Those darn babies. Some political insiders have christened Taylor's baby ads as among the best political ads ever done. Financed by his sweetheart of a deal million dollar loan, they did the job as far as moving the polls in May. And, after all, what's not to like? Well, according to the editorial board of the Augusta Chronicle, the answer is, "plenty." Today, in a staff editorial titled, No Thanks, Big Guy , the paper does a good job of putting into words what I've been feeling all along. I don't want a governor who acts like a parent and treats citizens like dependent infants. Instead, I want a governor who will partner with all citizens and other elected officials, of both parties, to move this state forward.
Here's a portion of the article. It is definitely worthwhile read.
"The ad couldn't be more condescending or insulting to the Peach State citizenry. The clear implication is ordinary folks are little guys who can't take care of themselves, but that the Big Guy can. So vote for the Big Guy, and all your worries will go away."
This message is very different than Cathy Cox's message of making government work for everyone and bringing to the table everyone with a good idea for Georgia. I do not want to be bound to a governor who will take care of me, I want the freedom to participate in a government that allows equal access to the halls of power. I want a governor who does not have to check her donor list before she makes decisions or before she answers a call. I want government that is inclusive, not exclusive, and that's why I'm supporting Cathy Cox.
With the baby ads, Taylor paints a visual picture of himself towering over everyone else, a benevolent dictator who knows what we need and will provide it so long as we are loyal to him. Yuck. This is the same old brand of "I'll take care of you if you take care of me" politics that has kept our state from moving forward, and I want no part of it. It reminds me of the mill villages I grew up around in North Carolina where folks lived in the mill-owned houses, shopped at the mill-owned store, and were taken "care of" day to day but were hardly ever able to save any money or become independent. And they certainly were not part of decision-making. That was left to the backroom deals, and only the Big Guys had access. As you can imagine, most of the decisions benefitted not the little guys like you and me, but the "Big Guys" or "Fat Cats" as my father called them. Even the decisions that somehow helped the regular guys and gals seemed to also have a huge upside for those with the power and the money that gave the access to the process. That's not what I want for Georgia's future. Sphere: Related Content