…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.