YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH:
By Reginald Hudlin & Denys Cowan
[transcribed top left to right]
Cedric: C’mon Jimmy, that whole Obama thing is played out. Why don’t you wear some Cross Colors while you’re at it?
Jimmy: I don’t vote because it’s trendy Cedric,. This is politics, not fashion. Stakes is high.
Cedric: I voted last time and things are still messed up.
Jimmy: The job doesn’t come with a magic wand. Folks are so disconnected from the political process they think our job as citizens is over once you vote. that’s where the work begins.
Cedirc: I got a job already.
Jimmy: We’ve spent so much time fighting the system we don’t know how to make the system work for us. That’s why I’m voting and making a donation.
Cedric: A what? Boy you out your natural born mind now. Give money? I’m not even voting.
Jimmy: You really think voting doesn’t make a difference?
Cedric: Not at all. Big money controls everything!
Jimmy: Ah, there’s strength in numbers. A collective voice. Its’ always a good idea to vote, volunteer your time and/or donate any money, even though big money is in control.
Cedric: If I can’t be a baller, I stay at home.
Jimmy: Do you know any rich people? I mean really rich people?
Cedric: Nope. Them’s your circles.
Jimmy: That’s right. I do know a few. All of them vote. Sure they donate, but they get up early and vote.
Cedric: Well that’s because they have money to make things go their way.
Jimmy: Not just rich white people, even poor dumb rednecks vote. The only people who think voting doesn’t matter are people like you.
Cedric: Watch it.. Now you getting personal.
Jimmy: As long as this country has existed they have worked hard to make sure we don’t vote. If it doesn’t matter, why bother?
Cedric: So what has all that voting got you?
Jimmy: So what has sitting on your ass got you?
Cedric: (faces the thought)
Cedric: Man, I don’t give A—
Jimmy: Stay classy Ced. for the kids.
November 6th is the official day to hit the polls,
Unless you’re apart of the millions who put the early voting numbers on swoll.
I voted early, dating back 10 or so days,
So many of my ancestors fought for me to have a say.
I appreciate the blood, the sweat and the tears.
I appreciate being included in the voting process this year.
I’ve voted every opportunity since I turned 18.
Please don’t take for granted your right on the voting scene.
It’s not a trend it’s not a fad. It is a must that you speak your mind.
If you choke and decide not to vote – don’t complain about the countries bind.
Let me encourage you now, to not choke or go to coughin’.
GET OUT and VOTE! Not voting – is not an option.
Sitting there thinking there’s no candidate that shares 100% of your view?
Well guess what Jimmy, I’m going to ask you to choose the lesser evil of the two.
Do you think that’s something that you could decipher and do?
Get out and VOTE. The game winning point rests with you.,
and you don’t have a choice but to handle the truth.
25 reasons from 25 people who are voting Obama:
[November 6th, 2012] The following reasons are from 25 different voters. Their stories are unique and relevant to the whole. Read a few and think about what reasons exists for you and then VOTE!
Today is ELECTION DAY
and it wouldn’t be the same without your say.
1. “The Affordable Care Act is saving my daughter’s life.”
2. “Obama is for the vets. He helped us wind down in Iraq, he’s improved mental health policy with VA benefits.”
3. “Obama stuck his neck out for us, the auto industry. He wasn’t going to let it just die, and I’m driving in this morning because of that, because of him.”
4. “Osama bin Laden is dead, and General Motors is alive.”
Joe Biden, Delaware
5. “Supreme Court Supreme Court Supreme Court.”
Bill Clinton, New York
7. “He cares for the 100 percent.”
8. “When Obama came into office, he successfully renewed our country’s place in the community of nations, making cooperation in tackling the world’s challenges possible.”
Willis, North Carolina
9. “The actions he has taken with respect to protecting us from terrorism have been very, very solid.”
Colin Powell, Virginia
10. “I was really very grateful to him for standing up for those kids who are having a really rough time out there because of their orientation.”
Jane Lynch, California
11. “For me, President Obama is our best choice because he has a vision of the United States as a place where we are all in this together.”
Bruce Springsteen, New Jersey
12. “He has a real plan for rescuing the economy that passes the ‘math’ test.”
13. “Having someone in office who understands how powerful our voice can be is very important.”
Jay Z, New York
14. “I am voting for Barack Obama and Joe Biden because I can trust them to care for the middle class and restore the American dream.”
15. “The first measure he signed into law after becoming president was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act — so a female high school counselor or physical education teacher can fight for equal pay for equal work.”
Connie Britton, California
16. “I believe in the America he wants for my grandchildren.”
17. “We need four more years of repair, of helping the middle class achieve a sustainable economy.”
James Taylor, North Carolina
18. “I’ve watched him fight for our country, stand by the middle class, the working class, the military, the education of our children, universal health care, women, the environment, and matters of national and domestic security.”
19. “The gifted 12-year-old I taught, whose parents were deported and left her here with her grandmother, will be allowed to stay and finish her education. She’s been in the U.S. since age one.”
Jamie, North Carolina
20. “I want our president to place scientific evidence and risk management above electoral politics.”
Michael Bloomberg, New York
21. “I have four children who are under 26 and able to stay on my health care plan. That’s been huge.”
22. “He’s fighting to defend and better Social Security and Medicare — because millions of Latino seniors rely on them.”
Cristina Saralegui, Florida
23. “Thanks to the President’s efforts to keep student loan rates low, I can expect to save nearly $1000 as I work to repay my student loans. And I don’t have too many of those, thanks to the Federal Pell Grant program.”
24. “It’s been wonderful to have President Obama as a champion for access to health care for all women in this country.”
Cecile Richards, New York
25. “Re-electing Barack Obama would lead to a stronger economic recovery than would be the case were Mitt Romney to win on November 6th.”
Jared Bernstein, Washington, D.C.