Democrats … Stacey Abrams Don’t Owe You Jack …

Progressives … Stacey Abrams does not owe you jack $#*!…

I had a recent conversation with a friend and active politico.  My friend said “If you talk to Stacey Abrams she needs to come to a church in this community.  She can’t forget her base.  She has to encourage people to come to the polls because you know folks don’t vote unless asked.”  I am not sure why she thought team Abrams would call me.  More importantly, I think we need to change this antiquated idea that the party nominee must earn your vote.  It is your party.  That is your nominee.  Why is this even a discussion?

My friend is not alone.  Many progressives still believe a candidates’ main job is to get out the vote, more commonly known in political circles as GOTV. In a primary election my friend would be right.  In this general election against the republican nominee we do not have time for this “she took my vote for granted” talk.  The primary is over. She has your vote and YOU have the responsibility to get other people to vote for her too.

In 2018, the era of Trump, the era of social media, the era of video phones and phone apps the role of candidate and voter should swap.  If Georgia Democrats want to ride this #bluewave they must change their way of thinking.  We can no longer afford to wait until the candidate excites us and personally asks for our vote.  We have to take responsibility for exciting other people about our candidate and running to the campaign to donate or volunteer.

During the 2016 campaign, Bernie Sanders did not know if he would be in the race long enough to make it to Super Tuesday.  When Sanders decided to campaign in Georgia he hired me to open three state offices.  Sanders’ supporters were so excited and energized that our biggest problem was holding off the volunteers long enough to rent office space and get the internet turned on.  The energy of that campaign was amazing.  Having more volunteers than I knew what to do with was a good problem to have.  If we are serious about the blue wave then the question for team Abrams should be, “how do I canvass my own neighborhood for voters next Saturday?” rather than “when is she coming to visit MY church?”

In the Georgia Governor’s race between Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams the candidates are as far apart as two candidates can be.  There should not be a need to encourage, excite, or otherwise energize Democrat voters.  Kemp’s reputation as Secretary of State or that ridiculous Jake commercial should be enough to have Dems clamoring at the opportunity to prevent him from becoming Governor.

Come on progressives, we really don’t have time to play games.  No matter what criticism you can have about Abrams, from a progressives’ point-of-view, she is 1,000 times better than the alternative on issues progressives stand for. Those progressives who are tuned into politics on CNN, MSNBC, via social media or even those that catch every episode of Bill Maher or The Daily Show, today I am talking to you!  If you understand how taxes work and why local elections matter then you understand how important this election will be.

We know it takes money to run campaigns.  Donate without being asked or reminded.  We know volunteers power people to get to the polls.  Round up the kids and take one Saturday to participate in history.  We know every vote counts.  We should already have a list of at least ten people you will personally take responsibility for ensuring they vote.

Let us be real.  Stacey Abrams is running against THE CURRENT SECRETARY OF STATE – they guy who is responsible for the voting process. She is running against the guy who has horrifically mismanaged voting records.  She is up against the guy who has access to cheat if he so chooses.  We cannot just vote.  We have to vote in record numbers to win back the Governor’s seat.

Let’s cut the crap.  Stacey Abrams does not owe us anything – she has done her part. She has put herself up to run.  She has built an infrastructure.  She won the primary.  She has raised money to get her this far. Now it’s your turn as voters, donors, and volunteers.  Simply voting is no longer the standard for  civic participation for progressives.

 


Story of Rosie the Roomba

Rosie is the name of my iRobot vacuum cleaner.  Rosie is named after the housekeeper on The Jetsons and I love her.  She has been the family pet since December 25, 2016.  However, it took me a minute to get used to the NEW way to vacuum.  Normally, you unwind the cord and find a plug.  Then you move a heavy machine back in forth for 10 -15 minutes until the floor is clean.  You re-wrap the cord and put the machine away.  ROSIE was different.  Rosie runs for about an hour.  I don’t have to unwrap a cord for Rosie but I do have to take 1 minute to set up the room.  I lift the curtains and move the chairs where the kids eat so she can really clean the space.  It took me a while to change the way I thought of vacuuming.  Rosie is easier by a long shot but she required I change my participation in the vacuuming process.  Rosie takes longer and requires me to move things before we start – I didn’t have to do that before.  I had to change the way I thought about vacuuming.  If I can break a lifelong habit, accept the longer process of vacuuming, and change how I view the process of cleaning a floor  … then progressive voters can do the same in this election. 

Happy voting (and donating, and volunteering, and vacuuming).   

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chamblee54
chamblee54

https://chamblee54.wordpress.com/2018/07/26/politically-relevant/

I would prefer Miss Abrams to Mr. Kemp.
I am concerned about the followers of Miss Abrams.
I am also concerned that anything she says to fire up her own base will have the effect of alienating Republicans. Barack Obama was able to walk this tightrope, and get elected. It remains to be seen if Miss Abrams can.

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

Minor problem with your pep talk, many progressives don’t associate with a ‘party’. Strong candidates, yes.

Ellynn
Ellynn

I always found the ‘come to my church’ way of campaigning odd. This is not a thing in the wilds of the rust belt land of cows where I’m from. Closest things to it were the local county candidates that worked the lines of the Friday fish fries at the KC hall in October, the state rep who’s mom made him get in the dunk tank at the Catholic school fund raiser, and the Packer schedules that appeared under your windshield wiper while in mass from our US congressman every Labor Day weekend, regardless if it was an odd or… Read more »

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

It is in the black community. The church is a big part of daily life. In white liberal cities, the church is not likely the palce to campaign. Only the Bible toting rubes go right?

So why do you see Hillary go to black churches and speak in that absurd lingo? P A N D E R I N G…then forget about those votes until they scream racist racist about now in time for the next election. Sound about right?

Noway2016
Noway2016

You mean this absurdity!!?? LMAO! “I don’t feel noways taarrred…”

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Charlie, is this not a thread jack because he used the word “church” to tie his larger, unrelated diatribe back to something LBJ mentioned?

bethebalance
bethebalance

I thought ACP, you’d reply with how Kemp fakes his Southern accent like every day.
I personally don’t think there’s anything wrong with anyone getting into character, so to speak. As long as it’s not offensive to the listeners.

And if pandering was a political crime, there would be- let me guess- zero elected officials.

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Thread jack…? How about a straight jacket? You may drive everyone to wear one. Mommy, mommy look at what Timmy did…Pitiful

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

You want her to ask for your vote? Get off your butt and look at her policies. Thats all the asking you need. If not…look at Kemps:
More Guns
Less money for ungrateful poor people
Drive undocumented to the border which leads to…
Bigger truck
as far as I can tell thats what he is running on

FreeDuck
FreeDuck

I always wonder what border he plans to drop them off at. Florida? Alabama? And frankly, given his business is agriculture, I’d be surprised if he wasn’t “rounding up illegals” to work in his fields.

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Or confiscate your guns, no borders, higher taxes and you have to drive a Prius! Yes it is a clear choice!

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

Yes…close that damn border with Florida. My sister has a Prius…made in the USA . It gets great mileage. Higher taxes…how about just paying taxes rather than giving big corporation a multi-year free pass to come here.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Are you advocating that the current 50% that pay no federal income taxes begin to pay their, dare I say it…their “fair share?” Dang enlightened of you, Scottimus!

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

They might not pay “income taxes” but they pay a disproportional amount of withholding and sales taxes that more than make up for it…so maybe not enlightened…but armed…with facts. Thats something that snowflakes like you melt in front of

Noway2016
Noway2016

So, they rely on others to pay the income taxes…AND those other taxes you stated? Is that fair?

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Uh, the may not pay Federal Income taxes….really! Wonder who they vote for?

bethebalance
bethebalance

You obv did not read what he said.
And Social Security and Medicare withholding taxes are federal, income-based taxes, fwiw.

bethebalance
bethebalance

And DTM, it’s truly sad that you assume that just bc no income taxes are paid that means they’re poor, and thus Dems.
Stereotyper. Hater.
There are plenty of individuals and corporations with plenty of wealth, who with good accountants, avoid income tax liability.
Kind of wonder what Trump Org.’s effective rate has been?
Guess we’ll never know how ole tax-evadin’ Donny does it.
(He probably lies to the IRS, maneuvered money between his “foundation” and personal accounts, and has lots of laundered cash lying around.)

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Disproportionate ? BS! Everyone pays the same withholding tables. Just because someone makes $2 an hour and not $100 an hour is not everyone else’s fault is it? I demand a living wage of $25 and hour. No $50…no why not $100 an hour? That’s it. That will solve everyone’s problem. Uh, no it won’t. No one will have a job…

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

The important word is HAVE to drive a Prius….I think they are well made cars but I bet your wife does not drive one with the kids….Am I right? Why?