Larry Elder

Combs: . . . I'm also a disenfranchised voter. And my first time voting was, like, 2000. So I know what the talk is inside the community. I know the feeling, the buzz. This is history for us. We will decide. We're the wild card of this election. ??

CNN: Why do you say you were disenfranchised four years ago? ??

Combs: Because politicians, they just didn't pay attention to us. We're part -- I call ourselves the forgotten ones, youth and minority voters. Their campaign trails don't come into our communities unless they go to the churches, and they don't stop and speak to us as young men and women, like we have power like veterans do or senior citizens, but that's all about to change.

CNN: But let me just try and clear this up. You specifically???

Combs: Yes, I did. That was my first time voting. ??

CNN: And your vote counted, right? ??

Combs: And my vote definitely counted, and I learned from that. And I learned from that, and that helped me to want to get involved in a situation like this.

CNN: OK, just for the sake of our discussion. How were you disenfranchised in 2000? ??

Combs: You know, just the candidates not, you know, speaking to my needs, not coming in my community. I'm from Harlem, New York, from an inner-city community, and just going, seeing the school systems there not being taken care of, seeing the people having problems with health care, people having problems getting jobs. And you feel just like nobody cares about you. And your vote doesn't count. ?


The so-called black leadership wants blacks to think of themselves as victicrats. Government failure to respond expeditiously to Katrina -- racism. Republican efforts to lower taxes -- racism. When asked why "Eight Mile" -- a black area outside Detroit -- suffers, while the neighboring and predominately Arab area prospers, black longtime Congressman John Conyers, D-Mich., responded, "Racism."

The so-called "black leadership" wants it both ways. They want to keep blacks monolithically voting for the Democratic Party by uniting them in anger and fury over often bogus charges of "racism" and "disenfranchisement." On the other hand, they apparently want the very same blacks to ignore these charges, and go out and vote, because "every vote counts."

Pass the Advil.

Larry Elder

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