Politricks as Usual

Politricks as Usual.

We live in a partisan political climate, and because of this, our country is in disarray. The majority of votes that come out of Washington are usually down party lines. Party line votes, in my opinion, ruin democracy as we know it. Especially when elected officials claim that they carry out the will of the people, yet vote against the will of the people that put them in office. Our current political system is failing right before our eyes.  This is politricks as usual.

The Black Vote.

The Black Vote is single-handedly the most critical vote in America right now. If you noticed, most candidates vying for the Democratic nomination have a black agenda. This agenda is meant to speak to the very needs of Black folks. It is a huge step forward for several reasons. 1) We can no longer assume that Black Americans will automatically vote Democratic. Black people are finally starting to realize there is more than one way to play the game. 2) The second– if inspired Blacks can fire up any base that they support.

The Current Democratic Class.

The current Democratic class stands as a whose-who in politics. While you have some candidates that stand out in polling, very few have ideas centered around improving schools. Senator Harris has stated her first order of business would be to pay teachers more. I agree teachers should receive fair compensation, but writing a blank check to teachers will not improve the educational outcomes for the nation’s underserved communities.

Senator Sanders has decided to use an NAACP moratorium on charter schools as his campaign platform. It is so out of touch with what Black folks want; it is hard to even talk about it. The bottom line is that there aren’t any transformational ideas that are coming out of the Democratic Party when it comes to education.  More politricks as usual.

Senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker have almost banked their nominations on busing, and the opportunities integration brings to black folks.  Although these policies may have benefited both, they have proven that they are both out of touch with what black folks want.  Both polling between 1-3% amongst black voters, it’s going to take something outside the box to energize the black vote.

Our President; King Trump.


Our president may be the most racist person on the planet. Trump frequently ostracizes women of color. He stated four congresswomen should return to their country of origin. Mind you, 3/4 of the congresswomen were born in the United States. True to form, along party lines, Democrats were outraged. Meanwhile, only a few Republicans Senators spoke against the racist words of the president.

Trump Makes It Hard.

As a Republican of the (John McCain/Colin Powell likeness) Trump makes it hard to defend the party and its actions. If he would just shut the hell up, and do his job, some things are happening that could get him re-elected.

For example, the economy that he inherited was at the right place, but now we are seeing record numbers on the Dow and S&P, unlike growth that we have seen in recent years. China (as far as trade) knows we mean business, and Trump’s targeted attempt to use tariffs have worked to renegotiate some lousy trade deals.

Tax Break Made Me Lose Faith.

On the other hand, the Paul Ryan tax bill was a travesty to the American worker. Shortly after receiving tax breaks, many of these companies took those funds and downsized. Also, Trump and his racist rhetoric are bad for America. Trump’s “Make America White Again,” crusade has got to stop, and the American people have to stand firm and to alleviate president Trump of his duties.  More politics as usual.

No one is against the Democratic Party as much I am. The idea of Socialism makes me cringe. I’ll be carrying a heftier tax bill than I’m comfortable with taking.

It should also be noted, that since Trump started his divisive rhetoric, he has risen five points in the Republican polls.

Moving the Country Forward.

But as much as it pains me to Vote Dem, I can’t with a good conscience vote for President Trump. We need someone to come in and unify our country. Trump has sowed some much discord amongst folks; we genuinely need a candidate that isn’t Trump. I hope more Republicans speak out about Trump and his tyranny.

Published by Raymond J. Ankrum, Sr.

Mr. Ankrum is the current Superintendent of the Riverhead Charter School. Mr. Ankrum has gained notoriety as a school turnaround expert. He is enthusiastic about helping students from low (SES) find ways to end generational poverty through educational advocacy. If you believe PoC can end generational poverty by exercising educational opportunities, you have an ally in @Mr_Ankrum.

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