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In southern states, Democrat voters are BPM: Blacks, Progressives and Moderates.  We can’t win without all three sections.  Of course, some voters are combinations of two. I am a Black Moderate who acknowledges the views of Progressives.  BPM also stands for “Beats Per Minute” in music.  Georgia is a large, diverse state that has several different musical and political tempos. Democrats need to create a political symphonic piece with various tempos; a fusion of soul, rap, jazz, rock and whatever new stuff the kids call music.

Tempo is Italian for time/pace and the tempo of metro Atlanta, the next five cities and the rural areas is different.  Atlanta is Presto (very, very fast 168-200 bpm) while suburban Atlanta might be Allegro (fast, quickly and bright 120-165 bpm.)   The “Next Five” regional cities (Augusta, Macon, Columbus, Savannah and Albany) could feel Moderato (moderate speed 108-120 bpm) while rural areas range from Andante (at a walking pace 76-108 bpm) to Largo (40-60 bpm.)  We shouldn’t be crude by applying these tempos to certain nocturnal activities reminiscent of Elvis’s pelvis.

Actually, they showed Elvis from the waist up on the Ed Sullivan Show because conservatives considered the music and style he appropriated from my side of town to be disturbingly different.  The political tempo of change to Trump’s supporters is another subject.  They would take the same tempos mentioned for Democrats but have that pace taking America back to the country they want back.  If young Blacks knew the Jim Crow America of my preschool years, they would be voting for Democrats at a Presto pace.

In junior high band, we played a little symphonic piece that introduced a theme.  The theme is played at different tempos by different combinations of instruments.  At the finale, the whole band was playing the theme the together at the same tempo.  Democrats can’t beat Trump and the new GOP without acknowledging the different types of voters in our coalition, appreciating their various contributions and coming together in the end for a climactic election victory.

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I dislike labels but if I must, I declare myself to be a Hybrid Democrat.  I just made that term up.  We have gas powered, electric and hybrid cars.  A Hybrid Democrat is a voter who has elements of different segments of the Blue Team.  Personally, my views are socially moderate, fiscally conservative and extremely pro-rural, pro-black.

It’s my understanding that radical elements of the Blue Team like progressives are rubbing their hands together as they sinisterly aim to take over the Democrat Party.  The Tea Party did that to the Republican Party.

While I wish Bernie Sanders and the Democratic Socialists would go start their own party, I appreciate some of what they think– hear me out.  We know America isn’t right to everyone.  If I were a white guy, I would so love my American experience because as President Jefferson Davis wrote, America to Confederates has a ruling class and a servant class.  Of course, blacks were the servant class.  Are poor whites in the current servant class because the rich have them thinking that they are on the same team?

While cash reparations are not realistic, we must acknowledge that America got great because it had free and systematically low-cost Black labor until the 1970s.  Also, current rich white families in my community are still reaping the benefits of this unjustice in the form of inherited wealth and we know which families worked for which families.

The progressives are wildly radical to advocate wealth redistribution based on some folks being poor.  However, the rich have lobbied government since 1776 to ensure the abovementioned class system.  Look, if you are poor, it should be based on your actions.

Progressives seem to have a rose-colored glasses view of the poor: all poor people struggling as a result of a horrible system of oppression; all poor people are naturally good folks.  Who knows?  A quarter of poor people might not have a quarter because of their personal actions.  A quarter of rich people could be diabolical rats seeking to stay-paid off someone else’s labor.

As the only hybrid Democrat, I am concerned that laziness is fostered by too much free governmental assistance.  Also, I am puzzled by the alarmingly low voting numbers from the poorest segment of the community.   Liberals and progressives aren’t bold enough to speak frankly with low income people about the limited role of government and their part in their self-destruction.

Another vehicle comparison is the crossover.  The O.J. type Ford Bronco was basically a pickup truck with a built-in camper top and seats in the back.  The old station wagons and minivans moved kids around and brought home groceries but they were so not sexy.  The current SUV and CUV sit tall on the road like a pickup but have smooth rides like a car.  They weren’t built for logging crews, construction personnel or farm workers; let that register.

Suburban soccer moms needed flexibility in a crossover utility vehicle and the same families need political party flexibility.  It’s my understanding that Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants Democrats to stop voting for Republicans.  I voted for Ohio Governor John Kasich in the Republican presidential primary because Hillary had secured the nomination and I wanted the GOP nominee to be someone smart just in case the unimaginable happened.  Kasich was the lesser of evils (not evil at all) and the unimaginable did happen.  I was right.

The mission isn’t to battle other Americans in a political party fight.  The mission is a more perfect union.  The crossover moderates are current versions of Reagan Democrats or Republicans who voted for Obama.  The sensible center makes up the majority of American voters; blow us off at your peril.

In red congressional districts, Democrats are often hybrid or crossover.  Fox News would have you think moderate to conservative Democrats don’t exist and the far-left progressives say Democrats can’t be Blue Dog moderates.  The Democrats can’t win without flexibility in our ranks.

During 2019, we should listen to what is important to the voters.  Love him or hate him, Trump did just that and won the Oval with a long list of empty promises.  The Democrats can’t win by dispatching urban hip liberals to “teach” rural voters in pickup truck country what is important.

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If Georgia Democrats want to win in 2020, we must cultivate a coalition from Columbus to the Georgia coast now.  The Republicans constantly speak of Hillary Clinton using money and influence from the two national coasts as her foundation while ignoring “flyover America” or the heartland.  The job of the G.O.P. is to create drama among Americans for political gain.  But on some level, they are right.

From Baltimore to Boston and from San Diego to Seattle, so-called national Democrats are raising countless millions for campaigns and causes across America.  We know that money is the mother’s milk of politics.  However, donors want “ears” or influence for their support.  If you raise a ton of money from coastal elites to win an election, your first deference might be to them over the voters who are now your constituents.  A servant can’t have two masters.

Black folks love us some Barack Obama.  At times during his second term, he seemed to embrace issues based on being on the right side of history more so than the right side of the southern railroad tracks.  (If you don’t know about those tracks, don’t campaign outside metro Atlanta.)

The Progressive Movement in the form of the Stacey Abrams governor campaign made great strides with young voters in Georgia last year.  We feel an additional 100k voters can be had in the Georgia’s 8th, 1st and 2nd congressional districts if they are developed with nuance over time.  A national concern with Hillary and a state concern with Abrams is appreciating rural Democrats—Black and White.

The answer isn’t bringing more southerners into the Progressive Movement only.  The answer includes acknowledging a Sanford Bishop Moderate section of the Blue Team and working with us.  Southern moderates love rural living, support the military, support agriculture/rural development and support the role transportation plays in our economy with highways, the Atlanta airport and the Port of Savannah.  The changes the Progressives want in criminal justice reform, education/training and income fairness are right on time to many Moderates.

We have more in common than you think.  Look, the Country Club Republicans tolerated the rough TEA Party crowd to win elections.  Democrats need to tolerate each other to do the same.  For example, the Moderates would love to bring any Georgia U.S. Senate candidates up to speed on the Farm Bill.  That would be one dusty boots long weekend but at the end, we would have groomed the next member of the Senate Agriculture Committee.  That member would be important to Georgia farmers and producers and vital to people who need a save and affordable food supply around the world.  Actually, ag could solve problems around the world better than missiles but the costal elite don’t seem to know that.

Urban campaign staff seem a little awkward to some rural people.  They show up from who knows where to tell us what is important….to us. Really?   Smooth voter education/Get Out The Vote starts with listening and comfort level.  If you meet the right local community people early and develop a rapport, those local relationships will populate rallies and give candidates the opportunities to win the region over.  Hillary spent all of that money on T.V. ads but if she put a fraction of those funds into chicken leg quarters/Motown music events, she would be president today.

A candidate can’t just be Black and from a Black college.  Voters are too smart for that.  After all, Herman Cain is a successful Morehouse Man but Black voters were not feeling his political views.  On the other hand, urbane Morehouse alum Sanford Bishop was a quick study on crops and troops.

Finally, you can’t make rural voters love all of the liberal views of coastal elites—some but not all.  South Georgia voters know the massive efforts made to get out the urban vote in the past while rural us were an afterthought.  That can’t happen again.

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L.B.J. might have said you can’t win big “dadgum” elections without different sides coming together painfully.  The Kennedys reluctantly added him to Jack’s ticket and narrowly won the White House.  Recent segregationists, labor members and Blacks formed the Democrat Party from the 1970s until 2016. If you aren’t familiar with dadgum, you don’t need to grassroots campaign or Get Out The Vote in Georgia south of Macon.

Republicans know there aren’t enough rich people to win elections so they fan the flames of paranoia and division to increase their numbers with blue collar and no collar people.   It worked until the TEA Party types actually took over the GOP from the Country Club, pro-business types.  The team behind Hillary Clinton wanted to win with limited influence and involvement from rural Democrats.  Some argue that Team Stacey Abrams did the same.  Governor Kemp’s margin of victory could have been erased with a nominal effort in South Georgia.  Oh, Ms. Abrams logged countless hours south of the gnat line but something didn’t work.

My friends think you enlist local existing networks and have a list of issues unique to the region.  We could have given them a U.S.D.A./Farm Bill expert politico who was sitting by the phone; someone who knew every rural area like the back of his hand—lawyer, farmer, Hill veteran, Moderate Black college product.  There went 30,000 votes right there.  In a big state, candidates can’t be everywhere.

The Dems need a three legged stool in the South: Blacks, Progressives and Suburban Moderates.  In Georgia, each of those three groups has felt left out during big elections over the last 10 years.  Jason Carter for Governor and Michelle Nunn for Senate were based on Suburban Moderates at the expense of Blacks and Progressives.  The last two groups nearly put Stacey Abrams in the governor’s mansion but the lack of non-urban Whites was noticeable….could have tipped the scales noticeable.

After the 2021 Inauguration, the President should eat a peach and an orange in the Oval Office with either new Senator Stacey Abrams and soon to be cabinet member Andrew Gillum or Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.  In other words, turning out Georgia and Florida could decide the next presidential election.

The Progressive Movement is reason for concern.  Movements are made of activists who might not be political party team players—do they work well with others.  If their candidate doesn’t win the primary, they sometimes stay home in the general election (Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton).  Do you remember P.U.M.A.?   Some Hillary Clinton supporters were all “Party Unity My A—s” after Obama emerged as the nominee.

I am just one Black Moderate voter but I was “all in” for Progressive Stacey Abrams for governor in the primary and general election.  If we are to have success in 2020, a lively primary with candidates for Senate from the three abovementioned “legs” could be healthy.  After the primary, Blacks, Progressives, and Suburban Moderates must stand shoulder to shoulder against Trump and the mess that has become the Republican Party.

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We bloggers wrote that gubernatorial candidate Austin Scott should leave the crowded field and run for the U.S. House in 2010.  We created a Facebook page stating the case.

Scott was a Republican maverick in the statehouse; he sided with Democrat Governor Roy Barnes to change the confederate part of the state flag.  As a Democrat, encouraging an opponent of a Moderate Democrat congressman was hard but Rep. Jim Marshall spent all of his time distancing himself from Pelosi and Obama.  If you aren’t riding with the team, you can go.

Of course, Scott could see how far down he was in the polls without our opinions.  Scott switched to the House race, won the election and our community hasn’t really seen him since then.  Scott was even an early supporter of Marco Rubio for president but he moved over to the dark side with Trump.  In retrospect, keeping Marshall as a White Moderate Democrat would have been better for party balance.

The old White leadership of the Georgia Democrat Party is in uncharted waters these days.  With the exodus of rural Whites and some labor members to the G.O.P., the Democrat Party in Georgia is mostly Black and the remaining urban Whites are often Progressives.  The cornerstone of this blog is that everyone in the political arena has an agenda.  The agenda of the old White leadership seems to be: find a candidate who can raise tons of money; get paid with said candidate; and prepare to do the same in two years with someone else.  The recruited candidates were good citizens and the list grows: Michael Cole for Senate, Jim Martin for Senate, Jim Barksdale for Senate and Stacey Evans for governor.

I told Mrs. Evans that she could win the lieutenant governor race.  If Stacey Abrams and Stacey Evans teamed up on the state, they both might have won.  But, the abovementioned leadership must have convinced Evans that she could win the primary.  Results show they were wrong and real political talent and energy was misplaced.

So, the same old school Black and White Democrat leadership is at it again.  They are trying to find someone they can control to run for U.S. Senate.  Their list of hopefuls includes former congressional candidate Jon Ossoff, recent lieutenant governor candidate Sarah Riggs Amico and Columbus mayor Teresa Tomlinson.  They have little control over Stacey Abrams.

I want to make a pro football playoffs parallel.  The New Orleans Saints finished the regular season with the best record in the N.F.C.  They earned a first round bye in the playoffs and home field advantage.  Stacey Abrams almost won the governor’s race.  If she wants to run statewide for U.S. Senate, she has earned a first round bye (no primary opponents) and the home field advantage that comes with a fresh, proven campaign network and a powerful database.  The Saints could rest during the Wildcard Weekend and Abrams should relax for 6 months or so before becoming more familiar with the under vote producing sections of rural Georgia.

The idea that Abrams should run in a primary is laughable and an insult to the thousands of man-hours put in by grassroots citizens during her recent race. In the old days, the party would clear the field.  It feels like Gone With The Wind after the South fell.  Shall the former slaves fret over the fall of a culture that subjugated them or shall they celebrate?   Remember, the old White party leadership owns the election losses of the last 20 years.

But, I have good news for my White moderate Democrat friends. You are very important in a national party.  A national party must have a range of voices at the table.  My moderate views are similar to yours and we counterbalance the Far Left in policy meetings.  Suburban college educated voters in Georgia rocked with us; we might pull some of the voters who want to abandon the craziness of the Trump G.O.P.

The natural races for moderate White Democrat candidates would be G.O.P.-held congressional seats. In Georgia, a candidate can run in any district.  The margin of victory for these Trump-associated congressmen is less than the number of African American adults who don’t currently vote and grassroots groups will be working on that for the next two years.

The ultimate prize is removing Trump from the White House.  Switching Georgia is part of the plan but it requires strong candidates on every level.  The new Democrat president could enjoy control of the Senate if Stacey Abrams and a few others win.

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Rural Georgia Blacks have me “long blinking.”  My homeboy Richardson will tell you stories about teaching and will long blink as a “pregnant pause” at a significant point.  If it was really bad, his chin would drop onto his chest.

Urban Dictionary defines pregnant pause as the silence that occurs after someone has said or done something that leaves everyone who bore witness to the event speechless.  “Deafening silence” is related to both long blinking and pregnant pause.

I don’t understand why we seek a better life through voting and public servants primarily–long blink.  There are older Moderate Blacks who don’t trust a government-based improvements for our community because we remember local, state and federal sanctioned oppression and subjugation—pregnant pause.   Are some Blacks waiting for Uncle Sam to rescue them from the “other man” or from themselves?  Many people are their own worst enemies—played in school, slept in church, hung with no good people, ignored parents and didn’t develop a career. Deafening silence.

For years, this blog argued that there is more than one way to skin a cat.  During that time, parts of our community kept searching for elected leaders who would give us more and more.  On some level, that assistance seemed related to reparations but not really.  The best we can hope for from government is a protection of basic rights and a climate conducive for personal development.  What does that last sentence mean?  America should be the land of equal and fair opportunity for everyone.  If you are poor and struggling, it should be a result of your actions rather than gender, color or what have you.

The Progressive Movement is exciting to many young people but we Moderates want the movement leaders to explain how all of these benefits will be funded.  Well-intended benefit programs can inadvertently create softer, entitled people.

Old school Blacks like me think another way to skin the cat would include personal responsibility.  No, I am not talking about the cold-hearted “let them starve” mentality of the Far Right Conservatives.  Shall we reconsider the striving mindset of Dr. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and every Black person who simply wanted a fair shot at a nice life from hard work?

That striving mindset is cheaper than governmental programs and produces less crime.  It involves Secretary Colin Powell’s desire to reinstitute “shame” in America.  Projectlogicga.com has several blog post that outline where we start.  If a congressional candidate or social leader bought into this “nip problems in the bud” concept, we could do so much to more cleverly skin a cat.  In rural Georgia, Blacks who vote became successful with the old school mindset while some non-voters sat at home with a wishbone where a backbone is supposed to be.  The people who benefit most from governmental programs often don’t vote—long blink, pregnant pause, and deafening silence.

We should spend 2019 asking the people what they think about old school and new school.

https://projectlogicga.com/best-interests-initiative/

https://projectlogicga.com/2018/07/23/southern-black-muscle-p-e-c-s/

https://open2020blog.wordpress.com/

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backroompolitics

Political Parties’ major moves were once decided behind the scenes in smoke-filled rooms by party bosses.  It’s often said that it makes no difference who is on the stage or dais.  The question is who is in the room when the money is counted; there you will find real power.

Huey Long, Boss Tweed, Maynard Jackson and George Busbee were parts of political machines that made decisions privately then let the public in on the plans.  In the Democratic Party today, there is no similar organizational structure and that might be a good thing.  Barack Obama was told it was Hillary’s turn but he ignored the process, put together his own operation and won.  It wasn’t Trump’s turn but he did the same.  Inside the Democratic Party of Georgia, the bosses didn’t want Stacey Abrams but she created an operation based more on the national Progressive Movement than the political party.  How did Bernie Sanders come in second in the Democrat presidential nominating process when he isn’t even a Dem?

Should the smoke-filled rooms return to hash out better plans and guard the agenda of the Democrat Party?  The TEA Party Movement took over the Republican Party and the Progressive Movement might do the same to the Democrats without some boss moves.

In this era of inclusion, my friends and I jokingly say that there would be different kinds of smoke in the room today.  You would have a few old school cigar chompers at the table from Big Labor talking with new school elites who prefer a $25 Montecristo.  Because the racial makeup of the Georgia Dems has changed, the Black and Mild crew needs to be there next to the Backwoods pickup truck guys and girls.  Since the Progressive Movement strongly advocates for reform of marijuana laws, the weed smokers can be in the backroom but they can’t light up.  Agriculture is Georgia’s biggest industry so the smokeless tobacco guys with the circle on their jeans need to be in the room.

Suburban educated voters are vital to the Democratic team so the non-smokers can enjoy some smoked trout and smoked Gouda.  The international types and hipsters can even have their hookah or vape.

The Democrats can’t win without diversity and understanding.  Back in the 90s, the southern Dem coalition included African Americans who were recent Negroes and Dixiecrats who were recent segregationists.  “Go to the polls and hold your nose.”

Moderates are prepared to work with everyone.  A stronger, more vocal Moderate and Centrist segment of the Dem Party could attract needed suburban voters.  We would have once called 2019 an “off election” year.  But, the grind continues without stopping.  Activists are registering new voters and this blog would like to use this year to actually listen to the people while building a grassroots network in South Georgia.

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