Why It Is Important That Blacks Not Engage In Voter Apathy…

Have you ever won­dered why Democrats are always shak­ing in their boots about what Republicans think, how they will react to what they want to do?
Me too, and that is the rea­son the coun­try lags behind and could arguably be seen as regress­ing in some areas when com­pared to parts of Europe and Asia.
It is also the rea­son that the United States con­tin­ues to appear to be a cen­ter-right nation, despite the fact that there are more peo­ple who iden­ti­fy as Democrats than Republicans.

It is for that rea­son also that Republicans get what they want pol­i­cy-wise. They take out­landish posi­tions out­side what they would nor­mal­ly expect to get away with, but they get Democrats to cave in and give them a lighter ver­sion of the out­ra­geous posi­tion they put for­ward, result­ing in them get­ting what they want­ed in the first place.
Did Democrats want this log-jam which exist in immi­gra­tion? How about a wall on the south­ern bor­der, did Democrats want that? Did Democrats want a strained rela­tion­ship with Nato allies? How about kids kid­napped from their par­ents and locked in cages like ani­mals, did Democrats want that?

Republicans could­n’t care less about what Democrats think? The Republican par­ty long ceased to be a par­ty of rea­son, it purged from its ranks mod­er­ates who pre­vi­ous­ly joined Democrats on issues, and carved out a con­sen­sus on pol­i­cy posi­tions.
It is the Republican Party that decid­ed that bi-par­ti­san­ship was a dirty term. It was the likes of Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Louie Gohmert, and the new age Racist Xenophobes like Meadows of North Carolina, and the drunk Matt Gaetz from Florida who con­tin­ue to carve up the coun­try into enclaves of hate.
Naming them nowa­days is real­ly an aca­d­e­m­ic process, there is no day­light between the mem­bers of the Republican par­ty. It is a par­ty of igno­rant hate­ful Racists, peri­od.

Republicans In Name Only, (RINO), is the pejo­ra­tive for any Republican who showed an incli­na­tion to rea­son or to work with Democrats.
Today, bi-par­ti­san­ship is a thing of the past, for Republicans, it’s either their way or no way.
Many ran for the exits rather than stay and fight for the par­ty. John Boehner, David Jolly, Paul Ryan, Jeff Flake, on and on, even the old Long Island hack Peter King has now decid­ed not to seek reelec­tion.
There is noth­ing brave or noble about these men who have decid­ed to walk away from the par­ty with­out defend­ing the hon­or of the par­ty, and by exten­sion the Constitution of the United States of America.
They are abdi­ca­tors of their oaths, cow­ards, who ran away, rather than stand up to Tyranny, Racism, Xenophobia„ and Sexism.

This brings us to the rea­son the Republican par­ty has come to this. It cer­tain­ly has­n’t been the first time that the par­ty has been hijacked in mod­ern his­to­ry.
(a) It is a well-doc­u­ment­ed fact that after the sign­ing of the civ­il and vot­ing rights acts white men, who were tra­di­tion­al Democrats fled en-mass to the Republican par­ty. For them, the Democratic par­ty had betrayed them by giv­ing African-Americans dig­ni­ty and auton­o­my over their own lives. Their women also bailed on the Democratic par­ty as well. White women place all else sec­ond to their priv­i­leged white­ness. The right to own prop­er­ty, the right to have con­trol over their repro­duc­tive rights, are all sec­ondary, white­ness is the cen­tral pow­er priv­i­lege they val­ue.

So when Democrats ask why do white women vote against their own self-inter­est? The answer becomes, they are vot­ing their inter­est, it just isn’t what you think it should be.
(b) After Illinois, US Senator Barack Obama was ele­vat­ed to the Presidency of the United States, the T‑Party, (a sup­posed grass­roots move­ment) lit­er­al­ly rev­o­lu­tion­ized the Republican par­ty, it was­n’t for the bet­ter.
The T‑party move­ment was no grass­roots move­ment, but a dis­rup­tive move­ment fund­ed from the shad­ows by bil­lion­aire right-wing Libertarian broth­ers, Charles and David Koch, who also fund­ed oth­er shad­owy right-wing groups like Freedom Works, and more impor­tant­ly the pow­er­ful Americans for pros­per­i­ty.
The Koch broth­ers are major indus­tri­al­ists who vis­cer­al­ly oppose lib­er­al Obama’s poli­cies which would pro­tect the envi­ron­ment.
David Koch was recent­ly deceased.

Donald Trump forced impeach­ment onto the Democratic house and the American nation. He was not impeached because of things Democrats did. He was impeached because of the ille­gal and immoral acts he com­mit­ted.
Unfortunately, the media con­tin­ue to engage in hand-wring­ing about how this is going to play with Republicans. Who the hell cares about what Republicans think when the cor­rect thing to do is to stand up to a law­less chief exec­u­tive, and a par­ty which has marched lock­step with him?
Why is the con­ver­sa­tion viewed through the eyes of old white Republican peo­ple who are vast­ly out of step with the rest of the world on most issues of impor­tance?

Oh, one more thing to my African-American peo­ple, you con­tin­ue to live in the dark­ness of apa­thy and dis­in­ter­est. You con­tin­ue to make the argu­ment that your vote does not count. That noth­ing changes. Why then do you believe old­er white peo­ple vote with such fer­vor?
Why did you think they stood in lines which snaked around city blocks in 2016, so they could vote for Donald Trump?
Why do you think that they have tried so very hard to stop you from vot­ing for as long as your ances­tors have sought the fran­chise?
Why do you think Republicans have tried to sup­press your vote cycle after cycle, and have com­mit­ted them­selves to do the same on steroids come 2020?

The idea that peo­ple can live in a coun­try and not care to engage in the sin­gle most impor­tant process which affects their lives is insane, to say the least.
Those who gov­ern, make deci­sions that affect every­thing in our lives, whether the police con­tin­ue to mur­der our chil­dren in cold blood, what we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, how much tax­es we pay. They deter­mine the qual­i­ty of our chil­dren’s schools, deter­mines war & peace, and every­thing in between.
That any­one would leave such seri­ous deci­sions for oth­ers to make is fright­en­ing.
Yes, it is quite okay to get mad at all the ills which plague us, but apa­thy towards the process is the least good option African-Americans have at their dis­pos­al.
In fact, con­tin­ued vig­i­lance and fideli­ty to the process is the best option we have, that is the rea­son so many have giv­en so much for so long, it is for that rea­son that so many paid the ulti­mate price.
Throwing away what they died for is not an option.