Yes, I literally mean it! Today is Election Day in the United States of America. And unless you waited in long lines and early voted or voted by absentee ballot like my younger daughter, Michelle, and I did last week, TODAY is your opportunity to exercise your right to decide the fate of the country.
In full disclosure I am:
•A rabid supporter of President Barack Obama
•A robust supporter of Elizabeth Warren for US Senate
•A fanatic about voting
To me, voting is part of that “rent” you pay for being an American. It is your affirmation for diversity, inclusion and multiculturalism. I could write volumes on the sacrifices that my ancestors and yours made to protect our right to vote.
I grew up in Detroit and remember the bloodbath of the 1960s. We all cried for months when our own Viola Liuzzo was shot and killed on the night of the Selma March in 1965. She was a White housewife and mother of five from suburban Detroit, and we were so proud that she and so many others traveled South to stand for freedom and equality for all. She was gunned down like a dog by the Ku Klux Klan, and her death fortified our resolve to Vote Like Our LIves Depended On It.
I will never forget her sacrifice, and the sacrifice of every single Black, White, Asian, and Latino brother and sister who fought and died to protect MY right to vote.
Sorry, my friends, I am a FANATIC about voting. And my former husband and I drilled that into our children’s heads...so they are now voting Fanatics, too.
I support the re-election of President Barack Obama. As soon as I post this commentary, I am headed to Portsmouth, New Hampshire to work the polls and help deliver the 4 electoral votes that the Obama Presidency needs.
I believe President Obama needs four more years to finish what he has started in office. And despite the demonic, hate-filled racially motivated attacks on his character, President Obama has persevered with professionalism and vision.
Mitt Romney was my governor, as was his father, George Romney, when I grew up in Detroit. Mitt Romney is NOT George Romney. George, the father, was PRO-CIVIL RIGHTS, and was a decent, respectable man of integrity.
Mitt Romney was a mediocre governor who raised fees at every opportunity so that he would not have to raise taxes. He signed the Massachusetts health care bill because the grass roots organizations, like the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, forced him to do so. He didn’t dare challenge their power.
And I will never forget the 2002 invitation I extended to him to come on my radio program on WILD-1090 AM to address my audience. He blew me off until I “outed” him on the air as the only gubernatorial candidate who refused to come on my show. Two weeks later he did the interview to stave off embarrassment.
I also support Massachusetts’ own Elizabeth Warren for US Senate. Her opponent, Scott Brown, says he’s a Massachusetts Republican, but he votes with the Tea Party Republicans when he is in Washington. The NAACP gave Brown an “F” for his lousy voting record on civil rights issues. He also voted against the pay equity bill for women while in office. I have confronted Senator Brown on two different occasions on his voting record, and he shrugged me off both times when I questioned him.
Can’t support a politician who votes against the social and economic issues of my people. Just can’t do it.
So much for me and my family. We are civically engaged. My brother, sister in law, nieces, nephews, and cousins VOTE. That’s how we were raised by our parents and grandparents...all from the South.
What about you?? Did you register to vote? Did you vote today? Are you taking someone to the polls? If you are in a state like New Hampshire or Minnesota you can register TODAY and vote TODAY.
I made calls for the Obama campaign yesterday. I talked with one woman in New Hampshire and told her that she could register and vote today in New Hampshire. She then told me she would “take it under advisement.”
Some things you don’t “take under advisement.” You just do it. You Vote Like Your LIfe Depends On It!
Tomorrow starts the reset button on either President Obama’s administration or Mitt Romney’s Presidency. As you know, I am rooting for President Obama. I don’t even want to think about a Tea Party led Romney Presidency.
It all depends on YOU. YOU hold the key to the future of our country.
Vote Like Your Life Depends On It.
Vote for the candidates of your choice.
But for God’s Sake...and the Sake of our country.
Carole Copeland Thomas
Born Into A Southern Based Social Justice African American Family