Local elections have statewide and national consequences because they echo the word on the street to the statehouse and the White House. To me, we are experiencing a disconnect in Georgia because the conservatives who run state government do so with little input from rural Blacks. Yea, Atlanta and the other cities have urban legislators run down the urban agenda but who speaks for the relatively moderate to conservative rural Blacks who conservative lawmakers are forced to ignore by that far Right (Tea Party) segment of the Republican Party.
It’s good seeing young Black conservative Democrat (not an oxymoron) blogger Keith McCants running for local office in middle Georgia. Folks like Keith because he is down to earth and to me improving our community will start when leaders like him explain the limit role of government in a compassionate way to the people. His blog Peanut Politics is a must read and Keith has the right ideas for bringing some of the rural South back to the Democrat Party. Hell, southern moderates should come back since they have been ceremoniously kicked out of the GOP by the Tea Party/”purity test” crowd. For those who don’t know the GOP has a recent history of creating a list of 10 or so questions for their faithful and if you aren’t with them on a few, don’t let the door knob hit you….
Don’t sleep, Saxby is “retiring” from the U.S. Senate because he doesn’t like the constant threats for dialoging with Obama and the Democrats. The next target is on Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. I am convinced that former Senator Bob Dole was right when he said that President Ronald Reagan and he wouldn’t pass the current GOP purity test.
What do good people do when crazy people in their organization start going off? They get up and leave because sitting quietly is condoning the ugliness. Keith has bunch of old political pictures and posters on his blog and I give him a hard time because we know that every pre-Jimmy Carter elected official in our state was basically a segregationist.
Today, we have the new segregationists who divide the South based on political parties. But, I am puzzled by Democrats in general and Black Dems in particular who don’t question local officials about the outlandish spitefulness coming from their supporters on the other side of town. See, a servant can’t have two masters.
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Edmund Burke
While looking for that quote, I came across someone’s Bible references to it. http://www.padfield.com/1997/goodmen.html
Voters should ask candidates for local offices the following questions during the campaign season.
- When they said Barrack Obama was born in Kenya, what did you think and what did you say?
- When they falsely label Rep. Sanford Bishop as a crook, what did you say or think since you have dealt with him for years and know him to be good people?
- Do you think Georgia’s version of Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” laws should be repealed? Was George Zimmerman profiling Trayvon Martin?
- Is “Stop and Frisk” a good police procedure?
- Is Michelle Obama a great role model?
- Were you against your area receiving stimulus money from the federal government?
- Are you bold enough to tell citizens that the government isn’t their daddy?
- Do you support the Tea Party movement? Do you support the Occupy movement?
Wow, writing those questions was fun in a naughty way because some issues involve one level of government primarily. But, I get a little squeamish when hanging with people from the far left or far right. I love being cool with people from the entire political spectrum because dialog and communication are vital.
You know what, we are talking about a double standard because moderate Democrats support conservative lawmakers regarding important regional issues but conservative voters rarely give love to Blue Dog Democrats. Be like that and maybe your Dems friends will be ghost when you need them on the legislative floor.
In my local elections, we have some quality candidates but I need to know what they did or didn’t when those around them privately were saying horrible things. That s— isn’t cool because people had gotten so pumped up that they were talking about hurting the president’s family. You never never go there…I don’t care who the president is or was. Yea, ugliness echoes and good people can’t sit idly by.