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Georgia leaders from every part of the state, men and women, Caucasian and African-American, are joining forces to help a new type of presidential candidate; one who is both more progressive AND more electable than his rivals. These outstanding Georgians realize the time is now for the Democratic Party to stop competing within the confines of a right wing political frame, driven by corporatist and theocratic narratives.
We've seen the consequences of Republican success here in the Peach State. Roy Barnes and Mark Taylor both warned of looming crises on many fronts; water supply, health care, education funding and transportation funding. Voters instead fell for the politics of fear, distraction, division, and apathy. They fell for Sonny Perdue and Glenn Richardson, individuals both incompetent and corrupt, yet abetted by both the Karl Rove playbook and the inability of the Democratic party, on any level, to establish a competing narrative.
Today, metro Atlanta's two main water sources, Lakes Lanier and Alatoona, have about three months left before running empty. Grady Memorial Hospital, the only level one trauma center in north Georgia, may have even less time. PeachCare, our SCHIP program, remains on shaky ground. Traffic gridlock grows worse, while the dedicated funding formula for transportation remains hopelessly outmoded and inadequate (particularly where mass transit is concerned). More and more children attend class in trailers rather than school buildings; local school boards have raised property taxes in response to state cutbacks, but it is not enough. And now, Speaker Richardson wants to abolish all property taxes and swap them for a state-run sales tax, the procceds of which are to be disbursed at the pleasure of the state.
Snark all you want about Barnes and Taylor being former officeholders, joke about Robert Brown and DuBose Porter being minority leaders in the Legislature instead of majority leaders. The manifest failures of Republican rule, on both the state and national levels, have given us the rarest of opportunities. We can build a new political frame, one based on societal responsibility, freedom of individual conscience, and limits on corporate influence.
This message must be heard and heeded in all fifty states, and Georgians are coming together to realize that John Edwards is the national leader who can successfully deliver that message. Please help Georgia by helping John Edwards become our next President.