Viewpoint: A Community in Transition

By: Daisy Black

MIAMI – On the eve of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, Republican Governor Charlie Christ summarily revoked the rights of 2043 voters in Miami’s District 5 communities to choose their elected representative for the City of Miami Commission. Governor Christ basically turned back the clock 45 years to pre 1965, before the Votings Right’s Act was passed.

Christ’s action left the residents of District 5 without duly elected representation and in jeopardy of missing out on commission votes on legislation that would bring economic growth, public safety, and needed infrastructure improvements.

Voters in District 5 are relating their community plight to a book written by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1967: “Where Do We Go From Here, Chaos or Community.” I hope and pray District 5 voters chose the latter and stand up for their right to choose who they want to represent them on the City of Miami Commission.

Part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act protects African Americans from “bureaucratic restrictions” to deny them their right to vote. In my quest to get a full understanding of “bureaucratic restrictions,” I came across an article from a 1944 book written by Ludwig von Mises, Bureacracy: Chapter 2, Bureaucracy within a Democracy. Ludwig von Mises wrote: “It is a euphemism to call government in which the rulers are free to do whatever they themselves believe best serves the commonwealth and to contrast it with the state in which the administration is bound by law and the citizens can make good in a court of law their rights against illegal encroachments of authorities. The aim of the constitutional state could be described as a welfare state. The characteristic feature that distinguishes the constitutional state from despotism is that it is not the authorities, but the duly elected people’s representative who decides what best serves the commonwealth. This system alone makes the people “sovereign” and secures their right of self -determination. Under this system the citizens are not only “sovereign” on election day, but no less so between elections.”

Ludwig von Mises’ passage highlights the importance of voters in District 5 to stand by their right to choose their elected representation. It gives them the right to ask for due process when their elected representative is not allowed to serve before his or her due process is allowed in a court of law.

I have gotten over 200 calls from dismayed voters in District 5 asking what they can do to support their elected candidate. My recommendation to them is to stand firm on their vote and continue to support their elected representative.

Dr. Martin luther King, Jr. so eloquently stated: “Our nettlesome task is to discover how to organize our strength into compelling power.” That power is the right to vote for the candidate of your choice and have your vote recognized and most importantly, respected.

Daisy Black
1st Vice Chair
Miami Democratic Party

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