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Here is an interesting article I found talking about how the changing demographics will effect the election:|
It has been interesting, for me and I’m sure others, watching the Republican and Democratic conventions. What a contrast, particularly, from a New York perspective.
Just in case you were wondering, New York City doesn’t look or sound like Macon, Ga. Within the span of a few blocks you hear a cacophony of languages -- Spanish (in several dialects) French, Italian, Dutch. You name it and you hear it in this toddling town. There are also several versions of English -- from Brooklyn to the Bronx to the tony sections of SoHo -- all with different inflections of the same language. They say Southerners talk funny. That’s true, but it is also true folks up here talk funny, too.
If you don’t want to rub elbows, or you get offended when a stranger pops into your personal space, do not come here. People get all inside your personal space from the streets to the subway system. There are people everywhere and rubbing elbows and other body parts can’t be avoided.
Passing by Ellis Island, looking at the Statue of Liberty that’s greeted immigrants looking for a better life for 126 years, I’m reminded of how diverse we are as a country. Nowhere has that been more evident than at the two political conventions.
I could be wrong, and please correct me if I am, I didn’t watch every minute of the Republican convention (I also didn’t watch every minute of the Democratic convention) but where were the people who look like me at the Republican convention? The answer is simple -- they weren’t there. Well they were, you just didn’t see many of them. Of the 2,286 Republican delegates, only 47 were black.
On the Democratic side it was much different, 1,452 of the 5,551 delegates were black. Just for plum’s sake, that’s 2 percent for Republicans as opposed to 26 percent for Democrats. As far as Latinos, there were 800, the highest number of any Democratic convention. Fox News couldn’t get the figures of Latino participation from the RNC as of Friday.
What does this say about America, and what does it say about November and beyond?
It says this. Republicans can’t win -- unless those folks who have been passing by me in the subway stations of Queens and Brooklyn and Harlem and other ethnic neighborhoods around the country don’t vote.
Democrats have succeeded in making this election about who is for and who is against this or that. I could give examples, but you know what those issues are
Whether you agree or not, many women will feel the Republican platform is against them. While you could say the Democratic platform has moved left, there is no doubt the Republican platform has moved far right.
But let’s get to the crux of the matter. This country demographically is not the country it once was. The white men and women who believe they need to take the country back don’t have the numbers to take anything back. Besides, those folks who they want to take the country from are Americans, too. You can’t take something away from folks that is rightfully theirs without stealing.
That’s why Republicans have attempted to subvert the vote through voter identification laws and redistricting. Want examples? Look at Texas.
It is about numbers and the old axiom -- figures don’t lie, but liars figure -- applies. So if you can’t win honestly -- cheat. That’s what voter identification is all about. The logic doesn’t compute for any other conclusion. Republicans understand that it’s impossible to commit voter fraud at the precinct level that would throw an election. However, the gaping hole of absentee balloting remains unfilled and both parties take advantage.
I’m not telling you who to vote for. I am telling you to vote. And for those who feel America is slipping away from them, they are right. America was never designed to fit their vision of this nation.
What this election will say unequivocally is how fast the transformation from a majority white nation to an ethnic majority nation will take place. It may not happen this election but it will happen much faster than anyone can imagine.