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American democracy is our country’s best kept secret. It's the rose that grew out of political oppression and economic greed.
Most Americans don't know that and, mistakenly, hold it in contempt.
American democracy since its birth threatened to restrict the exorbitant political and economic power some people craved. So there was a plot to bamboozle unwitting individuals into thinking that American democracy is responsible for all the corruption we see in our country.
To the contrary, American democracy is the last thing corrupt politicians and demagogues, military-industrial complexes, or wealthy CEOs and big corporations want everyday Americans to get their hands on. Their strategy is simple. Keep people away from the polls. If that fails, influence who people will vote for, by pouring money into campaigns to either work for or against certain political actors. Yes, my fellow American citizens, American democracy is your best friend.
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America is going through a socio-political, economic exorcism. Donald Trump and his troop are coming out of America’s bosom, exposing the decadent side of our American nature.
And, that’s just what the exorcist ordered.
The imps of racism, fascism, demagoguery, xenophobia and anti-intellectualism are aggravated, because America has changed for the better. We are witnessing a natural, adverse reaction to the Obama Phenomenon. Essentially, Trump’s impassioned entourage is an outgrowth of exploited social, political, and economic grievances, the rise of the Tea Party, extreme Republican obstructionism, and the reckless fanning of apocryphal claims against Barack Obama.
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“Unbought and unbossed” black women are here, fellas.
Olivia Pope, the iconic character played by Kerry Washington in Shonda Rhimes' popular political drama TV series Scandal, is symbolic of the political and economic ascendancy of black women in the USA.
Once an innocent, blithe, daddy’s baby girl, Olivia is now an independent, decisive, thick-skinned power player in the dangerous world of American politics ruled by alpha males.
If you put aside the scandalous love affairs, entertaining political chicanery and exploited personal flaws, a powerful black woman stands center stage.
What makes her so special?
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I want black people to be more involved and effective in American politics. But three obstacles stand in our way—pessimism, a lack of liberal education, and resignation. Here are the three keys to unlock the path to successful black politics and democratic progress: Hope, Education, and Persistence.