Why This Muslim Will Not Be Voting This Time
Elections are upon us, ballots have arrived in Washington state and politicians are desperate for votes. All our organizations say we should register to vote and we should VOTE for this person or that one and that is what I have been saying all this time.
This time I am not going to be voting and this time, I will ask ALL Muslims to NOT vote; not for the best person, not for the worst one. Not for a democrat and not for a Republican…or any other one for that matter, just don’t vote.
The fact is, that as Muslims, it does not matter who we vote for, we WILL be targeted.
The Republican Party has made it their mark of patriotism to target Islam and Muslims, their candidates have been talking about how they would not allow Muslims to be in this type of an office or that one, some of them have been talking about how they would restrict Muslim immigration to the US and almost all of them have found ways to tell their prospective voters, that they would do what they could to hold Muslims to account for what is going on in the world, that is bad. To be sure, some Republicans have offered opposition to such statements, but none of them have ever stood up against the persecution of Muslims that is only getting stronger. Top Republicans have held hearings about “Islamic Terrorism” as if the ‘T’-word has never been applied to Christians, Jews or people of other faiths.
I am pretty sure Republicans, if given more power, will lead the next Kristallnacht against Muslims in this country.
The Democratic Party, on the other hand, is so desperate to look strong, resolute and ready to defend this country against all demons under the beds, that they dared not take a stand against the persecution of Islam and Muslims in America. What if some people should think Democrats are “weak on Terrorism” and not vote for Democrats? So the Democrats silently stand by or actually give quiet support to the persecution of Islam and Muslims, all the while wringing their hands and saying “this should not happen!” Not a single Democratic politician has stood up to oppose the FBI’s targeting of Muslims and placing agents provocateurs in Mosques. Not a single politician has dared to oppose NDAA Section 1021 which targets and allows the military to “detain” Muslims…without charges, without trial…forever, in fact, they all voted for it every year since NDAA 2010 and will continue to vote for it every year it comes up for renewal. Certainly, when Trump voiced some crude opinions against Muslims, politicians lined up to talk against those statements…because they wanted to be seen as the voices of sanity and reason, not because they actually stood against targeting of Muslims.
Right here in Washington State, all politicians from the Governor to State Legislators, from Senators to Members of the House, all of them have been struct mute whenever there is a case of a bomb-threat to a Mosque or a Muslim school kid being falsely accused of making a bomb-threat (yes, it happened here too).
No politician is willing to stand up for the rights of Muslims in this country and that is why the Police, the FBI and the Military…and all the other alphabet-soup agencies feel encouraged to target and persecute Muslims.
“Terrorism”, “Radical Islam”, “Violent Extremism” and a host of other labels have been devised as code-words for Muslims and only for Muslims; no people of other faiths…REAL Americans…are ever taken to task under these labels.
It is fairly clear to me that no matter who I vote for, they are going to act against Muslims or they are going to lend silent support to actions against Muslims in America. So why vote?
To me, voting in this climate is like a man driving around town, tossing $100 bills out of his window and then expecting a good return on his “investment”. It will not happen.
This analogy also tells us that the power of vote IS important and it IS powerful, but only if it is used intelligently.
Muslims MUST register to vote, all of us must. But we should hold on to our vote until we can get our brains in gear enough to create a collective council which can then tell us who to vote for after negotiating their real promises to stand in support for equal rights for Muslims in America.
But more of this plan next time. For now, Muslims must register to vote by all means, but MUSLIMS MUST NOT VOTE! Have patience and have the discipline to act collectively even if we dislike other Muslm groups because this is the only way we can assure our safety and the safety of our children in America.
For that matter, this is the only way we can assure the safety of Muslims in foreign countries as well.