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Take-Aways from the 2012 Elections

Here are some of my take-aways from the election and possible lessons for Cobb, Georgia and the nation.

Here are some of my take-aways from the election and possible lessons for Cobb, Georgia & the nation: 

1) A diverse swath and coalition of Americans came together to re-elect President Obama...a great example of unity in diversity...representing the true "exceptionalism" of America. (As the President said in his victory speech: "our true wealth is our incredible diversity".)  And Georgia is not far behind with the slimmest margin of loss, only 4%, of the states the President didn’t win, except for NC.

2) Don't try to block people from voting, especially those who fought so hard for the right to vote---it backfires!  (As Rev. Al Sharpton said, the attempts at voter suppression awoke a “sleeping giant” as the African Americans and other minorities voted in record numbers.)

3) According to exit polls, 65% of Americans who voted want immigration reform which includes a pathway to citizenship for the undocumented immigrants here now.  Most Republican and Conservative commentators and leaders since the election have come out in support of this---how ironic!

4) Locally, in Cobb County, the Sheriff's opponent got over 100,000 votes (40+ %) without even campaigning…not much of a vote of confidence in a Sheriff who has been around for years and has made being tough on immigrants his trademark and claim to fame.

So, when it comes to the immigration issue, it appears that Sheriff Warren, Governor Deal, Sam Olens, Chip Rogers, Matt Ramsey, Rich Golick, and their cronies, are on the wrong side of history, just as George Wallace, Bull Connor, Herman Talmadge and others were, and that will sadly be their legacy if they don’t change, as Wallace eventually did and asked for forgiveness.

Bottom line: America, Georgia & Cobb has changed and is changing...as is the world... away from a white, wealthy, male dominated society which was largely controlled by exploitation and exclusion, to one which is reflective of the wonderful diversity of humanity and is more characterized by equity and inclusion. This is the real exceptionalism of America, as the President stated--our incredible diversity, unlike any other society. This election reflects that and eventually Georgia will catch up with the 21st century and this realization.

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Vorant1 November 16, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Keep stirring the pot Richard but that's all part of the plan isn't it? Division, class envy, racial bigotry, an us against them message that appeals to the uneducated, uninformed. Then use nice sounding words like inclusion, diversity, equity in an attempt to confuse readers even further. Classic tactics of the left whether Socialist, Marxist or Fascist just different sides of the same coin. Someone at Patch made a real mistake in allowing you a propaganda soap box for your divisive rhetoric. .
Richard "the Equalizer" Pellegrino November 17, 2012 at 09:03 AM
Thanks for your comment Vorant but you miss the main point--division, class envy, racial bigotry, etc--is what I and those I work most closely with are against and try to eliminate, first, from our own hearts, minds and ranks, and then, from our society--not by force, fear and intimidation (as the Marxists, Fascists, and other extremists did, using, as you wrote and I agree, catchy rhetorical phrases) but through education and information which is based on individual investigation of truth and the premise that we don't hold or know all the truth--no one does-- and are not always right--so we are willing to learn from and work with anyone--which entails the art of compromise. And we don't just spout rhetoric but work in the trenches with anyone who is willing for the rights of all... we are open to and have worked with Repubs, Dems, Tea Partiers, Libertarians, the 1% , the Black Panthers, and anyone who is willing to come to the table and put aside the notion that they are somehow superior to others or know it all and have all the answers. You and any reader are welcome to join us anytime and we will work with and learn from you and any group you belong to. We have a coalition in Cobb, as well as in many other areas of the country and believe that the power resides in the people wherever we are but especially at the local level. In fact, you have inspired me to write a blog about this in more detail, and how anyone can become involved, coming soon....

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