Burnaman for GA HD 20       P O Box 1893     Woodstock, GA  30188
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About More "WE" and Less "ME"

"Me and my husband love Woodstock."  As an English teacher, I hear sentences like this every day and cringe each time.  Why?  Because if you remove "and my husband", you are left with "Me love Woodstock."  Sounds pretty stupid, doesn't it?  

The other problem with the sentence is that the person saying it is elevating his or her importance over others in the sentence.  "Back in the day" when I was a student, we were told that "you" always came last and the "me" of today was an "I" back then, so the sentence would read, "My husband and I love Woodstock".  Leaving my better half out of it for the moment, you're left with "I love Woodstock.", which sounds much better.

Grammar aside, I really see this "Me-dom" as a social attitude that displays itself in lots of ways. We used to call these actions rude or inconsiderate. Following too closely when driving, not indicating lane changes, pulling out in front of on-coming cars, jumping in line, name calling, belittling people who are different from you in any of a number of ways, or have a different opinion or life-style - these are all ways that self-absorbed "It's all about ME" people operate.

A little history:  Georgia was founded by James Oglethorpe who hated the fact that people were suffering in debtor prisons in England.  He appealed to King George, who allowed him to take some of those poor souls to a new colony in the New World, which would be called Georgia.  The motto of the Georgia colony was “Not for ourselves, but for others.”  In February 1733, our state’s founders and the first colonists, sailing on “the Anne,” landing  in what is now Savannah. Upon arrival, he gave a small speech to the new colonists, telling them that there were there to create something great.  He said, " “every little will do something; and a great number of small benefactions will amount to a sum capable of doing a great deal of good.”

I worry that more and more people either don't know how to or have just given up on thinking for themselves.   I worry about the mean-spirited acts I see every day because I see it in school.  Children mimic their parents.  Rude people that take advantage of others, who think nothing of telling "little stories" otherwise known as lies. Their actions and words belittle others.  Some even have the audacity to call themselves "Christians".

Many of these same people hate unions because they are "so corrupt", apparently oblivious to the fact that unions gave most workers a 40 hour work week, paid vacation time, employer-paid medical benefits, a higher wage, MUCH safer working conditions, and a way to approach owners about working condition problems.  All this "terrible stuff" some people believe should be destroyed immediately (if not sooner). Yeah, let's go back to 1800's.

Now, we have elected officials who are trying to do away with property taxes, substituting them with "fair" or sales tax. The people who moan and complain about property taxes are usually those with lots of property they have to pay taxes on. They think the "little people" should pay taxes, not them.  What property taxes do is to allow counties to pay for vital services that we all actually hope we'll never need - police, fire, and some  ambulance services.  They also pay for services we use every day such as road repair, libraries, tornado alert horns, judges and other people in the criminal justice system that put the bad people away, traffic lights that regulate the flow of traffic, to name a few.  And what's wrong with that?  Sales taxes adversely affect the working poor far more than property taxes. (Yes, we do have working poor these days... not everybody is in the "happily ever after" habitat.) For those who itemize on their 1040, you can directly write off property taxes.  Besides, if you're doing it right, renters are paying the property tax as part of their rent anyway, so what's the problem?

Are you as tired of hearing about "Conservative" Republicans and "Liberal" Democrats as I am?  Enough with "lefts", "rights", "ninnies", "wackos" and other divisive labels already!!!  What about all those people who aren't at the extremes, you know, that vast body of people in the middle somewhere?  I know they exist because I'm one of them.  I am a Democrat, but I have many friends, co-workers, and some family members that are not.  We have great times together and everybody gets along just fine, thank you very much.

Part of my campaign is about putting more WE into our lives because I firmly believe that by working together, WE (and I mean everybody: D's, I's and R's) can get more done than by working alone.  When calamity strikes, our differences aren't important as we all work towards a common goal, right?   We all need to work together (oh, and use better English).  To me, it's the American Way and it is the primary reason I'm running for office. Why not join me?  Together we can work to float everyone's boat instead of just a few people's yachts.

We need to work together for the "little things" like clean water and air, less traffic congestion, fair treatment in the courts, and removing the term "accuser" and putting back the term "VICTIM". Victims don't accuse anybody, they just want justice! 

Finally, I'm so tired of hearing all the "fear talk".  I'm a Christian and the only thing true Believers need to fear is God because if He's with you, if He truly lives in you, you have nothing to fear. (And very likely, no reason to carry a gun into God's house.)

 

Famous quotations in history . . .

Politicians are like diapers; They need to be changed often and for the same reason. - Mark Twain

"Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what You can do for your country!"  J F Kennedy

"I am not a member of any organized political party - I am a Democrat" - Will Rogers

Our Founding Fathers wrote . . .

"I am... against all violations of the Constitution to silence by force and not by reason the complaints or criticisms, just or unjust, of our citizens against the conduct of their agents."  - Thomas Jefferson, 1799.


"The greatest good we can do our country is to heal its party divisions and make them one people." -- Thomas Jefferson, 1801.

 

"A popular Government, without proper information or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy or perhaps both.  Knowledge will forever govern ignorance.  And a people who mean to be their own Governors must arm themselves with the power with only knowledge gives."  - James Madison, 1822

 

"Men, by their constitutions, are naturally divided into two parties:

 

  1. Those who fear and distrust the people and with to draw all power from them into the hands of the higher classes.
  2. Those who identify themselves with the people, have confidence in them, cherish and consider them as the most honest and safe, although not the most wise depositary of the public interests. 

In every country these two parties exist, and in every one where they are free to think, speak, and write, they will declare themselves."   - Thomas Jefferson, 1824


It has been said that all Government is an evil. It would be more proper to say that the necessity of any Government is a misfortune. This necessity however exists; and the problem to be solved is, not what form of Government is perfect, but which of the forms is least imperfect."  -  James Madison, 1833