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Saturday, March 18, 2006

In union lies strength for Democrats
Today's bloggerDemocrats in Georgia need more unity. It's a concept that has done wonders for Republicans, and a lesson we could do with relearning.

I'm not the only one who sees the problem. Too many times, Democrats at odds with leadership have opted to set up breakaway groups that directly compete with the established party structure for fundraising dollars and membership involvement. Such factionalism gums up our campaign machinery – every splinter group weakens the authority of our leadership and makes the task of devising a unified message for Georgia that much more difficult.

Don't misunderstand me. I'm not asking you to like or agree with Bobby Kahn or your county party's chairperson. The point is that if your county party is broken, your duty is to fix it, by working with its leadership and its members to use the resources at its disposal to further the ultimate, common goal of electing Democrats. When you break away, you rob your county party of critical resources – not least of which is you, a dedicated and motivated member – at the exact moment when it most needs those resources to revitalize itself.

I am by no means impugning the stellar contributions to the cause made by some of those breakaway groups. Consider, for example, the North Fulton Democrats. For years now they have set themselves apart as vigorous, hard-working campaigners who have made major incursions into enemy territory in Roswell and Sandy Springs. However, their estrangement from the Fulton County Democratic Party has deprived the FCDP of much-needed energy and leadership by example. As a result, the victories in North Fulton have been offset by the struggle to capitalize fully on favorable demographics inside the perimeter.

I am reminded strongly of the fable about the old man who showed his sons that a bundle of sticks is stronger than each stick singly. As one party, we are strong. Let us not do the work of Republicans and divide ourselves.
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posted by Ataru Atlanta at 3/18/2006 09:11:00 AM

2 Comments:

Blogger Kate said...

Totally agree. The Republicans are brilliant at coming together when it counts. We Dems are not. The textbook example, of course, is the 2000 election. Those damn Green Party peeps were so determined to "make a statement" that they threw away the whole election for us.

I'm really tired of hearing people kvetch about how much the two-party system sucks. Particularly if the person doing the kvetching is voting for some dipshit libertarian candidate or some other fringe weirdo.

If people don't like the Democratic party, or the candidates, then let's work to change it *together* as a party.

3/20/2006 01:25:00 PM  
Blogger Justice said...

Amen Benson and Kate! I'm not sure what to do with people that point to other countries with multi party systems and complain about us only having two parties. Aren't both the Democratic and Republican parties full of factions that have to work together, i.e. compromise in order to create change? Isn't that what happens in a multi party system too? We don't need more parties or more factions, just better organization and communication.

3/21/2006 12:13:00 PM  

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