Mo silence, Mo bullsh*t

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Franklin, Contributor

With all of the bizarre shenanigans coming from the White House these days, you’d expect that your congressman might have an opinion or two on tariffs or Putin or he might possibly be trying to figure out how to get healthcare for the people in his district that don’t have it.  In North Alabama, all we get is Mo silence or Mo bullshit.

Recently, the dysfunctional incumbent who is too impotent to actively represent his district, Mo Brooks, discovered that he was getting his ass kicked in this last quarter of fundraising by a 2-1 margin. So, Mo decided to issue the following statement about his opponent, Peter Joffrion, saying, “We have all the money we need right now to make sure voters know that Peter Joffrion is from the radical left-wing of the Democratic Party.”

Well, if that ain’t Mo bullshit, I don’t know what is. (At least Mo’s flunky intern who wrote that bullshit didn’t pull out the cliché of calling it the “Democrat Party”, but rest assured that there are Mo cliché’s coming).

Anyone who has spent more than thirty seconds with Peter Joffrion knows without a doubt that he’s not “radically left.” This Mo bullshit response is a clear indicator that Mo has no effective argument against the fact that Peter Joffrion is gaining traction in the Fifth Congressional District because he is a leader who listens to his constituents and offers workable solutions. Mo, on the other hand, is too busy trying to convince his base that hordes of South American immigrants are desperate to relocate to, uh, Scottsboro or trying to convince us to enlist in Space Farce so that we can start new interplanetary wars over mining Uranus. Yep, Mo bullshit.

Of course, Mo silence ain’t that much better. Brooks resorts to that often when it becomes obvious that his legislative ideas are about as effective as a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest or nailing Jell-O to a tree. Mo also likes to run away. Especially if he thinks some radical left wingers are gonna show up at a town hall and he’ll have to answer a real question or two. Mo questions, Mo flees. It’s Mo than we should be forced to put up with when all we get is Mo and Mo incompetence.

It’s just Mo of the same old, same Mo.

Look, this election truly matters because we can’t afford Mo bullshit or Mo silence. We need leadership and we need someone that will stand up for North Alabama. We need Peter Joffrion because he will represent North Alabama honestly and fight for the things we care about. We don’t need Mo grandstanding or Mo embarrassment. The last thing we need is Mo problems or Mo rhetoric.

So, let’s help Mo retire. He’s had a long, albeit ineffectual, run and his tired doublespeak isn’t doing much of squat to help the people of North Alabama. Either Mo’s voting no or he’s hiding from his constituents or he’s saying some embarrassing shit you’d expect to come from the lips of an angry adolescent. Yeah, Mo likes to vote no a lot because he thinks it makes him look like he has principles. Unfortunately, as part of the Freedom Caucus cult, all it means is that he’s mastered the art of throwing a monkey wrench into the gears of effective government. Mo gridlock, Mo kickin’ the can.

Even in Congress, Mo is about as appreciated and revered as a turd in a punchbowl or being stuck in an elevator with Ted Cruz without air conditioning in August.

It’s time to for bold leadership, it’s time to elect Peter Joffrion. We’ve had Mo silence and Mo bullshit than we can stand.

Let’s move Alabama from Worst to First

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Charles Miller, Contributor

Every time a new national ranking of education, the economy, or health comes out, a lot of us say, “Thank God for Mississippi”.  We can always find someplace worse, but the fact is that Alabama is being hung out to dry. Our representatives in Montgomery are not doing anything to improve things. We’re the worst, when we should be first. We all know excuses are not good enough – Alabama can do much better.   I think the way we should react to news that students keep failing basic skills tests – it’s not the students that are failing, it’s the schools.  So, it’s apparent that it’s the politicians that are to blame, not the people who are stretched thin, just trying to make ends meet.

Speaking of education, Alabama is at, or near, the bottom in K-12 schools.  Take math scores for instance – the skill that matters most for technical jobs that pay well – Alabama is ranked 50th.  Our schools are also near the bottom in college readiness, leaving most of our students with little hope for a better future. What have our leaders done to Improve that? Nothing that amounts to anything significant.  We know that our students can do much better, and they do when given the opportunity – it’s our education system that is failing, not the students and not the parents.

On economy and jobs, we are at the bottom.  It’s as if Alabama refused to participate in economic recovery.  While the rest of the nation is rising, Alabama lags behind, but it’s not because people aren’t working hard, it’s because of lack of opportunity and a failure of leadership.   Our state is 48th in employment with just over half the potential workforce employed. We rank 48th in business environment, according to the Statistical Atlas, – and most of our representatives say they are “pro-business”.  We are not convinced.

We are being misled when we look at the “unemployment” rate.  Nearly half, who are not employed, are stay-at-home parents. Of course, that can be a good thing when it’s possible for one parent to earn enough to support the family. That’s not what’s happening. When earnings are so low, especially in rural areas, it is difficult for one working parent to make a living wage for their family. When median income is less than $24,000 that can be largely impossible.  Among young adults age 20 – 24, the unemployment rate is staggering at 15 – 13 %. Every day I hear from people who are cobbling together multiple part-time jobs to make ends meet.  So, it’s not surprising that a third of Alabama’s children live in poverty. That makes for a poor economy and a poor future for our state.

In health, we are predictably near the bottom again.  Our healthcare is some of the most expensive and our outcomes the worst. Tragically, Alabama is 50th in infant mortality and near the bottom in healthcare for children and adults.  It’s a bit of a puzzle, isn’t it?  We pay more and get less, live sicker, and die broke.  The worst thing about this is that healthcare is so politicized and our political leaders seem to lack the will to come up with practical solutions to make healthcare affordable and accessible.

Then, there is the grocery tax.  Only a handful of states charge sales tax on groceries and only three, including Alabama, apply the full rate to groceries to be consumed at home.  This unpopular regressive tax that hurts families could be eliminated and replaced by new sources of revenue that have broad public support, but again, our politicians lack the will to implement those solutions.  And that’s just one example of many taxes that hurt all of us.

There are solutions for all these issues and in the coming months I’ll be talking about them. But more importantly, I’ll be listening to the people who live with those kitchen table issues every day.  Too few of our representatives are really listening. Too many representatives are unwilling to discuss, let alone implement, innovative and effective solutions. We need new blood in the legislature to take Alabama from worst to first.

Alabama Democrats: “Summer of Revival” or another “Summer of Denial”?

Clete Wetli, Contributor

As an active, life-long, and proud Democrat living in Alabama, there’s no easy way to say this, but folks, we are seriously getting our asses kicked. Yeah, I know the history of how it happened and how the hatred of Obama, Pelosi, and all things liberal keep the GOP momentum going like the plague in the Dark Ages- but, it seems like we’re not doing our very best to stop the unrelenting red carnage.

Oh, you think it’s the “Summer of Revival” for Democrats in Alabama?

Just take a second and look at the Alabama Democratic Party website and click on all the headers. Spend a few minutes and just look the whole thing over with some scrutiny. Now you may need an adult beverage before you take this next step, but now, pull up the Alabama Republican Party website. Hmmm.  So, put your politics aside for a second and ask yourself which site looks better and ask yourself who is communicating an effective message.

Alright, maybe you really need two adult beverages after looking at all that! Look, I’m not trying to be inflammatory or just stir things up for no reason here, but this is shameful and it’s easily fixable. Alabama Democrats just have to find the collective will to make it happen.

Unfortunately, this “Summer of Revival” appears to be another “Summer of Denial” where we don’t hold our State Party leadership accountable for presenting a compelling and concise message that makes Alabama voters want to enthusiastically vote for Democratic candidates. The widespread denial isn’t even really the worst part. The worst part is the tepid and implicit apology lingering in the narrative that somehow this is our best effort and that we’re comfortable accepting our impending defeat because we’re outnumbered and outgunned.

Democrats across the state have spent the last few years protesting every embarrassing and regressive policy and law that has been supported by the Republicans. That’s ok I suppose, but it’s been largely ineffectual. Sadly, the one place where we should be protesting, and possibly getting arrested for disturbing the peace, is in front of the next State Executive Committee demanding the resignations of Worley and Reed. Well, unless you’re still in denial that we even have a problem or like making apologies for their obvious lack of leadership.

The tragedy is that no one is screaming, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!” Instead, it’s a very civil and patient acknowledgement of incompetence that leads to the scheduling of another meeting to patiently and civilly acknowledge more incompetence. In between these meetings, there’s likely a march or protest you can attend that will help you feel like you’re making a difference while you preach to the faithful.

I have to admit that I got a little excited when I first heard of this “Summer of Revival” coming to the Alabama Democrats, even if the religious reference made me gag a little. But since the announcement, there’s been no noise, no media, no feeling of renewed energy, and it all seems like another dying gasp for relevance.

The truth is that before we can become competitive again, we’ve got to get our act together. We can’t win trying to be Republican-lite and we can’t win accepting incompetent or mediocre leadership. We’ve got be clear about what we stand for and why.

What the hell is the message? Why is it not on the website and on bumper stickers in every county?

Folks, this is a fight for our survival and it’s high time that we get enraged and engaged. If this is truly the “Summer of Revival”, then what is it exactly that we’re reviving?

Maybe, what we need is some anger and a renewed commitment to the core values that made us the Party of the People in the first place. No more excuses, no more apologies, no more denial.