The founding Fathers of our nation looked upon this great nation as a “more perfect” union (See Preamble), yet much of what was broken then, is still broken today. Those brilliant authors and architects of liberty never afforded themselves the responsibility of governing minorities of any kind.
The fact that we as a nation, still believe, that we alone have the authority to legislate humanity in and of itself is a disservice. I wrote about this back in May, “We The People”, and asked the question: is my personhood my natural right or was it legislated?
Women were not equal then and they still aren’t today. Mexicans were obstacles to our Westward expansion since much of it was owned by Mexico, Indians were not considered sophisticated or intelligent enough to tend to the treasured lands they had lived on for ages so we established reservations and Blacks weren’t recognized as human; just mere slaves.
This failure to truly address these demographics was not just a failure of those days, but it remains. If you only had to write laws for a third of the population, but those laws “endowed” those citizens “with inalienable rights” over all the others, well, sure. Of course that premium one third is going to believe that God has blessed only them.
Women were only to be silent and seen. They themselves were to enjoy no public rights afforded to their husbands with regard to employment, voting and equality. But what of those who weren’t married? What of those who had been assaulted, what recourse did they have? What policy was in place to ensure their healthcare and welfare?
Don’t we owe it to ourselves to ensure we avoid the previous mistakes? Unfortunately, they aren’t perceived as mistakes by the perpetrator. They call it liberty, but for whom? Themselves? Our Governor, Nathan Deal has continued to support the notion that Sunday voting is nothing more than a “election loop-hole” that should be done away with!
As Voting Rights takes center stage in this Great State of Georgia and in this election, why is this an issue? Shouldn’t all efforts be made to ensure that all citizens vote? What purpose could be served by ensuring lower voter turnout is achieved?
Here’s one difference between my opponent and I. Government, I agree should not become the end all-be all of “big-ness”, however, it must not sacrifice its citizenry to remain small for the sake of the one third. We can no longer pretend the two-thirds don’t exist for the sake of small government!
Secondly, my opponent continues to support this unethical governor and his administration’s support of voter suppression. We must send a message to the State Capital that we will no longer support this backward thinking. We have big issues in our state and we need someone vocal enough to address them. We already know, per the Governor, that. Voting Rights “will be looked at in. January”.
On my iPad’s home screen, I keep a copy of the U.S. Constitution. It is such an awesome document. Its infrastructure is as impeccable as its vision for this nation’s independence and strength in the world. Progress however, cannot continue to benefit only the one third. So how do we instead govern the one third through the same checks and balances instituted in the Constitution?
Vote. President Lincoln said in his 1864 speech at Gettysburg, “We are a government of the people, for the people and by the people”. Those like myself must fight for the right to represent you. That power is yours! You, must endow us to defend those rights granted to you by that very same Constitution. Just as we, as a nation, declared our independence, so must you speak out for the progress for all people.
Don’t vote for me because I’m the first of anything and don’t vote for me because I am African American, but instead, cast your ballot because you trust your power in my hands and you believe I will speak on your behalf. My opponent hasn’t done either effectively. Each promise he made to you in the 2010 and 2012 races, he has failed to deliver, miserably. So why return him to the State Capital?
We the people of this Great State of Georgia must be able to expect our elected officials to do as we have spoken, not of their Republican Party super-majority. A non vote is a yes vote for my opponent and that simply won’t suffice this time around. I am Antron Johnson and I want to be your next Georgia State Senator for Marietta, Vinings, Sandy Springs, Smyrna and portions of Buckhead and Brookhaven. I need your support and I need your vote.
Antron Johnson (D)
Candidate, GA Senate
– District 6 -
Any Amount: AntronGASenate.com
There’s a great deal of talk about Democratic turnout this election season. Will it be higher than normal, can big names at the top of the ballot and visits by The First Lady of the United States, energize the base or are there enough “social concerns” like minimum wage increases and marriage equality driving voters to the polls?
More pointedly, there’s a much bigger deal being made of African American turnout this election cycle; like many times before. Depending on the district, demographics can and will shift, but will it matter? As both parties have fractured internally under the weight majorities and super-majorities, good legislative policy is struggling to the surface. Unfortunately, what there isn’t, is, a mobilization tool that increases turnout for the political parties as a whole, not just the candidates we’d like to win.
Truthfully, both parties are guilty of such an offense casted upon the electorate. What I have enjoyed however, is the show of support this campaign has continued to receive despite our odds initially. The road was never too high or too long and in November, our election victory as a community, will cement that resolve for making Georgia better.
This coming week, we’ll be out there, getting folks registered to vote and working to piece together the necessary logistics for early voting precincts, locations and transportation for those who would need it. Sincerely looking forward to working with some key supporters in the trenches this week. There is overwhelming support for new leadership in our Senate District and because of your support, help is on the way!
This is what we know to be true; we need significant turnout in the (1) early voting phases, (2) absentee ballots and (3) Election Day turnout. The numbers are with us, registrations are tilted heavily in our direction and passion hasn’t been higher in years. Now, two years ago when democrats lost this Senate seat to my opponent:
(1a) We out-performed republicans in early voting totals; which is why most conservative lawmakers disapprove of early voting in key urban areas because it cuts into their overall figures and reduces their chance of winning handedly.
(2a) We fell just short of the absentee ballots, but no surprise there; republicans universally have excelled at absentee ballots over democrats. Various reasons for that, but one of them may very well be, Republicans, typically, have been more rooted or stable in the cities where they reside. Dems have generally been represented by demographics that tend relocate more often.
I spoke about this back in April, just prior to the Primary Election when I pledged to support “Voter Portability”. This legislation would simply do away with having to “re-register” time and time again once a voter has relocated. This legislation would simply create a state-wide or regionally identifiable voter registry. Unless you relocate from that region of the state or that state entirely, once you register, precincts would then permit any registered voter that right.
(3a) Since my Senate district comprises portions of two counties as of 2012, after the Republican led Georgia Congress expanded it…why? (More about that in a minute). In Cobb County, which makes up the vast majority of the district, democrats showed up in big numbers and would have kept the seat in democrats’ hands, however, the newly added portion of the district, Fulton County (Sandy Springs), fell 3,000 votes short of what was needed, by republican design.
Why was this done? Well, my opponent had previously ran for the same seat in 2010, however, Cobb County had done what it has always done, vote. So the GOP knew there was no way it could win without more votes, so they simply added a heavily conservative portion of neighboring Fulton County to tip the scale. So, no one was surprised that my opponent ran again, against the same Democrat incumbent he lost to just two years prior. I mean, why not? You were just gifted with new voters in the district.
So here we are, looking at how we can increase our turnout among our already existing registered and likely voters, hoping somehow, a better Georgia and prospects of more effective leadership will tip the scale back toward the people of our district. When I say, “the numbers are on our side”, that’s not rhetoric or political bluster, they really and truly are. Only If we can simply break through the noise.
Let’s not become complacent. I generally enter a room of democrats and ask, “What is the name of your current State Senator? Crickets. When I raise my hand and swear on the bible under the golden dome of our State Capital, you will never again struggle to answer that question. You will know that they under estimated the will of the people and we are more victorious for it. Beyond policy and rhetoric, you will know that I am Antron Johnson and I am your Georgia State Senator.
Add your name to the list, go to AntronGASenate.com and contribute to this calling. We need your vote, your support and your resources if we want to truly make the necessary difference. I thank you.
Antron Johnson (D)
Candidate, GA State Senate
District 6 -
So many are waiting for change but what does your waiting look like? Biblical teachings assert that, “…they who wait for the Lord will (1) renew their strength; they will (2) mount up with wings like eagles; they will (3) run and not be weary; they will (4) walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31). If waiting keeps you that busy, how busy should you be while you’re awaiting political change? You have the right to vote, one that many have fought and died for, yet many more refuse to wield its power to change their own way of life. Their simply waiting…
Even those who “wait for The Lord”, are busy performing steps one thru four above as they wait. So, maybe we ought to redefine what precisely waiting is. As a voter, what are you doing as you wait for Georgia Blue? What are you doing as you anticipate a new Governor in Jason Carter? With just as many registered Democrats as there are Republicans in Georgia, why is the state bright red? Because there’s a whole lot of unproductive waiting going on.
I wrote a book, scheduled for release late this Fall, 2014 entitled, “Hope Is Not A Verb”. It was written at a time I was waiting. Ironically, putting pen to paper allowed me to renew my strength, keep from becoming weary as well walk with my head up…three out of the four above isn’t bad. There are only two times in the bible where there is discussion about the renewal of strength and they found within two verses of each other, yet the latter begins the next chapter and is often ignored. “let the peoples renew their strength; let them approach, then let them speak”. In their waiting they still moved and spoke out.
In that book, and I hope many of you will read it, I talk about acting out your hopes as you wait. When you do, you’ll find that you leap without fear of consequence. What is it that we need this November? Sure, we want victory, but there’s only one way we can get it! (1) renew your resolve for reshaping your own ideals for your life. (2) mount up and gather your friends and family of like mindset to organize for equality and change. (3) Let’s run and move with purpose to enact policies that benefit the many, not just the few. (4) Walk together into a November Victory.
My opponent loves the same God that I do, however his dedication is to his political party, not to the people he was elected to serve. Last minute yard signs and political appoints won’t change the look of that; his silence is golden. He has served this nation honorably in our Armed Forces, just as I have, yet he has been MIA from this district since his swearing-in and that is nothing to be proud about. He can’t “wait” for this election to be over and I can’t wait for his term to be over. You can help me with that! Vote.
There’s a great deal of work to do between now and November. Republicans are not excited about their slate of candidates, although their rhetoric says otherwise. We expect that, however. I encourage those folks to join us in support.
For you bible scholars, there’s nothing wrong with waiting…just as well, for all you who worked to elect Barack Obama as President of the United States, we also need you to elect me as the next Georgia State Senator for District 6. We need Jason Carter as our next Governor and Michelle Nunn as our next U.S. Senator. Turning this Great State of Georgia blue won’t be hard, the numbers, the voters are on our side, just wait a moment. We just have to get busy while we wait. That’s my story and um sticking to it.
Antron Johnson, (D)
Candidate for Georgia State Senate
Here’s the thing! As the political environments over time have become more complex in their correctness, they’ve also grown just as complicated in their partisanship. No one knows what anybody is talking about anymore; we just know that we either agree or disagree. Republicans have been notorious at this. The grey areas have only gotten bigger while the more defined issues have merely become mired in the weeds.
What this has done for those of us seeking your vote is either forced more clarity on the issues or more vagueness and ambiguity. Let me be the first to say, it’s been more of the latter than the former for the GOP; but not us and not this campaign.
Where republicans tend to throw rocks from the fringe with slogans like “take our state back” or let’s “take our country back”, I want to explain why you letting them do that is a bad idea. While the GOP loves to talk about fiscal conservatism, I can’t wait to explain that what they really mean by that, they’re going to cut the services you desire to preserve theirs. Just 3 days ago, Michelle Nunn’s opponent for the U.S. Senate said “…this is how we’ll take our country back“…but he didn’t say how.
Well, let me tell you. He was referring to the typical code words like “amnesty” and “secure our borders”, because he can’t say shut down the immigrant migration of Mexicans and Hispanics. Calling it amnesty makes anyone who supports providing these folks “who already live here…and have always lived here since their parents brought them to the United States over twenty years ago”, makes them appear weak on border security and national security.
You see, you don’t have to spin the truth when its right. The object is, being on the side of truth. The people of Georgia know what the truth is, they just aren’t seeing it in the legislation being proposed by their elected leaders. My opponent has just been silent as well as absent and we can do better. That’s why I’m running.
My opponent has been quiet while his leader, Gov. Nathan Deal speaks for the party. I couldn’t be more happier with that strategy. The “ride out the clock strategy” won’t work this time and I am grateful for my supporters who continue to remind of that each time they show up at an event emboldened by the opportunity they see before them.
Its simple. It is not only about registering people to vote, but instead, mobilizing the voters we’ve already registered. Next week, our supporters will be able to log on to AntronGASenate.com and volunteer as Car Pool Captains. The idea is to take someone with you when you head to your precinct or anytime during the early voting periods.
We have to get beyond just the one vote mentality when looking to turn the district or the state back to blue or even deeper purple. As a voting block, this campaign is blending all the demographics, not just one vote because we have too if we anticipate a win in November. In order to win, we will need Jason Carter’s Pledge, but also my plan for mobilization.
A few days ago, I resisted the temptation to jump right into my prepared remarks or my stump-speech which is usually loaded with issue oriented matters like Medicaid Expansion and our Governor’s lack of support despite the fact that it would immediately provide healthcare to 650,000 Georgians, and instead just spoke with passion about getting our people to the polling places, ensuring they have proper identification and etc.
We have the issues on our side, folks. We know what we have to do. We’ve talked with disgust about ethical mishaps for the last four years in our state and we’ve pained over MIA representation in our Senate District over the last two. We know what we have to do…, keep it simple! We need to elect Jason Carter as our next Governor, period. And when I’m sworn in as the next Georgia State Senator from District 6, I’d love that honor to be shared with our next Lt. Governor, the first ever woman, Connie Stokes. That’s my story and um sticking to it.
Antron D. Johnson (D)
Candidate, Georgia State Senate
District 6 – Antron@AntronGASenate.com
So, let me get this right. Nathan Deal, Governor of Georgia (until November), is now in support of Medicaid Expansion as long as its for children from Central America being brought to Georgia as refugees to live with volunteer Sponsor families. Deal is willing to support this, but continues to reject all the federal dollars awarded to Georgia’s uninsured. So the over 650,000 uninsured residents of Georgia, will remain uninsured? (See original article below)
Governor Deal is for this “IF” the Federal Government is footing the whole bill? Someone should inform the Governor that Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act, the same one he opposed for Georgia’s residents does exactly the same thing, does the Governor know that? Could it be because its not called the “Obama Assistance for Children from Central America Act”? Must be an election year.
As I’ve said from the beginning, I support the full weight of the Affordable Care Act including the expansion of Medicaid for the uninsured. What the Governor is now proposing, albeit with a wink and nod, is his support for providing Education assistance, Healthcare assistance and anything else these children might need for. I commend him for stepping up, if we could only get him to do the same for my constituents in my District and people all over the State of Georgia.
Antron Johnson (D)
Nominee, Georgia State Senate
Originally posted on Political Insider blog:
Gov. Nathan Deal has gone to great lengths to assure his supporters that he’s against the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. But he carved out one exception this week.
It has to do with the more than 1,100 unaccompanied immigrant children transferred by the feds this year to the care of sponsors living in Georgia. The influx comes amid a surge of Central American children fleeing instability and violence at home to illegally cross the southwest border.
The governor said in an interview he expects their number to grow, and that he’s hearing they could be granted official refugee status. That means they could be eligible for state welfare programs, the costliest being healthcare coverage.
And that’s where Deal is in favor of the feds picking up the full tab…
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If former U.S. President, George H. Bush thought she was qualified to lead “his” Points of Light Foundation as it’s CEO…then why shouldn’t we Georgia?
Much has been said, and I’m putting it mildly, of the prospects Michelle Nunn has going into the general election to become Georgia’s next U.S. Senator but what they hope you forget is that they used to like her very much in all the GOP circles.
In 1989, during his Inaugural address, the newly elected president, George H. Bush spoke of the millions of charitable organization around the nation doing awesome things to help other Americans in need as “Points of Light”. That same year, Michelle Nunn joined “Hands On Atlanta”, the two organizations would ultimately merge keeping Bush’s given name, Points of Light.
Interestingly enough, Republicans lauded the skills and expertise of Michelle Nunn as she ran the global organization which spans 22 countries with 250 domestic affiliates. Well that was until she finally (they had asked several times before, but always refused) decided to accept the Democrats’ request to seek the U.S. Senate representing the State of Georgia.
Saying that the GOP fangs came out would seriously be putting it a false spin on it. Shortly after her announcement, Conservative groups, many who once looked upon her gracefully, launched attacks against her and did their best to negatively associate her with President Obama. However, like many of us know, she quickly moved to remind them that she had been picked to serve (VIDEO) by their standard-bearer and statesman, George H. Bush.
They want you to forget, that they once thought she was qualified. They hope you never come to fully know the efforts she made in ensuring Bush’s Points of Light Foundation, one that he continuously mentioned while in The White House, became a reality; and it did.
Michelle Nunn will be the next Georgia U.S. Senator and the opposition is currently afraid of that. Calls have already been made about Governor Deal and the GOP Nominee, David Purdue, and the GOP is sincerely worried as they should be. Michelle and I will need you to do your part. Don’t just get out and vote, we both will need you to take two or three people with you. This race is not like any other, with so much riding on the progress of our people and this nation.
Millions will be spent on the November midterm elections by conservatives and you have to know why. Although they currently have control of statewide government, the citizens of this state, statewide, are no longer willing to settle for this type of shoot from the hip governing. I need you to commit to supporting my campaign! I say often, this race is not about how much money can be spent for personal branding, this race is instead about how many people we can get activated and mobilized when it is time to vote. Know the issues, know what they don’t want you to know…I can guarantee you, the truth will fix this nonsense. That’s my story and um sticking to it.
Antron D. Johnson (D), Nominee
Georgia State Senate-District 6
This week’s closing Primaries opened the doors to the final stretches of this 2014 Campaign and Election Season. Although the road is long before the huge November Election Day, the rollout of the Georgia Democratic Nominee Ballot highlights just precisely why the eyes of the nation will be on the State of Georgia.
I remain optimistic that this campaign will propel my candidacy and that our chances of retaking the Senate District 6 seat is most likely. The good news is, our entire slate of candidates on the Democratic ballot is absolutely stellar, for such a moment in time as this.
We have an awesome opportunity ahead of and let me tell you, the numbers that truly matter are indeed on our side. Make no mistake about it, we are in an ideal situation to take back this Senate Seat for the people of Georgia. From the outset, we wanted to remain above the noise and the political rhetoric by simply delivering the facts. Here are a few:
(1) Recent polling in the race for Governor in Georgia places State Senator, Jason Carter, the Gubernatorial Democratic Nominee up in the polls by 8 points over Republican incumbent, Governor Nathan Deal, with the potential to only widen as the race heads toward the fall according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Questions about the ethical conduct of Governor Deal has only become the bane of his campaign’s existence with recent rulings requiring ethical payouts and settlements at the taxpayer’s expense for his administration’s mishandling of the public’s confidence.
The list of the ethical violations on behalf of this Governor are simply too many to list, however, they are all well documented and as the AJC stated, “a lot of sleepless nights“ for the Deal Campaign are ahead. What once looked like a strong incumbency, now is the one of the weakest in the nation for republicans with regard to re-election hopes.
(2) Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former Republican powerhouse, Sam Nunn, is honestly our best hope to hold on to the U.S. Senate, but locally, she is clearly our best choice for steering our state back toward common sense legislation and representation for the people of Georgia and the polling data is proof that Georgians agree.
(3) With Connie Stokes (D) sitting in good shape as the Democratic Nominee for Georgia’s Lt. Governor’s race, facing off the incumbent, Casey Cagle (R), the line up on this year’s ballot is a strong representation of the will of our state’s people to change course. I’m excited about what is ahead of this State and the passion of our voters.
The strong support of various communities within the State for Carter and Nunn, only solidifies the opportunity we knew Connie had going into this race earlier this year. Let me add this, the day I qualified for the Senate Seat back in March 2014, it was Connie Stokes who offered her sincere wishes and support for turning Georgia Blue. Although the hill may have looked hard to climb for both of us at that time, the voters have continued to stand with us and I know that the Office of the Lt. Governor in Georgia will be under the direction of Connie Stokes come this November.
We have a lot of work to do! However, what we have found this election cycle is that, huge war-chests won’t be enough to win over the will of the people. My campaign is working to establish open lines of communication with our voters to ensure their message, their concerns and their desires permeate through the election noise.
The incumbent in this State Senate race that I am facing has continued to stand with this wounded Georgia Governor but polls won’t be enough. Our focus remains on the very things they have pledged to continue to oppose such as Medicaid Expansion which Connie Stokes has been hitting hard on lately, Education and Ethics Reform, a strong foundation for Carter’s win strategy and Equality at all levels.
I continue to be the voice for Marriage and Income Equality and the necessary reforms to our State’s immigration policy and its supporting legislation. Here’s the thing, there is room for compromise and I am confident we can all get the job done, but first we need you to work for this strong ballot team! This won’t just be about your vote or your resources, but instead, we’ll need you to host parties, contact your friends and families to garner their support, become “Carpool Captains” to ensure everybody who wants to vote, has the opportunity and the necessary transportation to vote.
Everyone has a role to play. Just know, when I raise my hand over the Bible under the Golden Dome of the Capital building in Georgia, I will do so with the backing of those who sought to retake their state government from the droning sound of an opposition party. That’s my story and um sticking to it.
Antron D. Johnson (D), Nominee
Georgia State Senate, District 6
Nevada Rancher, Cliven Bundy who recently enjoyed his 15 minutes of fame when he staged a public standoff with Federal Agents over his illegal use of federal lands to graze his cattle, has now left the Republican Party. After his “let me tell you something else about the negro” rant, those in the GOP, who had supported Mr. Bundy’s refusal to pay taxes scattered.
Fox News Channel made this guy, Mr. Cliven Bundy and his family national celebrities by not only promoting his hateful antics but by also providing them prime time television for the purpose of rallying their republican base; the idea was to make the Obama Administration and federal officials appear to be “taking” the rights of hardworking ranchers away or better yet, taking his cattle away.
They never talked about the fact that Mr Bundy owe $1 million in taxes and grazing fees and that his refusal to pay is the only reason why his cattle were temporarily seized. However, they supported the militia, the actual armed militia who occupied Bundy’s ranch, hunkering down for an actual war. Republicans applauded and furthermore facilitated this behavior, all while suggesting that middle class workers and those who are working poor, pay their fair share.
They, the GOP, also never seemed to understand that it isn’t only considered hate when ethnicities and an individual’s skin color is involved. Mr. Bundy repeated all the same republican talking points uttered by those in our state and federal government. Several 2016 potential presidential candidates even chimed in by adding their voices to the cause, but quickly ran for the hills after Mr. Bundy removed his hooding.
What real hate is, well, it surfaces when although immigrants who’ve found new homes in this country by working hard and African Americans who have put themselves through school or started businesses of their own are brought into the dialog of a rancher and the federal government. Keep in mind, Bundy’s house of cards as well as his 15 minutes of fame evaporated right after his unsolicited ‘negro summations.
No one asked, no one prodded, but there they were, for all the world to see on primetime. Immediately and as they should’ve, establishment republicans and all those anti-big government soldiers began to take 20 paces back away from the Bundy clan. All the talk of him being the face of “real america” were gone. All those who ran to microphones to add their two cents as to why he was the voice of real pain only then left the microphones to their spokespeople.
Real hate has become just as modern as our technology. It hides itself in our legislation and in our lack of tolerance for those who have real need. We know who those people are, but we still add road blocks by suggesting a “demonstration of that need” but be provided. Show me how hungry you are; Give me something that shows how unemployed you are and if you can’t, you’re obviously just not working hard enough, is the new conventional wisdom.
Real hate encourages one’s lack of tolerance as a “individual freedom”. What members of Congress who sided with Mr. Bundy, prior to their disavowing his comments fail to understand is, most Americans see intolerence and injustice through an entirely different kind of prism. In the face of our nation’s lack of employment and financial progress, Americans have grown tired of this nonesense. Hate has gotten in the way of us doing all the big things we once did generations ago. Our progress is beginning to look a lot less like forward motion and a great deal more like a horrible history we have traveled far to overcome. This entire episode featuring the Bundy’s exposed just how fractured our political system is. It also demonstrated how easy it is to be exposed of our truest intent; to disenfranchise in the name of freedom.
We don’t build landmark bridges anymore, we instead create traffic jams on them as political retribution. We don’t do the very things that still today feed our local economies such as Hoover Dam or Stone Mountain in Georgia. Our anger and hate prevents us from building because it is so much easier to tear down. Many employers cut their workforce only to increase their stock prices, but then blame the economy for the cuts. You simply can’t have it both ways.
As long as we can point to someone who is successful, then the assumption is, “you aren’t because you’re not doing enough”. We are going to do our part to change that when I am elected to the State Senate here in Georgia. Real hate is walking around with a copy of the U.S. Constitution in your top pocket as Mr. Bundy does as if that document is his resource.
How many rely on the same document that you and I do as their source of injustice? Mr. Bundy said:
““I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids—and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch—they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.
“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”
All of that with the copy of the Constitution in his pocket. We have to do better. Real hate is using that document to block a women’s right to choose, supporting legislation “intended” to make voting harder rather than more assessible. Real hate is labeling hard working Americans as takers when you know they are simply too busy working to effectively respond. Real hate is using the very freedoms of our nation to impose restrictions on all those we disagree with.
I am Antron Johnson and I am the Democratic Nominee to become the next Georgia State Senator. We are here because hate, whether it because you either support or disagree with same sex marriage, or whether or not you support relieving the tax burdens on small business, hate is that thing that crushes or punishes the lesser of a defenseless people for self serving gain. I keep saying “real” hate, because this hate wraps itself in the American flag and good intentions, while simultaneously throwing the rock and hiding its hand and I simply won’t stand for that.
Georgia Senate 2014
What does Victory look like? Hard to say considering the fight to regain the Georgia Senate Seat in District 6 has only just begun. We are facing a well-funded candidate, however, money alone, will not deliver for my opponent a repeat of the 2012 race after Republicans in the Georgia Assembly voted to shift the district lines to make a more difficult for a Democrat to win.
That won’t be our excuse and we intend to win. Now, let’s make this clear. Many have told me that we wouldn’t make it this far, and they were wrong. They said we couldn’t, without powerful friends, a law degree or tens of thousands of dollars, make it through the Primary Election against a military veteran who had the wind at his back.
We learned rather quickly; they were wrong. They continue to be wrong and with the support of the folks in this district as well as the business owners who have seized this opportunity to speak for themselves and not the conservative movement who believes they alone understand how to grow mom and pop businesses, we learned that they were wrong.
Walking into the polling location here on Lower Roswell road makes me keenly aware that real freedoms take sacrifice and sacrifices breeds risk and opportunity. It becomes immediately obvious that hope is not a verb; here is where we mobilize those ideals and live out those desires, however, now is the time to act. We’ve done it before and we will do it yet again when the polls close and we are proclaimed the Democratic Nominee.
As I enter, what is running through my mind? The many who await real, comprehensive Immigration Reforms so they could stop living and working in fear of being separated from their families. Whether you’re talking about just here in Georgia or in our nation’s Capital, Americans by and large support the necessary reforms for those in our Latino communities.
I am thinking of those who regardless of putting in forty hours a week on their first of two jobs, they still continue to live in poverty, labeled as “working poor”. No matter what they do, they will continue to rely upon the state and national programs to meet their most basic of needs, however my opponent’s party continue to imply that they are “takers” or lazy with no regard for carrying their own water.
I have a plan to address both imperative issues; get our state’s budget back in the black as well as relieving the demand on the state’s entitlement programs. You would think the GOP would get behind this because it addresses everything they say they support, however, not so.
I enter Eastvalley Elementary School, to cast my vote for improved and better funded education policies that will truly put our children first. Let’s not kid each other, the Common Core standardized testing does require some improvements, however, the concept of the law requires each child, regardless of where they live, to learn and comprehend the same as any other child in the country. Every U.S. President since Lyndon Johnson took a crack at it, yet we continue to work to improve this most valued goal.
Identifying myself with an official Identification card and confirming my address in miniscule, a minor blip on the radar, for what is at stake. However, I cast my vote proudly today because I know there are many like Paul Broun, a Republicans-U.S. Senate Candidate on this very ballot who believes Immigration Reform is “morally wrong“. He went on to say “giving them the right to vote”…”only helps democrats”. I cast my ballot for the State Senate today because, this can no longer be about the party, but individual rights.
As demonstrated in states like Texas, where having a middle initial on your driver’s license but not on your voter’s registration would force you to utilize a provisional ballot instead of your original designated one, or North Carolina, which just passed the nation’s harshest Voting Rights law in the entire country. I step up to the polling box understanding in this very State of Georgia, countless men and women suffered so that generations of hardworking individuals would one day be considered (1) People, then (2) Citizens, (3) Voters and ultimately (4) Equal.
So if you think a thicker campaign war-chest will cause our energy to wane or dissipate, we have been underestimated. I will call on the leaders of this State to support this campaign, to make room for us at the table for several tens of thousands because we aren’t coming to dinner alone. Those who championed these causes in past elections, those who labored for justice, we walk into this polling location with our heads high because we continue to stand on your shoulders.
We campaign on Education because we live it. My three children attend Georgia’s public schools and we see first hand where the funding and innovation is needed. Our supporters know where we stand, however, this race is not about reaching the base for us, but also reaching out to those who can pull themselves away from the vitriol and the venom what our political system has become. We see a better way where doing what’s right doesn’t cause pain.
All the John Lewis’, the Doug Stoners’ and the Shirley Franklins’ of our great metropolitan area. To all the Jeff Grahams’ and the hard-working people who continue to fight for what is right, not what is free. As a candidate who just voted for himself, the honor cannot be effectively described, just know however, as I waive to those anxiously waiting for their shot at the experience of the ages, it all became clear; I have already won, because I am Antron Johnson and I am the Democratic Candidate for the Georgia State Senate.
Over the coming days and weeks, we’ll begin to systematically lay out why it is that we should work each day to ensure that I take the Georgia State Senate seat back for the people. More importantly however, we have to do more than simply impose the same rhetorical talking points of the political parties as well as my opponent’s flank, but instead, “show” why we are running the best campaign with the ideals of everyday Georgians in mind. Our job over the next several months is to unravel through awareness, the legislation that just passed our State Assembly. Not because these measures were in response to the will of the people, but instead the necessity of the contolling majority. We have to inform people, that even when it doesn’t appear to be a fair fight, we continue onward for the sake of all those who came before us who sacrificed for what the GOP hopes you lose the will to fight to maintain.
Today, we head to the polling booths to speak up and speak loud. We live in a nation where this right to speak, if left in the hands of some, will either fight vigorously to erode it, or simply stand by to ensure the majorities’ will is enforced regardless of the fact that the very act undermines our national constitution. Well, I ask that you go speak; inform those who’d dare presume that you are at asleep at the wheel that they have made a great error.
The Primary Election being held today is the nation’s largest this year. More states are intended to head to the polls to cast their ballots for candidates who will round out the midterm competitions and I am standing up to ask right now for your support and your vote.
What we do today is not for me and as I have stated time and time again, the people of this Great State stand to gain a true advocate for the concerns of those who desire income equality, marriage equality, improved education initiatives with funding to support it, lower state taxes without off-setting fees to compensate for the revenue shortfall and jobs for our hard working citizens.
I do not intend to wage a nasty campaign, we simply don’t have too. The people will stand with us; strong and determined, while simultaneously angered by the ongoing extremism that dominates our state politics. We simply have to do more and we must define what “more” actually looks like.
We will indeed be outspent, but fortunately, this race isn’t about who can raise the most money, however, who can galvanize the people of this district to once again speak, vote and distinguish for themselves, who truthfully represents their values. We’ve been told that “they” are coming to take their country/state back, but I continue to ask, take it back from whom?
What will the “taking” look like? Well, you’ll have to start with Voting Rights, then work your way down to Equality measures for those unaffected by the suppressive rights imposed. Then you’ll head on over to those you simply refuse to count, our growing Hispanic and Latino populations that span from Savannah, Georgia all the way up to Marietta, Smyrna and Sandy Springs.
As soon as you think the republican party is done, they’ll continue to attack, albeit in vain, the healthcare reforms recently implemented that has insured millions, while pretending to ignore the fact that over 650,000 Georgians still remain uninsured from our Governor’s stubborn failure to expand the already paid for, already budgeted, not saving a knickle by rejecting Medicaid plan. Round all that off by ensuring everyone and anyone can take a gun to local churches, schools and parks., because somehow that’s going to improve “freedoms” in our state? Not hardly.
We launched this campaign to bring the voices of those citizens who were uninvited to the table, back to the conversation and that is precisely what I am going to do. We’ll make some mistakes along the way because we aren’t running the campaign of a career politician, but understand this, the people will prevail on November 4th when I am elected Georgia’s State Senator.
This effort is about undoing this GOP experiment which was made official through our recent gerrymandered district in 2012. That won’t matter in 2014 because the people have seen through this as nothing more than a power grab that many republicans don’t support. We head to the polls today to speak; we intend to speak loud choosing our representatives and those who will craft the next waive of legislation to lead this state. I thank you for your support. I am Antron Johnson and I am running for Georgia State Senate because I truly believe, “all men are created equal”.