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Unfortunately, the General is lagging behind the Democratic primary, but I ran into a video of him speaking about how shameful it is that 4 of the 6 current Republican primary candidates have said they would support Georgia seceding from the US.

http://www.youtube.com/...

What really offends me the most is that none of these Republican secession candidates ever wore, even for a single day, the uniform of our country, ever carried a weapon, or heard a shot fired in anger.  Not one ever put their life on the line to protest our freedoms or liberties.

This video really knocked me out, because it strikes right at the heart of the teabaggers, the Sean Hannitys, and everyone who is lately scoring cheap political points for talking of secession.

I have no connection to the Poythress campaign.  I just think that this video simply and powerfully shows that there are excellent Democrats in the South, and I'm glad to hear them speak from time to time.

He describes himself as a moderate Democrat, and I'd imagine he has his own criticisms of Obama (who is not mentioned on the Poythress website, but then again, I suppose governors don't need to come out and comment on a controversial federal climate).  Nonetheless, I'd much rather see the General in the governor's mansion instead of Sonny Perdue.

http://www.poythressforgovernor.com/

Originally posted to philipb on Wed Nov 11, 2009 at 07:21 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Stupid is as stupid does (0+ / 0-)

    What would they do if we actually let them go?

  •  Roy Barnes is a better GA Dem (0+ / 0-)

    candidate for Govenor.

    •  Why? (1+ / 0-)
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      nippersdad

      I'm not being flip, I'd really like to know. He lost to Sonny last time, and managed to piss of the teachers in an election year. I thought he was ok as gov, but I like how Gen Poythress seems to be a Dem with spine. It's about time we had someone on our side run as a Democrat rather that republican -lite.

      "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts." Daniel Patrick Moynihan

      by atlliberal on Wed Nov 11, 2009 at 07:48:28 PM PST

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      •  seems kinda republican-lite to me (1+ / 0-)
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        atlliberal

        jobs that are held by legal, tax paying members of our society. We want reasonable access to good medical care everywhere in Georgia. And we want the lowest taxes and the least governmental interference in our lives as possible.

        He's a moderate republican (unless he votes in a way that fits that language and not take it to the extreme) in my book, but not a bad win to have either.

        Dem's have been trying to appeal to the reasonable/educated independent/maybe republican politicians which isnt a bad idea - republicans see that with Cao, they dont want to lose a seat that is in a blue area so they dont punish him.

        Tweetivism -- Tweet all members of the Senate on twitter at once, with one easy form. Push HCR, thats the current topic!

        by no puma on Wed Nov 11, 2009 at 08:00:52 PM PST

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    •  I have one very personal problem with Barnes (0+ / 0-)

      He signed a law which stated that anyone under the age of 21 who gets a speeding ticket loses their license for a period of time (a year for me), and then has to take both tests again to get it back.  I went through my sophmore year of college w/o a driver's license.  For this, I will always be angry.  

  •  video here........... (1+ / 0-)
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    no puma

    For the true measure of a man is not by success or failure The true measure of a man is not what he has accomplished but, what he is still willing to do.

    by The Shepherd on Wed Nov 11, 2009 at 07:34:22 PM PST

  •  I'd like to knw where he stands (1+ / 0-)
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    nippersdad

    On more issues. But you are right that it is good to have a Dem running who's not pretending to be a Republican. I like his style, I'd like to hear more about what he wants to do.

    "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts." Daniel Patrick Moynihan

    by atlliberal on Wed Nov 11, 2009 at 07:53:14 PM PST

  •  on the obama message, w/ the right cred (0+ / 0-)

    I think they are trying something out with him

    - How to win by keeping the message of Obama, but keeping politics local -

    This would work in a lot of these districts where the tea baggers knock out moderate republicans and the dems have a chance.

    They throw a guy like this in there with the right message and look for the area and let the nuts kill themselves.

    Imagine the pundits on tv, Democrats win GA - GOV? That will erase any BS regarding NJ/VA

    Tweetivism -- Tweet all members of the Senate on twitter at once, with one easy form. Push HCR, thats the current topic!

    by no puma on Wed Nov 11, 2009 at 07:53:54 PM PST

  •  As someone that did wear the uniform, (0+ / 0-)

    I do not agree with the General.

    Others gave their life so that I could be free and I was willing to give mine to preserve that freedom for myself and for future generations.

    However, just because I served in the military does not mean that I think those that those who choose not to serve are less American, less brave or less entitled to make their voices heard.

    My military service was an act of gratitude. I did not join to prove that I was brave or that I was a patriot -- only that I was thankful.

    I did not serve only to protect the freedom of those who shared my faith and shared my politics, but also to protect the freedom of those whose politics make me sick and whose faith I do not understand.

    As a veteran, I do not feel that my military service entitles me to any special privileges other than those outlined in the constitution and available to all Americans regardless of veteran's status.

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