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Breaking Political Silence on Election 2016…

BEYONDThis writer was among a network of veteran community/political organizers, operatives, analysts and astute political observers who took a vow of silence, prior to the presidential nomination scenarios in both the Democratic and Republican Parties. We had no reservations about removing ourselves from the partisan hyperbolic rhetoric and popular political juxtapositions that had become too comedic, with jocular entertaining presentations emanating from all media platforms, including serious domestic and international news programming.
 
The staging of each political party’s nominating process coupled with the respective candidates involved, had foreshowed what proved to be a political spectacle on both sides of the political divide. Moreover, the array of network and cable news media became obsessed with ratings and their bottom line while apparently losing sight of their responsibility as the Fourth Estate, and to the citizens of America’s republic… Info-tainment-news became and remains the order of the day, while investigative reporting, journalism, and ethics have apparently passed through the chopping block…
 
I’m in total sympathy with the position not to dignify the base, trite and sophomoric political rhetoric that abounds from all quarters until after the presidential election. But I had a personal reason as well, to avoid superfluous and inconsequential political commentary. Initially I planned to write a comprehensive postmortem on the presidential election in addition to the election in the Virgin Islands. Then that idea developed into a book project focusing on the current state and future of the Democratic and Republican Parties, going forward. We ultimately broadened this idea to include America in the context of unfolding world events…
 
Within hours the results of election 2016 will be in the history books and all political speculation relative to the end results in the United States and the Virgin Islands will cease. Therefore, our voluntary vow of silence not to comment on the popular partisan issues and juxtapositions is ending. Yours truly will certainly make political observations going forward regarding unfolding political events on the mainland and in the territory. Please be advised that our observations, comments, and opinions regarding the outcomes and futures will certainly follow.
 
Apart from who becomes POTUS, the challenges that each political party will face are Herculean and the Republican Party’s social-conservative wing in particular must confront the emerging demographic which some characterize as the “browning of America.” Moreover, the United States of America finds itself in the center of regional wars, and rumors of wars that seem to defy the conventional political and historical narrative. Hence, the prospect of a dynamic paradigm shift looms large in the foreseeable future…
 
On the other hand, the election in the Virgin Islands may be a referendum on the maturity of the VI electorate. This writer participated in the 2010, 2012, 2014, elections as a transplant from New York City and was confronted with a rude political awakening relative to the integrity and veracity of the process. Appropriate initiatives were undertaken and ultimately litigated in the courts in some cases, but no closure has occurred… Much has been said about the respective elected officials relative to their responsibilities, real, perceived and imaged. Therefore, we posit that this election will be a referendum on the maturity of the electorate. I’m waiting for the election results with great anticipation.
 
Over the summer I had a house guess 15 years my senior who is an informal mentor of mine as he trained me many decades ago as liability investigator and claims adjustor. He doesn’t do politics but is fascinated with my political prowess and experience. My man was not persuaded by my defense for not engaging local VI electoral politics. He said: “I’m surprised that you would try to justify not engaging local electoral politics. I recall you saying that your voting and engaging in electoral political will be consequential in the Virgin Islands as compared to inconsequential nature of African American “minority” politics. I’m a little surprised by your political defensive position bro; I’m surprised that you didn’t come up with a concept such as ‘Remote Political Ventriloquism’ to deal with the objective facts on the ground.”
 
About a week after he left for New York City, I called him and thanked him for his viable concept, Whether Coach was aware of it or not after examining the concept ‘Remote Political Ventriloquism’ I concluded that he was on to something… In addition, the book project is crystalized and focuses on the political trajectory of party politics in the United States and the Virgin Islands, in the context of world events. The projected release date is the spring of 2017. The books working title is “Confession of a Black Republican.” You can access the developing manuscript at www.blackGOPconfession.com

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