Election was local victory over radical left

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Count November 2, 2021, as a local victory against hyper-progressivism and a push towards rational governance.

Locally, Peachtree City voters laid down a solid mandate with the ousting of both current members of the City Council and the young socialist candidate, demanding an end to trying to undermine one of the finest quality of life communities in the nation. There was a clear call to end attempts at cramming dense residential developments into every nook and cranny within the city’s boundaries. The voters are tired of the local propaganda for radical change to our local planning and family-oriented atmosphere.

Real estate developer-leaning groups like Plan for PTC want to convert our city to Buckhead instead of maintaining our family-oriented success story. The residents of Buckhead do not want to be Buckhead any longer with negative statistics climbing dramatically.

Constantly, our taxpaying citizens express to our elected officials to pay attention to the things that matter like traffic congestion, attracting high-paying jobs, public safety, and good schools.

Attracting young 20-somethings is not and never has been the reason for our success. If you want a city full of young singles, go to Portland, Oregon with its second straight year of rioting in the streets to see where that takes you.

The pushback is part of a national movement.

Please do not misconstrue this as a Republican versus Democrat argument at the national level. This is about a powerful few attempting to deprive American citizens of their fundamental rights through the creation of race confrontations and fear-mongering. It is a complicit news media and overly, emotionally triggered followers wanting to make the nation a safe space in their own image by force-feeding you the change THEY can believe in.

I told several concerned Peachtree City residents that the far-left supporters of candidate Nick Ferrante would do more damage to his campaign than his opposition. Those supporters immediately began using the currency of the far-left made up of insults and intimidation. They cannot tolerate an opinion that does not fit their narrative and bullying commenters on social media was commonplace.

This type of bad behavior has become pervasive among the far-left. It is all about using fear and emotions to grab more power.

I was astounded to read our local leftists’ climate alarmist comments, claiming the planet was on fire and that climate change was responsible for the dramatic increase in horrific wildfires. It is all a bunch of lies.

As Bjorn Lomborg (author of “False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet”) points out, “In the early 1900s, about 4.2% of the land worldwide burned every year. A century later, that had dropped almost to 3%.” Lomborg continues, “That decline has continued through the satellite era, and 2021 is likely to end with only 2.5% of the globe having caught fire, based on data through August 31.”

Climate fear-mongering groups like the World Wildlife Fund have had to admit, “the area of land burned globally has actually been steadily declining since it started to be measured in 1900,” yet the subtitle for their report was “a crisis raging out of control.”

Fires in the United States today burn far less than what we experienced in the 1930s. Similarly, the emotional eruptions in the news media over the 2019-2020 fire season in Australia accompanied by outrageous headlines claiming an “apocalypse” were completely false. Highly accurate satellite measurements prove that their “crisis” was actually was one of the lowest occurrences seen in Australia in the last 120 years.

I strongly recommend the bestseller “Unsettled, What climate science tells us, what it doesn’t, and why it matters” by Steven E. Koonin, former Undersecretary for Science, U.S. Department of Energy under the Obama Administration.

The intentional creation of racial confrontation and their pursuit to brainwash our children is one of the most despicable acts in our modern history. Trying to convince K-12 white children they are inherently racist and evil and black children that they are inferior victims is nothing more than an effort to topple the nation. As former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice recently stated you don’t help black kids by making “white kids feel guilty for being white.”

As we witnessed in the electoral downfall of Virginia Democrat gubernatorial candidate Terry McAliffe when he infamously said, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach,” it is time to pushback.

The Virginia voters are tired of the constant screams of “racist” and “white supremacist” any time someone challenged the state’s efforts to demonize our national identity and traditional values. Mind you, it is not just promoting traditional values that get you into trouble, merely mentioning them gets you canceled.

In addition to the racial segregation in the classroom, the Biden Administration’s CDC getting its school covid guidelines from the left-leaning teachers’ unions, not the virus research, is a clear sign of K-12 education being out of control.

The far-leftists point to Europe as an economic model to follow which is laughable. A generation of young adults in our nation now says communist China is the model which is alarming.

The Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortex, and Elizabeth Warren movement that government should control everything (except for the corporate titans and privileged government class) is a matter of convincing the rest of us that only they can save us from evil, using the “systemic, crisis, equity” fear-mongering to reach their Marxist objectives.

Tell your children to beware of the people like Bernie Sanders who owns three homes, the Marxist founder of Black Lives Matter Patrisse Khan-Cullors who bought four homes with BLM funds, and Barack Obama who rails about the rising ocean levels while buying a mansion on the Martha’s Vineyard coastline. They preach equality of outcome for everyone but themselves.

While the bastions of far-left politics on the west coast continue to suffer from their self-imposed misery, all we ask is do not bring it to Georgia and especially our Peachtree City.

Our children are being dragged into a psychologically oppressive state with politically generated fears constantly being implanted in their minds. Instead, teach your children the importance of honesty, accountability, respect for all persons, empathy, determination, love of community and nation, and freedom of speech and ideas.

The political hazards are obvious. It is time to stop the decline.

Steve Brown

Peachtree City, Ga.

[Brown is a former mayor of Peachtree City and former 2-term member of the Fayette County Commission.]

27 COMMENTS

  1. Good grief, Mr. Brown. Halfway through your letter I began hearing your words in the voice of everyone’s disgruntled uncle at family gatherings…

    “Your aunt talked me into taking her to visit our rotten kids in Portland last summer! Never again! There is not a soul there over 20 years old; and every one of them is high! They all sit outdoors at tiny metal tables–“bistro” they call ’em! what kind of word is that–“bistro”?! With their dogs, yet! So I’m trying to get a cup of good old American coffee…there with pot-heads and their mutts…and it’s all “latte” and “cappuccino”. And get this–
    the waiter’s name tag said, “Cloud”! I kid you not! Cloud in a t-
    shirt reminding me that Black Lives Matter! The only tip I left him was to get a haircut and a hot bath! I was never so glad to get home!”

    Give the kids a break, Mr. Brown. Let them dream. Let them try.
    They might just bring us a better world (yes, in “Georgia and especially our Peachtree City”).

  2. Great. A Far Right Winger going off about the Radical Left.

    Frankly, if this is the range of perception we can expect from our local politicians, it’s no wonder why they recoil in horror at any new or innovative ideas.

    It’s about time we had politicians who were capable of thinking outside of some narrow cult of ideology.

  3. It’s about time we start calling Republicans the “Radical Right.” What else do you call people who try to undermine the democratic process by saying they got cheated in a national election, without a shred of evidence to support it. This is wrong and dangerous to our country! Republicans should also drop calling themselves “patriots.” If they were patriots, they would fully support proven vaccines to stop the spread of Covid and protect their fellow Americans.

    • There is always cheating in politics. Your Radical Right folks just need to learn how to cheat better than the competition. Regarding medical patriots, I think they fully support proven vaccines to stop the spread of Covid and protect fellow Americans – just not for themselves.

    • Democratic Process with Hillary Clinton, Democrat:
      Hillary Clinton is sticking with her conviction that the 2016 presidential election was not conducted legitimately, saying the details surrounding her loss are still unclear. “There was a widespread understanding that this election [in 2016] was not on the level,” Clinton said during an interview for the latest episode of The Atlantic’s politics podcast, The Ticket. “We still don’t know what really happened.”

      Patriotic Vaccine Process with Kamala Harris, Democrat:
      “The fact that you continue to undermine public confidence in a vaccine, if the vaccine emerges during the Trump administration, I think is unconscionable.” That was then-Vice President Mike Pence’s rebuke of his opponent, then-Sen. Kamala Harris, in the campaign’s stretch-run, when she was talking down Operation Warp Speed, the Trump administration’s zealous initiative to push across the finish line the vaccines that pharmaceutical companies miraculously managed to produce by late 2020.

      Rebuttals have short memories…

      • Don’t make Trump out to be a vaccine hero. That is ludicrous! All Trump did was throw money at the pharmacutical companies and say, “get me a vaccine.” However, he never advocated for taking it, even though he surely took it himself, and did everything to undermine the recovery process (“It will be gone in a day or so”). He is one of the most despicable men on earth, right up there with Putin and Kim Jon Yun. His followers are either stupid or lack morals. Anybody with a brain would know that he’s a racist and a con man. By the way, I’ve got some investments for you, LuckyGuy. Just send me your money.

        • Perhaps one day a Biden-Trump monument will be built recording things politician’s should not say or do.. Trump will have 4 years of Twitter rants and Biden will have 50+ years of racist remarks starting in 1977 with his opposition to forced busing, which personally impacted his VP’s life in a negative way as a young girl; to his eulogized comments of chosen mentor and KKK disciple Sen. Robert Byrd; to his 7-11 and Dunkin Donuts worker comments: to infamous radio interview with Charlamagne The God: to his “mainstream” comments about former boss Barack in 2007. And the beat goes on and on and on… I’m sure Biden will add more content in the coming time he has left.

          If Trump is reelected in 2024, there probably won’t be anymore twitter rants, but I’m sure he will find a way to communicate his thoughts, as he is very transparent with those to a fault.. but then so is Biden…

  4. Steve – While I agree with much of what you have stated, your comment on 20-something year olds is way out of bounds in my opinion. Containerizing this entire group and connecting them all to what occurred in Portland is very unfair! In reality, its really poor parental and governmental leadership in Portland that nurtured and allowed the bad behavior. Bad choices all the way around. Thank goodness there are far more 20-somethings that have a positive impact on our society then what we see in Portland.

    IMO, Communities should welcome all ages and offer/invest in activities for the younger generations that attract them here and develop their skills in a positive way, especially social behavior. Portland got that part really wrong! Somehow we have to re-imagine the possibilities and ignore no one while coming up with ideas better than turning the Kmart parking lot into a open container area!

    • Speaking of the Kmart parking lot, just imagine a beautiful baseball field like “The Chuck Complex” at Home Plate and TDK instead of a parking lot there surrounded by picnic tables, free splash pads, swings and climbing rocks all accessible by golf cart (unlike the Chuck) where we could showcase outstanding young athletes in this community, host tournaments to offset cost and enjoy the eatery’s in the area!

      Convert the building into playable courts for basketball, pickle ball, volley ball, whatever ball.. Do you know what its like to try and get basketball court time in this town during the season? Its awful, ask Alan Livsey, he will tell you all about it.

      It could be a great gathering place for kids and families, just imagine…

        • How did the city acquire Dr. Drakes Medical Building that once sat at Drake Field to turn into a park? Perhaps the same way? Or the current owner donates it to the city in order to avoid some future tax liability and we name the park in their honor? Or we use infrastructure funds to buy and convert empty asphalt parking lot into green space? Or perhaps there is another “Chuck” in town that wants to build the perfect ball field for the kids just because? We could name it Spyglass Curmudgeon Park, just adjacent to Luther Glass Park, the antonyms of one another.

          • I will readily admit the Drakes Medical Building predates my time in PTC, I have been living here around 18 years…I don’t remember a building there, although it could have been. Since you were here, how did we acquire the property?

            I stand by my point that we have enough ball fields..and there is a nice park right across the street, as you noted.

            I’m not sure of the best us of the Kmart site..That is going to be an issue going forward for many large brick & mortar sites.

            I suppose any and all ideas are worth pursuing. That would be a great big expensive ball field, I’ll say that.

          • I do not know how Drakes building was obtained by the city. I just remember going there as a kid. Prior to being a medical office, it was a motel.

            We don’t have enough ball fields and we don’t have enough indoor courts. Not sure what makes you think we do, but when kids games are scheduled to start at 9pm on a school night, something isn’t right. I can tell you from experience trying to obtain a court or field for practice is next to impossible. Like I said, talk to Alan Livsey, he can provide you the facts on basketball court times, its crazy!

            The longer that build stays vacant and the issue’s brick and motor big boxes vacancies going forward should drive the cost down rapidly. Perhaps it doesn’t have to be an acquisition and could be leased instead. I’ve viewed sites in other communities who have converted big box empties into ball courts. The activity seemed to warrant the decision for the community and certainly for the kids. Better then an empty building eye sore sitting there for years.

          • I agree with the comment we need more ball fields. The Fayette County Board of Education (FCBOE) has generously spent our tax dollars for sports’ facilities at every school. Of course, they are not about to allow the public to use them, probably fearing vandalism. Huddleston Elementary has basketball courts, a small ball field, and track right down the street from where I live. We have probably 30-50 kids in our neighborhood who could take advantage of those spaces if allowed. The school keeps the facilities locked from the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week (24/7). Years ago, I used to run around the McIntosh High School track, but now it is also secured from the public. Their secure ball field rivals any I know in quality. It strikes me the County and Cities can arrange public use of the FCBOE’s sports’ facilities with commitments to pay for securing the schools’ main facilities from the sports’ facilities, but that requires our civic leaders’ desire.

          • I’ve got a pretty jump shot for an old fellow…I’ve always wanted to get involved with a BBALL league….58 here…

            I agree with Doug about the area behind Huddleston Elementary…I used to use it all the time for walking etc…we obviously live close.

            I suppose possibly the threat of vandalism or someone suing if they got hurt came into play regarding the facilities being locked up. Sad.

          • The Youth Basketball Association is allowed to use the elementary school gyms for games. In some locations the principal will not allow the association coaches to adjust the height of the goal for little kids. I want to ask them who paid for that gym? It so ridiculous…

  5. One of the major declines of PTC is having radicals like you and Hoffman riling up the gullible gang of this city. You two commit the same sins of those you point fingers at. Due to your narcissism and extreme boredom, you made it your mission to inject yourself in this past election and make up stories about candidates that infected you with jealousy. They had the potential to do far better things than you could even think of. You’re full of misinformation, half-truths, and outright lies. Now, here you are patting yourself on the back while simultaneously saying “Look at me everybody! Look what I did!” You were once touted as a rising and upcoming star in the political arena. Now, you’re doing everything you can to remain relevant. Your decline happened rather rapidly – didn’t it?

    • Dawn haddocks, you’re the troll of PTC. A community that loves America and supports our military is a shame to you. Maybe consider California or another blue state. They’d welcome you with open arms, taxes and a status quo of some racist country you wish it would be.