posted on Dec, 29 2005 @ 08:15 PM
There aren't a whole lot of things that I can agree with the Black Panthers on, but there is at least one.
If minorities ever want to be taken serious as a voting bloc they have to form their own party which decides on a case by case basis who to put their
weight behind, or whether to run their own candidate.
Not all minorities can bring themselves to vote conservative. I think it's a mistake, but I can understand that when someone has an ideology they
have a right to stand by it with their vote.
At the same time however, there's a big question of "what have you done for me since the Johnson Administration" directed at the Dems.
I'm not sure that races should vote as blocs really- I would be most hostile towards the idea of a white political party because the color of my skin
does not mean that I'm cast in the same mould as anyone else. If, however, the self-styled "leaders" of the African-American community (you know
the rich whore-mongers who grew up in black Southern churches before there was anything sinister about the word crack, and the word gat didn't even
exist) anyway if those people are going to urge their followers to align themselves according to the color of their skin, the only sensible party with
which to align themselves is one that is made and operated of them, by them, and for them, because there are people on both sides of the aisle who
minorities ought to know they can't trust.
If a Mexican-American felt that the key criteria in casting their vote was to find somebody who knows where they've been and cares about improving
that situation, he'd have to be insane to choose a rich white senior citizen over someone like Bonnie Garcia, regardless of party.
In the end though, I have to stipulate just for sanity sake that voting on skin color and even background can get you into a lot of trouble. President
Hoover was a great man with a great background, but he wasn't all that as a president. Bush played the man of faith card very well, and hey, maybe he
is a man of faith in all fairness, but that faith hasn't made him perfect. As my grandmother likes to put it, if I were going to have brain surgery,
I'd want the best brain surgeon around, not the most religious one around.
Ultimately, and I know this is too much to ask of most Americans of any color, I'm sad to say, the best way to cast your vote is to do your homework.
take 1, 3, 5, 10 hours over the course of several weeks, find out what offices the candidate has been in and how his constituents did under him, and
what kind of policies he pursued. If he wrote a book, at least read a review of the book, if not the book itself. Listen to a couple of his speeches
and his opponents rebuttals.
To be honest, in a perfect world, I think that for a ballot to be valid, you'd have to write any three facts about the candidate that you were voting
for on your ballot. If any of them was incorrect, the ballot should not be counted. I think bloc-voting leads to uninformed decisions.
So I'm conflicted- I don't think they should vote as a bloc, but if they're going to do so, at least the bloc should make discerning choices if the
individual voters will not.