In 1973, James Brown submitted a song for the soundtrack of a Fred Williamson blaxploitation film, “Hell Up In Harlem.” The song was ultimately rejected as being, “the same old James Brown stuff.” Pissed off, Brown released the record on its own and it became one of his greatest hits, reaching #1 on the R&B charts. It arguably had one of the greatest single lines of all time, “I don’t know karate, but I know ka-razor.” There is some dispute about what he’s saying, many people thinking he’s saying “crazy.” He is indeed saying ka-razor, referring to a strait edged razor to bring to a fight when his regular fighting skills just won’t do. It’s time that Democrats bring a little ka-razor to this fight against Trump and what he represents because they are literally taking away our rights while Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi whine.
With the retirement of Anthony Kennedy from the Supreme Court, Donald Trump is preparing to appoint, and the Mitch McConnell led Republican Senate to approve, a right-wing Justice that will change the shape of America for decades and it’s time to fight. I am not advocating violence, I am saying it’s time to acknowledge that we’re in a fight for our way of life and for others their actual lives if the right gets what many of them think now they want.
White women, 53% of whom voted for Trump, will eventually realize that when Planned Parenthood goes which is high on Trump’s list. So will the availability of healthcare to many women for whom Planned Parenthood is their only option. No matter one’s opinion about abortion, they’ll realize that mammograms and prenatal care, contraceptives and testing critical to all women, will be lost to many as a result of not fighting for these rights. This court will likely decide that they know what’s better for women’s bodies that they themselves.
Ronald Reagan once said, “Latinos are Republicans, they just don’t know it yet.” He was suggesting they would find more in common with Republicans than Democrats once they took a close look. Now, they can see from any distance how Republicans really feel. They’ve listened to the voices of children crying, torn away from their mothers and fathers at the border. They told immigrants as they arrested them, “you didn’t come in the right way.” When they tried to seek asylum at official ports, they were repeatedly turned away, leaving them little recourse. They rewrote the rules just for you saying fleeing violence at home wasn’t sufficient reason to grant asylum. The United States created much of that violence, helping establish the cartels, picking winners and losers, allowing some to prosper while crushing others. The same Ronald Reagan gave us Iran/Contra where he and the current NRA President provided arms to Nicaragua.
The LGBTQ community is well aware of what to expect from this massive change in direction on the Supreme Court. Recent gains including the right to marry are subject to being wiped away. The current court just said that their rights are subservient to whatever one can claim as a religious right of their own. Trump has already said, “Transgenders can’t serve in the military. He refuses to acknowledge, “Pride Month.” His Justice Department has argued in court that discrimination against gays is legal. Today they don’t have to bake your cake, tomorrow who knows?
If there are any of my sisters or brethren still undecided as to what in the hell they had to lose? Know that any Federal supervision of local police forces is already gone. The Supreme Court too will look away from the systemic practices of law enforcement and the official cover-up that always follows, resulting in no justice, no justice, never any justice. Your ability to get a quality education or be admitted into a good college is being negatively affected while at the same time, HBCUs are being underfunded and losing accreditation. Mass incarceration is making a comeback as for-profit prisons are ramping up to accommodate those caught up in the next round. Trump has already advocated “stop & frisk” in more of our communities and now the court won’t stop him. It’s time to fight (metaphorically) and if you don’t know karate, at least know ka-razy because it’s no time to hold back.
Starting today, call your Senator and let them know you will not stand for a directional change to the Supreme Court. At the same time, register to vote and if you already are registered, find someone else you can get registered because it’s the results at the ballot box that matter. It is essential that Democrats not only take back the House of Representatives but the Senate as well. This November, we the people need to change the current direction of America. Skinheads, Neo-Nazi’s and White Nationalists have become mainstream. They are represented in the White House, time to send them to the outhouse.
Whether or not the next Trump nominee is stopped, we must continue to reject what some Republicans have stood for while others said and did nothing. The housecleaning shouldn’t stop there because Democrats have not been nearly as responsible to the people as they have their contributors and lobbyists. It’s time to payback not just one Party but to force our entire government to represent the people and not the power. Getting rid of Citizen’s United would be a start, ending Gerrymandering and voter Suppression good follow ups. It’s not enough just to get mad, it’s time to get even!
“Sold me out, for chicken change (yes you did!)
Told me that they, they had it all arranged
You had me down, and that’s a fact
Now you punk, You gotta get ready
For the big payback! (the big payback!)
That’s where I land, the big payback (the big payback!)”