Political Boll Weevils
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By: Clyde “Jocco” Baccus, President
The Learning Tree, Inc.
A new strain of political boll weevils has emerged. They are stronger, faster, and better equipped. Some of their armament includes polling data, targeted marketing methods and trends reinforced with slicker talk. Spotting a modern day weevil requires a heightened sense of crap when you hear it. As the weevil circles its prey be sure you have a large portion of commonsense, an equal amount of scholarly awareness sprinkled with a youthful approach to life. These ingredients create a compound of social consciousness that will stun the weevils long enough to administer a final blow. Your Vote on Election Day!
Soon as you think you’ve taken care of the infestation another wave comes out of hibernation in all shapes, sizes, and hues. You brace yourself for the onslaught and access how much pride you have left. The power to reason with a conniver eludes you. So you hunker down and prepare to launch an offensive to interrupt their scheme. The weevil thinks you will keep bowing down, not speaking out, listening to half truths and waiting on a savior to fight your battle is enough to blind you while they carve up the landscape with political boundaries drawn to exclude and deny equal representation.
The GOP flipped control of at least 19 state legislative chambers on Nov. 2nd, a result that gives the party a commanding redistricting edge.
Republicans head into next year’s round of reapportionment with total control of the process in four critical states: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Texas, where redistricting expert Michael McDonald said he expects a “no-holds-barred” approach from the GOP.
In the same vein,
Alabama and North Carolina were two southern states that shifted to GOP legislative control for the first time since Reconstruction. In fact, before 1990, not a single legislative chamber in the South was controlled by Republicans. Following this election, 18 out of the region’s 28 chambers will have GOP majorities.
That boll weevil is a smart adversary. He has incorporated bickering over their droppings as a distraction. But, unknowing to this creature of greed, we have a sword of knowledge sharpened with the Rule of Law (http://www.aclu.org/voting-rights) in our arsenal. Just when you think you have shored up your defenses you discover someone in your mist is feeding the weevils information. Who could it be? Is it the woman or man over there in the fine clothes driving the fine car always wanting to be in charge, it can’t be one of them, could it? The weevils wouldn’t use my people against me...would he? It’s got to be one of the trickster’s ploys to keep spreading distrust among the field hands.
Time to naturalize these snakes in the grass, feed them a big helping of misinformation and let them run and tell that. Sticking to the basics is a sure way of counteracting the weapons of mass deception. The methodology of division is laid out in your local comprehensive plan/community assessment and technical addendum to the community assessment documents. Pay close attention to the evaluation of current community policies, actions, and development patterns. This evaluation is one of the tools used to draw a line (redistricting) of isolation. How many times have you heard an elected official say, “that’s not my district.” Every time I hear those words they reinforce the alienation of a representative government and promote the idea of “It’s not my problem.” That kind of thinking keeps the notion of working together on a straight path to hell.
If you really want to keep “YOUR” elected officials accountable become ghostly and make sure their words and vote come back to haunt them. In the body of politics operating in the grey area has become the norm not the exception. We can shine the light on their backhanded practices of diverting our tax dollars away from social issues that keep our communities divided.
In Newton County, GA, City of Covington, the present congressional map was drawn with a line between the projected population shifts.
Here we are weeks away before the 2010 official census data is released.
Projected distribution of Race and Hispanic Origin for Covington, GA
(Sources: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Claritas (2005 Estimate), and JJG (projections), City of Covington 2006-2028 Comprehensive Plan)
Your counterpoint reference guide will include: your local comprehensive (city & county) plan/technical addendum, city & county charter. Just ask the person elected to represent the district you live in for a copy. I’m sure it will not come as a surprise if they don’t have one. Even if they do ask them have they read it?
School Board Districts in Newton County, GA? We need to pay closer attention to how they are drawn. Presently school board districts and county commission districts have the same boundaries. What are the underlying factors that allow this gerrymander to continue? Every tax dollar that goes into the county digest, the school board gets .75 cents. Education is a top priority on everyone’s agenda. Don’t lose focus on the basic issue; where’s the money? It’s time to request a federal forensic audit of the school boards budget, sweetheart land deals and contracting opportunities. Having federal funds in your budget is a safe guard for citizens and especially property owners when it comes to good transparent fiscal oversight and accountability.
The grand jury has optional inspection or investigative duties. Whenever deemed necessary by eight or more grand jurors, the grand jury shall appoint a committee of the grand jury to inspect or investigate the following: Any county office; Any county building; Any public authority of the county; Any court or court official of the county; The county board of education or county school superintendent; or Any of the records, accounts, property, or operations of any of the entities described above.
Can you follow the money trail of the school board in your county?
We The People are being duped by republicans and democrats alike when they say to us we’re gonna change things while they fight for control of who gets to stick their hand into our pockets first. The controlling body has its hand in the front pocket and the other body has its hand in our back pocket. Once the crime of extorting citizens out of their money (taxation) is complete we get to hear that same old song from the scavengers, “the people want change.” Well, that’s all we have left at the end of each legislative session. Taxpaying citizens, property owners now have to dip into their emergency fund just to get by. We have an allocation for you, kicking your can and calling NAMES literally!
We see you, but you don’t see us. Who are we? We are those census blocks in the 2012 redistricting map you plan to gerrymander into the new 14th Congressional District of GA as a means to eliminate any court challenge under section 2 & 5 of the Voting Rights Act.
Just like the National Clandestine Service (https://www.cia.gov/offices-of-cia/clandestine-service/index.html) we’ve been in plain view observing and accessing that elusive “POLITICAL BOLL WEEVIL.” Some are elected, some are appointed, and some disguise themselves as community leaders, political consultants and other organizations you have never heard of. This pack of bottom feeder’s sole purpose is keeping the electoral process dazed and confused. Once you open your eyes and get up off your knees and discover you are being lead astray by voting against your own interest.
Having a PhD, Masters, BS or BA doesn’t imply one is all knowing and has all the answers. Genuine enlightenment comes when you acquire a doctorate in commonsense with a major in reading, writing and arithmetic. Don’t google it, think it through first.
Quote of the week: “Don’t take it personal it’s just politics, I always tell the truth even when I lie.” (Boll Weevil)
How are you gonna do battle with cannibals if you’re a vegetarian?
*Our civic duty isn’t over yet, there is a statewide/local runoff election.
Mark the date: Tuesday, November 30, 2010, Election Day!
Early voting in DeKalb County GA: Nov. 17th thru Nov. 24th
Early Voting in Rockdale County, GA: Nov. 19th thru Nov 24th
Early Voting in Newton County, GA: Waiting on confirmation from Sec. of State that there is a runoff scheduled. (770) 784-2055
Early voting may vary from county to county; call your local board of elections for scheduled early voting in your area.
VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!
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