Fifty years after ‪#‎Selma‬, we still don’t get it….

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…..”)

http://www.c-span.org/video/?325054-1/discussion-future-us-election-laws-policy

About Alton Drew

Alton Drew brings a straight forward and insightful brand of political market intelligence. Alton Drew graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and political science (1984); a Master of Public Administration (1993); and a Juris Doctor (1999). You can also follow Alton Drew on Twitter @altondrew.
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One Response to Fifty years after ‪#‎Selma‬, we still don’t get it….

  1. Kavalkade says:

    I disagree, Alton. Political speech is the highest form of protected speech, and the right to vote is paramount. Being denied that right to vote for no good reason should not happen.

    I am happy to show my citizenship with my license. If someone can’t afford a license and doesn’t drive, give them a free state id card.

    And provide adequate polling stations, staff and procedures so the votes count.

    And then once that happens, how to achieve this,

    “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….”

    is of primary importance.

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