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”.
Our State’s history has not been kind to our present in many aspects. Because it appears we have either forgotten or would much rather choose to forget, the Great State of Georgia is no longer approaching a fork but instead a cross road.
What we are facing, what is right in front of us will require much more than a slight right or left. Crossroads require us to be truthful not only about the journey ahead, but also the paths we’ve already trailblazed behind us. The challenges ahead are not new ones; we’ve seen them before. However, what once took literally one hundred years, will take less than a fraction of that this time around.
My campaign to become Georgia’s next State Senator has purposed me for the people of this Great State. But therein is where we find the problems with where republicans in this state, see their own ideologies pushing for the days that have long been removed, but from our memories.
Democrats and Republicans are not fighting an ideological war on the rights of the people, we are at odds over who precisely are “those people”. Nearly two years ago, I wrote an article, “What Is This America They Speak Of” and the question I had hoped to raise was when we speak of the American people, who are we talking about? Is it those who laid down the tracks for the first railroads, those who performed as property owners or maybe those families who worked as sharecroppers. There were two Americas and neither of them belonged to the Susan B. Anthony’s or the Sojourner Truth’s of yesterday.
The United States Constitution has long led the way for our nation and its trajectory. I am grateful to live in a land where the rights of its people are protected, valued and defended. However, that’s just one half of that story. The other half is where we find ourselves fighting today. (1) Who are the People? Whereas we developed rights first, we, as a nation, never felt the need to identify who “the people” were because to our founders, it was already understood.
They began with We The People…, but many more occupied this State and this land than those considered to be people at all. Great effort was actually taken to single out those who would not be considered at the federal level as well as at the state and local levels.
Take for example, “That all men are by nature equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society…, (enter state of society, meaning excluding slaves). Well who were the slaves? Were they not people? What about the Native Americans?…Were they not people? Well, not people represented by this government. This quote was found in the very first paragraph of the Virginia Declaration of Rights 1776 and became the foundational framework for the Constitution.
The greatness of our nation to evolve sometimes gently and other times by the force and will of the people has made us who we are. (2) Am I a person via legislation or by my human right? Is my personhood because you have proclaimed it to be so or am I endowed by my Creator? Any reference to a “person” in the Bill of Rights, the U.S. Constitution or the Declaration of Independence was never referring to me the day it was written and for over a century. We live to perfect these truths.
We work to improve equality in pay, the right to vote for all citizens, a women’s right to choose as well as a person’s right to love whom they choose. As we approach the Primary Election period later this month, I hope many of you remember and therefore value the accomplishments of inclusion that has only made this Great State what it is today.
Stand up and fight for the rights of all people, not just the days when life appeared simpler for you. It was during those days, that others were victimized for the way they looked, where they were from or who they loved. How ironic, although we have blazed ahead, many more of our people are still fighting these battles.
Cast your votes for those who are committed to moving this State and this nation forward by ensuring the rights of all people. Many stand and tout the works of the founding fathers, but it was our nation’s first President, George Washington who said in his Letter of Transmittal to the Congress, “It is obviously impractical in the federal government of these states, to secure all rights of independent sovereignty to each, and yet provide for the interest and safety of all: “Individuals entering into society) ( <– here’s that quote again, taken straight from the VA Declaration of Rights), must give up a share of liberty to preserve the rest“.
The key is that last sentence, “must give up a share of liberty to preserve the rest…”; even they understood, we all would be required to “give up something”. If we remain truthful in that regard, the concern many have is, giving up something for those whom you feel are unworthy of your sacrifice. Let me say, there is no legistlation or law for such worries.
If we are to begin legislating as many around the country would have us do, we then, as a State, and as a nation, will once again plunge ourselves head first into what we have all struggled to climb out of since the late 1700’s. Today, “We the people” means, us all. This government “Of, by and for the people” relates to how we work and activate our ideologies for the sake of the whole.
This isn’t about taking our country back, but instead about moving this country forward. For any public official to even engage in that type of laced hatred in not only insensitive to the people of this state and this great land, but also disrespectful to the law of this land.
I am running the “People’s Campaign” because I want my actions to serve as a milemarker for the distances we have come as a community as well as a landmark for the place we will afford ourselves to look back at. Giving women the right to choose what is important for their own bodies, strengthening the rights for Voting and making the effort to ensure accessibility after so many “sacrificed” for that rest of us.
You can’t possibly read the Constitution now without seeing the rights of the many who were infringed upon without regard. We can’t return to that. Those founders are not bad, just not informed. That’s no longer our excuse today. We know children need health care, we know we can’t legislate through hate. For those who intend to maintain the status quo, I am Antron Johnson and I am going to be your next Georgia State Senator because “We The People” matter. That’s my story and um sticking to it.
Antron Johnson (D)
Georgia State Senate #6
A few years ago, I performed a research effort to look deeper into the election of Barack Obama for the purpose of sharing with other political junkies via Wikipedia. My goal was to break down the strategy of the most unlikely candidate on the face of the planet and define the winning strategy utilized.
Following that research, America received yet another opportunity to see what we all missed the first time around in 2007 when he first sought the presidency. In 2012, we once again saw the political process turn on everything it thought it knew. This was not just another re-election, its what I later named the Obama Rule.
While the State Senate campaign we are currently bringing forth is entirely a different race than that of anyone looking to be President of the United States, however, the Obama Rule has changed how we all view campaigning and getting out the vote efforts.
To expand the electoral college map with the use of several tactics such as increased partisan voters registrations that could shift the outcome of an election; the use of micro-targeting voters that elevates the individual and what is likely to concern them socially and campaign in that area on those issues to win their vote; or divide the household vote into two separate votes if one does not support your candidacy allowing one to cancel out the other is defined as The Obama Rule. This edict has been the most effective tool in the decolorization of the electoral college map in the twenty-first century.
When Barack Obama came to the national scene in the 2004 Democratic National Convention at the invitation of then Presidential nominee, the United States Senator from Massachusetts, John Kerry. Barack Obama, then, the State Senator, United States Senate Candidate and future President (2008-Present) from Illinois launched into his keynote speech rejecting the divisions of America by ideology, race and those states which tilt Democrat (Blue), Republican (Red) or one with more Independent political views (Purple). The message of inclusion encouraged everyone to get involved in the unification of American values by getting neighborhoods, towns and cities as well as states to work together.
During his Illinois Senate race, Obama ran unopposed and with the successful delivery at the DNC, Obama went on to become the Senator from Illinois easily. After Senator Kerry was defeated by George W. Bush in 2004 for the presidency, Obama made the short list of possible presidential candidates for the 2008 election cycle. For what was expected to go handily to then New York Senator, Hillary Rodham Clinton, former First Lady of 42nd President of the United States and former Governor of Arkansas, Bill Clinton, the 2008 Democratic Presidential nomination would turnout to be the longest primary battle between Senator Clinton, who was once considered to be the inevitable candidate and Senator Barack Obama.
By empowering grass-root supporters to build a network of even more groups in support of his candidacy, Barack Obama was able to form the largest community organization which went on to become known as Organizing for America, the eventual home base of the technological war room.
His campaign provided blank meeting forms, campaign letterhead and other official campaign documentation for any supporter to print off from their own personal home computers with the hopes creating thousands of cell groups working in tandem with the campaign. The Obama 2008 campaign brought everyday supporters in on conference calls to equip them with weekly strategy and talking points. In months, Barack Obama had built a powerful network of locals in every community around the nation.
Where Senator Clinton had built her campaign with larger corporate sponsors and donors, as it was the custom for political campaigns to do, Barack Obama was able to expand the number of his donor base by only asking them all to donate $5 or $10. Because more donors were able to contribute smaller amounts, more Americans were likely willing to give to his efforts than those able to donate the maximum $2,500 FEC contribution.
By expanding the donor base, Barack Obama was then able to expand the number of states he would be able to campaign in as well as purchase advertising space in more competitive areas than Clinton. This “expansion” was the birth of The Obama Rule. By expanding the 2008 Primary map, it stretched Senator Clinton’s campaign too thin exposing the internal vulnerabilities of her strategy sending her campaign into a panicked over-drive.
The Obama Rule, equipped with technology, digitally linking supporters with local contacts in their neighborhoods and all tied into a database of registered and likely voters would ultimately bring down the infamous Clinton Machine, Senator Clinton’s vast support, contacts and financial donors, as it was fondly known and Barack Obama would go on to win the 2008 Democratic Presidential Nomination.
The operation, overseen from the Obama Campaign Headquarters in Chicago, Illinois would be re-tooled and reintroduced in the 2008 general election against Republican Presidential Nominee, Senator John McCain of Arizona and his Vice Presidential running mate, Sarah Palin the Governor of Alaska. Social networks for the first time were utilized to keep supporters advised of all made by the campaign, further empowering supporters through inclusion.
Although Barack Obama, the candidate, became a media phenom, political junkies, college students and political analysts observed how the electoral map began to shift registered voters to likely voters in states historically unkind to national democratic candidates, i.e. North Carolina, Colorado, Virginia, Wisconsin, Indiana, Pennsylvania. Although Former Governor Of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney was the first candidate in the country to use micro-targeting a decade earlier, it was Barack Obama who perfected it by micro-targeting newly registered voters through his voter registration outreaches that would help tilt the “color” of the state his direction.
The Obama Rule, when enforced effectively, forces opponents to defend once thought safeguards and multiple strongholds while simultaneously attempting to make gains in other battlegrounds states and hold off the onslaught of heavy ground movement driven by social issues which drains the opponents campaign resources. At that time, the opponent is faced with choosing which attack to address, while conceding others.
For example, in the 2008 campaign, then Senator, Barack Obama used this edict to win the presidency by expanding the base of donors with small donations which built the grass root movement with self governed supporters, thereby expanding the reach of the campaign while also expanding the electoral map. Senator John McCain and the Republican National Committee were unable to run their own campaign as they had wanted because the expanded map forced them to respond and react as opposed to drive and be proactive.
John McCain, now faced with ground attacks from every direction on the map and used the bulk of his campaign cash on hand to respond leaving himself vulnerable in his own home state of Arizona. In order to force McCain to spend more money, Obama began to campaign in the Senator’s home state, hoping to woo the growing the Latino vote. Arizona once a stronghold for conservatives and convincingly in McCain’s corner began to lean and became a new battleground state.
Obama announced that the 2008 Democratic National Convention would be held in Colorado, and by doing so would expand the electoral map even further in his favor. The following states were targeted in 2008 using the Obama Rule to make all national politics local and increase the voter involvement in all demographics:
1 – Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, *Florida and Nevada- Their growing Latino populations.
2 – Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio- Auto Industry and Manufacturing jobs.
3- Iowa, Florida, Indiana- Education, Economic issues, Independent Voters
4- Virginia, North Carolina- Military conflicts in the Middle East (Afghanistan/Iraq)
5- *Nevada- Economic (Home foreclosures, Unemployment)
The McCain campaigned failed to effectively balance the electoral map with concise policy proposals that were different from the previous republican administration. The Obama Rule requires the opponent to appear present and in control all over the electoral map simultaneously, but McCain had no technological infrastructure in place to effectively monitor the map in real time and manage the ground game to work in tandem with the campaign and political action committees.
In the 2012 election, democrats once again utilized Organizing for America to launch an “information arms war” coupled with social networking resources available to nearly every voter with a smart phone. Through effective micro-targeting, democratic campaigns were able to reverse their projected political misfortunes and convert them into electoral victories. As the electorate has moved away from telephone landlines and political parties, instead, adopting political independence and technology with the use of the Internet, campaigns will be encouraged to utilize this resource of door to door classic campaigning specifically for the “desired” voter, establish a trust and follow-up.
What the Obama Rule has done to define the psychology of the division in the electorate cannot be understated. The nation will continue to be evenly divided on new terms. Formerly, party lines were drawn by ideology alone, today however, the nation’s demarcation line runs through the conservative’s ideology and the American voter’s issue of the day, represented by a more liberal party. Issues will continue to win out against ideology especially if that ideology is perceived to exclude any demographic.
What the Obama Rule did for his campaign will also now be blueprinted for other campaigns all over the country and to be quite honest, it was used in several elections all around the globe since 2008. What Obama did was to perform all the heavy lifting most campaigns had just became too lazy to do-Walk the neighborhoods, inform the voters and educate their fears. By doing that, he empowered them to change their neighborhoods with just one vote; their own. That’s my story and um sticking to it.
Antron D. Johnson (D)
Candidate, Georgia State Senate