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In a recent issue of Atlanta Times News, Mike DeVine admonished DeKalb County voters to send only Republicans to represent them in Washington, D.C. given the desperate need to repeal Obamacare and pass economic growth-friendly legislation so that a real recovery can commence across the Fruited Plain, including in the Peach State. But given the circumstance in portions of Georgia south of DeKalb, this Sandlapper thinks an exception to DeVine’s Law may be appropriate. I speak of 12th District Congressman John Barrow and my view from Stone Mountain.
While Representative Barrow voted No on the repeal of Obamacare in 2011 and Yes for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House in 2009 and 2011; the Augusta Democrat voted against Obamacare in the first instance in 2010 and for holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt over the Fast & Furious scandal this year. He also refused to attend the recent Democratic Convention in Charlotte and has a voting record going back to 2001 replete with many departures from the national Democratic Party’s liberal anti-business orthodoxy.
G. Sand would find a vote for this particular Democrat acceptable, even if not DeVine. (pun intended)
We still think a vote for Barrow’s Republican Party opponent, State Representative Lee Anderson (R-Grovetown) is preferable given he doesn’t have to hide from his party when voting to restore Liberty to We the People for economic happiness pursuits and the likelihood that his votes in Congress that advance the economic interests of Georgia will be the rule rather than the exception.
The simple fact of the matter in national party politics is their increasing evolution since the early 1960s into ideologically based camps, and that’s not all bad. For a century after the War Between the States, the national Democratic Party was blighted by its unholy alliance with Southerners who refused to let go of segregation. Democrats in Congress repeatedly blocked civil rights legislation introduced by the GOP.
Only after John, Bobby and Lyndon led the Party of Jackson closer to the Party of Lincoln’s historic position in favor of the equal rights enshrined in the post-Civil War amendments, did the parties begin the process that has led to today’s “drawl and that’s all, the myth of the conservative Democrat”. Yes, John Barrow can point to more than a few conservative votes, but none that joined the winning side when his party held majorities. The fact is that conservatives like Barrow empower the Left, while enhancing their own election chances with an electorate that is repeatedly betrayed by Barrow’s party.
Having been raised a Democrat, we sympathize, and we acknowledge the difficulty of changing parties, thus admitting one was wrong for so much of one’s life. For us, it took a move away from our hometown to muster the courage to change, hence our reluctance to denounce Barrow. We just hope that his constituents weigh the positives and negatives of the man and the party and have the courage to change if they conclude the latter affects their lives more.
[Originally published October 6, 2012 by G. Sand Lapper in Atlanta Times News.]
“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson
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