It’s not near Cape Town or Karachi, not even Skid Row— nothing like that scale or density of population, but in this home town of mine, San Jose, California, homelessness has over the years become a societal problem on the rise.
The pandemic has only made it worse.
Vast disparities of income versus the cost of living is part of it. Mental health issues are part of it. And with the pandemic, pretty suddenly many whole could just make it, can’t anymore. And so they live in their car, maybe, or under an overpass, or in a shanty.
In this wealthiest of regions in this wealthiest of nations, how can this be so? And how can we fix it?
Can we agree that it should be fixed? That we are better than that, that we can do better than that. Let’s figure it out. Let’s make it better.
We can do this. We are called to do this. Love your neighbor as yourself. love your neighbor as yourself.
It’s a simple idea. People helping people. It’s a simple act. Anyone can do it.
It’s an easy choice. If someone needs help and you can help them, do so.
If each of us took this approach, things would be different in our neighborhoods, in our communities, states, countries, different for the better, in our workd
People helping people. An example? A handful of people with an understanding of where there is excess food, and how the redistribute it, to people in need, people who would otherwise be hungry…those handful of people provided for near 200 families today.
It was inspiring; it was humbling to be a part of that effort today. It was simple. People helping people.
“Not every disagreement on every issue requires a war; that’s not reasonable; that’s not responsible leadership.
We elect our leaders to govern; we expect our leaders to govern.
If you’re not protecting our people and moving our society forward, you’re not governing. You’re not doing your job.
The Gang of Six, 2018.
The Gang of Eight, 2013.
The Grand Bargain, 2007.
Consider the art, the duty, of compromise. I believe it’s a fundamental trait we humans possess, and must adhere to, to co-exist in the world. We are a social species, which means we are meant to live together.
To live together, in this world, in this country, in our community, in our family, we must hone the skill and willingness to compromise.
Quite unexpected, not really a genre I partake from too often; too often that’s where the gems lie.
Lots of folks know these ladies rock it, knowing the beats, words good too, message good too. Whether you’re en vogue or not, free your mind all the same. Maybe now more than ever.
“Prejudice, wrote a song about it. Like to hear it? Here it go.
I wear tight clothing, high heeled shoes It doesn’t mean that I’m a prostitute, no no I like rap music, wear hip hop clothes That doesn’t mean that I’m out sellin’ dope no no Oh my forgive me for having straight hair, no It doesn’t mean there’s another blood in my heir yeah yeah I might date another race or color It doesn’t mean I don’t like my strong black brothers.
Why oh why must it be this way Before you can read me you gotta learn how to see me, I said Free your mind and the rest will follow Be color blind, don’t be so shallow. Free your mind and the rest will follow Be color blind, don’t be so shallow
So I’m a sistah Buy things with cash That really doesn’t mean that all my credit’s bad, oooh So why dispute me and waste my time Because you really think the price is high for me I can’t look without being watched, and oh You rang my buy before I made up my mind, OW! Oh now attitude, why even bother I can’t change your mind, you can’t change my color
Why oh why must it be this way? Before you can read me you gotta learn how to see me, I said Free your mind and the rest will follow Be color blind, don’t be so shallow…
Why oh why must it be this way? Before you can read me you gotta learn how to see me, I said Free your mind and the rest will follow Be color blind, don’t be so shallow… FREE YOUR MIND!”
Writer(s): Denzil Delano Foster, Gerald Edward Levert, Thomas Craig Mc Elroy
Talking about the top elected official of our Executive Branch, the President is the CEO of the country.
The President is the ultimate servant leader, elected to set policy, make decisions for the betterment of the people, and the Commander in Chief empowered to protect the citizenry and our land.
The President’s duty is to the Constitution, and to the people. To serve and to protect the people. ALL THE PEOPLE
Here’s the text, the following Presidential Oath or Affirmation:
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
And usually closed out with…”so help me God.”
With these words an ordinary person is given tremendous power for a time, entrusted by the people to fulfill the oath.
And then often, and maybe quickly, and maybe frequently, things get muddy, and things get murky.
But the work of the President, it’s Sacred Duty. Sacred Duty.