Stand Up And Be Counted

To those of you who follow me, you know I'm going to say what's on my mind, respectfully as possible, of course. However, I don't exist to sugarcoat the truth. If you want something sweet, go grab a donut from Krispy Kreme.

That said, I was always told to "stand up and be counted".

I don't understand this seemingly new way of thinking that asserts a "Don't Vote" ideology. America is in the position that it's in today because so many citizens have been derelict in their civic duties and ultimately negligent in the decline of America.

I'm a "little things matter" kind of guy. They grow to become big things.

To borrow from VP Joe Biden, the election of Trump/Pence is a "big f*cking deal".

Now, I'm not shaking in my spit-shined combat boots nor am I cowering behind a keyboard. Nah, bruh. That's not in my repertoire.

I've lived in, breathed in, showered in, exercised in, ate in, sh*t in, slept in, patrolled in, and worked in a combat environment before and never succumbed to punk-ass emotions of fear.

 ALLEGIANCE IS NOT DEFINED DURING A TIME OF PEACE, BUT ONLY DURING WAR.

 I'm not a proponent of endless war, either, but we have to fight for our rights. We're talking about inalienable rights. We're talking about the basics here, people. The ABC’s of life, if you will.

 The second paragraph of the U.S. Declaration of Independence states:

 We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”.

 Okay, let’s unpack this.

 Who’s we? I’ll give you this one for free. White men. They’re the only ones who wrote the damn thing and they surely weren’t talking about their counterparts, white women.

 What truths?

 Self-evident? Self-evident means "not needing to be explained or demonstrated". Well, why has there been so much debate and dialogue surrounding such an inert and non-threating concept of equality for hundreds of years? I mean, certain people’s entire career and livelihood today is based on commentating and/or pontificating on the issue of equality.

 All men or just white men?

 Does "men" include women, too or nah?

Equal? Well, damn, what has been going on for the past fifty-eleven-hundred years then? Slavery. A very abbreviated Reconstruction. Jim Crow. Civil Rights. Black Lives Matter. Black Wall Street. Ferguson. Baltimore. Standing Rock.  

Endowed by our creator with unalienable rights? Unalienable means “cannot be taken away or denied”. Hmmm. That’s interesting. Surely, man has tried and still is trying to take away our fundamental rights.

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. I’m not even going to explain those three. They should be “self-evident” (there’s that term again).

All I’m saying is this: If you keep sitting down when it’s time to stand up, soon you won’t have anything to sit down on.

Your request for a seat at the table will be denied. Hell, you won’t even be able to put in a request.

Oh, and another thing, miss me with the “God is still on the throne” rhetoric.

That may be, but your ass isn’t! It’s on Earth and for a reason, too. Now is not the time to slave away in our respective vocational fields sipping lemonade or tea singing today’s Negro spirituals and waiting for a sweet chariot to swing low to carry us home. And no offense to the slaves who did what they had to do in order to survive. I can only imagine their resolve and this is in no way a jab at or slight to them. I probably wouldn’t here today if not for them.

However, our context today is not their context yesterday. I imagine that if many of them lived to see our conditions today, they would be highly disappointed in our responses to such pivotal things as voter participation.

Lastly, to my supremacist and low-key-supremacists-in-denial counterparts, know this: Y'all voted Trumped in. So don't sit around and act like you didn't. You might have said one thing before the election, but you said a whole different thing in the privacy of your voting booth. Unmask yourselves so the rest of us can make a count.

I don’t know, but maybe, just maybe we will get it right in 2020.

STAND UP AND BE COUNTED!