This is it.
The issue or issues that are important to you are all on the ballot today.
For four years, more than half of the people in the United States have lived in a virtual fog of disbelief, their lives suspended in time while they wait for the moment that they will breathe again.
Many have admitted to feelings of depression, anxiety, and even thoughts of suicide.
Never in their lives did they ever imagine that their country, in which they have had so much pride all their lives, would be reduced to this level of corruption no one had ever seen before.
President Barack Obama spoke about the path that America usually takes on its journey to becoming, a more perfect union, years ago, “two steps forward, one step backward, and two steps to the side’. Never a straight path forward.
And so, after the Obama Presidency, maybe the first in the history of the nation to be scandal-free, it was only to be expected that we would be where we have been over the last four years.
If you still haven’t voted and are eligible to vote, you will have no say in the outcome of any elections; you will certainly have no say whenever this election is decided.
Yesterday an African-American man told me he does not get involved in white people’s business after I asked him if he already voted?
Dumbfounded, I asked him to explain how his voting would be white people’s business? At the same time I was awaiting his answer, which seemed difficult for him to articulate, I was wondering what if anything would I be able to say to a 66-year-old man, that would set off a light, in a brain that old?
Needless to say, as you already may have imagined, the answer he gave me was so convoluted that I realized that nothing that I could say would penetrate that dense forest of ignorance.
We know that no candidate or political party is going to encapsulate all of our needs and desires, but let us imagine voting through the words of the young congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez who brilliantly said, “we are voting for the people whom we are better able to lobby.”
No, there are no perfect candidates or political parties. We live in an imperfect world, with our imperfect selves, we must use our brains rather than our emotions when we make decisions.
Organizing, voting, and lobbying, that’s the process.
For those not as lost as my 66-year old friend- You have a chance to let your voice be heard today.
Yes, I know that the Electoral College is archaic. I know that the Electoral college makes it appear to you that your vote does not count, but it certainly cannot be counted if you do not vote.
There is a reason that one political party is fighting tooth and nail to prevent you from voting; in fact, they are trying desperately to take it away from you.
If your vote did not matter, ask yourselves, “Why are they working so hard to take it away from me”?
Mike Beckles is a former police Detective corporal, businessman, freelance writer, a black achiever honoree, and publisher of the blog mikebeckles.com.
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