America makes an important decision today; that decision is whether or not we will re-elect our 44th President or if we will elect our 45th President. While I think that people are overreacting as to how close this Presidential race is, it’s still important that people vote. That’s why today despite my great disdain for waking up when it’s still dark, I got up out of bed and headed into DC to vote.
At this point in my life, I live in downtown Silver Spring, MD, however, I maintain my permanent residence in Washington, DC. That led to this interaction this morning.
The Real Dr. J: [on the phone] I’m here with my son. Oh yeah, he keeps my address as his address, but he needs to change that.
Dr. J: Can you stop telling everybody my personal business?
There’s a few reasons why I’ve never changed my address to Maryland. The main reason is that as an informed voter in the United States of America, I realize that as much as we pay attention to the Presidential election in America, it’s not all that important in my day-to-day life. The decisions that impact the community and city that I’m in personally vested in are made on a local level. They are not decisions that are made by President Obama, they are made by my mayor (who is a jackass), city council, and school board. For that reason, I maintain my residence in DC, because that’s where the real decisions are made.
I hope that many voters out there realize this. I’m sure many of us have registered to vote where we live because we needed our votes to count in this Presidential election, but did we all take the time to research all the other elections that will take place today? Are you blindly voting down party lines because you’re not informed as to who is running for your local and state offices? Do you do more of a disservice to your community by only voting in the Presidential election, but not caring much about the other elections on your ballot because “you just live there”? And if that is the case, are you still voting in the communities in which you’re personally vested? Those are the questions that we need to answer for ourselves.
As it pertains to this Presidential election and voting day in general, I know that I enjoyed the experience. I am reminded that I have family members who were born at a time when it was damn there impossible for African-Americans to vote in this country. I have seen their pain and struggle and I show my appreciation to their service by voting. I believe that if you are not part of the solution then you are part of the problem. Plausible deniability and tacit complicity are not acceptable methodologies in our times today.
This is our reality; the reality is that close to 50% of this country will vote for Mitt Romney today. The reality is that we will see our country for exactly what it is today. We’ve got to understand what that means for our country and our President. That means that regardless of who is elected today, the only prudent and right way to run this country is to find ways to have compromise on both sides. This is going to be a dogfight today but when the sun rises tomorrow, we will still be in the United States of America. And even if Mitt Romney is our 45th President, we as a Black people will be just fine. After all, that’s what we do best, we take whatever they throw at us Black folk and we survive.
Anyway, on behalf of the SBM staff we encourage you to go out there and vote. If you are misinformed right now, take time to figure out the agendas of all on your ballots. When you’re finished come on back to SBM and tell us about your day. Tell us about the long lines, the young and old voters, the asinine ways they are still running your voting station and how many times you looked at your watch and said, “I’m bout to be late.”
A few quick observations on my end:
- We need younger volunteers. It shouldn’t take 4-5 minutes to find a ballot with the last name, Jackson. I swear the same people have been working in some of these stations for the last 30 years.
- You can’t buy bottles to skip the line.
- They should have complimentary donuts and juice at the voting station.
- People will look at your weird if you have a Starbucks cup in the hood and there is no Starbucks within a good three miles of there.
- It’s cold as hell.
- Only sellouts don’t vote. Conscious and even hood negros vote. Conscious people understand the importance and the hood at least acknowledges that you get time off to go vote. Sellouts don’t vote because they don’t think it’s all that serious.
And whatever you do, do not post pictures of the ballot. Please, thank you.