Thoughts from Barry: Time to Get Over It and Move Forward

Barry Segal

Barry Segal

Founder | BIO

The events that transpired in the Capitol this week only prove my point more that the Electoral College is outdated. The popular vote should be the only thing deciding this election. The act of certifying electoral college votes have no significance on the outcome of the election–the election was already decided. The nonsense that occurred at the Capitol building was completely unnecessary. Now is the time to change the way we handle our elections and ensure that everyone votes and that every vote count.

The current system is designed to prevent black votes from being cast and counted. This election demonstrated this for the whole world to see. Brian Kemp, Georgia Secretary of State and the Republican nominee for Georgia governor was caught on audio lamenting that black voter turnout “continues to concern us, especially if everybody uses and exercises their right to vote.” Voter suppression, gerrymandering, and the electoral college are all tools of control to keep the power in the hands of the few.  This flies in the face of every principle we believe in as a democracy.

The stark difference in how these rioters and looters were treated by police compared to peaceful BLM protesters is impossible to ignore. You can plainly see the difference and blatant racism. You can’t reform this.

I look forward to continuing discussions with activists and organizers that address these issues so a functional democracy can be achieved in America. We now have an opportunity to stop giving the corporations and wealthy tax breaks. They must pay a fair share of the taxes. This is a high priority as the top 1% saw their equity grow dramatically while those of lower socioeconomic status, of all colors, are suffering. Enough is enough.

We must continue in these coming days to stand on right side of history. It is time to work together regardless of their political affiliation or race, and act in the best interest of the people. It’s time to move on. It’s time to move forward and be the example of democracy the world expects of us.

Barry Segal


Barry started Focus Autism in 2009 to advocate for vulnerable children who were more susceptible to developing chronic illnesses after being exposed to environmental toxins and other immunological triggers. In 2015, Focus for Health expanded its mission to include addressing how social determinants of health increase vulnerability to disease and ending child sex abuse.

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