I will never forget the first moment I wanted to be involved in studying history and politics. I was watching “The Hurricane” movie with my family, a depiction of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter’s wrongful imprisonment for 3 murders in New Jersey. I was inspired by the film, Denzel Washington’s portrayal, and the book that had had inspired it, The 16th Round. When I heard that Rubin Carter was speaking in Fort Collins at CSU, I had to be there. My mom and I drove the 2 hours to Fort Collins and took off school to go see his speech. Then, my mom happened to park next to Fox 31 News, and we were able to get into the press conference to hear Rubin Carter speak. It was a defining moment in my life as it molded my worldview in the years ahead. In 7th grade, I knew I wanted to be a lawyer or a historian, and I chose the latter. With that in mind, you must know that I am an odd character. The Autobiography of Malcolm X is my favorite book, I voted for Barack Obama in 2008, Ron Paul in 2012, and Donald Trump in 2016.
Throughout the course of my studies, I found multiple themes of liberty among all political spectrums. Of course, I argue there are only a few select ideologies that honor the incontrovertible truths we all live with, what most define as “natural law.” All politicians pull their campaign rhetoric from this energy, however many never follow through on their promises. This is true for politicians in both parties.
Barack Obama was supposed to be the man to bring change to America. Everything he said prior to being elected was accurate in many ways. Whether it was his advocacy for fiscal responsibility, reducing the debt, investigating 9/11, ending the wars, and supporting the constitution, he attracted votes from all walks of life and all political spectrums. I was lucky enough to attend Barack’s nomination as the Democratic candidate, at Mile Hi Field in Denver. It was a great occasion, and I will never forget the night he got elected. People were honking in the streets of Denver, dancing, celebrating. And I was proud to have voted for the first black President, and I still am to this day.
2012 was a much different story. The failures of Barack Obama and the Presidents who preceded him became very apparent. The American recovery from the 2008 recession media pundits touted was not real, wages remained flat and the labor participation rate remained at all-time lows. Detroit and Chicago are still in shambles. Yet, Barack Obama claimed victory. The wars in the Middle East expanded, and so did the debt. In other words, nothing changed.
I was a supporter of Ron Paul in 2012, and helped him have a fighting chance as a Congressional Republican delegate. Later, in 2016, I was an avid supporter of Rand Paul and soon thereafter supported Donald Trump. Why? The main reasons were that he had a strong career in the private sector and he was not a career politician. I felt his tendency to tell it like it was on the campaign trail was necessary for America’s current situation. Although the Paul dynasty has always promoted great ideas, they never communicated their message effectively. The bullies run Washington, and they will not let outsiders change the game. Ron Paul and Rand are too nice. Donald Trump bullied the bullies.
Kanye West’s recent support of President Trump and his decision to call out Barack for doing nothing to help the situation in Chicago personifies the former President’s failures. More importantly, Kanye’s tweets have refocused the conversation on ideas, rather than personalities. The irony is blatant, as we are dealing with arguably the two most self-centered personalities in America. The tweet from a fellow hiphop artist, Chance the Rapper, was even more poignant: “Black people don’t have to be democrats.” He is right! I have participated in both political parties. I have always maintained that it is not about right or left, it is about right and wrong. Kanye’s support of Trump has revealed to America that their emperor has no clothes. The Democratic party lied about all Trump supporters being racist bigots.
As the Democratic party continues to obstruct Donald Trump’s attempts to save America from financial and social ruin, they are only showing their true colors. While Donald Trump focuses on the positive aspects of America’s current situation, like celebrating lower black unemployment and overall unemployment rates for the last 15 years, the Democrats continue to place their focus on economic, social, and racial demographics in a divisive manner. Instead of focusing on the content of one’s character, they have continually focused on the color of someone’s skin, whether they are male or female, gay or straight, or transgender. The most egregious failure of the Democratic party is to label Trump supporters as racist bigots. Statistically speaking, they bet on the small percentage of voters who will believe this lie. In reality, the odds were not in their favor, as evidenced in the election of Donald Trump. The fact of the matter is, there were plenty of voters who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and also voted for Donald Trump.
It is time for the Democrats to wake up to the fact that they cannot put us in little boxes. There is no “safe space” from free speech, or the freedom to choose which ideologies you adhere to. Freedom of choice is paramount to any democracy. The reaction from liberal pundits to Kanye’s support of Trump proves they are neither democratic, or liberal. They are fascist control freaks who view the world as one big social experiment.
A stereotype that has remained prominent for the last 40 years due to lies from neoliberals was shattered in one tweet. Kanye’s support of conservative pundit Candace Owens and President Donald Trump will wake many others to the “big lie.” Republicans held the majority on the 1964 Civil Rights act, and they still are championing the cause of liberty today. While Democrats flounder with their divisive message, Republicans will move forward in 2018. Even if Trump’s presidency is a failure on many fronts, if it results in Americans viewing the world in a right and wrong paradigm, instead of a left versus right, the final outcome must be viewed as a positive.
So, thank you, Kanye. It is important to remind all Americans that we have the right to choose. Even if this is a political stunt for your next album, the conversation has started and the snowball is rolling down the hill.