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More rainy nights in formerly red Georgia for the Republican Party
Engaged coalition turned Peach State blue
 
Published Friday, January 22, 2021 8:00 pm
by James Ewers

“Neon signs a-flashin, taxicabs and buses passin through the night. A distant moanin of a train seems to play a sad refrain to the night.”


If you are in the fourth quarter like I am, you remember these song lyrics by crooner, Brook Benton.


It was indeed a rainy night in Georgia for the GOP.


After the presidential election, arguably the most important election in the country was the runoff election for the two senate seats in Georgia. The hype was incredibly high for the contest that pitted two incumbent Republicans against two upstart Democrats. The two Republicans, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, wrapped themselves in Trump’s blanket of deceit and dishonesty. They thought he could do no wrong.


Interestingly, Loeffler is the co-owner of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream. The team mounted a huge voter turnout campaign to unseat her. The poll numbers said the race was too close to call.


Ultimately, the two Democrats, the Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, won. Warnock is senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where Martin Luther King Jr. pastored. Warnock is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.


Ossoff is a businessman who owns a production company. He defeated Perdue denying him another six-year term in office. Warnock is Black and Ossoff is White. I can hear Dr. King singing “We Shall Overcome.” This is what happened in Georgia last week because the people did overcome.


The state of Georgia did what many political experts thought was impossible. They voted for a Democratic presidential candidate and two Democratic senators.


The Peach State has been mostly a Republican state in recent memory since 1972. However, they did vote for Jimmy Carter in 1976 and 1980 and also Bill Clinton in 1992. Warnock is the first African American senator in Georgia’s history.


In my opinion, we are at a crossroads in American politics. Our political divide is evident and has been that way pre-Mr T. It has only gotten worse since he has been in office. He has created a bad example of leadership. In turn, this has created madness and mayhem for the American people.


With these two wins, it is hopeful that legislation will be enacted that will benefit all of us and not just some of us.


The new administration will have the advantage in both the U.S. House and Senate. Now the question is how to use this advantage for a change in attitude and in cooperation. I believe everyone can agree, especially during the past four years, there has been unprecedented meanness and ill will.


Men in the Senate like Ted Cruz, Mitch McConnell and Josh Hawley were problematic when it came to passing legislation for all Americans. Our healthcare was always at risk. Judicial appointments were given the OK by Trump and led by these political minions.


Senators-elect Ossoff and Warnock will go to Washington hoping to change the narrative so that we can regain trust in the American government.


Beginning Jan. 20, America will be able to exhale. We have been in a coma of chaos. We were bent but not broken.


We have been distraught, depressed and disillusioned. The monarch who sat in the oval office carried the torch of racism and intolerance. Too many people believed in his hate-filled rhetoric.
While it was a rainy night in Georgia, joy did come in the morning. Welcome Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff to the United States Senate.


James Ewers, a Johnson C. Smith University graduate,  lives in New Orleans.

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