I’ve worked hard all my life. I have given my blood, sweat and tears to make ends meet, and I am still at the bottom of the totem pole. But I have the power to vote, and so do you.
Here’s why I’m voting: I don’t appreciate a president who comes in trying to put his hands on my cotton-picking money. I have more than 50 years of working, more than 50 years of paying into the Social Security system, and I know they want to take my payments away from me. The president and the Congress keep bringing up that they want to do it, and then people protest and they back off, but you know they still want to do it.
Here’s another reason I’m voting: The president and Congress keep working behind our backs trying to destroy health care given to us under the Affordable Care Act. I have a neighbor who gets $1,400 a month in Social Security, and his whole check goes for medical expenses. He’s a veteran, just like me. What were we defending our country for if it isn’t going to take care of us?
The president and the other Republicans know that minority people don’t want to vote for them, so they have these racist tactics for voter suppression.
The president and the other Republicans know that minority people don’t want to vote for them, so they have these racist tactics for voter suppression. There are Natives in North Dakota and South Dakota who can’t vote because they don’t have street addresses. Other places they have to have a laser printer to print out a birth certificate with a raised seal on it. Racist tactics are being used against all kinds of minority people.
Then they try to swing my vote by having Kanye West come to the president’s office to talk to him. Kanye doesn’t speak for me, and he doesn’t care about me. Neither does the president. He doesn’t think about anybody else. Like separating kids at the border. How would he feel if his kids were separated from him? Then it would be considered vicious, but since it isn’t affecting his kids he doesn’t care. I don’t understand how he hasn’t been run out of office.
We expect people who hold high office to care about people, to help us.
We expect people who hold high office to care about people, to help us. The people in office now don’t do that. It is time for them to get a rude awakening, and the way to make that happen is to vote out the old, racist, bigoted people we have in office now.
Now’s the time.
And the way to do it is to vote. Mark your ballot and mail it in — you don’t even need a stamp.
Donald Morehead is a Real Change vendor.
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