Archive | Politics RSS feed for this section

Obama and The Betrayal of Blacks in America

30 Sep

Dear Sand Hill Readers,

The following is a guest blog by Chidike Okeem, and was originally published on the Texas Federation for Republican Outreach web-site. This is only a part of a larger article (cited below), entitled, “Barack Obama and the Betrayal of Blacks in America.”  While the entire article is pertinent, this portion is especially apropos.

I lived in a rather unique situation during the “Race Riots” of the 1960’s.  Being raised in the Texas Panhandle (Muleshoe, Texas,
population approx 3,900, at that time), our schools were not integrated until September 1967.  The largest complaint at that time was put forth by the Black Community (quite peacefully, by the way, in front of the school board): they wanted to maintain the independence and supervision of their own children’s educations, and keep the school in their own neighborhood.

The integration of schools went by peacefully, with most of the “Negro School” faculty being taken into the other schools along with the students.  (God bless Mrs. Mitchell.  That woman could certainly play a piano and sing: everyone loved music class!)

There were obscure markings around town, such as two water-fountains, but they were not labeled.  I only know of one restaurant
that had a back door that said, “Blacks Enter Here”, but it was covered (by the time I could read) with a sign that said, “All Customers Use Front Door.”  We were blessed.  A few years later, when I saw more of the Civil Rights protests and violence on TV, I didn’t know what to make of it.  I wish that all of America was like Muleshoe, where the Sand Hills are.

An example that demonstrates Chidike Okeem’s position is recorded in the autobiography of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, My Grandfather’s Son.

Just Thinking, The Sand Hill Philosopher

Guest Article, by Chidike Okeem

 Big Government is the Problem, Not the Solution

By arguing that Obama has betrayed the black community, I am not arguing that Obama needs to spend his time carving out black-specific governmental policies. Manifestly, the black-specific liberal policies that have been attempted in the past have done nothing more than stimulate a metastasizing of the very social cancers that they were designed to treat. My argument is, however, that Obama has failed to enact the economic policies that would provide the necessary environment for blacks to fend for themselves independent of government — despite the fact that he presented himself during his campaign as someone who was inimitably skilled and uniquely well-positioned to do so.

Without attempting to cater to blacks specifically, President Reagan managed to create economic prosperity throughout the entire country which, in point of fact, benefited blacks more than it did whites. The facts cannot be disputed: Reaganomics had a salubrious effect on the black community, whereas Obamanomics is having an unequivocally deleterious effect on black economics and the black community at large.

See the following link for the full text:

Some Friends, My Dad, and Myself (in hat)

29 Sep


Texas is a Big state, but the people are common and hospitable. It is nice when the Lt Governor can drop by to speak for a friend, anytime, but it’s especially nice at a backyard BBQ on a cool evening.  Rick Perry has been my friend for over 20 years. He is a common man, with uncommon abilities and show of courtesy. 

A few months ago, we were both at a conference in Austin, and knowing that I was crippled, asked if I had adequate transportation back to the Texas Capital. When I said I planned on walking the 4 blocks, he insisted that I ride with him, called his security detail, and said, “Joe, Doc is riding with us. Don’t leave without him.”  We then got stuck in traffic for 45 minutes and had a “front porch rocking chair conversation,” similar to what you and I would have had.  I have never seen him waver or hold one person above another.

Don’t you we wish more folks were that way?

Just Thinking, The Sand Hill Philosopher

How are Term Limits & Political Parties Related?

28 Sep

Political Parties are appearing, and acting more and more like organized crime, than Constitutional Government.  The last two years have shown us an unabashed defacement of the 200 year old U.S. Constitution by the Democratic Party, who have held power over all three branches of our Government, including both houses of the Congress.

 While the U.S. Constitution never mentions political parties, there was a fear of such parties from the earliest days of our Republic.  Many of the Founders believed these weak alliances would fade away, as honorable men did the work that they believed would perpetuate our Free & Sovereign Nation.

 Over the last two centuries, the fears of a few have become the terror of the masses.

 The political parties, instead of relying upon outlined explanations and wishes of their state constituencies (State Party Platforms), have instead looked for the approbation, votes and solicitations of their constituents, ignoring “the public good.”  Likewise, they spend their time developing alliances that require “you vote for my pork and I’ll vote for your’s,” raising money for their next re-election race, and making themselves heroes to the voters back home.

 These machines have grown greater in strength of numbers, without principle in what they will trade votes for, and illicit in the ways in which they raise money.

 Most scholars have concluded that it is impossible to run Congress without a “party-like” structure, and over time, it has largely been the loss of principled Representatives, Senators and Judges, and Presidential thugs, who have destroyed the integrity of Congress.  They therefore do NOT consider the General Welfare of the United States.

 Getting rid of Political Parties is not where we need to start.  We must begin with a well-orchestrated march to the polls in November, and as educated voters, choose men and women with integrity.  The next step is to hold them accountable.

 Paul Rahe wrote on the following quote:

 To get a sense of the obstacles we face, I suggest that those who have gotten this far in perusing this post take a close look at the last four chapters of my book Soft Despotism, Democracy’s Drift, where I chart and attempt to explain the growth of the administrative state both in the United States and abroad; (1)

 To learn more about this form of selection of candidates, carrying them through the election process, and holding them strictly accountable, I recommend that you visit and subscribe to, and attend one of their training sessions, if possible. Their site lists currently scheduled training sessions for both activists and potential candidates. You can also request that a training session be held in your area.

 I previously wrote a blog entitled, “Socrates on Term Limits,” and an amazing 65 copies of “The General Works of Socrates” (Hardback Edition) were sold on that Saturday evening that the post went out to The Sand Hill Readers.

While I have generally been OPPOSED to term-limits, that was based upon the personal belief that we had “term limits” each time we went to the polls and voted on who would hold that office for the next term.  This becomes problematic, however, when people (such as the late Senator Robert Byrd) that are elected in one state, and the official spends decades robbing other states, and we have no vote on those persons.

I ask you, for possible solutions, and ask you, The Sand Hill Reader, to Think on this matter with me.

Just Thinking, The Sand Hill Philosopher

 (1) Written by by Paul A. Rahe

Originally on a publication.

 Recommended Reading: , for a FREE monthly magazine on Securing Liberty, published by Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Michigan.  Read the article they published by Stephen F. Hayes, Senior Writer for The Weekly Standard, and entitled, The Tea Parties and the Future of Liberty

 Shortcut this Post:

Lose with Dignity, Win with Grace

24 Sep

by Brett & Kate McKay on September 14, 2011 · 29 comments

This is the second portion of the article,  A Man’s Life,On Etiquette

On December 31, 1967, the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys met on Lambeau Field for the NFC Championship. Later dubbed the “Ice Bowl,” temperatures hovered at 13 degrees below zero, the turf was as hard as rock, whistles stuck in referees’ mouths, and members of the halftime band were sent to the hospital for hypothermia. It remains the coldest NFL game on record.

For sixty minutes, these rival teams duked it out, with each player digging deep to summon the fortitude to battle both the cold and the opposing team. With sixteen seconds left in the game, the Cowboys held a 17-14 lead, and the Packers had the ball. On 3rd and goal, Bart Starr executed a quarterback sneak with offensive lineman Jerry Kramer giving him the block needed to get into the end zone and win the game. The Packers had made it to another Super Bowl.

That block has been called the greatest in NFL history. Yet Kramer didn’t dance around or pull a Sharpie out of his sock to sign an instant autograph; he simply walked off the field.

There was no need for such outward expressions–the satisfaction of a hard-fought win was enough.

How to Celebrate with Grace

Last time, we talked about how to lose with dignity.

It’s a difficult thing to do, but in some ways, it can actually be easier than celebrating with grace. When you win a great victory or attain a noteworthy achievement, it’s hard to strike the balance between genuinely enjoying your success and not adding to your opponent’s misery or coming off as a smug braggart. Here are some recommendations on how to walk that line.

Should you celebrate publicly or privately?

This is one of the big questions people struggle with in regards to celebrating with grace–should you display your adulation publicly or keep it to yourself?

The answer to that question depends on what kind of accomplishment it is, and whether you are in direct competition with those around you.

When an accomplishment is of the type that places people into “classes,” (things like grades, salary raises, promotions, and try-outs) it is generally better to keep your celebration private (to be enjoyed by yourself and close family and friends). So for example, when the teacher hands you back an A+ paper, there is no need for a whoop and a fist pump–just smile and put the paper away. The more competitive something is, the more true this rule becomes–which is why people never talked about their GPA or rank in law school.

Rubbing your win in your competitors’ faces in these situations will not make your achievement any more real–it is merely an attempt to stroke your ego and tends to create rancor with your peers.

Of course there are situations where it is appropriate to celebrate in front of your opponents–such as the award ceremony or sports game–as the competition is the raison d’être for these events, as opposed to being unspoken.


Even when your success can appropriately be celebrated publicly, use discretion, particularly when using social networks like Facebook and Twitter. These mediums have made news-sharing so easy that some folks have gotten confused about what constitutes actual news. Most people genuinely want to hear about what’s going on in your life and your success, they just don’t think that having an awesome bowel movement constitutes a singular achievement.

Appreciate those who helped make it happen.

The humble man realizes that even when praise for a victory falls entirely on him, there were people along the way who helped make it happen. The star player thanks the team; the boss thanks his employees.

Show gratitude in general.

Celebrations come off as smug when the victor acts as if he were entitled to the success he’s found. The dignified man is proud of the work he did to get where he is, while also being forever grateful that he was in the right spot at the right time and a confluence of factors came together in his favor.

Acknowledge the loser.

Shake the hand of your fallen opponent. If you chat, focus on the game itself, instead of on the outcome. And as an old Esquire etiquette guide advises, “In the conventional exchange of remarks at game’s end, the good loser compliments the winner on his skill and the good winner sympathizes with the loser on his luck.”

Don’t disparage your victory.

The man who trivializes his win can be as much of a pain as the one who lords it over you. While acting like you didn’t deserve to win or it isn’t a big deal might seem like the “nice” thing to do or something that will deflect attention, it only ends up making the victor look even better–”Not only did he win, he’s so above it all he doesn’t even care!” And it adds insult to your opponent’s injury. As a loser, I want to know I was a worthy foe, and that you actually wanted to win, because I certainly did!

When George C. Scott won an Oscar in 1970 for his portrayal of George S. Patton in the film that bore the general’s name, Scott became the first person to turn down an Academy Award, saying he was not in competition with other actors and that the ceremony constituted a “two hour meat parade.” This surprising move put more attention on Scott, not less (it dominated the news for a couple of weeks–even garnering the cover of Time), and it sent a message to the other nominees that not only did they lose the award, they were losers for even caring about winning!

Share in the rewards.

When a gambler makes money, he often tips the dealer. It’s good karma. When something good happens to you, spread the love. If you get a great promotion at work, take all of your friends out for drinks on you.

Don’t do the “humble brag.”

Some people try to split the difference between celebrating something, and not wanting to boast, by employing the “humble brag.” The humble brag is where you’re really boasting about something, but you try to disguise this fact by throwing in a complaint or a self-deprecating aside.

I hope that you are thinking about this: I am.  As a physician, I typically diagnosed a disease, told the surgeon what I thought was wrong with the child, and the surgeon operated.  The surgeon could have deflected his praise to GOD, but usually talked about how well he and the patient did, and the ol’ doctor that made the diagnosis and got the child to surgeon on time was forgotten.  Where does the praise and glory go, anyway?

Just Thinking, The Sandhill Philosopher

For complete article, and review of this wonderful website, go to .