John Lewis says Democrats have “Moral Obligation” to Say What they Really Feel

John Lewis is the latest person who wants Michelle Nunn and the rest of the Democratic ticket to start articulating what they really believe.

Speaking to the gay news outlet The Georgia Voice, the civil rights icon said candidates have a “moral obligation” to speak out on hot-button issues.

[I]t’s very difficult for people in this region, but leaders have to lead.

I can understand the position that Michelle [Nunn] and Jason [Carter] may be in. I’ve heard “Let them get elected and they’ll be more effective and be able to do more and say more” but I think there are many politicians in this region that are reluctant to say anything. I tell people all the time, “Go with your gut and it will work out.” It’s amazing to me that in such a short few years, people have come so far. And they just need a little leadership really.

I tend to agree with Lewis. If Georgia truly is changing in the Democrats’ favor, running away from more mainstream liberal issues isn’t going to help them. It is nearly universal that younger voters are becoming increasingly socially liberal.

Last week, Senator Johnny Isakson said Nunn is going to have to start taking a stance on issues. Sen. Carter, to his credit, has been vocal about his policies and views. I’ve also said Nunn is going to have to start saying who she is and what she believes. If myself, Sen. Isakson and Cong. Lewis believe something, it must be true.


  1. Baker says:

    Clarification: It is true that it is nearly universal that young folks are more liberal on gay marriage but on other social issues it’s not so clear cut.

    • womens rights, voting rights, reproductive rights, the war on some drugs, and social security solvency, fair wages and generational competition for shrinking quality job slots.

      You guys are really creeping us out with all this fascinating focus on gay men….

  2. Too often politicians tell us what they think we want to hear, instead what they think, or even what they support for implementation.

    One can not serve 2 masters equally. In the end, the master with the greater singular resources prevails. This is why the voter is only important during election time, and no other.

    Also, if the election day opposition team would not cut and paste select soundbytes and one liners from a million line bill, more politicians could vote and speak their minds more openly. Opponents pick low hanging fruit and twist an opponents words into something ‘doubtful’ and often just damn mean with frowny black and white ‘select’ photos.

    Lewis is district safe, and he is pretty much portrayed as a say it like it is guy.

    Hey Ms. Nunn, what do you have to say to us today? What do you stand for? What are you about? What do you bring fresh, new, different and unique? What is your position on rescheduling cannabis from 1 to off the floor? Do you love Israel when they bomb babies?
    And how are those ‘strategic alliance building with media types’ project coming along for you?

    Well? We are waiting…

  3. northside101 says:

    It is pretty safe and easy for John Lewis to take very liberal stands when he represents an 80%+ Obama district. (He has never had a seriously contested general election in his 28 years in Congress.) It is another thing for a Democrat to win statewide office in much less liberal Georgia, which has not backed a Democrat for president since Bill Clinton in 1992 (and that only with the help of Ross Perot, who siphoned countless votes from Bush the first that year). The reality is that a Democrat cannot win this state with a poor showing outside metro Atlanta, like low 40s percentage. Obama won metro Atlanta in both 2008 and 2012 but lost badly in the 43% of Georgia (voters) outside metro Atlanta. Michelle Nunn may appear to be a “mushy moderate” to some Democrats, but she is no fool—she knows that the views of John Lewis are not exactly helpful in winning (or reducing GOP margins) in areas like the north Georgia Mountains, rural areas in southeast Georgia like Jesup, Waycross and Vidalia. or the conservative Georgia suburbs of Chattanooga.

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