Far-left ‘awakened’ politics invade Peachtree City
We see a lot of wacky chatter on Facebook and the like regarding our local elections and our political philosophy in general.
There is a big debate about whether candidate Nick Ferrante is a socialist or a democratic socialist, and our young adults on Facebook are desperately trying to distinguish between the two. There are plenty of fake Facebook accounts trolling on Ferrante’s behalf using intimidation tactics of cursing and insulting anyone who dares to comment against their candidate.
As I noted in my last letter to the editor (https://thecitizen.com/2021/10/15/the-peachtree-city-council-candidates-rated-1-to-5-golf-carts /), a major concern is candidate Kim Learnard’s ambiguous language on her website regarding making development more attractive to traffic on Huddleston Road at Ga. Highway 54. She wants to make the area special, but what exactly does that include? Certainly the land use designations in this area are essential and the last thing we need there is something that attracts even more traffic.
People have asked me if there is reason to be concerned about Learnard’s ambitions for the area adjacent to the highway. 54 West. My answer is yes.
As a board member, she rezoned a large swath of office / institutional land (less intensive use in traffic) to retail despite citizen objections on that same corridor. A review of video from previous board meetings shows that she once wanted a Kohl’s department store on the highway. 54 West which encountered strong opposition from local citizens. Likewise, it has no plan to mitigate the traffic in this area.
Another diversionary tactic of our young far-left Facebook commentators is that national politics as in supporting a local candidate for Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, etc., and their drive towards National Socialism does not has nothing to do with our local politics. Nothing could be further from the truth. As former Democratic House Speaker Tip O’Neill liked to say, “All politics is local.
The west coast of the United States is the petri dish of failed Marxist and post-modernist experimentation. A recent San Francisco Chamber of Commerce poll showed that 44% of those polled intend to abandon the city in the next few years. A Biz Journal article summed it up: “San Francisco looks like a city under siege.”
Seattle elects staunch socialists, and they reap the pain that accompanies such movements. Amazon employs 50,000 people in Seattle and has announced that it will allow many business and tech workers to work from home indefinitely, essentially giving permission to abandon the city.
Tech workers have every reason to leave Seattle after city council passed a new additional tax (called ‘JumpStart’) based on their high wages, citing the need to build equity which they say means taking to those who have and give to those who have not. In addition, “… crime is increasing and is increasingly tolerated by the town hall. The same is true of homelessness, which has worsened despite hundreds of millions spent supposedly to fix it ”(“ The problems of downtown Seattle go beyond the pandemic, ”Seattle Times, October 15, 2021).
Portland has fallen from one of the country’s most sought-after real estate markets to the bottom of a ranking of 80 cities, according to a new report from the Urban Land Institute. In 2017, Portland placed third but is now ranked 66th. Riots in the streets, graffiti, homelessness, vandalism combined with “inclusionary zoning” and rent control are all tolerated by the mayor and city council.
Our own city of Atlanta is seeing a 59% increase in homicides. Upmarket Buckhead wants a city of its own.
When someone refers to the mayors of the city who have engaged in far-left policies and have seen a huge increase in homicides while creating a sense of anarchy by freeing violent criminals, by allowing theft to the Mass flaunting up to $ 950 per occurrence without prosecution and funding their law enforcement agencies, the response from our young adults is, “It’s only in the big cities.”
They try to create this stupid idea that there is somehow an invisible force field that keeps destructive left policies out of medium and small cities. This is not true and efforts to infiltrate local communities with far-left policies are working.
Well-funded far-left protest groups have started to organize (think Stacey Abrams). They organize contestants in local races like the Down Ballot Dems group does in Peachtree City with Nick Ferrante. The local political front group Plan for PTC offers backdoor support to anyone looking to bring significant development to places like Huddleston Road in Hwy. 54 West and build destructive projects like the TDK Extension in Coweta County.
After wasting millions upon millions of dollars on nationwide political campaigns, billionaire George Soros and his billionaire friends had an epiphany, realizing that revolution is much easier through local channels. They developed the brilliant strategy of fundraising and winning local campaigns for sheriffs, district attorneys and school board members.
Local sheriffs and district attorneys have enormous autonomy granted to them by law. Soros-funded district attorneys have now implemented a plan in which they refuse to prosecute most petty crimes. Likewise, they can choose not to prosecute serious crimes committed under certain political philosophies, according to Politico.
New sheriffs paid with far-left campaign funding refuse to hand over illegal aliens who have committed violent crimes to federal immigration and customs authorities. They can literally refuse to apply the law. Like-minded mayors and council members joined the demand for immediate, bail-out, putting dangerous people back on the streets within hours to commit even more crimes.
I remember my time on the Fayette County Council of Commissioners when we gave our support for a Restoration of Religious Freedom Bill (RFRA) in the state legislature, supporting the First Amendment. The meeting room was filled with an organized crowd of anti-religious wokesters who struggled to intimidate the commissioners. In the end, after listening to their frivolous and wandering comments, it was easy to see that they had never read the bill, simply doing as they were told.
Across the country, locally elected officials at odds with Marxist Black Lives Matter goals or leftist looting, arson and violence find themselves the target of well-funded and organized harassment, including doxing and threats of violence. physical. (For examples see: https://www.google.com/amp/s/pjmedia.com/election/jeff-reynolds/2020/06/24/beware-the-woke-mob-is-targeting-you – next-small-town-america-n573953 / amp)
I have not seen a mayor and city council as adamant about excluding taxpayer citizens as the current mayor and council of Peachtree City. They have gone to great lengths to counter the direction that citizens wish to follow by using our land plan.
There are two incumbent candidates vying for re-election and I explained in detail why neither of them deserves your votes on November 2nd (https://thecitizen.com/2021/07/22/council-members-ernst -and-madden -get-thumbs-down-for-4-more-years /).
Take a stand, go vote or be trampled. The choice is yours.
Peachtree City, Georgia
[Brown is a former mayor of Peachtree City and served two terms on the Fayette County Commission.]