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  • Babyboomer1960 4:28 am on June 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 77th District, DREAM Act, Georgia, Georgia Assembly, Illegal Immigration, , TSPLOST, Voter ID   

    Visited @ Home by a politician wanting my vote… 

    Last Sat., June 23, I went to an educational event to discuss the upcoming Georgia #TSPLOST vote with of some #TEAParty activists I’ve come to know. #ClaytonCounty has historically been overwhelmingly run by the Democrat Party, and we took the occasion to lament the lack of choice when it comes to real choice in political leadership.

    Later that night, I was visited by the head of the County’s Democrat Party, Kevin Thomas, as he went door-to-door to solicit votes from residents who have recently been redrawn to the newly comprised 77th State Assembly District of Georgia. Until now, I had been “represented” by the officeholder in the 75th State Assembly District, but due to the new Census data, the boundaries have shifted, it seems… To his credit, Mr. Thomas was polite, seemed eager to hear my opinions, and despite the high heat and humidity, had committed his time and energy to campaign in a neighborhood largely vacant and apparently ambivalent at best, given the current state of the economy in our area. It seems he’s been the Chairman of the Clayton County Democrat Party for the past six years. He’s also strongly associating himself with Rep. John Lewis of Selma Bridge fame, as well as his credentials as a member of the NAACP. He’s also proud to announce that he’s a delegate to the upcoming Democrat National Convention to nominate Barak Obama to serve a 2nd Term as President of the United States of America. And there he was, standing on my doorstep, sweating profusely in the heat of the early evening 90° heat of a mid-June summer day… What else could I do but offer him some ice water along with the chance to pick my brain, and invite him in to my home?

    We spent the next 30 minutes or so discussing the issues of ILLEGAL Immigration and the role that the State of Georgia might play in combatting the negative effects. I asked him if he would support legislation on the State level that would mandate the use of English only when doing business with the State and/or its various agencies. He feigned ignorance of the issue at first, it seemed to me, but then when I clarified the parameters of what I meant, he seemed to come into agreement. We discussed the pressing issue of the growing class of “in limbo” quasi-citizens who are called “DREAM Act” kids, and how necessary it was to resolve their status without rewarding the behavior that enabled them to be here. We also touched upon the upcoming #TSPLOST referendum, noting the various pros and cons on both the presentation of the referendum, as well as the lack of substantive alternatives to the current paradigm that funds our local, state and federal highway and associated infrastructure systems.
     
    I’m sure that I could have continued to pepper him with questions, but I realized that I had probably already overplayed the opportunity to bend his ear by a good 10 minutes. So I let him get my address and other information, bid him well, and put my thoughts together to analyze what had occurred. Several hours later, I decided to e-mail him some further thoughts on what we had discussed, as well as some other questions that I had simply not been able to bring up in the brief period we had together to speak. The followup questions and comments are meant to be starting points for discussion for whomever will be the State Representative for the newly-drawn 77th Assembly Seat in Georgia. 
     
    Here is his website address for anyone who might be interested.
     
     
    Since my elected official “representative” will be “representing” the 77th District in Georgia, I don’t anticipate or hope for significant changes in leadership style or policy direction. Still, I am impressed that even among Democrats where there is a de facto deadlock on the power structure, there is some semblance of “competition” for a vote. I know. I know. Bad choice. Worse choice. I remain an optimist by nature, however, and hold out the hope that changing over any entrenched politician with a new face is a good thing in the long run…
     
    Here’s the copy of what I sent the Kevin Thomas, who is now seeking to fill the seat of the Representative of the Newly-formed 77th District in the State of Georgia. Feel free to discuss it, disseminate it, and otherwise engage yourself with thoughtful responses and further questions for Mr. Thomas as the election cycle wraps up…
     

    I was delighted to have had the opportunity to have hosted you for a short time in my home at 6414 Bimini Drive tonight. The fact that you are willing to get out into the neighborhoods of this newly drawn District 77 to solicit votes on a house-to-house basis speaks highly of your willingness to face your potential constituents on a one-on-one level to entertain their questions and concerns in a less public forum. I was impressed by that alone, and found it refreshing in the context of today’s media-driven “retail politics” as you so wryly noted in the course of our broad-ranging discussions.

     

    As you may recall, we touched upon the issue of ILLEGAL Immigration and how you felt about various aspects of the current laws in force in the State of Georgia. We seemed to agree that to a varying degree, this issue has had an impact upon our local communities. To recap what I believe I heard you say to my pointed questions on this subject:

    • You indicated that you supported enforcement of Georgia’s current immigration reform measures. While we discussed the plight of minors and young adults who are here because they were essentially “smuggled” here by another family member or custodian, we seemed to come to the mutual understanding that while the State awaits action on the part of the Federal Government to enforce existing laws, there is little that Georgia can do to respond to this growing demographic challenge of this rising underclass of resident non-citizens who are on the one hand, being given economic and political incentives over native-born or law abiding citizens when it comes to employment, education, and social benefits, and on the other are being deprived of the benefits of freedoms enjoyed by other native-born and lawfully naturalized citizens. As a citizen who can trace his ancestry to another group of people who suffered under a second-class status for generations, I’m certain that you understand how important it is going forward, that we don’t allow these “citizens in limbo” to suffer a modern-day tragedy of living in the shadow of the promise of America, only to be denied the full benefit of citizenship simply because they were arrived here through no decision made on their part. Still, we are a nation of laws, and the laws are supposed to prevail over the whims of mankind;

    • You seemed to agree with me that you should support any measure on the agenda of the State Legislature that would mandate and any official business contract and official communication, whether written or verbal, should be done in English as the official language. While I didn’t go into detail on the subject, I’d like to follow up and ask you whether you’d also support any legislation that seeks to mandate that in order for any person to hold any official position in a local, county, or state government should be required to also speak and write English fluently. It shouldn’t matter – and in fact would be a great asset – if they also spoke and wrote another language fluently. But the important part would be the primary requirement of English proficiency;

    • We also spoke on the upcoming issue of the upcoming TSplost Referendum on July 31st. While I haven’t made up my mind at this point, I hope I’ve helped to give you some differing viewpoints on why the paradigm as being presented gives me cause for concern. It seems to me that the manner in which the “package” is being presented to the voters is much like (former) Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s comments to the effect that  “…we have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it…” as she commented on the Affordable Care Act prior to its infamous passage by dubious parliamentary chicanery. The language of the preamble of the TSplost proposition as printed on the ballot is disingenuous in asserting that the citizens of this state would be voting for local transportation projects “to create jobs and reduce traffic congestion with citizen oversight.” Right. As I also commented, it’s equally clear that there is a funding crisis for transportation improvements as well as infrastructure maintenance that most probably won’t be filled by the current system of taxes on traditional hydrocarbon consumption, given changes to fuel efficiency, alternative transportation fuel sources, and an overall  decrease in demand for oil (at least in the near future) due to our current economic challenges. Whatever revenue that continues to come in from the state fuel tax will probably continue to be purloined out of the general budget for expenses other than those to which they are supposedly earmarked with the resultant advanced deterioration of much of the 30+ year-old infrastructure such as existing bridges and roads. This scenario would undoubtedly put greater pressure on the resources allocated by the TSplost measure, if approved, to be diverted to essential or critical infrastructure maintenance en lieu of proceeding with proposed expansions or new projects. Even another major economic downturn or catastrophic weather event in the next decade could drastically alter the cost/benefit consideration for the projects already “on the books.” As I hope I demonstrated to you, even in the best of possible scenarios, the Tara Blvd. Major Interchange Project could easily take up to 10 years simply to get the design, zoning, right-of-way issues and other regulatory requirements behind them. More bluntly put, none of the projects that I’ve seen, other than improvements to the MARTA System, are “shovel ready.” That is, few, if any of them, will have groundbreaking occurring in the next few years because of the reasons I’ve cited above. The more that I look at the proposed transportation projects as supplied by TSplost officials, the more I become suspicious that the voters are being asked to buy the proverbial pig in the poke. The only way I can explain it to you in how it compares to one of a family’s biggest investments in life – a home mortgage. The “normal” financial commitment on a home mortgage is 30 years. Some families are able to change that duration to less than 30 years, but for the most part, a 30-year mortgage is the standard. Why, then, is the state only willing to commit to a 10-year window for these major infrastructure projects? There’s something about the remaining 20 or so years down the road that they don’t seem willing to discuss in terms of the SPlost. How much will it cost your kids in 15 or 20 years to drive or ride on the highways and byways that are being committed by this referendum? And presumably the Georgia Dept. of Transportation will continue to get funding of $1 Billion plus per year? Something just seems to be failing the “smell test.”

     •The other “hot button” issue that’s currently on my personal watch lists is that of maintaining accurate and up-to-date voting lists on all levels of government. As you are well aware, the issue of Georgia’s Voter Identification Laws have been part of an ongoing controversy over the past 6 years or so. GIven your personal role as the Chairman of Clayton County’s Democrat Party, you certainly have detailed knowledge of the various machinations that have occurred in various legal venues as your party has repeatedly sought to have the State’s Requirements for Voter Identification overturned. Indeed, your political mentor, Congressman John Lewis, went on the record on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 11/3/2011 to declare the law in question to be “…a disgrace…” Former Governor Roy Barnes personally (unsuccessfully) represented plaintiffs seeking to have these laws overturned in front of the Georgia Supreme Court over the past few years. Georgia’s State Chapter of the Association for the Advancement of Colored People (GAACP) has gone on record to oppose the various aspects of Georgia’s Voter ID requirements. Given that you have been a leading member of Clayton County’s Democrat Party, and seeking a position to represent the newly-drawn 77th District in the State Assembly, and given your clear ties to both the State Democrat Party with Roy Barnes as its figurehead, and given that you closely identify your political ambitions with Congressman John Lewis, what is your view toward the current requirements on the books for the State of Georgia mandating picture ID for all voters? Do you support the current regulations in place for voters? If you do, are you willing to state that for the record? If not, what are your specific reasons for opposing these requirements? What steps or processes would you put in place to ensure the integrity of the “one person, one vote” concept here in Georgia?

    I understand that there are many other issues facing the voters of Georgia’s 77th State Assembly District besides those that I’ve touched upon above. Notwithstanding, I look forward to hearing what you have to say in response to these questions, even as other issues get discussed.

    Thank you for taking the time, and making the commitment, to seek to fill the office of State Representative for the 77th District here in Georgia. I’m sure it took a great deal of deliberation and advice on the part of your family. As the campaign unfolds, I wish you the best of luck in your endeavor as I await a response to my concerns.

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  • Babyboomer1960 3:50 am on May 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Activism, Alinsky, Cloward-Piven, Election, Hispanic, Immigration, Obama, Patriotism, Socialism,   

    An ex-pat returns home; finds a disturbing state of affairs (via the American Thinker) 

    http://bit.ly/9DeiTM

    My response to Marcus and all the ex-pats who are now looking aghast at what they see:

    Welcome “Home” Marcus, and all the other expats that are still reeling at what they see. I never left, but share your sorrow and grief on a daily basis. Yes, it’s been happening incrementally over the past forty years, but it seems like it went into overdrive in 2008. My initial curiosity about Obama was satisfied when I watched his campaign speech in Selma, AL on 3/4/2007 to commemorate the anniversary of “Bloody Sunday, “March 7, 1965. His speech was mesmerizing, and I even sort of got “a tingle” (though not up my leg) when I heard him go into the “Joshua generation” phase of the speech. The part that particularly struck me was his explicit claim to be “coming home” to Selma…

    “…So the Kennedy’s decided we’re going to do an air lift. We’re going to go to Africa and start bringing young Africans over to this country and give them scholarships to study so they can learn what a wonderful country America is.

    This young man named Barack Obama got one of those tickets and came over to this country. He met this woman whose great great-great-great-grandfather had owned slaves; but she had a good idea there was some craziness going on because they looked at each other and they decided that we know that the world as it has been it might not be possible for us to get together and have a child. There was something stirring across the country because of what happened in Selma, Alabama, because some folks are willing to march across a bridge. So they got together and Barack Obama Jr. was born. So don’t tell me I don’t have a claim on Selma, Alabama. Don’t tell me I’m not coming home to Selma, Alabama…”

    A few hours later, I noticed someone on a blog site mentioning that Barak Obama’s birthday preceded the “Bloody Sunday” March on the Bridge in Selma by a a few years. His birthday, 8/4/1961. The march on Selma, 3/7/1965. Then I found out that his father was actually flown over here to study by President Dwight D. Eisenhower! I knew at that moment that we were in for a big mess. I watched in horror as the Lamestream Media covered for him and his outright lies time and again. I watched the lemmings (now referred to as Obamabots), become in thrall to his TelePrompter Oratory. A numbing sense of disbelief turned into shock and horror as the election came and went. On inauguration day, I was en route to work. I can still remember sitting at a stop light when the radio broke in to the live event. I began to cry as a feeling of grief overwhelmed me. I saw so much misery coming down the road for this country that there was nothing else I could do but cry. No wanting to participate in this “historic” event, I turned the dial to AM Disney and listened to Elvin and the Chipmunks and similar pre-pubescent pop music the rest of the way to work.

    And the misery has, indeed, come to fruition. Every day, this One-Man Human Wrecking Ball offends, dismantles, agitates, eviscerates, and otherwise ruins every thing that he can that made this country great. He offers his friends the spoils of others’ wealth; his enemies the back of his hand. He and his sycophants tear into every institution of this country and seize large chunks of it for themselves and their parasite dependents (like the “Mexican-American” student agitators about whom Marcus spoke). There seems to be no end in sight. However, what all you ex-pats may be missing is the story that has so far only reluctantly and begrudgingly begun to be told: The Tea Party Movement.

    As you settle in to this Orwellian nightmare, you will see that there are many of us who are rising up in greater and greater numbers to resist and push back. If this nation is to be dragged into the Third World by this Tyrant and his fellow travellers, we are determined that it not be done quietly, without opposition. We will do it without the benefit of the Lamestream Media. We understood going into this that they were – and continue to be – our enemies and enemies of this country. We moved forward without their help. We fully understand the quote from Ghandi, “First they ignore you. Then you ridicule you. Then they fight you. Then you win.”

    Don’t despair ex-pats! Join a Tea Party near you. They’ll be thrilled to have you on board. The political primary season is upon us and already there are signs that we’re moving in the right direction. You may see the gloom and doom that is out there, but the Lamestream Media and the “Powers That Be” are only now beginning to see the handwriting on the wall. I don’t know about you, but I’m speaking to friends, neighbors, coworkers, my doctor, and anyone else out there about the sad state of affairs. The level of passion and commitment to rolling back these Socialist Thugs is very, very intense. Your post, Marcus, tells me that you are looking for others who share your concerns. It’s called a Tea Party. With your help, and God’s blessing, we will prevail. The only way we’ll lose is if we stand by and do nothing.

     
  • Babyboomer1960 8:51 pm on October 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

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