Are you ready to join in and move forward?

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The 2012 elections have come and gone. You almost could have heard a loud sigh Nov. 7. That sound was a sigh of relief from all the political advertising that invaded the television and radio airwaves for 18 months. No matter what one’s political affiliation, I think we can agree that we don’t want to hear any more of that for a while.

It might be safe to say that almost 50 percent of the electorate was not happy with the results in the presidential election. On the other hand, the other 50 percent or so may have been happy – but there is still much uncertainty and a very long road to travel.

But how do we move forward? Republicans are licking their wounds, and many are wondering what happened. Others are looking at them saying, “Are you kidding me?”

THE TERM “moving forward” became a mantra for many campaigns around the country. I heard the term often in conversations over the past few months, too. What’s interesting is that the words “moving forward” mean something different to everyone.

One thing about moving forward: Change forces us to move forward. I realize some may disagree – especially after seeing and hearing the doom-and-gloom commercials from many special-interest groups.

This election reminds me of a nasty domestic violence relationship in which the husband beat his wife so badly you couldn’t recognize her face. She refused to press charges even after being hospitalized for weeks. He is still at home when she finally gets released from the hospital, and he has to look at her two black eyes, broken jaw and look of despair.

Our national Republican elected officials had to go back to their jobs in Congress, back to their constituents and their backers – beat up, bruised and slightly disfigured. That can’t possibly be a good place to be, if you’re looking at the situation from a negative perspective. There is no single answer to why the results came out the way they did, but it is necessary for all of us to move forward.

What moving forward looks like to Republicans, Democrats, independents, Libertarians, followers of the Green Party or any other party will be completely different. I often ask myself, “Do politicians today listen to the people anymore?” Have they considered what moving forward means to them? Politicians are talking loud about one thing and the people – the voters, the constituents – are not hearing them. Just like children, everyone wants to be heard every now and then.

Moving forward, in our local community or on a national level, sends a positive tone to me. But it doesn’t mean the path won’t be without a few bumps along the way. That even includes lost elections.

Moving forward means finding common ground, building bridges and forming unlikely allies. Moving forward takes leadership. America desperately craves authentic leadership from both major political parties.

We are not looking for the perfect person, We are looking for elected officials who listen, pay attention and take chances; who are not lukewarm; and who are willing to make tough decisions, even when it’s not popular.

I SAW AN interview on television the other day with the author of a newly released book about Thomas Jefferson, who was known for his politics of positivism. I found it quite fascinating because I was in the middle of writing this column. The book’s author is best-selling author Jon Meacham.

From Amazon.com: “In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power gives us Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson’s genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously. Such is the art of power.

“Thomas Jefferson hated confrontation, and yet his understanding of power and of human nature enabled him to move men and to marshal ideas, to learn from his mistakes, and to prevail. ... The Jefferson story resonates today not least because he led his nation through ferocious partisanship and cultural warfare amid economic change and external threats, and also because he embodies an eternal drama, the struggle of the leadership of a nation to achieve greatness in a difficult and confounding world.”

I can’t wait to buy this book.

SO WHAT DOES moving forward mean to you? I believe all of us should play a role in moving forward in our homes, communities, businesses, organizations and institutions – collectively and individually. We are at the close of another year. There is so much promise and opportunity, despite what things may look like. Popular gospel recording artist Hezekiah Walker has a hit song called Moving Forward, and part of the lyrics say, “I’m not going back, moving ahead.” The word “move” as a verb means, by one dictionary, “When you move something or when it moves, its position changes and it does not remain still.”

Are you willing to move forward and not go back? By faith, I am, because I believe the best is yet to come.

(The writer is a radio talk-show host, published author, life coach and mental-health advocate.)

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justthefacts
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justthefacts 11/18/12 - 09:49 am
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Example

"This election reminds me of a nasty domestic violence relationship in which the husband beat his wife so badly you couldn’t recognize her face. She refused to press charges even after being hospitalized for weeks" Hey, me too, with Obama being the husband and the country being the wife.

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soapy_725 11/18/12 - 10:24 am
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Excellent thoughts Ms. Blocker-Adams
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A sincere desire for the best. "Moving forward takes leadership." That is the key. Whether it is the leadership of the Ancient of Days, A Moses of Old or a Joshua of Old. A Martin Luther or a MLK, Jr.. Many leaders have moved their countries forward in a vain attempt at world domination. Few have lead their countries forward to personal freedom and moral living.

Moving forward does not always involve progress for good, equality or fairness. The teaching of Marx and Engels preach moving forward toward "the wall of resistance" and their goal of world domination through Socialism.

The Bible teachings moving forward toward a goal of being more like Jesus and eventually the presence of Almighty God. Two distinct "moving forward". St. Paul said he pressed forward toward the goal of the high calling which is in Jesus.

The best is yet to come will not be via man made governments or philosophy.

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soapy_725 11/18/12 - 10:29 am
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Jefferson's Home says volumes
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about the man. Every step is a tribute to a brilliant man who viewed "higher education a waste of time", for himself. A man who wanted to advance the lives of those around him, even his slaves, with skills, education and a productive environment.

So it is with our homes. The fruits of our labors say volumes about us and our value system.

Love people and use things, or love things and use people.

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TParty 11/18/12 - 10:35 am
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Why move forward, when

Why move forward, when Georgia legislature can try to blame this path/election due to mind control from Obama?

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Riverman1 11/18/12 - 11:42 am
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Who can vote against Santa

Who can vote against Santa Claus? Free food, medical care, housing, sex. Free dental care will be next.

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Jane18 11/18/12 - 12:29 pm
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Wife-Beater, An Uninformed Coward

Sorry, Ms.Adams, that beaten wife may not press charges, but the law can, and does. So, maybe we as Republicans did get 'beat" in this election, but that does not mean someone on the other side is not going to answer or pay for the "beating". It may take a while, but the wife-beater husband(democrat party) and the ones(the deceived and ignorant-to ignore) that go along with him will one day, hopefully, see they were wrong and did Not know what was best for the United States of America!

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gargoyle 11/18/12 - 01:42 pm
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Moving forward with a cliff

Moving forward with a cliff ahead might not be a good idea. Looking ahead instead of blindly following a Pied Piper would be a better sugestion.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 11/18/12 - 02:30 pm
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"Moving Forward" to Ms. Adams means.....

certain groups getting/taking what they want and controlling everything! I am sure you know what groups I mean.

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Fiat_Lux 11/18/12 - 02:44 pm
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Nullification

It's an option that should be explored very carefully and with great diligence by every state in the coming years. It may be the only route for surviving.

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OpenCurtain 11/18/12 - 07:03 pm
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Moving Forward

Quoting the Washington Times
"The Obama campaign apparently didn't look backwards into history when selecting its new campaign slogan, "Forward" — a word with a long and rich association with European Marxism."

We won't be moving forward, the way we feel Mr. Obama intends.

We are not rich,we are not even well off. But we earned what we have, and strongly feel we have a right to chose how we use what we have earned.

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F4therTime 11/18/12 - 09:25 pm
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Obama....
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Has already turned his back on gays. Who's next for him to let them know he used them? Repubs had better find a serious player in the game or else Hillary will be the first woman president.

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happychimer 11/18/12 - 10:36 pm
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It is time to stop all the

It is time to stop all the bickering and move forward.The majority has spoken, so deal with it.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 11/18/12 - 11:01 pm
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"It is time to stop all the bickering and move forward.The majority has spoken, so deal with it" Ah, not a chance. Deal with that.

gargoyle
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gargoyle 11/18/12 - 11:21 pm
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Moving Backward

After checking finances as usual on Sunday night we have come to the realization that we will not be able to support charity has we have in the past. The current rise in energy, groceries and taxes and fee's coupled with our children caught up in the under employed after the economy crash and needing support, folks like the JobShop will have to do without our support. We have also realized that we can't keep working the hours that we have been putting in for the last few years to keep pace with inflation and still help others by pulling from savings. Government policies have real world implications and I know our charity contributions are just a drop in the bucket but it saddens us to have to pull in support for the community. Hopefully things will improve but I can tell you that yelling Forward when so many are loosing ground rubs salt in the wounds , And by the way Jefferson corrected mistakes the current administration doubles down.

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allhans 11/18/12 - 11:25 pm
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Republicans can move forward

Republicans can move forward without "joining" liberals.
Obama has run things his way since he took office so I am certain sure that he will continue to do so, with no help wanted or needed from us.

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rebellious 11/19/12 - 02:33 am
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Helen, Helen, Helen

To complete your analogy of the Abusive Husband...
"This election reminds me of a nasty domestic violence relationship in which the husband beat his wife so badly you couldn’t recognize her face. She refused to press charges even after being hospitalized for weeks. He is still at home when she finally gets released from the hospital, and he has to look at her two black eyes, broken jaw and look of despair."

My ending: He tells her he is sorry, and how much he loves her and the kids, how he can't live without her and will never do it again. She is angry at those she had begged to help her get releif from this abusive relationship. Then weeks later, his hours get cut at the job and the finances are tight. He beats her again, only this time, she does not survive the beating. He gets arrested for homicide and goes to jail. The children get shipped off to foster home after foster home, and are forever scarred by the orphaning they have recieved, and are forever changed. They remember Dad, but not without remembering the day he brutally slayed Mom. They angrily remember the relatives who could have helped, but fell victim to the abusive fathers svengali like sweet talk and charm. And they resent and hate the new parents they have, because they have to kneel on a prayer rug daily, wear a Burkha and endure involuntary female circumcision. The girl has no education and the boy has learned to man a machine gun and build IEDs.

Now imagine the Obama administration is the Father. The true Americans are the Mom, and the children are our children. The relatives are all of those who voted again for Obama. You figure out the roles of the rest of the participants.

Folks, this is no joke! This is the future of America, and whether it will be the home of the brave and land of thefree, or...NOT.

Helen said "Moving forward means finding common ground, building bridges and forming unlikely allies. Moving forward takes leadership. America desperately craves authentic leadership from both major political parties.

We are not looking for the perfect person, We are looking for elected officials who listen, pay attention and take chances; who are not lukewarm; and who are willing to make tough decisions, even when it’s not popular."

For me to follow any leader wanting to move forward, the goal they need to be moving towards better be freedom, self actualization, the support of the U.S. Constitution, and the right for the pursuit of freedom. Not the current leadership towards a nebulist ideal of Fairness, class envy, and Socialism.

Come on Helen, you surely remember Roger Donavon's Civic's Class from Glenn Hills!

Dang that was a lot of typing. Thanks Mrs. Nadine MaHaffie.

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par 3 11/19/12 - 08:26 am
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Great column, Helen

Great column, Helen. No matter how reasonable you try to be, there are people who will disagree with you with hateful words, when it comes to President Obama. Speak your mind, as you have always tried to do, in a respectful way, and let the real destroyers of the "American way of life" be known for whom they really are,with their "comments."

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jcmurray2 11/20/12 - 11:56 pm
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Forward??

NO!

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KasparHauser 11/23/12 - 11:59 am
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Let's see,... who hasn't moved forward...
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Wonder how many will be walking shoulder-to-shoulder with Donald Trump as he wets his pants all the way from NYC to DC in a Million Birther/Muslim-er/Bigot March?

At least the Bonus Army had the guts to actually march on DC and remain (until MacArthur decided to roust them). But, it'll be a long time before these folks leave their computer monitors and are actually allowed to get within sniffing distance of the Donald, or his comb-over, much less have him sleep in their shelter half until they reach the Mall...

Most of the rest of us, with REAL lives, have already moved on and left these children to splash around in their mud puddle.

As to the whining 'our charity contributions', the needy and poor would starve if left solely to private charity, as throttled by the bourgeois need to have cable tv and computers to moan on, and as directed by religious bigotry only to True Believers or only to possible True Converts. That is exactly the reason the government steps in.

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