While Gilbert Arenas’ latest blog post is entitled This is Kwame’s Year, (more on than later) the bombshell that Arenas dropped was his opinion on the American political process.
Much akin to Charles Barkley, Gil kinda/sorta admits to being a Republican:
It’s hard for me to vote, because since I’ve been in the NBA I’ve been in the upper class so I’ve been a Republican. If you have any type of money, you’re a Republican, period. So, it’s hard because you see a better looking president in Obama – I don’t even want to say because he’s black, but he just looks the part – and then you have McCain who is Republican and I’m like, man. I know Obama is going to raise taxes on the upper class from 20-60 percent, that’s what I’m looking at.
But essentially, Arenas is saying that he doesn’t vote, isn’t even registered to vote, because of the 2000 Presidential election between Bush and Gore, and because he wants to avoid jury duty. He doesn’t want to be apart of a high profile case because his house might get blown up as it happens in the movies.
To be honest, I stopped paying attention a long time ago when it was Bush and Gore when Gore won the popular vote, but Bush was the president.
There’s another reason I don’t vote – I don’t want jury duty. If you’re not registered to vote, you can’t get jury duty. I know that campaign Diddy had a couple years ago, “Vote or Die,” yeah if the alternative is jury duty, I’m going to die. I’m not going to get in one of these cases where they blow the jury members’ houses up to get out of the trial, I’m cool. I’ve seen too many movies.
I’d like to say that I’m not surprised by Gil’s statements, but I am. Sure, we can all get jaded by the political process in the United States. And I’m not here to debate the electoral college vs. popular vote…..although I will say that some laws are outdated and need to be revised. But at least Democracy in America, (albeit ranked 17th in the world by the Economist) is much better than the alternative experienced by others. Basically, I appreciate what I have.
On the other hand, it’s okay to not “just” appreciate the status quo. It’s okay to question. It’s okay to desire change.
But to stop paying attention because of one questionable election is ridiculous. Should we stop rooting for Arenas because of all the B.S. he’s pulled?
Sure, we should expect more of the American political process than we should expect from just another silly basketball player. But still, to disregard the right to vote because of a single incident is absolutely absurd. I also must mention that our judicial system, which certainly has it’s flaws as well, still allows us to be judged by a jury of our peers and not the government…..but that doesn’t matter to Gilbert who would rather live in his cocoon of money, grottos, and shark tanks.
People of all races and creeds have died for the right to vote, the right to a democratic government. To disregard in such a fatalistic manner is yet another sign of Gilbert Arenas’ immaturity. On second thought, I guess I’m really not all that surprised.