Perhaps, it should read: The Hottest Place in Hell is reserve for those who do not vote consistently in times of political upheaval.
Initial percentages are indicating that black people did not show up yesterday. Of course, it irritates me when pundits and statistical analysis gurus start to point the finger in the black direction - but that discontent from me I must admit is my unwillingness to accept that my people are connected to the reason the House of Representatives has turned BACK red. This alone makes me justified in stating, Black people continue to be a part of the problem. Disagree if you like. Curse me if you must. My understanding of this convoluted political dynamic is true. We refuse to push back when policy, and not man is of importance.
We will surely drift backwards when the Republicans begin their wave of blocking initiatives that help people stay afloat i.e. extended unemployment benefits. One area that I have intimate experience. Being unemployed with no job leads is a horrible place to be. It is professionally and personally demeaning. The only means of emotional and financial support is knowing that the money you contributed to unemployment benefits over the years will be in your checking account come Friday. Now, that assurance is at stake. The Republicans will make certain of that!
This is not what I expected. I knew the Democrats would reign. I just knew it. Part of my over confidence was rooted in the thought that black Americans have had enough of the legislation that bleeds of racist ideals. That's where this GOP discontent comes from. I am certain of that! Republicans, with men like John Boehner, hate that THEIR country does not completely reflect them. They are addicted to the Confederacy agenda. The sad thing is that a plethora of Caucasian Republicans who are struggling to make ends meet voted Republican across the board yesterday.
Well, now thanks to all those unregistered and non-voting black people - and turncoat Independents this nation will be embroiled in a nastier fight for two more years. And, yes all the blame cannot be levied against black people. I know that. One thing I know also is that countless black men and women did not think to vote yesterday.
Disappointingly, as Roland Martin and the likes of him predicted: Black people voted for man (President Obama) in 2008 - and not for policy. If they are wrong, why didn’t the black vote come out in mass number yesterday to vote for policy? Yesterday was all about policy! Our black president - the only reason the majority of black people voted for President Obama - needed us for his policy Tuesday. He was literally begging us to vote for policy this time around. I heard him on Reverend Al’s radio talk show, The Warren Balentine radio talk show, and he was with Tom Joyner last week pleading for blacks to show and prove this time around. He went as far to say, “This is not about me. This is about me needing Democrats in the House and Senate. We need you. It is not about me.”
Black people did not connect the dots. His Rock Star status motivated us 2yrs ago. Policy is boring! It does not have glamour. Perhaps, the administration should have placed diamond studded earrings on policy or found some way to attach rims to policy. Then we would have gotten our behinds out yesterday. Why?
Because we are all about the bling.
Living in the moment produces nothing. Haven’t we learned anything from the likes of KCi & JoJo? Working – really working - in the movement produces longevity and results. This fact rendering what I expected:
2008 was a moment, not a Movement.