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Dear Black People: This is a critical time in our history. Vote Tuesday or be prepared to face serious consequences. Many polls show that Democrats are in trouble.

President Barack Obama’s 40 percent job approval rating in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll is the lowest of his career – and more than half of Americans are viewing Democrats unfavorably for the first time. Democrats are vulnerable in states that include Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, New Hampshire and Connecticut. If African-Americans ever needed a reason to vote on Tuesday, consider this: South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who may run in 2016, was caught on tape discussing the Republican Party’s reputation for appealing to mostly white men in a racially-charged recording.

“If I get to be President, white men who are in male-only clubs are going to do great,” Graham said.

Does this sound familiar? It should. During the 2012 presidential campaign, Republican candidate Mitt Romney said: “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the President no matter what” because they are “dependent on government” and “believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing.”

Graham is speaking for many white men who take Graham at his word: That he will look out for white men specifically if he gets to the White House. Graham didn’t say anything about representing African-Americans and other citizens of color because the Republican Party is not a party of inclusion. Days before critical mid-term elections when Republicans could take control the U.S. Senate, I could hear a sense of urgency in Rep. Marcia Fudge’s voice.

“We depend on government more than any other group,” Fudge, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, said about African-Americans.

“We have to vote in November. We can’t work against our own self-interests.” Fudge, a Democrat from Ohio, is rallying Black folks and urging a strong voter turnout on Tuesday. She is both feisty and frustrated because still, in 2014, Fudge has to give black Americans a reason to vote. Some Black citizens, she said, are still questioning whether their vote will actually count.

Fudge knows what’s at stake: She says if Republicans take control of the Senate, the GOP plans to cut domestic spending for health care, education and social service programs while also cutting minimum wage and rolling back Social Security.

If they have win a majority in the House and the Senate, Republicans will also spend the next two years blocking Obama’s legislative agenda and initiatives that are designed to uplift African Americans. In an effort to boost the black vote in November, the Congressional Black Caucus and civil rights leaders announced a national get-out-the-vote campaign that will involve thousands of Black churches and more than 40,000 pastors from coast to coast.

“Because of the lagging economy in Black communities, each candidate’s position on issues like jobs with livable wages, equal pay for women, retirement security, and student loan relief is motivating people to vote,” said Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO, NCBCP and convener, Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR).

“But, all politics is local,” she said, “so for this countdown period we have neighbors talking to neighbors via personal phone calls, robo calls, door-to-door canvassing, and social media, to remind them they have the power to make change in their community.”

I hope black voters listen to Campbell – and are moved to action on Tuesday.

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44 thoughts on “If You Don’t Vote Tuesday, Then Don’t Complain

  1. Ah ha ha ha. I’m not bringing the race card here but black Americans do you think the Democrats would stand up for your rights when they try to give amnesty to the 12 million illegals? All they wanted is votes in order to wipe out the other party. Once they got what they wanted, they wouldn’t even need black American votes.
    They’re already given 200,000 illegal kids amnesty and distributed them into our Schools Districts across the country. Many of these so-called children in humanitarian crisis are gang members, MS 13 gangs and members of the drug cartels. They bring in strange diseases and gave our kids respiratory illnesses and ruin a vaccination program that our School Districts have been strictly following for the past 40 years.
    Now, do you think 12 million is the correct number if NONE of them are in the US Census? How about 20 million? Reagan made a mistake giving 3 million illegals amnesty, resulted in 15 million by chain immigration in just 2 decades. Let’s say 12 million is correct. It would result in 120 million that YOUR future generations must feed and provide Obamacare for. That number is the current Mexico’s population. It would be unsustainable for our future generations to pay back 23 TRILLION debt by the time Obamma leaves office. Let alone supporting 120 million from a foreign country. By then, there would be no social security and no social services for the legal or illegal, the rich or the poor and the retirees or not. It’s called B-A-N-K-R-U-T-C-Y.

  2. Nancy Cruz you are an imposter. You have been blogging on Black America Web lately right during election time. You keep making negative remarks about black activist and reporters. You are on this website as an manipulator and it’s really pathetic. How long have you had this job?

    • Timekeeper on said:

      She isn’t the only one, Kay. This is merely another from of voter suppression. Citizens United and other right wing groups patrol these minority websites on purpose for the express purpose of inciting racial and political divisiveness. They are paid very handsomely to troll this site and start as much STUFF as they can. Don’t be alarmed..

    • Fact: The lives of minorities have gotten worse these past 6 years than at any other time. Every measure of our lives has regressed and gone backwards. Goes like this:
      The Dems want to keep you down. The more who are down, the more Dem voters there are. The poor vote Dem. People sympathetic to the poor vote Dem. More poor people = more Democrat voters

  3. So if i donot vote in a rigged election-i am not to complain. Actually if the great majority of the people did not vote that would get the crooked politicans attention because they would not know what the people were up to. When people see they have nothing to loose then they are ready for action. The so-called Democratic process attempts to keep the people confused by promising this but giving something else. Threathen to disrupt the capatilst money flow -then you will get their attention.

  4. @parker. I’m a black woman, and a democrat, however I must say that your post was a good platform response. Normally when blacks hear why we should stop voting democrat, there’s a lot of name calling involved, rather than speaking to someone that you want on your team. You catch more bees with honey, not insults, so I do appreciate the post. I think that black American women need to hear other platforms because we do all the heavy lifting when it comes to voting. Black women vote the most and we see our own unemployment numbers lower than black men. Black women are subjected to violence and murder in our community more than other races of women, yet many are voting and not necessarily knowing what they are voting for is a direct benefit to them. Not sure how I’m going to vote this time, however it am considering changing from democrat to independent. Not sure if I appreciate the Ferguson scare tactics myself, I would just rather know what the platform is of each candidate and base my decision off of that.

    • Parker on said:

      Candy, thank you for your kind response. I know my views are not popular in the black community. When ever I attend a republican meeting or even a T-Party meeting everyone has always treated me with respect. And this is even before they find out that I agree with them on most things. In contrast whenever I attend a democratic gathering I am called names. It stings a little whenever someone shouts out that I am embarrased to be black just because of my views. Not because I am embarrased for message but because I know that these same people are being closed minded and are afraid to hear the truth. I am not a republican, but I am also not a democrate. I very carefully vote for the person who I think better represents God. Their are good people on both sides we just have to wade through a bunch of trash to find them.

    • It always makes me laugh when someone say’s they vote for the lesser of 2 evils and then name the democrats as the lesser. They claim that the other party does not care about them and then they blindly vote for the democrats who in turn drive them into poverty over and over again. When will we wise up a realize that the party we think is supposedly watching out for us is just the other wing of the same bird.

    • Parker on said:

      Who told you that the dems are the lesser of the two evils. Let me guess, it was a dem wasn’t it. 🙂 that is how they do it. You get their news directly from them. So they tell you what they want you to hear.
      And for the comment of the other wing of the same bird. You are spot on. Their is no difference between the established GOP and the sitting democrate party. They are one in the same, heading for the same goal.
      Wake up america.
      If you want to vote for the lesser of two evils study the politicians that are running. See how they stand with God. Do they support sin or do they consistantly vote against sin.

  5. Hey White America, vote on Tuesday because if you don’t you can’t complain. We have to get rid of all these treasonous Democrats that are destroying our country, lead by the head fakir in charge.

      • Timekeeper on said:

        Dear Amber.

        Don’t was your time responding back. The GOP has paid informants who come on this BAW site for the express purpose of inciting racial and political bias by design. The Koch Brothers and Citizens United pays individuals who troll and monitor this site only when subject concerning politics and/or race come into play. They then as you see here flood the blog with anit Obama and anti democratic messaging to confuse and distort peoples perspectives. This no different from their other voter suppression and voter ID laws designed to keep certain people from voting. While your gesture is noble to respond these people have absolutely no interest in having a dialogue. That isn’t how they earn their money. The only thing they hate more than you are themselves. There is no other reason to create such disharmony and negativity. Utilize your energies elsewhere, they aren’t worth going back and forth with. Misery loves company, don’t give them any.
        Have a blessed day!

      • Parker on said:

        Dear Timekeeper,
        I can’t speak for everyone here. But I wish I was getting paid. Sadly I am not. I come here for a laugh. This website is cheap comedy for me. The articles are so one side and lack common sense. The comments are ignorant. It amazes me that some of the people here even know how to work a computer. That includes you. I have always found it amusing to hear a racist cry about discrimination. “Boo Hoo people hate me because of the color of my skin” mmmm I guess it has nothing to do with your poor attitude or the way you treat others because of your own racist veiws.
        I suggest you follow Malcolm X’s example. Stop blaming whites for your problems. Learn to love everyone as a brother. Teach people by example to respect others and have good manners in public. Fight hate with hate will only bring more hate. So for the sake of our children and the future of our country stop it.

  6. Oh please, Republicans are full it. The REPUBLICAN HOUSE need would stop giving the democratic president a hard time and trying to make it look like it is President Obama’s fault when in fact it is the REPUBLICAN HOUSE that is stopping things from going through and want to make President Obama look bad. In the 2000’s under Bush, we had a REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT, with a REPUBLICAN Senate and REPUBLICAN HOUSE that did NOTHING, so we are suppose to think they are going to do better. Democrats are still cleaning up that mess. It took years to make this mess YET we want to take minutes to clean it up? It wont work. I find it funny that conservatives who do not like “Obama care” did not know that the “affortable care” is was the same thing. Stupid. Just put Obama name on something and you can see republican hating it even it they have it in their medicine cabinet under another name.

    • Parker on said:

      In 2008 we had democrats that held all three branches of government. And all they did was push through a law that forced all Americans to purchase a product from a private company. Most politicians from both sides are corrupt. But democrats are a new kind of corrupt. They are corrupt and don’t even try to hide it. They know that their base will still vote for them.

  7. Black people are not so easily manipulated. After 6 years of unkept promises and only coming to them when they need black and Hispanic votes, disappointing both ethnic groups constantly, both of these communities smartly see how this administration lies to them, using them for their purposes. Hispanics are unhappy that Obama has not kept his promise of reforming immigration, so now he announces out hope that he will do something MAJOR “after” the midterm elections instead, when he knows legally he is limited as to what he can actually do by executive orders, which if the order damages the American people, will be voted out when Obama leaves office. We all want the border secured FIRST, enforce the existing immigration laws and legislation going over every part of our immigration laws and fixing what is broken and unfair. At this point, Republican leaders are the only ones who can help blacks and Hispanics and all immigrants who want to legally come to America.

  8. The democrat party has been using black Americans for decades, but they still haven’t been able to lift them out of their situation. In fact, democrats will use any instance of inequality in order to gain power.

      • Parker on said:

        Republicans treat blacks as Americans. With dignity and respect. Not as a special interest group. Stop drinking the coolaid Amber. All you do is repeat the talking points that CNN tells you to say.

  9. This is a head-scratcher. Why would blacks and Hispanics embrace democrat policies? Both have seen their unemployment percentages RISE over the last six years as more and more people fall into poverty. Government Assistance is rampant, which is only creating a new generation of dependents. Yes, we should all vote…but it would help if people stepped out of their stereotypical voting habits and ignore Marcia Fudge, a race merchant who has supported Obama’s fundamental transformation of America into the mess in which we now find ourselves.

    • And who should blacks and hispanics vote for? Republicans? I think not. When you have REPUBLICANS HOUSE stopping everthing the democrates are doing, what else do you expect. If you are going to tell it, tell it ALL.

      • Hey Amber, we can tell by your posts that you are a proud graduate of the Democrat public school system. You, like the majority of blacks follow the Democrats like lemmings, when in truth all they do is use you. You have been voting for them for 60 years and what has it gotten you. Nada. You ask what the Republicans have done for you, I ask you, why should they, you will give your vote to the Dems anyway, that is how stupid you are. Read your history and you will find that the Republicans have done more for blacks since the days of slavery then the KKK Democrats have ever done. As they say, stupid is as stupid does.

  10. Andrew Gibbs on said:

    Black people need to ask themselves how have they done blindly voting for democrats for almost a century? Analyze that……maybe they should go a different route?

  11. J. Cujo Ate on said:

    The Democrats say they are the black persons savior, but now that they’ve been in power for six years, ask yourself what they have done for you. Talk is cheap, but actions speak loader than words in my book!

  12. AP murph on said:

    Oh so the democorupts are wanting more people to vote. Are they not happy with the thousands of ILLEGALS they bus from one station to anothe

  13. White America is soooo afraid that black people will get ahead, and treat them in the same manner they have treated black people for decades. If they read the real history books, they would see that black people held their own in regards to Tulsa, Oklahoma and Rosewood, Florida until they became very jealous and destroyed it all. And it can be done again (black wealth and independence); starting with boycotting white establishments, just like the bus boycotts.

  14. msstarr82 on said:

    She is both feisty and frustrated because still, in 2014, Fudge has to give black Americans a reason to vote. Some Black citizens, she said, are still questioning whether their vote will actually count.

    very smart of them to have that question!!! how much difference in REALITY has the elections of Obama done for daily BLACK life?? the struggle continues and no end is in site.

  15. Parker on said:

    Some call the fear and hate ad campaigns being orchestrated by Democratic Party supporters to boost black turnout in next Tuesday’s congressional elections desperation.

    I call it pathetic.

    The way for a Party to get support is to deliver success. When there is no record of success, lies, distortion, and fear become the operative tools, in hope that uninformed voters will buy the garbage.

    Black voters are becoming more politically engaged than ever, which means they are also becoming more politically informed than ever. This is why the sick ads being run on behalf of Democrats in battleground states, designed not to inform but to provoke fear in black voters, are likely to backfire

    A flyer being distributed by Georgia’s Democratic Party shows two dark-skinned black children holding a sign saying “Don’t Shoot,” suggesting that somehow voting for Democrat candidate Michelle Nunn will stop a tragedy in Georgia, like the recent shooting of black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri by a police officer.

    Or an ad in North Carolina suggesting that a vote for Democrat Kay Hagan will prevent President Obama from being impeached.

    Another in Arkansas shows pictures of blacks in distress and suggests that conservatives are out to strip blacks of their rights and protections under the law.

    There could not be a more telling sign that many Democrat candidates are about to be turned away by voters than the large sums of money being spent targeting the Democratic Party’s most loyal constituency, blacks, knowing that they are losing interest because there is no good news.

    But here’s the worst part.

    A sizeable chunk of the funds paying for this fear and disinformation campaign is coming from groups who really are hurting black Americans.

    Certainly there is nothing more damaging to black progress and improvement then the concentration of failing public schools in black urban areas.

    As I wrote several weeks ago, days before Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Missouri, he received his useless high school diploma from a public school that had just lost its accreditation from the Missouri State Board of Education.

    If there is anything that black Americans are becoming more aware of is the desperate need for alternatives to public schools.

    And no groups are more committed to making sure those alternatives do not become available than America’s two huge teachers unions – the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers.

    Combined funding to candidates, uniformly Democrats, from these two unions in this campaign cycle stands currently at $34 million. But over and above this, combined independent expenditures of the two unions, which find their way into ads like the ones described above, stand at $6.7 million. These are among the largest independent expenditures of any groups in the country and they 100 percent go to either attacking Republicans or supporting Democrats.

    Then we have Planned Parenthood of America and its affiliates around the nation, with independent expenditures – again 100 percent of which go to either attacking Republicans or supporting Democrats – and certainly going into these black-focused ad campaigns – of $5.3 million.

    Planned Parenthood clinics target black women, who account for 7 percent of the nation’s women of childbearing age and 35 percent of the nation’s abortions.

    Combined independent expenditures of the teachers unions and Planned Parenthood total $12 million, which ranks at number 14 of the 150 plus groups making independent expenditures in the nation.

    What more do blacks need to know than that the sick, vacuous political campaign of hate and fear targeting them is significantly financed by those who want to assure that poor black children stay in failing schools and that unborn black children do not enter the world.

    Black Americans need their children educated, their families intact and healthy, and jobs.

    Democrats have failed them across the board. Well-financed lies won’t mask the truth.

    It’s time for change, and blacks and Democrats know it

    • Colette on said:

      Blacks vote their interests-the same as whites. If republicans are really interested in attracting blacks I have a few suggestions. First, purge the tea party. Tea baggers have done more to damage republicans in the eyes of black people than just about anything else. Second, stop the voter suppression. Everyone with half a brain knows those voter ID laws are designed to suppress the black vote. Third, and most importantly, give us a good reason to vote for you. You seem to think that blacks should just trust you when you give us no reason to trust you. What has the republican party done for black people the last 20 years? Nothing positive.
      And please stop with the Planned Parenthood myth that they are targeting black women. If that were the case, republicans would be their biggest supporters. Hell, they would demand government funding for them!

  16. White men in male only clubs have always and will always do “great” in America because that was who founded it! It does about as good to complain as it does to vote. Will people who ever stop being foolish to this fact is the question? To change the status of America it’s gonna take a revolt and nothing less.. Meanwhile, voting is a demonic ritual the white people have set in place!

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