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CopyLine Magazine endorses Barack Obama for President

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Focused and determined, Obama’s steady, rational leadership in regards to domestic and foreign policy issues and where he wants to take this country in the next four years will be key in moving America forward and keeping the country on the right track to recovery – Juanita Bratcher, Editor & Publisher, CopyLine Magazine www.copylinemagazine.com

When addressing the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina in September, 2012, President Barack Obama told the American people that “…When you pick up that ballot to vote — you will face the clearest choice of any time in a generation. Over the next few years, big decisions will be made in Washington on jobs, the economy, taxes and deficits, energy, education, war and peace — decisions that will have a huge impact on our lives and on our children’s lives for decades to come.

“And on every issue, the choice you face won’t just be between two candidates or two parties.  It will be a choice between two different paths for America, a choice between two fundamentally different visions for the future.”

The President continued: “Ours (Obama Administration) is a fight to restore the values that built the largest middle class and the strongest economy the world has ever known…”

The President’s assertion is absolutely right! CopyLine Magazine agrees that there is a clear choice between Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. There’s also a stark difference in the Democrat and Republican Parties and in the Democrats’ and Republicans’ agendas as to where each party would like to take this country in the next four years.

CopyLine Magazine excitedly chooses Obama’s path for America, that he finishes the job that he started four years ago under tough circumstances – a failing economy and job loss in the hundreds of thousands.

Obama has shown great strength, humility, resilience, character and intellect throughout the 2012 election campaign. He has kept a cool head and stayed focus in spite of campaign attacks, lies and false accusations by Right Wingers and Tea Partiers who have been outrageously hostile toward his administration and policies during his four years as president. Not only have there been gross disrespect towards him as Commander-In-Chief but they have also disrespected the Office of the Presidency.

On the other hand, Romney has yet to tell the American people his plans for America. Throughout the campaign he has sent unclear messages – with very little details or no details at all as to how he will lead this country in the next four years. Certainly, his evasive attitude as a candidate has left some voters uncertain about what his agenda will be, if elected. He says he will create 12 million new jobs but he hasn’t said yet how he will create them. He has given conflicting opinions on various issues; one day it’s one thing, the next day it’s another. His actions make way for no accountability to the American people, and no specifics about anything, other than throwing scathing remarks against the president at every hand. Apparently, Romney thinks that less talk about the issues and Super Pac money from wealthy millionaires and billionaire will win or buy him the White House. In the last days of the campaign both Romney and his vice presidential running mate Paul Ryan have avoided interviews with the Press.

This campaign boils down to trust. It’s all about trust. Who do you trust to be caretaker of America during the next four years? Who would be president for all the people instead of a president looking at some Americans as freeloaders?

Romney, as reported by Mother Jones, a media publication, was heard in a secret tape with a group of billionaires describing 47% of Americans as freeloaders, that they don’t pay income tax in America.

Romney said in the secret recorded tape: “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it — that that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. … These are people who pay no income tax. … my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

But after much ado and controversy over the issue – up and down the Internet and in the news media about his secret recorded remarks – Romney backtracked on his statement and said he was for 100%…all Americans. It was just another example of his many notorious backtracking statements.

When it was aired in the news media in early 2012 that a Super Pac supportive of Romney was getting ready to start a new round of attacks hooking Obama and Rev. Jeremiah Wright at the hip – as was done by many Right Wingers in the 2008 election campaign – Romney repudiated it, saying he didn’t remember invoking Wright’s name when appearing on the Sean Hannity show on Fox News. Sometimes later when asked about it at a campaign rally in Florida in February, Romney said: “I’m not familiar precisely with exactly what I said, but I stand by what I said whatever it was.”

Obama personifies strong qualities and leadership needed to keep America on the right track to recovery. There is no doubt, the president will continue to deal with the pressing issues of the day – getting the economy back on the right track –  inroads have already been made when looking at the last two job reports for October and November 2012, and the unemployment rate is now under eight percent.

In the next four years under an Obama presidency, priority will continue to be focused on national security – as always – immigration, tax reform, deficit reduction, job creation, and getting a balanced budget in place.

Think about it, Obama and his policies have kept the country afloat without any support from Washington Republican leadership. Republicans have stuck to their plan of trying to make Barack Obama a one-term president and his healthcare bill a waterloo. Romney and key Republican leadership have echoed their intentions to repeal the Affordable Care Act (the healthcare law which is giving millions of uninsured Americans accessibility to affordable health care).

Just a few of Obama’s key accomplishments:

  1. Osama Bin Laden is dead…brought Osama Bin Laden to justice
  2. Ended the Iraq War.
  3. Signed into law the Affordable Care Act which provides affordable healthcare for uninsured individuals and their families.
  4. Signed into law the Democratic-sponsored Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act which gives basic protections against pay discrimination for women and other workers.
  5. More funding for the Violence Against Women Act.
  6. Reformed the student loan program: now students can finance their loans at a lower rate.
  7. Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act taxes were cut for 95% of working families in America.
  8. Rescued the auto industry and saved hundreds of thousands of jobs.
  9. TARP financial and banking rescue plan put in place.

10.  Making Home Affordable home refinancing plan.

11.  Helped small businesses by initiating a $15 billion plan that encouraged increased lending.

12.  Wall Street reform: Obama with Congressional Democrats passed Dodd-Frank.

13.  Signed the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act, thereby, closing loopholes that allowed companies to send jobs overseas, and avoid paying US taxes by moving money offshore.

14.   Repeal of the discriminatory “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy.

15.  Publicly expressed support for the right to enter into a same-sex marriage.

It is better to move forward with President Barack Obama’s consistent hands-on agenda for moving this country FORWARD in a second term rather than gamble on an etch-a-sketch candidate and flip-flopper who is trying to replace him and hasn’t said that much about his agenda for America. In a secret recorded tape Romney described 47% of Americans freeloaders who pay no income tax. Romney has had more etch-a-sketch moments than any presidential contender in recent history.

CopyLine Magazine endorses Barack Obama for president.

Let’s keep America moving in the right direction. Vote for Barack Obama. A vote for Obama is a vote for a stronger America!

25 reasons from 25 people who are voting for Barack Obama

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(A Reprint)

1. “The Affordable Care Act is saving my daughter’s life.”
Stacey, Arizona

2. “Obama is for the vets. He helped us wind down in Iraq, he’s improved mental health policy with VA benefits.”
Joel, Minnesota

3. “Obama stuck his neck out for us, the auto industry. He wasn’t going to let it just die, and I’m driving in this morning because of that, because of him.”
Brian, Ohio

4. “Osama bin Laden is dead, and General Motors is alive.”
Joe Biden, Delaware

5. “Supreme Court Supreme Court Supreme Court.”
Andrew, California

6. “Arithmetic.”
Bill Clinton, New York

7. “He cares for the 100 percent.”
Shana, Texas

8. “When Obama came into office, he successfully renewed our country’s place in the community of nations, making cooperation in tackling the world’s challenges possible.”
Willis, North Carolina

9. “The actions he has taken with respect to protecting us from terrorism have been very, very solid.”
Colin Powell, Virginia

10. “I was really very grateful to him for standing up for those kids who are having a really rough time out there because of their orientation.”
Jane Lynch, California

11. “For me, President Obama is our best choice because he has a vision of the United States as a place where we are all in this together.”
Bruce Springsteen, New Jersey

12. “He has a real plan for rescuing the economy that passes the ‘math’ test.”
Teresa, Virginia

13. “Having someone in office who understands how powerful our voice can be is very important.”
Jay Z, New York

14. “I am voting for Barack Obama and Joe Biden because I can trust them to care for the middle class and restore the American dream.”
Steven, Florida

15. “The first measure he signed into law after becoming president was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act — so a female high school counselor or physical education teacher can fight for equal pay for equal work.”
Connie Britton, California

16. “I believe in the America he wants for my grandchildren.”
Nancy, Michigan

17. “We need four more years of repair, of helping the middle class achieve a sustainable economy.”
James Taylor, North Carolina

18. “I’ve watched him fight for our country, stand by the middle class, the working class, the military, the education of our children, universal health care, women, the environment, and matters of national and domestic security.”
Susan, Virginia

19. “The gifted 12-year-old I taught, whose parents were deported and left her here with her grandmother, will be allowed to stay and finish her education. She’s been in the U.S. since age one.”
Jamie, North Carolina

20. “I want our president to place scientific evidence and risk management above electoral politics.”
Michael Bloomberg, New York

21. “I have four children who are under 26 and able to stay on my health care plan. That’s been huge.”
Amy, Pennsylvania

22. “He’s fighting to defend and better Social Security and Medicare — because millions of Latino seniors rely on them.”
Cristina Saralegui, Florida

23. “Thanks to the President’s efforts to keep student loan rates low, I can expect to save nearly $1000 as I work to repay my student loans. And I don’t have too many of those, thanks to the Federal Pell Grant program.”
Sam, Minnesota

24. “It’s been wonderful to have President Obama as a champion for access to health care for all women in this country.”
Cecile Richards, New York

25. “Re-electing Barack Obama would lead to a stronger economic recovery than would be the case were Mitt Romney to win on November 6th.”
Jared Bernstein, Washington, D.C.

Our Vote: Unassailable and Indispensable

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The last four years have been enormously challenging as the nation climbs back from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.
In the last year, we’ve faced the additional challenge of regressive and discriminatory new voting laws designed to disenfranchise the poor, the young, the elderly and people of color.

And in the last week, the Northeastern United States has faced a devastating hurricane that wiped out homes and businesses, left millions without basic services, and claimed the lives of at least 110 men, women and children.

Tomorrow, we confront all the challenges of our day with the most important tool we have at our disposal: the vote.

You have heard it many times over the last 12 months, as we have successfully fought to strike down or weaken voter suppression. In the words of my friend Rev. Al Sharpton, “Our vote is soaked in the blood of martyrs, the blood of Goodman, Chaney, and Schwerner, soaked in the blood of four little girls in Birmingham, Alabama. This vote is sacred to us.”

We cannot and we will not allow apathy, discrimination or despair to interfere with the free exercise of our rights.

To make sure you’re familiar with the laws in your state, to find the location of your polling place, or to report any problems at the polls, visit occupythevote12.org. Stay in touch on Twitter by following @NatUrbanLeague and using the hashtag #occupythevote.

Photo Caption: Marc H. Morial, National Urban League president and CEO

The Case For Romney: Column

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By Professor Bentley Whitfield

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — In 2005, the Gallup Organization undertook an ambitious project – the Gallup World Poll. The goal of the World Poll for the next one hundred years is to scientifically access the views of the entire world’s population on variety of important issues. A number of interesting and disturbing facts are being revealed. Global population is roughly seven billion people. After eliminating those who are either too young or too old to work, at the present time there are three billion people worldwide who want good jobs. Good jobs are defined as providing employment for a minimum of thirty hours per work and issuing a regular paycheck. Economists often refer to these as formal jobs. This is not a particularly surprising discovery.

However, currently only 1.2 billion good jobs exist. Worldwide there is a shortfall of 1.8 billion good jobs. This is alarming; competition for jobs amongst nations will be fierce. Creation and retention of good jobs will be one of the most important tasks confronting world leaders in the coming decades. In The Coming Jobs War, a book by Gallup Chairman Jim Clifton, both the opportunities and pitfalls are spelled out. Global GDP is now $60 trillion. It is projected to grow by $140 trillion and eclipse $200 trillion by 2040. With annual GDP of $15 trillion (25% of total global GDP), America is the strongest economy on the planet, but there will be an economic world war to capture the businesses, markets, customers and jobs that will produce this new $140 trillion in global GDP. Winning that war will determine the quality of life, liberty and happiness for generations of Americans.

Much of this election cycle has focused on curing the diseased state of our existing economy. The facts speak for themselves a) GDP is growing at an impotent 2% level, b) Our national debt is a staggering $16 trillion and growing, c) The trade deficit is $559 billion (2011) and growing, d) the federal government is borrowing almost 40 cents for every dollar that it spends, e) 23 million people are unemployed or underemployed, f) 49 million people are on food stamps, g) 53% of college graduates are unemployed or underemployed, and h) crime rates are rising. Our current economic problems are immense and must be addressed, but in addition we must also prepare for the looming economic battles of the future.

Mitt Romney is the best choice for president. Selecting Romney is not an indictment of the Obama presidency. Romney will simply bring a vastly different skill set to the oval office. That skill set is better suited for addressing the economic disease that currently weakens our nation, preparing for the economic battles of the future and breaking the political gridlock that frustrates and infuriates us of all. As the governor of Massachusetts, Romney a Republican, worked in a civil and productive manner with a state legislature that was 87% Democratic. In addition to his healthcare legislation his accomplishments included a school system ranked among the best in the nation, cutting deficit spending by $1.6 billion, improving efficiency in state agencies and bureaucracies, updating jobs programs and improving the permit approval process. So, the first skill that Romney will bring to the White House is that he is accomplished in the art of domestic political diplomacy; he can work with both sides of the isle. Romney has a track record of getting the executive and legislative branches to cooperate. This may be the most important talent that he will bring to a nation that is deeply and bitterly divided.

For much of the past four years congress and the president have fought like cats and dogs. Most of the disagreements have been driven by honest differences in policy and political philosophy, however; there is no doubt that some of the venom that has been directed at President Obama is driven by racism. Congress and the president must cooperate for the benefit of the nation. Ultimately what is in the best interest of the nation must be our priority. Can we really expect cooperation between congress and the president if Obama is re-elected? Dating back to George Washington almost every two-term president has found their second term to be more difficult than their first term. In addition, Republicans outnumber Democrats by fifty seats in the House of Representatives. It is highly unlikely that Democrats will take back the House. Even if Democrats retain the senate it will be with a razor thin majority. Obama is a good and decent man, but if re-elected he will be mired in the same toxic situation that now exists. More importantly, the fate of 308 million Americans will be mired in the same toxic mess that now exists. An Obama win will leave his supporters elated for one night. Our nation will be condemned to political fist-fights and stagnation for another four years. Who is at fault is important but it is not a priority. America must be our priority. A Romney presidency simply has the greatest chance of producing cooperation between the executive and legislative branches and that is best for America, our children and our future.

Romney’s second skill is his immense knowledge of business and economics. Jim Clifton argues in The Coming Jobs War that in the next thirty years “a new $140 trillion of customers, employees, new businesses, and equity will come into the global mix. The global war for jobs will be an all – out battle.” With more than a quarter century of experience as a hugely successful executive in a field that requires vast knowledge of multiple businesses and industries, Romney is a compelling presidential choice for a nation with a floundering economy and facing brutal economic competition. Romney began his career with the consulting firm Bain and Company. In 1984 he formed Bain Capital, a private equity firm, along with two other Bain and Company partners, T. Coleman Andrews and Eric Kriss. He was encouraged and supported by Bain and Company leadership.

Bain raises capital from investors. That capital is then invested into companies that have been vetted by Bain and are determined to be good bets. They initially focused on venture capital deals. Venture capital transactions are typically made during the early stages of a company’s life. These companies will often have innovative technology or highly attractive business models. Around 1989 Bain became involved in leverage buyouts (LBOs). LBO transactions also involve investing in companies; these companies are typically older and more mature than those of venture capital deals. LBOs are often used to secure positions in struggling companies where investors believe they can turn around the company and make it profitable or sell off parts of the company at a profit. Many LBOs use the cash flow or assets of the target company to repay or secure obligations incurred with acquiring the target company. Since its founding Bain Capital has invested in hundreds of companies, the following are some of the more well known companies: AMC Entertainment, Aspen Education, Brookstone Retail Stores, Burger King, Burlington Coat Factory, Clear Channel Communications, Dominos Pizza, Double Click, Dunkin Donuts, D&M Holdings, Guitar Center, Hospital Corp of America, Sealy, Sports Authority, Staples, Toys R Us, Warner Music and The Weather Channel. These companies alone currently now employ more than 600,000 people. When most people buy a stock we know the story behind the company and we may study some technical data such as earnings per share, price earnings ratios, and dividend yields. The research conducted by equity funds, such as Bain Capital and other institutional investors, is far more thorough and exhaustive. Their research involves multiple visits to each company they will invest in, multiple meetings with management, reviews of audited financial statements and internal financial documents, legal reviews of existing contracts and obligations, projections of future performance, reviews by outside experts to verify the quality and quantity of natural assets, background checks of management, evaluation of competition and reviews of political and legal conditions that may affect overseas operations. Following this intense research, and before an investment is made, often complex contracts and corporate structure documents are executed.

It is important to understand that Romney engaged in this voluminous type of fundamental research, not only for the hundreds of companies that Bain Capital invested in, but also for companies that Bain Capital declined to invest in. This is what consumed his life day after day for decades. He understands what is good and bad for business in all regions of the country. The result of his undergoing this quarter century crucible is that with respect to economics and business, Romney will be the most knowledgeable president to ever occupy the White House. Essentially Romney is an economic specialist who can take office during an economic crisis.

Historically the United States has elected presidents with very special skills to address very specific problems. Our “specialist presidents” have served the country well. Shortly after winning our independence as a nation, survival of the United States was far from certain. There were wolves all around us. Great Britain was bitter at having lost the colonies. They still had troops in the Michigan area. Canada was a part of their empire. France had helped the United States win its independence and they wanted to exert more influence over this infant nation. Both France and England were 18th Century superpowers. Neither country “loved” our new nation. Neither would have shed a tear “if the baby were killed in the crib.” The most important task for our early presidents was to make sure that the nation survived. The special skill required of this first generation of specialist presidents was knowledge of foreign policy and diplomacy.

It is no surprise that six of our first eight presidents came to the White House with substantial foreign policy expertise. (John Adams – US Minister to the Court of St. James, Thomas Jefferson – 1st US Secretary of State, James Madison – 5th US Secretary of State, James Monroe – 7th US Secretary of State, John Quincy Adams – 8th US Secretary of State, Martin Van Buren – 10th US Secretary of State). Even with this considerable level of diplomatic expertise in the White House, we narrowly avoided a war with France in the late 1790s and the US did fight a second war with Great Britain, the War of 1812. But ultimately this first generation of specialist presidents succeeded. The baby was not killed in the crib, the United States survived.

The period following the Civil War was dangerous. It was uncertain. Three presidents were assassinated between 1865 and 1901 (Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield and William McKinley). Would elements of the Confederate Army fade in and out of the mountains and forests engaging in ongoing guerrilla warfare? Would some foreign power take advantage of our weakened condition after we had tried to commit suicide as a nation? Would some other internal conflict erupt? These were real concerns. The special skill required of presidents of this era was simple, rock solid military experience. The chief executive had to come to the oval office with the ability to check any convulsions that might arise from within or any threat that might be external. From 1868 to 1900 six of the seven presidents elected held a military rank of major or higher and five were former generals (US Grant – Commander General of the Army, Rutherford B. Hayes – Brevet Major General, James Garfield – Major General, Chester A. Arthur – Brigadier General, Benjamin Harris – Brigadier General and William McKinley – Captain Brevet Major).

These presidents are collectively guilty of some giant failures. The conquest of the west involved a bloody, brutal suppression of Native Americans resulting in the taking of their lands and to a large extent the destruction of their culture. The Reconstruction era saw the rise of domestic terror groups such as the Ku Klux Klan who disenfranchised African Americans and committed unimaginable acts of violence against Black men, women, children and even unborn fetuses. These acts are unforgivable. But on the one do or die issue they faced, which was to make sure that the country avoided another near-death experience, this second generation of specialists presidents was enormously successful. By the end of the 19th century American had not only survived, it had the largest economy in the world.

Romney is clearly an economic specialist. He is the best choice for a nation facing an economic crisis. While we are not facing a national life and death situation, we are facing a potential nation changing scenario. We must grow our economy. We must bake a bigger economic pie. According to the 1950 US Census America had a population of 150,697,361. 89.54% of the country was white, the rest largely Black. Six decades later our population now exceeds 308 million and America is no longer a White and Black country. As of 2010 63.4% of the population is White, 16.7% are Hispanic, 13.1% are Black and Asians are now one of fastest growing ethnic groups. Growth in population and diversity can be a good thing. It can also be a problem. It must be accompanied by comparable economic growth. Insufficient economic growth means that more and more people must share a smaller and smaller pie. That economic pie must also feed the debt service payments on our $16 trillion national debt. Without sufficient growth, somewhere in the future these different ethnic groups will clash.

Adequate economic growth cures so many problems. It drives down unemployment, it provides funds to update our aging infrastructure, it funds education, it funds healthcare initiatives, it allows us to humanely absorb the undocumented among us and it will allow us to begin to address the problems with Medicare. We must grow the economy. The economy is driven by the private sector and only one candidate has vast experience with the multiple industries and businesses that fuel the private sector. Mitt Romney is the best candidate for president in 2012.

Professor Bentley Whitfield is a professor at the State University of New York (SUNY) and a former Wall Street vice president and portfolio manager. The views expressed are his. Contact him at Bentleywhitfield2000@yahoo.com

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Rev. Harold Bailey Reminds ex-felons in Illinois that they Can Vote in the November 6, 2012 General Election

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By Juanita Bratcher
With 33 years of helping youth who’ve had minor scrapes with the law, Rev. Bailey is now on a serious mission to inform ex-felons in Illinois that they can vote in Tuesday’s November 6, 2012 General Election.
Bailey is passionate and serious about getting this message out. He feels that there’s the possibility that some ex-felons may not be aware that their right to vote is restored after being released from prison.
While felons in Illinois lose their right to vote while in Prison, their voting rights are restored upon release from prison. That’s the message Bailey is sending out to those who might think they are ineligible to vote because of time spent in prison.
“There are massive rumors throughout the state that those persons who have been incarcerated and are returned back to our society cannot vote,” Bailey said. “This is being done very silently and shamelessly. I think very seriously that there is a concerted effort throughout the United States, but more importantly in Illinois that some have purposely met and agreed to mislead young men and women who have filtered through the Illinois Department of Corrections.”
Bailey, Founder and President of Probation Challenge and the PCC Network, is the former Chairman of the Cook County Board of Corrections.
Some years ago, Bailey noted, it was unacceptable for ex-inmates to vote after serving time, however, the late Mayor Harold Washington set a precedent by cutting through red tape to make it happen.
“Mayor Washington set the precedent for us and we should protect that right,” said Bailey. “But more importantly, he engaged ex-inmates to vote. How dare such a man of honor could do such an incredible thing that has not since been duplicated. I hasten to point out that the gains made by the mayor and other well-wishing politicians have been tossed aside now into the sea of forgetfulness.
“So, I stand today seeking to resurrect the soulful hearts of those persons who have paid their debt to society. I point this out and it’s not an act of cuddling but an act of justice rather than ‘JUST US.’ It is also an act of education. Education brings about awareness and awareness brings on the ability for people to think. And when they can think, prayerfully, they can make rational decisions.”
Bailey said those politicians “that we have engaged and sent to sit in the seats of authority should have reached back, sounding the clarion call for ex-inmates, if you will, to get off the seat of doing nothing and go about the matter of citizenry.”
To that end, Bailey was asked whether the Board of Elections should inform ex-felons of their right to vote.
“Absolutely, the Board of Elections and anyone dealing with the subject of voting should be concerned about all Americans voting. There should be no exceptions to the rule.
“I want ex-felons to know that they can exercise their rightful duty to vote. This was paved by our foreparents with blood, sweat and tears. The fear of those persons in seats of authority is that massive voting of youth of color will dismantle the powers that be. Young folks can think, though often misled; but given an opportunity to do the right thing they will comply.
Bailey added, “But old actions of trickery have come to an end under the auspices of this 2012 election. Deceivers should now get in line with persons seeking to bring about a big difference in the lives of all American citizens with no exclusions.”
Thousands of young people who’ve had minor scrapes with the law have filtered through the Probation Challenge program, and many have successfully changed their lives for the better under the auspices of the program.
“I would suggest to the many thousands of persons who came up under my learning to exercise what they’ve been taught,” said Bailey. “I suggest that they quickly mobilize as they once did in the street illegally and do it this time legally and righteously taking massive people to the polls (on Election Day). Also, they must talk back legally, fight back legally, and take back all those things that were illegally stolen from them.”
Bailey’s message to ministers: “They should not tell people how to vote but encourage people to put on the mantle of righteousness and the precepts of God who in fact told us to obey the laws of the land. We have been commanded by God to not subscribe to the evil but to quietly set good spiritual principles and good spiritual people in seats of authority. However, the enemy would not desire for us to do that.”
Acknowledging that “young people are our future,” Bailey said “many of our elders have grown weary under the strain and stress of the oppressor.” He said youth must unequivocally pick up the cross and carry their burden of responsibility. And they must vote, vote, vote, he said.
Rev. Harold E. Bailey is President of Probation Challenge/PCC Internet Broadcast Network – The Truth NetworkWWW.ProbationChallengeorg.

Father Pfleger: ‘Don’t be bamboozled by right wingers, vote, your soul is safe’

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‘Emmett Till could not vote, but you can’

By Chinta Strausberg


Saying life and pro-life is from birth to death, an angry Father Michael L. Pfleger Sunday blasted fringe, right wing conservative groups for reportedly telling Catholic voters if they support candidates who embrace abortions they are in ‘moral danger’ and their souls “in jeopardy.”

The groups, including the Knights of Columbus, some pastors, Catholic bishops in Green Bay, Wis., who allegedly sent out letters and made robo calls to votes telling them “If you support a person or a party that supports abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research or homosexual marriage, it is an evil act and puts one in grave moral danger.”

Reading from one of the letters addressed to voters, Pfleger said the groups claimed  “voting for any candidate or party that supports such things could put your own soul in jeopardy.” (http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/article/2012/11/01/more-catholic-voting-pressure-politicians-rejecting-jesus-they-believe-in-choice)

Pfleger took issue to that “propaganda” and made it clear he was not endorsing any candidate but only wanted “the truth out here and to stop the lies.”

“Salvation is freely given by God and cannot be taken back by man, woman, bishop, church, elder. Nobody can take your salvation because didn’t nobody give you salvation but God. That’s a lie,” bellowed Pfleger. “Your soul is not in jeopardy.”

“Pope John Paul II quotes Pope Paul VI and said intrinsically evil acts cover a broad area of actions including homicide and violence, what ever violates the integrity of a human person, torture, whatever offends human dignity, arbitrary imprisonment, deportation, slavery, degrading work conditions and poverty. They are all intrinsically evil,” said Pfleger.

“Don’t you be hoodwinked into thinking there is one little narrow pigeon-hole group that is intrinsically evil. That is what Pope Paul VI said it’s a much bigger picture. That is what Cardinal Bernardin said.”

“You cannot be pro-life and not be pro-accessible, excellent education. You can’t be pro-life and not be anti-racism, anti-sexism, anti-generational, anti-militarism. You cannot be pro-life and not be pro-health care for every single human being in this country. You cannot be pro-life and not be anti-poverty in this country. You cannot be pro-life and not be against strong gun control in this country that takes guns that are killing our children. You can’t be pro-life and let our children be shot in the street and not do a damn thing about it. That is not pro-life,” he bellowed.

“I am pro-life,” said Pfleger explaining, “pro-life cannot be a term that begins at conception and ends at birth. It must be inclusive from the womb to the tomb. That’s pro-life. That’s the bible I read.

“There is nobody in this church that fits into the box of perfection…. Vote and vote according to who stands on the moral principles of your faith on the entire spectrum. Do not be deceived to think this is a one-issue election. This is not a one-issue election. Vote according to your faith that teaches you in this bible from Genesis to Revelation that life and pro-life is from birth to death. Do not be bamboozled.

“What ever you do and whom ever you vote for understand…that your soul is saved,” Pfleger told the church.

Explaining, Pfleger, who last week was returning from vacation and was stuck at an L.A. airport, listened to a woman who told him “depending upon her voting, she could lose her salvation.”

It made Pfleger angry that “anyone would have to even wrestle with that kind of question. It’s just not right.”

He urged everyone to vote and to encourage their families, neighbors and friends to cast their vote on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. “This is not just some nice thing to do. It is your obligation. It is your civic duty. It is your responsibility. If you are a Christian, you are called to make a decision in the future of our country. You must vote….”

Holding up the November 4, 2012 Saint Sabina bulletin that contained a cover picture of Emmett Louis Till who at the age of 14 was murdered in Money, MS for whistling at a white woman, it said,  “VOTE. I could not vote, but you can. There is power in voting,”  Pfleger asked people to vote “in memory of Emmett Till and in memory of all those who could not vote….”

And for those who are complaining about the Early Voting long lines, Pfleger had a message for them: “Some ancestors waited for years. Some folks waited decades to vote. You can wait a couple of hours, but you need to vote.”

According to an R H Realty Check article some Catholic bishops are telling their congregations “politicians who believe in reproductive rights, including the birth control mandate are rejecting Jesus.”

Pfleger is offering rides to anyone who needs transportation to the polls and asked them to call the Church Office at: 773.483.4300.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

More Endorsements from CopyLine Magazine www.copylinemagazine.com

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President and Vice President          Barack Obama & Joe Biden

U.S. Representative, 1st District      Bobby Rush

U.S. Representative, 2nd District     Jesse L. Jackson, Jr.

U.S. Representative, 4th District      Luis V. Gutierrez

U.S. Representative, 7th District      Danny K. Davis

U.S. Representative, 9th District      Janice D. Schakowsky

State Senator, 2nd District                William “Willie” Delgado

State Senator, 3rd District                 Mattie Hunter

State Senator, 5th District                 Patricia Van Pelt Watkins

State Senator, 13th District               Kwame Raoul

State Senator, 14th District               Emil Jones, III

State Senator, 16th District               Jacqueline “Jacqui” Collins

State Senator, 17th District               Donne E. Trotter

State Representative, 8th District      La Shawn K. Ford

State Representative, 9th District     Arthur Turner

State Representative, 22nd District   Michael J. Madigan

State Representative, 34th District    Elgie R. Sims, Jr.

State Representative, 25th District   Barbara Flynn Currie

State Representative, 27th District   Monique Davis

State Representative, 29th District   Thaddeus Jones

State Representative, 31st District   Mary E. Flowers

State Representative, 33rd District   Marcus C. Evans, Jr.

Clerk of the Circuit Court                Dorothy A. Brown

Cook County State’s Attorney         Anita Alvarez

Recorder of Deeds                            Karen A. Yarbrough

Board of Review, 3rd District           Larry Rogers, Jr.

Judge of the Appellate Court First (Vacancy of Johnson Coleman)

Nathaniel Roosevelt House, Jr.

Judge of the Appellate Court First (Vacancy of Gallagher

P. Scott Neville, Jr.

Judicial Retention Circuit Court

Patricia Banks

Judicial Retention Circuit Court

Cynthia Brim

Judicial Retention Circuit Court

Drella C. Savage

Judicial Retention Circuit Court

P. Scott Neville, Jr.

Judicial Retention Circuit Court

Pamela E. Hill-Veal

Other endorsements

  • CopyLine Magazine endorses Tammy Duckworth in the 8th Congressional District. It’s time to retire incumbent Congressman Joe Walsh, a conservative extremist.
  • On a national level, CopyLine endorses:
  1. Elizabeth Warren over incumbent Senator Scott Brown in Massachusetts
  2. 2. Senator Sherrod Brown over opponent Josh Mandel in Ohio’s 7th District
  3. 3. Patrick Murphy over Allen West in Florida’s 22nd Congressional District
  4. 4. Brad Schneider  over opponent Robert Dold in Illinois’ 10th Congressional District
  5. 5. Bill Foster over Judy Biggert in  Illinois’ 11th Congressional District
  6. 6. Jim Graves over Michele Bachmann in Minnesota’s 4th Congressional District formerly was in the 6th Congressional District

Exercise your right to vote on November 6, 2012.

Attorney General Madigan assigns Teams statewide to monitor General Election

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CHICAGO, IL — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced that 173 teams of assistant attorneys general and investigators from her office will be working throughout the state on Tuesday, Nov. 6, to monitor the general election to ensure that Illinoisans’ voting rights are protected and that polling places are accessible.

Madigan urges voters to call her office if they encounter suspected improper or illegal activity.

Chicago and northern Illinois voters can call 1-866-536-3496 (TTY 1-800-964-3013).

Downstate voters can call 1-866-559-6812 (TTY 1-877-844-5461).

Attorney General Madigan reminded voters of some of their basic voting rights:

  • Voters have the right to vote if they are in line when the polls close at 7 p.m. or at any other time between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Election Day (10 ILCS 5/17-1).
  • If a voter makes a mistake or “spoils” a paper ballot and the voter has not cast the ballot, the voter has the right to receive a replacement ballot (10 ILCS 5/17-11).
  • If a voter cannot read, has trouble understanding English, or is disabled, that voter has the right to request assistance from anyone other than his or her employer, an agent of his or her employer, or an officer or agent of his or her union (10 ILCS 5/17-14).
  • Voters have the right to take unpaid time from work to vote, but no more than two successive hours, as long as they have applied with their employer before Election Day. The employer may set the time of day (10 ILCS 5/17-15).
  • No one is allowed to try to influence a voter within 100 feet of the polling place (10 ILCS 5/17-29).

Missing Out: Political Ads, Spanish-Language TV and the Latino Vote

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New America Media

News Analysis

By Joseph Torres and Josh Stearns

Latino voters will play a critical role in the 2012 presidential race. An estimated 12 million Latinos will cast ballots this November, making up a significant portion of the electorate in swing states like Colorado, Florida and Nevada.

One might assume that the presidential candidates, political parties and Super PACs would spare no expense to win over Latino voters. After all, Latinos make up 17 percent of the U.S. population. But so far, that has not been the case.

While analysts project that more than $3 billion will be spent on political ads this year, a relatively paltry amount has been spent on Spanish-language ads. This is particularly the case when it comes to ad spending by Super PACs and other third-party groups.

A new Free Press report, “Missing Out: Political Ads, Spanish-Language TV and the Latino Vote,” studied ad spending in the battleground states of Colorado, Florida and New Mexico. We found that outside groups bought very few political ads at the 11 Spanish-language stations we visited in these three states.

Free Press staff traveled to Albuquerque, Colorado Springs, Denver and Miami in August and September, visiting Univision, Telemundo, Telefurtura and other Spanish-language broadcasters. We were there to examine the stations’ political files, which contain information on who is behind all those political ads flooding our airwaves, and how much they are spending. We had to visit those outlets in person because the Federal Communications Commission’s new online database of political ad data does not include information from Spanish-language stations, which do not need to post their files until 2014.

We found that the presidential campaigns made some ad buys at the 11 stations we visited. But there was very little spending from third-party groups, except for the Service Employees International Union.

The SEIU spent more than $450,000 to run 2,079 ads on five Spanish-language TV stations in Denver and Colorado Springs from July through September. To put that in perspective, a Free Press report released in October found that the five major Super PACs spent more than $6.5 million to air close to 5,000 political ads on English-language stations in Denver in August and September.

And a study released last month from the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce reported that close to $360 million was spent on political advertising in 10 states from early April through September, but just $16 million — or 4.6 percent of the total — went to ad buys on Spanish-language TV.

While we believe broadcasters should not allow false or misleading ads on their airwaves, what we know about political ads on Spanish-language stations raises a different — but equally significant — set of questions. Is the Latino community better off with fewer political ads given how many are misleading? Or does the dearth of political ad spending harm the Latino community?

Professor Federico Subervi, the director of the Center for the Study of Latino Media and Markets at Texas State University-San Marcos, noted the importance of using Spanish-language advertising to engage Latino voters. “It can have a positive effect of saying we’re considered a valuable group of potential voters,” Subervi said.

Meanwhile, Sylvia Manzano, a senior analyst at the political opinion research firm Latino Decisions, noted “[It’s] not a good thing that Latino voters aren’t being approached in as many ways as possible.” Latinos see ethnic advertising, she added, as a “gesture of goodwill.”

Latino Print Network President Kirk Whisler provided an additional perspective. He criticized both the Obama and Romney campaigns for failing to appreciate the value of using Hispanic print publications to reach Latino voters. “I don’t think either the Romney people or the Obama people have a true understanding of the Hispanic community in the first place,” Whisler said, “let alone of the importance of Hispanic print.”

The question remains: Do political TV ads serve the best interests of the Latino community? National Institute for Latino Policy President Angelo Falcon isn’t so sure, citing the predominance of negative ads — and the general failure in political advertising to address substantive issues.

For Falcon, the lack of political advertising on Spanish-language TV reflects a broader socioeconomic problem. Latinos, Falcon said, lack the financial resources to fully engage in the political process. The Citizens United decision, he noted, has allowed “political inequality” to “fester.” This reveals the need, Falcon notes, for reform efforts like public financing of elections.

Andrea Quijada, executive director of Albuquerque’s Media Literacy Project, is concerned that the Latino community often does not have enough information to place an ad’s message in its proper context.

“If the only information people are getting about the campaign is through the ads, that’s damaging … that’s true for any community,” Quijada said. “Anytime we are advertised to for anything … and there isn’t other information out there, it has the potential to … create misinformation and misunderstanding, whether or not the product is food or the product is a candidate.”

Given the nation’s changing demographics, it’s hard to imagine that political campaigns and third-party groups won’t ultimately devote more financial resources to winning the Latino vote. While many Latino leaders believe more Spanish-language ads are critical to engaging Latino voters, some may have second thoughts once viewers are inundated with political ads.

In other words, an increase in the number of political ads may not turn out to be a blessing. “It is great to be validated,” said Quijada. “It is disappointing if that is only happening through advertising.”

Free Press is a nonpartisan organization building a nationwide movement for media that serve the public interest. Joseph Torres is the group’s senior external affairs director. Josh Stearns is the organization’s journalism and public media campaign director.

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