Georgia Democrats rally against GOP rule
At noon today on the steps of the Georgia State Capitol underneath the rustic statute of the early Twentieth century populist Tom Watson, the Democratic Party of Georgia held a "Georgia Deserves Better Rally."
The demonstration under clear skies and a cool January sun came two days after Arizona Governor Jan Brewer fired up the base of the Democratic Party when she pointed her finger square into the face of the sitting Democratic president of the United States.
Brewer's antics were not lost on the Democrats who came from all parts of the state to tell the Republican-controlled government that the people of Georgia deserved more than what they are getting from state government.
A diverse crowd of men, women, black, white, brown, red, mature, young, poor and once middle class Georgians assembled to hear stalwarts in the state party and union leaders recite a litany of things Georgian's deserved and were not getting from their government.
Mike Berlon, chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia (DPG) told the crowd he had felt compelled to go on national television and "assure the country that President Obama would be on the ballot in November in Georgia." His pronouncement was met with a thunderous round of applause.
State Sen. Donzella James said that "Democrats are the lifeblood of the state of Georgia, and it is time to start pumping that blood because the HOPE Scholarship is bleeding profusely and is dying. The governor could have prevented problems with HOPE had he listened to what his own people were telling him and what Democrats in the legislature were trying to tell him." She concluded by saying that "Georgia deserve a better HOPE."
Louis Elrod, chair of the Young Democrats of Georgia told the crowd, "We already know the Republicans suck. The question is what are we going to do about it?"
Elrod said his group of young Democrats will serve one purpose this year. "Our job is to help Democrats win elections, he said."
Gail Buckner, who ran for Secretary of State last year against Brian Kemp, the current Secretary of State, told the crowd that her organization, the Georgia Federation of Democratic Women, "are prepared to put boots on the ground to elect President Obama."
Sen. Scott Holcomb pointed out the absurdity of the voter I. D. legislation that is sweeping the country. "You want to know what is wrong with voter ID," Scott said. "What is wrong with it is you have to present paper identification in order to get a photo ID Card."
Veteran State Rep. Billy Mitchell outlined how Democrats can turn the State Blue again. "In 2008 President Obama lost Georgia by 250,000 votes. We have 250,000 students in our colleges and who are seniors in high school in this state." Mitchell urged his fellow Democrats to get busy registering those high school seniors.
Sen. Nan Orrack said she came to tell the "Republicans their days were numbered in Georgia."
Orrack said Georgians deserved better in education than what the Republican run government provides. "The Republicans," she said, "are very focused on turning back the clock. They are sucking the money out of public education and giving it to the private schools in the form of vouchers."
Orrack who is white said she was sick of seeing Republicans take advantage of poor people, black people and Latinos.
Joey Traina, a rising Latino star from Augusta-Richmond County wowed the crowd with his eloquent speech on the theme, "when Democrats show up Democrats make changes."
The day which started off with the sound system playing a tune by the Black Eye Peas, "Tonight's Gonna Be a Good, Good Night," ended upbeat with the collective resolve to organize like never before to take the state of Georgia away from the corporations and give it back to the people.