The Quick Scan by Mike Ramey



      Former President Donald Trump did what no other president of our modern era did:  He kept our boys—and money—out of Ukraine, the money laundering capitol of the eastern bloc.  Many on both sides of the political spectrum did not like the fact that on Trump’s watch, the United States managed to roll up an impressive score of major foreign policy victories by eliminating terrorists, keeping dictators in check, the Abraham accords and moving our Embassy to Jerusalem.

      I’ll take mean tweets over the restoration of the ‘draft’ anytime.  So should you.

      As one who still has his draft card from Vietnam, I’d like to remind Democrats (you know, the party of alphabets, love, peace, and anti-war) of one key historic truth left over from those days:  There was an inordinate amount of young Black men who went off to serve in uniform, period.  Why?  Because; a) the unemployment rate was high and the draft was the only way in which some could earn an income, and; b) the draft system allowed those who were mainly white and in college to not ‘have’ to participate in the draft—provided that they stayed in school.

      War is not as ‘clean’ or ‘fun’ as it appears in video games when YOU are in a uniform, holding a weapon and are ducking REAL bullets from people who want to kill you.  Word.

      Black Democrats are amazed that they have been getting heckled at Town Halls by young supporters for their stance at shipping millions to Ukraine without helping Americans.  More such heckling is on the way.  AOC got heckled last year at her support for this war.  Hakeem Jeffries got heckled this year for his support—and he’s the leader of House Democrats.  One would think that they would get the message that young folk don’t have a desire to fight in a globalist war to ‘help out’ rich, mainly white, and greedy Democrats (and Republicans) to keep their families and bank accounts fat, and intact.

      Black folk have NO stake in the war in the Ukraine, period.  However, as history does repeat itself, the economy soon—possibly by the fall of this year—will have an unemployment rate of more than 6 percent. Black folk need to start heckling—and voting—against those of our color who want to ship young Black men overseas.  It worked in Chicago.  It can work in your city. 

      The party of anti-war is strangely silent at the actions of the President Joe Biden as he sends millions overseas to Ukraine in the middle of a U.S. recession of his making.  Unless we want to see Black soldiers fighting in yet another fruitless war, the time is NOW to start putting the voting pressure on those who ‘claim’ to be friends of ‘our people’.

      Mike Ramey is a Retired Minister, KJV Bible Teacher, syndicated columnist and Bible Prophecy Specialist who lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.  “The Quick Scan” is one of a variety of his columns appearing and abounding in print and cyberspace, written from a biblical, business, and common-sense perspective since 1996.  To drop him a line—or a whine—the address is still the same:  ©2023 Barnstorm Communications International.

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Ramey is married and resides in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a Christian, an Ordained Minister and KJV Bible Teacher. Since the 1980s, Ramey has won--or helped to win--multiple journalism awards and citations (including 3 CASPER awards). He holds a Police Citation for Citizen Bravery from the Indianapolis Police Department (1986) presented by the late Mayor William H. Hudnut III, and an award as ‘Best New Internet Writer’ (2003) “Black Men In” from Mr. Gary Johnson, Publisher.

His career also includes serving as an award-winning broadcast reporter, producer and TV/Radio talk show host in the Indianapolis market since 1981. In addition, Ramey has served as staff writer and section editor for The Indianapolis Recorder, and a freelancer for The Indiana Herald. Ramey has also served as a guest Op-Ed writer for The Indianapolis News, a staff writer for The Indianapolis Star, and a freelancer for BOTH The Associated Press and USA Today Newspaper (Gannett).

In business as an Anti-Gang Specialist & Consultant since 2007, Ramey is the Modern Street Gangs Specialist of “The Gang Line”. He has been interviewed in the U.S. and abroad on the dangers of Modern Street Gangs. Ramey is a Certified Modern Street Gang Specialist, with Law Enforcement (2006), Non-Law Enforcement (2010) and Gangs & Cults (2017) certifications, plus endorsements in K-12 Gang Issues (2010) and Transnational Gang Tactics (2010). He has held workshops, trainings and consultations with and for street-level/school-based personnel. He carries Specialist ratings in the area of Cult/Occult Crime, Transnational Human Trafficking and has served as a national/transnational consultant to various faith-based anti-gang ministries.

Ramey has also served as a veteran substitute licensed teacher (1986-2011), a college instructor, a Probation Officer (Intensive/High Risk & School-Based 2001-2007) with the Marion County Juvenile Court and a peer grant reviewer of anti-gang grant programs for the U.S. Department of Justice (2010). He also created, designed and taught the course UM-190 “Modern Street Gangs: Developing Urban Ministry Strategies” in 2009 and 2010 at Crossroads Bible College, Indianapolis, Indiana for those who desired to serve Jesus Christ in an Urban Ministry environment. Ramey also served as a post-production consultant for Chick Publications’ anti-gang comic: “Black Angel”. It had a 2013 national release, with an international Spanish-language version released in 2014.

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