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The Minority Vote 2010

BE SURE TO GET OUT AND VOTE!!!!

 A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost. She lowered her altitude and spotted a man in a boat below. She shouted to him, 
“Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don’t know where I am.” 
The man consulted his portable GPS and replied, “You’re in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above ground elevation of 2,346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude. 
She rolled her eyes and said, “You must be an Obama Democrat.” 
“I am,” replied the man. “How did you know?” 
“Well,” answered the balloonist, “everything you told me is technically correct. But I have no idea what to do with your information, and I’m still lost. Frankly, you’ve not been much help to me.” 
The man smiled and responded, “You must be a Republican.” 
“I am,” replied the balloonist. “How did you know?” 
“Well,” said the man, “you don’t know where you are — or where you are going. You’ve risen to where you are, due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. 
You’re in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but somehow, now it’s my fault.” 
  
 COMMENT: You hear the political pundits say that President Obama´s Democratic Party will not do well during the upcoming election. It’s an easy call based on historical fact (the party in power always loses seats). A big reason according to a poll by the Pew Research Center is that MINORTIES tend to not vote in mid-term elections. Let’s change that 
 
 
It’s clear that the Republican Party has no interest in helping the President fix the economy or anything else and if they regain power the country will be in far worse shape. We all know that the withering attacks that this President faces daily are really racially motivated. In spite of how the media couches their words we know that white (tea party) America does not believe he should be President under any circumstances. 
The President has done many good things that have not been publicized and he deserves our support. 
  
This could be the most important midterm of our generation, encourage your family and friends to participate; the party that got us into this mess are trying to compound what they did, do not allow this to happen. If the Democrats lose control of the Congress the Republicans will not help Obama to govern, thus he becomes a lame duck and the country will be headed over the cliff. 

  
REMEMBER POLLS DO NOT VOTE PEOPLE DO!!!

No Nomination… No Peace! Time To Blackout The Vote

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The time has come for the Donkey (aka the Democratic Party) to get hit on the head with the Black Fist (aka the Black Vote). A clear message needs to be sent that the Black Vote is no longer under the Donkey’s control but is under new management… our own. This reality needs to be positioned now with the Congressional Black Caucus, the DNC, the DLC and the party Superdelegates whom increasingly are becoming a factor in this election.

For too long, the Black Vote hasn’t been respected nor appreciated by Democratic Party elites. How has the political party of Black People made the conditions for Black People better over the past several decades? Look at some of the recent findings from the State of Black America report commissioned by the Urban League.

  • There are three times as many Black People as there are White People living below the poverty line
  • Black Students are less likely to enroll into college as White Students
  • Black Children are twice as likely than White Children to be uninsured
  • Heart disease death rate for Black Women is 20% higher than that for White Women

Just think, I didn’t even mention the Black Homocide rate, drug abuse, Black Incarceration and the HIV/AIDS crisis. These reasons are enough (or should be) to have Black People marching in the street for social, economical, educational and political change.

The events of the 2008 Democratic Party Presidential Elections has become a defining moment in Black America. One person – Sen. Hillary Clinton – and her campaign staff has done something that none of the horrible circumstances referenced above has accomplished. She has unified millions of Black People to fight, vote and stand up for a single cause greater than themselves. 

Black People have embraced Sen. Barack Obama and his run for the office of President of the United States of America. Not a single person predicted this Black Man would capture the attention of the political universe and be within a few months of hanging new drapes in the Oval Office. Alas, Americans stand facing a new fork in the road… a woman or a Black Man… Hillary Or Barack.

Black People have choosen a road and it is Sen. Obama. Clinton realized this weeks ago and proceeded to assassinate Obama’s character to win votes and primaries. Along the way, she let Black Politicians and Civil Rights Icons publicly attack Obama at the risk of further polarizing Democratic voters. Clinton calculated that she could do so and win the nomination while having her Black Democratic cronies go back to make amends with Black People.

Hillary should have talked to Bill’s homeboy Vernon Jordan, Jr. before she made that tactical error. Her campaign strategy speaks loudly about the little knowledge of Black People she possess and her miscalculation is unforgivable. As a direct result of Clinton’s actions, I am supporting any and all efforts to Blackout the Democratic vote in the November Presidential Election if Clinton is the Democratic nominee.

I am supporting all efforts to call on Black People not to vote for Clinton or support the Democratic ticket. I will also be supporting the effort to advise Sen. Obama to decline any offer to accept the offer of Vice-President. Even Republican Michael Steele knows that party never trumps race as he poignantly stated at the State of the Black Union Conference in New Orleans last month. 

The Blackout of the vote is to send a message to the national party, but there is a concurrent effort to be implemented at the local level of the Democratic Party. A paradigm shift needs to happen politically on the local level. We all know that all politics are local. Therefore, a collective rethinking and reorganizing in our communities is neccessary and I have provided the following Blackprint to shake things up. 

The Blackprint:

  1. Contact your local, tradional Black organizations (radio, print, churches, Urban League, NAACP, etc.) and let them know that you/they need to vigously oppose this public theft of the Democratic Party nomination
  2. Contact your local, elected Democratic politicians and tell them that the community will be voting them out of office if they support the candidate that is trying to steal (delegates from state of FL/MI) this nomination
  3. Mobilize the registered Black voters in the community and switch their registration from Democrat to Independent
  4. Identify and support fresh political candidates to be voted into office that support your values and interest
  5. Mandate that these local candidates network with regional and national elected officials in order to impact your local economy and public instituitons
  6. Promote respected community organizers to work with this “new” registered block of independent voters in order to create a local agenda that addresses their needs and goals
  7. Have this agenda made into a formal proposal and meet with elected officials (i.e. Alderman, School Board, Police Chief, Mayor, State Representatives, Congressmen, Senators) and lobby for their passage
  8. Follow up annually with a public scorecard for every elected official; present the grades to the public and meet with the officials to discuss the results of the prior year
  9. Hold them accountable and vote them out of office if they are not serving the community… hold them accountable and vote them out of office if they are not making public services run more efficiently… hold them accountable and vote them out of office if they are dishonest and violate the trust of the people… hold them accountable and vote them out of office if they are not willing to obey the will of the people

Constituents Pressuring Black Superdelegates

Rep. John Lewis, Democrat GA

Rep. John Lewis, 5th District Georgia (D.)

The Sleeping Giant (aka the Black Voter) has been awakened during this historic, presidential campaign. Along with their emergence from reduced consciousness has appeared a (new) radical activism within their political philosophy.

What is this radical activism? It’s simple… they are leveraging their vote at the local level to push elected officials to obey the will (to elect Sen. Barack Obama) of the masses. The Confident Giant’s (no longer Sleeping) threat is to organize and to vote any elected official out of office for noncompliance. 

Ask Rep. John Lewis and Rep. David Scott why they switched their support from Sen. Hillary Clinton over to Sen. Obama. Both are savy politicians and realized the threat was (is) real and they decided not to risk their careers by voting against their constituents. 

Elected officials may not agree, but I believe this to be long overdue for the Victorious Giant (more than just Confident). All other ethnic groups and special interest factions have mobilized with this same strategy in order to have their agenda addressed and adopted.  

Now that the Victorious Giant has the attention of their elected officials, maybe they’ll demand that they do something about crime, poverty, education, unemployment and the housing crisis too.

The Mis-Education Of The African-American Democrat

This may be bitter in the mouth and sweet in the stomach of many. It is very rare, in fact, it is taboo for African-Americans to question their loyalty to the Democratic Party within their communities. The BPR doesn’t walk the line that other so-called African-American organizations do… we speak Truth 2 Power here!

Look no further than the Democratic Party’s website ( http://www.democrats.org/agenda.html) to review the agenda of the party of choice for African-Americans.

1. Honest Leadership & Open Government 2. Real Security 3. Energy Independence 4. Economic Prosperity & Educational Excellence 5. A Healthcare System That Works For Everyone 6. Retirement Security

Where are the political planks that deal specifically with the African-American agenda? Black on Black crime, fair housing, jobs in the inner city, failing public schools (voucher initiatives), teen pregnancy, Affirmative Action, etc.

Forgive me, they do dedicate 5 sentences to their ongoing commitment to Civil Rights… typical of the dems, keep the African-Americans looking at issues that are not at the forefront of what is progressive for the lifting of the masses of their people.

The dems are more concerned with courting the Latino vote and are invested in getting immigration reforms passed to give citizenship to an estimated 10 – 20 million illegal immigrants. Don’t get it twisted by the term undocumented worker… they are illegal immigrants.

African-Americans no longer carry the favored minority label placed on them by the Democratic Party… that belongs to the Latino community. But don’t blame the dems, African-Americans vote each year at a rate of 90% (or better) for democrats running for office. With this kind of blind loyalty, you are asking to be taken for granted and that is what has happened.

African-Americans would be wise to leverage this voting block in order to force the Democratic and Republican Parties to listen to their concerns and act on their behalf. Since this isn’t happening, the Republicans completely ignore African-Americans because they know they will not get their vote and the Democrats take them for granted because they know they already have their vote.

African-American leadership is complicit in this failure to have an agenda heard by both political systems and needs to change those in charge and set off in a new and progressive direction.

Rev. Joe Watkins (R) 2007 Urban League Convention… Democrats Take Us For Granted