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The Myth of the “Black Vote” Determining the Presidency

Election Day is near. Now springs to life, more so than normally, an exaggerated sense of importance expressed by the liberal media–as well as many prominent blacks themselves–of African-American voting in a presidential election. This baseless and erroneous agreement among these pontificators of race and politics in this country–perhaps the leader of all of them being Barack Obama’s unofficially appointed “Potentate of All Things Black in America From Sea to Shining Sea.

Reverend Al Sharpton–that winning the “black vote” by overwhelming numbers is paramount to any person seeking to be elected President of the United States, and especially so in 2016. Concerning all this cacophonous dialogue regarding the so-called “black vote,” who, except for the left wing, uber-liberal press corps (long-time Hillary lovers down to nearly the very last one), or certain black leaders such as Sharpton, gives a damned really about how many black votes Trump will or will not get? It simply is so far down the list of priorities of Donald Trump–or any presidential candidate including Hillary Clinton–that it barely weighs in on any discussion of election statistics if objectively considered.

That election statistic is a long-time out-of-date (if it were ever really “in date,”), over-inflated assessment of the importance placed on who convinces blacks to vote for them. Primarily, the reason for this is that blacks are only a small minority of our population–a tad over 12 % (As Jerry Seinfeld would say, “Not that there’s anything wrong with that!”)–and, even then, largely concentrated in the urban areas of Cleveland, Detroit, New York City, etc. Perhaps not as definitive as the ever-increasing impact of the Hispanic vote, it makes as much difference as a fat rat’s patooty who blacks ultimately vote for.

But rest assured it will be any Democrat who happens to get their name on a ballot, especially “Lyin’ Hillary.” No matter what Trump promises blacks, no matter how hard he tries, no matter how sincere he may be, blacks will vote Democratic (Hillary Clinton) for some strange reason–Democrats haven’t been especially kind to their brethren, the African-American voter. (God, I hate that hyphenated-American stuff.) However, they will not vote for a Republican candidate for president, especially a white Republican, no matter what is at stake–as in this year’s election. Nor will they normally vote for any other Republican seeking political office for that matter.

However–and this is hot off the press reported by Joy Reid this evening, September 6, 2016, as she filled in for another MSNBC talking head–startling news has been revealed when focus groups recently reported that young blacks (referred to as “Millennials,” whatever that is) do not support Hillary Clinton! This frightens older Democrats. Will we lose those young black voters to the Republicans? they wonder.

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In fact, it is best if Republicans, including Donald Trump, do not get many black votes at all. The resulting political and social pressure, should he win the White House, for “The Donald” to bow down to Jackson, Sharpton, et al, would be problematical. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus such as Congresswomen “Muddy” Waters and Sheila Jackson Lee, and Congressmen James E. Clyburn, John Conyers, and Elijah E. Cummings will waste no time in announcing their expectations for their collectively ensuring the victor appropriately recognizes the “black voter.

This “gaggle of seekers of a plethora of benefits-certain” will be knocking on the front door of the White House even before the horse dung along the route of the Inaugural Parade is policed. Then and there, they will unequivocally state their compelling–at least as seen through their jaundiced eyes–and overwhelming argument that blacks now be justly rewarded, issuing their laundry list of obligations the new president, no matter who it is, must fulfill immediately, if not sooner–a list longer than that the FBI compiled of Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 deleted emails.

Their demands, most likely large enough in monetary ransom alone (“reparations”) to fiscally bankrupt our Treasury, will be ceremoniously presented to the new president in the Oval Office within hours of the swearing in ceremony. (A similar ceremony will later be later conducted on the steps of the Capital and any Democrat elected to Congress best heed its intention-“You owe us, big time!”)

Such celebrities as Sean “Diddy” Combs, rap mogul and now newly-hatched political activist I presume, have expressed this overstated “black vote” implication quite succinctly. Speaking to Al Sharpton on Sunday, September 4, 2016, Diddy opined, “This is politics… we’re such a big part of the voting bloc… the black vote is going to decide who is the next president of the United States.” (Really, Shaun? Have you studied the population numbers lately? Hispanics are now far-and-away a more influential and powerful voting block than blacks will ever be again. In fact, their numbers in some key states are becoming a much-feared realization by Republicans, as well as a celebratory number by Democrats, that perhaps the Hispanic vote will, indeed, determine, in all future elections, who wins the house at 1600 Pennsylvania, Ave, Washington, D. C.)

Roberto Brock
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