The Democrats’ future in Georgia and the South centers on building a coalition that energizes everyone. While the congressional runoff in Georgia’s 6th district is important, a portion of those millions should be directed to cultivating congressional districts with more Democrats—the 8th, 10th and 12th.
Jon Ossoff is the future of the party in suburban Atlanta and we all wish him well. But, we shouldn’t forget that every area south of I-20 could flip from red to blue in local, state, and federal elections if the Dems could market to our community as well as Trump and the Tea Party hits his base.
Hillary Clinton won the two coasts but left too much on the table in the rest of the nation. It was like picking peaches in Fort Valley, Georgia, by only getting the low hanging fruit…hell, reach down and get the fallen fruit (infrequent Dem voters) rather than reaching for fruit at the top of the tree (former Dixiecrat voters.)
We need a voter education project with some teeth. The community should be hit hard with cold, hard facts—take off the kid gloves. It shouldn’t be on Ossoff’s young shoulders alone and it shouldn’t have been on Hillary’s alone. Dumb Dumbs, you don’t ask people to vote for someone..you asked them to vote for themselves by supporting these candidates.
The sleeping giant has always been regular folks helped by Democrats’ efforts. The same regular folks that don’t bother voting… say what? Oh, the youth are too cool to vote. You know what else is cool: being drafted to fight in North Korea because Kim and Trump are trying to one up each other. Why are you on public assistance but won’t vote? Oh, we need to have a heart to heart in my community.
These young parents are about to see the crafty re-segregation of the public school systems but they only come on campus for sporting events…we need to talk.
Finally, the moderate wing of the Democrat Party needs to take our seat at the table, the old Clinton/Gore Blue Dogs. See, the new progressive movement fails to acknowledge the moderate to conservative Blacks in the rural South. We are talking about Blacks who are clean-cut, work the same jobs for years, served in the military and active in church.
The liberals in the national DNC seem more interested in the roughest element of the community. Look here, many of those people chose that rough life. Frederick Douglass said it is easier to build strong children than repair broken men. The thug/street life glamorized by hip hop is negatively impacting our community more than the Klan. Yea, we really need to talk about what we can do to help ourselves without governmental involvement.
Let’s get the old band back together. With a few dollars (50k), the moderate movement in the Dem Party could dust off the Blue Dog ideals in 20 rural areas in Georgia. The platform should be created now while the nation is eager to fund Trump-push back operations; let’s field test concepts and methods. If something hot emerges, it could be used everywhere.