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17 December 2013 Written by  Travis L. McGee Sr.

HOW LONG IS TOO LONG THAT WE THE PEOPLE GO WITHOUT A VOICE OF THE PEOPLE?

How long is too long for a community or neighborhood to  be neglected for as long as “OURS” has?

When I say “OURS,” I mean Black people.  

Although “We the People” have many of the same problems, it always appears that “OUR” problems have been worse than others.  Even if  some of us feel as if we don’t have the same problems, you need to know that an injustice anywhere is an injustice everywhere.

All taxing authorities and all ELECTED officials should be held accountable for the over-taxation of a group of people without providing any real representation.

As we evaluate the conditions of predominately historic Black  neighborhoods,  we still see horrid and messed up city streets; open trash and water filled ditches due to neglect and very poor drainage (some up to 10 ft. deep); “so-called” affordable housing surrounded by crack and prostitution housing; an abundance of  halfway housing; no sidewalks; no zoning; school closures; the highest number of pedophiles in Harris County; an increasing crime rate; and a steadily decreasing police presence.

I believe that EVERY neighborhood should receive superior services from our local government and all taxing authorities, regardless of the economical, geographical or demographic makeup of the community.

Although Black people continue to be neglected, many of us still don’t VOTE for ELECTED officials who best represent us or issues that are in our best interest as a people.  These officials are “ELECTED”.  Repeat after me; these officials are not appointed, but are ”ELECTED”.

In politics, the only thing more valuable than money is the voice of the people. Our vote should be priceless and should not be bought out by folks who plan to  eventually “SELL US OUT” in the near future anyway.

Our vote is our power and should be priceless.  The love of money is incentive for political corruption, in which the politician’s true hidden agenda becomes priority over “THE PEOPLE” who elected him or her to serve.

Our ELECTED officials are supposed to represent our best interest and not seeking to bolster their own hidden agenda or use the position for their own financial gain.

The government is supposed to fear the people and not the other way around.

Believe it or not, our ELECTED officials can only do what we allow them to do because the key word is they are  “ELECTED”. Once they are ELECTED, they become incumbents; but being an incumbent should NEVER mean untouchable or along for a free ride.  Being an incumbent should mean that their representation of “The People” should be consistent 365/7/24 and all of us should be organized enough to vote them out, regardless of race, until we get the representation we rightfully deserve.

Some people will tell us what they think we want to hear and make promises that they know they can’t keep, in order to get our vote.; but as long as Black folks continue buying it, they will continue to sell it to us.

More like “Sell Us Out.”

So I ask us again…..How long is too long?

I think one term is long enough if they show no types of improvements in our neighborhoods, even though they promised us the world.

“We The People” deserve better representation and accountability from the over-taxation that any and all “ELECTED” officials, regardless of race or political affiliation, provide us.

It is totally unacceptable, and has been for decades now, that we allow things to continue as they have in the Black community.  If we evaluate the conditions and quality of life in our neighborhoods, there shouldn’t be any such thing as some of these incumbents remaining in office, especially when they are consistently MIA (Missing in Action), when it comes to our needs, and only come around when it is time for the next election.

If we are truly honest with ourselves, we will acknowledge that the only time we see our “ELECTED” officials is either during election time or when there is a high profile topic that will generate media coverage or money in their pockets. Once the news cameras go off  and once all the money is gone, they become MIA in our communities all over again.

HERE ARE SOME OF THE SOLUTIONS I PROPOSE:

I. “We the People” have to COME TOGETHER; that means churches, civic clubs, community leaders, pastors, parents, business owners and anyone else that thinks that enough is enough and that we deserve better.

II. “We the People” should demand that the house of God be respected, as opposed to having them interrupt Sunday morning service and go on to the next church afterwards. Our churches have way too much influence in politics to allow any “Sell Out” to stand before their congregation and flat-out lie just to get in or get back in office. This remind me of the story of David, and how he had to protect his flock from any and all predators because if he didn’t they were sure to devour or kill his flock one by one. I believe anyone should be welcome into our churches to worship GOD, but I don’t think any man or woman should be allowed to flat-out lie to GOD’S people in God’s house.

III. “We the People” should have community meetings, everyone should be included and the churches and other organization should be invited to the meeting in order to ask the ELECTED officials or political candidates any questions. This would show a sign of solidarity among the community instead of division.

IV. “We the People” should hold ourselves responsible for the lack of accountability of our ELECTED officials. It has to be some accountability for all of them. There should never be a time that any elected official should ever neglects; votes against; lies to; refuses to represent; or fails to stand publicly with his or her constituents on any issue affecting their district or community. We need more Robin Hoods in order to stop them from “Robbing the Hood”.

Business can’t go on as usual. 

We need Voter Registration, Voter Education and Voter Mobilization in order to rectify this ongoing troubling situation.