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History and You, March 19, 2013

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District of Columbia for Statehood
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with Senator Michael D. Brown

Leadership is an outgrowth that comes from a principled person, who is usually appreciated publicly by the very same people that have come to embrace his new morality of their country, which, in turn, makes them feel good about who it is that leads them.  Politicians come and go but good leaders, as well as bad, seem to come along in the most pointed and interesting periods of time, but regardless of the issues that surround, people always like to rally behind the leader with a message, a plan, and an outcome of hope.  Simplicity in a leader and sincerity in his message will carry the seeds of success, but it will ultimately rest with the public at large as to whether those once posited seeds will be enough to distinguish the good from bad choices in America’s leadership, in determining the continued course ahead.

Leaders like Senator Brown have a way of bringing the right kind of message home to the very people he cares to represent.  It’s been much too long for DC residents to have been denied representation over questions of financial autonomy in deciding the allocation of funds needed to improve the quality of learning in their schools, improvements in housing, and updating their medical services to needed residents there.  The Senator is doing all he could possibly do to bring DC representation up to the level it deserves.  There is no doubt that his efforts now are serving to pioneer the future statehood of a well-deserved area of our country: the District of Columbia.  Senator Brown’s leadership is the kind I speak of, when considering the type of “new-normal” that is needed to coopt with other leaders around the country in achieving a consensus of success.  

But America today is in a dire and confused state, because while DC residents have the kind of hungry leadership it needs, our current President, unfortunately, has no such leadership of the kind necessary that pulls people together and harnesses the strength and resources of what we are as a force to rebuild our priorities.  America doesn’t have that today; instead, it has a president that’s hard to respect, because he fragments issues and divides people with rhetoric of class warfare that incites ill will against one another.  It is a man who currently occupies the oval office and pretends to care, but only about his own arrogance, which refuses to recognize the presidential incompetence that has given us birth to financial disaster.  

Good leadership is very hard to come by, and when it does, it requires a gradual brick by brick foundational build-up of a kind that must resist the gale winds and weathered effects of bad leadership.  America is worth keeping, worth fighting for, and worth preserving, if for no other reason than to ensure for the many, the promises of freedom, individuality, autonomy, and opportunity this country of ours can continue to offer under a freely elected, good leader!

Guest, Michael Brown

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Michael Brown
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Shadow Senator from the District of Colombia, Lobbyist, Member of Democratic Party
Guest Biography

Michael Donald (Mike) Brown (b. August 5, 1952) is a shadow senator from the District of Columbia.

As a shadow senator, Brown receives no pay from the government, receives no budget from the government, and cannot vote on matters before the Senate. While he does not have an office in the United States Senate, the Government of the District provides the position with an office. Brown lobbies the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives on behalf of the citizens of the District in their attempt to gain full representation in Congress, self-determination, and eventually admittance to the union as a state. As shadow senator, Brown also works with the District's delegate, mayor, and council to advance the interest of local residents on Federal issues. Brown is a member of the Democratic Party.

History and You

Capturing the importance of the individual and how the past can put you in a position to make a difference in the present. History, as we have come to know it, is a collage of choices made, created, and driven by all of us. Our understanding of it only helps to measure how far and with what level of sophistication we can see the world and our individual place in it.

The individual, the everyday hero, who wakes up to work his day and returns home at the end of that work, is the focus of this show. People today live in an environment they seldom know because so little is known about history. Therefore, the variety of topics and history surrounding everyday people will be made current and relevant through insightful discussions. Topics for the show will include, but are not limited to, an informed and considered view of:

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