And it was yummy too! Like my my previous post when an SEIU Canvasser dropped by, I’ll write out the exchange in a MadamaB style playlet post except that it’s actually happened to me. It’s a phone rant, so please bear with me:
[The Scene: I am in my humble bungalow abode in Tampa, FL, coming back from picking up Abuela from a medical lab test appointment. While making a “greca de café“, the phone rings. On the Caller ID I see “Democratic Party” with a local number. Suddenly, I maliciously smiled as my inner PUMA growled and I answer the phone. A polite caller introduces himself en español. For the sake of this post, I will write out the exchange in English.]
DNC Phone Guy: Hi, my name is Mauricio and I am calling on behalf of the Democratic Party. We would like to remind you that you can early vote today at the West Tampa Library located on Howard and Union streets.
ME: Hello Mauricio, I plan to vote in my district, 205, at the West Tampa Convention Center on Election Day. I want to vote where I always vote.
DNC Phone Guy: Well, that’s good then, ok, well we’d also like to remind you to please vote for Barack Obama as well as other Democratic ticket runners…
ME: Hold up, stop right there. Mauricio, with due and proper respect that you deserve, I know that you are only doing your job. Whatever I have to say, please don’t take offense. Get this straight, write this down and tell anybody and everybody in the FL Democratic office there. There is no way I’m not voting for Barack Obama after he and the DNC stole my vote in the primaries and did not allow my vote to be cast the way I intended it at the convention. I will be voting for McCain because he co-wrote the bill for Comprehensive Immigration Reform together with Ted Kennedy and endorsed by Hillary Clinton. I marched in the LULAC protest and McCain stood by us Latinos – but what has Obama done? His own aunt in Boston is an illegal immigrant and he hasn’t even had the nerve to help her, not even to help her get an immigration attorney to help her out. If he ignored his own aunt, what makes you think he’s going to help pass this Reform we so desperately need, especially in the Latino community? I was going to vote for McKinney but with the race so close as it is in Florida and in other states, I want him and the Democratic Party to lose so they know not to steal votes like they did on May 31st at the RBC meeting in Washington.
DNC Phone Guy: I, I, I understand and I’m happy to know that you are an informed voter and…
ME: And another thing – the Democratic Party I knew, the one defended Democracy, one person=one vote, Liberty, Freedom of Speech, Women’s rights, is DEAD thanks to Obama, Pelosi, Dean and Harry Reid. They trashed everything that I identified with as a Democrat. If Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were alive today, he’d be hanging his head in shame at the fact that the first African-American presidential candidate stole votes in order to win. This is a disgrace and a cancer to Democracy. Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina’s votes counted, but not Florida and Michigan’s? The only thing that makes everyone equal in this country is the right to vote. And the Democratic Party did not count my vote because they felt like putting Obama as the leader and how are they going to do that when Hillary won the popular vote and she won the electoral map across the board? He only won little pockets of the population but the DNC assigned more delegates to that particular population and ignored the rest. Well guess what, my vote will count this November 4th and when Democracy comes back to the Democratic Party, so will, I. Until then, I am a PUMA – have you heard of PUMAs before?
DNC Phone guy: Well, I have heard yes, but I urge you to please at least vote downticket…
ME: Oh I will, I don’t know about Kathy Castor though since she went against her district and endorsed Obama back in February, when Hillary Clinton clearly won our state, county & district hands down over Obama. To me, Kathy Castor is part of the problem and I may vote against her. She had the chance to speak up for us, to urge the DNC to count our votes but she did not. I did like her foreclosure program she had for foreclosing families and was against the bailout since it did not protect homeowners. I’m not sure yet. Other than that, I will support every other Democrat on the ticket though.
DNC Phone Guy: I hope that you have a good day and I understand that you feel this way, but I am happy to know that you are an informed voter and you’ll be voting this election.
ME: Without a doubt I’ll be voting and yes, I do look forward to Hillary Clinton running for 2012 – but this time, let the process play out. Tell them to send Obama back to Democracy School so he can learn what a Democracy is. You can’t steal votes in the primary and expect the same people you stole from to support you in the general election. There is no Party Unity worth enough to trade the only thing that makes me a free person in this country, which is MY VOTE. Remember that and have a good day.
DNC Phone Guy: Thank (click)
And that was it – I leave you with Eddie Palmieri’s “Revolt/La Libertad Logico” with the Fania All Stars sound that invokes the spirit of rebelión and demands freedom for all people.
UPDATE: WordPress automatically generates related posts around the net (see blue links below) and this very powerful quote by our lovely Katiebird came up from May 2008:
A vote for Obama is a vote against the poor. A vote for Obama is a vote against workers. A vote for Obama is a vote against good government. A vote for Obama is a vote against the future of the Democratic Party.
¡Que viva los PUMAs!
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