Black People : Are There Any Politicians in the House?

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  1. Destee

    Destee destee.com STAFF

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    Peace and Blessings Family,

    Are there any politicians in the house?

    Anyone that actually ran for public office, won, and then had to satisfy a diverse constituency?

    How did you do it? Is it as easy as those of us who have never done it, think it is?

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  2. Full Speed

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    Great question.

    Are you considering a run? What made you think of that question? How would you deal with that challenge if you were in an elected position with both Black and White constituency? I personally have considered a political office on a local level, but not seriously looked into it. I don't think it is easy to make everyone happy. Other than defend against obvious or percieved racial injustices, I would serve the needs of all my constituents equally.

    Lots of folks here criticize Black politicians for not doing enough for Black people, but rarely do they get involved in the process themselves or offer any specific suggestions as to what specifically they are looking for that politician to do that would be directly for Black people.
     
  3. Shikamaru

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    I would never want to do that personally.
    I feel an individual could do just as much or more as a private citizen (or private man/woman) than as a politician.

    Then again, my perspective on government is unusual in comparison to most individuals.

    Limited government begins with how one administers their private affairs, in my opinion.

    Full Speed brings up a great point, AAs should get involved and learned about the political process... every bit.

    My "involvement" would more than likely be limited to the judiciary.
     
  4. abstract219

    abstract219 ...standing on the shoulders of giants MEMBER

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    I once considered a bid for at-large councilperson for a small city in NJ. Met the residency requirements, got some good endorsements, lots of petitions up, only to find out that campaigns/advertising costs are too expensive for a family man. Just to run you have to have matching funds to even get funds. And fundrasing is boring, tedious and ***-kissing events of people you dont even like. And Im just too young and having fun to even focus on all that.


    Im involved on a local level, but no, I could never do it. Too many alliances to make, too much backroom backstabbing.
    I agree with the others. We should be involved on a local level, cause that's where the real decisions that affect your life occurs.
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  5. Ankhur

    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    so let me get this straight, when there is a black person running for president, we should not vote, look at the national issues harming every Black community in the nation,
    in common, and just stick our heads in the sand like ostriches?

    Since you are in NJ, what are your local politicians, Black politicians views about the
    1 4 wars, and how that keeps money from getting to your state
    2 The corporate bailouts instead of creating jobs and mortgage moratoriums in your state
    3 The health care bill that forces folks to purchase from coporations and raise premiums for senior citizens
    4 The continued wiretapping and web tracing going on
    5 Hydrofracking of your local waterways nd reserves, supported by Washington

    what have your local officials to say about that?
     
  6. abstract219

    abstract219 ...standing on the shoulders of giants MEMBER

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    Mr. Ankhur.... Why dont you go ask them yourself?

    I never once said "not vote...stick your head in the sand like ostriches." That's a lie. I just related an experience I had relevant to the intial post. Could you address that please?

    LOL...you just on my a-- today. Just following me around, huh?

    Is this your idea of "mentoring"...Elder?
     
  7. Bootzey

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    My brother and brother in law are both politicians. And I worked on several of their campaigns. Why do you ask?
     
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