AFRICANGLOBE – The Gantt Report is read around the world and wherever TGR readers are politicians are there also.
There are also political parties everywhere. Political Parties are in the United Kingdom, in the United States, in Europe, in Africa, in Asia, they are in the Caribbean and they are in South America.
You can love your political party but don’t even go to sleep and dream about respecting it.
No political party, wherever it is, deserves your respect individuals do!
Don’t get me wrong, there are a few “good” people in most political parties but if you look at the mass membership of any political party you will find devils, beasts, racists, crooks, criminals, drug users, people abusers, con men, whores and some of every other kind of men and women!
You see, the political party in a nation, state, community or a neighborhood is usually made of from residents of that place. Whatever kind of people you will find in your neighborhood, so to speak, you can find in the political parties of that neighborhood!
Don’t be surprised if the elected official and party member that represents you takes a bribe, gets caught with drugs, gets accused of domestic violence or gets pulled over by cops for drunk driving.
In my 20 year career as a government lobbyist I’ve seen politicians of both major political parties accepting money and other “gifts” from people. I’ve seen married political party members soliciting prostitutes and seeking sex from staff members and colleagues. I’ve seen actual fist fights take place that involved members of political parties. I’ve seen elected officials knock on the door and enter drug houses!
Now the profession of the members of political parties that permeates the Houses and Senates of the Congress and of the State Legislatures is the legal profession. There are probably more lawyers that are elected political party members than anything else.
Mind you, the elected official lawyer is not the million or billion dollar trial lawyer, he is not the big time personal injury lawyer and he is not the lawyer-savior that fights death penalty cases and does a lot of Pro Bono work.
The political party lawyer that runs as a member of a political party is more often than not the lawyer that can’t make a great deal of money practicing law.
Anyway, I don’t discourage you or anyone from joing and becoming active with the political party you desire. I’m just saying political parties are like most other groups, they have good, loyal, faithful, sensitive, considerate members and they also have slimy, despicable, greedy, inconsiderate, unfair and other members too!
When you choose who you want to serve as your elected official, don’t casually or merely make your decision based on membership in a political party.
Look at the man or woman, look at their political and community history, compare your friends to theirs, study their current and past relations with Black people, Black businesses, Black media and Black political causes.
Those Political Parties are tricky! They can make you think they are for you when they are really only for themselves or for some other group!
Finally, you should know whoever funds and finances political parties are the people that control political parties. The 90% of your votes that go to one political party’s candidates and not to the opposition party means little or nothing when your political wants and needs are considered.
When you go to the polls in the next election, vote for the man or woman you trust and you respect. Political Parties don’t deserve respect, individuals do!
By: Lucius Gantt
Mr. Gantt is the author of “Beast Too: Dead Man Writing”. He can be contacted at www.allworldconsultants.net