Lately, I have read the various articles covering the politically minded citizens who have announced their candidacy for various political office.
I would like to key in on one of them: Barry Fleming of Harlem.
Fleming announced his intention to run against U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, our current congressman of Georgia's 10th District.
Thomas Jefferson had a famous quote that is very applicable to Fleming: "Whenever a man has cast a lounging eye on a political office, a rottenness begins in his conduct." Please allow me to explain.
Recently I attended a Columbia County Republican Party Caucus. The chairperson introduced state Rep. Barry Fleming, who took over the podium. He announced that he was running against Broun.
Near the end of dissertation he told a half-truth. He said Broun "voted for marijuana"! His statement requires clarification to tell the whole truth. When our caucus was over, I inquired of Fleming if he was a veteran. He said, "No, but my daddy was."
First and foremost, Broun is a veteran. Secondly, he is a constitutionalist and strongly believes in sovereign states' rights. There are 11 states that authorize medical marijuana for patients who have AIDS, cancer, glaucoma and other pain-causing illnesses. Smoking medical marijuana greatly reduces the pain and suffering from these ailments. Broun voted to prevent the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and the FBI from arresting the patients who desperately need the medical marijuana, the doctor who wrote the prescription, and the pharmacy that dispenses it.
Second, Fleming was the Georgia House majority whip. His job was to discuss and oversee all legislation his Republican Party members considered introducing to the House for consideration. Fleming was under the guidance and tutorship of "Boss Tweed" - the speaker of the House, Glenn Richardson. It was "Boss Tweed" who wanted the "Repeal Of Every Ad Valorem Tax" referred to as the GREAT plan. ...
Now let's look at Broun. He served in the United States Marine Corps as a jet mechanic. He attended the University of Georgia and the Medical College of Georgia. After he graduated as a medical doctor, he was commissioned as a U.S. Navy doctor and assigned to the Marine Corps. He has worn the boots, walked the walk and talks the talk.
He serves on two very important committees: Homeland Security, and Science and Technology. He has made numerous visits to the Charlie Norwood VA Hospital, Eisenhower Army Medical Center and Fort Gordon as a whole. With his medical and military service experience, he is in the best position to ensure our wounded warriors and our military personnel, and their dependents, receive the best possible care that can be rendered to these heroes.
Georgia's primary election is July 15. The very last day for registering to vote in the primary is June 15. I would like to encourage all active-duty military personnel, all military retirees and veterans and their dependents to register and vote for Broun.
Thomas Jefferson said, "When government fears the people there is liberty; when the people fear the government there is tyranny." We do not need a silver-tongued lawyer to represent us in the 10th Congressional District!
David G. Edmiston Sr.
MSG USAF (retired)
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