Hello. My Name is Antron Johnson and I am running to serve as the next Georgia State Senator in District 6, representing portions of both Fulton and Cobb counties. This is truly a unique opportunity to seek additional ways to serve our community and our great state.
There’s so much more of what this campaign doesn’t have, however, what we do have is the power of those who have had no effective representation to date. I will speak for them. They’re voices have power and I will work tirelessly to galvanize that power to unite our community and empower the true greatness of Georgia.
The time is now to stand up and become the leaders we so desperately need. I launched this candidacy in the face of great opposition because a stronger voice for economic recovery, inequality on every level and simply put…jobs jobs jobs. We cannot afford to simply rest on the laurels of our past military experiences, we must find a way to be vocal about what our constituents and their families require to survive. There is a way to get these things done and with your support, with your vote, I will do it.
Why should I be the next Georgia State Senator? A true advocate for Immigration Reforms will work to once and for all address the real focus needed for those working to build the very same port in Savannah that so many have lauded.
Opening the door for Temporary Work Visas but not for those who want better and are willing to work for it is a one-sided policy that favors inequality. Let’s find a way to truly have an open and honest discussion about our neighbors who want to be apart of the greatness in this state that they help to build.
I have spent a great deal of time in Savannah and I know and support the efforts that are underway, but you can’t be for one and not the other. Tolerance is not a good word. it implies we will accept the bad for the sake of the good, as opposed to just doing the right thing.
Why should I be the next Georgia State Senator? Voting Rights issues are not going away anytime soon so we need a representative in place who will not be more concerned with party affiliations than speaking for those who have the ultimate responsibility in selecting and supporting those they wish to represent them. Every vote should count, period.
I believe every voter should be able to be validated. What we must do is work to define that validation process on real life issues and not inter-party talking points for a national agenda being farmed out to the states for cover of a grass-root, organic ploy.
Those groups can focus on their own politics, while you and I work to remove the frustrations as well as ensuring we elect someone who will speak for you when politics takes over the policy. By adding my name to the conversation, I know several things for certain. First, we can do better. We have already been accused of being a “token campaign” against a one term State Senator who won the seat just one year ago. How that makes what we intend to do “token-like” I am not certain, but what I do know is with your help, the conversation will change to include a much wider audience; one not invited in the last election cycle.
They say all politics is local and I couldn’t agree more. This is about our community, our schools and our children. This effort is about Marriage Equality, Income Equality, Economic Growth for the State and Opportunity for our families. This campaign is about the people I am running to represent and the things I hear them say each and every day. This is about small businesses in our community who need the same relief its employees require.
There is a way to get this done, you just have to want it. I do and I know you do as well. Who needs a gun at church or on a college campus? They think we do, I think not. As the campaign rages on, I look forward to speaking on the things that matter most to you.
Today, in anticipation of our trajectory, we are redesigning the presentation of this campaign to exclusively include the “people”. This is not about me, but instead, the people of my district and the people of Georgia.
Continue to leave your messages for me, join this campaign so your voice is finally heard under the gold dome. I am Antron Johnson and I am running to serve as your next Georgia State Senator.
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I do believe there are some out there, i.e. Rand Paul, who would like to have a go at the WH by tripping into history by promising a big reform/repeal agenda for his base but instead find a practical balance in governing. The only way to know if I am right is to nominate and elect the GOP Senator from Kentucky, but then again, do we really want to take that chance?
What he doesn’t have is his father’s “movement coalition of youthful voters”, nor does he have the necessary chunk of independent voters nationally that would be required to galvanize the electricity necessary to dethrone the Ready For Hillary monarchy that’s growing small electoral kingdoms throughout the nation; the recent pod, planted at University of Miami, where the legitimate Queen of the ‘Cracked Ceiling’ will make a rare appearance.
There is no room for the Texas sized Cruz, the GOP firebrand who personally led the Republican House over a cliff of his own making last fall over the highly anticipated rollout of the Affordable Care Act on October 1. Sen. Cruz encouraged the House members to stand their ground against the legislation to the point of shutting down the federal government for 17 days, although he himself voted along with his colleagues in democrat-controlled upper chamber. His quasi low profile is a natural result of their [House GOP] perceived anger with the Senator for using them for his own gain like political pawns; but it worked, for him.
Christie, in New Jersey has his own problems as we’re all aware of. The scandals, perceived or factual are not going away anytime soon if dems are lucky or innovative enough. No need to beat the Christie horse brand beyond its own moaning death. Just remember, political timing can be undone by the appearance of a smoking gun for anyone who is not Bill Clinton.
Although the jury is still out on where the New Jersey Governor goes from here and how well he pivots, the money will definitely stop coming in for his potential candidacy in 2016 until the smoke clears and there definitely is a lot of it.
As we scour the nation for a likely un-Palin-like candidate, the well is shallow. Dems however must not overplay the hand it has been dealt or assembled. The idea is this-If you knew you were going to lose, what would your stand against the liberal agenda look like? Would you become more principled, for principle’s sake? Losing with style and grace as a republican only further divide’s the nation.
Republicans have a high wire performance to conduct and it begins now. They have to figure out a way to stand against abortion without getting into the weeds on birth control-not likely. This technically plays right into the hands of the fight the dems have waged through 2012 against Team Mitt, the infamous “War on Women”. You can’t have a Pro-Life fight without wading into the Women’s Rights political flank of terror. The in-fighting has taken on a Ringling Brothers quality as they Tea Party candidates look to “primary” Republicans for key seats at a time the GOP is looking to solidify its control in the House and gain seats in the Senate.
Principles, as Mr. Romney believed, were the only way the conservatives in America could “win their country back“. He moved his politics from the Center to the Right to win the nomination and then began the hard slog back to the middle only to be beat down by 47% of the nation he was attempting to wrestle ‘his America back from.
Principles that are guided through hurt and harm to any large swath of America can never heal half for the sake of the whole. Principles are the new No for the GOP in 2016. As Republicans fight against other Conservatives (Once, all the same thing, but now very different) for the control of the anti-liberal agenda, they must also wage a counter offensive against Democrats on a national plateau, one they have lost consistently since 2004.
Republicans have to determine if this fight will be a principled one; one which permits Ted Cruz and Rand Paul a chance at bat for the Republican nomination to simply “change the conversation” in America, typically a defeatist platform, or will 2016 be a chance for grown ups from both parties’ to hash out their agendas for the nation with real issues? Christie won’t win the nomination until he can dispatch Paul and the rest of the Paulites. That won’t be easy with his current troubles.
Paul won’t win the nomination until he is able to blend his Libertarian views with those in his party, but first we need to see which party Mr. Paul identifies most with, the Tea Party or the Republican Party. Both are fighting for their own independence from each other so there is much work to do. The Junior Senator from Kentucky has a better shot at becoming the Senior Senator after the ’14 midterms than President in ’16.
Here’s the deal, much has been made of the cosmetic changes the RNC is making of late, but when you look to pair those with pending legislation in Committee or near the floor; either of them, you see two very different directions the GOP is heading down. It’s getting harder and harder to “take back” anything when the American people are no longer willing to “give it back”. Free Market Principles are not as appealing to the have nots, especially when they now believe those principles steal from them and give to the haves. When you can, as former President George W. Bush said, “I’ve abandoned free market principles to save the free market system”, it clearly says, the principles have not helped, but instead, hurt “the system”. That’s my story and um sticking to it.
Antron Johnson for Georgia Senate
We couldn’t help but ask, for tonight’s short commute from The White House to the U.S. Capital building where the President, like so many before him, is expected to give his 5th State of the Union address is worth all the traffic fuss. Would a short flight on Marine One, Obama’s presidential helicopter, be more convenient?
Surely the safety of the President and the First Family is always paramount, however, with that aside, is the normal 25+ car motorcade necessary and efficient for such a short trip? The only time it seems we see Marine One at the Capital is every four years on January 20 when a president is inaugurated during the change of powers. The departing president is helicoptered to Andrews Air Force base for an awaiting, last official flight home aboard Air Force One.
Several networks as well as CSPAN carry the live motorcade carrying the President, but is any of this necessary? The 1.7 mile haul is certainly not the figurative slog in as much as it may be perceived ideologically, yet the 7 min drive often is as distant as the east is as from the west. Used as an opportunity for the sitting president to come before the Congress and the American public to lay out the agenda of the Executive branch. These are merely proposals the president will generally make as well as touting the previous years’ accomplishments. However important his or her (@Readyforhillary) presence may be, is the motorcade on nights like tonight, more pomp than efficiency?
That’s my story and um sticking to it.
Antron Johnson for Georgia
It may be odd to some that Speaker Boehner comes across as more “laid back” in his role as Leader of the House GOP and as reported in Politico, the Speaker appears to finally “be enjoying his job”. After three years, John Boehner (R) Ohio, is finally hitting “hitting his stride” as it is being told? He has recently publicly accepted his defaulted role as the driver of the bus that ran over the American economic system last fall during the federal government shutdown and now admits his party was the dog that Ted Cruz (R), the Senator of Texas wagged by its electoral tail.
It was October 2013 and the world according the Boehner looked horridly different, not just from the American populous as a whole-the world for that matter, but also from his own stance. It was then the Speaker said, I would rather throw a grenade than catch one”, when he was speaking about pulling back from the proverbial bargaining table to exact the eventual collapse of his parties’ ridiculous effort over the Affordable Care Act rollout, which was already under way by 15 days.
Although Boehner finally has seen the light through his fool’s errand. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said, “We inflicted pain on the American people that was totally unnecessary. We cannot do this again”. What I find amazing is, McCain, the Maverick, went on to say, “We, Republicans, have a hole that we’ve got to come out of and obviously we’re going to have to do a lot of work.”
First, clearly the Speaker has worked to climb from this abysmal hole and found a political place of zen, but how has his party faired? Not so good publicly as they continue to avoid the tough decisions. The Republicans often pride themselves on straight talk yet they continue to water down, stall or delay the tough fights ahead for the sole purpose of self preservation.
With the midterm elections approaching, we are seeing major setbacks both in statewide races where the balance of power an be easily tilted and nationally, where the conservatives are seeking a path to control both houses of the legislature. For example, a key decision by Republicans just beginning to see the light of day this morning would permit immigrants to have legal status, but not citizenship” is being swatted away by their own party for the sake of avoiding “internal party ruptures” before next November.
Pick an issue and you will find the conservatives are more at odds with themselves than, Obama, the Democrats or the scorned “liberal media”. They have identified themselves as a minority by alienating themselves from the rest of the electorate. America is no longer watching with interest; there no longer is interest in whether they will find consensus on a national agenda. It’s just as easy for the public to go with the already proven stereotype of Boehner’s wayward army.
Secondly, as McCain mentioned, has his party done the ‘work to “come out of” the ‘hole they were in just last fall? President Barack Obama and the democrats have been more successful in moving into their legislative posture for the midterms which has kept the Left on their heels when it comes to messaging. While the GOP is attempting to right themselves on last year’s messaging debacle and the shutdown, dems have pushed on to another intangible, inequality. Intangible because the GOP has to do all the heavy lifting to prove they are in fact for the equality of all Americans and lets face it, many of their positions, leave out many voters.
So while Immigration is a mountain that has grown from the 2008 mole hill of Obama’s first campaign, republicans still fight over how to define it and not come out as losers, as if, they haven’t already. It seems no one has told them, that going into yet another presidential election with nothing in place puts your party at war with itself, not America. There has been no hard work performed yet that would change the trajectory of the conservative party in national elections.
Why would dems use inequality at this point? It’s a treasure trove of goodies that will cause the GOP to stumble as they attempt to explain their opposition to any and everything. Republicans have yet to figure out how to deal with themselves and what they identify as their “principles”. Romney, as a presidential candidate in 2012 said he believed that those who were concerned with income inequality were just jealous. No, he really said, “You know, I think it’s about envy“.
When talking up Immigration, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has shifted in light of his potential 2014 presidential bid, that the 11 million undocumented workers currently in country should be (see his new word…) “normalized”. What the Senator wants to do is split the atom by not giving these workers “amnesty” or forgiveness for breaking the law and entering illegally although many of them weren’t responsible for being in the country, but instead their parents since they brought in as children. Normalization would require them to pay taxes, receive work visas but not be provided citizenship. Something dems would never stand for because it leaves these undocumented workers as “Non-voters”, which is the only thing the principled republicans are most concerned with.
The State of our Union is broken, not just from Washington, D.C., not just the Republican Party and not just the widening gap between the rich and the poor, but any legislative action the President takes is likely to further divide the Union of governance because the governing in America as a whole has become nothing but divided. Obama is not solely responsible for this, but Speaker Boehner and his caucus of GOP lawmakers in the House share most of the blame. Although The Speaker skips a new step with his increased confidence in the job he has been elected to do, twice now, Obama also looks to reassure Americans that he is not so ‘lame yet.
Principles will be the message of 2014, but more havoc is the gift politicians will gleefully hand over to the electorate as we lurch toward another midterm election which is only a Golden Globe’s styled preview to the race of 2016. This is that year where dems rollout there “inequality” message and republicans present their talking points of Obama’s “go it alone” strategy through Executive Orders. This process is broken, it needs a fresh breath of honesty and transparency. That’s my story and um sticking to it.
Antron Johnson for GA
As we too remember the work of Nelson Mandela, let us remember that the hard part of that work was forgiving those who had oppressed the people of South Africa, not him. Mandela believed forgiveness was easier to accomplish once he instead focused on the changing the laws which made those actions acceptable.
Even when he became the first democratically elected Black President in South Africa, Mandela resisted any temptation desired by others to seek retribution. The life of the man speaks volumes, so here, I don’t have too. He changed the world by not hating and instead encouraging equality for all South Africans. Words do matter, yet they matter even more when they are reinforced by action. That’s my story and um sticking to it.
Antron Johnson for Georgia
Come Let Us Reason Together, most often heard in the community churches in America speaks more to the ability to permit one who is seeking mercy from a higher authority, but beyond that, the verse of scripture found in the book of Isaiah of the Bible refers more to having a rare opportunity to find reason with God on a stated promise or position of His.
In Georgia this week, the Insurance Commissioner, Ralph Hudgens made some rather insensitive comments regarding those who medically diagnosed with pre-existing conditions as he was speaking about the fallout of the Affordable Care Act. As the elected head of the regulations arm of the Insurance and Compliance flank in the state of Georgia, the implication by Hudgens was that if you have pre-existing health conditions, one that likely prevents you from being able to purchase health insurance, well, it’s like a car crash that you are at fault in.
My first thought was, how insanely stupid for an elected official to appear at an event and make a statement from the perch of his position, that is so alienating, divisive and just downright ignorant. Just as video of Mitt Romney’s 47% doomed his 2012 presidential campaign, Hudgens is single handedly making himself the National Spokesman of the Republican National Committee and the GOP as a whole. When Commissioner Hudgens heard of the video of his statement had made the national rounds and prompted a White House statement from the Press Secretary, Jay Carney, he [Hudgens] said this:
“I didn’t realize I was being videotaped and that got on the Internet,” he said. “I never received so many nasty e-mails. I’ve been told that they hope I die. I’ve been told that they hope my children had cancer, just all kinds of things”.
Hudgens didn’t apologize for his comments, he didn’t retract them at the time and he didn’t seek to re-characterize what he had intended, but instead, “I didn’t realize I was being videotaped”. This, from the same person who was recently “videotaped” at a local event for pledging to be an (VIDEO) obstructionist of the political sort, by any and all means necessary.
The GOP Insurance Commissioner recently told the Atlanta Journal Constitution, that he “used a poor analogy” by comparing disabilities to careless car crashes. He went on to say, “I’ve had family members, I’ve had friends … who have pre-existing conditions…It’s not the person’s fault they have a pre-existing condition”; clearly not what he said on video a month ago while in front of a republican Women’s Club and among friends.
What has the Georgia Governor, Nathan Deal, had to say about the matter? Crickets. Absolutely nothing. In fact, Governor Deal has been quite busy collecting over a half million dollars from many of Georgia’s large insurance companies through his political action committee Real PAC. UnitedHealth Care, WellCare and several others are major contributors to the Governor, but I’m sure that has nothing to do with his silence or his unwillingness to insure 650,000 Georgians by expanding Medicaid as several other republican governors have already done.
When it comes to an individual’s “right to purchase” healthcare, and that is precisely what this law [the Affordable Care Act] does, there should be no politics. This should be our moment of reason. So since the GOP in Georgia has decided to keep this matter solely political by ignoring the needs of nearly 1 million of the state’s residents, there has to be a voice of reason.
If republicans both nationally and statewide truly want to change the perception most Americans and in this case, Georgians, have toward their party, there has to be a different voice heard, yet so far, nothing; just more of the same. Republicans can’t fight for the right to sell but ignore American’s right to purchase. That simply just won’t do in the Great State of Georgia or in this country. That’s my story and um sticking to it.
Antron Johnson for Georgia
Medicare drug costs have gone down over the last five years and everyone has rushed to take credit for the reduction which looks to be close to 40% overall. The Obama Administration was quick to accept the accolades of the reductions as a part of the Affordable Care Act law while republicans were just as eager to remind everyone that the Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act which was passed and signed into law by former President George W. Bush back in 2003 was the reason for reductions considering the law was designed to provide subsidies to Seniors needed additional assistance in paying for their prescription drugs. One of the major problems however, Bush added this program to the national debt, something republicans don’t talk about much, while Obama came up with a plan which was paid for in advance.
What everyone was willing to ignore in all the good news was the report issued by Propublica stating the drug assistance program for Seniors and those with disabilities is wasting billions of dollars due to physicians choosing instead to write prescriptions for name brand drugs and not the generic brands as the programs requires. Medicare Part D, pays in some cases $7 for a generics but when those physicians write prescriptions for brand names, the government still covers the whole amount of that prescription which is costing taxpayers billions over time.
Ironically, when Medicare Part D was signed into law and rolled out, it too was a disaster. What many may not remember and what republicans hope you don’t remember is that:
1. For the first year, many of the Seniors could not understand the benefits of the programs
2. Seniors could not utilize the website which was developed by The White House to get Seniors enrolled in the plan.
3. The same organization that republicans attacked for the ObamaCare development issues, also designed the site for the Medicare Part D rollout.
4. They begged the public for patience as they worked through the glitches of the rollout.
5. When it was time to vote in the Congress for the plan, actual bribes and arm twisting was done to get the necessary votes on the floor. Republicans didn’t like it then, but they voted for it anyway to cover Bush’s efforts.
6. Most of the Seniors today who are enrolled in Part D didn’t sign up in the plan until after the first year.
7. The plan’s rollout was so bad, President George W. Bush didn’t even mention it in his State of the Union address.
Some 10 years after George W. Bush signed that bill into law, 7 after he signed the drug benefit portion into law, republicans are gleeful about their involvement in the new cost reductions received by Seniors. Why were they willing to support providing subsidies to the elderly back then under Bush? That’s an easy one. Seniors by an large are there own demographic when it comes to being a strong voting block for conservatives. Meaning, elderly voters overwhelmingly vote Republican in large pockets of the country.
So why then would these same republicans stand in the way of providing subsidies to those demographics most often discussed in the lower poverty numbers under ObamaCare? Again, that’s an easy one; why provide assistance to the democratic voting block by giving subsidies to those who are likely to not vote for you? The quandary republicans find themselves in is when they see those like New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie winning a strong re-election in a blue state, they question his conservatism, yet it worked. Republicans are more concerned that the Affordable Care Act will work and that Americans will come to love the healthcare exchanges, just as the people of the State of Massachusetts do after then Governor, Mitt Romney was first to implement the healthcare initiative in his state.
As we did yesterday, let’s point out a few changes to the Affordable Care Act which were rolled out in 2011-
1A. 50% Discounts to those enrolled in the Medicare Part D plan for prescription drugs. This is why the Obama Administration believes they are more responsible for the Medicare prescription cost reductions mentioned above and not conservatives.
2B. Free Preventive Care for Seniors – Annual Wellness Services
3C. Established the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation: To determine and define the best quality of care to seniors.
4D. Established the Community based Care Transition Program which was designed to provide the best transition programs for Seniors in between hospitals and other places of care, homes included. Worked to reduce readmission procedures should they be necessary.
5E. The Independent Advisory Board was created to find ways to reduce consumer cost, hospital expenditures and improve health outcomes for patients by strengthening this portion of the law.
Republicans were all too aware that this was the case, and talked up some of these provisions as if they drew them up and were interested in continuing their unfinished work (from 2006). All of the healthcare law’s key provisions in the year 2011 were dedicated to both, improving Medicare Part D and making healthcare more affordable for Seniors. As I see it, Republicans laid a great deal of the ground work under President Bush through Part D’s legislation, even with a stumbled rollout akin to that of the Affordable Care Act, but where they came up short was much of the necessary financial resources required to get the greatest benefit to those who needed it most. Obama’s changes to the plan through ACA simply improved on the provision and that’s what Americans want to see, politicians working to improve where and when possible.
So if that’s the case, both Republicans and Democrats with President Obama have a lot to be proud about with all that’s been done. Republicans however are unable to share that credit because in doing so, they inadvertently will be admitting to the positive impact of ObamaCare. The President can’t give any shade of credit to Republicans because he then implies they’re way worked and his health plan hasn’t. The truth is, this only seems to be important [who takes credit and who actually earns it] inside the Washington beltway. Americans just want their government to work and if Seniors are enjoying cheaper prescription drugs, great! That’s my story and um sticking to it.
Antron Johnson for Georgia
Over the last year, we’ve spent a great deal of time discussing, like everyone else on the American continent, the Affordable Care Act or ObamaCare. Yet so much has been evolving toward this end since Obama’s election in 2008. The President, then Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) ran on universal healthcare in 2008 and he staked his re-election on the law’s implementation, which we can all agree didn’t have the best rollout on October 1 of this year.
What you can’t walk away from this believing is “Republicans don’t like the law” because that’s entirely not a correct assumption, regardless of their ongoing, vicious attacks and endless rants to the contrary. Obama pledged before a joint session of Congress in 2009, “The cost of health care has weighed down our economy and our conscience long enough. So let there be no doubt, health-care reform cannot wait, it must not wait and it will not wait another year”. Just about one year later, signed his signature health reform bill into law in 2010.
You could easily have walked away with the idea that conservatives don’t like the law, and that as a take-away but that is precisely what they [republicans] are hoping for. In fact, since 2010, there have been endless pieces of legislation that was voted on by both Houses of Congress that were all apart of the over all healthcare legislation that would become the Affordable Care Act, so when lawmakers say “We had no idea what was coming” or “This is a bad law and the whole thing should be repealed”, you have to wonder are they choosing to ignore the fact that they were apart of so many other smaller pieces of the puzzle that makes up the whole? Or is it simply easier to allow the voters, who don’t keep up with these things like we do, to believe over the last few years, we had no gradual steps to get here?
Once all truth is told, you realize these small steps along the way were in large part due to some of the anticipated conservative push back after Obama made it to The White House. The President knew smartly that with his parties’ majorities both House’s, Health Care and Immigration both could not be accomplished in the first two years prior to the 2010 midterm elections and HealthCare won out. To the Administration, HealthCare already had legs considering he could build on previous efforts by not only other democrats like the Clintons, but also big name republicans who initially supported the idea as one of their own.
If you have to ask which came first, the president or the law? Well, that’s easy, the law. Under this president however, the law has made some progress, here are a few:
1. Preventive Services now covered that weren’t previously at no additional cost to you.
2. No Lifetime Maximums for your health coverage
3. A new Consumer Appeals process for physician costs
4. Adding all consumer information to Online databases (Note: 2, 3 and 4 can be seen here)
5. Can No Longer Deny children with Pre-existing conditions
6. Prevents insurance companies from denying coverage for honest mistakes made by you or your employers after you have been diagnosed for an illness.
Now this was all done in 2010 alone. The Obama Administration released a Patient’s Bill of Rights in 2010 to lay the ground work for Americans to be protected from the health care industry. Where did Obama get these ideas? Thought you’d never ask, he got them from a Senate Bill proposed in June of 2001 by Senator John McCain, Senator John Edwards and Senator Ted Kennedy. This bill was agreed upon when Obama was just a Illinois State Senator, 3 years before his infamous 2004 Red States Blue States speech on national television.
President Bush had actually campaigned on creating a patients bill of rights similiar to the one McCain had proposed, but that year, other political pressures had Bush creating more obstacles to the plan than the solutions he promised. That was in June, but by August of 2001, President Bush claimed a victory when the House, including Republicans also were in favor of a consumer based bill of rights. The only thing that is different from Obama’s later revised version and the one President Bush and the GOP pushed through is it added more protections for Americans.
With what you know now, it is hard to imagine Republicans talking as if the changes that took place in the year 2010 were so disasterous to the country, when in fact, they knew all along and voted on many of these measures before Obama was ever elected President of the United States. This was an agenda republicans wanted as their own, so Obama believed, rather unsmartly that he would somehow have no problem getting many of them on board with the health reforms. We all know no how incorrect he and his staff was in that thinking. Tomorrow, we’ll look at the 2011 implementation of the Affordable Care Act and as ourselves, which came the first, the president or the healthcare law? That’s my story and um sticking to it.
Antron Johnson for Georgia
Some of you remember a time like I do when Republicans won national elections. What’s interesting about that factoid is they would typically win with huge landslides. If you go no further back than the years of Reagan, you force yourself to have to find the Democratic Party; literally. It was said that the “Democratic Party is losing confidence in the reason for its being“. The nation was no more conservative during those years than before so what was the cause of that national conservative lean? Sure National Defense could one, more Americans tended to feel more secure with a Republican in The White House, its possible. You could also say national pride after Jimmy Carter was in need of a major shot in the arm. Keep in mind, this was a time when states like California and New York, viewed as highly liberal leaning, also overwhelming supported the conservative brand.
To ask “What Happened To GOP Landslides” is like asking about Big Foot sightings; was it ever such a thing? Let me show you what those looked like. In the 1980 Presidential election, Governor Ronald Reagan (R-CA) was challenging President Jimmy Carter (D-GA), but challenge may not be the best word to use considering Mr. Reagan went on to win the presidency in 1980 with forty-four of the fifty states. That’s right, Carter only won 6 states-270 electoral votes needed to win The White House, Reagan had 489.
Not only did Reagan out-perform what anyone had intended, so did all of the Republicans due to Reagans long coat-tails down the ballot. Americans didn’t just vote for Reagan, they voted overwhelmingly conservative across the board…Why? Republicans had an epiphany; change the national philosophy towards republicans in general. “In the first decades of this century, the Republicans guessed wrong on economics, the role of government, and on ethnic issues, these debits are being removed, and the resistance to Republicanism is less severe, said Everett Ladd who ran Opinion Research back in 1980. He went on to say in this article, “A party becoming the majority party needs something positive, something more than general disfavor for the existing majority party”.
That about sums it up! Reagan was able to frame a positive message around his politics and sell it. He was an ultra-conservative yet mastered the concept of remaining positive as he pushed his agenda. But it didn’t end there, 1984 when Reagan ran for re-election, it was even worse for Democrats. Now the Minority, Walter Mondale who just four years prior served as Carter’s Vice President, returned to claim the Nomination for President and challenged Reagan. But again, Reagan was able to remind American voters of his ties to Carter and that better days were ahead.
The national mood among the electorate was more optimistic, money and capital was once again moving throughout the financial sectors and if there was ever to be a credible attempt to regain The White House, Mondale would have to change the conversation and he attempted to do that with his selection of the first female Vice Presidential runningmate, Geraldine Ferraro. It would do no good, Reagan went on to win his 1984 re-election by taking forty-nine of all fifty states. Mondale would win only his home state of Minnesota. Important to note, since I am always talking about Red States/Blue States, not until the 1984 election did the Republican States become identified as “Red”…NBC News used Red, as David Brinkley said, “R is for Reagan”. All before, like in the 1980 race, Republican states were always Blue in color
Republicans held The White House for literally a decade and would have won four more years had the Elder Bush, then a respected War-President not taken his eyes off the national economy and even less, had no ability to package the message as his predecessor did 12 years earlier; a new ‘message-king”, Bill Clinton would trump him on that one. Since then, gerry-mandered districts by both parties have replaced national messaging. We’re seeing the price Republicans at the national level are paying for that, i.e. Tea Party challenges.
So back to our question of the missing GOP landslides, well, now-a-days, republicans would be greatful for a national win, let alone a landslide victory. It looks fairly likely, they won’t be seeing any of either for some time unless their message, not its messengers, can be sold to the American people. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) summed it up best this way, “This [Immigration Reform] is President Obama’s number one political agenda item because he knows we will never again have a Republican president, ever, if amnesty goes into effect”. What the President and democrats are rightly doing through legislation, is making republicans a mirrored image of their former selves, pre-1980.
No positive message, no positive national philosphy, no cohesive political identity or ideology that even the party itself is willing to accept and no way to prevent democrats from rolling out the red carpet to those currently strategizing over at the ReadyForHilliary Organization. The land is sliding but not the way the GOP would prefer. In the last five years, the Minority party has pushed to the brink more than once, it has forced a shutdown which only backfired, but only after taking the nation over a fiscal cliff. What happened to the landslides? It shifted their party so far Right nationally, they are downright unelectable. That’s my story and um sticking to it.
Antron Johnson For Georgia