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Forum Post: Is This Really The Most Important Election Ever? If So, Then Where Are Our Issues?

Posted 7 years ago on Nov. 1, 2012, 10:39 p.m. EST by PeterKropotkin (1050) from Oakland, CA
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By Bruce Dixon

This is the most important election ever, black America is told every two and four years. That's probably true if one's own status and political legitimacy are on the line, and for the black political class that's really what this election is all about. It's about their legitimacy. It's about their perks and set-asides, their TV shows and the government grants to their ministries. It's about their careers, and those of their hangers on and aspirants.

This election is not about black unemployment, officially at 14%, actually double that, and in the inner cities of Atlanta, Chicago and like places closer to 50% of young men including ex-prisoners, because no Democrat running at any level proposes to address that. This election is not about black wealth, although the foreclosure epidemic drove the average black family's wealth down to a twentieth, as opposed to a tenth of that possessed by the average white family, because no Democrat running wants to talk about that either.

This election is not about black child poverty, which is the highest it's been since Lyndon Johnson declared a war on poverty nearly fifty years ago, and it's certainly not about rolling back the prison state or reconsidering the drug war because no Democrat wants to talk about any of that either.

This election is not about pursuing a binding climate change treaty, about reining in Big Oil and Big Energy, who are determined to keep on doing what they're doing despite the glaciers and icecaps from Tibet to Greenland, from the Andes to Alaska melting, despite advancing deserts, record storms every year and climate change that could threaten billions of lives worldwide. While Democrats on the stump will admit humans have begun to hideously alter the global climate, Democrats in power DO nothing to slow it down.

This most-important-ever election for black America is not about ending military aid to 53 out of 54 African countries (every one except Eritrea) or cutting off our proxy armies that have killed six million Congolese since 1996. It's not about ceasing to blow up Afghan and Somali and Yemeni and Pakistani children and bystanders into pink mist with robot drones, and it's certainly not about withdrawing our support for apartheid Israel. Our elected Democrats endorse those things just as heartily as Republicans.

This election is not about justice for immigrants. Republicans talk the meaner game, but Barack Obama actually deported more than a million people in his first three years, more than all recent Republicans combined. This election is not about halting the privatization of education, because Romney and Obama agree on that too.

It might be the most important election ever for the black political class, but it's not the least bit about beginning to halt the wave of gentrification that decimates black communities everywhere, or making a start at rolling back the prison state, granting full citizenship rights to and ending discrimination against former prisoners, or even ceasing the incarceration of juveniles with adults. It's not about ending or even slowing down the futile, hypocritical and racist war on drugs.

This election is not even about who will be on the US Supreme Court the next twenty years. The last time a defense lawyer made the Supreme Court was Thurgood Marshall. While on the Senate Judiciary Committee Senator Barack Obama declined to ask nominees Scalia or Roberts about their affiliation with the Federalist Society or query them on any of its radical beliefs like the “takings doctrine.” Obama's own nominees, while demographically correct, have moved the court rightward, not leftward in the opinion of many legal scholars.

The election is certainly not about punishing Wall Street for having crashed the economy, or keeping them from repeating their crime in the near future --- Republicans and Democrats alike agree that banksters deserve their bailout while homeowners, credit card debtors and student borrowers deserve to drown.

So for black people, where are our dogs in this race? Voting Republican is out of the question, that's like chickens lining up for Popeye's. If you believe that your vote IS your voice, voting for Democrats who murder civilians, who allow the banks to plunder the economy, who won't address unemployment and want to privatize education and everything in sight is a similar kind of volunteered slavery.

All the talk about “strategic voting” and “safe states” is, for black people, subtrefuge to justify the irrationality, the foolishness of casting your own vote against your own survival. If our votes are our voices, it's time to use those for our own good.

For my own part, I will be voting for Jill Stein, the Green Party's candidate, and Cheri Honkala. These are people unafraid to declare the drug war must be ended, and a WPA-style Green Jobs -Green New Deal program initiated, that we have to bring the troops home and cease supporting apartheid Israel. Stein and Honkala are white, of course. But their politics, by the measure of Martin Luther King at least, are blacker than Barack Obama's have ever been.

The object of present day black politics is preserving their perks and positions as “representatives” of the rest of us, while offering their services as black meat puppets for Wall Street, for privatizers, for Big Ag, Big Oil, Big Real Estate, military contractors and the rest.

The current black political class, and its array of candidates from the president down do not believe in social justice. There are big problems, but they fear big and truthful answers. They don't want to roll back the prison state. They just want to stick around awhile longer. They want to be on TV and collect honorariums. They don't know how to address joblessness or gentrification. That's your issue. They just know how to get paid.




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[-] 3 points by Weaver (60) 7 years ago

Very well written. I've have been told for forty years that “this election is too close” to throw your vote away on a third party. It will always be so; it is contrived to be so. In fact, in spite of all the hype about how disparate the two parties are, they are actually merely two aspects of the same paradigm and their enraged rhetoric merely serves to distract from this truth.

I believe to vote for anybody but a Democrat or Republican is what will make this the most important election.

[-] 1 points by Karlin (350) from Nelson, BC 7 years ago

Missing in Action Election 2012:

Military Budget

Global Warming

[-] 0 points by factsrfun (8231) from Phoenix, AZ 7 years ago

The last guy to care about climate change got crushed by the Green Party.

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 7 years ago

NY Gov Cuomo has begun discussing the storms in the context of climate change, & Ind NYC Mayor Bloomberg endorses Pres Obama because of his position on climate change.

So that is some progress.

[-] 1 points by DebtNEUTRALITYpetition (647) 7 years ago

I'm probably voting for Stein as well. However, as bad as the republicans are portrayed, there have been four minority presidential and vice presidential candidates since 2008, Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, Herman Cain, and Michelle Bachman that were all lambasted and their reputations trashed by the progressive democrat cartel.

[-] 1 points by Weaver (60) 7 years ago

I find hope in Stein.

[-] 0 points by factsrfun (8231) from Phoenix, AZ 7 years ago

The most important election in history was 2000 when the climate and the debt were on the ballot and Nader and the Green Party decide not to endorse Al Gore, so now they are both shit, but we can make things a lot worse this time around.

[-] 0 points by WSmith (2698) from Cornelius, OR 7 years ago




[-] 0 points by Builder (4202) 7 years ago

Great post, PeterK.

Jill Stein wouldn't be getting locked up so regular if she wasn't such a threat to the mafiosa puppets being forced on the American public one more time.

Anyone who is willing to put their personal freedom on the line to highlight the hypocrisy of the current political situation deserves everyone's immediate attention.

[-] 0 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 7 years ago


[-] 0 points by PeterKropotkin (1050) from Oakland, CA 7 years ago

Im voting for Jill Stien. I didnt even bother to read her platform but it can't be any worse than the other two candidates,

[-] 1 points by Karlin (350) from Nelson, BC 7 years ago

This is good to hear you are voting Stein..and therefore "Greens", If I can assume the Green Party also appeals to you.

I have voted Green Party candidates for the past 10 or 12 years, and you know what cool about this is that I am in Canada, you are in the USA, and there are some here from Europe, China, Australia - and we ALL can vote for GREEN

People everywhere can relate "as Greens".

I am not talking "merger" OWS/Greens but it is at minimum a like a couple compatriots without jingoistic nationalism getting in our way, nor is there religious identity, But I do hope someday we will join up as our priorities merge

You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope someday you'll join us And the world will live as one