The Cliché “this Election Will Be The Most Consequential” Is No Cliché This Time.

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.

It is a president’s con­sti­tu­tion­al right to nom­i­nate a Supreme Court jus­tice, and it is the Senate’s con­sti­tu­tion­al right to act as a check on a pres­i­dent and with­hold its con­sent,” McConnell said then. “The American peo­ple are per­fect­ly capa­ble of hav­ing their say on this issue, so let’s give them a voice. Let’s let the American peo­ple decide.”

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.

Utter hyp­ocrite.
itch McConnell says his cham­ber will vote this fall on President Donald Trump’s nom­i­nee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retire­ment Wednesday. “It is imper­a­tive that the pres­i­den­t’s nom­i­nee is con­sid­ered fair­ly and not sub­ject­ed to per­son­al attacks,” McConnell said. 


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.

jus­tice Anthony Kennedy announced his retire­ment Wednesday,

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.