Inspiration to get folks registered to vote: Stacey Abrams Acceptance Speech

Joy unspeakable*.

CONGRATULATIONS to Stacey Abrams, Democratic Candidate for Governor in Georgia… And to my friends in Georgia: On to November! Let Ms Abrams acceptance speech serve as the inspiration to go get folks registered to vote…

*Coincidentally, today’s meditation from Richard Rohr included a beautiful poem from Barbara A. Holmes, JOY UNSPEAKABLE:

Joy Unspeakable
is not silent,
it moans, hums, and bends
to the rhythm of a dancing universe.
It is a fractal of transcendent hope,
a hologram of God’s heart,
a black hole of unknowing.

For our free African ancestors,
joy unspeakable is drum talk
that invites the spirits
to dance with us,
and tell tall tales by the fire.

For the desert Mothers and Fathers,
joy unspeakable is respite
from the maddening crowds,
And freedom from
“church” as usual.

For enslaved Africans during the
Middle Passage,
joy unspeakable is the surprise
of living one more day,
and the freeing embrace of death
chosen and imposed.

For Africans in bondage
in the Americas,
joy unspeakable is that moment of
mystical encounter
when God tiptoes into the hush arbor,
testifies about Divine suffering,
and whispers in our ears,
“Don’t forget,
I taught you how to fly
on a wing and a prayer,
when you’re ready
let’s go!”

Joy Unspeakable is humming
“how I got over”
after swimming safely
to the other shore of a swollen Ohio river
when you know that you can’t swim.
It is the blessed assurance
that Canada is far,
but not that far.

For Africana members of the
“invisible institution,” the
emerging black church,
joy unspeakable is
practicing freedom
while chains still chafe,
singing deliverance
while Jim Crow stalks,
trusting God’s healing
and home remedies,
prayers, kerosene,
and cow patty tea.

For the tap dancing, boogie woogie,
rap/rock/blues griots
who also hear God,
joy unspeakable is
that space/time/joy continuum thing
that dares us to play and pray
in the interstices of life,
it is the belief that the phrase
“the art of living”
means exactly what it says.

Joy Unspeakable
the unlikely merger of
trance and high tech lives
ecstatic songs and a jazz repertoire
Joy unspeakable is
a symphony of incongruities
of faces aglow and hearts
on fire
and the wonder of surviving together.

Stacey Abrams is the first African-American woman nominated…

The time for arguing is over. It is time to get folks registered to vote!

One third of America does not care about the character of the President, what he did with porn stars, or how he made his money. They care about the change he is causing, the disruptions he is creating, and the improving economic times.

Whether you agree with this clear, sharp capacity of many Trump supporters to cheer him on, that is how at least of 1/3 of America feels. These are  – generally – the same folks that were tired of the excessive political correctness, have no patience for the complexity of diplomacy, or simply don’t care about the collateral damage of simplistic solutions.

These are some of our neighbors, family members, and friends.

And that would be o.k. Except.

Except this scorch earth, simplistic, take no prisoner approach to governing is devolving American ideals, cheapening the presidency, and causing some real damage to real people in this country and throughout the world. This bumper sticker approach to governing is shallow – and right down dangerous.

Build the wall. Move embassy to Jerusalem. Lower taxes. Terminate TPS. Make all abortion illegal. Deregulate.

All make for good bumper stickers. But, not considering the impact of these actions in the complex world we live in is irresponsible, authoritarian, and very, very dangerous.

The problem is the Trump supporters do not want to hear this. And if they do, they will resort to simplistic responses like: “It is the law. It has to be upheld.” Or, “he campaigned on this and now he is doing it.” All fine and good.

Yet, they will take no responsibility for their actions:

Never mind that the embassy move caused many Palestinian death; not the President’s fault, they will tell you.

Never mind that their new immigration policies lead to separating families; they should not have come here to begin with, they will tell you.

Never mind that paying for lowering the taxes for the rich causes real pain for the poor; don’t worry – it will eventually trickle down, they will tell you.

Never mind that anti-abortionist care only that the baby is born; that is all that matters – even if there is no universal healthcare, childcare support, or extended work leave, they will tell you.

There comes a point when you can no longer argue with these folks. You get to the point where you are just talking past each other. No one is listening to the other with good will.

And, don’t even bring up the President’s character or investigations. It is all irrelevant and/or a fake news conspiracy promoted by the deep state, they will tell you. And they believe it. And nothing will change their minds.

So the only thing left to do is get them out of power. So you #RESIST. And vote vote vote. BUT: Before you vote you have to be registered.

NOW is the time to get your friends, family, and anyone you know is fed up with this devolution to get registered to vote. It is most crucially important to do these in States like Virginia, Texas, Georgia, Florida, and the Carolinas. So if you know folks there, get in touch with them. Now. As in today. Make the call; send the text or e-mail. Let’s do it!