Sometimes I wonder why this world is the way it is and why there is so much hate and disgust in America. We as humans have a common purpose, to live. We all have the commonality of striving to be the best we can be and have the power to control our own destinies and yet there are a handful of people that look to shatter or disrupt that process.
As Americans, we have a constant goal to make it in this country. To provide and look out for our family and ensure nothing harms or gets in the way of that goal. As an African American, I have seen and experienced countless “lessons” (that’s what I call them) dealing with hate and bigotry. As a military veteran, I’ve experienced it two-fold both as a personal and professional level. I will admit that for a time I have “dismissed” these instances as ignorance and misinformed instead of calling it what it really is…….racism. I believed that we as a society and people have evolved to live together as “one” nation, NOT small communities on a big land mass. But the more and more I look at this upcoming presidential election, the more it reminds me (scares me actually) that we are not ready to put aside bigotry and divisiveness but rather embrace it on a grand scale.
I use to be a registered democrat up until the 2000 presidential election when I realized that while an election was being, for all intensive purposes “stolen” or “brought” here in Florida, I saw no back lash or no fight from the Democratic Party to FIND those votes that mysteriously disappeared mostly from minority districts. As an active duty military person at the time who took leave from overseas to vote in the election only to see my vote not count as it was one of those “districts” that were misplaced, I was outraged and disappointed by the lack of support to fight this blatant denial of the right to vote. So I shifted to being an independent. Since then, I have “noticed” a growing and alarming trend in our nation dealing not only with voting but racism as well.
Over the past 10 years, I have seen our country shift from being a relative populous state to one that is covertly (depending on who you believe) turning back the hands of time to where only those that “matter” be allowed to vote. There are some that argue this is to keep those that are not entitled to vote from voting while others see this as a violation of the federal voting rights act. While both sides present a valid argument and I agree that it should be a fair and balanced approach, It is not. Here in the “great state” of Florida, instead of targeting all districts for voting violations, they are only targeting a select few, ironically those that are mostly minorities. It is also ironic that every district and county they target, are the ones that voted for the current President. Now don’t get me wrong, I AM an advocate for those that do NOT have the right to vote, shouldn’t and vote according to the current laws that are in place. My problem is that this sweeping “purge” of voters is NOT including every district and county in Florida. I can’t speak for the rest of the states that are conducting the same “methods” as I don’t know their strategy but here in Florida, the message is clear.
Now I will agree with those that say that since President Obama was elected, there has been a lot of division in the country AND it is due to some of the issues he has raised BUT if you are able to step outside your own political box (right AND left), you will be able to see it is NOT for the reasons some networks or news media portray in their shows or columns. Here is my opinion as to how I see it.
The “rise and division” of this great nation started with the candidacy of Obama in 2008. His name alone sparked a debate as to whether he was born in this country and thus a legal candidate for the office of the Presidency. Not to mention he was bi-racial which a lot of “Americans” have a problem with. Regardless of how many felt, he was ushered in as our President. Even with the “accusations” and the “validity” of his birth certificate that have been put to rest and proven utterly and profoundly false, there are still those that continue to call into question this information.
When he was elected, set out on a premise to restore balance to this country’s economic system that was ravished and abused by corporate greed and lack of judgment. For years they have enjoyed the luxury of paying less in taxes while stiffing their workers and shuffling jobs overseas in an effort to pay less in wages for larger profits for not only the company but for the executives as well. Again, the president sought to rectify this issue by rewarding business that bought jobs back stateside while penalizing those that didn’t. He also felt that for too long the wealthy Americans have enjoyed the larger piece of the pie long enough and felt that it was now time for them to pay their fair share in taxes. Thus the 1 vs 99% war was born. It didn’t help that congress (mostly republicans) strongly oppose this issue as they argued that this would hurt the “small business owner” and prevent them from using the money to expand and create more jobs WHICH is what we need so desperately in this country. Problem is not many “legitimate”(there are large corporations masking themselves as small businesses for the sake of paying less in taxes for example, Halyburton was listed as a small business until recently) small businesses made more than $250,000, let alone $1,000,000 in profit a year. Here is where the “division” started. What many don’t recall is that the President gave small businesses tax breaks and incentives to help them grow and remain in business, which to this day they still have and enjoy.
The President AGAIN targeted the middle class by simply stating they need more of a tax break than the wealthy as they are the true drivers of the economy. This is a true statement no matter how you look at it. Middle class buy more goods than the wealthy. They tend to go with the flow of the economy unlike the wealthy that have the luxury to spend when they feel like it. YET by contrast, their earnings have dropped dramatically while the wealthy has increased exponentially. This is a problem yet the only answer congress has is to give the wealthy an additional tax cut while letting everyone else fend for themselves and their argument, the wealthy are the job creators. If that’s the case then why hasn’t Romney created any jobs lately? How about Rubert Murdoch? How bout the Koch brothers? Warren Buffett? Pro Athletes? I hope you get the point because it’s obvious that congress doesn’t.
Lastly I will mention race. For the longest I have denied (ignored really) the fact that race has been a major since Obama was elected. In 2008 a large majority of individuals (this was actually covered during the 2008 elections) stated they wouldn’t vote for Obama simply because of his race while others voted for him for the same reason. Both reasons in my opinion, is sad. This only solidified the reality that race does play a major role in every decision and it’s sad that there are people that refuse to believe it for obvious reasons. There are many people that believe that he IS a Muslim even THOUGH we went to the same Christian church for 10+ years. It went even further to state that ok he went to a racist church which ironically had just as many white members as black (I guess they were racist as well).
I personally had no intention on voting for Obama initially as I liked the fact McCain was a “maverick” and fought for fairness in the system and firmly believed and was willing to stand up for the issues he cared about the most. He lost my vote when he picked Sarah Palin as a running mate AND allowed the Republican “establishment” to dictate how he ran his campaign vice running it “his way”.
I have always believed that you should vote for the BEST person that would put YOUR interest ahead of their parties.