Archive for February, 2014

Are you ready for the collapse of the Republican Party? The Republicans dominate Georgia politics — especially in a county like Pike County. Have you thought about what that means for Pike County (and Georgia) when the Republican Party falls apart? You do know it is falling apart don’t you? Don’t take my word for it. Watch this clip from Rachel Maddow.

If you believe in your conservative friends that have told you not to believe anything Rachel Maddow says, then take a look at this clip from Fareed Zakaria. I’ve encouraged you to listen to him in the past as a way to check our biases — to make sure we’re not just hearing what we want to hear. And he acknowledges this role in the beginning of this segment with this statement:

“I’ve sometimes been described as a centrist. And I freely admit to believing that neither side of the political spectrum has a monopoly on wisdom or virtue. 

But sometimes, reality points firmly in one direction. Watching the machinations in Washington over the past two weeks, it is now impossible to talk about how both political parties are to blame for the country’s gridlock.”

Watch the clip and listen as he squarely puts the blame for gridlock in Congress on the Republican Party.

The Republican Party is falling apart on issue after issue. The economy refuses to recover despite their insistence on taking care of the “job creators”. In short, the “job creators”… haven’t. They sit on piles of cash while Americans remain unemployed. Despite the end-of-the-civilized-world-as-we-know-it rhetoric Republicans use to describe the Affordable Care Act (it’s okay to call it Obamacare: I actually encourage it) more and more Americans that were without healthcare are getting signed up. As the Rachel Maddow segment showed, the issue of the debt ceiling which Republicans bayed at the moon about just 5 short months ago — remember, they shut down the government over it — just passed into law without a squeak. If it hadn’t been for Senator Crazy…I mean Cruz…ripping off their fig leaf, they could continue to bluster that it’s just the Democrats. But the truth is that the Republicans picked another losing position on another issue.

Just as they have picked a losing position on the immigration issue. And as the Fareed Zakaria clip from above points out, the only thing they are left with is obstructionism. If President Obama is for it, they are against it. And that is all they have to cling to because their Party is in the midst of a civil war.

The Democratic Party of Pike County is preparing for the future. We hope to do our part in helping Georgia “turn Blue”. We’re exploring ideas on how to make our government work for the citizens of Pike County: How to get the roads paved, educate our kids and build a sound economy for all. The Republican Party has proven it can break our government and leave the country gridlocked. We are looking forward to the opportunity to fix it and move forward. We would welcome your help and input. Come join us.

Don Brown — Chairman
The Democratic Party of Georgia
February 18, 2014