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Last night someone sent me a tweet which reads “The first word CNN should ask a Ferguson protester is did you go vote?

The tweeter, @Guy1749 followed up with another tweet reading, “And if they say no turn away and go to the next person.

At first I shrugged it off.

Then the more I thought about it the more sense it made.

Basically what @Guy1749 was saying is you have to do more than complain.

In order to affect any real change nowadays you have to exert political and legal power, as we learned on Tuesday night.

And if you don’t want to hear it from me you can hear it from this guy.

That wasn’t a throwaway line.

To me that was a message to people who don’t care enough to take advantage of a right for which some people died.

To me it matters not if you voted Democrat or Republican.

It only matters that you voted.

It is stunning to me that a minority gets to decide for the majority as to the direction of our country.

So the question is, now what, not so much for President Obama, but, now what for all of us?

For six years now lawmakers who cannot work together have stonewalled us.

And yet, this president, like him or not, has still been able to get some things accomplished.

So why don’t’ Americans feel it?

According to the President it’s because income and wages are stagnant, so people don’t feel it where it’s most important- in their pocketbooks – at home.

According to the Vice-President it’s partially because this administration has not done a good job of communicating it.

Political writer Jeff Greenfield conveyed a similar sentiment to me on CNN on Monday that the President needs to get out in front on certain issues as not to allow perception to shape the reality of what he’s actually accomplished.

It is no secret that Mr. Obama could have done more in defending his own policies, even to his own party, which seems to have abandoned him lately.

If the President can’t even get his own party to believe in him, why should Americans be motivated to actually take the time to go vote for the people who are supposed to enact his policies?

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13 thoughts on “Don Lemon: ‘If You Didn’t Vote, Don’t Complain, You Only Have Yourself To Blame’

  1. Star Parker on said:

    I am a black conservative. I believe in the truth of traditional values, of limited government, and free markets.

    And I believe in personal freedom and that it is not possible without all the above.

    Our country has been going in the opposite direction and things, predictably, have not been going well.

    The American people spoke last Tuesday, and I am happy with what they had to say.

    But I am also happy that we have, once again, proof that America is still a free country. That when the American people are not happy, they can vote for change.

    This is a great thing.

    But best is when we use this precious gift of freedom to learn and to grow.

    Freedom means making inevitable mistakes, learning from them, changing and improving.

    This points to two watershed events of this election. Election of the first black Republican woman to the US House of Representatives, Mia Love of Utah, and the first black Senator from the South elected since reconstruction, Tim Scott of South Carolina.

    Why should I raise the issue of race when both these newly elected members of congress have made it a point to reject race as an issue in their campaigns?

    In a post-election interview on CNN, when the issue of race was raised, Congresswoman-elect Love said, “This has nothing to do with race…I wasn’t elected because of the color of my skin, I wasn’t elected because of my gender. I was elected because of the solutions that I put on the table….”

    In a post-election interview with Glenn Beck, Senator Scott deplored the “race-baiting” of the Democratic Party during the election and said he is proud that “people in South Carolina vote their issues, vote their values, and not their complexion.”

    So why do I even bother to bring up the news about two new black Republican members of congress?

    I do in hope that black Americans across our nation will look at these two individuals, listen to what they have to say, and more will choose to embrace their message about the importance and beauty of freedom.

    As noted above, freedom is about learning from mistakes and growing.

    Black Americans have suffered greatly living under the thumb of government and believing it is a good thing. But if it truly is a good thing then, today, a half-century after the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, huge differences would not persist in average income, wealth, employment, and education between black Americans and the rest of the nation.

    Black Americans, like all Americans, are free. But blacks must step up and use this freedom to learn. It is time to take a different path. Embrace the freedom, and the personal responsibility that goes with it, that was achieved 50 years ago.

    Again in the words of Senator Scott, in response to being told that he was graded “F” by the NAACP. “….I believe progress has to be made and the government is not the answer for progress. I was a kid growing up in poverty. I had a mentor who was a Chick-fil-A operator named John Moniz who taught me that the brilliance of the American economy happens through business ownership and entrepreneurial spirit…success is possible if you, a/have a good education and b/ have a strong work ethic.”

    Or Mia Love at the 2012 Republican convention: “My parents immigrated to the U.S. with ten dollars in their pocket, believing that the America they heard about really did exist….When the going got tough, they didn’t look to Washington, they looked within.”

    This is not a time for pointing fingers, for blame.

    This is a time to rejoice in the blessings of freedom that Americans have and to pray that more Americans, and particularly black Americans, embrace it

  2. Jacqueline Perry on said:

    it doesnt matter if they vote. Or not,white folk are controlling everything in america.and blocking us out,we can’t even get a goverment complaint through the sytem,pending on what it is it will be blocked.cause they run every major office in america and they stick together like glue.and they always have the majority vote in everything.concil members and so on are always out number blacks,when you vote on something they always win cause blacks are always out numbered,set up that way has nothing to do with a vote don’t kid yourself. America is for whites dverything is set up to benefit them and it has noghing to do with voting,just being white is the edge.

  3. Raleigh Delesbore on said:

    Why do you have to tell people that you need to vote? the gop stuck together. they voted as a block while the dem were all over the place. the key now is there will be no changes in anything, the gop will go back to doing absolutely nothing.

  4. October:

    And you will be rigging the next election, because you can’t win on your own merits; not to mention honestly and fairly. These words are “not” in your vocabulary.

  5. Fixed election aright, because Mitch McConnell should have been gone, Rick Scott, Scott Walker, and many other “do nothing – obstructionist” Republicans/Tea Party nuts.

  6. You are exactly right Linda, I have said this several times myself. This election was rigged as well as the voting laws and crooked Judges!

    They have been plotting and planning for months. White America is like this: They cannot s t and to be beaten at their own game; so, if they can’t get you one way, they will get you another way.

    And to Don’t Lemmon and others: The President did try to rally up his base, and the more he did, the further they ran away from him!

    Next time Democrats, don’t bite the hand that feeds you.! 2016 should be interesting this time.

  7. Excuse me Don Lemon but you know as well as anyone that the results of this mid-term election were already bought and paid for by the Koch Bros., Karl Rove and all those Teabaggers who want to “take their country back.”

    It would not matter how many folks actually came out and voted if the FIX WAS IN!!!!

    $$$$ Buys influence and lobbyists in Amerykah!!!!!!!

  8. demp109 on said:

    “If the President can’t even get his own party to believe in him, why should Americans be motivated to actually take the time to go vote for the people who are supposed to enact his policies?” That was my point. I used to punch the straight Democratic ticket; I didn’t this time and never again. They rode his coat tails in, and left him hanging as soon as he was elected.

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