Archive for February, 2013

One of the best things that has happened to me since I became the Democratic Chairman here in Pike County is meeting Sam Mitchell. You’re looking at a product of Sam’s work, right this moment. He is the one that has totally redesigned our web site.

You see, Sam is a artist. And he’s a Democrat. (Those two things seem to go hand-in-hand don’t they?) Sam is actually from the county next door. Believe it or not, we get that a lot here in Pike County. Democrats from other counties are finding out about us faster than they are finding their own county parties. We will steer Sam (and perhaps you) to his own county party but we sure are grateful for his help. He is a welcomed addition to our regular meetings. You would be too — whether or not you live in Pike County.

We’re excited that people are taking notice of the Democratic Party of Pike County and I’m sure that Sam’s efforts will accelerate that trend. If you’re looking for a way to make a difference, a way to connect with other Democrats in the State or just a chance to hear and be heard by like-minded people — come join us. We’re the Democratic Party of Pike County and we’d love to hear from you. Sam has made that real easy for you to do. Facebook, Twitter, this blog,…we even have a Flickr account now.

If you don’t know what any of that means, don’t worry. Just look at the top right of the page and click on “Contact”. That will give you a form to email us or even show you the address where you can send us a good old-fashioned letter in the mail. You see, we have members that don’t even own a computer (and don’t want to own one.) Remember, we’re the Party of inclusion, not exclusion. If you want to participate in the political process, you will be welcomed here. Even if you’re a recovering Republican.

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, March 14th, at 7PM. We’ll be in the back room at “A Novel Experience“, on the courthouse square in Zebulon, just like always. We hope you’ll join us. If you do, be sure to say “Thanks Sam“.

Don Brown — Chairman
The Democratic Party of Pike County
February 19, 2013

I was listening to a Science Friday podcast the other morning and a piece of the conversation buried within just won’t leave me alone. The following is from John Ashton, the former Special Representative for Climate Change from the United Kingdom.

But I don’t want you to get bogged down in all that. I want you to read and ponder this portion of what was said. The portion of the transcript below has been edited and emphasized for my purposes.

“ASHTON: … sort of big point, Ira? I mean, again, as a sort of friend of America, if you like, for me, everything that has been wonderful about America in recent generations has come from the notion that we can use reason and science to understand the human condition and to improve it. In other words, America had, for a long time, a political system which, I suppose you could call reality-based system. Let’s understand reality. Let’s use science to understand reality and improve reality. And, indeed, that’s the legacy of the Enlightenment.

We have that in Europe as well, and it’s something which, in some of the other emerging economies, is now coming into place. I… my impression is that that is coming under more strain in this country than it’s come under for a very long time, because there are people who say, actually, you know, building upon reality is not the only way to make the choices that we face. And that fills me with alarm, because I think it means that the only way to come out in the right place on climate change in America is to win that deeper struggle, which, in the…is really not a political struggle. It’s a cultural struggle. And that means that the forces of the Enlightenment have to rally around and defend the reality-based approach to making the choices that we face.”

In case you haven’t brushed up on the Enlightenment lately, here’s a link for you.

Age of Enlightenment

“The Age of Enlightenment (or simply the Enlightenment or Age of Reason) was a cultural movement of intellectuals in the 17th and 18th centuries, which began first in Europe and later in the American colonies. Its purpose was to reform society using reason, challenge ideas grounded in tradition and faith, and advance knowledge through the scientific method. It promoted science, skepticism and intellectual interchange and opposed superstition, intolerance and some abuses by church and state.”

The U.S. Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights are considered products of the Enlightenment.

With this background in mind, I think you should read today’s column from Paul Krugman.

“Still, the desire to perpetuate ignorance on matters medical is nothing compared with the desire to kill climate research, where Mr. Cantor’s colleagues — particularly, as it happens, in his home state of Virginia — have engaged in furious witch hunts against scientists who find evidence they don’t like. True, the state has finally agreed to study the growing risk of coastal flooding; Norfolk is among the American cities most vulnerable to climate change. But Republicans in the State Legislature have specifically prohibited the use of the words “sea-level rise.””

The choice is simple; do you want public policy formed using reason, evidence and facts or do you want it to be “faith based”? Do you want our laws based on what we understand is the truth or do you want us to ignore “an inconvenient truth”?  This decision goes beyond, “Obamacare” or “Global Warming” or any other slogan, slur or slight. It touches everything. It defines us as a people; as a nation.

If you choose facts — if you choose reality — we want you to join us. We are the Democratic Party of Pike County.

Don Brown — Chairman
The Democratic Party of Pike County
February 11, 2013

Georgia hasn’t looked this bad since Lester Maddox.

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Had enough?

Don Brown — Chairman
The Democratic Party of Pike County
February 11, 2013

I had a random thought today as I watched the Republican Party continue to fall apart. Let’s say you’re the smartest teenager in Georgia and — one day — you want to be President of the United States. Would you want to be a Democrat or a Republican?

You have to look down the road a little bit to figure this one out. You can’t be President until you’re 35 and it’s more likely you’ll be at least 45 years old. While Democrats flourish in the biggest cities, most of the politics in Georgia is Republican. But what will it look like in 20-30 years? Do you think Atlanta and Savannah will get smaller? Do you think the population is going to boom in South Georgia? In Pike County?

Think on this for a little and you’ll see the future of Georgia is in the Democratic Party. And right now — if you’re young and ambitious — there isn’t a lot of competition in the Georgia Democratic Party. You can get in on the beginning of the change.

Come join us. Come join the future. Come join the Democrats.

Don Brown — Chairman
The Democratic Party of Pike County
February 11, 2013

Here’s your reminder of tomorrow’s (Feb., 5, 2013) meeting of the Democratic Party of Pike County. Be at “A Novel Experience” in downtown Zebulon at 7 PM. In addition to our regular business, one item of discussion will be Senator Saxby Chambliss’ announcement that he will not seek re-election.

For those that don’t remember, here’s how Senator Chambliss won his seat from a popular Democratic Senator.

For those that don’t remember, the subject of that attack ad was Senator Max Cleland. Senator Cleland was an Army Captain in Vietnam where he lost three limbs. President Jimmy Carter put him in charge of the Veterans Administration. He was a proven leader — in more than one arena.

We might even discuss one of my favorite subjects: electronic voting. Senator Chambliss was elected in the first election in Georgia with electronic voting.

What’s your favorite subject? If it involved politics, we can discuss that too. Come join us.

Speaking of which, don’t forget Monday-night trivia. We’ll be on the square in Zebulon atRocky’s Pizza and Wings just like we always are. Our table is just about full all the time now, but you can stop in and say hello anyway. And there’s nothing to stop us from filling up another table. Come on out and have some fun with us.

Don Brown — Chairman
The Democratic Party of Pike County
February 11, 2013