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The Minority Vote 2010


 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. 



By Any Means Necessary

Ironically, it is the Right-wing GOP that personifies this now famous phrase.  The Lobbiest, Medical Industry Leaders and various leaders of the GOP will use smoke and mirrors to distort the “Average American’s” point of view while not restricting any aspect of the revenue generated by Health Care or the Medical industry.

6 minutes and 52 seconds of disturbing truth

The Break-Through: Politics and Race in the age of Obama

Gwen Ifill’s book, “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the age of Obama” is a true political page turner that takes an in-depth look at the world of politics within the “African American Community” as its focus broadens from the micro perspective of the African American Community to the macro perspective of the “Global Community” and the roles in Politics African Americans are forging for themselves.

In taking this hard hitting look at the evolution of Political Power as it transitions from the “Old Guard” of the Civil Rights Movement, i.e. Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Julian Bond, etc., to the emerging group of Leaders, i.e. Newark, New Jersey’s Mayor Corey Booker, Massachusetts’s Governor Deval Patrick, and New York’s Governor David Patterson as well as lesser known up-and-comers, who have come into Political power during the era of the Obama Candidacy and Presidency, Ifill skillfully captures the internal challenges & struggles of race, gender, sexism, ageism, and the conflicts, i.e. “Sandpaper Moments”, these groups face between each other as well as those of the African American Politian.

The Break-Through is a must read in understanding the Political landscape, challenges, successes, and future role of African Americans in various Political arenas and their impact on our homes, our lives and future generations to come.

Democratic Party Takes Advantage Of African-Americans

The Democratic Party and its agenda has failed to make a significant impact in the lives and directions of the majority of African-Americans. Yet, this party continues to receive an overwhelming voting advantage over the Republican Party during election cycles.

In 1996, former President Bill Clinton trailed Sen. Bob Dole 46% to 43% among White Americans. He received 84% of the African-American vote and won the election handily. In 2000, Al Gore took 90% of the African-American vote and it helped him with his success in the popular vote.

White Americans are much more evenly split in their support of the two parties. Only a small percentage within their demographic will change their support for a particular party based on swing issues.

Unfortunately, African-Americans are loyal to one party to a fault. The Democratic Party doesn’t have to work to keep their support… they have leverage but don’t know how to excercise it. 

The Democratic Party has figured out how to pacify African-Americans with the promise of Health Care, Reformed Public Education, Jobs, Reversing Tax Cuts and Affirmative Action. The party has also understood how to leverage elected African-Americans with backroom deals or promises of positions of power within the party. Yet, every year this promise goes unfulfilled.

 Where are the Power Players in the Democratic Party? What was the last major victory for an African-American of any significance within this party? When will the Democratics support them for MAJOR positions within the party?

The Democratic Party is focused more on winning elections than supporting the people that are most responsible for getting them elected.

For African-Americans It’s Obama Or Clinton

Here we go… I’m very interested in how the African-American vote is going to trend for the two anoited Democratic candidates. Will African-Americans cast their lot for a highly educated and accomplished son of Africa in Barack Obama? Or will they support Hillary Clinton who gets a ghetto pass because of the love affair African-Americans have with her husband (aka the first black president)?

This is an interesting development if you slow down and analyze it. I believe the grassroots are leaning strongly for Barack. For example,  a survey by the Mason-Dixon polling firm found that African-American support in South Carolina had pushed Barak ahead of Clinton, giving him the support of 34 percent of likely voters against 25 percent for Clinton. 

However, I also believe the established African-American political structure is being pressured to support Clinton. That’s because they owe too much to the Clinton’s and must show their loyalty now or face being bankrupted politically and financially by the power of the Clinton machine. 

The most recent example of these marching orders was  revealed on June 13, 2007. The Clinton Campaign announced the endorsement of Florida Congressman Kendrick Meek and named him a Senior Advisor to the Senator and her campaign. “Senator Hillary Clinton is the Democratic candidate with the perfect blend of leadership, talent and intellect to lead our nation in a new direction. It is my honor to endorse Senator Hillary Clinton to be our next president,” Meek said.  

Ohio Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Virginia State Senator Mamie E. Locke and Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee are also endorsing Clinton campaign.

 Never before has the African-American community been split like this on who to support within the Democratic party. I for one am anxious for the first and last ballot to be cast… history can be made one way or the other.