As we prepare to enter the election season, we are reminded that the local mayoral race is non-partisan. This means that the ballot will not identify the party affiliation of the candidates. This does not mean that the candidates will not receive support from a party and one may assume that candidates support party platforms.
One mayoral candidate, Nick Ferrante is a member of an odd sounding forum, Democratic Underground. Democratic Underground <https://www.democraticunderground.com> is an online community for members of the United States Democratic Party.
Its membership is restricted by policy to those who are supportive of the Democratic Party and Democratic candidates for political office.
By terms of service, members are not to talk negatively about any Democratic candidate or Democratic policy. All discussions are to remain civil … unless you are bashing Republicans. In short, this is a site for Democrat activism.
Given the current policies of the Democratic Party, members of this forum are not allowed to oppose Critical Race Theory indoctrination in school or government.
Members may not oppose trans females (males) competing with girls or sharing locker rooms or “affirmative therapy” for gender confused children including puberty blockers and even gender reassignment surgery with or without parental consent. No speaking against on-demand abortions throughout the third trimester.
Members may not oppose “re-imagining” policing or banning bail. Members must support ending policies of the Trump administration resulting in the explosion of illegal immigration at our southern border and our once again caring what OPEC has to say.
Members may not oppose the Democrats’ renewed push to disempower local government control of zoning that ultimately will require increased high density and low income housing or eschew all Federal funds — in the guise of saving the planet.
And of course, members must support federalization of election laws and may not oppose the Federal lawsuit filed against the Georgia Voter Integrity law.
Does Nick support all of these policies? If you vote Democrat, you are supporting these policies whether you personally do or not.
Nick’s own Democratic Underground page says, “He will work to revitalize our village centers by emphasizing the importance and allowance for businesses to thrive together rather than singularly. More than anything, Nick believes that we do this together or not at all.”
Maybe I’m overly critical but doing anything “together or not at all” and allowance for businesses “thriving together rather than singularly” sounds authoritarian and communal i.e., Communist. I’m not claiming that this man is a Communist, just that the quacking sounds like a duck.
By now we know that the Democratic Party is loaded with authoritarians who specialize in gas lighting and language manipulation to gain political power. They love to talk of togetherness as long as that means agreeing with their stance.
A manipulation example: to ingratiate himself to PTC conservatives, the candidate and his supporters commission happy sounding yard signs and t-shirts highlighting our “magic bubble” and the Peachtree City “dream.”
No mention that these are in fact political ads, kind of an underground thing. Nick may be a nice guy and a good family man, I don’t know him. But, he is clearly a dyed in the wool Democrat and that matters.
Nick also has a mayoral candidate website. The candidate makes it clear that we should join in with the Atlanta regional authority — a move staunchly opposed by many of us — in other words, surrender our local governance to our failing giant neighbor to the north in the name of “togetherness.”
One goal is making village centers (?) into arts and entertainment venues by allowing walk-about drinking and longer hours plus “mood lighting,” whatever that means. Ideas like this are pitched by Nick as ways to raise revenue and (somehow) to conserve the magic of PTC.
Our city was designed primarily for recreation, not as a party destination. The closest PTC has to a center is the City Hall complex and Drake Field, which underwent significant upgrading with the Fleisch administration.
The desirability (magic) of the city has always been the forested nature, lakes, cart paths, parks, schools, low crime, and the distance from Atlanta. That all remains and only needs protecting, not transformation.
This just in! While constructing the new six-story, 100 unit apartment high-rise on the site where K-Mart once stood, a crane operator accidentally popped the PTC bubble. Witnesses said that you could see the magic shooting out of the hole like glittering confetti.
Peachtree City, Ga.