Lucy McBath – Georgia’s 6th Congressional District Miracle

27023340_2079986038905413_6646339981118946822_o - copyThere were so many upsets in this past mid-term election, that it’s hard to keep up with them all.

This story, the story of Lucy McBath stands taller than any of the others in my opinion.  Never in a thousand years would I have thought Georgia’s 6th District would go blue.  The racial makeup of the county in 2010 62.2% White, 25.0% Black, 0.3% Native American, 4.5% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 5.3% from other races, and 2.7% from two or more races. 14.3% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are several reasons why I marvel at her success by winning this Congressional seat in “red” state Georgia during last year’s mid-term.

First, if you don’t know her story behind why she chose to get into politics in the first place, you should know it because it’s so profound it gives you goose bumps. Her son was brutally murdered at a gas station, while with some of friends, by a white man who said their music was too loud.  The shooter used Florida’s stand-your-ground law as his defense. He was not found guilty of murder in his first trial. In an October 2014 retrial, the shooter was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Second, to choose to run in the 6th Congressional District of Georgia was about a gutsy as anything a black person could think of. The 6th District, is an affluent suburb North of Atlanta in Cobb County, mainly white. My old district when I lived in Cobb County Georgia. It’s Newt Gingrich’s old district, Tom Price’s old district, the disgraced Health and Human Services Director appointed by trump.  It was always held by a white male until Karen Handel in 2017.

The story of Karen Handel is unflattering to put it mildly.  While I was living in Georgia, I followed her and her politics very closely.  Briefly, Karen Christine Handel Walker; businesswoman, politician, and member of the United States House of Representatives for Georgia’s 6th congressional district. In 2017, she became the first Republican woman from Georgia elected to Congress after defeating Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff in a special election to fill Tom Price‘s vacancy in Georgia’s 6th congressional district; this special election remains the most expensive congressional race in American history.  In the recent 2018 election, Handel lost the election to a full term to Democrat Lucy McBath.

Handel previously served as Secretary of State of Georgia. A member of the Republican Party, Handel worked in business before entering politics. First elected in 2003, she chaired the Fulton County Board of Commissioners until 2006, and then was elected and served as Georgia’s Secretary of State from 2007 to 2010.

In 2011, Handel was appointed Senior Vice President of public policy at Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a charity in the cause of fighting breast cancer,  and left on February 7, 2012, following the foundation’s controversial decision to eliminate and then later restore funding for Planned Parenthood, an organization to which she was opposed. Handel sought a second term in the 2018 midterm elections but was defeated by Democratic challenger Lucy McBath.

Finally, to beat Karen Handel after Handel trounced John Ossoff in the special election this year for Tom Price’s old seat, is nothing short of miraculous to me.  John Ossoff was a great candidate and ran a great campaign, but even he couldn’t unseat Karen Handel.  Never in a million years would I have thought that district would go blue, not to mention going blue with the seat being won by a black woman.  The districts demographics haven’t changed believe it or not.  It’s still predominantly white and Republican.  What has changed is obviously the number of forward-thinking white voters who decided – in this year of the women – to look beyond their past political biases and cast their ballots for the (best) candidate.  This is very encouraging to say the least.

My only regret is that voted in the district for thirty years and never, nor did I think I would ever have, the opportunity to vote for a man or women of color with the hope of them winning. It took courage – inspired in part by the tragic death of her son I am sure – for her to run and answer her calling to do something to try and help make a difference in our society’s woes.

Now a newly appointed member to House of Representatives 116th Congress Rules Committee by the Honorable Nancy Pelosi and twice elected Speaker of the House of Representatives.  How awesome.

My new hero, Lucy McBath.

 

The Repugs Attempt to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act

cow_stepping_in_his_poo_2209835My father used an enormous number of clichés, axioms and old sayings when I was growing up as a kid.

One of my favorites was “it’s like a cow shitting and stepping back in it.” Yesterday, the Repugs inability to pass their long-awaited legislation to “Repeal and Replace Obamacare” is analogous to the cow trying to shake the shit off his hoof/foot after shitting and stepping back in it.  This gross misstep came after seven (7) years of repeated threats, and after taking more than 50 votes in the House of Representatives to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or the artist known as “Obamacare”.  Of course, keep in mind, that these votes by the House were taken with full knowledge that they didn’t have to worry about repercussions because they knew the President, Barack Obama, whose signature legislation it was in the first place, would simply veto the bill; therefore, they could go about their merry way(s) and blame him for blocking their brave and bold attempt to kill the Frankenstein monster known as Affordable Care Act (ACA), or the artist known as “Obamacare”.

To better understand the repugnance of the saying “shitting and stepping back into it”, you have to understand and appreciate the required misstep one – in this case the cow – has to make, and then understand the anger, frustration, disgust and uncalculated move you (the cow) would have had to make to create this most unfortunate event.

You see, if you have ever had the opportunity to observe four-legged farm animals, be they cows, horses, sheep, goats, etc., or animals in the wild, like elephants, giraffes, lions, or whatever; as they move gracefully through the pasture, or the plains of Africa, you will notice they never step in their own shit.  It doesn’t matter how much shit is on the ground around these animals, they never seem to step in their own shit.  What’s most amazing to me is, these four-legged animals cannot see their feet (certainly not their rear two feet), yet they can walk continuously, going about their way, and never step in the piles of shit that lay in their paths.

However, there are these rare occasions, and rare they are in deed, where the cow will occasionally shit and accidentally step backwards in it.  When this unfortunate occurrence happens, its’ amazing to see how difficult it is for the cow to get the shit off his hoof.  You can also see the dismay on the cow’s face, at the moment this happens.  It’s as though it was saying to itself, dammit, what the hell do I do now.  What the cow does then is to immediately lift the shitty foot in the air and tries to shake off the shit.  Well, if you know anything about getting shit off your shoe, it tops the list of crap that’s seems almost impossible to clean off your shoe – say gum for example.  So, the cow shakes his hoof. and shakes it and shakes it, but to no avail. So the cow just decides to start walking in hopes the shit will just wear off.

So, the cow in this case is the Repugs who, for more than seven (7) years and more than sixty (60) (House) votes later, to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or the artist known as Obamacare.  In addition, there were countless house seats won by the Repugs during the last two (2) Midterms – and most recently the pathological liar name trump – all won by the Repugs because they campaigned on this one enormous lie – they would repeal and replace  the Affordable Care Act, or the artist known as “Obamacare.”

The shit in this case is the monumental, colossal failure on Friday to garner enough votes to get their inhumane health care bill through a vote in the House.  As in the case of the cow, the Repugs immediately began trying their damnedest to shake the shit of their embarrassing – egg in your face – setback, using selective finger-pointing, first at each other, then the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, then at the Freedom Caucus, then at the Dems, then on the weather, then on Sponge Bob, etc, etc.

But guess what, like the cow, cleaning the shit off their hoofs will be most difficult, and, even if they can, the smell of shit will remain on them for a long while.