Saturday, September 20, 2008
It's Offical: Obama is Ignoring the Streets of Detroit by Akindele Akinyemi
I was reading the Detroit News this morning and saw on the front page how Senator BarackObama is only leading by 1% in the latest polls in Michigan over Sen. John McCain to win the State of Michigan. Strategic Vision is reporting that Obama is leading 45-44% over John McCain while the Detroit's News is reporting 43-42% over McCain. If I was homosexual billionaire John Stryker right now I would buy as much television advertisement on behalf of Obama because it seems like he may lose Michigan.
However, if Obama does lose Michigan it will not be because of out-county voters but actually the City of Detroit. McCain only needs 4-6% from Detroit to win Michigan.
I am getting a barrage of phone calls, texts and e-mails from my counterparts in Detroit about how the Obama camp is ignoring the grassroots community in Detroit. People are really upset with how the Obama campaign is going in Detroit and it is so severe that Rev. Oscar King of Northwest Unity Baptist Church and the President of the Council of Baptist Pastors are threatening to protest Sen. Obama's Detroit Office by supporting John McCain for President in November.
Down in St. Petersburg, Florida a banner held aloft by three young African American men at what was supposed to be the usual campaign pep-rally (normally a town hall meeting) stated "What about the Black community, Obama?"
Obama's April 2007 legislation against "fraudulent and predatory lending practices," the Stop Fraud Act makes no mention of racial patterns in lending abuse. Nine months later, with the housing crisis at hurricane strength, Obama's response was the weakest of the three ‘top tier' Democratic primary candidates.
Those are some of the issues facing Obama.
However, I want to know this. If Obama is supposed to be America's candidate then how come people are being charged $5 a lawn sign here in Detroit? If you go over to the McCain camp lawn signs are free. Is Obama really out of touch with the very ones he claims he is for?
What about the number of grassroots activists who want to help Obama win but cannot even get paid but the same Obama camp they are loyal to have brought in people from Oklahoma and South Carolina to walk the streets of Detroit when these young, ambitious but ignorant college students have no clue where they are at. They do not realize that this is Detroit, home of where poor people are stripping houses down like cars, where people snatch your ass right off the streets and will conduct a home invasion with an AK-47 5PM in broad daylight while your mother is cooking diner and your children are playing the Nintendo Wi or PSP2.
My thing to the Obama camp is why are they disrespecting people who know the streets of Detroit? Are they saying that the Native Detroiter who know the community like the back of their hands are ignorant, drunk and are not intelligent enough to walk the streets of their community but need Molly and Becky to walk the streets of Tireman and Livernois...an area where you might get your head bashed in by a crackhead?
Speaking of crackheads what we have also found out is because the Detroit office of the Obama lawn signs off the lawns of people's homes and re-selling the signs for $2-3 to people who want them. But Obama is supposed to be for the little people. I think our people are being hoodwinked.
So what does the Obama camp do? They send out bogus information on how the Michigan Republicans are trying to block voters from voting if they homes have been foreclosed. Here is what MIGOP Chairman Saul Anuzis said:
“There is no truth to this story. It’s a complete fabrication. There has never been a plan to use foreclosure lists to challenge voters. There is no such plan, and there never will be such a plan. Period.”
What we found out about the information that it came from Michigan Messenger, a liberal blog ran by the Center for Independent Media, a front group started by billionaire George Soros. Further research shows how this same liberal blog camp is charging $5 a pop for a lawn sign crackheads and others are stealing has hired the same Democratic political consulting agency that led a failed effort to amend Michigan’s constitution to give Democrats control of government and remove the only African-American from the state Supreme Court.
Did I stutter? The Democrats are trying to remove the only African-American from the State's Supreme Court. Did I mention how the same Michigan Democratic Party successfully BLOCKED Deborah Thomas's nomination at the State Democratic Party in Lansing 2 weeks ago? Thomas is an African-American woman from Detroit.
There is a connection with the Michigan Messenger and Bynum-Fisk Advocacy Communications , a political consulting firm started by a former Democratic state legislator and her staffer. Bynum-Fisk staff is quoted in recent news stories as the official spokesperson for the MichiganMessenger.com, an online blog that claims it is independent of political affiliation.
The Democratic Party knows Obama is in trouble in Michigan and all eyes are on Detroit. However, while outsiders are being paid to walk the streets of Detroit while we have good people willing to walk the streets of Detroit who are from here originally who SHOULD get paid to work. I mean, just last week 1/2 of the Georgia and South Carolina field offices for Obama got off the buses and started walking the streets. Not one time Obama's people consulted with those who are from here. These same walkers are shacking up in people's homes who they don't know, some are starving and some are actually dropping out of campaigning all together because of the lack of management in the Obama camp that is either turning people away or coming over to the McCain camp. I mean this would not be a problem if this was the Southside of Chicago. In fact, Obama would HAVE PAID those grassroots people on the Southside of Chicago but because this is Detroit he has turned his back on our brothers and sisters who are supporting him.
Some people I have talked to in the past 48 hours have told me that their vote will not be disrespected and plan on sitting this one out. However, I reminded them that a no vote for Obama is a vote for McCain. Shockingly, they told me that they would rather SWITCH their vote for McCain than support Obama because they feel that Obama is too "elitist."
This is just not a Detroit problem but a NATIONAL problem in the Black community of how Obama is not paying attention to the warning signs.
In Philadelphia, Obama refuses to pay street money to those grassroots operatives. This is a ritual in the City of Brotherly Love. It's the same issue in Pittsburgh, Tampa and other urban areas that are coming out to support Obama for the wrong reasons. Of course, if I brought this critical issue up to the young adults who are supporting Obama they would not care because most of them have placed Jesus Christ on the shelf to support a candidate who does not even have a church home to begin with but supports everything that is NOT biblical.
If I was the Michigan Republican Party I would open up a office right in the Compuware building in Downtown Detroit and allow some of the grassroots to work on behalf of McCain. This is a PRIME opportunity to win. I hope Republicans will not BLOW it this time around.