Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Is The Scalpel Sharp?

This has been an amazing week.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday on Monday, the inauguration of Republican Chris Christie as Governor of New Jersey on Tuesday, the democratic loss of the "Kennedy Senate Seat" on Wednesday, and another seismic event on Haiti, this time registering 6.1.

Lord knows I love to try and see common threads in uncommon events. Well, let's see what we have here.

Ok, they all involve people, and significant "change".

Dr. King, in my opinion, was the last "significant" mobilizer of Blacks in America. Although I do have great respect for the "reformed" version of Malcolm X, Dr. King's message had more far reaching consequences and results in "changing" the way America conducted it's racial business.

Chris Christie's inauguration as the first Republican governor in 12 years in a predominately democratic state, was a statement of "change" in the way New Jersey deals with ridiculously high property taxes, unrealistic and fiscally out of touch unions, a shrinking business environment and underachieving schools. (Of course an unpopular sitting governor didn't hurt in shaping this victory).

The election of Scott Brown in Massachusetts was also a signal of "change" in the way that state wants leaders to "work" for their vote, and not simply be "annointed" by the prevailing party.

The earthquake in Haiti demonstrates that the nations of the world need to develop a major plan of action to deal with catastrophic events.

A "change" is needed in quickly and efficiently getting humanitarian aid and support to those devastated by nature's powerful influences.

One but can not help to wonder what other "change" events are going to occur in 2010. This is only January, and the signs are indicating a banner year for "change" - politically, socially and economically.

The question that remains to be answered is how we will react to these "changes".

Will we embrace them and develop best practices from these real life lessons learned? Or will we bury our heads in the sand and continue to conduct "business as usual" to provide band aid solutions to "wounds" that clearly need heavy duty reconstructive surgery.

Time will tell.

I for one, hope the scalpel is sharp.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Time To Reflect and Give Thanks

This is the time of year when everyone seems to get sentimental, remorseful, joyful, or feel any of a number of emotions as the current year gives way to the new year.

Resolutions are made- vows to "never again" do this or that, new commitments to lose weight, gain weight, be nicer to folks, be aggressive in finding a job, (you get the idea). All these things are well intentioned, but rarely seen through to completion.

Almost sounds like political campaigns doesn't it? Promises made along the campaign trail in the heat of battle, give way to the realities of governing.

Can you imagine, however, if we didn't try every year to make ourselves and whatever ails us, better? Regardless of whether we succeed or not, goals and objectives are an important part of making us feel that we are in control of our lives and its subsequent outcomes. "Control what you can control" the saying goes.

Our political system, while flawed, is still the best system of governing ever devised, and I'm thankful for it.

A government of laws determined by the people, through our elected representatives, is an awesome responsibilty. Our elected officials are entrusted to carryout this critically important mission to the benefit of all, regardless of party affiliation, race, gender, or religious belief.

To that end, we must hold our elected officials to higher standards of fairness and equity than we would of others.

We vote for them to be our legislative champions and warriors for justice.

I want my elected representatives to set aggressive, realistic goals and objectives to properly and effectively allocate my hard-earned tax dollars within my community, county and state.

And I want to hold them accountable for delivery of these goals and objectives.

I don't want my elected officials to make promises they can't keep, and don't they dare try to make me feel "unworthy" for questioning them about their governing.

As we move into the new year, let's pray for the success of those who are elected to public office, regardless of party affiliation, for our own viability is dependent upon it.

To all, have a very successful, blessed, and Happy New Year!