View From Here
By David Mark Greaves
Only 11% of eligible voters decided the 2009 Democratic Primary. Voters have been conditioned to think of themselves as one of many, but if they thought of themselves as part of election districts rather than the accumulated candidate totals, it would help to emphasize the value of each vote. At
, their interactive map shows that E.D. 38-068 went to Michael Bloomberg by one vote, and E.D. 53-093 went to William C. Thompson by 5 votes. Understood at this level, a voter and five friends could swing their E.D. That the election district for Interfaith Hospital (E.D. 56-036 from Fulton to Pacific and Schenectady to Albany) had a total of 183 votes for Bill Thompson, and E.D. 26-012, La Havre condos with only about 1,150 units delivering 1,257 votes for Mayor Bloomberg, may help explain Governor Cuomo’s cavalier attitude regarding the hospital’s fate. Going to him with protestations about decency and caring is like the aide saying to Joseph Stalin that he couldn’t invade Poland because “the Pope would never stand for it.” Stalin looked at the aide and asked, “How many troops does the Pope have?” It’s difficult for a politician to hear you unless you represent a potential asset or a threat, it doesn’t matter which. But when you are neither, then your demands are just background noise to the governing process.
One of the benefits of miseducating the citizenry is that they do not understand their history or their power and it is why people in other countries can change governments with their cell phones and Facebook, while in Brooklyn, we chat and text about, you know, like, all kinds of stuff. There is a lot of opportunity for growth in this area. And those 89%ers who use Facebook or Twitter can reach out to their fellow registered Democratic nonvoters and tell them now is their time to be heard.
And for African-Americans not to vote, to be too busy and too thoughtless to go to the polls, is to say to all of those who were beaten, killed, ruined or scared off from voting, that they were fools to have wasted their lives in struggling for the right to vote because 89% of the people are not going to find the inclination to exercise it. It’s like calling Harriet Tubman an old fool because the smart money would have never looked back.
If you’re one of the 89% of eligible voters who did not vote in the last Democratic Mayoral primary, then in this election, there is no need to be concerned about taking something from one of the poll-popular candidates, they have their 11% and can divide them up as they wish. We’re talking to the vast majority of forgotten eligible voters, whose lives are besieged with crises, who see that no matter what the politicians say, nothing changes except to get worse. This is the time to be noticed by your presence, not absence. On Tuesday, September 10, 2013 be an 89%er for the candidate the powers-that-be don’t want you near: John Liu.