By guest blogger Sadako Red [see disclaimer]
[November 7, 2018] “How many times did you vote today?,” so asked a young woman; dirty clothes, matted hair, and a smell of cheap booze on her breath. There I was in a ragged group of voters, having just finished my turn to punch the right shard and carry-out my civic duty to vote when she came right up to me and looked into my face. I smiled as I thought that someone actually had the balls to ask me if I had done something illegal and undoubtedly unethical to boot. As this woman moved on, I was surprised to hear from the older man standing next to me that it’s common for people to vote multiple times in the 10th voting district but rare to hear them ask others about it openly. Today, he noted, they are more emboldened because “Trump is a Nazi.” Gee whiz and I thought that our divisive political climate would abate a bit at the election booth. Guess I was wrong.
What we do in life matters; what we say is a reflection on not just ourselves but on our family, our friends, and our community, and how we reach out to and treat others says a lot about our upbringing. This young woman was not the only unanticipated gift at the voting booth. As I approached the table with the A-to-E last-name sign, a young man with the big book in front of him (apparently contained names and signatures of those registered to vote), I pulled out my wallet to get my photo id. I’m used to using my DoD Identification Card (called a CAC card) for all sorts of things like this and handed it to the man behind the desk. “No way, put that ID away,” he told me. You see, it’s illegal to ask for or see any form of identification when voting in D.C. It’s not even recommended. Had I known that already, I’d been ready to just smile and sign my name. Maybe they compared the signatures? Nope, I was told it mattered not and to even asking for a form of an ID or comparing signatures was racist, misogynistic, and queer-bashing or something certainly horrific. What about my home address? That too was irrelevant.
What you do for a living says something about you. It says that you have worked hard in school, cultivated the right contacts, developed your leadership skills (haha, take that General Satterfield), and stayed out of trouble with the law. Working at the Department of Defense for the last few decades helped put me on the right path. I even have a security clearance and thus have been investigated by some mystic organizations that one day turn up and say you’re fit to keep secrets. Oh, it takes maybe a year or so, but no hurry when you’re safeguarding the United States of America. At the voting district 10, I was to discover from the young woman with matted hair that this meant I was just a cog in the wheel of a capitalist machine that destroys people and that I was being exploited “to enrich the Jews.” Wow, I didn’t know that.
I was told that I could get paid for each time I voted for the Democrat incumbent (that’s a political party for all you readers from Canada). Yeah, like a Democrat would lose in a district that could have created a landslide election for Hillary Clinton just two years ago; if they’d only thought of that at the time. One man, one vote? Who contemplates such elitist things when there is a big payday after you vote again and again. With all due respects, I must say here and now that I politely turned down the offer to vote again that day. And, yes, I was probably a bourgeoisie who exploits the poor, discredits those working for equality, and likely kills little kittens for fun. The ancient Greek philosopher Socrates once warned us to “beware the barrenness of a busy life.” I’m sure he was part of the proletariat and would have enjoyed making a few extra Benjamins for voting a few extra times. What the heck?
Sadako Red’s Previous Posts:
- Leadership is not a Popularity Contest
- The Most Difficult Task is to Unlearn Untruths
- Why Cities like Washington D.C. are Prone to Fail
- Stupid is as Stupid Does … City of Baltimore
- Thoughts from Sadako Red as a Young Man
- Race, Leadership, and Moral Failure
- City of Baltimore: When Leaders Fail
- City of Baltimore: Stuck on Stupid II
- Weak Leaders, Politicians, and Racism â€¦
- City of Baltimore and Race: Stuck on Stupid
- Lead by Example and Show Some Dignity!
- Fear: Racist, Sexist, Homophobe Accusations
- The U.S. Army, Race Relations, and Manhood
- Race: Leadership and the Lack of Leadership
- A Failed Management Culture in the VA
- Race Trumps and Leadership Fails
- Race, Character, and the Government