Yesterday, the NY Times ran a story about how the Black American vote will be needed to save Democrats in Congress. Over the next few days, look for a Democrat to visit Black churches near you.
Do you wonder as I do, when will Blacks truly recognize the value of their vote and push Dems to act in the best interests of all Americans? When will Blacks overwhelmingly leave the Party and empower themselves and recognize that Democrats are not their best or only hope?
If they were, wouldn’t Democrats hire more Black firms to work on their political campaigns and do their outreach? If the Black vote is so important, why do Dems wait 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 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 level is at historic lows because he and the Dems spent more time finger pointing and less time communicating a cohesive message to the American people. As a result, Dems may lose seats in both Houses of Congress.
The groups affected most by the 2013 government shutdown were Blacks, the middle class and poor, groups the Dems historically say they best represent. So then why haven’t Dems communicated a platform that speaks to the government shutdown and what they need to avert another one? Why haven’t they talked about job creation orf strengthening the economy? They haven’t because the American people and Blacks 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 a responsibility to hold our representatives accountable. Today, Dems platform is all over the place. They have done a poor job keeping it simple and reminding voters of the government shutdown, the failure of Congress to pass a jobs bill or aggressive legislation to strengthen our economy. Instead, they point a finger at Republicans who on the other hand have communicated a message that resonates with their base, but not to the whole country.
The 2016 Presidential election year approaches and only “the People” can hold Republicans and Democrats feet to the fire to create a unifying message. As for Blacks, whose voice resonates loud when there is an injustice, it is time to realize the real power of your vote. Be sure should Dems lose control of the Senate and seats in the House, they will blame you.