Jan 30

9th Issue New Voice For Politics

9th Issue New Voice For Politics

In this Issue

Busting Through Our Shackles Young MC holds the key to busting out of poverty.

No is Not an Option: You Must Join Everyone on campus must join the sisterhood, because we know what is best for you.

Best Bet to End Poverty in Kentucky: Legalize Gaming How casinos create opportunity for those in poverty.


Busting Through Our Shackles

By MC Blinders

Many people fondly remember the tale of Poindexter and the Girl in Yellow by Poet Laureate Young MC entitled “Bust a Move.” Poindexter was a smarty who had arrived at a party when his eyes fell upon many women with a preponderance of flesh exposed. When his eyes fell upon their bodies, he was instantly filled with lust but could not move towards them. The next day, the inhibited hero went to a movie where he spotted “a fine woman sittin’ in the front row. She’s dressed in yellow; she says, ‘Hello, come sit next to me you fine fellow.’ [He] runs over there without a second to lose.” But what comes next, alas, remains shroud in mystery. Some have speculated that he “busted a move,” while others insist that he refrained once again from engaging in any behaviors of a lewd and libidinous nature.

What could have stopped Poindexter from pursuing these beautiful ladies, who themselves were searching for “a man who brings home the bacon?” There were no physical barriers preventing him from walking over, and music was playing at the party, which would have provided him with a beat to make his body move with theirs in a rhythmic nature. Yet despite the ease of access, Poindexter refrained from busting a move.

What was impeding Poindexter was not a physical but a mental barrier. Poindexter did not believe he could make a play with the various ladies. This belief stopped him from acting. Even when there was evidence to the contrary, the “hello” from the girl in yellow and women singing “if you want it, you got it,” Poindexter refused to act because of his belief.

All actions are based on beliefs; we act because we believe a certain thing will happen as a result of our action. A bartender goes to work because they expect to be paid. The customer gives money to the bartender because they expect to receive a beer in exchange. A person will only act if they believe they are going to be successful in attaining what they want by means of their action. If a person shares the belief held by Poindexter at the party, they will be a wallflower and not try to dance, but if they believe that “she wants to dance to a different groove,” then that person “will know what to do” and “bust a move.”

When people believe they cannot act, they put blinders on themselves. Like a horse in a race, they cannot see what is to the left or right, only their belief is perceived. This phenomenon explains why so many people do not change their behavior, even when they are in a bad situation. Why do crack users continue to smoke, abused women stay in violent relationships, and the poor live in the ghetto? It is not because they are physically compelled to smoke, live with a monster that beats them, or reside in the most dangerous part of town. Physical shackles do not restrain them, they are held in place by shackles of the mind. They tell themselves things cannot change, the system is fixed, or even that they deserve to suffer.

How then can we liberate people from the shackles of their own mind? We cannot, but they can. People need to change their automatic beliefs that things must be the way they currently are. It is possible to help by encouraging them to view things from a different perspective and challenging their beliefs, but providing them with handouts in the form of free money, housing, and other aid will do nothing, because providing physical aid to a mental problem will not solve the core issue. The battlefield for improving the lives of the poor and abused occurs in the mind and must be fought there if change is to occur. People will continue to abuse drugs, stay in abusive relationships, and live in poverty as long as they believe they must. They first need to reject these beliefs of helplessness before they are able to bust a move.


No is Not an Option: You Must Join

By Courtney Mays

Many college students every year decide to join a fraternity or sorority. Undergraduates join Greek life for a variety of reasons: some are looking for adventure, others are following their friends, and some simply feel a strong compulsion to wear t-shirts with giant Greek letters on them to every school activity. Although the reason for joining may vary, these students all share a strong driving desire to go through various degrees of hazing and/or ritual in order to learn about the organization and prove they have what it takes to belong. Despite their yearning to join, not everyone makes it in; running naked across campus, memorizing over 20 songs about sisterhood, and standing in one’s underwear as people circle the parts on your body that are too fat and need to be improved is not for everybody. Even if you make it through the pledging, members must now go to weekly meetings, pay large annual dues, dress up in formal dresses at an alarmingly high frequency, and participate in a number of activities that members are not always thrilled about or risk being ostracized from the group. Some people find all of these “team building” and “sisterhood sharing” exercises to be a bit much, but, if you ask others, they will tell you it was the best time of their life and would do it all over again in a heartbeat. Often the latter will do this as they scream some motto at you; such as, alpha epsilon beta forever, whooooo!

Up until now, most universities have allowed students to figure out for themselves whether or not the Greek life is the right life for their life, but some colleges have decided to mix things up a bit. A group of people have come together on campus and decided for all that everyone should join up. As one might imagine, this has not been universally embraced. Some have objected, saying they do not have the money to pay the required dues. Others have stated that they do not have time to attend all the required meetings, parades, and other required activities. Finally, some have gone as far as to shout their absolute refusal to join any such group that has such a long history of engaging in immoral and illegal activities. Despite all of these protests, a number of colleges have decided to ignore the throngs of protestors and make it mandatory for all professors to join unions.

A few professors have stated that they should not be forced to join a union as a condition to work at a college. They disagree with unions automatically deducting dues from each of their paychecks. The idea of attending union meetings as well as marching and chanting in the streets is not viewed as a keen idea by all of the academics. The thought of joining an organization that has a history of being associated with organized crime, shouting down those who disagree with them, and actual use of violence to win an argument is appalling to many scientists that value open and honest debate. Finally, the idea of preventing students from trying to improve their lives by learning in the classroom because of a union strike is just too revolting an act for most.

The unions counter that they are a positive force in the lives of their members and improve the overall company. But if they are so great, why is it mandatory to join? If it was as great as they claimed, would people not voluntarily join? College girls are willing to bend over and be repeatedly swatted by a paddle to join a sorority. How many union pledges are bending over and shouting “thank you sir, may I have another?”


Best Bet to End Poverty in Kentucky:

Legalize Gaming

By J. A. Gedra

Helping the poor in Kentucky is a noble endeavor, but how can one help? Nine out of ten people agree that the root cause of being poor is not having enough money. If only they had more money, than they would no longer be poor. Based on this reasoning, government interventions to help the poor should be required to provide them with an opportunity to earn more money; otherwise, what is the point of such an intervention. Over the past decade, more and more researchers have discovered that one of the best ways to earn money is to have a job where a person exchanges their time, mind, and labor for pieces of paper that can be exchanged for goods and services. Following this line of thought, many have concluded that the poor should find jobs; however, this is not as easy as it may sound.

There are a number of barriers that those in poverty must overcome to obtain work. One of the main barriers that perpetuate poverty in Kentucky and around the globe is inadequate education; a person needs skills to pay the bills. Most employers want applicants with advanced college degrees or other forms of specialized training and experience. The less education a person has, the less job opportunities they will find. This is especially true if a person has only attained a high school diploma or less. In today’s economy, fewer and fewer employers are hiring people with only a high school education. Such a predicament begs the question, how are people without a college degree going to find a job? Some will say that these people could go to college and earn a degree in four years, but such a solution will not help them today when they have mouths to feed. Also, what if the person is not interested in attending college or performs poorly in a classroom learning environment, how are they supposed to find a job?

What is needed in Kentucky are thousands of jobs for individuals with a high school education or less. If only there was an industry begging Kentucky to come in and create thousands of jobs for people without a college education.

As luck would have it, there is an industry that has been biting at the bit to create jobs for those in poverty, the gaming industry. Everyone who has ever stepped into a casino has noticed two things right away: there is a lot of money in a casino and a large number of employees. Casino hotels require card dealers, chefs, waitresses, security, concierges, maids, maintenance men, showgirls, and a vast array of various other types of workers. None of these jobs require more than a high school diploma. Casinos have huge employment needs and the money to pay their employees well. According to the American Gaming Association, over 350,000 people have been employed by Casino’s and an additional 400,000 jobs were created in other industries as a result of the casinos. The University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center (NORC) has further found that casino jobs have been especially effective in helping those in poverty by decreasing the number of people receiving welfare payments by “12 to 17 percent.” Does anyone know of another industry that could come to their community and reduce the number of people in poverty by 17 percent?

With such a track record of success, many are likely wondering why is gaming not already legal in the commonwealth. Unfortunately, the employment boom has been blocked by some politicians who believe legalized gaming might have a negative impact on the lives of a few people. To be honest, this is a possibility with all laws; but let us keep things in perspective. In 2008, 58,124 Kentuckians were on Welfare and 663,591 were receiving Food Stamps. When our fellow Kentuckians are starving and broke, they need jobs. The real danger to the poor of Kentucky is being unemployed. If politicians care about the less fortunate of Kentucky, they will help the poor by legalizing gaming in Kentucky.




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