Ann: Mr. Cummings, Anita* says you and others have something to say.
Elijah Cummings: Yes, Ann, and please call me Elijah, we are all brothers and sisters.
I was the instigator here. I see so many people getting stressed out, feeling like there is nothing they can do but watch their rights be stripped down to the bone by an administration and party that wants only to cower under the covers in fear and shame for the cowardly ways they have been taking. They have turned their back on their duties as representatives of their districts and abandoned their constituents.
It is not a pretty picture, and I am hoping to encourage each one of you to find the time and the courage to step up and help the voting process. It might be as simple as calling your local polling place. Maybe you can’t be a poll worker, but you could call registered voters to let them know of any changes in the election process. You could perhaps help count ballots. You could contact your local Democratic party - and still in some districts your Republican party where there is still a commitment to a free and fair election.
It is too important to leave it to the experts some of whom would happily co-opt it for their own purposes. In these days of technology, there are many ways to abscond with votes or prevent people from exercising their rights. Many of you are home now and can take on a few extra tasks that would aid in the process, so I am here to ask you to explore your options in this regard.
John: And that’s not all, Elijah, we have to become better educated about our own country. Have you learned the basics that are required of every person trying to become a citizen of this country? That test is not so simple. Take a flyer at it and prepare to be embarrassed. I failed it the first time I took it.
When we were trying for a comprehensive immigration bill, we looked at changing what we were requiring of our newest citizens. There wasn’t much appetite for making changes, but I thought there needed to be more information about the rights of each citizen to vote, how to exercise that right in the various levels of the election process, how to participate in that process, and how to understand what, if anything, your elected representatives were doing for you.
I wasn’t able to get that one through even at the preliminary stages and, as you know the entire bill was shot down even though we had a bipartisan consensus -something that the current Congress might want to go back and revisit today.
Auntie: Y’all may not know it, but I’s one of them gals who marched for the women’s vote. Can you imagine what it was for a black woman, and as ex-slave to boot, to say she as good as any man in trousers?
Those holding the voting polls were purely stunned at such impertinence. We didn’t let that stop us, me and some them white gals that knew right from wrong and work from slave labor. We were a powerful force.
Cain’t say that everyone was welcoming to a uppity black woman but they soon learned what happened when you come up against a person who don’t have no fear, who don’t have nothing to lose.
That's half the problem with folks today. You got too much to lose to stick yo necks out. Well, someone gots to do it or they won’t be anything to stick yo neck out fo’.
Start at yo' school, make yo' voices heard, make sure yo' children treated right and taught to be the best they can be. Don’t take no for an answer. Walk them halls if you have to but get those children an education so that they can learn to think fo' theyselves.
You gots too many people jes complainin’ and not thinkin’ about what they can do to hep theyselves. Things are a’changin’, you cain’t sit still and think the world is gonna come to you.
Those MAGA folks need to step back in time jes a little bitty bit and maybe not so far at all and walk in the shoes of those whose lives where nothing better’n trick ponies for the master race. If you ain’t the master race, you gonna get a different point of view real quick.
Jesus: Yes, Ann, it is I. I know you don’t always believe what you hear or see, but I am truly grateful that you do it anyway. What you just heard from my friends, Elijah, John, and Harriet is a case in point. Now they have you thinking about who you can call to lend a hand. Think how simple life would be if everyone just reached out to lend a hand.
Harriet: It ain’t easy as it used to be but that don’t mean you off the hook.
Jesus: Exactly. When you’re wondering what the rights of a situation may be, you can’t do better than to go to Auntie. Suffering never knocked her spirit down.
I want all of you to look around and see where perhaps you have allowed yourselves to be knocked down, to feel that there is nothing you can do. Everyone can do something. This bog is one thing, Ann, but the world around you could also use a helping hand. There is much you can offer from your seat on the front porch with a phone or a tablet in your hands.
You don’t have to proselytize, just call and let people know they’re not alone, that the government is theirs to shape in the image of the Godchild, in the function of the Godmother, and in the reality of Spirit’s love for its creation. You don’t have to say any of this to get the point across. Just ask how you can be of help.
Ann: Jesus, I don’t see how I can be given the virus, the fact that I don’t want any more people in my life.
Jesus: You will find a way to be useful. That is all that is asked of you.
Auntie: Now don’t you get all discouraged now jes because you can’t see yo’ way through what this boy is asking you to do. He ain’t tellin’ you, he jes saying that there is something out there for you to hep with.
Go on now, reach out and see what it is. You gone feel better when you doin’ something, not that this blog don't count, but something in yo community to help those who don’t have what you do.
An don't you let that darkness into that little crack of misery that you see when you think someone gone make you do something. You jes got to put the word out to the universe, and it will give you the answer that is right fo’ you. Like the man said, “If you fit, march, if you fat, call.“
August 11, 2020
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