I thought I was seeing things. Surely my eyes were deceiving me. As I began to look closer, I realized my fears were a reality: I had strands of gray hair in my head. As irrational as it may sound, this began to deeply affect me. Trips to the barbershop would now consist of a mandate of “cut the gray hairs off please.”  Now for some, gray hair is welcomed as a sign of wisdom and knowledge, but for a 32 year-old male, it meant something totally different.

Unmarried, no kids, lack of fulfillment in life, internal struggles with family and emotional wounds, many which were self-inflicted—the gray hairs, I felt, were there as a reminder of my personal struggles with where I was at in life.

I’m aware that this can give the perception of whining. Transparency often comes packaged with misconceptions.

God was faithful to me last year and he remains faithful to this day, but his faithfulness didn’t exempt me from the fragility of human emotion.

Still reeling from the death of my mother that occurred in February 2015, I wrestled with abandonment, depression and fear. While it’s totally natural for humans to struggle with the various facets of life, depression can make life imbalanced and can lead to unhealthy choices.

Depression leads to isolation. Pride and embarrassment often prevent us from sharing our hurts and scars and it makes the pain much worse and toxic.

Not only was I isolated, but I lacked accountability. My emotions began to govern me and without even knowing it, my addictions and habits were deteriorating my character.

I made reckless mistakes, some of which that drastically altered the course of my life. Manipulation and selfishness took up residence in my life, thus causing friction and turmoil with several who were close to me.

The news isn’t all bad. I was blessed with a job that I always wanted. I began an odyssey from Georgia to Florida to finally begin a professional career to for the longest time seemed to be elusive.

With addictions and bad habits becoming more visible and noticeable, I got help. I sought professional and spiritual counseling and accountable partners.

Because of God’s grace, I’ve been able to forge new friendships and partnerships that has benefited me spiritually and mentally.

There are good, quality people who love me and have embraced me despite my shortcomings. Our addictions have a tendency to thrust us into an alternate universe where we live in exile due to our mistakes. This is the farthest thing from the truth. Our spiritual and mental recovery is dependent on our willingness to place ourselves in an environment where healed people can help us heal.

If you’re struggling and coping with depression, please tell someone. People care. Most importantly, God cares. The trajectory of our lives can get wayward at times and our attempt to understand God’s nature can be frustrating, but we were designed for community. We don’t have to face our fears alone.

It’s not too late to get help. A cry for help makes you vulnerable, but the admittance will later make you whole.

As for those gray hairs, I no longer tell the barber to cut them. I leave them there. They represent a storybook that’s full of ups and downs, but chapters are still being added to it.

I’m unaware of what year no. 33 has in store, but I’m optimistic and hopeful  because I’ve learn to adapt and make healthy changes and most importantly, I’m learning how to be honest with myself.

The summation of my struggles is best stated by the comfort given in the Holy Scriptures: “But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold. – Job 23:10

I’ve got to admit: This is slightly awkward for me to write, but I’m going to give it my best shot.

I’ve been a conservative since 2000. I interned in the Bush White House, produced and co-hosted a conservative talk show, and became a conservative commentator on various news outlets.

All of those experiences have been great. I’ve met great people, traveled to various places, but more importantly, had the opportunity to advocate for conservative principles.

As a black conservative, I can testify to loneliness and abandonment. There were times when I faced rejection and isolation from relatives, coworkers, friends and others who refused to have an open mind towards anyone that had a separate perspective from theirs.

But despite some adversity, I’ve pushed forward. I was always told within my conservative circles that race doesn’t matter. Being colorblind is what will unify our communities and cities. I remember smiling fondly at the thought of the Republican Party’s rich history with the black community and Abraham Lincoln’s bold determination to free the slaves.

It was memories like these that caused me to embrace conservatism unabashedly even when some who looked like me raised their eyebrows in confusion as to why I would align myself with a movement that was, in their eyes, just for “old white men.”

For the record, I do not apologize for conservatism. I wholeheartedly believe it’s the surest way for upward mobility, a growing economy, a strong national defense, and most importantly, a moral culture.

But I soon began to realize that I used conservatism as a shield from a dark reality that I refused to see.

The 2016 presidential election cycle was one of the most volatile and demonizing events I had ever witnessed. Now look, Donald Trump was elected President, and while I was a proud member of the #NeverTrump movement, I do not desire to rehash the entire campaign. He won. I accept it and wish him well, but there is something that I do desire to point out.

When I saw the reassertion of the Ku Klux Klan and white nationalism into the campaign cycle, in the year 2016, I’d realized that a painful past that I had previously tried to ignore, was resurfacing.

My conservative friends, who are good people with big hearts, would dismiss it as media bias or the left playing the race card, but I saw friends of mine who were people color become truly terrified at what was taking place before their eyes.

I had taken the conservative position of being pro-law enforcement in cases such as Ferguson and the Baltimore riots, but what was taking place before my very eyes was bigger than my political ideology, it was a painful reminder that there is still many who share the same color of my epidermis that feel that they’re the beneficiaries of racial injustice.

Now I get it—the quick response within my conservative nature is to point to the liberal leaders within their community that have failed them time and time again. My conservative nature wants to quickly remind them that the answer to inequality is jobs and a robust economy, and while this is yet true, I’d realize I lacked to simply empathize.

Being isolated within your own bubble can put you at risk of being shielded from other people’s torment. Yes, I know the KKK is not as powerful today as they were in 1950, but for many black people, their resurgence this year brought back haunted memories. Yes I know that Black Lives Matter have been violent and anti-police, but for many black people, they actually feel as if their lives are being ignored.

So here I am, a black conservative, being transparent and honest and admitting that Ive been black for 31 years, but I’m still learning about what being black means to someone who hasn’t shared my life experiences.

I think it’s safe and fair to say that if conservatives want me to empathize with the white working-class voter in Michigan who has felt ignored, then it’s fair to recognize the black urban citizen who feels like 1950 was merely yesterday.





I recently did an interview with my publishing company, Balcony 7 Media and Publishing, about the upcoming one-year anniversary of my debut book and current events.


Election 2016: Navigating A Fractured Political Landscape


JZB: A year ago, Preservation and Purpose, your millennial manifesto, was published, putting your transformation from young democrat to millennial republican on full display for readers, and backing it up with numerous reasons. Between the main points you discuss in your book, namely: faith, family and politics, which of the three are the most important criteria for how you view the candidates in the 2016 presidential election?


DM: When it comes to any election, I try my very best to approach it foremost as a Christian. Even though I am adamantly conservative, my main priority is my relationship with Christ. Therefore, I want to vote for someone whose platform is the closest aligned with Scripture. While it’s obvious that America is not a theocracy, I do think it’s important that leaders with a moral conscience, and those willing to embrace biblical concepts and promote religious liberty are elected to office. If a candidate lacks morality in one area of their life, I believe it’ll trickle into other areas as well, and that plays a big factor for me at the ballot box.


JZB: You’ve met numerous candidates at conventions, many of whom have since dropped out of the race. Tell us how you navigated from one to the other during that time, and what points drew you in or repelled you?


DM: I originally started out supporting Mrs. Carly Fiorina. I was very impressed by not only her ability to contrast herself with Hillary Clinton but also her bold, courageous, confident appeal that was intertwined with wit, knowledge and clarity. I felt that her experience in business and also advising foreign leaders would serve her well as President. After she dropped out of the race, I navigated toward Sen. Marco Rubio. I felt like he was one of the few conservatives who knew how to connect with my generation and make politics personal and relatable. I also felt he had the greatest chance of defeating Hillary. Since he’s left the race, I’ve grown to appreciate Gov. John Kasich more because of his humility and willingness to promote unity. My biggest issue is I believe that if Donald Trump, who has enabled bigotry and divisiveness this entire election cycle, is the Republican nominee for President, the conservative movement will be in disarray and Hillary will easily win.


JZB: In that answer, I don’t hear any aspect of either candidate’s religious views. Many say, based on Christian values, Ted Cruz is the most passionate student of Biblical principles, to the point where he was the Evangelical favorite. Why no mention of him?


DM: While Cruz is known to have an appeal to evangelicals, it’s been an ironic fate; the evangelical vote has mostly gone to Trump in the primaries, especially in the South. And while I admire Sen. Cruz’s willingness to acknowledge his faith, sometime his “preachy” style of talking can be a major turnoff to voters, especially to those who are not conservative.


JZB: Going into 2016, the path to the presidency has been narrowed among the candidates, yet the rancor has increased. So much so, you made a major announcement about a month ago, stating you will no longer vote Republican. What was the turning point that resulted in this proclamation?


DM: I’ve been utterly saddened and disgusted with the candidacy of Donald Trump. I’ve seen many so-called conservative leaders and activists embrace his candidacy, which ultimately led me to cease my membership with the GOP. I’ve worked too hard to try to bring new members to the GOP, only to see the party embrace an individual who wants to ban a certain demographic of people from the U.S., promotes violence at his rallies, not to mention his constant wavering of policy positions over time. Mr. Trump has alienated many groups of voters and I refuse to belong to a party that went from Abraham Lincoln to a demagogue. I want to make something very clear—I’m very much still a conservative, I’m just claiming the label of an Independent.


JZB: If Trump has alienated voters, how do you explain the massive turnouts at his events, the surge in Republican voter turnout (for him), and the defection of record numbers of Democrats to the GOP? Also, perhaps the problem with the GOP is that it’s not listening to its constituents—this is the resounding cry from many in the comment areas of news posts, which could be more informative than polls at this point. Some have also argued that those who snub their noses at the people’s candidate for the GOP nomination are the ones who are aiding and abetting the Democrats—especially with a third-party threat. This hasn’t worked before, why should it work now?


DM: Trump has been very effective in gravitating audiences toward his populist message. He has the benefit of being a known celebrity and his brash talk is appealing to the fears, worries—and to be quite blunt—inner prejudices of many. One way to view the turnout in favor of him is that many Democrats believe he’s beatable in a general election. I’m convinced that many of the Democrats who are crossing over to vote for him in the primary, will cross back over to the Democrat side to vote for Hillary Clinton in the general election. It’s worth noting that Trump underperforms in closed primaries. Since many conservatives will either not vote or possibly vote for Hillary if Trump is the GOP nominee, I believe the GOP should embrace a third-party option, simply because the nomination of Trump also puts the GOP’s hold on the Senate and the House of Representatives in jeopardy. Their only hope, as of right now, is to nominate a conservative on a third-party ticket that will help them hold on to the Senate and House, which would be a small moral victory of sorts if Hillary were to win the presidency.


JZB: Many agree there exists a big divide, not just among the partisan faithful but also within each faction itself. At what time do people rally for one candidate, and will a fractured political system only serve to “throw the baby out with the bath water,” and lead to another period of instability?


DM: I think, right now, you’re not only seeing many conservatives refusing to vote for Trump but also calling for a potential, viable third party to arise that they feel will stay true to the Constitution and conservatism. On the other side, you’re also witnessing an anti-establishment wave that’s resulting in Sen. Bernie Sanders giving Hillary a challenge that many didn’t expect to see. Truth be told, both parties are fractured. The GOP is just more visible because they feel like their party has been hijacked by Trump, who up to this point, cannot be contained or controlled.


JZB: You’ve just reiterated the vocalized opinions of many others who disfavor Trump: the candidate’s inability to be “controlled.” Based on the negative outcry against the Establishment in government across the board, doesn’t it beg the question, “Why would you want a candidate the Party can control?” The people want control, it would seem. The more it’s revealed they don’t have control, the greater the schism may become.


DM: It’s not just the fact that Trump’s behavior and antics can’t be contained; it’s also the fear of the unknown. Many simply do not know what Trump will do or propose once he’s in office, believing that he’s very naïve or ill-informed when it comes to policy-oriented issues.


JZB: Do you think the political system in this country is broken and if so, how can it be fixed? If it can’t be fixed, are we seeing the demise of our republic?


DM: Our political system is very broken. This is due to the fact that we’ve been electing career politicians who are more concerned about their political standing than the well being of their constituents. Politics is simply a reflection of culture. The future of politics can be hopeful, but it’s contingent upon if we’re able to change the cultural paradigm, which has turned into a moral decay.


JZB: This seems to go against the very statement you said earlier about having a candidate that is “out of control.” What candidate aside from Carly Fiorina, who is no longer in the race, is an alternative outsider? If that outsider is Trump and he wins the majority of the delegates, why should that decisive victory—the voice of the people as it were—be ignored? If it is ignored, wouldn’t that make your approach part of the problem—a select group of people who want to control the narrative?


DM: Look, I’m not some elite political-party insider who is trying to salvage power by cutting some back-door deal. As of right now, Trump is not likely to accumulate the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the GOP nomination before the convention in July. But if for some reason he avoids a contested or brokered convention, the fact is that the party will experience a major shift and break apart; it’s hard to imagine anything positive coming from this. If Trump wins the nomination, Hillary will probably be the next President. If he doesn’t win the nomination, his supporters could revolt and the division will still favor Hillary. The party now has the option of embracing Ted Cruz or John Kasich, and I can’t predict what the outcome will be, but the GOP is skating on thin ice right now.


JZB: And this leads to the question on the minds of many these days: If socialism wins, does the country win?


DM: No, the country wouldn’t win. As Margaret Thatcher once said, the problem with socialism is that eventually you’ll run out of other people’s money to spend.


JZB: This begs another question, one that Dinesh D’Souza has been asking: to paraphrase, “What would the world do without America?” since the majority of the world is indeed socialist-leaning? What would the global landscape look like for a freedom-loving people that embraces free markets? Do you believe we’re seeing the foundation being laid for a one-world government? i.e., the destruction of regional economies and the ushering in of the NWO?


DM: It’s very possible. I still believe that America is the greatest country in the world, but as a man who believes in the prophecy of Scripture, it’s inevitable that we’ll soon reach a world that depends on one currency and the constant spread of globalism. Even so, I still happen to believe that small government and free markets benefit everyone, while socialism destroys societies.


JZB: Thank you, Demetrius Minor, and best of luck in the second year of publication for your heartfelt and thoughtful book, Preservation and Purpose.



The aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks has definitely left the world in a state of disarray.

International leaders are in the midst of trying to come up with a combative strategy in confronting ISIS, while Americans here at home are weighing their thoughts on Syrian refugees seeking safe haven in the United States.

While over half of the nation’s governor’s are reluctant to bring Syrian refugees to their respective states, there’s a more pressing question that seems to loom over the head of many citizens: What should Christians do?

In an attempt to transcend the tense geopolitical climate that exists, some evangelical Christians are distancing themselves from the GOP, which is usually home turf for Christians, to provide a more welcoming tone in regards to welcoming refugees.

Jenny Yang, vice president for advocacy at World Relief, told POLITICO  about how Christians are seeking to change the narrative in the refugee debate:

“A push by Republican presidential candidates to ban Syrian refugees “does not reflect what we’ve been hearing from our constituencies, which are evangelical churches across the country. Most of the people have been saying we want to continue to work with refugees, that what happened in Paris … doesn’t reflect who refugees are.”

The challenge for many Christians may be separating their conscience from what conventional wisdom may appear to be. But it is also this challenge that could also present itself as a means of liberty.

Steve Van Valkenburg, the Middle East area director for the non-profit organization Christian Aid Mission, attests to the fact that Christianity, even in the midst of the evils of terrorism, will win over the hearts of Muslim refugees:

“I think that a lot of refugees see that there is something different there, they see the Muslim on Muslim fighting, and then they see how the Christians are reaching out with love and caring — that has to do something with their hearts,”

A valid counter argument could easily be that many Christians are not filled with malice and hate towards refugees, but are merely worried about the daunting issues they face in the backyards of America, including homelessness among veterans, those without jobs, and the poor who lack a quality education, just to name a few.

Democratic presidential candidate and former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley referenced the Status of Liberty as means of compassion towards refugees:

“What to do about the root cause of this humanitarian crisis may be complex, but helping refugees is not: Americans have a long, proud tradition of providing comfort to the weak and weary. It is in our national DNA, inscribed at the foot of the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”  We are a nation of immigrants and refugees, and we cannot forget what it means to struggle and toil and yearn for a better life beyond the next horizon.”

But GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, a former Southern Baptist preacher, makes national security a priority, despite Christian allegiances:

“Well, that’s wonderful rhetoric, but the Statue of Liberty says, bring us your tired and your weary. It didn’t say, bring us your terrorists and let them come in here and bomb neighborhoods, cafes and concert halls.”

Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration, is also making distance from the political theater surrounding the debate with this written statement:

“Instead of using this tragedy to scapegoat all refugees, I call upon our public officials to work together to end the Syrian conflict peacefully so the close to 4 million Syrian refugees can return to their country and rebuild their homes. Until that goal is achieved, we must work with the world community to provide safe haven to vulnerable and deserving refugees who are simply attempting to survive.”

While the debate will continue for some time over what’s right, wrong or temporarily convenient, Christians can feel safe in their stance because, for the most part, they’re fearless of political repercussions.


So I’m about to turn 30 years and I’ve been undeniably and abundantly blessed throughout this journey. As I’m preparing to enter into my third decade, I’ve decided to reflect on 30 lessons learned.

Here they are, in no particular order:

  1. God Is Faithful.
  2. I Am Not A Mistake.
  3. I Am Not Entitled To Anything.
  4. My Mother Was The Greatest Human Being I Ever Knew.
  5. If God’s Called Me To Do Something, It Will Come To Pass.
  6. Forgiveness Is Essential For Healthy Spirituality.
  7. I Am not Defined By My Imperfections.
  8. There will always be a big kid that lives within me 😜
  9. Never stop dreaming!
  10. There’s freedom in being an independent thinker.
  11. I can have influence with people even if I feel like I don’t.
  12. Having loyal friends is a rarity, but a treasure.
  13. Actions speak much louder than words.
  14. Emotional healing is such a need within our families and communities.
  15. There needs to be more Godly men and women involved with politics.
  16. Everyone deserves a second chance.
  17. Being an Atlanta Braves fan is tortuous, but yet I stick with them.
  18. Christianity is the single greatest source of good on Earth.
  19. God will use a tragedy to eventually give us triumph.
  20. Lasagna is the best dish ever known in the history of mankind.
  21. The death penalty is inhumane and needs to be abolished.
  22. There’s no such thing as “acting white” or “acting black”. We are all distinctly and uniquely created by God.
  23. Black conservatives DO exist!
  24. Traveling is great and more people should do it.
  25. Collard greens are overrated and yucky.
  26. There should be absolutely no rush to get married. Our single years have purpose and allows our relationship with God to be on a deeper level.
  27. The local church is the greatest asset to the local community.
  28. Elections have consequences.
  29. I sound like a Grammy-award winning artist when I sing in the shower.
  30. Adoption is a beautiful thing. I’m a product of it.

Carly Fiorina has been very direct in taking the fight to Hillary Clinton from the beginning of her campaign for the GOP presidential nomination. But, now the former Hewlett Packard CEO is being direct about a certain country: China.

In regard to cyberattacks originating from China, Fiorina said:

…these Chinese cyberattacks are an act of aggression on the United States, and they must stop. It is also true that our government has to be more competent about detecting and repelling those attacks.”

Fiorina asserted that’s it’s time to fight the new aggression that China is bringing:

“I would say first that we are going to be more aggressive in helping our allies in that region push back against new Chinese aggression, whether those allies are Australia or Japan or the Philippines.

I would be conducting, actually now, at a moment when China’s economy is wavering a bit, I would be conducting more flyovers on the South China Sea. We cannot permit China to control a trade route through which passes $5 trillion worth of goods and services every year.”

Chinese President Xi Jinping is scheduled to meet with President Obama next month at The White House, and Fiorina is not mincing words when it comes to the political stance of the Chinese government:

“China has made a bargain with their people. Their people have accepted a repressive totalitarian regime in exchange for economic growth.”

Fiorina said her business experience in China gives her insight into the country’s business and educational practices, and its relation to United States intellectual property:

“I have been doing business in China for decades, and I will tell you that yeah, the Chinese can take a test, but what they can’t do is innovate. They are not terribly imaginative. They’re not entrepreneurial, they don’t innovate, that is why they are stealing our intellectual property.”

China, along with the Middle East, is shaping up to be a dominant subject when it comes to foreign policy and the 2016 presidential election.

This weekend I was granted the opportunity to interview George Pataki, former governor of New York and 2016 GOP presidential contender.

It was the first time I had the chance to interview a presidential candidate, and for that, I am extremely grateful.

Here it is:

Me: Charleston, Chattanooga and now Lafayette. These are cities that have recently fallen victim to senseless violence. As president, how would you lead a nation that is experiencing moral and cultural bankruptcy?

Pataki: First let’s start at the top—with a leader that tries to bring us together an protect us from Islamic radicalism. In Charleston, it was a case of outright racism. We have to denounce it no matter who it is that says it.

Chattanooga was an act of Islamic jihad and we need an administration that will call it by its name. It’s not just Chattanogga, but it almost happened in Garland. 

Finally, Lafayette. Here is someone who was clearly mentally ill. It wasn’t the gun. It was the shooter. And we have to have provisions that allow us to protect us from those who are mentally ill and are a threat to not only others but to themselves. When I was governor of New York, we passed legislation allowing us to do that.

2. Me:  You mentioned New York. You’re very familiar with dark days. You’ve governed during one of the darkest eras—-Sept 11. 2001. If elected president, what skills would you bring to combat terrorism?

Pataki: You’re absolutely right. I saw the consequences of radical Islam firsthand. It was barbaric and evil and I’ll never forget the lessons of that day, which I fear many Americans have. That is quite simply that radical Islam, even if it appears to be on the other side of the world, poses a threat to our safety here in America and everywhere and we cannot allow ISIS to continue to grow to recruit Westerners, to hack into our computer systems, to use social media to encourage  radical jihad against our fellow Americans. But if we have to send in special operations to destroy their training camps, to destroy their operations centers, I would do that. Attack them there, kill them there before they have the opportunity to kill us here. Not to spend a decade creating a democracy where one hasn’t existed or nation building, but to protect our security. I think that is absolutely essential.

3.) Me: Critics of the Iran Deal says that it emboldens Iran and weakens our allies in the Middle East. Do you see this as a sign of weakness? Are we forgetting the lessons of 9/11?

Pataki: I think it’s the US either forgetting or ignoring the lessons of 9/11. Because what we have done is created a clear path where Iran, the number one state sponsor of terrorism, has a clear path to a nuclear weapon. In addition to that, will be allowed to build ballistic missiles that could impact the US and gets hundreds of millions of dollars in economic relief. It is immoral to me to give hundreds of millions of dollars to a country knowing a significant amount of it will be used to kill innocent civilians, such as Syria, where they are supporting Assad, who has used chemical weapons to kill his own citizens. And that is not just terrorism, but a crime against humanity. And this deal just helps Iran do more of that.

4.) Me: I’m going to move off of foreign policy. It’s no secret that the GOP needs to perform better when it comes to minority engagement. How would you help your party bridge the divide?

Pataki: What I did as Governor was reach out to minority communities, independent communities, conservatives democrats—-not by changing philosophy, but by pointing out how important conservative principles were for everybody, particularly minorities. It was the minorities who were victims, primarily by the fact that liberals had made New York state the most dangerous state in America. And when we were making people safe, it wasn’t effecting someone that lived on Saks Fifth Avenue or the ones taking a limo to work, it was helping the ones who lived in low-income neighborhoods and took the Subway home at night, who were often minorities. When you create choice in schools and prevent children form being trapped in schools where the teachers can’t teach, and by doing charter schools and giving parents a choice outside the monopoly choice, that impacts almost directly minority kids who are trapped too often in those failing schools. 

5.) Me: Jeb Bush is facing scrutiny among some conservative voters because of his stance on Common Core. Can Common Core be effective on a state level and can one support Common Core and school choice?

Pataki:  I find Common Core to be very troubling and I don’t believe we should be supporting it at any rate. Whether it’s Obamacare, which tries to impose one-size-fits-all healthcare on all Americans and should be repealed, or Common Core, which has Washington playing a major role in education across the country, I think the decision should be left to the state and local governments as much as possible. I don’t believe Common Core is a model for the federal government or the state government. I think we should leave education, as it’s always been, as close to the people as possible.

6. Me: Immigration is a hot-button issue today and there isn’t a concrete way to fix it. How would you promote legal immigration without coming across as someone willing to deport all the illegal immigrants in the US today?

Pataki: I think there is a solution. First, we have to close the borders. We have to make sure the borders are secure and people come here legally and that will open the door to legal immigration. Second, when there are illegal immigrants who have committed a crime in America, they should be arrested or deported in a way where we know they can’t come back or they need to be jail. Third, there should be no sanctuary cities in America. The federal law is not a law that applies in some parts. It is for the whole country. I would take away all funding from cities that call themselves “sanctuary cities” and refuse to follow federal law. But with the immigrants who are already here illegally, there are two false models: One is that we are going to put 11 million on buses and send them somewhere. That’s not going to work. The second is that they’re here and so, ok, we forgive you. We have to respect the rule of law. Our freedoms, our rights, or safety depends on people respecting the rule of law here in America. So what I would do is for those who have come here illegally and been here for 5 years—-would make them come forward, make sure they have not violated the law or been dependent on government, make sure they acknowledge having broken the law and if they do it again, they’ll be instantaneously deported,  and them commit to do 200 hours of community service. It would have to be approved—they’ll have to work in a park, firehouse, school, hospital…and at that point, they’ll be able to become legal residents, not citizens, but residents entitled to stay and work. It’s not amnesty, it’s not encouraging others to work. It upholds the rule of law. 

7. Me: After the revelation of the controversial video depicting Planned Parenthood executives discussing the selling of aborted fetuses, should they be denied federal funding?

Pataki: Yes, I do. I don’t see any proper purpose in the government funding Planned Parenthood. They’ve always made the argument about the safety of the woman, and clearly those videos show that that was not the case. I don’t see why taxpayer dollars should be used to fund this. I would oppose funding Planned Parenthood. 

8.) New York isn’t the Bible Beltway and it doesn’t consist of a huge demographic of social conservatives like Iowa or South Carolina. How can you make your message appeal to not only the GOP base, but to moderates, Independents and to Democrats?

Pataki: Well that’s exactly what I had to do in NY state. In NY state, there are 3 million more registered Democrats than Republicans. At the end, I was able to get a plurality of Latinos. I was able to attract more than a million Democrats to cross party lines to vote for me. This is what we have to do as a nation, not just to win an election, but also to govern successfully. We have to understand that we are all Americans, and that for whatever superficial difference might seem to divide us. We have a common future. We have a common destiny. If we could stop trying to gain political advantage by pitting one group against another and stand shoulder to shoulder to solve the problems facing this country, the 21st century will be the greatest century and we will be proud of America and optimistic of our future.

9.) Me: If you did not win the nomination for the GOP but had a chance to pick any Cabinet position, which one would you choose?

Pataki: I am not interested in a Cabinet position. When I was Governor, Pres Bush was kind enough to talk to me about that possibility. Having been executive of one of the largest states in America for 12 years and being in the hot seat making the decisions, I really hope I have the opportunity to do it again for my country. I know I cannot just win the election, but I can dramatically change the direction of Washington. It’s not simply managing Washington, it’s changing it. I did that with a very liberal government in the deepest blue state in the America. We are going to continue to fight the good fight and hopefully have the opportunity.

10.) Me: Yankees or Mets?

Pataki: (chuckles) I’m a Yankees and a Jets fan. Being a Jets fan is like being a Republican in New York…you get used to not winning, but fortunately I won every time.