Earlier today on C-SPAN there was a panelC-SPAN: Voter access and elections administration on voting access and election administration. There is an irony here; that every panelist is a member of the socio-economic group known as “white people” while there are no members of the socio-economic groups known as “Hispanic” or “black” people; groups that have been historically denied the vote.
Adding to the irony is that this group of panelists is able to excitedly utter the word, “Selma” with some reverance as they emphasize the customer service aspects of voting, you know, the complaints about long lines and being turned away because someone does not have the right ID. It’s easy for this group to focus on inane complaints about long lines and ID when most voters have waited overnight to buy concert tickets and iPhones. Assinine.
The real and only issue about voting in a consumer-driven, market based, capitalist political economy is how to best translate the vote into an effective mechanism for manipulating capital and wealth flow such that economic development is better allocated in as many communities as possible which leads to a significant decrease in crime, delinquency, unemployment, hunger, and other stress and social ills related to a poor economy….
Oh well, I guess both black and white people are happy with the popularity contest aspect of voting such that the question of strategic political action remains too far outside the box. (Let the choir sing, “We shall overcome someday…..”)