Malcolm X and Health Care Reform
When reading Malcolm X’s “The Ballot or the Bullet”, it brought me back to the 2008 election and health care reform. In 2008, the citizens of the USA used their ballot rights to make a difference. The people changed the political party in power to a democratic controlled government. The executive and legislative branch were now controlled by the democratic party. One of the goals of the Obama administration was to have health care reform. Health care reform acts were passed just over a year ago today. These reforms were made possible by the people’s will to use their right to vote. This is similar to Malcolm X’s speech, in which he encourages the African American’s to use the power of the ballot to make a difference and extend their rights. The civil rights act of 1964 and the voting rights act of 1965 came about during the time of his speech. The African American’s used their rights to alter the course of government and create new laws in their favor. This is what happened in 2008 with the presidential and congressional elections. The people wanted a change and a new agenda for the government. They used their rights to the ballot and found results.