June 13, 2024


Equality opinion

No, Mr Warnock. Voting is not prayer. Voting is a part of the selection process in a tax-funded popularity contest. – Alton Drew, Consiglieri

On 8 April 1913, the 17th amendment that provided for “direct” election of a U.S. senator was ratified. Some would argue that what this amendment did was democratize the variety system for US senators.

What it seriously did was broaden the political field, generating it important for senate candidates to come up with fancy slogans built to capture the eardrums (and wallets) of the electorate. An case in point of a whacked marketing campaign pitch is made available by Reverend Raphael Warnock, a sitting down US senator and pastor of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church. Reverend Warnock has been working with the pursuing opening to a person of his marketing campaign films:

“Voting, in a true perception, is a kinda prayer….”

My eyes roll each time my YouTube films are interrupted by this assertion. The assertion raises two concerns:

1. Why are you running as a reverend as opposed to a US senator?
2. Are you building a declarative statement that a applicant is “god”?

Mr Warnock’s posters, billboards, and garden signs use the title “reverend” as opposed to “senator.” At initially blush, I search at the use of reverend as a reminder of Mr Warnock’s indisputable membership in the Black Boule (boo-lay) class. This strategic communications approach is an attempt to get black voters to acknowledge and slide in line with a leadership class that quite a few blacks continue to cling to and is normally useless.

Senator? Meh. Reverend? Eyes brighten and ears perk for the sermon.

In my impression, for Mr Warnock to use his senate credentials dangers a greater amount of significant scrutiny. As a reverend, Mr Warnock can cover at the rear of the pulpit and his yrs as a neighborhood chief. As a senator, Mr Warnock will be forced to protect his voting document or justify why he supports selected corporate positions on legislation. Or he may be requested to describe the content of the legislation he both supported or was opposed to.

Either way, Mr Warnock has shown that in excess of the past two years he is far too inept to even participate in a senator on Tv set. His campaign is an illustration of a prospect shorter on coverage examination and description and extensive on pulpit performance.

Finally, a vote is not a prayer or anything at all near to it. Why should voting for you or any other candidate be likened to tossing into the ether a telegraphic concept to an incorporeal becoming hoping that manna comes again to Earth for our intake? Is any agent to the governing administration truly in any placement to supply for our best passions and even if that is the circumstance, the dilemma really should be, why is any prospect in any place to satisfy my needs in the 1st location? Who granted them a monopoly or duopoly on life?

To slide for Mr Warnock’s narrative tells me that Americans are not totally free or even worse, want to be slaves to a narrative that suggests a couple perfectly- connected snobs are in a better position to feed me, dress me, and present me with drugs.

Seems much less like prayer and much more like neo-slavery.

No, Mr Warnock. Voting is not prayer. Voting is a aspect of the selection procedure in a tax-funded level of popularity contest.

Alton Drew

27 November 2022

My most current reserve, “Take It from a Black Person. WASPs Have to have to Just take Again Their Nation. Essays on Cash, Democracy, and Political Narrative”, can be found on Amazon. Pay a visit to my author’s page, amazon.com/author/altondrew.