vote or stop complaining - election 2004
contributers
- Adisa Banjoko aka "The Bishop" - g(riot) of All Natural Inc.
- Alaska of Hangar 18 - Infinito:2017
- Avatar - Nasa of The Presence
- Billy Woods - Omid
- Cadence - Reggie Hemingway
- Cryptic One - Sankofa
- DJ Mafioso - Sole
- Dumi Right of O.U.O / Zimbabwe Legit - Thaione Davis
- Ginger Jackson - Wordsworth
 
Cadence
Will you vote?
Yes.
Why is it important to vote?
BECAUSE YOU CAN! The government needs to know that we expect them to represent the people - not their own personal or business agendas. It's true that neither of our choices is great, but if we keep bowing out of the process there will never be any incentive for anyone to offer us better leadership. BELIEVE that the special interests get their voters out to the polls. If you don't vote, you're helping to give more power to tobacco companies, oil companies, religious fundamentalists and anyone else who wants a President they can manipulate. If that doesn't convince you, do it because somewhere, someone who disagrees with you on EVERYTHING is planning to vote - only you can cancel them out! Or do it because P-Diddy wants you to - whatever it takes.
What if your candidate wins?
We need to get Bush out of office. Any success in doing that will be a turn for the better. I don't think any President will be able to fix everything that's wrong with the country-and if I had my choice, we'd have better candidates to choose from, but I believe that if john Kerry is elected he will begin the process of restoring peace and rebuilding our damaged relationships with the rest of the world.
What if your candidate loses?
I don't like to think about that. We're on such a destructive path right now that it's hard to imagine where it will lead, especially since being re-elected would make Bush feel more confident that that people support his reckless decisions.
What are the most important issues of the next four years?

The war and the struggling economy. Everything else is secondary right now.

What will change/happen in the next four years?
It depends on the outcome of the elections. I don't think Kerry will fix everything, but I think he will put us on a better path. If Bush wins, I think things will get a lot worse. Many more people will die, The US will become further isolated from the rest of the world and people here and abroad will suffer.
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Thaione Davis
Will you vote?
Yes.
Why is it important to vote?
For representation. Voting is the voice of the little Man.
What if your candidate wins?
Jah will always prevail.
What if your candidate loses?
Jah can not loose.
What are the most important issues of the next four years?
Raising my son.
What will change/happen in the next four years?
For people living in the US, probably martial law!
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Wordsworth
Will you vote?
Yes I will vote.
Why is it important to vote?
I feel its important to vote to show that we having given up on that right. Although we got jerked before, you can't let them win and feel like we don't have a voice.
What if your candidate wins?
If my candidate wins, I hope that he goes by the promises made on the podium before elected.
What if your candidate loses?
If my candidate loses, I'll still feel good that I tried to make a difference.
What are the most important issues of the next four years?

The most important issues are: war, healthcare, job placement, homelessness.

What will change/happen in the next four years?
I believe there will be more paranoia of people in all countries, feeling insecure of there homeland security. Hopefully we will reach World Peace but everyone so jumpy and itching to fight right now.
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Avatar
Will you vote?
Definitely. I've never registered in the past because I didn't think it mattered. This year, I know it does.
Why is it important to vote?
Well the obvious answer is to have your voice heard, but its very important to be proactive in all aspects of your life. This year it's especially important because so much is riding on the presidential election.
What if your candidate wins?
If John Kerry wins it will be extremely good for international relations. I think a lot of countries view Bush as a power-hungry bully, and rightfully so. If Kerry is able to pull this one out, we will be represented by a much more thoughtful, diplomatic administration that's more sensitive to the diversity of its constituents.
What if your candidate loses?
I shudder to think. Another four years under Bush could have a disastrous impact on a domestic and global level. We will see more warfare, more greed, and more egocentric arrogance. I think it will also bring about an increase in domestic terrorism, despite what his administration tells us. It could very well be four of the darkest years our country has seen.
What are the most important issues of the next four years?
Unemployment and healthcare are HUGE. Stem cell research is pretty pivotal. Personal freedom and freedom of speech are extremely important when you're dealing with someone, like Bush, who has rigid religious beliefs that he wishes imposed on the masses; issues of decency and appropriate material are a big issue for me. The Republican Party stresses the importance of homeland security, but I think improving foreign relations is a better way to ensure safety. Here's an idea: maybe if we stop bombing everybody they'll be less inclined to bomb us!!! How novel!
What will change/happen in the next four years?

I can't say with any degree of certainty, but it will definitely be a crossroads for the US. I can only cross my fingers and hope that righteousness prevails.

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Dumi Right of O.U.O / Zimbabwe Legit
Will you vote?
I definitely will. There is too much at stake not to. Plus if you look at the difference between now and the Clinton years, things have really taken a turn for the worst and civil rights has certainly taken a back seat.
Why is it important to vote?
The person that is in office has a lot to do with determining a lot of the laws that affect everyone on a daily basis. Simple things like making racial profiling illegal (favored by Democrats and not Republicans), affirmative action, cost of prescriptions, healthcare, taxes. So many issues.
What if your candidate wins?
We want them to continue to listen to the people that helped get them elected.
What if your candidate loses?
We'll be in for another rough four years and the world better strap on their seatbelts. You saw what Mr. G-dub did for the last four.
What are the most important issues of the next four years?
I think education and healthcare. It's a cliche to say the children are for the future but it's the truth. Like Mos Def said: young cats can't spell but they can rock you in Playstation. If people don't do things to advance the youth, things will only get more messed up. O.U.O is for the children.
I also think race relations is going to play a big part over the course of the next decade.
What will change/happen in the next four years?
I think that there will be more and more corporate amalgamation and soon you'll have one or two companies owning everything in media and entertainment. All you need is for Microsoft to buy Clear Channel or Time Warner or something then you'll see the real meaning of Monopoly. It's already a travesty that one company owns MTV, BET and VH1. So basically music television is one sided, radio is already one sided. Next it will be owners of internet and computer space. Just wait and see.
for more on Dumi Right, check ouofam.com
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Sole
Will you vote?
Yes.
Why is it important to vote?
Because otherwise you can't complain. But really, it's a big puppetshow anyway so it doesn't really matter. A vote for Kerry is a vote for Bush.
What if your candidate wins?

Well, last I checked it didn't really matter.
What kind of questions are these? Which candidate are you referring to? Nader has no chance whatsoever. Kerry is the same as Bush. All the people who are focused on getting Bush out of office without a real alternative: I would just as soon see Bush win to help radicalize the American peasants.

What if your candidate loses?
My candidate will always lose.
What are the most important issues of the next four years?
Well, for starters I think it would be great if the argument was framed a little broader then just the war on Iraq and the economy. Our motivations, our culture, our impulses need to be changed. As it stands greed, sexism, violence, nonsense, ignorance, are celebrated. We are hurling ourselves into a blackhole at light speed. We need more support for things that matter to human beings, like an education system that actually teaches and laws that encourage entrepreneurship. American culture needs to give us hope. We need movies that will inspire instead of dumb us down. We need to stop thinking of ourselves as Americans and engage the world around us with respect and understanding, since we're all doomed to the same fate. In Spain a root canal is 500 Euros. An overnight stay in a hospital is free: for Americans. Why do I get better treatment outside of America? Why did I get a 600 dollar bill for a fucking tetanus shot? How can all the news outlets get away with being used for disinformation and propaganda outlets? The living wage needs to be increased. We need more time to live and enjoy life. The American capitalist grind is anti human. You could stab half of America with a butter knife and the other half would just sit there. This needs to change. We also need to pay reparation to all the countries we have fucked up since World War 2.
What will change?
Nothing. People in Europe will laugh more at us.
for more on Sole, check anticon.com
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Ginger Jackson
Will you vote?
Yes, I will vote.
Why is it important to vote?
It's important. Because my parents' generation fought for the right to vote for themselves, myself and our future generations. So it's my responsibility to vote in order to speak up for myself and mine because that was not only the case. Even today we are still fighting for the right to at least be counted, i.e. Florida 2000. So it's even more important for me who is in California to help pick up the slack for the current injustices.
What if your candidate wins?
It's the better of two evils.
What if your candidate loses?
I pray for our country.
What are the most important issues of the next four years?
Our economy. Finding jobs for people who are more than willing to work. I personally know far too many people without jobs, who are trying to make life work. You know it's bad when even your Republican friends are wondering what's going on and why can't they find a decent job. (laughs) The development of more small businesses to help with our current employment problems is another issue.
What will change/happen in the next four years?

Please do not get me started...that's where I'll get myself in trouble. (laughs)

for more on Ginger Jackson, check www.gingerjackson.com
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Cryptic One
Will you vote?
Absolutely.
Why is it important to vote?
It has always been important to vote, these days with politics becoming the 'in thing' more people are beginning to realize. Politics is the new hoola-hoop, the new cabbage patch kid, the new tickle me elmo. So voting right now is the current fad. As bad as that sounds, I'm glad that it is now cool to talk politics. The more people that are aware of the worlds issues, the more people that will be inspired to do something about it, even if that something is just voting, it all makes a difference.
What if your candidate wins?
I will continue to live life as always. This election is different then any election I've ever witnessed, in that my motivation in voting this year, is more of a vote to remove one administration from power then it is to have a candidate win.
What if your candidate loses?
I would continue to live my life. But I would be concerned and fearful of this country and its future. Worried that it would continue on the same direction we have been going in for the last four years.
What are the most important issues of the next four years?
- Foreign affairs: particularly the Middle East, but also North Korea
- Healthcare: always important, never resolved, hopefully we will make steps in the right direction
- Economics: unemployment, this country has created an outlandish debt during this administration, etc.
What will change/happen in the next four years?

Who knows? The biggest change seen will be in Iraq. What that change will be? Who knows? My guess is it will either be a billion times better, or more likely a billion times worse.

for more on Cryptic One, check www.cprecords.net
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Sankofa
Will you vote?
Yes.
Why is it important to vote?
I see voting as an act that recognizes there is something larger than one's life going on in the world.
What if your candidate wins?
I will be surprised and thankful.
What if your candidate loses?
Canada will be a lot more crowded.
What are the most important issues of the next four years?
Taking care of America instead of business ventures disguised as American interests. The economy, health care and finding an effective exit strategy from the mess the current administration has created will all be necessary elements.
What will change/happen in the next four years?
Only time will tell.
for more on Sankofa, check www.obeseamerica.com
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Omid
Will you vote?
Yes, cause I hate Bush.
Why is it important to vote?
It's our right.
What if your candidate wins?
We have to make sure he lives up to his promises.
What if your candidate loses?
I'll be very very sad.
What are the most important issues of the next four years?
Getting out of Iraq, Stem cell research, re-examining our policies since 9-11, having America go toward a more progressive philosophy.
What will change/happen in the next four years?
Time will tell.
for more on Omid, check www.omidpage.com
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Alaska of Hangar 18
Will you vote?
Yes.
Why is it important to vote?
I dont think its important unless you use your vote to leverage power, voting in blocks, much like seniors and christians etc.
What if your candidate wins?
I think the world becomes a better place. I hope so anyway. We are stuck in the middle east, specifically Iraq. We can't bounce at this point. At least not until it's stable. However I think the approach will be better, with Iraq and future problem areas. I also think the domestic agenda will be better....most importantly the judges appointed to the supreme court will have a better agenda.
What if your candidate loses?
I might leave the country.
What are the most important issues of the next four years?
Foreign policy and supreme court judges.
What will change/happen in the next four years?
I think if Bush wins the economy gets worse, Cheney dies, more terror attacks in the US and the Democratic party becomes useless.
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Nasa of The Presence
Will you vote?
Yes, always do.
Why is it important to vote?
Because it's the only power that you have firstly. Secondly let me give you this example: Let's just say less than half the people in the US choose not to vote in this years election (which may not be far from the truth). That would mean that if there were any alleged corruption (like in 2000) than less than half of US citizens would be able to say who they voted for. In all likelihood half of the people that did vote, voted for the corrupted winner. That means that there are only about 25% of US citizens to argue the result of such an election (as was basically the case in 2000). It doesn't matter what party you vote for because corruption can come from either side. This is the example that I give to any so called "disenfranchised" aka lazy voters out there. Your better to vote and have your power taken from you than to take it away from yourself. If every single person in this country voted than it would be incredibly difficult to rig an election anywhere in any state, because they'd have to answer to so many people.
What if your candidate wins?
Stay active, stay educated on the issues and vote again.
What if your candidate loses?
Stay active, stay educated on the issues and vote again. (You'll just be a little more angry about it.)
What are the most important issues of the next four years?
Foreign Terrorists, Homeland Security, Iraq, Economy (Jobs, Inflation and Gas Prices among others).
What will change/happen in the next four years?
It depends on who wins.
My hunch is that if Bush wins we will be in Iran within four years.
If Kerry wins the economy will get a boost, but he's hamstrung on international issues and can't change much of what's happening. He hopefully will just keep it from becoming a wider problem.
for more on Nasa, check www.uncommonmusic.net
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Reggie Hemingway
Will you vote?
Yes, and I have in every election since I was eligible.
Why is it important to vote?
Because voting rights were fought for, it is our obligation to never become complacent, lest we lose those rights.
What if your candidate wins?
I will breathe a huge sigh of relief.
What if your candidate loses?
I may cry.
What are the most important issues of the next four years?
The number one issue is to regain some of the face we've lost in the world over the last four years. The next issue is to withdraw from the Middle East as quickly as possible without creating a political vacuum. The last issue is to at least put a dent in this deficit we've accrued for the stupidest of reasons.
What will change/happen in the next four years?
That's impossible to know, but if the U.S. can become a more respectable nation in the world arena, then I'll be much relieved. Kerry and Bush seem to want to restore America as a world leader--Bush seems to think we still are--but I'd be happy if people would stop thinking of us as grade-A morons.
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Billy Woods
Will you vote?
I am not going to vote. I have voted in every election since I turned eighteen but not this time.
Why is it important to vote?
It is important to vote in the United States if you live in the right state or if you genuinely believe in a candidate. For me, neither of those things are the case; 2000 showed me that. The idea that if you don't vote you "can't complain" is not that realistic in my opinion. If you are forced to participate in a sham process like US elections (where the choice is only between white millionaire men), you can legitimately protest the lack of real choice. Notice how John Kerry will not allow himself to be called a "liberal"! We have a political system of Far right wingers and right winger/centrists. That's like choosing between crack cocaine and powder cocaine when I just want some weed.
What if your candidate wins?
If I were to vote, I would obviously vote for John Kerry. But as Kerry is going to take DC easily there is no point. Anyway, I also think it might be better for Bush to win. Kerry has neither the free hand (he'll be saddled with a Republican House and Senate, shooting down his proposals) nor the guts and foresight to do anything of lasting importance. He will not pull out of Iraq (how can he) and staying in Iraq will only make things worse. He cant/wont raise taxes, so how is he gonna fund all his domestic plans? And that does not address prison/crime/race issues that are totally absent from the vote because black people don't matter at all in this country. So basically, if Kerry wins the only difference is not listening to Bush's down home homilies and Christian fundamentalism. And John Ashcroft getting fired (which is more important than Bush leaving).
What if your candidate loses?
As you can see I think it might be better for Bush to win and take his own medicine. Four more years of Bush will discredit all his policies and things get worse and radicalize the left in America (maybe… if we are lucky). Other wise, all the shit Bush started ends up on Kerry. Although, the thought of Bush's face after he wins is hard to bear. I voted for Clinton, and the guy signed a horrific crime bill, expanded anti-drug activity and basically did nothing to stop the criminal justice system from destroying Black communities. They just don't care about us at all.
What are the most important issues of the next four years?
I am at a loss. I live in a particular type of democracy that leaves me at the mercy of fools, racists, capitalists and Christians. Those are my countrymen. Convincing them of anything to do with human rights, equality, common good or moderation is a lost cause. They are like a violent drunk with a gasoline can and a box of strike-anywhere matches. I can only wait for them to catch fire and hope the whole house doesn't go up too.
What will change/happen in the next four years?
Nothing will change unless we the American people change. We have the leaders we deserve.
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DJ Mafioso
Will you vote?
Yes, November 2nd.
Why is it important to vote?
Because it was one of the main reasons that my father struggled to come to this country and have us born here in the first place. And because if I did not it would make my father's struggle in vain. And because it's the only chance I have some kind of say and power in how this country is ran. It's a minimal power but it's like a dying tree: you know its going to fall but if you can decide which way it's going to land, then you are better off.
What if your candidate loses?
I wont lose any sleep but I might lose some extra tax dollars.
What are the most important issues of the next four years?
National security, the countries economy, and how our rights as citizens are either being ignored or infringed on.
What will change/happen in the next four years?
Not much but I hope our boys can come home from Iraq and that gas prices will go down.
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Infinito:2017
Will you vote?
YES. I gotta get back to 87th and Ashland on the South side of Chicago first (laughs)
Why is it important to vote?
Because so many Black people in the United States died for these certain rites (what's right).
What if your candidate wins?
Maybe the U.S. will not look so violent. Even though thats the HIS story of the country. But you dig Joe not so much of this silly war Bush created. Who ever honers Bush is flat out stupid as Bush sounds when he is reciting a speech.
What if your candidate loses?
Hey, like the Cubs: wait 'til the next year. But in this case the next four years.
What are the most important issues of the next four years?
To live out all my dreams and help feed my family in this crisis life we live.
What will change/happen in the next four years?
The middle class will be closer to EXTINCT.
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Adisa Banjoko aka "The Bishop"
Will you vote?
No doubt!!!
Why is it important to vote?
Because America belongs to the corporations, and the rich. The American people have to take their country back. We can begin by getting Bush out, then working on the other things we need. I'm voting for Kerry.
What if your candidate loses?
If Kerry loses, the people still have a duty to make things happen. The President is just a leader, he is not a magician. So, the people have to be mentally strong and have a strategy for themselves, NO MATTER, who wins.
For instance, we need more jobs in America. For that to happen, more people need to start indy business. I know it's hard, but we need to do it. This is especially important for people of color.
What are the most important issues of the next four years?
I think that the War in Iraq, the prison industrial complex, the economy and our education system are at the top of the list.
What will change/happen in the next four years?
Only God knows. But we can't leave the nation in the hands of this son of a Bush. For our own sake, and the sake of other people around the world we have to do all we can to get Bush outta here.
But again, getting Bush out is the START, not the end of what has to be done here.
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g(riot) of All Natural Inc.
Will you vote?
Damn skimpy (that means yes).
Why is it important to vote?
It's what America is based on, though America hasn't always lived up to that ideal. Actually, I'd say its more important to be politically aware. Now perhaps that awareness dictates that voting won't achieve what you'd like and that's a reasonable conclusion, but the level of freedom in America is undeniable and should be exercised at every opportunity and expanded if possible.
What if your candidate loses?
My candidate ain't even in the race, so I guess my vote's gotta go a long way. Ah the pleasures of the two party system!!!!
What are the most important issues of the next four years?
Economy, Iraq, education.
What will change/happen in the next four years?
I don't think much will change. Americans are a pretty comfortable lot. I mean half of them are really considering voting for Bush and I find that utterly amazing. So seeing the polls doesn't give me much hope that much change will take place after the election, regardless of the outcome.
We've had demonstrations of historic proportions and this election will have the highest turnout of any election in recent memory. The focus on its legitimacy is unprecedented, so some interesting things might happen. But both candidates I believe represent the status quo and I have no reason to think they won't be successful at it.
for more on g(riot), check allnaturalhiphop.com
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