Shermichael Singleton

REPUBLICAN POLITICAL CONSULTANT

Shermichael Singleton, Republican Political Strategist and Political Commentator.

The America I love is far better united than it is divided

The age of Trump can be best characterized as a period of uncertainty for many Americans. However, if you are like me and believe in America while also understanding our history as a nation, then you too, would know and believe that we can overcome this period of division and strife as we have in the past.

Our history as a nation is filled with a collection of uncertain moments in time, but despite them all, including those that nearly destroyed our democracy, we have persevered and overcome the challenges our nation faced. It has not always been easy and often it required great sacrifice, but we eventually got there. I have hope and firmly believe that we will at some point recognize that we are far better together than divided.

Like so many of you, I strongly believe in this great process known as democracy, and I know that our democracy will be no more or no less than what we allow it to be. No more or no less than what we’re willing to speak for that is good and right, or speak out against what is bad and wrong. The most unfortunate part of our current political system is that so many of our leaders are silent, saying absolutely nothing even though their own eyes have revealed to them so much that is wrong.

 

 

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As Americans, we must remember that united we stand, divided we fall

I am convinced that most people want similar things out of life. Whether you’re black, white, Latino, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, atheist, straight, gay, bisexual, or transgender — we all basically want the same things. We all want to be happy. We all want the opportunity to chase our dreams. We all want the best for our kids, loved ones, and communities.

Yet, this has somehow escaped us as the primary focus of politics, which is to foster an environment that allows people to be their best selves. We won’t always agree — we never have — but that shouldn’t hinder our ability to make progress for the greater good of society. We cannot continue to trivialize the problems of our current political climate as merely a moment in time. At what point do we all come together and say enough is enough, we owe each other so much more?

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OPINION: Left-wing politics will be the demise of the Democratic Party

You don’t have to be a seasoned political operative to question the logic behind Democrats investing so much money into a congressional district that has gone Republican for nearly 40 years, yet that is exactly what the Democratic Party did.

They believed they could switch moderate Republican voters to vote for a Democratic candidate and mobilize Independents by spouting a progressive message, which is philosophically antithetical to the values held by most voters — such as limited government due to a fear of government encroachment and excessive regulation — as well as utopian ideas about society, which many frankly believe are unrealistic.

Grand visions about the future are typically distrusted by most people regardless of their ideological leanings because people live in reality, and nothing, in reality, happens overnight. Most Americans want pragmatism that builds toward a better tomorrow, rather than grandiose promises built on unproven ideas.

 

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Black Republicans can't exist in a party that accepts white nationalists

Often the result of intellectual neglect that repels pragmatism and rationality, 21st century political conservatism is dogmatic in its current form. This current form of political conservatism fails to consider the various ways America’s future is shaped by multiculturalism and globalization. Furthermore, it forsakes key principles, such as diversity in thought and individualism, and is thus stuck in a time that has long past.

The populist rhetoric of the day has become synonymous with Americanism, such as the context in which President Trump stated, “From this moment on, it’s going to be America first.” While we agree with America prioritizing its own interests first, the political perspective that runs the undercurrent to Trump’s “America first” refrain is problematic. It defers to an isolationist foreign policy strategy that makes America less competitive on the global stage.

 

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