A Win for America!

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Thoughts on a “non-partisan” race

I am equal parts thrilled and relieved that Matthew Miller won his reelection bid yesterday for Greenwood City Council Ward 5. Of the three council positions that were up for election this year, Ward 5 was the only one that drew challengers – and Matthew received three of them!

What was most concerning was that soon after it was determined that a runoff would be necessary, the McCravy-Garrett machine set their sights directly on Matthew and began to engage in the same nastiness that helped take down Floyd Nicholson.

I don’t know Urban Mitchell. From all accounts, he’s a very nice guy with a career of exemplary service to the nation and to Greenwood. I read his post on his FB page and it was respectful and made his case:

Now contrast that with text message blasts that went out to constituents on Monday & Tuesday of this of Runoff Election week. We see the EXACT same language as was used by McCravy & Garrett, including the head-scratching “MAKE IT GREAT” take-off on the Trumpian battle cry. It attacked Matthew in a hyper-partisan way for a non-partisan position. It’s one thing for Republicans to endorse Urban (we endorsed Matthew after all). But it’s another to use partisan trigger-phrases to paint an incorrect portrait of an opponent.

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What does the Confederate Flag mean?

This write-up has been making the rounds of social media. The attributable source hasn’t been verifiable, but the content is still worth reading and discussing:

From someone who teaches AP US History:

If you are confused as to why so many Americans are defending the confederate flag, monuments, and statues right now, I put together a quick Q&A, with questions from a hypothetical person with misconceptions and answers from my perspective as an AP U.S. History Teacher.

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Q: What did the Confederacy stand for?

A: Rather than interpreting, let’s go directly to the words of the Confederacy’s Vice President, Alexander Stephens. In his “Cornerstone Speech” on March 21, 1861, he stated “The Constitution… rested upon the equality of races. This was an error. Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner-stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth.”

Q: But people keep saying heritage, not hate! They think the purpose of the flags and monuments are to honor confederate soldiers, right?

A: The vast majority of confederate flags flying over government buildings in the south were first put up in the 1960’s during the Civil Rights Movement. So for the first hundred years after the Civil War ended, while relatives of those who fought in it were still alive, the confederate flag wasn’t much of a symbol at all. But when Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis were marching on Washington to get the Civil Rights Act (1964) and Voting Rights Act (1965) passed, leaders in the south felt compelled to fly confederate flags and put up monuments to honor people who had no living family members and had fought in a war that ended a century ago. Their purpose in doing this was to exhibit their displeasure with black people fighting for basic human rights that were guaranteed to them in the 14th and 15th Amendments but being withheld by racist policies and practices.

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Newsletter for Nov 15, 2020

In this Newsletter:

  • Message from the Chair
  • Candidate Updates
  • GWCDP News
  • Our Community
  • News & Noteworthy
  • Upcoming Events

Message from the Chair

I’ll share something personal with you: In my past, I was once involved in a very unhealthy marriage (not my current one, of course.. I LOVE my wife!).

But during those final days (and weeks and months), even though we knew it was over, it felt like it was taking FOREVER to be able to move on and finally go our separate ways. I’ve known couples who were able to successfully and cordially navigate the waters of divorce, but for the most part, it’s a messy and emotionally painful affair.

For those of you who have gone through this, you know what I’m talking about. For others who are lucky enough to have missed out on that experience – well, I’m here to tell you it feels very similar to what we’re going through right now as we try to move on as a nation from our own poisonous relationship with the current occupant of the White House. 

The time-honored tradition of a peaceful transition of power has been tossed aside along with all of the other time-honored traditions of a functioning federal government these past four years. If you were to go back in time 10 years and show them video (or tweets) of what’s transpiring today, no one would believe it would be possible in our beloved country.

Here’s one thing I am sure of, though: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have surrounded themselves with a very smart and hard-working team and I know that they’ve anticipated this very thing and have made contingency plans for it.

Come Jan 20, 2021. we’ll all move on from this bad relationship and forge a new one – one that’s stronger and better than ever!

Candidate Updates

Our Greenwood City Councilman, Matthew Miller, is facing a run-off election on Tuesday, Nov 17 for Ward 5. 

While he did receive the majority of votes by far on Nov 3, it wasn’t quite enough to get over the 50% needed across all four candidates to achieve victory.

Runoff elections are strange and do not attract the same turnout as the general election do. If you live in Greenwood City Ward 5, this makes YOUR VOTE even more important to cast. Please share this with your family and neighbors to encourage a meaningful turnout on Tuesday.

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Final words from our 2020 Candidates

Image may contain: 1 person, text that says 'A Special Thank You to the Citizens of SC Senate District 10! Paid Floyd Nicholson Committee Thank you District 10 for 12 wonderful years as your Senator. It has been my honor and deep pleasure to serve you. My family and I are forever grateful for your love, trust, support and especially your prayers. Let's continue to move forward! TOGETHER, WE CAN and as always, may God continue to bless you individually, our district, our state and our nation. Hrgd nuelsloun Let's continue to work TOGETHER for all of the citizens of Greenwood, Abbeville, McCormick & Saluda Counties!'

Image may contain: 1 person, text that says 'A Special Thanks to the Citizens of SC House District 12! Thank you for your confidence and support in re-electing me to serve in the House of Representatives. I look forward to continuing to work on your behalf in Columbia. If can ever be of assistance, please feel free to contact me: Office: (864) 229-3206 Columbia Office: (803) 734 734-3069 Email: anneparks@scstatehouse.gov anneparks Mail: PO Box 181, Greenwood, SC 29646 Anne Parks Serving Greenwood and McCormick Counties since 1997 Paid by the Campaign to Re-Elect Anne Parks SC House of Representatives District 12'

Dear friends, I am so proud of our campaign! While we didn’t win the most votes in our race, we won in our efforts to educate, to inspire people to reach out, to become involved, and to communicate with one another! I called John McCravy yesterday to offer my congratulations on his win.

Through this campaign, I have met so many fantastic people and have become familiar with great neighborhoods and businesses. Truly, the good work going on across Greenwood County is inspiring! Thank you for all you’re doing!
 I am so to grateful to and proud of each and every one of you who supported our campaign! Thank you for helping put out door hangers, giving out postcards, making donations, and getting others to the polls! We knew this was going to be an uphill battle. While we didn’t get the result we wanted, we have come that much closer to sending leaders to Columbia who will represent all communities in our district and help us move forward rather than trying hang on a romanticized past. We may have lost this election, but we are far from losing the fight.
This election saw a new level of engagement, resulting in a record breaking turn out! Now we must maintain that energy and keep pushing forward!  

The challenges we face as a state and country are some of the greatest that we’ve seen in our lifetime. While the election may be over, we cannot afford to stop our work in our communities. I know that Waldrep workers will keep working toward that end! As John Lewis told us, we have to be pilot lights, not firecrackers!

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