I vote because my conscience tells me to. I've been taught to learn about people who are running and to make an intelligent decision about who I am voting for. I'm trying to teach my children the same ethic but right now they look to me (or their father) for who to vote for. I'll be glad when the day comes when they can tell me who I should vote for and why.
This November, I will vote straight democrat. Why? Well, it's not because I totally agree with the entire democratic agenda, but only because I realize that we cannot afford to allow the republicans to gain control of the house or the senate. If this were not at stake, my vote would be split for various offices and candidates. although the reality is that none of the parties - democrat, republican, independent or tea party - really give two craps about black people. But you know what? I can't even blame them because the truth of the matter is that we are the only group of people who lack unity and the assembly of our leaders to come together with an agenda to put on the table. The Latinos have done it... and done it well I might add. The LGBT community have definitely made their mark. But blacks...we're not even in the equation. We need to step it up.
This year, the democrats have demonstrated that they realize the importance of the black vote. I don't think I have EVER heard much advertising on black radio than I have during this political campaign.
This past weekend, I've debated with my sister who insists on playing the devil's advocate with me in telling me why she feels she does not want to vote. The only thing that shut her up was when I told her to look at history...The working class always did better during the democratic years than during the republican years...regardless of your opinion. She agreed and the debate was finished.
I implore you today to just VOTE. Show that you do care and that you can make a difference, just by pulling a lever and casting a vote for the candidate that you feel addresses the issues that are important to you.
Peace and Love