The Kings of the four seasons by Marcella Muhammad
Why I voted for Mr. Gary Coleman for Governor of California
There are 1.6 million reasons why I exercised my privilege to vote in the California race for governor in 2003. 1.6 million is the number of African Americans in California who are of the age to vote as counted in the 2000 census. This is a gigantic number. Of course I didnít think my community would come out to vote in the numbers that could change the preconceived stereotypes cased by the majority. Of course I didnít feel that my community would take advantage of the global significance in turning out and raising their voices in unity stating "Iím Black and Iím Proud." And announcing "You Better Not Take My Vote for Granted!"
So, why did I vote for Mr. Coleman? I had to look in many areas. First there was the Present governor. Gray Davis knowingly lied before the election the first time about the size and scope of Californiaís $34.6 billion budget deficit. As soon as he felt he had lead astray the voters and Election Day had passed, Gray Davis suddenly declared a serious budget crisis existed. Then he started advocating massive tax increases plus cuts in public safety and education to balance the stateís budget. He tripled the car tax by taxation with representation.
The number one reason that I had to see Gray Davis go is the passage of the law that gave illegal aliensí driversí licenses. Gray Davis fought against this law for the right reasons but with his career on the line he betrayed the citizens of California and betrayed his principles and signed the bill into law.
To me this is a direct attack on my ancestries. The blood of my people flow through the soil of this country like a subterranean tributary which was created from the absorption of beatings, castrations, rapes and the lynching of a race of proud people. Iím a citizen to this country! Iím still in a battle for the rights granted to me by the constitution and Davis wants to give rights and privileges to people who are here illegally.
Even though it could be argued that this one man is not solely responsible for the problems in the state of California, he is the one on top of the cesspool of the government. I felt Gray Davis had to go if for no other reason than to take advantage of this global stage to voice my disgust with the way our elected officials waste our confidence, our time and our money.
Gray Davis would be the second governor in U.S. history to be recalled from office. The first was North Dakota Gov. Lynn J. Frazier, Republican, in 1921. Governor Frazier, instituted many reforms in state government; among them were re-organization of state services, expansion of educational services, development of health care agencies, and improved regulation of public services and corporations. However, its core program generated fierce opposition fueled by funds from out-of-state corporations; those interests used every means to obstruct the NPL program, including lawsuits and extreme propaganda. Governor Frazier was recalled and removed from office. Now for the second time in history, we the people of California had the opportunity to make history.
I happened to be recovering from a near fatal car accident when the campaigning started. I didnít have the ability to go to work everyday to get a good pulse on what the public was thinking. I listened to talk radio and watched everything I could on cable news along with local news papers. I realized that no matter what happened a statement will be sent to America and the world. As I laid in bed with a halo screwed into my head and cast on my legs I grew more and more angry.
At first I grew angry at the cost in dollars and time that was being wasted in the recall process. The voters had made their decisions in November and why donít we abide by that decision? I grew angry at the apparent farce the whole process was taking as every clown and freak came out of the woodworks to state their intentions to be Governor.
That was the beginning of my anger. Still when I looked at the budget crises facing the state, I knew the recall process was a necessity. After all we had no control on the expense if the powers to be were able to receive enough signatures to start the recall. And even though I didnít vote for Davis in the prior November election, I did vote for him to be out.
I am a firm believer in voting in masses to vote the incumbent out of office. Weather President, Governor or any elected office I believe if we constantly vote in masses and continue to vote the incumbents out we will send a message to politicians that in order to keep your job you have to perform in a manner to please the peopleís needs, wants and desires.
With California on the world stage we had a chance to make a statement of epic proportions. Just what statement should be made? It was obvious from the start that Arnold was the front leader in the recall race. Why was a man not born to this country the front runner? Why was a bodybuilder/actor getting the majority of the interest?
At first I too was sucked into the Arnold Classic to aid the Terminators goal to have a Total Recall to bring Governor Davis to the End of Days as the leader of California. The joke is thatís why Arnold was the front runner. He represents catch phrases and sound bites.
Granted he is a successful businessman who had made millions in the area of bodybuilding and the movie industry as well as contributed millions in charities and aided presidents in other programs. Arnold was not a career politician which somehow made him worth looking at. Still did he represent me and my state of affairs?
With hundreds of years of slavery and years of segregation and thousands upon thousands of Black men dieing for freedom and the rights to be counted as equals, Arnold did not represent who I was nor did he represent my community and the requirements, requests and rations of the community.
I wanted my vote to represent my community and I wanted my vote to say to the world, we do matter as a people and you will not take me for granted! As I looked through the official ballot and the hundred and sixty nine names I searched for someone to give my allegiance to.
Of the one hundred and sixty-nine names only four were African American. First there was Alex-St. James. Alex-St. James, a once-aspiring Catholic priest, former San Francisco Sacramento small business owner, today, is leading the way to break the leftist liberal control of Black Americans as the Chairman of the D.C. basedAfrican American Republican Leadership Council (AARLC). The African American Republican Leadership Council is the nationwide Reignite network of political donors helping elect pro-growth conservative African American Republicans beginning at the local state level
Patricia G. Tilley a nonpartisan candid. She is a criminal defense attorney with a B.S. in nursing from University of Connecticut; M.A. in nursing from UCLA and a law degree from University of San Diego. She taught nursing at universities in California, Nevada and Washington D.C. MS. Tilley began her law career in 1980 as a deputy district attorney in Contra Costa County,and she has been a criminal defense attorney since 1991.
Darryl L. Mobley President and Chief Executive Officerof Family Digest Media Group, Inc. A father and husband, Darryl is a graduate of West Point Ė the United States Military Academy with a B.S in mechanical engineering; MBA Webster University. He is a native of Florida, and takes his family time very seriously! He stated: "Ití time for folks who can get the job done to step forward. People have no hope, no chance to move up, and we need solutions."
Of course there was Mr. Gary Coleman of which every one knows. There were pros and cons to each of the four candidates. The shame of this election was that the African American community had no real knowledge of the four other than the public persona of Mr. Coleman.
The distressful atrocity of the election was the endorsement by the major African American newspaper in Los Angeles. Their first transgression was not to inform the community of the four viable and dynamic representative who were of the community. This so called voice of the people did not offer introduction, debate or affirmation.
Their next contravention was their endorsement of the "No" vote for the recall. To quote them; "While Davis admittedly has committed some grave errors during his tenure as governor, heís vowed to listen more to the citizens and serve them better-particularly the African American community which has felt disconnected form him." This is a classic example of battered people syndrome. After knocking the community around we are suppose to except his admission of wrong doing and accept him back into our lives. Somehow we must brake from the pattern of being dysfunctional tunnel visional Democrats.
The final abomination was the "Yes" vote for Bustamante. On February 13, in a speech to a group of black trade unionists, Bustamante was reciting a list of African-American labor organizations established in the early 1900s, many of which included the word "Negro" in their titles. While uttering one of those names, Bustamante let slip the word "nigger" instead of 'negro.' A handful of blacks in the audience stormed out in protest. Other damaging moves [by SeŮor Bustamante] included: Dodging questions about his membership in MEChA, a Chicano group whose charter espouses the view that part of the United States should be returned to Mťxico. -- Embracing issues that affect poor Latinos and undocumented immigrants but failing to address issues that appeal to middle-class Latinos. This so called voice of the community further stated Bustamante would be the first person of color to be governor if elected.
My outrage was elevated to heights I could not elucidate. Itís understandable if not right as to why the major medias did not give our candidates prominence, but for our own publications to betray us in this manner was genocidal.
With all the challenges before me, I finally made my decision. Mr. Coleman and Arnold had two things in common. First was Name recognition. Both being actors and having faces recognizes with emotional awareness. The other thing they had in common was electibility. The right winged Republican Party endorsed Arnold over their own conservative republican Tom McClintock. Arnold was at best a republicrate, conservative in business and liberal in social issues. Arnold had recognition and the whores of the Republican machine chose the person they may not agree with but had the best chance to win. That is why I chose Mr. Coleman; he had the best chance to win over the other African American candidates.
Mr. Coleman had a major uphill battle because he was abridged as a man. In Orlando, Florida Governor Jeb Bush remarked when asked about gubernatorial recall election;"I'm glad that Gary Coleman lives in California," Bush said, referring to the diminutive Mr. Coleman. "A guy like me that believes in limited government probably would have a tough time against a fellow like that because he probably symbolizes smaller government."
When Mr. Gary Coleman heard of the careless remarks of the Governor of Florida his response was; "I don't know about Jeb Bush, But if I become governor, I will represent the little guys, the people that big people tend to step on when they want to get somewhere." This man, and I do mean Man, responded like a champ.
Mr. Coleman who operated an advice column was asked for help in dealing with being short. The writer, familiar with his role on the sitcom Different Strokes, wanted to know if he was still small-stature and how he copes with it. He answered in straight, tough-talking words informed by his own experience."I'm 4 foot 8 and I'll be 4 foot 8 when I'm in a box you learn to work with it, around it, and through it, and if anybody has any problem with it, tell them to go pound sand. You are you. Be proud of your height. Trust me; it's better to be short in many circumstances than to be tall".
As an African American man, my greatest fear is to become extinct. By not exercising our right to vote we become extinct. I am a man and I want to count. While I was casting my vote for Mr. Coleman the prescient captain told me that on the last election of five hundred manes listed only twenty came out to vote. Gary Coleman is a man and he was the man I voted for. and if the 1.6 million voting age African Americans had rallied behind him he might have been the man in office. What an impression we would have made to the entire world had we showed unity and picked our man. Now we will never know.
Gary Coleman Ind. 12,614 votes
Darryl L. Mobley Ind. 702 votes
Patricia G. Tilley Ind. 682 votes
Alex-St. James Rep. 650 votes
1.6 million African American voters .....extinct!