First of all, I’d like to thank Charlie and Erick, et al., for this opportunity to add my voice to the wild and woolly arena of Georgia politics. I’m one of those rare commodities, a native Georgian. Raised a Democrat, I’m now mostly Republican, but always a conservative first and foremost.
I’ve been at this blogging thing for a while. It started as a hobby, really, just an amusing experiment. The original plan was to write about the Georgia of my youth – memories of places I’d been and how they’d been buried by over-development, neglect or careless zoning. A big issue was how Georgia could still grow and change, but keep that graciousness I remembered. Ranting about bad manners almost always turned to politics. The rants turned into something bigger; almost a calling to do my part to set things right, not only in my own backyard but across this country I love so much.
Obi’s Sister was launched on Pi Day (3/14) in 2006. Last year I also began writing at Potluck, a blog for conservative moms. It’s a warm and sometimes hilarious place.
In my blog’s first anniversary post was a dedication of sorts to the “Obi” behind Obi’s Sister.
It was named in honor of my little brother, the great Obi-Wan Ben Kenobi: Master Jedi, Champion Blue Devils Snare Drummer, Bulldawg to the Bone, PGA Golfer, Footballer, Marathon Runner, Consumer of Mass Quantities of “Do-Do” balls, great brother, friend, husband and father. During many nights in his yard/driveway/kitchen, the discussions we had brought me out of my middle-age induced fog to the realization that we Americans needed to take back America.
Over four years later, that gut feeling hasn’t changed, but the focus is more fine-tuned.
On November 2, fed-up Americans sent a message to Washington, DC and to the many states, including Georgia. It stops here. It stops now. I may be a speck of dust in America’s backyard, but you hear me now, don’t you? If you’re impressed by what average Americans were able to accomplish in the last two years, just wait ’til you see what we do for the next two. We’re just getting started!