Oprah Winfrey Campaigning for Stacey Abrams and Our Better Angels (Video)

Oprah Winfrey Campaigning for Stacey Abrams and Our Better Angels

On yesterday, Oprah Winfrey canvassed for Democrat Stacey Abrams amid a fierce Georgia gubernatorial campaign against Republican Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp. The race has historical implications.  An Abrams victory over would make her the first African American female elected governor in our nation’s history.

Myriad shenanigans have marred the 2018 mid-term election season, reminiscent of some of dark days of American politics. The Florida race for governor kicked off with a charismatic Mayor of Tallahassee, Andrew Gillum, confronting challenger Ron DeSantis cautioning voters that to not go “monkeying this up” by supporting Gillum. And in Florida, authorities ordered seniors off a Black Voters Matter sponsored bus that was in route to an early voting location. Kemp was slapped with a a separate lawsuit  that alleges his office’s purging of over 53,000 largely voter black pending registrations.

And yet, historians will remember Ms. Winfrey’s speech as one of the bright spots that appeals to our nation’s enduring aspirations. 

Which America?

Two speeches define the choice before the electorate. One by Ms. Winfrey and another by Donald Trump.  Ms. Winfrey reminded an energized audience of the nation’s grinding march towards justice and harmony. Meanwhile, in a starkly different crowd, Trump threatened his authorization for U.S. military personnel to shoot any rock-throwers that show up at the Mexico/US border, having fled desperate conditions. As a pound of red meat hurled to his political base, Trump’s directive could result in the needless killing of a little girl or boy engaging in throwing pebbles.

Trump’s draconian caravan scare followed recent controversial statement. Namely, this he is a “nationalist”. Further, that his office vests powers to reverse birthright citizenship guaranteed in the 14th Amendment by way of an Executive Order.  

In one week, Americans witnessed a rash of pipe bombs mailed to the residences of iconic figures, including President and Michelle Obama, actor Robert DeNiro, and billionaire philanthropist George Soros. As the nation struggled to absorb these heinous acts, Gregory A. Bush (51) fatally shot two black patrons – Maurice Stallard and Vickie Jones – at a Jeffersontown, Ky. Krogers grocery store.  Subsequently, Robert Bowers (46)  murdered 11 Jewish worshipers at a  Pittsburgh, Pa. synagogue,  to temporary bumps in the road that slowed Republican momentum. However, the current White House occupant reduced these tragedies to a temporary bump in the road that slowed Republican momentum.

Owning “The Stakes”

Americans are left with this question, “What country we will be?” 

Oprah’s hopeful future. Or Trump’s resurrected past. Perhaps past elections excessively invoke the mantra, “This election is most important of our times.” Obviously, we have lived through crises before and will face them in the future. However, the hyper-seductions inherent in Trumpism, coupled with a willing Republican apparatus that winks at some of the most charged political rhetoric witnessed in decades, poses serious consequences for the coming years. A Trump victory will embolden the very instincts are the center of the nation’s deepening chasm.

This mid-term election feels different because it is profoundly different. Ultimately, there is no middle ground. Which America will emerge from this season of hyper-polarization? Which vision will shape America’ foreseeable future?

 Your vote is your answer.



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