veronica hendrix

Veronica Hendrix

*The memory of last Thanksgiving is still crystal clear.

I vividly remember the family gathering, the ridiculous spread of food, the knockout desserts, the annually awaited Twilight Zone Marathon I can’t wait to see and the anxiety about the new year that awaited us and the nation.

Yep we talked turkey and politics over the mashed potatoes and cornbread stuffing. Turkey because the price was noticeably higher than the previous year, particularly for fresh turkeys. And politics because a turkey might have a gobble good chance of unseating a sitting President.

Oh and by the way, last year turkeys increased 4 cents a pound or 66 cents per turkey. But this year get ready for a little sticker shock – it is estimated that the increase over last year will be 29 cents per pound or about $4.56 per turkey. Gobble good grief!

This year I am quite sure the conversation will be about turkey and politics again.  The increased price of the holiday bird will spark some banter as it should.  Twenty nine cents per pound is a substantial increase from last year. But the results of the November 6 election will certainly make that overpriced bird tastier than last year’s bird whether it is overcooked or not.

The victory of the 2012 election was stunning. That’s what we will be staying between mouthfuls of mashed potatoes and gravy. Not that any one of my family members thought that the President needed a victory to legitimize his presidency by being re-elected but the naysayers and opponents did. And for the past four years their mission was to make President Obama a one term president and national polls seemed to indicate it could happen.

But au contraire, which is the extent of my French, it just wasn’t true. It just wasn’t so. It just wasn’t meant to be. My mom said right before the election that, “I am voting for the President and I am not gonna worry about it. God will put whom he wants in office.”

Mom was right. She’s always been the voice of faith in the family. God put whom he wanted in the White House and the people of the United States carried out that will. Hallelujah and amen.

The President’s victory was jaw dropping and mouths haven’t shut yet. A crushing 303 electoral votes not only won the election for the President, it nailed it sending a message to all who had eyes to see and ears to hear.

Just whom do those eyes and ears belong too?

The majority American voter that’s who.

You’ve seen and heard the demographics of those who voted to re-elect the President. They are worth seeing again. Here they are:

93% Black

73% Asian

71% Hispanic

67% unmarried women

60% age18-29

While we pass the macaroni and cheese and collard greens, I will be sure to mention the record number of women who gained seats in the house and senate this year. The gaffs, missteps and draconian ideologies of those who vowed to take the country back to “God help us” helped the “collective us” a whole lot.

After the election, women now hold a record 20 seats in the Senate and a record 81 in the House of Representatives. While so many municipalities have dismantled women’s commissions across the country, including mine here in the City of Los Angeles, women’s voices and issues will be on the menu and at the table. A double helping of hallelujah and amen.

Since the election the Monday morning quarterbacking has been incessant an inane. The bickering, blaming and backbiting has been merciless. Perhaps it should be.

The bottom line is this: the demographic has shifted beneath America like tectonic plates. A panelist on a cable network show characterized it better than I ever could when she said, “To the majority of Americans (as I identified above) the policies of the other party have become the enemy of science and rational thought.”

Yikes. But I think she’s nailed it and broke it down in this poignantly crafted sound bite. The Republicans are officially the “party of the few.”

But will that be the subject of conversation as we enjoy the corn bread and black-eyed peas? Nope. But we may theorize about the emergence of a woman to the presidency in 2016. And who might that favored woman be?  Well, that’s a rhetorical question for sure.

For now I want to remain in a state of thanksgiving for the blessings this year has already bestowed, for the challenges that we have overcome and for clear and present hope for the future.

May you have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Veronica Hendrix is a syndicated columnist and feature writer whose work has covered the span of the human continuum – from clinical trials of male contraceptives, to the gang violence. She is the owner of Bromont Avenue Foods. She is the author of “Red Velvet Gourmet Spice Rub and Seasoning Heart Healthy Recipes.” Visit http://bromontavefoods.com for more information.  For comments, interviews, speaking engagements or moderator requests please send an email to [email protected].