Time to Re-define the Republican Party

So I’m reading this article from Mashable, http://po.st/v7ws14 .

While reading the piece my mind kept reflecting on President Obama’s live press conference from yesterday. The President’s comments seemed to reiterate that while he was not on the ballot many “liberal” policies were up for vote in polls across the United States.

It appears while several Republican candidates gave their Democratic counterparts “a good shellacking” “@jeffmason1”, more than a few policies which are promoted and powered by democratic ideas and liberal thinking were championed by voters.

Undoubtedly, interesting events are to emerge as various factions of the Republican Party begin to communicate and share ideas as well strategies.

From the perspective of several inner city Black Americans, we share many republican ideas. It is when the discussion is had or rather not had with or within the communities about how to carry out and implement these ideas, concerns are raised and problems occur.

As interesting as the question of, “How will President Obama’s administration work with a republican controlled Congress” A question some may find even more interesting is “How will this republican controlled Congress work with existing policies”.

A question for voters and non voters, how will we hold those in office who have been elected to represent us, accountable and responsible for ensuring that our ideas and interests are in fact represented?

Republicans speak about de-regulating. Well perhaps we can begin discussing how de-regulating certain industries can be in the interest of Black Americans. Particularly Black Americans living in the inner cities of the United States.

So while legalizing marijuana is happening , can we begin to communicate about how a legal marijuana industry will be structured.

In many inner city neighborhoods there’s a joke that goes, “You know when you’re in the city because you will see a liquor store on every comer”. While true, this is not that funny. Especially when factoring in that proprietors of many of these establishments are not residents of the communities from where their businesses profit. What’s even less funny is that those profits are seldom if ever re-invested into the communities from which they were made.
Moving forward, one wonders if marijuana legalization will yield the same results on our inner cities as lifting alcohol prohibition and “regulating” state lotteries has had on these same communities.

So how can “de-regulating” policies be structured, implemented and applied to work in favor of so many inner-city citizen-residents is a question.

How will new republican representatives and democratic leaders work together to create empowerment of inner city citizen-residents is another question.

Republican leadership will need address issues such as a woman’s right to choose how she cares for own body and self. Voters as well those who chose not to vote will need to hold our leaders and representative accountable for their votes in congress.

Raising minimum wages won big in the polls. Understanding both sides of the wage argument from a business owner’s perspective as well as an employee’s point of view, one wonders if our newly elected representatives will create and support legislation to backup these newly passed wage laws.

Another question, will we see legislation which promotes education and creates resources for inner city citizen-residents to position themselves to create businesses and thereby create jobs particularly in the inner cities of the United States.

Republican leadership will also need to further address and investigate the idea that some policies actually create voting restrictions for many United States citizens. Some people really do need to be able to vote on weekends.

As newly elected republican leaders begin building strategies’, we all as citizens really need to be engaged with how those strategies will effect and affect us, our lives, our communities, our futures and the futures of our children.

Thank you,

William Danney.