Essentially, we take the rules of the game and use them to singularly maximize our political influence and objectives. We play the Democrats and Republicans against each other - getting the best deal for black America.
It's a classic phenomenon that terms all of a sudden get better when you mention what the competition is promising you. Why not apply the same logic to politics? Think about some of the Southern states where blacks represent huge portions of the total population. We would be the swing vote determining elections left and right. Think about the race in Florida now. Black folks sit back and let Bush and McBride "court" us. We pledge our vote to whomever gives us the best "deal", and then we elect whomever is best for us. In a couple of days, the LA, NC, AK, TX, and SC senate races, and the FL and MD guberatorial races - just off the top of my head - we'd control. Period.
This would invariably strengthen the commitment from the Democratic Party. It would also make the Republican Party much more moderate and force them to consider our perspectives. Our interests would take on much greater weight in American politics, not because our numbers would be any greater, but because we'd use our leverage in a way that maximized our impact. We'd be THE STRAWS that broke the camels back to elect candidates. In that way, black votes would be the _most important_ votes. That fact would significantly raise the stature of our votes and our interests wherever we live in meaningful numbers. It could transform the political landscape.
This strategy gets even more powerful when you consider the coalitions that we could drive. We pull in groups with similar interests (labor, Latinos, whomever . . . .) and our power to influence agendas and policy gets even stronger!
What do you think?
Onward and Upward!
[This message was edited by MBM on December 13, 2002 at 11:22 AM.]