Wednesday, December 8, 2021

The Journal of Steffanie Rivers: Talking Points for Thanksgiving

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*Instead of talking about how the Dallas Cowboys are making a run for the playoffs this year and how Tony Romo’s best chance to win a Super Bowl ring is while he’s on the injured reserve list, here are a few things you should discuss that could have more of an impact on your family, your finances and your future:

Okay, so the unexpected happened: Donald Trump was elected as the next president of the United States. Deal with it! What direct effect – if any- will that have on your family’s future going into the New Year? If his cabinet picks (so far) are any indication it means Trump, the candidate, and Trump, the president will be one in the same.

His inner circle will consist of people who look like him, think like him and will enact policies that benefit the same. If your family’s well-being, your job or the success of your business depends on government policies enacted under President Obama’s tenure, you should start working on a plan B. Changes won’t happen overnight, but if Trump will turn his back on republican N.J. Governor Chris Christie, anybody with democratic affiliations won’t stand a chance.

All Christie did was his job! In 2004 Christie was a U.S. attorney general for the district of New Jersey when he indicted Charles Kushner for illegal practices in his billion dollar real estate business. Kushner plead guilty to 18 felony white-collar crimes and was sentenced to two years in federal prison. Yes, he only got two years for 18 felonies, but I digress.

Anyway, Kushner is Ivanka Trump’s father-in-law. Her husband, Jared, convinced Trump to pass over Christie as his VP pick as payback for his dad. And he’s the one who had Trump to drop Christie from the transition team after Trump won the election. After all the brown-nosing Christie did to stay in Trump’s good graces, he still got kicked to the curb!

Now Trump is lining up his supporters to overturn the federal anti-nepotism law that’s keeping him from appointing his older children and son-in-law, Jared to positions that require the highest of security clearance, especially when they don’t have the background or experience to hold those positions.

If you didn’t vote or weren’t as engaged in the process as you could have been, now is the time to contact your elected officials to let them know what you expect of them! Regardless of who is in office, they work for you. Your tax dollars pay their salaries.

Since you’ll be sitting around the dinner table talking, spend some time talking about family values and the importance of having integrity, treating people with respect and creating generational wealth. Be prepared to answer questions about how a man like Trump, with so many personal character flaws and little to no compassion for people who don’t look like him, can still become president! If you do your research you know he’s not the first and won’t be the last man of questionable character to occupy the Oval Office.

The rise in hate crimes during Obama’s presidency, as well as police killings of unarmed citizens is an indication that some people in authority are running scared! We need to understand where the fear might be coming from.

Although CNN commentator Van Jones said Trump’s victory was a result of white lash – white people’s efforts to take back the White House from the browning of America – Jones was only partly right. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, by 2050 white people no longer will be in the majority. That’s because, non-Hispanic whites are the only race of people who have had more deaths than births every year since 2012. A lot of the deaths are due to drug overdoses at alarming rates. The rise in bi-racial births and births among Latinos and Asians also is a factor. Latino and Asian immigration rates are up too. Simple math says traditional minorities are on the way to the majority. A number of white political leaders are concerned enough to take notice, but they don’t want us to know they know. You and I might not be here to see the final stages of the population transition, but our children and grandchildren will be. How should we prepare? Strategize on how to position yourself and your family. It’s one of the reasons slavery was abolished in America. Institutionalized slavery didn’t end because Americans in the north actually believed in the civil rights of African-Americans. It was because so many Africans were being shipped to the United States, and they were having children and multiplying so fast that political leaders started to fear a revolt against the white establishment. So leaders decided to stop shipping them over as a form of population control. The civil rights propaganda sounded politically correct. Abraham Lincoln was credited for freeing the slaves, but for the preservation of his own race. Honest Abe wasn’t so honest! Even though Trump says he wants to build a wall along the Mexican border to save American jobs from illegal immigrants, that’s just half the story! These are the kinds of issues Trump’s family will be discussing during Thanksgiving break. I suggest you do the same. After that, watch the Cowboys beat up on Redskins.

Steffanie Rivers
Steffanie Rivers

Steffanie is a freelance journalist living in the Dallas, Texas metroplex. Email her at [email protected] for comments, questions and speaking inquiries.




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