The New York Times ran a story this week about Democrats needing the Black American vote to save seats in Congress. Over the next few days, look for a Democrat to visit a Black church near you.
Do you wonder, as I do, when will Blacks recognize the value of their vote and push Dems to act truly in the best interests of all Americans? When will Blacks leave the Party and empower themselves by recognizing that Democrats are not their best or only option?
If they were, Democrats would hire more Black firms to work on their political campaigns and outreach? Instead of waiting until the final stretch of the campaign to reach out!
In 2008 and 2012, Blacks voted overwhelmingly for the President. But for six years, where has his voice been on the violence claiming the lives of Black children in Chicago? And why is unemployment still highest in the Black community?
The President's presence on the campaign trail is nonexistent except in states like Maryland where there are high numbers of Black voters. His approval rating is at historic lows because he and the Dems spent more time pointing the finger at Republicans instead of communicating a unifying message to the American people to move us forward. That is why Dems deservedly so, may lose seats in both Houses of Congress. And to prepare for that, should they lose, they want to blame low Black voter turnout.
The groups affected most by the 2013 government shutdown were Blacks, the middle class and poor. These are groups Dems historically say they best represent. So then, why haven't Dems communicated a platform that includes the government shutdown and why they need more support to avoid another one? Why haven't they talked about the difficulty they have had passing Bills in Congress to create jobs or strengthen the economy? They haven't because the American people and Blacks in particular have not held their representatives accountable.
The Framers were right when they wrote "We the People" into the preamble of our beloved US Constitution, to remind us that "the people" have the responsibility to hold their elected officials accountable.
Today, Dems platform is all over the place. They have done a poor job keeping it simple and reminding voters of the 2013 government shutdown, the failure of Congress to pass a jobs bill or get legislation through to strengthen our economy. Instead, they waste time pointing a finger at Republicans, who have communicated a message that resonates with their base.
The 2016 Presidential election year approaches and only "the People" can hold Republicans and Democrats feet to the fire and make them create a unifying message that speaks to all Americans.
As for Blacks, whose voice resonates loud when there is an injustice, it is time to realize the real power of your vote is not saving it for one political party. Be sure, should Dems lose control of the Senate and seats in the House, they will blame you.