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Is The Black Vote A Fool Or A Tool For The Democratic Party?

By Sinclere Lee

Recently, members of the Congressional Black Caucus were urged by President Obama to rally their constituents back to the polls in November, and remind them that more work must be done to move the country forward. While most Blacks have pride in our first Black president, we most agree that the Black vote is worth more than trying to move the country forward while the Black community is going backwards.

The Jews got a supreme court justice, so did the hispanics. The gays got support for their undesirable life style and everybody seem to have received something from the brother, but us. When Obama addressed the Black Caucus at its annual awards party last month, his message was on race issues and his victory — he said, "It wasn't just about electing a Black presiden."Is that right?

Obama’s effort to get the Black vote in lock-step may not work this time. Of course there are those dumb Blacks who will have to be told who to vote for, but a number of people I’ve talked to have common sense and don’t think their vote is appreciated by Obama. Alas, when they come to you only at election time, that makes you feel like a fool —a sucker.

"It was about giving every hardworking American a chance to join a growing middle class," he said. "It was about putting the American dream within reach for all Americans, no matter who you are, what you look like, or where you come from."

Obama touted his administration's accomplishments, like passing the healthcare reform and Wall Street bail out, and his success with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since most Blacks could care less about healthcare, Wall Street nor the wars in the Middle East, what other reason is there for Blacks to go to the polls next month?

“In Afghanistan, we're breaking the momentum of the Taliban and training Afghan forces so that, next summer, we can begin the transition to Afghan responsibility."

He never said one word about the economic stress in the Black community, but only talked about what he did to help the crooked banks.

"I need everybody here to go back to your neighborhoods and your workplaces, to your churches and barbershops, and beauty shops," Obama said. "Tell them we have more work to do. Tell them we can't wait to organize. Tell them that the time for action is now,"

"When I took office, our economy was on the brink of collapse. So, we acted immediately and took some steps to stop our economic free-fall," he said. " And now, our economy is growing. We're adding private sector jobs, instead of losing them. We're in a different place than we were one year ago."

He put most of the blame for the countries problems on Republicans, saying"Of course, the other side has a plan too. It's a plan to turn back the clock on all the progress we've made."

He mentioned that the last election was a "changing of the guard — now we need to guard the change." But, for whom?

"I need everybody here to go back to your neighborhoods, to go back to your workplaces, to go to the churches, and go to the barbershops and go to the beauty shops. And tell them we've got more work to do," Obama said. "Tell them we can't wait to organize. Tell them that the time for action is now."

He ended his appeal for the Black vote by saying, "We have to finish the plan you elected me to put in place.”

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