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Tell the Tea Party to Take a Seat! | Russell Simmons – Mr. President, we got your back!

Author: Russell SImmons

For the first time in seventeen years, the United States government has shut down. Hundreds of thousands of families across this nation will be hurt by the inaction of a few politicians who have successfully hijacked their own party. The Tea Party Republicans, led by Senator Ted Cruz, were able to close the doors of Congress, over their disagreement with the Affordable Care Act; a law that will provide health care for millions of Americans who have been living their lives in fear of getting sick. When the history books are written, this law will prove to be a turning point that pointed our nation towards a more compassionate America, a country that no longer only took care of the privileged, but rather took care of all of its people. Republican or Democrat, if you’re American, you should want to take care of your brother and your sister.

It has been painstakingly obvious that there are some members of Congress that are severely threatened by President Obama’s success. No matter what he does, they don’t like it. They are not working for the betterment of the people, they are working for the betterment of themselves, and often times, the betterment of their puppet master’s wallet.

Barack Obama has shown time and time again that he will stand up for the American people. He has shown that he will risk his own political career, like speaking directly with the Iranian President, because he knows it’s the right thing to do. He will call on a distant friend in Russia and ask them to help resolve a conflict with one of their close friends, Syria, so our nation can avoid war at all costs. He will challenge the mighty powerful gun lobby because he can no longer bare the pain on the faces of mothers and fathers who have buried their children before they could say goodbye. He is a man of dialogue. He is a man who believes in exhausting all of his resources before making a decision. He is a man who will constantly take the higher moral ground. To not work with him is a mistake that could and should cost the Republican Party the majority in the House when the mid-term election occurs next year. If they shut down the government, we will open the ballot box.

While many members of the other side would rather close down the government and hurt the American people, Barack Obama is willing to do the work that will continue to grow our economy, create more jobs, engage in international peace talks and tackle tough issues like health care, immigration and the environment. He is a negotiator, someone who is willing to work through the tough problems our nation faces. It was inspiring to seem him begin direct negotiations with the new Iranian president and work with Vladimir Putin to solve the Syrian problem. But I am proud that he will not negotiate with the minority party in this country with a gun to his head. If the Republicans, specifically the members of the Tea Party, want to play games with our economy, he shouldn’t give them an inch. Tell the Tea Party that they can’t hijack our government and to take a seat. Stand strong, Mr. President, we got your back.

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Honoring Women in Washington, DC

Last Tuesday evening several of us attended a reception held by the Coalition for Women’s Appointments (BPW Foundation is a member of this Coalition) saluting women appointees in the Obama Administration. It was held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in DC and was packed. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius spoke and demonstrated her great sense of humor and Coalition Chair Irene Natividad was generous with compliments for the Coalition of Women Appointees and the event’s co-sponsors including BPW Foundation. Secretary Sebelius was a Coalition recommendation and we took full credit. Most of the women’s groups were represented. Tina Tchen, Director White House Office of Presidential Personnel and Executive Director White House Council on Women and Girls spoke and was charming as usual. The new Director of White House Personnel, Nancy Hogan, said that there are over 1,000 women appointees in the Obama Administration. 325 Appointees RSVPd to the event and the room and mezzanine were near capacity with over 300 people.

Check out the attached picture of Secretary Sebelius, myself and Debbie.

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Me, Secretary Sebelius, CEO Frett

It is What it is!!!

It is here, finally the beginning of a new chapter.  The artist is no longer in the midst of self absorbing comments of how great the product is primarly because he/she is listening within the bubble of their own development.  What I mean is the product is now going main stream and will be heard by millions, some of whom may affirm the many lyrics created in the studio, in the car, in the living room or within the realms of that secret place of peace.  While others may not appreciate what was created by the artist and wound his/her soul and make them retreat.

But it is too late!!!  Now is the time for the confirmation that maybe YOU are that artist and YOU have the capabilties to be successful by becoming that mainstream artist by way of your own creativity.  The product is out!!!  It is available to the world and you have to brace yourself.  It is What it is…don’t be afraid but step forward and put your stamp on your future. 

I have found that many artist, after several years, get to this point in their career and give up or become so afraid of public opinion that they retreat to that comfort zone that they created early on in their development stages.  That time when their circle of friends tell them what they want to hear and not what they need to hear. 

Well, I say to those who want to take the steps in building any career and get to that point of achieving success this… “do not allow minor insecurities decide your fate or keep you from fulfilling your dream.”

Speaking of….my day!

Certainly today has had it rewards. Just knowing that in a very few short days, there will be another artist breaking into the market. The anxiety for the artist is through the roof, so much that the artist is not even asking questions or commenting on the fact that all of his childhood dreams are realizing themselves.

It’s funny how we wish and wish for things to happen in our lives and when it happens we are in disbelieve. As the saying goes…be careful what you wish for because you just might get it!  And I would venture to say …be thoughtful about what you wish for and you will get it!!

Why Don’t You Believe?

It has always made me curious… When people are about to enter a path that looks like it will lead to success, they always find excuses for why it should not happen. I call this a lack of believe in oneself!!!

Freedom

Blogging may birth itself for me as a sense of freedom. Free to speak my mind and share my thoughts!!! I wonder who will listen? As Envogue once sang-“Free your mind and the rest will follow.”

Micheal Jackson

I am mourning the loss of a musical genius!  Not only that, a person whose life has been scrutinzed. Do we not only do this to high profile individuals or do we do this to our neighbor, co-worker or someone we don’t really know. We should all take a look in the mirror-I am talking about the one that reflects and really check ourselves!!

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