While you African-Americans were watching Jamie Fox on BET television, out buying the latest fake hair at the Korean store, or having the traditional chicken dinner at your church in celebration of your pastor’s 6th Anniversary some rather interesting things were happening.
In New York, there were primary elections for those seeking to represent their parties in the US Congress.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old Latina activist surprised New York Rep. Joseph Crowley, a 10-term incumbent once seen as a likely replacement for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
But that is not what should be concerning to African-Americans, Ms. Cortez’s primary win is a welcome sign that maybe finally younger votes who took the time to listen to her have decided that they wanted a fighter, not a moderate Republic-lite candidate simply to go along to get along.
The shocking reality is that despite the seriousness of the crisis at hand and the fact that Trump’s policies are likely to hit Blacks the hardest the turnout in District (5) Meeks’ district, only 4% of voters turned out to vote. In Clarke’s district (9) turnout was only 9%, In district 11, Staten Island Democratic turnout was 9%, the Republican turnout in the same 11th though not phenomenal doubled Democratic turnout even though the district has far more registered Democrats than Republicans..
The turnout in districts 12,14 and 16 was hardly any better„ averaging just a tad over 12%. Citywide turnout was only 10%
Which begs the question, what are black voters doing which is more important than voting?
Every election cycle we hear the cliché about how this election will be the most consequential. News flash, these midterm elections the language is cliché, as usual, only this time it is actually true.
Associate justice of the Supreme Court Anthony Kennedy has decided that of all the men who have occupied the white house, Donald Trump is the person he wants to choose his successor.
This after Mitch McConnell hijacked the process in 2016 thwarting President Obama’s constitutional responsibility and power to place Merrick Garland on the high court.
Republicans were allowed to make up the rules as they went along and even though there was almost a full year left in Obama’s term McConnell refused to even meet with judge Garland, effectively filibustering the President’s pick to fill the seat vacated by Antonin Scalia a hard right operative who died in the spring of 2016.
The end result of Democrats lethargy and apathy McConnell and the lawless Republicans were allowed to get away with hijacking the process until Donald Trump was installed into the presidency. Despite the fact that there is an active criminal and counterintelligence investigations underway by special counsel Robert Muller, Donald Trump was allowed to install another hard right functionary in the person of Neil Gorsuch onto the Supreme Court.
Since then the court has decided in what is now a predictable 5 – 4 split that Ohio can purge voters from its voter’s list if they choose not to vote regularly. The court in a 5 – 4 split also voted to uphold Trump’s Muslim ban, completing ignoring the mountain of evidence of Trump saying that he wanted to ban Muslims from America.
Yesterday the court also voted to eviscerate public trade unions. The ruling put a stop to Unions right to collect fees from workers who benefit from union representation even though they chose not to be members of the union. Makes sense since whatever the unions fight for and accomplish all of the workers in that work pool benefits.
Unions say they have to collect the dues otherwise everyone would get free representation. The court voted against the unions, upending a long-held tradition.
USING UTTER HYPOCRISY AND ABUSE OF POWER REPUBLICANS STEAMROLLED THE PATHETIC DEMOCRATS
The Mitch McConnell rule of 2016 said that he would not be holding any hearing on Judge Garland in an election year. This was not a law or rule ever practiced in the US Senate, it was a Mitch McConnell’s rule.
And so it was President Obama’s pick never even got a meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Neil Gorsuch a right-wing member chosen by the Federalist society is now sitting in the Supreme Court seat which ought to have been occupied by Judge Merrick Garland.
Now Anthony Kennedy decided he wants to have Donald Trump chose his successor, these things do not happen a vacuum. These things happen because they are well coördinated. Regardless of what Anthony Kennedy may have done in his career, voting to allow Trump to discriminate against Muslims and others, then deciding to leave in July giving Trump the power to stack the highest court with another ideologue in the vein of Alito Thomas, and Gorsuch will be his legacy.
Now the rights of women to make their own decision with their bodies is all up in the air. Voting rights, Immigrants rights, and the fundamental rights of all average Americans are under assault.
Since Blacks find it too much of a bother to get up and vote as they clearly did not do in the primaries two days ago in New York, they should be prepared to find themselves back on the cotton fields.
Justice Anthony Kennedy would seek to sanitize himself of the stench of his capitulation to Donald Trump, writing. “An anxious world must know that our Government remains committed always to the liberties the constitution seeks to preserve and protects, so that freedom extends outward, and lasts”.
Then he voted to give Donald Trump the power to discriminate against Muslims on the basis of their religion.
African-Americans should find no comfort in the fact that Donald Trump’s vitriol is directed at Muslims and Hispanics coming in through the southern border. He has already decided that the Haitians given temporary stay years ago after the earthquake, must leave the country by 2019.
It was the German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller who said the following In his response to the cowardice of German intellectuals following the Nazis’ rise to power and subsequent purging of their chosen targets, group after group.
First, they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out — Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.