Posted: 9:58 am Monday, January 20th, 2014

Injecting a dose of politics into MLK Day 

By Greg Bluestein

We’re at the Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative service where Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to announce plans to add a certain civil rights leader’s name to a prominent spot on the Capitol grounds.

Deal’s expected announcement, whether intentional or not, injects an extra dose of politics into a ceremony already tinged with it. Also scheduled to make remarks are Sen. Johnny Isakson, Rep. Hank Johnson and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

A flurry of candidates have sent out pitches tied to the holiday. We just got one from Rev. Raphael Warnock, who will be delivering the keynote address in a few minutes at Ebenezer, urging support for Democrat Michelle Nunn’s Senate run.

Democratic Party of Georgia chair DuBose Porter told partisans that the struggle for King’s “beloved community” still rages and urged Democrats to “set aside our own interests and instead labor to build one another up, working as a community for the common good.”

And the Georgia GOP released its own statement commemorating King’s life, with minority engagement director Leo Smith imploring supporters to “work to ensure that Dr. King’s legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of us all.”

We received a different sort of plea from former State Sen. Steen Miles, who is invoking King’s name to try to get an invite to a Senate debate next week.

The organizers of the Georgia Municipal Association’s Jan. 27 forum are only allowing candidates who have raised at least $100,000 to attend. For the Democrats, that means only Dr. Branko Radulovacki and front-runner Michelle Nunn. And Nunn told us last week she won’t participate.

Miles, a Democrat who is far from meeting that threshold, sent us a statement that evokes Dr. King’s stance on “economic justice” and warns of too much focus on the money game.

Dr. King spoke of the twin evils of discrimination and economic deprivation. We are guilty of both when we exclude rather than include based on money alone. Part of Dr. King’s solution to the twin evils was to appeal to the conscience of the nation. I appeal to conscience of the GMA and all Georgians to cease to anointing political leaders based on wealth.”

7 comments
Bernie31
Bernie31

Mayor Reed and Governor Deal in the House that MARTIN Built and NOTHING on the ISSUE OF AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE For America and Georgia.


From EITHER one of them.......


SHAMEFUL and TRULY DISGUSTING......

Enoch19
Enoch19

Mary Elizabeth, don't be a ninny.  Politicians who "advocate" generous give away programs get rich.  They just do it off of other people's money.  Notice how Nancy Pelosi's net worth tripled?


Intelligent people examine progressive policies not by their (erstwhile) intent but by their results.  And the results of all this progressivism have been horrible.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@ MajorDowning - We are to accept the racist card you throw out, and ignore the bloated MARTA crony job and piggy bank machine that gets repeated poor audits, and great expense per passenger mile?

MajorDowning
MajorDowning

A statue of Dr. King is nothing more than a symbol. When state government condones the behavior of it's legislature as it attacks the rights of local counties for the sake of destroying them for political purposes. Deal spend your time stopping those actions if you want to seek favor among the minorities of this state.


@The_Centrist race has always kept MARTA out of OTP Counties. If you ask they will tell you the truth.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Funny headline and small undersized admission (copied and pasted follows) that this has gone on EVERY year for decades.  "injects an extra dose of politics into a ceremony already tinged with it."

No news or insight here.


Meanwhile, this will NOT be an item in this leftist blog, but just one reason why OTP Counties have run from the corrupt MARTA (and not due to race relations):

"To stanch losses in recent years, MARTA cut transit service and jobs. All the while, it preserved some pension benefits that allowed many employees to pile up richer retirements than most workers can hope to get. One of the most lucrative benefits was available only to some employees."  (surprising source - AJC)

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

"It is better to go through life with a scarred up body than a scarred up soul." - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Any politician who goes into public service with the intention of making millions for himself/herself, and who insists that the poor, elderly, and disabled make sacrifices has a "scarred up soul."

EdUktr
EdUktr

@Enoch19 MaryElizabeth, alas, is a well-known and frequent "ninny" on these pages—with an obsessive dislike of non-Democrats and an uncontrollable compulsion toward income redistribution (YOUR income, of course!)