United We Stand: Divided We Fall

If a nation does not understand its historical past, it is prone to make the same mistakes in the future. A phenomenal scientist, Einstein, stated it in this manner: “doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different result is insanity.” President Lincoln spiritually said it: “United we stand divide we fall, because a house divided against itself cannot stand.” Lincoln’s Gettysburg address is a spiritually powerful warning: “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great Civil War, testing whether that nation so conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal…” Question: can we survive the desire of the GOP for White Privilege Dogma? God in an ontological eternal silent voice said it best in the Life, Teachings, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ: “There is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptations, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1: 15). Moreover, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (universality) (Romans 3: 23).

Democracy is a universalized governing ideology concerning human dignity and human rights, and cardinal spiritual moral truths: “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness—That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed.”

Democracy is not about vulgar White Privilege Corporate Capitalism. Democracy is not about materialism as an economic way of life. Unfortunately, in American society, the GOP promote and misrepresent democracy as vulgar corporatism. In so doing, the GOP has fostered societal confusion, ungodliness, and hate speech and hate crimes. Hatred engenders violence, and violence is not problem solving. In the twenty-first century, we are experiencing the spiritual moral decline of civility and decency in the family, and the spiritual walls of multi-cultural democracy are being ripped down. Consequently, we are experiencing the age of emotional family trauma and societal stupidity in America rather than the age of spiritual enlightenment and brotherly reconciliation, based upon the eternal question: “Am I My Brother’s Keeper.” Civil society is based upon being your “brother’s keeper.” Jesus said it, Presidents Lincoln, Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, G. H. Bush, G. W. Bush, Obama, and now President Biden is saying it.

Eternal happiness is found in personal relationships, ontological (being) and healthy socio-psychological family relationships. Happiness is not found in material things, because individuals cannot purchase happiness in department stores. Thus, vulgar materialism as a way of life produces stupidity, and stupidity creates violence. The Bible boldly declares that God knows our material needs. Therefore, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” (Matthew 6: 33-34).

Sadly, in American culture, there are some among us who are hell-bent on absolutizing free speech, without spiritually understanding that in a democracy individuals should walk and talk in wisdom, and: “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man” (Colossians 4: 6).  Individuals should never, “Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit” (Proverbs 26: 4-5). America, get right with God and get right with each other in our families through God, and we can come together as a multicultural democratic society. Amen!

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October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit www.edwardsforhouston.com

As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.

Calling all teenage student-athletes! If you have dreams of playing college soccer and wish to represent an HBCU, the HBCU ID Camp is your golden opportunity. From 8 am to 5 pm on November 11-12, Houston Sports Park will transform into a hub for aspiring male and female soccer players. Coaches from HBCUs across the nation will be present to evaluate, scout, and offer valuable feedback. Moreover, they might even spot the next soccer prodigy to join their collegiate soccer programs. This camp is not just about honing your soccer skills but also a chance to connect with the HBCU soccer community. You’ll learn the ins and outs of what it takes to excel on the field and in the classroom, which is crucial for a college athlete. The HBCU ID Camp is an excellent platform to network with coaches, learn from experienced athletes, and take the first steps toward your college soccer journey. To secure your spot at this incredible event, don’t forget to register [here](insert registration link). Space is limited to 120 participants, so make sure to reserve your place before it’s too late. It’s time to turn your dreams of playing college soccer into a reality.

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