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Body Language in American Politics

Body Language in American Politics

When George Washington crossed the Delaware, according to the famous painting, he was showing a body language stance of confidence. He did this by standing erect with his hands on his hips. There is evidence of the same stance by Woodrow Wilson during a time when he was lecturing at a university and by Walter Mondale during his presidential campaign.

Many presidents and presidential hopefuls have shown body language signs of confidence and dominance. In the 1992 presidential debates, much of this was going on. Former President Bill Clinton, Ross Perot, and former President George Bush were all showing a palms down gesture that symbolized their belief in their superiority.

Another nonverbal cue of body language is a way you tilt your head back and hold it there. This has shown up in speeches by Mussolini, Roosevelt, George Wallace, and even Al Gore. It symbolizes a feeling of being disdainful, arrogant, and superior.

Sometimes, body language shows how uncomfortable a politician is. In 1988, former Vice President Dan Quayle was speaking in a televised debate. His opponent came out with a rather cutting remark, and Quayle’s response was an immediate “Adam’s apple jump.” This is a classic sign of nervousness.

The angle that you put yourself in relationship to others is a part of body language. Former President Richard Nixon was known for being uncomfortable around people. This was shown in the way he set himself at a ninety degree angle to others he was dealing with.

Much has been made of a 1988 Time magazine cover photo. It shows Jesse Jackson, who was making a run for president at the time. He is standing with his arms crossed in front of his chest. Some say this is a classic defensive pose. This may or may not be a correct interpretation of his body language.

A tense, pouting mouth can show uncertainty, frustration, and sadness. Photos were taken of former President Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky ordeal. In them

My Black News Leads In Disseminating African American Issues

My Black News Leads In Disseminating African American Issues

African American issues had been grabbing the headlines in recent years and My Black News [MyBlackNews] had been leading the dissemination and subsequent discussions and debates on said issues. My Black News searches the internet for African American issues that may not be easily available to the reader. The visitor of My Black News website will find discussions about African American issues in the areas of government and politics, community service, entertainment and global events. In addition to African American issues, My Black News provides some of the internet’s most interesting off beat stories, tech news, and entertainment.

My Black News has a wide range of news categories that makes it a well rounded publication and a leading Black Online magazine for the dissemination, discussion and debate of African American issues. These categories include: Latest News, Videos, Black Community, Business News, Education, Entertainment, Government and Politics, Health & Fitness, History, Opinions and Blogs, People, Religion, Sports and World News.

The August 30, 2010 online edition of My Black News is an excellent example of the important role of this publication in disseminating African American issues. An article picked up from the Guardian of UK discusses the lives of New Orleans residents as the city slowly gets back to its feet five years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the many controversial issues that it spawned in its wake. Sure to ignite discussion as well was the article taken from The Huffington Post on Glenn Beck and the Conservative Movement in the United States. An opinion piece taken from allAfrica.com on Redefining Convention People’s Party [CPP] as a Calling Prophecy and Promise! shows the engagement of My Black News with the global black community. The author, Kabu Okai Davies asks rhetorically if African Americans can fulfill the promise of Martin Luther King why haven’t Ghanaians fulfilled the promise of Nkrumah? He exhorts his readers that this is the moment to Conceive, Prepare and Plan for Change, Possibility and Power.

My Black News is highly valued in the African American community for as it disseminates African American issues relevant to the community that are not featured in mainstream publications. My Black News helps inform and build solidarity in the African American community which will explain why it has gained the reputation as a leading Black Online magazine in propgating African American issues.

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Eleven Million Immigrants are Ready to Pay Part of the United States Debt – By Signing a Binding Contract with American Conditions

Eleven Million Immigrants are Ready to Pay Part of the United States Debt – By Signing a Binding Contract with American Conditions

 A Framework to Fix a Broken System

 How many “illegal” (the term for one side of the debate) or “undocumented” (the preferred term by the other side) immigrants are there in America? The Department of Homeland Security indicated about 10.8 million in 2009. So for the purpose of this proposed contract and article, we are going to say, “the 11 Million Immigrants” (11M), and this essential issue should be resolved with the American Citizens (AC) and not with any Democrat or Republican party.

Are these 11M individuals paying taxes? The answer is probably unclear; however, if the 11M hope to be legalized to make their dream come true in this country, they should stop those ridiculous protests on the streets, alienating more Americans, and then talk directly to the American Citizens before it is too late to find a solution. If the AC are fed up with the current broken system and the incompetence of the government, they should decide this issue and not the government. This sounds like utopia, but I may have found a way to appease the majority in this country: A win-win solution.

 The 11M are on a path (trapped) to lose their battle with their main party: the American Citizens. The 11M must convince the AC that, although they may have broken the law by the way they entered this country, they have something fundamental that AC need: They have the power to pay the American debt.

 However, the two main American parties are using the subject of immigration to revitalize their bases to prepare for the elections in November of this year, as they need the votes for their self-preservation as well as for their parties to continue in power. This is American politics, and this is better than one-party rule, or multiple parties confusing everybody without principles or philosophy. Yet with the immigration issue, nothing is going to be seriously done this year. Let me tell you why.

 About sixty percent (according to CNN) of Americans seem to be against immigration reform with citizenship and ask the government to enforce our current laws, while thirty-three percent (according to CNN) are in favor and ask the government to fix a broken system. Why is this about the AC and not Congress taking up immigration reform?  Because it is likely the current congress will not approve legislation with a clear path to citizenship a few months before the elections just to be unseated by the popular backlash against the reform. Nevertheless, the subject is just as important as agitating the bases to protest either in favor of or against immigration reform.

 I have heard for decades, over and over, politicians saying we need border security.  The government in fact has increased the budget and added more agents and more technology, but the problem continues. On the other side, I have heard politicians saying over and over that undocumented immigrants are doing jobs that Americans don’t want to do, and we need a common-sense approach. It is about energizing constituents to vote in each election by replaying the same movie.

And the worst of the worst: politicians are playing the racial card on both sides of the spectrum to make this issue a confrontation between Hispanic and non-Hispanic Americans even though the 11M are not all Hispanics. It is probably true that there are those who hate Latino communities, but this is a very small minority; we cannot assume that all 60% are racist.  As we all know, most of the people in this country are not native-American, and they are descended from immigrants as they are now first-, second-, third- or fourth-generation Americans. And these American Citizens have created what almost all of us believe in and feel: American Exceptionalism and the love for our country.

Most of the 60% of AC have concerns that are potential deal breakers. And these are the facts that are increasingly getting them fed up with the system:

-Most of the 60% are concerned that new laws will give more collective rights to government benefits (such as welfare, grants, financial aid, Social Security, Medicaid, etc.) while we have the worst fiscal deficit ever in America.  They also fear that new laws will permit illegal immigrants to compete with Americans for jobs at lower wages. Another primary concern of some politicians and others is if the 11M become American citizens and have a tendency to be liberal, this country will become a progressive country (moving to the left) like Europe on the path to becoming a Greece.

-Towns across America struggle to balance their budgets with a great part of their residents (11M) contributing very little or almost nothing to this country. 

 -Individuals use our public schools while  some (11M) or their parents contribute virtually no property tax dollars to our system. (A great amount of property taxes in America is for education.)

-Police provide services to everybody that lives in this country while the 11M contribute zero dollars to support the police department.

-Individuals commit crimes and overburden the prison system despite the fact they broke the law by entering this country illegally. (Let’s be clear that these individuals must not be here, and they are not part of this proposed contract as they are a small minority.)

-Individuals use healthcare at the emergency rooms contributing zero dollars to this service. 

 -Courts provide rights to individuals contributing zero dollars.

 -Individuals use public places such as parks, roads, etc. contributing nothing to our system.

 

All of the above perhaps does not apply to all of the 11M as some are fully in compliance with their taxes.

Most of the 33% of the Americans who support immigration reform have legitimate concerns about how to legalize the 11M or enforce the current law:

-Most of the 33% want a path to citizenship because we can’t indefinitely sustain a subclass in America. These immigrants, like others in the past, will evolve to become part of the American culture.

-Many in the 33% believe that even if we try to change the responsibilities of our adolescents (16-24 years old) to take over these jobs, we may need years or a decade to educate American families on these new duties with no guarantee of success.

-These are also families whose children are American citizens and strict enforcement of current laws will be a disaster for our child service system – not to mention the destruction of the families.

-In conclusion, most of the 33% of Americans think that it is just not realistic to deport or create deterrent actions against the 11M without disrupting the economy of this country. 

We all can go on and on to find ways to justify why we should have immigration reform and why we shouldn’t have it. For that reason, let me tell you a solution that involves a contract between the AC and the 11M.

My purpose is also to propose a solution to our deficit in social security, Medicare, government spending, etc. I am not going to argue whether the government should continue loading Americans with more debt or providing more services to those that have been disadvantaged or abused. I am proposing that the government approve their legalization and allow Americans to decide directly on the 11M’s path to citizenship.

These 11M have never been consulted or surveyed, but I feel that if we consult them, they may sign the contract to allow American citizens to decide in a referendum about citizenship because the 11M can prove to be good productive individuals, and their main dream is to be able to work out of the shadows, visit their families in their countries or obtain a driver’s license as they are probably better off here than in the current situation or in their countries. So congress may approve just this proposed framework-contract below and leave the path to citizenship to AC in a referendum.

Agreement Between American Citizens (AC) and the 11 Million Immigrants (11M) with no criminal record to fix the deficit and immigration in the USA:

1- This contract is between American Citizens and the 11 million undocumented immigrants that entered before March 31, 2010 to be executed with the intention of establishing specific purposes. Evidence supporting the date of entrance to be set by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

 2-The 11M must pay part of the debt as follows: Each of the 11M in America will pay a fine of ,000 for entering this country illegally or without authorization. This fine is to be used entirely to pay our debt. This is in compensation for having used our services without contributing to our system. 

3- The 11M will obtain a specific work permit valid for 4 years subject to renewal for another 4 years providing there is a company sponsoring this entry-level job all the time. The 11M may transfer to other companies with DHS authorization if it is a job approved by the U.S. Department of Labor.

4-The 11M must pay for the legalization process, not to exceed 0 per person. Process to be set by DHS. The legalization process expires in one year from the date of this agreement.

5- This contract specifically authorizes positions in entry levels as classified by the U.S. Department of Labor.

6- Every new person obtaining this work permit will pay a minimum of 20% in federal taxes collected by employers of which 25% must be collected to secure our borders, 50% to pay our debt and 25% to support our current systems.

7- Government may issue a bond for billion upon this agreement to secure our borders and enforce this contract. Securing our borders must occur within one year of this contract.

 8- Companies hiring any undocumented worker would be subject to a criminal process with imprisonment up to a year for the violation. 

9-The 11M now legalized can travel in and out of the country. 

10- The 11M now legalized can have their driver’s licenses corresponding to their state of residence. 

11- The 11M now legalized must obtain a legal social security number. 

12- The 11M must learn English by taking a 250-hour course in an institution recognized or approved by the Education Department or a private accrediting agency recognized by the Education Department. The 11M must also attend an American History course of 20 hours.

13-The 11M are not eligible for benefits provided by the government except for some emergencies determined by the Health Department in each state.

14- The decision to allow the 11M to be on a path to citizenship must be made within four years in the form of a referendum. A popular vote may be taken after the evaluation of the legalization process and effect on our debt. This referendum may also pose the time required to become a permanent resident and citizen as well as process questions.   

15- This referendum can take place only if the national unemployment rate is below 7%; if above 7%, the government can postpone the referendum until unemployment falls below 7%. 

Some may disapprove of the idea of walking out of the shadows without a clear path to citizenship, yet I know the 11M will be essential contributors to this country, and we can not leave them for another 10 years without a solution while they continue to be used as a weapon by politicians.

Some may say these are families, and we are converting them into numbers. The truth is that if the 11M are consulted, most of them may be willing to pay their taxes as long as they come out of the shadows. On the other side, the truth is that the majority of American citizens will not accept an immediate path to citizenship until it is established that the 11M are here to contribute and become part of the evolving American cycle to sustain the American way of life. 

Some may say also this is exploitation, but the truth is that many of the 11M will be better off than in the current situation or in their countries; many may want to return to their countries as soon as they have some savings. After all, this is a better way than allowing China, Japan and others to take over our debt, and we just pay the Chinese government and/or investors over billion a year in interest.

 Obviously, there is always the argument that China is exporting very cheap products to enlarge the AC purchasing power. Government debt is somewhat like a family with an unlimited credit card that increasingly borrows all the time. The problem is that these unlimited loans usually send families into bankruptcy and the same with governments. This is capitalism, and most of us at one point need a loan. Yet the chicken-and-egg bitterness continues on how to manage the debt, and it is far from being resolved. So I am offering a win-win solution between the immigration problem and the contribution to the national debt.

As for those who worry about creating a subclass in America:  we have already had it for more than two decades, with the added disadvantage that AC are forced to pay for most its consumed public services.

So the balanced approach should be legalization yet without a path to citizenship now. Let them prove to the American Citizens that they are productive people. The majority of the 11M want an opportunity to legalize their situation to demonstrate that they are productive people. They will become Americans by merit.

Countries are successful if they have productive individuals. If we compare the United States territory with other main partner countries, the U.S. has the capacity to support over a billion people easily, and the AC may be willing to give the 11M the opportunity to prove that they want to be productive, contribute and love this country, but the record must be proved to be a good one. Most politicians know the country’s future is to bring in only productive people, but they are afraid to be unseated, along with their parties, by their bases (voting groups) in November. In less than two decades, more people will be retired than working. The American fertility rate is below the required level (1.6) to sustain our culture in the future. We really need good, productive people. 

For these reasons, I have created a framework of 15 points to establish a contract with Americans in which the majority of the 11M, who most likely just want an opportunity to earn a decent living and travel to see their families, will then be able to come out of the shadows, to obtain a driver’s license and a social security number so that we can count on them.

 Please add your email or signature below to show support for this proposal and send this form to

61 Broadway #Suite 1910, New York, NY Zip:10006. You must be in the United States to sign it.

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 As for our students, here is an exercise for the classroom:

Q and A Jigsaw groups. Each group must offer a solution for this problem in America.

 

Note: The main reason I have written this article is to show my concern. I do not advise anyone to protest nor do I represent any particular community nor am I in any way an attorney on record. I don’t want our community to be in a cross-fire in an election year.

You may also email me as signature at contact@11m-american.com to present the support of this proposal to the government.

By Zoilo C. Nieto, President and CEO, Zoni Language Centers 

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By Peter Francis

There is a brand new site that addresses some of the hotest American Political issues, and it is done via VIDEO. Street Rebuttal is a unique forum built with a very common tool –online video.

You can respond to current civic, social and legal affairs, right there on the site, and it has incredible potential to affect change, give power to the masses and turn up the volume of our voices.

We all know that the common denominator that unites the President, members of Congress, lobbyists, Big Business, special interest groups and mainstream media– they all claim to represent the American public.

But their “representation” is all about their agenda and nothing about action. It’s more about telling us what to think, rather than listening to what we say.

Street Rebuttal is all about addressing the issues as they affect the public, the issues the way they are at the end of the whip, where they are implemented. Without the hipe of the media or the fluff of the smooth talkers–be they White House representatives or lobbyists, lawyers or who have you.

The American public needs a place to gather, to connect, and to engage in the debates and conversations about the issues that affect them the most.

Political, corporate and media decision-makers prefer speaking out to the crowds and dictating their priorities from a lofty perch. But we –the taxpayer, the voter, the consumer, the person on the street – can tip the balance, create an upward momentum, regain our causes, and we can do it together from the ground up.

www.StreetRebuttal.com is where you can help reclaim the voice of the public. By sharing your opinions and thoughts with others, you can increase the activity of our collective intelligence. We must drive the national dialogue and deliver the message. We are the opinion makers in the american social issues, the public opinion. Share your video and say what u have to say. Make a revolution, make a difference, express your opinion and talck about hot topics at www.StreetRebuttal.com.

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There is a brand new site that addresses some of the hotest American Political issues, and it is done via VIDEO. Street Rebuttal is a unique forum built with a very common tool –online video.

You can respond to current civic, social and legal affairs, right there on the site, and it has incredible potential to affect change, give power to the masses and turn up the volume of our voices.

We all know that the common denominator that unites the President, members of Congress, lobbyists, Big Business, special interest groups and mainstream media– they all claim to represent the American public.

But their “representation” is all about their agenda and nothing about action. It’s more about telling us what to think, rather than listening to what we say.

Street Rebuttal is all about addressing the issues as they affect the public, the issues the way they are at the end of the whip, where they are implemented. Without the hipe of the media or the fluff of the smooth talkers–be they White House representatives or lobbyists, lawyers or who have you.

The American public needs a place to gather, to connect, and to engage in the debates and conversations about the issues that affect them the most.

Political, corporate and media decision-makers prefer speaking out to the crowds and dictating their priorities from a lofty perch. But we –the taxpayer, the voter, the consumer, the person on the street – can tip the balance, create an upward momentum, regain our causes, and we can do it together from the ground up.

www.StreetRebuttal.com is where you can help reclaim the voice of the public, where you can find the freedom of press. By sharing your opinions and thoughts with others, you can increase the activity of our collective intelligence. We must drive the national dialogue and deliver the message. We are the opinion makers in the american social issues, the public opinion. Share your video and say what u have to say. Make a revolution, make a difference, express your opinion and talck about hot topics at www.StreetRebuttal.com.

With the election long over, the birther crowd takes on a new fight: obstructing health care reform.

American Federalism in 1990s

American Federalism in 1990s

While it would be an overstatement to suggest that the average American has a clear concept of meaning of federalism in 1994, there is some evidence than issues, involving locus of governmental power are important to many. For example, polling organizations frequently ask citizens – which level of government most enjoys their trust and confidence. The results consistently indicate, that people trust their local governments most and their national government least. The states drift along in the middle. So, most Americans  view local government the most favorably.

However, as is the case in most areas of our political life, attitudes change significantly when citizens are faced with specific issues. Even though Americans appear to be committed to federalism in the abstract, they always seem to have lengthy list of problems which they want the federal government because state and local governments have failed to resolve them, or a list of services which are perceived as poorly provided or not provided at all. It is common for individuals and groups to respond to such perceptions by demanding that the national government create new standards or mandates  or provide direct or indirect expenditures of money. Sometimes, they seek both.

While it is traditional to expect demands for increased national government activity from more liberal, so-called «big government», elements in American society, conservatives, who see themselves as a defenders of state’s rights and local self-government also may jump on the bandwagon and demand national action.  Thus it is quite unsurprising  that recently liberal elements in American society have sought national legislation controlling access to firearms, as reflected in recently-adopted Brady Bill, which requires dealers to run checks on purchasers. On the other hand, it seems unusual, from a federalism perspective, that conservative elements have sought national government action to eliminate or restrict access to abortions or to permit the introduction of prayers in the public schools.

Perhaps the best recent example of such a demand for national action may be found in public safety area. There is a general perception, that high levels of criminal activity made the persons and property of the average citizen in this country unsafe. In general, however, the definition and control of criminal behavior has historically been a state and local responsibility. Our national officials sense that there is a demand for them to do something in response to state and local failures. The result is anti-crime legislation at the national level which has been proposed by the President and which is largely supported by members of Congress. While many of us doubt the effectiveness of the specific legislation, few people have seriously objected to this activity as destructive of basic fabric of our federal system.

The result is an inconsistent and often confusing approach to solving governmental problems in a federalist concept.  In terms of practical politics, the system provides multiple forms of access. Various groups, no matter what ideological view of the federal  system, take a pragmatic approach. That is, when their preferred level of government fails to produce policy results, that are satisfactory, they seek action at another level. None of the models of the  federal systems seems to describe this state of affairs very well.

There is also confusion about federalism at another level in the US. We often observe this best when trying to teach about the system in our American Government classes. For some, federalism is equated  with democracy. This is to say that they believe that unitary systems are by definition undemocratic. These patriotic souls are skeptical of evidence  which demonstrates that some unitary systems are quite democratic, and that some federal systems are quite autocratic in nature.

Still, others confuse federalism with the concepts of separation of powers and checks  and balances which are so important in understanding American government. While federalism does indeed divide governmental powers and involve some checking and balancing, separation of powers is a term, normally reserved to discussions of the relations between the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of our governments. This distinction is troublesome for many of our students.

Due to my limited time I would like to state some most nuisance problems, that became a heavy burden for every American, involved in active politics in any way.  First, we should  mention the so-called «unfunded mandate», that became the biggest bone of contention in American intergovernmental rules. An unfunded mandate can be said to exist when the national government requires new or improved services or level of regulation, but leaves funding largely to state and local governments. This permits national level officials and institutions to establish their own policy without any considering costs. While that seems a poor way to operate, it fits in well with some traditional American political attitudes in which costs of government services are either ignored or assumed to be borne by someone else.

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