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Brunei has become the first East Asian country to adopt Sharia law, despite international outcry; MH 370 relatives are distraught as airline urges them to go home; Ukrainian police and Pro-Russian activists clash at prosecutors office in Donetsk; Military sexual assaults claims are up to 50% says Pentagon; and Divorce is more likely to happen when wife falls ill. All this and more, please follow the links below.
Every week I write a political issue that affects YOU and the World AROUND YOU.
This week’s Weekly Political Report: What It Takes to Be An American
“This is probably the most meaningful victory for an American, just because of what happened here last year. Up till now I’d say my career was 99.9 percent fulfilled. Today I’d say it is 110 percent fulfilled!”
Noting what the Boston Red Sox had done in the World Series championship last year (2013), he added that he wanted to provide a similar boost: “When the Red Sox did it, I said, ‘I want to do it for Boston.'” –Meb Keflezighi. And what was truly inspiring was the fact that he wrote the names of the Boston Bombing victims (Krystal Shakespeare, Martin Richard, Ling Zi and Sean Collier) on his racing Bib–and how he honored them in his race. “They helped me carry through. At the end, I just kept thinking ‘Boston Strong’. I gave everything I had for Boston,” said Meb Keflezighi. His victory did not only bring a lot of joy but controversy–about what it means to be an American. A theme that has brought back this controversial article from the grave.
When Meb Keflezighi won the NYC Marathon back in 2009, CNBC Sports Writer Darren Rovell had this to say in his article, “Marathon’s Headline Win is Empty“:
Meb Keflezighi, who won yesterday in New York, is technically American by virtue of him becoming a citizen in 1998, but the fact that he’s not American-born takes away from the magnitude of the achievement the headline implies.
Nationality in running counts. It’s why many identify Kenya as the land of the long distance champions. As for the United States? Not so much
Given our disappointing results, embracing Keflezighi is understandable. But Keflezighi’s country of origin is Eritrea, a small country in Africa. He is an American citizen thanks to taking a test and living in our country.
Nothing against Keflezighi, but he’s like a ringer who you hire to work a couple hours at your office so that you can win the executive softball league.
Fortunately, Darren took back his comments–which he apologized and said that “Meb Keflezighi is an American” –but America today is still struggling to visualize “What (exactly) is An American?”
So why does this affect you?
It affects you because it is a reoccurring divisive theme in American politics–from Immigration to Race. It is this type of reoccurring theme that has led Real Estate Mogul Donald Trump and others on a wild goose chase to obtain a birth certificate from the President of The United States; because his name sounded foreign. To the unfortunate remarks that were written against Meb Keflezighi in 2009. If we don’t tackle this problem as a collective nation, our nation will continue to divide into smaller nations, and politicians will continue to abuse their power by not serving the best interests for All Americans (Americans like Meb Keflezighi).
I, for one, am glad that Meb won the marathon that day, because he has allowed us to rethink of “What It Takes To Be An American.” An American, who out of thousands of runners, wrote the names of the Boston Marathon Bombing victims on his bib. And an American, who dedicated his whole run and win on behalf of those victims. THAT IS AN AMERICAN!
To those who continue to chastise his ethnic background, his path towards citizenship, or his name is UN-AMERICAN! Especially after what he accomplished in a 26.2 mile run.
If you wish to follow Meb Keflezighi you can do so via Twitter @runmeb
Disclaimer: THIS IS MY OWN POLITICAL OPINION. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS PLEASE DIRECT THEM TO MY CONTACT PAGE.
Prince Sefa-Boakye host of the Prince in The City Show opens up his first show with the UR Business Network Crew.
On each and every show, I don’t just provide you news in the City but current events around the world–and how they impact you and the world around you.
On this special segment, I broadcast my very first radio talk show on UR Business Network with the help of Himali Patel (UR Business Staff) and Nathan Roman (co-host of the Business Side of Sports). The topics that I featured on the show were: the departure of the Piers Morgan Show, America becoming financially conservative; tying the shoes the right way and a weekly spiritual digest that I pulled from my website
Our most engaging topic of discussion, was my Weekly Political Report “Being Financially Conservative This Holiday Season.
This weekly political report was written back in December of 2013, when America was moving closer and closer to another government showdown–especially after just recovering from an unnerving government shutdown. What I mention in my talk is that the average American has embraced financial conservatism last holiday season while lawmakers in Congress has not. Last holiday season holidays shoppers have spent an average of $407.20 between last Thursday (Thanksgiving) and Sunday, which went down 4 percent from the $423.55 they spent last year–a 2.9% reduction from last year’s spending. (Washington Post)
While this does indicate that Americans are being smart with their money, it is still does not imply that our economy has fully recovered (especially from last year’s report).
So how come? How come ordinary Americans can manage their own budget and high ranking members in Congress (not the White House) cannot. The answer to this boils down to ideology–or difference of opinion.
“Should the working poor, or middle class Americans, shoulder the economic deficit by working more hours and paying more in taxes than the average person from Wall Street? Or should Wall Street, multinational corporations, and even individuals with incomes of 500k continue to protect their self interests and ship jobs overseas–or pay lower taxes?
The answer is common sense, but having the majority of votes in Congress to support it is difficult which leads to a fiscal showdown–or worse a government shutdown.
While there is room to argue on what influences a lawmaker to manage the budget, but the fact is: there are middle class Americans and the very rich and powerful. And so, what reforms or cuts in a budget, should benefit whom?
From an American perspective there should be economic growth in both sectors: public and private.
For people who want to serve our country by means of public service (to be a soldier, police officer, public official, firefighter, teacher, bus driver etc.) should have the financial stability to support their families (meaning no sequester cuts) so they can continue to serve and make our country great.
And for people who want to start a business in this country through the private sector (with little to no risk) should prosper from their labor. But must also keep their business(es) at a fair playing level so everyone in the country can prosper. Which means investing in American jobs, fairer wages, and paying fair taxes.
To Listen to our conversation, click on the link below.
To give me your opinion on the matter, drop a message on my Contact Page.
Thank you Himali and Nathan for your opinions and great insight.
Today is my 25th Birthday; The NBA Bans LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life, here are the next steps after the decision; More government offices has been seized in Ukraine and Moscow still denies it’s involvement; Adidas reinstates their sponsorship with LA Clippers after Don Sterling’s ban; Brazilian football star Neymar fights racism with brilliant PR move; and British actor Bob Hoskins dies at 71.
I got to share my morning breakfast with my Dad at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Thank you Byron for being a gracious host.
Later today I will be with UR Business Network to discuss Don Sterlings Racist Comments–and get the “business side behind sports” with Nathan Roman on this topic. Don’t forget that I will be also interview MA Bar Lawyer Suneal Bedi and learn about his experience at Harvard Law School. If you have any questions that you would like to be read on the show, then tweet them to me via Twitter @princedjc or hashtag #princeinthecity.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver will make statement today at 2pm EST on Don Sterling’s racist comments; State Secretary John Kerry makes offensive ‘apartheid’ comments on Israel; White House takes measures to combat campus sex assaults; Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge are celebrating their 3rd Wedding Anniversary; and Craig Ferguson will be leaving his ‘Late Late Show’ at the end of this year. All this and more, please follow the links below.
Harper Lee turns 88 and gives approval to have her book “To Kill A Mockingbird” digitized; Obama to levy new Russia sanctions today in retaliation for alleged provocations in Ukraine; Pro-Russian forces freeze Western military observer in eastern Ukraine; Syria’s Assad to run a third term as President; and The Ukrainian mayor has been shot and wounded. All this and more, please follow the links below.
In NYC real estate, the Chinese are the New Russians; Ukraine dismisses Russian threats to intervene; Here is footage of Cliven Bundy’s remarks to African-Americans; Netflix to become real TV and get its own ‘cable channel’ next week; and This woman spent $15,000 on plastic surgery specifically to take better selfies. All this and more, please follow the links below.
Meb Keflezighi throws out the first the First Pitch at Fenway; Five Pro-Russian separatists killed in Ukraine; Israel decides to suspend peace talks with Palestine because of their collusion with rival factions; Putin says that the Internet is a ‘CIA Project’; and Michigan Man is among the first to receive a bionic eye. All this and more, please follow the links below.
Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o is People Magazine’s most beautiful people; Pro Russian gunman in eastern Ukraine says they are holding an American journalist for spying; NFL player told TSA agent to search him further; Justin Bieber apologizes to Japan for visiting shrine honoring war criminals in Tokyo; and The US Department of Justice announces new rules to clemency for drug offenders. All this and more, please follow the links below.