Jesse Jackson Demands Pay Back for Blacks Who Elected Obama!
By John W. Lillpop
Most Americans harbor the lofty idea that voting in free and open elections is somehow a blessed right endowed on we the people, perhaps by deity, so that we may fully participate in our own governance and self-determination.
We Americans often beat our chests and crow with pride as we spew high-sounding oratory about our unique and special democracy. We commonly profess to be obsessed with liberty, freedom, integrity, and equality while engaged in the voting experience, in a world where corruption, tyranny, and fraud are the norm.
Its as if voting in America is a spiritual gift bestowed more or less equally to the unwashed masses and well- heeled alike.
However, there are those among us who view voting in crass terms of dollars and cents.
For example, the Reverend Jesse Jackson sees voting as an investment in which those who win are owed money, riches, and power from those they supported.
As reported at the reference:
CHICAGO (STMW) – The Rev. Jesse Jackson on Saturday said that President Obama’s reelection was “a great victory,” but that it would be incomplete with a reconstruction of urban America and an investment in the communities where the blacks who voted overwhelmingly for the president live.
“We’re happy and full of pride,” in the president’s reelection, Jackson told the crowd at the Saturday morning forum at Rainbow/PUSH headquarters, 930 E. 50th St., “but our houses remain raggedy … our schools remain closed.”
Despite attempts at voter suppression in states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida, Jackson said, blacks turned out en masse to vote, enduring waits that stretched into hours in many places. “We waited, we voted, we believed,” Jackson said. “Now we want to get well.
“We voted early, we voted long. Our votes won,” he said.
Rev. Jackson, who spoke longer, louder, and more forcefully than he has in some time at the Saturday morning Rainbow/PUSH meeting, asked the crowd, “What do we want? We want, we want, we want, we deserve, we deserve … a return on our investment." “What’s good for us is good for everybody. What’s good for blacks is good for everybody.,” he said. “We bled too much, we died too young, we cried too much, we prayed too long, now we want a return on our investment.”
Referring to those voter suppression efforts, he said, “these acts of meanness had unintended consequences.” Rather than keeping blacks and Latinos away from the polls, voter ID measures and the curtailing of access to the voting booths made people more determined to vote. “Suppression became stimulation and people fought back,” he said.
“We fought back,” and the battle was won, but the war still remains, he said.
“If we vote and don’t bargain we get nothing. A Jacuzzi filled with stagnant water will not get you well,” Jackson said. “You have to stir the water.”
Well said, Reverend! Truly an amazing incorporation of the American spirit into a man often wrongly accused of being a greedy fool on a mission to shake down the world for gold.
Posted by John W Lillpop at 2:20 PM