Friday, August 11, 2017

Choosing the Future: The Power Of Media Is The Vessel of Change in Urban America

When the blessings of the Lord overtake you, it causes one to humbly consider their next steps.  I have been blessed recently with the responsibility of building two major Conservative Christian internet television networks.  The networks are to provide, 24 hours a day 7 days a week, content worthy of consideration by those seeking entertainment as well as enlightenment.  In a moment, God made me a servant leader of a dream and a prayer.  I tremble.

It has always been my dream to give the world, especially in urban America an alternative voice. Through much of my life, I lived without hearing the sincere messages of the pure Gospel of Jesus Christ, the profound strength of the US Constitution, the ingenuity of capitalism, the radiance of Classical liberalism, and the beauty--the matchless beauty--of individual sovereignty.  The tender heart of my old age winces at what I lost in my youth.  Yet, as the blood pumps boldly through my veins, the promises of God provoke me still to create an alternative message that will draw the young that they may hear a word that encourages them to possess a zest for life and all its pursuits of happiness.  While many will say that they imagined this day would come for themselves, I must sincerely confess that I never thought a thing like this possible for me.  Trust me, I am not the wisest of men.  I am not the wealthiest nor the strongest.  In my flawed heart, I sincerely do not believe myself worthy in and of my own accord.  God has always been better to me than I deserve.  In this moment of inheritance, I tremble.

Webster's Dictionary 1828 defines success as "the favorable or prosperous termination of any thing attempted; a termination which answers the purpose intended; properly in a good sense, but often in a bad sense."  While seemingly cold, the definition casts the possibilities of any pursuit.  The reality is that in anything pursued, especially business, there are two possible outcomes.  The end may be prosperity and accolades.  The end may be bankruptcy and public ridicule.  Success is not what we would prefer but, the providential outcome of our journey.  Good or bad, we shall be known by the fruit that we bear or not.  I have but, one choice of two decisions to make: pursue or end.  In this moment of pondering, I pray for wisdom.

From its Latin origins succedere meaning "get on well, prosper, be victorious", we have shared the preferences of our ancestors.  We have always wanted to do well.  As the dawn extends its radiant fingers beneath the darkness of night, I thoroughly wish to be successful in this pursuit.  I know that many returning to school or starting a new career as the days become shorter and the nights colder share this desire.  We wonder solemnly, “What is “success” and how will I know its destination?  Will it bear no burdens?  Will I have all of my friends?  Will I be wealthy beyond compare?  Will there be pain and sorrow?”  The whole of victoriously moving forward is often corrupted by our incessant nature to look back at only the bad outcomes.  We have only known failure and thus, we must repeat what we know.  We begin with an end in mind--defeat.  It is now that we prepare the public notice to our family and friends of our utter demise.  It surely does not help that you shall report this to the “I Told You So” Party.  Please give due notice of thirty days so that the masses may prepare to wrap themselves in the finest garb, rinse their teeth with the most magnificent Chablis, and celebrate your most evident demise.  No, this shall not be my beginning nor my end.  I shall not fail.  


Most of us want to be successful in the eyes of others.  Don’t look at me crossly by the sworn conviction that not everyone wants to be.  Imagine the price that must be paid and sacrifices offered.  Really?  Do we all want to succeed?  Forget not that there is an industry built on the target of failure--victimization.  It is so much easier and, often, more profitable to blame another for our failures.  Indeed, the failure is not by my design or the providential outcomes of my decisions.  No!!!  It was the color of my skin.  It was where I worshipped.  It was because I was bullied in sixth grade.  No way, gimoozaabi, it was always the MAN!  Not all indeed desire advancement.

However, many want to know the feeling and the fact of Glory.  We even want to be so smug that we can find comfort in our achievements.  I desire to progress in a way that all will prosper and God will get the Glory.  These are my questions and expressions to a Loving God.  This is my heart string as the sun rises.

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele, was, in 1999, voted World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) and Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee.  The soccer phenom was once asked to define “success”.  He defined it this way, “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”  As I have begun building The Exceptional Conservative Network® (TECN), I have become acquainted with each of these tenets.  The labors required to build a brand, market it to consumers and stakeholders, encourage volunteer staff, support tremendous hosts, operate a network, and then, host my own show are intellectually, emotionally, and often, physically, exhaustive.  Not a whine or complaint, it is merely an observation.  


Success is neither a civil nor natural right.  It is, however, a worthy privilege--a particular and peculiar benefit or advantage enjoyed by a person, company or society, beyond the common advantages of other citizens.  The most sensitive amongst us would immediately harp on the concept of the citizenry.  “So are you saying, Ken, that only American citizens can be successful?”  No, safe space person, I am not.  I am acknowledging that while we may all have a similar start, our ends are not guaranteed.  It is His Grace and Mercy that allows us the privilege of achieving our intended goal, whatever it may be.  It is our purpose--that which a person sets before himself as an object to be reached or accomplished--that will require our complete essence.  Of the fiber character necessary for our Nation to remain free and independent, Thomas Jefferson prescribed what would we need most: “And for the support of this declaration we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, & our sacred honour.”  As the sun ebbs above the horizon, I know what God will require in order to please Him and to make TECN successful.  It will require all of me even when I do not want to give or sacrifice.  All of me is peanuts in comparison to all that He has given.

It is that.  

Giving everything that you are to accomplish your end.  The passion--Latin pati "to endure, undergo, experience"--requirements of an employee is different than an owner’s.  The good, the bad, and the ugly of what you must endure, undergo, and experience is never equal despite the similar stewardship demands.  When I entered Blue Cross in my 20’s, I gave a lot but, in the end, I was an employee.  I was not giving everything.  When I entered the Pentagon in my 30’s, I gave my time and commitment to make certain that our military personnel and overseas citizens voted.  However, in the end, it wasn’t all of me.  When I entered Lydia’s House in my 40’s, I gave as much of me as possible to make certain that the impoverished excelled financially.  I gave but, it was not all of me.  I was passionate as an employee but, I was not the owner.  If anything, capitalism has taught me that, in free markets, ownership requires more than employment.  For an employee, it’s a paycheck.  For an owner, it’s an investment.  For an employee, it’s eight and then, on to the next important thing.  For the owner, there is no beginning and no end.  For the employee, every decision is a potential public fiasco.  For the owner, everything must be securely private and confidential even if it is a public fiasco.  In the end, we hope that all will prosper in achieving their goals.  The signature is on the check.  The decision to upgrade equipment is yours.  Everyone must be paid before you.  The vision you possess must be large enough for others to dream within it.  For the promise of success, others devote their talents, gifts and skills.  Your passion must be so great that you are willing to deny yourself, pick up your Cross, and follow His Will.   

As the sun bares its warmth fully upon the Earth, the whispers from my lips emote the enormous concerns.  This exercise must not result in failure or futility.  Building two Internet television networks that are competitive with Mainstream Media and Established RINO Broadcasters seem more myth than potential achievement.  I have heard the challenges:

“Who will listen?
“Whom will watch?
“Is this even needed?
“Will Inner-City people even consider it an option?”
“No one has yet, heard of you!”
“Whom will even partner with you?”

No matter how long I persevere, it seems I return to these challenges.  Above the accomplishments, the heavy fog of inadequacy seems to eclipse all.   

Ken Poirot wrote, “The Six Steps to Success [are]: (1) Define Success; (2) Devise a Plan;  (3) Execute and Overcome Adversity;  (4) Measure Results with Key Metrics; (5) Revise the Plan; and (6) Work Hard”.  Success must be more than profitable media networks.  There must be a change in our culture measured by the peace and prosperity of our people.  A change that was encouraged by authentic reforms within individuals and families, the economy, the neighborhoods, the education systems, the government, and our Faith outlets.  Reforms that were generated by a repentance of the people.  A change of mind, body, soul, and strength secured by an intense moral order and conformity to the rule of law.  As the Nation advances, so must Urban America advance.

Our plan begins with recruiting the best Christian conservative hosts in the world.  Yes, that means international!  Getting from behind the PC and into the community where the world can witness the power of Urban Conservatism.  The great adversity for many hosts is the lack of corporate sponsorship which requires the depletion of personal resources.  These patriots, as individual show owners, now have access to a confederacy of hosts which offer more opportunities for advertisers beyond the limits of singular program marketing.  In addition, hosts are made eligible for profit-sharing through our subscription based Premium Channel Network.  We begin with a metric of over 100,000 EnetLive.tv/MOUToday.tv subscribers.  That is not enough.  We will campaign to reach over 250,000 new subscribers in the 250 Major Urban Centers in the United States.  You can not change what you do not reach.  As needed, we will innovate to reach Urban America and the World.  Working Hard is what TECN has done, does, and will do.  

When the blessings of the Lord overtake you, one must not give up, give in, or give over.  He has given us a gem to use to change our cities, our families, and our culture.  We have waited for everyone else.  We ran to the Democrats and they instituted genocide as their depopulation tactics.  We ran to the Republicans and they can not end their commitment to the status quo.  In this time of weakness, God has seized this day to help us strengthen our resolve.  As a servant leader, this is the day that was made for us to convert a dream and a prayer into the hope of freedom and liberty.  I tremble not in fear.  I rejoice in this moment of strength.  All for His Glory.

Kenneth McClenton, 
is an Urban Conservative Whose Mission Is to Spread the Good News of Christianity, Conservatism, Capitalism, Constitutionalism, and Individual Sovereignty throughout the World.  
Devoted to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, He Believes that in Order to Save the United States, We Must Mutually Pledge Our Lives, Our Fortunes, 
and Our Sacred Honor to Save Urban America.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Electoral Bankruptcy: Black Voters Are Playing A Loser's Game with Both Sides of the Same Coin

We have been playing a loser's game with the same coin.  Our season of discontent merits pithy summations that offer blatant solutions rather than recite the problems.  We must fervently pull some from the fires of political impotence and compassionately persuade others to surrender their hostility towards sound economic reason.  The Democrat Party has played identity politics to the point that the electorally bankrupt will vote against everything that made their ancestors and themselves free.  The Republican Party has played personality politics to the point that, in the midst of the strongest conservative movement in the history of the United States, the White House has classical liberal blacks answering to a former Democrat ally of President Donald John Trump.  Even the Congressional Black Caucus has presented a treatise of lobbying points for consideration to the President of the United States.  Cricket.  Cricket.  Yes, I have not heard of a constituency of black conservatives meeting with the President since February 2017.  During that one, America was trying to figure out whether one of the Preachers was speaking for, to, or about Chicago Gang Leaders.  Remember, Chicago is Home of the Former President of the United States, Barack Obama, and Murder Capital of the Nation.  As soon as we figure it all out then, we will be able to do what our Marxists opponents were able to do in June 2017--present an agenda.

Since the dramatic upset of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton by President Trump, we can not blame Omarosa Manigault or Telly Lovelace for the current manner in which the Grand Ol' Party has mismanaged outreach to Blacks, Negros, Coloreds, Afro-Americans, or African-Americans--which ever is acceptable in your Generation.  They are merely involved in the "Drain the Swamp" Personality Politics of the GOP.  Who could blame them for the fact that the GOP had no real plan to convert Urban "Trump" Voters into the Republican Party or the Conservative Movement?  Heck, they did not even put an Obama Care repeal plan together because even the GOP thought Trump would lose.  How could you blame them for scheduling a Black Conservative Agenda Conference on the same weekend as the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) Week?  Heck, there are very few Blacks that go to CPAC!  I guess we could wrestle a few together and put together a White Paper.  How could you blame them for the fact that the GOP Black Folks Outreach Budget covers 30 people at Golden Corral on Monday nights only as long as you are over age fifty-five (55)?  If you are under 55 then, you gotta pay the difference.

So Omarosa keeps a list.

I am quite certain that Democrats April Ryan, Roland Martin, and Pastor Jamal "We Can Co-Exist, Omarosa" Bryant find that welcome news.  Maybe Omarosa has a Black Russian listed.  Certainly, since she gave up her Black Card or it was forcibly taken by Radio Disc Jockey Al Sharpton because she supported President Trump, that would be grounds for an extensive 18-month investigation into her taxes, real estate holdings and whether Barron Trump was involved in any meetings.  I am quite certain that Roland Martin has secretly slipped an email to Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz demanding a Bi-Partisn Hearing on whether Omarosa is a racist, Islamaphobe for choosing to meet with a Black Russian and not a White Russian.  As well, how much did Russian President Vladimir Putin contribute to her wedding?  As the project manager for her wedding, I am certain that she called in all of her overdue chits.  Wouldn't want to get fired at the wedding you know!

Imagining Vlad now:

"We send the cake topping, ehhhhh, you choose the frosting, and you get rid of the sanctions.  Ehhhhhhh, it is just that easy.  Always remember Omarosa, our Russian proverb: God won't give it away, pigs won't eat it.  Ehhhhhhhhh, Congratulations."

So Omarosa keeps a list.

In the jaded world of DC Politics, the real question is, "Who doesn't?"  I notice that none are pointing to their investment portfolios.  Wouldn't it be great if we were talking about how wealthy Manigault and Lovelace have become since the Trump Stock Market Rally began?  That would be so much more irritating to the Leftists required to report daily on Russian collusion by order of the CIO's at the DNC.  CIO, Ken?  Yes, Communist Information Officers.  Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale converted to Mohammedism in Pakistan and were recruited to lead all DNC OIC's.  Forgive me snowflakes but, this is Not Racial.  Boris and Natasha are White Russians.

The drama of personality politics offers cynics. like myself, much fodder for a comedic sketch.  However, both the acceptance of Identity Politics on the Left and Personality Politics on the Right reveal just how truly politically insolvent we are.  For the sake of understanding the plight of Urban Electoral conditions, let us review some terms.  Personality is defined as a "person whose character stands out from that of others".  Identity is defined as "sameness, oneness, state of being the same".  Politics is defined as "a person's political allegiances or opinions".  Policy is defined as a "plan of action, way of management".  Based on the high taxes, extensive regulations, and restrictions of liberty and freedom, the ultimate goal is implementing policy changes that promote Christianity, Conservatism, Capitalism, Constitutionalism, and Individual Sovereignty.  Our objective should be liberating Urban America for the sanctity of the Nation.

"Top Down" political organization has debilitated the Urban American process of protecting our liberties and freedoms.  The GOP, never expecting to get more than 5% of the Black Vote, have targeted individuals to uplift in order to draw all other voters.  The theory is that maybe if one of you makes political sense then, more Blacks, Asians, and Hispanics will jump on board.  Hence, the political allegiances will be built on the sway of an individual "leader's" charisma and political opinions solidified by fanatic certainty.  The most crushing occurrence is when the Black Vote does not lift above the 5% threshold.  The individual's attraction is discounted and the interest to pursue Urban America is rejected soundly on merit.  Disheartened, individuals isolate and choose sides within the Party.  The firing squad goes into full operation and the circle claims its victims.  The Grade is an F and no one wins.

The Democrats practice Identity politics.  A successful "Top Down" strategy of divide and conquer where the few rule the many.  The only right answer is more government.  Every issue must go through the filter of age, religion, social class or caste, culture, dialect, disability, education, ethnicity, language, nationality, sex, gender identity, generation, occupation, profession, race, political party affiliation, sexual orientation, settlement, urban and rural habitation, and veteran status.  Notice that liberty and freedom are not filters.  It does not matter that everyone votes for the party.  What is good for the party leader rises above the needs of the individual citizen.  Taxes rise!  It's ok.  It's good for the party.  Obama Care means Grandma loses her cancer doctor.  It's ok.  It's good for the party.  Unemployment drenches a particular group in poverty.  It's ok.  It's good for the party.  Although the majority votes, the result is disenfranchisement by choice.  The Grade is an F and no one wins.

ESPN Analyst Stephen A. Smith, at Vanderbilt University, eloquently spoke on the decade's old electoral bankruptcy faced by modern voters.  Smith said, “Black folks in America are telling one party, ‘We don’t give a damn about you.  They’re telling the other party, ‘You’ve got our vote.’  Therefore, you have labeled yourself ‘disenfranchised’ because one party knows they’ve got you under their thumb.  The other party knows they’ll never get you and nobody comes to address your interest."

Let this be plain amongst us.  Since the President Franklin Delano Roosevelt Era, Blacks have suffered from electoral insolvency.  Haven surrendered our natural rights for the security of government issued assurances, we have allowed ourselves to become static in the most dynamic nation in the world.  Static in finance.  Static in economics.  Static in politics.  Static in education.  With the promise of a "Kitchen Cabinet", we have traded the power, affluence, and influence of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for the politically correct poverty that justifies reviling men for their ancestry's sins.  Rather than propelling men to overcome the lack of their forebearers with the inheritance for our children and our children's children, we are left to punish our progeny with the aspirations of radicals deemed poverty pimps by Booker T. Washington.  

For twenty pieces of silver, we have empowered the poverty pimps and Marxist culturalists to take from us what slave masters could never forcibly acquire from their chattel: the pursuit of individual sovereignty.  In Urban America, especially, we have defouled the dreams of those lashed upon, having forgiven their enslavers, and pursued the course of tyranny with all its rose colored detriments.  We have traded our birthright protections for a cup of soup.  Surrendered the sacred for the secular.  Yet, with unbridled gall, we blame those that have no weight in our game-play for the expected outcomes of the game that we have played.  You blame the "alt-right" for being conspiratorial yet, the truth is no conspiracy is required.  There has been no need for one since Dr. W. E. B. DuBois convinced "God-fearing" black preachers to fight for abortion.  Everything the Confederates ever desired to do to your ancestors, you have voted for it to be done to your inheritance--your children's children.  Imagine if HBO did a series where black men and women did not abort their children.  Maybe they would call it "The Birthing Fields".

I digress.

Forgive me, as I try to convey simplicities to the Ivory Tower elite among us.  If what we call abortion was done in predominately third world nations by stronger tribes upon weaker tribes then, you would call it "genocide" and regale in protest before that nation's embassies in New York or Washington, DC.  I dare say your anti-capitalist stint of protest would be recorded on I-phone in between hourly Starbuck's runs.  That's until someone explains that genocide is caused by climate change and then, you would be off to the next snowflake event.    

There is no need to question the outcomes of Top Down political organization.  We can see its results in income, marriage, safety, poverty, and housing statistics.  There are three basic solutions that must be practiced to move us away from Top Down failures.  One, we must focus on developing competent conservative candidates at the local level and nationalize their primary electoral pursuits.  Winning matters.  The conservative movement must embrace its candidates as early as possible.  Political allegiances tied early to primary funding makes it more likely that we will vet and solidify classical liberals for political victory rather than temporarily supporting Republicans In Name Only (RINO's) that await the Glory of GOP support in the General Election.  Secondly, we must promote, market, and support an agenda that liberates Urban America.  It must be something that radical Republican Frederick Douglass would be proud to convey.  We must not fail ourselves by elevating one above the other which has guaranteed our ultimate failure within the GOP.  We must find courageous local Titans of conservatism to speak at community events, local hearings, and other events.  Which brings us to the third point, supporting conservative media.  Preachers reach hundreds, maybe even thousands, of captive listeners in one setting.  Even with the best social media applications, it is rare to pass a million viewers and/or listeners mark for most.  However, there are literally hundreds of local conservative media that broadcast nightly and reach hundreds of thousands of viewers and/or listeners.  Instead of waiting to appear on the curvy couch at 6:10 AM for the world to see you, the greater return on investment will come from appearances on local conservative media.  I know, I know!  There are only two black conservative shows that you know of: Lonnie Poindexter's Lionchasers Show and Stacy Washington's Stacy on the Right.  Yes, fellow conservatives, we need to get out more.  Including TECN TV, there are hundreds of other great program hosts waiting to serve you and their community.  Unfortunately, these hosts find it easier to schedule a Radical Socialist than a virtuous Right Winger.  That curvy couch must be huge!  Doing just these three things at the start of the Election Season 2018, beginning Labor Day, will markedly improve political, economic, and cultural outcomes for Urban America.

ESPN's Smith challenged those oppressed by identity and personality politics to consider switching their vote just once.  Smith contests that black Americans "would both scare the Democrats and inspire the Republicans into competing for their vote".  So what would this do?  It would encourage people on both sides to “cater” to interests.  His advice: “shop around”.  Smith concludes, “We don’t do that with politics and then we blame white America for our disenfranchisement.”  Urban America, it's time to cease and desist from personality and identity politics.  Playing A Loser's Game with Both Sides of the Same Coin is sincerely passee.

Kenneth McClenton, 
is an Urban Conservative Whose Mission Is to Spread the Good News of Christianity, Conservatism, Capitalism, Constitutionalism, and Individual Sovereignty throughout the World.  
Devoted to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, He Believes that in Order to Save the United States, We Must Mutually Pledge Our Lives, Our Fortunes, 
and Our Sacred Honor to Save Urban America.