Former state representative and DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones has penned an Op-Ed over at The Saporta Report. Jones does a good job of reviewing the evolution of Georgia’s electorate through the 1980s and 90s before deconstrucing why the current state of affairs serves neither African-Americans nor the Democratic Party.
But in the South, it appears that both political parties are becoming race-based. I think this is a tragedy for the American people and the political future of our country. As for Southern white Democrats, have you ever thought of switching messages and not party as a way to be removed from the endangered species list?
A good message is fiscal responsibility. What’s wrong with a balanced budget amendment passing in Washington? Most states and local governments have a mandate to operate with balanced budgets.
And Democrats should spend less energy on social issues. For example, why spend more time on “don’t ask, don’t tell” as opposed to ensuring our military men and women are well-paid and well-equipped?
If the Democratic Party in the South wants to regain some of its influence, it will need to find messages that appeal to moderate white Democrats and moderate white Republicans. Otherwise, it will become a black party with less and less political power and influence.
Whether you love or hate Vernon, it’s a good read, and I highly suggest taking a few minutes to hit the link.