MY VOTE MY DEMISE: ARE WE TOO SERIOUS ABOUT OUR POLITICS

 

I Voted Sticker Lot

“In a Democratic Republic.”


who really cares

Ever since the United State President elect Donald J. Trump came to office this country has been at odds. People are going as far as cutting off their own family for their political affiliation. But the main issue that I have is not who you voted for, but why are people so invested in each others political views. We, for some reason have to be so in tuned with the reasons why someone voted. We act as if the people who are doing the voting are also making the country’s decisions. When in reality, even the people they elect are not going to be doing as much as we think they are while in power. So what is the real reason we have so much vested interest?

on my side or your side

In America you are either Democrat or Republican in this country. And if you don’t have a political affiliation then people accuse you of straddling the fence. But when you fall on the side of one of the parties then you stand a chance of upsetting someone. For me, I am more liberal then conservative, but not by much. I am about 55% liberal and 45% conservative; which makes me very moderate in this country. But for most people in America today they are either 80% or 90% on one side over the other. And they have this prevailing theory that if you are not in my party then you are against me. And in a country where we are supposed to be celebrating the freedom to choose, we are targeting people for their political party options.

it should be free

Our politics should be our free way of expression but for some reason it has changed. And the current president has caused so many people to split and choose sides. But what if he wins twice? Does that mean that more and more people are going to split and choose sides? Who knows, we will have to wait until 2020 to see how things pan out.


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MINORITY SELECTION: WHO WILL BE THE NEXT MINORITY PRESIDENT

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“Whose next?”


2020 and beyond

The presidential election run of Barack Obama left a door open for the next president either Black or any other ethnic group. But the question still stands, who next? Because in my opinion, there will be a White female before anyone else. There aren’t any prominent East Asian politicians or Indians that are strong candidates. The closest Hispanic/Latino candidates would be Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz. And the only African American next that’s remotely a force would be Kamala Harris. Now, do I think this will happen in 2020, no. Because in my opinion, just observing the landscape of America, Donald J. Trump will be back in the White House in 2020.

importance

What is the real significance in having a president that is of another ethnic group. Doesn’t mean much to the group who has always seen a president that looks like them. Even now with young Black kids growing up. They didn’t understand why older Black people, typically middle aged and above, were in enamored with Barack Obama. Yet, for someone who has never seen themselves in that position it means a lot. Let’s look at something on a much smaller scale. The former New York Knicks basketball player Jeremy Lin was an anomaly in the NBA. He was an Chinese American basketball player, who not only played in the NBA, but played well for New York. The interest from the entire East Asian community created a massive following for the Knicks. So I’m thinking, what would happen if there was a “Lin” for president.

what is a minority really

We always look at the word minority and say to ourselves, ethnicity. But what about the first White female president and a member of the LGBT community of any ethnic group. We will in our lifetime see a president that is one of the two mentioned in the previous sentence. The questions are who and when will it take place. Because from the looks of America right now, Donald Trump, or another like him (White male, older conservative), will be president if not him. Does it matter if we do have another president of a minority group? Does it have to be another African American? How about Hispanic? What about Native American? How about a White person, but a female? East Asian? Or is America going to stick with what has been in history which is White males? Because we all say pick the most qualified candidate, but I am intrigued to know when these historic moments occur, who really votes from the job or the historical image.


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THE BLACK VOTE: WHY ARE WE AS BLACK PEOPLE NOT REPUBLICAN

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“Being BLACK voting RED.”


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For a very long time, the African American population chose to vote red in this country. And as time progressed the flip to the Republican Party took hold. And now, you’re seen as some sort of outsider when you choose to vote red instead of blue. And my thing is this, “Are we bound to one party, or can we be bipartisan?” Because I personally see nothing wrong with a Black Republican. But for some reason, we are always expected to be on the side of the Democrats. Is there something deeper to this than a party?

recent history

In recent history, at least in my time on Earth, the Republicans have been seen as the party for the wealthy. And notice I said seen and not they are the party for the wealthy. Because the majority of Republicans are middle class citizens. And when you observe the landscape of the Black community, it has been plagued by poverty. So this “idea” that Republicans only care about money; this ideology that they have no real regard for those at the bottom keeps us from voting red. Also with the introduction of the current president, there is a racial undertone to the party now.

we are on the right

You would think that just because we vote Democrat we are a Liberal group of people. Not true, to be honest Black People quite the opposite. At times even more so than White Americans. But we never check red on the ballot for candidates. That does not mean we would never. Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City was well-received by a Black community. Because in reality, the vast majority of the community care about the same principles as the past generation. Only problem is that no Republican has really put into effect, or even gave us the feeling of real changes in government. Notice I said “feeling” of change in government. The sentiment we hold inside is that not much as changed, even though it has. And the Republican that can articulate that, may very well pick up America’s second biggest base in the country.


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JUNETEENTH DAY: WHERE ARE WE NOW FROM THEN

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“The descendants of blood, sweat, and tears, still going strong.”


Today marks the 152nd anniversary in which the first Juneteenth Day celebration was held in Galveston, Texas. And for those of you that are unfamiliar with Juneteenth, it is the celebration that marks the freedom of slaves in the United States. And in this time period, so much has taken place in the United States. From leaving slavery and entering Jim Crow south to electing the the United States first Black president into office. There has been a lot of ups and down over the past 150 years, but what has changed? Recently, there was an acquittal of yet another police officer for shooting and unarmed Black male.

But, the question I want to ask for this post is, what further must be done to insure that we are not relegated to the past. Now I know slavery is a jump, but man has a way of repeating history. And it may not even be us, but someone else. Which is why the conversations should always be around because once we forget, it is bound to happen again. I know for a fact I don’t want to wind-up back in subjugation. Now, some may say, that is just ludicrous. We are in a different time period than the past, and another slave trade could not possibly happen. Yes, that is true, I don’t see another slave trade in America, but what about somewhere else?

What about sex slavery? Sex slavery is not only still a big issue, but there has been cases of this in United States. Holding people against their will and making them sell themselves in the form of sex for payment. The person gets no money and the other using them takes everything. Yet even though this is a problem, it is not the biggest concern of Black people or anybody else for that matter in America. So concerning Black people in America, what does our future hold for us? Will things get better in the community or will they worsen?

I have been taking notice to the state of Black America, and I would love to think that the community is getting better. But it’s hard to see because in the now, it doesn’t seem that way. It seems as if the issues are worsening, especially with the slow economics of America. I don’t like being pessimistic, but it’s tough to say. And in the end, that is the reality as it pertains to our future. Because there are so many White men and women struggling themselves, so I know we are having hard times. But hopefully I am just being paranoid, and the future holds something for us. If not, we could see a role back of everything we have fought for in this country.


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INCENDIARY POLITICS: WHEN THE ACTIONS OF FEW BECOMES THE ACTIONS OF MANY

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“People just can’t see themselves.”


The dual between parties have been a rivalry for decades. But since Donald Trump took office, now people are fighting more than ever. I spoke in a recent post regarding the shooting of the United States Congressman Steve Scalise. The motive behind the shooting was the shooter’s outrage at the Republican party. But dissatisfaction is not enough to pull a gun and shoot a politician. Yet some of these are the same people who are anti-Trump. Then you have his (Trump) support system which have engaged themselves in similar behavior. So what is it? Don’t people see themselves when they behave in this manner? Don’t people see that in violence your fight is lost.?

You have people want freedom yet, want to restrict what you say. You have those that want tolerance, who themselves have limited tolerance for others. And a lot of the hypocrisy that we engage ourselves in, we don’t see it from our own point of view. To us, the way we behave is completely fine. Because the decision make sense in our minds, so no one sees themselves as irrational. Yet, that is what we have in America today; irrationality. So, what will it take to bring people back to their senses. Because what we’re doing now is proof that not an outsider, but we are our own enemies.

It will take the backing of our leaders to reassure the public that everything will be ok. And that is something I don’t hear too much from Donald Trump. He is quiet, and when he does speak, it’s usually some sophomoric, smug commented directed at the media. But, will this stop people from behaving a certain way. My best guess is no; they’ll not like him no matter what. Nonetheless, the people have conflict with each other in America. Friendships and relationships have ended, even families are on opposite ends of the spectrum. And what’s really sad, is that long after Trump has left the White House, people’s lives will still be fractured.

And still people can’t see themselves. People can’t see themselves so much so that the dominant society’s actions have become more incendiary than the people they fight against. It almost makes Trump and Pence look normal compared to their support and adversaries. In the end, is it all hate, or are most people worried. Worried about their rights, their families rights, or maybe it’s because of the unpredictability of our future and economic situations. People just sit around worrying themselves and living in fear. Fear for a future they had hoped to see which may inevitably boil down to nothing in the end.


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A NATION OF FEAR: ARE WE MORE AFRAID OF TRUMP THAN WE SHOULD BE.

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“Is there a legitimate reason to fear?”

As president elect Donald Trump now takes control over the White House, conversations begin to take place regarding him running the country. Saturday January 21st, 2017 was the day protest were held in major cities across the country and around the world. Women took to the streets as they marched in opposition of the new president elect. From New York City to Chicago, from Los Angeles to over the Pacific Ocean into Sydney Australia. Women who felt their rights would be in jeopardy of being impeded  upon once the new president took office. These protest would reach record numbers into the millions.

Now my question is, are we right to protest or are we more afraid than we should be of the newly inaugurated president? Even though he is the leader, how much voice will he really carry? And to what extent will he even be allowed to do what we’re afraid he will do? Could he really do what we’re all afraid will happen? If given enough time, is it possible that he can turn around so much he has said in the past? Or is it too late and there is no going back? The reality is yes and no. But we all have theories as to why he can hurt the country, but why he can’t is something we don’t discuss. Well, what is truly stopping him from doing what all our fears are in the end?

For starters, removing the 11 million immigrants from the country is more of a can’t do. Something of such magnitude isn’t as easy as just walking into households removing people. The initial cost to do so would require massive logistical issues that is a sure enough nightmare for the government. Not to mention the economic loses from people being forced out. The problem is that there are a lot of emotions and not enough thought driving these initiatives. But for those who know this specific group of people, they’re not sitting around living off the system. They’re contributing to the system. Whether it’s providing food and clothing for their families, to renting properties and sending children to college. So, forcing this many people out would cause short term and long term financial windfalls not to mention the massive blowback from the public who already have been vigilant in their fight against the president.

Another obstacle keeping the president from impeding upon the people would be the vote in Congress. The president is in control of a third power, he stills need one third more from outside himself. If he is unable to get his two thirds (meaning a third from him and Congress or the House), he is rendered immobile. He does have veto power, yet can’t outright just make decisions. So nothing on the scale to what we fear can happen without the system’s backing. Which explains why so little gets accomplished even with all the promises on the campaign trail. But, I’m sure a lot of people know this, so why the fear? It’s not just the idea of him winning the presidency. It sets precedent that someone else will come behind him with the same rhetoric and create even more of a climate of separation.

Yet does it; are we just being too sensitive or can one person just walk in and change the landscape of the country? Probable, yet highly unlikely because his behavior could cause a domino effect hurting too many people that aren’t even meant to get hurt. So why are people so read to fight? My best guess is that there are a lot of fears. We have these fears that we are losing something. Something that may not even come up while he’s in office, but just the idea of him eluding to us losing something could cause a problem. In the end, he may just turn out to be like every other leader we’ve had. Do some good, some things that irritate us, yet the country maintains an equilibrium. Up until the next guy comes into office, where we start the insanity all over again.

REVERSE HISTORY: WHAT IF WHITE PEOPLE WERE SLAVES

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“What if history was switch around.”

Let’s say instead of the Transatlantic Slave Trade in Africa, it took place in Europe. What if Africans invaded Portugal, Spain, Italy, Sicily? What if Africans paid some Europeans money to lure them from inland? And what if we placed them on ships and brought them to the new world? That means White people in the Caribbean (Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica, Bahamas, Barbados, etc.), Central America (Panama, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, etc.), South America (Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, Venezuela, etc.), and the United States.

Now let’s look at the country I live in, the United States. What if Europeans were brought to the southern states as slave labor? This means almost 300 years of persecution in a country where Black people would be the forefathers of a declaration that says we are all equal instead of Whites. White people would have to work for nearly another 100 years, before they would be free by us as Black people. Now the emancipation of White people would be signed, but not fully free until 1865, a few years after originally written.

Freedom would be short lived because once we free White men and women, then they are forced for nearly 100 years of social inequality. Yet the segregation is supposed to be separate, but equal, and yet far from that. They would eventually fight for their right to vote, right to hold political office, right to life and pursuit of happiness just as Black people do. Even after segregation ends, we deny White people jobs, so with limited employment opportunity, they are turned a life of crime through drugs such as Heroin, Cocaine, and Crack Cocaine. This really gives way for Black law enforcement to control the communities that White men and women dwell.

Oh yeah, during this time we change the rules of welfare from a family policy to a new more sinister policy. Women can receive aid from the government as long as the White male is gone. He leaves for one day, then one week, one month, and eventually he is gone forever. So in combination with welfare and narcotics, White people are now on a collision course with failure. Failure that would rival that of the segregation they experience. Eventually their community would come to a form of satisfaction once they are able to elect the first White president. White people express their pride in a man who for the first time is holding a post that has been long denied by Whites.

You see, reversing the history, I wonder how all these experiences by Blacks would fair with White men and women. I’m writing this because so many people who recently voted for Donald Trump has been seen as a Whitelash. An attack and push back over the nation’s first Black president. Is this true or is this false? Has America really made strides in changing the past or are we going back to our racial ways. Recently there have been protest over Trump’s election and he has not even taken office yet. Only time will tell from here on out. But what would this country look like if history was reversed?