by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.
Recently, I wrote a letter to President Barack Obama requesting that his administration enforce the laws of the United States. Otherwise, I would send a mixed message on November 6. I would write-in “Barack Obama” on my ballot if it is permissible in New York. This is a First Amendment right but New York disallows it for descendants of enslaved Africans.
By writing this letter, I stirred the pots of all Blacks who still rely on “plantation politics”. A person who represented himself as being on my e-mail list demanded that I not only, immediately, cease and desist writing President Obama but that I also remove his e-mail address from my e-mail list. This action was life or death for him.
Since this was an emergency situation for him and since it threatened the existence of a “Black face in a high place”, I had to re-examine my reasons and motives for writing the letter in the first place. My letter may have put a person of African ancestry, who is still living on a political plantation, in double jeopardy.
But before I could re-examine my reasons and motives for writing the letter, I had to ask myself a more fundamental question. Can a descendant of enslaved Africans, under federal law, criticize President Obama? Since I am aware of Scott v. Sandford and the subsequent, unsuccessful efforts to reverse this bedrock Supreme Court decision, the answer is “no”.
As a descendant of enslaved Africans in the United States, I had no right under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to write President Barack Obama a letter asking him to enforce a pre-existing duty that he has already obligated himself to enforce as an oath-taker. In the law, this is an “illusory promise” and, therefore, it is unenforceable.
In my first year of law school, I was required to study the law of contracts. This subject covers “the pre-existing duty” rule. A person who performs a pre-existing duty is unable to capitalize further on his or her performance of this duty. The classic case is a police officer who apprehends a criminal. He or she is not entitled to a reward.
Since I have “no rights that a white man is bound to respect”, virtually all Blacks on the plantation and whites in the Democratic Party expect me to leave the slave quarters en route to the nearest polling booth on November 6 and pull the lever for President Obama. My only other choice is Mitt Romney who believes that all Blacks are “heathens”. The Mormon Church set up camp in the slave-holding, Utah Territory before the Civil War.
This “lesser of two evils” choice is the essence of plantation politics. For Blacks, voting is a duty and not a right. For whites, voting is a right and not a duty. The Fifteenth Amendment did not give us the right to vote and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is not a constitutional fixture. We have much work ahead of us in the area of constitutional amendments.
In the area of presidential politics, New York practices strict constuctionism. The ballot promotes a “white primary”. There can be no alteration of the ballot. In other words, if a candidate’s name appears on the ballot, a write-in vote for this candidate is impermissible. There can be no “political message” sent through this ballot.
Since Blacks in New York are unable to form a third party with ballot access, this is plantation politics in its highest form. Without a third party in New York, the ballot is unable to be used to promote “free speech”. It was worth giving Rev. Al Sharpton $7 million in August 2010 and media access seven days per week to limit the Black vote to “plantation politics”. This was reported, in part, in the Washington Post in September 2010.
Sharpton opposes boycotts and third parties. He destroyed the United African Party in 1990. Who were the attorneys who opposed the United African Party in 1990? “Birds of a feather flock together.” With respect to boycotts, he heads the Madison Avenue Initiative, a consortium of white advertisers. Blacks are encouraged to finance their own oppression. Rev. Sharpton is the head cheerleader.
Since I have no right to write the president of the United States, all plantation-loyal Negroes should request that I remove their e-mail addresses from my e-mail list forthwith. I will continue to violate the Alien and Sedition acts in the future. The most prominent case is United States v. Callendar. This was the case of President Thomas Jefferson and “booty politics”.
No “slave” will follow a Black person who stands in the shoes of David Walker, Aaron Alpeoria Bradley, Cornelius J. Jones, Callie House, William Monroe Trotter, Harry and Harriette Moore, Paul Robeson, Fannie Lou Hamer, Malcolm X, Medgar Evers and Dr. Martin L. King, Jr., among others. Our history is rich. Study it with me on “Columbus Day” weekend in Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC.
I am proud of my revered ancestors like Harriet Tubman who packed some “heat” and who was not afraid to practice natural rights even though Blacks had no civil rights. Natural rights were out of the question. In a “17 Point Plan” that he submitted to the Congressional Record, Cong. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. urged Blacks to exercise natural rights. Today, Black selected officials urge their constituents not to exercise those rights. Civil rights are man-made rights.
Too honest for the White Press and too black for much of today’s Black Press; bullet columnist Alton Maddox upsets the same people and status quo as he did as an uncompromising Defense Attorney. He is also a founding member of the Freedom Party. Please sign his Petition to save “Like It Is.” Contact him at c/o UAM P.O. BOX 35 BRONX, NY 10471