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Our Ancestors Will NOT “Roll in Their Graves” If We Don’t Vote…..They Will If We Do!

Maya Angelou just sent me an email. She really did. She wrote,

“My grandmother and my uncle experienced circumstances that would break your heart. when they went to vote, they were asked impossible questions like, “How many angles can dance on the head of a pin?” When they couldn’t answer, they couldn’t vote. I once debated with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. about whether an African-American would ever be elected president. He believed it would happen within the next 40 years at the time – I believed it would never happen in my lifetime. I have never been happier to have been proven wrong. And since President Obama’s historic election, we’ve moved forward in courageous and beautiful ways. More students can afford college, and more families have access to affordable health insurance. Women have greater opportunities to get equal pay for equal work. Yet as Rev. King wrote,”All progress is precarious.” So don’t sit there on the sidelines. Don’t hesitate. Don’t have any regrets. Vote.” -Maya Angelou

Thank you Mama Maya for all of your efforts to represent and see the best in Black people progress and elevate. As an honorable elder, I give you all the due respect your life has earned, but to say we have moved forward in “courageous and beautiful ways” since Obama has been elected is deeply irresponsible at best. While I know you have the purest of intentions and may honestly believe those words, you are just wrong with your assertion. I must ask the question, what world you are looking at? Is this truly the world that you see? If it is, it’s far different from the one I see, or the one people in Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan, Palestine, Iran see. Does my child getting more money for college negate the fact someone else’s child with never get the opportunity to a life, because a missile just ended it?

This post is a critique of Obama’s policies, thus far, in comparison to what our ancestors said and did. Like Maya Angelou, there are many people echoing the same sentiment of blind, turn-the-other-cheek support, despite the fact that Obama continued, on a much greater scale, everything Bush had done. Along with that, everywhere read of a Black man or woman whom has opened their eyes to see the puppet show circus that the 2012 presidential election for what it is, I read of these individuals being treated as if they are somehow traitors to their people and disrespecting their/our forefathers and mothers legacy, by choosing to opt out. Rap Artist Lupe Fiasco, who did not vote for Obama in 2008, has said that he does not believe in the presidential voting system at all (He supports voting locally, as I also do) and for his open anti-voting stance, he was openly criticized and criticized in discussions all over the place. I read in forums and in posts from friends on Facebook, how they refuse to vote in this election because Romney is obviously not getting their vote, and they cannot in good conscious vote for Obama, who is so clearly just a more charming and swagged out version of his opponent. They also get emotion-based assumptions and opinions tossed their way. “A Black man comes to power and Black people start hating.” No, not hating at all. This is actually love. This is a critique of what he has done in relation to the goal of true universal freedom, justice and equality.

Again, I support voting on local measures and local officials, specifically outside of the republicrat party, -you can actually hold them accountable and pie them easily if they mess up- but for the sake of this writing, we will deal with the national election for president. I’m not going to touch on the fact that there are four other candidates running or how blindly Americans except the Two-Party system as the ONLY option in a “democracy” where we have “freedom of choice”. I’m just going to deal with the Obama apologists and their two primary illogical reasons for choosing to continue their support for this farce.

Illogical Reason #1 – “Our ancestors would roll in their graves if we don’t vote” (for Obama of course)

Of all the reasons thrown out as to why we should vote in this presidential election, this is the most annoying. Don’t choose a candidate because you have studied the issues, the candidate’s positions on the issues and from an informed position, make a choice or choose neither….No, vote for one or the other (actually, vote for Obama) because our ancestors fought for our right to vote, even if you don’t agree with him at all. The ancestral guilt trip might actually be valid, if it weren’t for two simple facts. The first being that voting wasn’t the primary reason they were fighting. Freedom, justice and equality, of which voting was tool towards, was the reason. Two, if the leaders whom were alive at that time were alive today, NONE OF THEM would be going along with this rigged game show. Voting on a local level has a real impact, but none of them would be casting a vote for a democrat or a republican president because they would clearly see no difference between them. They would be in vocal and active protest, calling foul. Let us review a bit of history and read what our ancestors ACTUALLY SAID and based on that decide if they would be casting a vote for Obama, if they were alive today and standing in our current crossroad.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Now we all already know that Dr. King was the primary activist in getting the voting rights act passed in 1965, so the question we must ask is, would he be voting for Obama?

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial “outside agitator” idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds.” -Dr. MLK Jr. from “A Letter From Birmingham Jail

….Concerning Guantanamo Prison, where hundreds were/are being detained and many tortured, without ever having received any kind of due process, Obama said he would immediately close the prison when he became president, but what he did was quite the opposite. Guantanamo is still active with no sign of closing, but it was the American people that allowed him to go back on his promise, and that neglect on the American people’s part has inevitably led to the boogeyman out there, becoming the boogeyman within and President Obama signed NDAA.

“As in so many past experiences, our hopes had been blasted, and the shadow of deep disappointment settled upon us. We had no alternative except to prepare for direct action, whereby we would present our very bodies as a means of laying our case before the conscience of the local and the national community. Mindful of the difficulties involved, we decided to undertake a process of self-purification. We began a series of workshops on nonviolence, and we repeatedly asked ourselves: “Are you able to accept blows without retaliating?” “Are you able to endure the ordeal of jail?” We decided to schedule our direct-action program for the Easter season, realizing that except for Christmas, this is the main shopping period of the year. Knowing that a strong economic-withdrawal program would be the by-product of direct action, we felt that this would be the best time to bring pressure to bear on the merchants for the needed change.” Dr. MLK Jr.

“As President of our country and Commander in Chief of our military, I accept that people are going to call me awful things everyday….and I will always defend their right to do so.” – Barack Obama to the UN

…..Then why the hell did you sign that anti-protesting legislation into law?!? Now seriously, would Dr. King be okay with that? Would he cast a vote for Obama, knowing that he signed into law a bill that made it a federal offense to protest anywhere near any elites whom have secret service agent protection. Would he vote for a man who signed a law that made it illegal to do the very actions that earned us to right to vote in the first place? Think about that. Would Dr. King and all the Freedom Marchers “roll over in their graves” if you did not vote for Obama or would they roll over if you did? I’m not going even get into Dr. King’s foreign policy versus Obamney’s. Dr King would NOT be supporting this election. Let’s move on to another famous ancestor…

Malcolm X

Okay now, c’mon….this is Malcolm X we’re talking about. How could anybody whom has read any of Brother Malcolm’s writing and/or listened to his speeches even think for one second that he would cast a vote for Obama? I mean for real, do I really need to pull quotes for this one? Just listen…….seriously though.

Fannie Lou Hamer

“I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired!” -Fannie Lou Hamer

Meet Monsanto’s Number One Lobbyist!

Meet the Obama appointees:

*At the USDA, as the director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Roger Beachy, former director of the Monsanto Danforth Center.

*As deputy commissioner of the FDA, the new food-safety-issues czar, the infamous Michael Taylor, former vice-president for public policy for Monsanto. Taylor had been instrumental in getting approval for Monsanto’s genetically engineered bovine growth hormone.

*As commissioner of the USDA, Iowa governor, Tom Vilsack. Vilsack had set up a national group, the Governors’ Biotechnology Partnership, and had been given a Governor of the Year Award by the Biotechnology Industry Organization, whose members include Monsanto.

*As the new Agriculture Trade Representative, who would push GMOs for export, Islam Siddiqui, a former Monsanto lobbyist.

*As the new counsel for the USDA, Ramona Romero, who had been corporate counsel for another biotech giant, DuPont.

*As the new head of the USAID, Rajiv Shah, who had preciously worked in key positions for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a major funder of GMO agriculture research. (Look deeper into Mr. and Mrs. Gates foundation motives here)

*We should also remember that Obama’s secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, once worked for the Rose law firm. That firm was counsel to Monsanto.

*Obama nominated Elena Kagan to the US Supreme Court. Kagan, as federal solicitor general, had previously argued for Monsanto in the Monsanto v. Geertson seed case before the Supreme Court.

…..Fannie Lou would NOT vote Obama.

W.E.B Du Bois

I have no advice for others in this election. Are you voting Democratic? Well and good; all I ask is why? Are you voting for Eisenhower and his smooth team of bright ghost writers? Again, why? Will your helpless vote either way support or restore democracy to America? Is the refusal to vote in this phony election a counsel of despair? No, it is dogged hope. It is hope that if twenty-five million voters refrain from voting in 1956 because of their own accord and not because of a sly wink from Khrushchev, this might make the American people ask how much longer this dumb farce can proceed without even a whimper of protest. – W.E.B Du Bois from “Why I Won’t Vote

“The two parties have combined against us to nullify our power by a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ of non-recognition, no matter how we vote … May God write us down as asses if ever again we are found putting our trust in either the Republican or the Democratic Parties.” — W.E.B. DuBois (1922)   {I tried to find where this quote came from but couldn’t. It’s a dope quote anyways so I posted it}

I can continue with others, but it’s not necessary. You see, based on what they said and their actions, our iconic ancestors would not have voted for corporatist-militarist-Obama. Nor would they have let the situation get this far down the gutter to begin with, if they were faced with it. They wouldn’t have let up on the Bush administration. They would have been intelligent and critical enough and to pass the litmus test of 9/11. When Obama continued the Bush policy of bank bailouts, despite the huge public disagreement, they would’ve done as Iceland did, intelligently and non-violently remove their government and establish a new one. Where have we heard that “remove the government” type thought before?

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” -Preamble to the Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are void documents that are now almost completely meaningless. Without making any amendments they’ve legislatively poked loopholes through every centimeter of the documents and filled them with good old fashioned American wealth hording, fear mongering and Bernaysian- apathy. This entire political system has been completely bought under Obama’s watch and to nothing but the sounds of crickets from the masses of Americans. When the Occupy movement jumped off in an attempt to address all of these issues, where were we as Black folk? For the most part sitting back saying, “Now you know how we feel?”

Our ancestors had far more courage to get out in the streets, continuously, and face the psychopaths in police uniforms and the psychopaths in suit and ties until they reached their goal. For our ancestors, voting was an act of rebellion, as was the fight to have that right. Today, to vote for Obama is anything but an act of rebellion, it is an act of acquiescence. It’s a co-sign for continuing the agenda of war around the world and the war on the non-elite citizens at home.  It is a denial of personal power and collective ability to DO as our ancestors did in addressing the injustices, broken promises and outright lies, exposing those committing the injustices and making new decisions, no matter how difficulty they may appear to be. It is a full acceptance of defeat.

Illogical Reason #2 – “I Just Like Seeing a Black Man as President.”

My eyes did water up slightly when the newly elected family walked out onto that stage back in 2008. How could they not have, it WAS a beautiful sight with so much legacy behind it. Even knowing what I knew about who he was truly working for, at that moment I had to put that aside. My only thought though was for him to do what he promised during his campaign, and DID have the power to do. I went from being 100% skeptical, to allowing my cultural pride and emotional optimism to drop that number down to being 90% skeptical. I sipped some hope/change juice and was a lil tipsy….that is until the moment I knew, with 100% certainty, that he wouldn’t prosecute anyone in the Bush admin. While I can acknowledge the cultural pride that comes with having a Black man and family in the White House, I can also acknowledge that the position of POTUS is essentially a puppet position. It represents the interests of elites, the “haves and have mores” whom live in gated communities far removed from any of the “99%”.  George W. Bush showed and proved this fact. I’m pretty sure you can agree that “because he is Black” is a lame ass reason to vote for the person who is supposedly going to represent for 300 million people and save the Titanic that is America. I don’t need to go too deep on this. I’m just going to give you a quote from a REAL BLACK LEADER.

“The policy of killing that is being carried out by President Obama has wiped out all of the moral credit that Black America accrued over their years of resistance to slavery, Jim Crow, racism, poverty, and militarism. The world understood that Black Americans had a different set of values. That they were against wars, against interference in the affairs of other countries, against imperialism, against colonialism, and against White Supremacy. Now, too many Black Americans cheer a President who defends targeted assassination, drone wars in Africa and elsewhere around the world, boots on the ground globally for the military-industrial-complex, and even torture. Sadly, now much of Black America has chosen to abdicate its moral responsibility and spend whatever moral credit they have earned globally in support of an African descendant President who has ripped to shreds the Bill of Rights, damaged life for tens of thousands of innocent individuals here and abroad hurt by the policies of this Administration, not to mention those who have been killed and will be deformed due to the massive depleted uranium being used.” -Cynthia McKinney  (Full interview HERE)

Solutions?

Of course one would then say, “if not Obama, then who?” To that I say, YOU and YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY! Dead the savior complex and the insanity of continuing to year after year decide between the “lesser of two evils”. I can see how the country and world got hoodwinked in 2008. The PTB were extremely slick in presenting Obama to the public, they knew he would gain Christhood from the public and that would pacify the pervasive revolutionary spirit that had built up under the Bush years. People have been long conditioned to give their power to authority figures, our school systems are set up for that. We must break that conditioning. They are put their by the people to serve the people, not themselves. Most of those high position politicians care more about winning the control and power game, than they do about you or me, so whether Obama is a willing, properly groomed puppet or an honest politician who got turned to the darkside of the force, or he is sincerely trying to change and just can’t do it, the fact is, thus far, he IS following the agenda of psychopathic globalists. I know the powers that be will keep the Obama train rolling, Romney would be far too messy. They much prefer the population to be willful participants in the enslavement process, receiving just enough token measures to keep them from rebelling in any threatening way.

Now is a time to increase one’s self-knowledge and community bonds, through the sharing of information and resources. Our ancestors were not only successful in the civil rights movement because of their determination, they were successful because of their unity and collective will. There are so many laws (that Obama has signed) that has put a huge wall in front of the efforts of community organizing. These laws are all mentioned in links above. These laws MUST be repealed  and until they are, communities MUST insist that local governments refuse to recognize these unconstitutional laws. This is most important to have on full strength as the game winds down.

In the strengthening of community bonds, the police MUST be dealt with.  Nationwide, police forces have been fully ponerized. “When something or someone has become “ponerized” in its strictest sense, it means that the person or group can no longer make the distinction between healthy and pathological thought processes and logic. One is no longer able to draw a line between correct thinking and deviate thinking.” These police officers are in full service to the state and not the people. They now have military toys, uniforms and they will soon to be getting drones, all under the guise of fighting “terror”. They already see us as enemies whom need to be kept in line and they take delight in their power to do so. I won’t pretend to know how to deal with that, I just know it must be dealt with.

If you believe Obama to be one who is truly trying to work within the system, then you should be pulling him back to the will of the people every single time is looks to sway to corporate interests and check the shit out of him when he does. He did say in his speech after being elected, that it would take the people, as a whole, to make the change happen. True, it has ALWAYS been on the people, to check these career politicians (in every branch of government) and remove any of them, through a precise manner that begins grassroots and extends out. When they do not follow the will of the people whom elected them, when they consistently cater to money and corporate lobbyist, they must be exposed and withdrawn from office. Corporations must also be exposed for what they are. Since they are legally a “person”, and are treated as such under law, they must be shown to be the parasitic psychopathic “people” that they are and put in check.

The criteria for serving the public in an elected or appointed position must also change. Anyone serving public office, from the police to the president, must pass psychological testing from multiple independent psychologists. We have a serious problem with psychopaths in power at every level of society. So much so that the system honors and respects psychopathic traits and the laws the manifest from them. Just like athletes must do consistent testing to ensure they are not using enhancement drugs, politicians should be consistently tested to ensure that they are still psychological fit to serve. Another note, no one in government should have a lifetime position, NO ONE. The Supreme Court is a horrible joke….and the Two Party system is an illusion that must end.

All of the above are general things that should be done (along with a lot more) and will only be initiated and supported by the people whom decide to wake up to the fact that there IS an agenda at play to completely enslave and control every aspect of the life of the population and the polarity games only serve to distract. No real change can happen if people cannot wake up to this basic fact. It’s no longer a behind closed doors thing, it’s in plain sight, but so many of us are still taking things at face value. Before we can properly walk the road to solutions, real solutions, must bring to light the real problems.

Truth to you.

6 responses

  1. Excellent piece.

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    October 26, 2012 at 8:25 am

  2. Reblogged this on electryktruthspread and commented:
    Excellent essay

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    October 26, 2012 at 8:25 am

  3. Interesting !!!!

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    November 15, 2012 at 1:57 am

  4. Reblogged this on MAMMASITTA' s Art Network and commented:
    Think Twice !

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    November 15, 2012 at 1:57 am

  5. It’s stellar that you have so much to bring to the table about not voting – and then append it to not voting for Obama. I do believe my grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles suffered and also stood and withstood, armed themselves, debated and planned, fought and died – so that I could have the right to not only vote – but to investigate those for whom I chose to cast my ballot. I know that power in its absolute is a corrupting acid in the hands of men – those of great valor and those of lowly circumstance alike – yet that does not deter me from exercising my political voice. I know that living outside of a system of debate does not provide you any seat at the table of change or influence. As you have intimated, you are too small to change the great political beast of American politics. I am not too small to see the beast from the inside and lead a torrent of voters to an uprising. That’s what happened during slavery, lest you forget. That’s what happened during the civil rights movement, lest you cease to recall.

    Voting is not just a right, it is a responsibility – not just on the local and state level, but on every level. When you abstain from voting – that vote counts as well. It counts against the incumbent candidate. It seems to me that your debate is not about the right not to vote, but about the right not to vote for Obama, because he is a black man and a politician. I’m okay with that. But vote for something or somebody you believe in. Write in a candidate. Support someone you can stand behind – run yourself if you are that person. Always, always – do something that makes your voice count politically as well as emotionally and rhetorically.

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    December 4, 2012 at 2:12 am

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    January 10, 2013 at 3:52 pm

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