• Biden's Mandate | What America Needs and What Voters Did and Did Not Authorize Him to Do

    Biden's Mandate | What America Needs and What Voters Did and Did Not Authorize Him to Do

     April 25, 2021 ·   · 1 reaction

    Elections come with a political mandate. This means that through the election process, the voters authorize and order the elected leader to accomplish certain political tasks. These objectives can be pursued, through legislation, executive action, and in leadership style and temperament. Discerning the political mandate involves answering important questions: What was the margin of victory? What were the key distinguishing factors between candidates? What demographics or coalitions pivoted toward the candidate based on these distinctions? A President must be clear on the mandate given. If it is misinterpreted or the correct issues not prioritized, that President and Party will pay in the next election cycle. But more importantly, it will further diminish the trust of the people in the institution of the presidency and in the government in general.

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  • After Taylor Decision, America Needs Builders

    After Taylor Decision, America Needs Builders

     September 24, 2020 ·  

    Last night, I sat at my dining room table watching protests on my phone as over the country people poured into the street to express their anger and disappointment over the grand jury decision not charge the three police officers indicted in the Breonna Taylor case with her murder.  In my kitchen, my wife, Aziza, was working to save a distressed orchid.  The two scenes, taking place simultaneously before my eyes, created a compelling contrast that helped bring into focus what was happening in my own thoughts and emotions.

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  • 5 Myths About Political Moderates...and why we might need to lead America

    5 Myths About Political Moderates...and why we might need to lead America

     August 02, 2020 ·  

    American politics has become hyper-polarized in our time.  The work of Congress, the news media, and many of the institutions that anchor our civic life have been reduced to diametric opposition, irreconcilable difference, and debates aimed at the destruction of political enemies rather than the development of negotiated pathways to a prosperous future.  The most extreme voices on the left and the right seem to be the loudest and the best-funded.  

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  • A Pox on Both Their Houses!

    A Pox on Both Their Houses!

     June 04, 2020 ·  

    The phrase adapted from William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” When Mercutio, a close friend to Romeo and a blood relative to Juliet, is killed, he exclaims with his dying breaths, “a plague o’ both your houses.” If you don’t recall it from your high school Literature class, Mercutio is that one named character with genuine relationships with both the house of Montague and Capulet. He dies in a fray that should never have happened if these two powerful families would end their complete hatred toward one another.

    As I drove around the Southside of Chicago in the last 96 hours - by night and by day - watching young people protest in the streets; others looting stores and banks, my soul was crushed.

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