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& EDITORIALS Declare among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; publish, and conceal not; Jeremiah 50:2 A 2018, 2017, 2016 winner:. Editoriar Page exce41ence 2018 wln.r: [~est Heodhne Writing /#~'~bql~ 201s, 2017 wirmer:. Best News Photography l~/W6i~l 20111, 20|7 ~ Best Humorous CoFumn - On the Porch~ ON THE PORCH by Will Davis How to face. the hate? Being a big-shot member of the media (LOL), I get about 1 O0 emafls p da . That's despite spending hours removing myself from various auto- mated email lists. Still, they come, from the Georgia DOT, from the Red Cross, the Mary Persons Touchdown Club, co-workers and the Forsyth- Monroe County Chamber of Commerce. And the political season is always the worst for email because campaigns flood the in boxes of the media trying to get out their message Stacey Abrams' campaign has been one of the most prolific emailers in recent memory. Of course, most media contacts are friendly report- ers, part of the liberal campaign, you might sa)~ As I noted here last month, our nearby daily newspaper has spent the past six months carrying water on the front page for the Abrams campaign, alleging corruption and voter suppression by her opponent, secretary of state Brian Kemp. There was no evidence of course, only shadowy ~ons that often turned out not to be true (see the 600 voters in the 200-voting prednct in Habersham County), as well as sev- eral lawsuits by liberal groups done in coordination with media outlets for maximum damage. Anywa) I didn't block the daily barrage of Abrams emails because ifs myjob to keep up with the race for govemor. Besides, it would all stop on Nov. 7. Wouldn't it? Alas, no it wouldn't, Even after vote totals showed Kemp getting the 50 percent needed to avoid a rtmoff, Abrams continued to pound my emafl box with her nutty theories about vote suppression. Final~, I could take it no more "Just let us know when she concedes71 wrote to ~'~r--:o-- a a ~ ~: chad Holloman. "It's getting embarrassing' I figured my response would get lost in their massive computer email system which shoots out press rdeases seenaingly every hour to 1,000 press members. But it felt good to tell them what I thought. Well apparent~, someone was home, because Michad (I guess it was Michael) forwarded my response to reporter Laura Bassett of the very liberal Hu~gton Post. Bassett, who apparently appears on MSNBC at times, emailed me some very objective questions. "Do you have any comment on why trying to get votes counted, consider- ing the rampant voter suppression in the race and how dose it was?" asked Bassett I responded briefly, and by that afternoon, she had posted a big story about how those mean racist Georgians were pressuring poor Stacey to concede, yet she continued to fight with bravery and concem for the "little guy" and "counling every vote", no matter how many times the voter had cast a ballot, or how dead the voter had been. The Huffangton Post even published on its website a screenshot of my email, including my personal cell phone number and emaiL By Friday night, my phone was rin .g constantly and my email box was even more full with the fevered hate of the aMeft. "I am perplexed at the reason the GOP is pushing so hard for conces- sion7 wrote Dianne Rose. "Is it because she's an 'uppity' bhck woman who doesn't know her place? Or is there something even more sinister than racism and misogyny at play?" whats embarrassing is the fict that the GOP needs to cheat to win," wrote David Shell~. "WTF is the matter with you! If you do not see the systemic voter suppression and have no problem with it then I wouldn't even let my dog s-- on your newspaper!" The phone calls were even better. A nice lady called fi'om Los Angeles and seemed to be leaving a mild toned and actually coherent message. "Yes, hi this message is for Will Davis. Will, what's getting embarrass- ing is Georgia suppressing the black vote. That's what's emharrassing7 Then she gained steam into her closing line. "Yes, that's what's embar- rassing you f------- radst piece of s--!! Another California man called and had a news tip: He said that I was seen doing lewd things with Mr. Kemp when calling the dection for "I would never read your little rag newspaper. You are a disgrace!" He too accelerated into the end, finding his sweet spot of pure unadulterated hate, enco~ me to do something that appears to be anatomically knpossible. It was a good reminder. Not so much in Monroe County, but in this nation, a good part of the population, maybe 15-20 percent, is so steeped in political correctness, and in its hatred for whites, for Republi- cans, for Cl'uSstims, and for men, that it is truly terrifying to think they could ever get power. Then I read this week about a student government representative at a California college who has been ruthlessly persecuted for saying she couldn't endorse trans-genderism because she's a Christian. I read of how she faced the hatred with poise and forgiveness. And I was inspired to be more like her. Jesus promised us Christians would face persecu- tion and hatred in this world, just as He did. In these days of leftist hate, we all should probably should spend a little less time bemoaning the fact ofit, and spend a little more lime asking for the grace to forgive it. www. MyMCR.net is published every week by The Monroe County Reporter Inc. Will Davis, President Robert M. Williams Jr Vice President Cheryl S. Williams Secretary-Treasurer Publisher/Editor Business Manager publisher@mymcr.net business@mymcr.net Richard Dumas Diane Glidewell News Editor Community Editor forsyth@mymcr.net news@mymcr.net Carolyn Martel ~ ~ Brandon Park Advertising Manager Creative Director ads@mymcr.net graphics@mymcr.net Official Organ of Monroe County and the City of Forsyth 50 N. Jackson St. Forsyth, GA 31029 Periodicals Postage Paid at Forsyth, GA 31029 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: THE MONROE COUNTY REPORTER P.O. Box 795, Forsyth, GA 31029 SUBSCRIIrrlON I~TE: In County: $40 Out of County: $48 Single Copy: $1 Deadlines noon on Friday prior to issue. Comments featured on opinion pages are the creation of the writers, the de not necessarily reflect the opinions of]he Reporter management. Publication No. USPS gg7-840 PEACH STATE POLITICS by Kyle Wingfield Did a "blue wave" Abrams was reluctant crash over to concede in the race America last for governor, though it week? That was appeared mathemati- the question on pundits' cally impossible for her lips as election results were to pull Republican Brian reported Tuesday night, Kemp below the majority into early and even mid- threshold needed to avoid morning a runoff. Wednesday. Still, a deeper With the U.S. look reveals House going deep problems to Demo- indeed for the crats, but a Georgia GOP. larger Senate Abrams ran majority a different in store for playbook than the GOP, it recent top- seemed like a of-the-ticket split deci- Democrats sion. in Georgia. In Georgia. a.^ the Demo- trying to win cratic break- the smaller through electorate that appeared to be minimal at typically shows up in mid- first glance. The highest- term contests, she aimed profile casualty was U.S. to expand the electorate to Rep. Karen Handel, who the size that usually only narrowly lost the seat she shows up for presidential won in last year's national- elections. She just about ly watched special election, got there. Another congressman The number of ballots from Atlanta's suburbs, cast for governor was a Rob Woodall, was just mere 4.2 percent lower hanging on, pending a than the number cast final tally of absentee and in the 2016 presidential provisional ballots. The election - and a whopping GOP also lost 13 seats 54 percent higher than under the Gold Dome.in the 2014 gubernato- In the statewide races, rial election. That was however, Democrats did an increase of almost 1.4 not break through. Or at million votes vs. just four least, not yet: A runoff years ago. Abrams bested awaits in the races for Hillary Clinton's total by secretary of state and one more than 32,000 and beat seat on the Public Ser- the 2014 nominee, Jason vice Commission. Stacey Carter, by almost 766,000. Kemp and the GOP hoped to keep pace just enough to win, and they did. Kemp's total was about 115,000 below Donald Trump's, but it was almost 629,000 more than Nathan Deal's in 2014. It's where the vote totals changed, and how, that should worry Republicans. As expected, Abrams cleaned up in the state's 10 most populous coun- ties, winning an alarming (for Republicans) eight of them. She beat Clinton's total in these counties by 42,000 votes. Kemp, mean- while, trailed Trumps total by about 58,000. That's a - J,1~k'owoa'aco just in those 10 counties. We can expect most of them to continue trending toward Democrats. It doesn't get better for Republicans when we look at counties that should have been more favorable terrain for Kemp. Take the 10 most populous coun- ties Trump won in 2016. Kemp fell short of Trump by more than 24,000 votes in those counties - where- as Abrams actually beat Clinton in those counties, by over 13,000. That's a turnaround of 37,000. Those suburban and exurban counties held the line for Kemp a bit better, percentage-wise, than the very largest counties. (There wag an overlap of just two counties, Chero- kee and Forsyth.) But he still lost about 5.3 percent, which is more than the 4.2 percent overall decline in Georgia compared to 2016. You might have expected a better showing in rural Georgia, given that Kemp focused his efforts there. Consider some of the larger rural counties, such as Pickens, Murray and Gilmer - counties that gave Trump his biggest percentage wins in 2016 while also delivering him at least 10,000 votes. That's an admittedly arbitrary metric, but it allows us to look at parts of Georgia that are both deep red and fairly cubstantial in size. If you take the top 10 of those counties, Kemp saw only a 4.7 percent drop-off from 2016, a loss of about 7,800 votes. What's stag- gering is that Abrams saw an even smaller decline: just 2.7 percent, and a loss of less than 1,000 votes compared to Clinton. Returning to the original question, it is clear a blue wave did hit Georgia in 2018. The "red wall" Kemp touted was just barely high enough to hold it back. But given the current trend, the GOP going forward will either need a bigger wall or a lifeboat. The CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, Kyle Wingfield's column runs in newspapers around the state. JUST THE WAY IT IS by Sloan Oliver Wl oourO thinks the run-up to dections is way too ng? They go on forever at least the commerdals and robo-calls seem to. Here are some of my observations on the 2018 dection. First, just about every candidate that Obama campaigned for lost their dection, and just about every candidate that President Trump cam- paigned for won theirs. Seems obvious, Repub- licans should encourage Obama to campaign for more candidates. EXHIBIT A for why it should be dig ficult to amend a state's constitution is Georgials five amend- ments approved by the voters. Amendments are always worded in 'legalese mumbo-jumbo" that is dif- ficult to understand, even by hwyers. For most people, the first time they ever read the amendment is while standing at the ballot box. So, most people have no idea what they're voting for. The result is amendments passed by voters who have no idea ofwhat the amendment says. Plus, none of the five amendments were needed because what was amended should have (and could have) been accomplished by the representatives we send to Atlanta. This is an idiotic wayto amend the state constitution. Are you listening Dale Washburn, Robert Dic , Susan Holmes, and John Kennedy? REGARDING the Georgia govemorb race, very ironic that Stacey Abrams, who is ardently anti-gun, had a group of AK-47 toting Black Panthers supporting her at a rally. As far as I know, she never condemned the gun-widding Panthers as they campaigned for her. Many Deans, journalists such as Don Lemon (CNN), and everyone at MSNBC accused Geor- gia voters of being radsts because they didn't support Abrams. Thafs correct; the D&Es say you're a "racisf' if you didn't vote for Abrams. (The same accusations are being made against Florida voters who didn't vote for Andrew Gillum.) So, I'll admit that rm a racist, at least according to the Dems. If someone doesn't agree with their wack7 ideas and crazy opinions, their only argument is to call them a racist. I'm disgusted at the unfounded, self-righteousness of the left. Who the hell made them the race police? You're racist ifyou don't support black Democrats but the same never applies to the Dems when they dodt support black Republicans. It's good to be a Democrat because everyone else is always the radst, not them. THE REASON I didn't vote for Stacey had nothing to do with her race. I didn't voter for her because she's a radical socialist. Also, she's not very bright. During a campaign stop at Georgia Southem, Abrams said, "people shouldn't have to rely on agriculture and hospitality to make a liv- ing7 Translation - Stacey has utter contempt for and despises farmers and hospitality workers. At one time, Dems supported farmers and waitresses. Now, farmers and waitresses are beneath them. Scary that she almost became governor while loathing the two largest industries in Georgia - agriculture and hospitali EVER NOTICE that Dems never accept dection results that don't go their way? Back in 2000 George Bush was ahead in Florida by several hun- dred votes. The Dems kept demanding recount after recount hoping to find enough uncounted votes to put Gore ahead. Final,after six weeks of re- counts and examining hanging chads, the Supreme Court told Florida to cease the nonsense. Bush won Florida by 525 votes, and thus won the dection. Ever after, the Dems called Bush an illagifi- mate president. Same thing happened with A1Franken (D-MN) and his 2008 Senate dection. InitiaUy, he was down by 250 votes. After two months of recounts; the Dems found around 500 votes. Fmnken won his senate seat by 225 votes. The Dems still haven't accepted that Trump was dected in 2016. Now, guess what the Dems want to do with Stacey Abrams in Georgia, Andrew Gilktm in Florida, and Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona? That's correc they want endless recounts until they can find enough Dem voters in cemeteries and until they know how many uncounted votes they need in order to put their candidate in the lead. Strange they only find uncounted Dem votes. IF YOU WANT proofofhowim- migration affects the country, look no further than who is being sent to Congress in districts with large foreign- born populations. Unlike 120 years ago, today the immigrants coming to the United States largely come from parts of the world that embrace socialism. They arrive knowing nothing about our system of government and nothing about the Constitution. Once they become dtizens and eligible to vote, a sodalist candidate sounds very appealing because that is all they know. The congressional districts that have been changed by mass immigration are sending far-left, sodalist Democrats to Congress. These indude Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N[Y), Ilhan Omar (MN), and A ma Pressley (MA). For example, Ocasio-Cortez's district (NY- 14) has a foreign-born popula- tion that is almost 50 percent. These far-left sodalists believe in complete open borders, government health care for all, and abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Sounds crazy but these Democrat sodalists want to destroy America as we know it. SPEAKING OF immigration, the ' aravan" of Central American illegals has been in the news hte . There's not a single person who doesn't feel for the illegals. Half the people in the world live in hellhole countries (accurate descrip- tion yet Trump got blasted for tdling the truth) where criminals, gangs, warlords, corrupt politidans, and evil govern- ments make life hell for the people and 75 percent of the world's population is economically disadvantaged. So, what's the answer? Should we allow anyone who can get to the United States to just "come on in"? Dems think we should. We dorft have the wherewithal to even help all the dtizens in our country. Even if we could take in 10,000,000 every year, that's a drop in the bucket and wouldn't do a thing to reduce world pover . However, it would bankrupt us, and it would permanently change our country. Maybe if all those people put as much effort into changing their country as they do to fleeing it, per- haps they could effect change back home. Sloan Oliver is a retired Army officer. He lives in Bolingbroke with his wife Sandnz Email him at sloanoliver earthlinlenet.