You Say You Want a Revolution…

…well, you ain’t alone and you’ve got allies you never suspected:

On Thursday, a town hall meeting hosted by Al Sharpton and the National Action Network to address gun violence exploded into a revolt against “Chicago Machine” politics, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and the aldermen in City Hall, with panel and audience members calling to vote out their elected officials.

One 82-year-old preacher even called for “Tea Party” style meetings in some of Chicago’s south side communities such as Altgeld Gardens and Trumbull Park.

“This was a historic event,” Paul McKinley of V.O.T.E. (Voices of the Ex-Offender) and former 2nd Congressional District GOP nominee to replace Jesse Jackson, Jr. told Breitbart News. “Not because of Al Sharpton coming to town,” he continued. “This was first time since electing Mayor Harold Washington in the eighties that all of these grassroots groups and community organizers have come together under one roof to talk about the problems plaguing our community.”

While the stated goal for Sharpton was to bring the many different groups together to discuss solutions to the city’s violence epidemic, he may not have gotten the types of responses he was looking for. Calls for more gun control laws and getting guns off the streets were nonexistent and not mentioned by residents throughout the session.

Instead, attendees offered solutions addressing the problems facing their community as a whole rather than just taking on “gun violence” itself. Audience members addressed the need for jobs and solving the foreclosure crisis plaguing Chicago’s south and west sides. Perhaps the loudest message—and one that Reverend Al or the Chicago media have yet to report on—echoed by several different people in attendance as well as panel members was that it is time for the black community to start voting differently.

“The manner in which we have been voting needs to change,” Wendy Pearson, an activist against Chicago school closings, told the room. “I’m here to say to you that we have been trained to vote in a specific manner… we need to start looking at the manner in which our elected officials have been voting… if they have not voted in a manner that is beneficial to you, yours, and your community, then you need to start voting them out.”

McKinley told the room, “Stop blaming just anybody for the violence in the city of Chicago. Blame the right people, not just white people, but the right people. Because it’s not just white folks a part of this, but it is on the fifth floor. The fifth floor took your schools, the fifth floor just took your jobs that he said that he gave to the ex-offender… and every single alderman was a part of this criminal process.”…

As I’ve been saying since before the 2012 election, there is a growing dismay with just how bad things are out there.  The Ruling Class and its lapdogs in the MSM don’t talk about it – in fact, they’ll ignore this, too.  To them, there can’t be an event where a lot of black people are fed up with a liberal government.  Just isn’t possible.  The TEA Party is racist, ya dig?  But these people are just as much TEA Party activists as a mostly white crowd in rural Oklahoma.  In fact, they are more so – they aren’t worried about the long term effects of liberal government: they are living with the hideous effects of long term liberal government.

These are the people we need to talk to.  Some people get it – Rand Paul recently opened up an office in Detroit.  Sure, its a help to his Presidential ambitions, but it is also good for Detroit.  Paul is a conservative who knows that conservatism can help – and would be voted for by lots of people who currently vote Democrat.  Now, would we get a majority in Chicago?  No.  Don’t need it, anyway.  But if we can drive up our total in Chicago by 10 or 20 percentage points, then Illinois becomes a Red State.  Do that in Los Angeles and California becomes a Red State.  Do that in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania becomes a Red State.  Starting to see the picture?  Bottom line, except for a few places like Rhode Island and Maryland, there is no State which is safe from the GOP if we can just get a bit more in the large, urban areas.

These people are ready for a change.  Their schools suck, there are no jobs, blood sucking politicians are bleeding them dry, crime is rampant and they aren’t allowed to own guns.  If we go in there and offer them real change – show them some respect and offer them some help – then we’ll get their votes, and we’ll win every election.

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3 thoughts on “You Say You Want a Revolution…

  1. Amazona

    Mark, thank you for providing a soap box for me to go back to what I keep saying about tying votes to ideology instead of “issues”.

    Your article and its quotes point out that people who have put a certain type of government in place because they thought they were voting for “issues” are now realizing that what they really voted for was a type of government they probably would not have supported if it had been explained to them.

    Very few people actually support the reality of the Leftist governing model but they simply do not understand what it is.

    And the Left, being brilliant strategists when it comes to emotional manipulation, have studiously avoided at all costs any discussion of the actual form of government they represent, instead tossing out all sorts of emotional chaff (the “War on Women”, “Choice”, even the vague meaningless platitude of “Hope and Change”) to make people think they are voting for noble things like tolerance and personal freedom and respect for women.

    Fine. That is what the Left does, it has always been what the Left has always done, and we would be foolish to expect anything different from them. This is how they win. Let me repeat that: THIS IS HOW THEY WIN .

    What is impossible to explain, and unforgivable, is the fact that the Right allows itself to be sucked into the same “issues” rhetoric. We know that when it comes to emotional appeal the Left will always win, because this is their home territory and they make the rules, none of which by the way depend on fact or truth. But we are inexorably drawn to playing their game, helplessly floundering around trying to organize the emotional chaos of “issues” into some kind of coherent political message, knowing that this is how they win but utterly incapable of turning away from the bait the Left tosses out and then blundering into one trap after another.

    We have seen the Left overreach, and now it is teetering on the brink, having gone too far too fast for the comfort of most Americans. In Chicago, the problems are still being seen through a black/white prism, but that can change if we can just find a few people who are coherent enough to cut through the “issues” fog and get to the heart of the matter—–that equality means judging people by what they do, not what they look like, and is wholly dependent on treating everyone the same, which would mean equal punishment for equal crimes no matter what the skin color of the criminal.

    On a national scale, we are seeing people start to realize that, for example, the ACA is a LAW, voted in by Democrats only but still voted in and signed by the president, and therefore it cannot be changed except by further legislation. People are starting to see the power grab of the White House as it unilaterally picks and chooses which laws to defend and which to ignore, which parts it likes and which parts it wants to discard, and people are starting to see the ramifications of such an attitude toward the law and the power of the Executive Branch.

    But political watchers like me will have to watch the Right step over every opportunity to educate the public about the consequences of its votes, about the fact that no vote is ever for an “issue” but is always about a form of government, and about the sheer illegality of riding roughshod over our legal system, in its hurry to talk about its own issues.

  2. baileyoski

    I wonder. I live next to and sometimes in the Chicago mess. I have a hard time believing that it could become red. It was at one time, too. The problem I see is that it really doesn’t matter-red or blue-we get the same thing. In Illinois people vote for the slogans and then wonder why we are where we are-a laughing stock. I wish I could believe that Atlas was ready to shrug before the house of cards falls apart. I must say that Amazona seems to present the most thoughtful, intelligent responses I read here.

  3. dbschmidt

    If there is a bright side it would be that people are finally starting to learn a little more about how government works. What they are learning is government, for the most part, is ideology and not issues; however, what they are not learning, as far as I can tell, is that government itself–no matter the controlling party is force. Government is force no matter what level it is at.

    IIRC, it was House Leader John Boehner that said (paraphrasing) “That we should not be judged by how many laws we have passed but by how many we have repealed.” Sounds good but just like every other lifer [ Navy acronym:(Lazy, Inefficient Fu**er Expecting Retirement) ]–it adds up to the stuff you scrap off your shoes before entering the house.

    Being a Libertarian, I do not care about Red or Blue States in the sense that it makes little difference with Governors like Christy. Party affiliation is not the deciding factor but rather how one governs. The same with the entire set of CongressCritters we have now. Paul screwed the military to make a deal; nevertheless both Murray & Paul tried to correct it but was never brought to the floor because of Dingy Harry.

    This entire government has grown at least two-sizes too large and has become an industry where people go to grow rich, do nothing, and crap on the rest of America–the real America. I, believe with Amazona, that we need to get the ideology out front and the time is here. Chicago, Detroit, and other cities are just know learning what the “Iron Lady” Margret Thacher said so long ago –“The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money [to spend].” which is a reference to the sleazy contract of cronyism between the Public unions and Democratic government.

    Is it socialism–reader’s choice but if a government steals from one group of people to enrich another group–it sure smells like socialism to me.

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