today’s society. He even suggests Gov. Tom Corbett’s recent move to destroy some of those safety nets is perhaps unconstitutional. “Don’t get me wrong,” he says, “I’m not a no-government anarchist. You want anarchy, come to 30th and Norris and take the stop signs down …You have to have rules, you have to have order, but you don’t have to have nannies.”

In 1995, he joined the Pennsylvania National Guard and remained there until 2010, when he was honorably discharged. While fighting in Iraq, he suffered a serious injury that requires he use a cane and those specialty sunglasses. “I volunteered and got injured which is why I wear these glasses. I’m not trying to be pimp daddy,” he says with a laugh, referencing a City Paper blog post from December, in which he was mocked for having worn the shades at an indoor debate. CP later issued a ‘heartfelt’ correction.

Over those years, and while in the military, Mansfield worked in financial consulting and began several small financial companies. He even worked six months as the Chief Financial Officer for a Toronto-based financial firm. He was discharged from the Guard in June 2010 and immediately began a run for governor of Pennsylvania, though later dropped out of the race due to health issues.

Now, in a better state of health, he’s running for Senate with a set of radical ideas that, he says, will essentially pull the United States from its debt-economy and free the people from the progressive tax system which he believes has failed.

The United States will continue being marred in debt and send jobs overseas unless we move from a production-based federal tax code to a consumer-based code, he says. As Senator, Mansfield will support cutting all federal taxes for a federal ‘fair tax’ system and the closure of all tax loopholes. “And when I say ‘fair tax,’ I’m not saying 23 percent,” Mansfield says. “I’m talking 10-15 percent on everything you use. You can’t pick winners and losers anymore.”

Replacing the income tax system, he says, would not only put all Americans on the same playing field, but give those working their way up more motivation without discouraging those at the top from hiring and producing more. The federal government would then bring in more revenue, he claims, because all loopholes would be cut. He’d also propose and support gutting or cutting the Department of Education, Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.

The ideas are anything but what Senator Bob Casey’s done over the past five years.

“He’s not leading,” Mansfield says of the state’s current senior senator. “He’s too much in the pocket of the unions … I understand that union workers are voters, as well, but you can’t be so pro-union. And [in so doing], he has stood in the way of deficit reduction.” He also believes Casey’s self-proclaimed pro-life stance is a farce, and backs it up by noting Casey did not vote to defund Planned Parenthood, and voted for “the new health care law.” He makes a point of saying he will not call the Affordable Care Act ‘Obamacare,’ because he won’t disrespect the president like that. “I don’t need government telling me what I have to buy and what I don’t have to buy,” he says of the law.

He knows that his plans sound a bit ambitious, but he’s got the experience, he says, few in Congress have. And not just that of the military: “I’m from the hood,” he says. “I’m from North Philly. I have to negotiate everything.”

Lastly, Mansfield has a bone to pick with his fellow Republicans, whom he claims are scared of Black people (he completely dismisses the conservative utopian idea of the U.S. being a colorless society) and issuing benefits to combat veterans. “[Republicans] stand on the sidelines and they cheer, ‘Support our troops,’ but when those troops run for office they say, ‘We liked it when you were taking the bullets, but we didn’t mean for you guys to come back and run. We didn’t mean that,’” he says. “A lot of Republicans like to see their candidates dressed up as dolls, but I ain’t no damn doll.”

Philadelphia Weekly -Randy LoBasso