I’m NOT Registered to Vote…

Those are the words my little brother uttered to me the other day…

Should I Register to Vote?

Now if you know me, then you know that confusedly following behind while badgering him about this oddity was next on my agenda (because letting him walk away unscathed just didn’t seem right…). He didn’t let that last for long though. With the quickness, his nonchalant attitude towards exercising his rights and protecting his liberties basically stopped me dead in my tracks.

Am I getting old, I pondered? Was he a Bernie or Bust supporter and I hadn’t realized it yet? For the life of me I just couldn’t figure out WHY my little brother wasn’t registered to vote and seemed to have no intentions of even doing so.

I mean, had he not heard of Bloody Sunday? …he attends an HBCU in Alabama for crying out loud… Did he forget about how our parents were barely in their pre-teens when the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was finally passed? Or was he onto something???

Perhaps it was the electoral college’s influence that swayed his decision, or maybe it’s the fact that no matter who sets foot into the Oval Office, the Senate nor House will never let him/her truly fulfill and keep all promises they vowed to keep while campaigning for our votes. And we can’t forget how underrepresented African Americans are coupled with the many times we are slighted even as we fight for justice as advocates of peace and equality.  Or, like I stated earlier, maybe he’s onto something…

Thankfully, after seeing me fret over reasons and wondering if he was, in fact, smarter than the average bear, he finally decided to elaborate a bit! Phew!

“They’re robots.

Figureheads who never truly let you dig deep. They put on this front and portray something/someone they are not. And thankfully, social media and various other resources help us capture some of this transparency yet to be seen from any of the candidates we have to choose from.

Oh yeah, and another thing…they also try to emulate Obama which simply cannot be done. He was, is, and always will continue to be genuine with his approaches to how he governs and cares for the American people. The only way they can possibly duplicate his style is by being themselves and showcasing their personal elements to us – the American people. Don’t make Spotify playlists in order to get the young vote, stop using useless rhetoric for TV time, and don’t, all of a sudden, start hanging around Blacks while quoting our vernacular in order to pander the minority vote as well – it’s just lame.

…and sis, I’ve been lazy! Of course I’m going to register to vote!” 😉 

Pretty smart kid, isn’t he? Not as smart as me, but his intellect will do…for now at least!

Honestly though, I think the little tyke has a point. Even though he does have intentions on registering to vote, his lack of enthusiasm stems from the same sentiments you and I all share. Is Trump as evil as his hairline? Is Hillary always on espionage? Will our nation regress if one or the other is elected? Do they really believe that #BlackLivesMatter? Or is it all a ploy? A façade to get our votes and have their way with us once in office?

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To be nice, I’ll guess I’ll go ahead and give these candidates the benefit of the doubt by saying that maybe their antics thus far were to simply get us talking. Ya know, generate buzz. To get the votes needed in order to get to where they are now. If this is indeed the case, then they have around 70-odd days to utilize their platforms to address the real concerns of Americans and foster even more progressive change for the betterment of our nation.

Am I being too optimistic? Giving them too much credit? You’re probably right, but a girl can daydream, right?! 🙂

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Raise your hand or, better yet, comment below on your thoughts about our upcoming election. My brother and I can’t wait to read your responses!

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