Lowery blasts GOP, urges Democrats to back Obama at rally

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Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012 10:20 PM
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Four years after the Rev. Joseph Lowery stood before the world and gave the benediction at President Obama’s inauguration in Washington, the civil rights leader was in Augusta, explaining why he’d like to do so again.

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Rev. Joseph Lowery dances to music after delivering the keynote address.  EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
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Rev. Joseph Lowery dances to music after delivering the keynote address.

Lowery said he has watched the Republican Party evolve into one of lies and limbo, of one wrapped up in the hatred of racism and one resistant to help the whole of the people.

“If Obama was white, there would be no question on who was going to win,” Lowery said.

More than 200 people gathered at the Henry Brigham Center on Thursday for the Richmond County Democratic Party’s Get Out the Vote Rally for Democratic candidates. Though they attended to celebrate their Democratic platform, many said the real honor was to get the chance to hear a civil rights icon speak.

“This here is history in the making,” said Lori A. Myles, an English teacher at T.W. Josey Comprehensive High School. “We have an opportunity to be able to see the path that has not only been drawn, but also to re-create it.”

As Lowery, 91, spoke, he didn’t hold back what he saw to be true about race or politics.

His statements were blunt and met with laughter and cheers from the audience, who sat at tables with streamers and dined on fried chicken, baked beans and potato salad.

He said that he didn’t want to see the Democratic Party become “an all-black party” but that divisiveness in politics is making it so.

He cited the homosexual marriage debate as being a distraction made by Republicans that has divided voters and made Democrats leave the party.

Because more women show up at the polls than men, he urged women to make sure the men in their lives made it to vote. Local elections are even more important than the presidential race, he said.

“We’re not just here to talk about the presidential election,” Lowery said. “You got to elect these local candidates. You may never get to see Obama except on television. But you’re going to see these.”

Several of those local candidates riled up the audience before Lowery took to the lectern.

Sheriff candidate Richard Roundtree, who was escorted to the lectern to refrain of Bob Marley’s I Shot the Sheriff, said voters should get excited about a new Augusta. He said that Augusta’s dynamics are on the verge of change but that voters have to push it.

“We have a chance to be a part of something great,” Rountree said. He said every voter has a chance to say, “I was there when Augusta took back the government. I was there when we ran the good old boys out of town.”

Democratic candidates, from district attorney to probate judge, went to the microphone with cheers from the audience, and all pushed voters to choose Democratic candidates for the 2012 elections.

Four Georgia Democratic delegates, such as Franklin Williams, who was dressed in a rhinestone-studded shirt and a straw hat covered in Obama buttons, spoke of the pride they felt to nominate Obama at the Democratic National Convention this year.

“Obama four more years!” he yelled. “We can get Obama re-elected ... yes we can!”

Lowell Greenbaum, the chairman of the Richmond County Democratic Party, said it has always been important to vote, but even more so today for what is at stake. He said he worried about Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s intentions for women and the middle class and said Obama will work for the whole nation.

“There’s an energy that a crowd brings and a message that we’ve got to get out,” he said. “Democrats have a majority in Richmond County, and if all the Democrats go out and vote, we win.”

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willie7
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willie7 10/18/12 - 10:17 pm
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There are a large number of
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There are a large number of white haters out there according to the Souithern Poverty Law Center. And they have multiplied greatly since Prsident Obama has been in office.

Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 10/18/12 - 10:19 pm
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I agree but your comment will

I agree but your comment will be called racist and removed LOL. I've never seen racism this bad. If you say anything bad about obama you are a racist, bias and bigot.

Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 10/18/12 - 10:34 pm
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The new Augusta? Run the good

The new Augusta? Run the good ole boys out of town? WOW I might be run out of town. Anybody wanna buy a house?

dichotomy
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dichotomy 10/18/12 - 10:47 pm
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And there you have the face

And there you have the face of, and the only message of the Democrat party today.

Four years of a dismal record, incredible debt, anemic growth, and chronic unemployment and the best they can come up with is to invite one old racist to come in and stir the racism pot with a bunch of our local racists and accuse the other 50% of the country of being.....racists. It's the only card they have left to play.

I hate to tell you this Rev. Lowery but Obama and his whole administration have a miserable record and I would be voting against him if he was lily white and had a registered pedigree.....which he certainly doesn't.

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just an opinion 10/18/12 - 10:57 pm
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You are a good ole boy if you are:

Law abiding, working class, civic minded and____________. You fill in the blank. These are the guys Roundtree wants "run out of town".

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 10/19/12 - 03:45 am
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Seems that Rev. Lowery has

Seems that Rev. Lowery has turned from being a champion of civil rights to a racist bigot. Not that surprising, but still sad.

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OpenCurtain 10/19/12 - 05:26 am
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"The drum major instinct"?

We all know the civil rights actions of the 50-70's were about equality, not being politicians or stumping for one side or the other. To Dr. King it was about justice, equality, blending into America. Not the many things we see today.

A quote from The Great Dr. King's last speech. "The Drum Major Instinct"

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"And then it does other things to the personality. It causes you to lie about who you know sometimes. (Amen, Make it plain) There are some people who are influence peddlers. And in their attempt to deal with the drum major instinct, they have to try to identify with the so-called big-name people. (Yeah, Make it plain) And if you're not careful, they will make you think they know somebody that they don't really know. (Amen) They know them well, they sip tea with them, and they this-and-that. That happens to people."

Now ask yourself, is this what has now taking place?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 10/19/12 - 05:45 am
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Run the good ole boys outta town...

Wow....I'll tell my hubby he isn't wanted in Augusta Ga anymore....dang he will be sooo hurt.....
What gibberish & yall wonder why some folks are leaving for greener pastures.......this won't help ya in the long run....Good Ole Boys come in handy ......
Rebel you won't populate your area with this crap going out on the airways...sorry buddy.....

seenitB4
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seenitB4 10/19/12 - 05:55 am
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Now when he says this....

He said that he didn’t want to see the Democratic Party become “an all-black party” but that divisiveness in politics is making it so.

Well don't say we are gonna run the good ole boys out of town & maybe it won't be an all black party...GEEZ
You can't have it both ways....

seenitB4
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seenitB4 10/19/12 - 06:32 am
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Mr Greenbaum said this...

Lowell Greenbaum, the chairman of the Richmond County Democratic Party, said it has always been important to vote, but even more so today for what is at stake. He said he worried about Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s intentions for women and the middle class and said Obama will work for the whole nation.

Well now...has Obama seen the mess in Chicago...gangs running the place......kids killed by gangs.....older folks scared to venture outside....last night I saw how whole neighborhoods are overtaken by thugs.....DO SOMETHING TO SAVE THOSE KIDS....talk is cheap.....a child sitting on her front steps shouldn't have to worry about a bullet hitting her ....NOW put your words where it will matter...geez...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 10/19/12 - 07:01 am
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WHERE ARE THE BLACK LEADERS ....

(CBS News) There are 228 dead: That's the number of murders this year in Chicago. It's nearly twice as many as the number of Americans lost on the battlefields of Afghanistan over these last six months. And the number of deaths is up 35 percent over the same period last year.

There was a time it was called "gangland" Chicago and maybe that time has returned.

Chicago teen on living amid violence: "I don't expect to have a future here"

The cops tell us it's the gang members who have turned some neighborhoods into free-fire zones. More people were cut down today.

Across Chicago, nine people were killed between Friday and Sunday, and two more were gunned down just hours ago - a murder rate of two a day.

"It's tragic," Pastor Robin Hood told CBS News. "This is like Beirut was in the 70s. It's war."

Hood lives in Chicago's North Lawndale neighborhood, where three of the victims were killed.

"People are scared to come outdoors," Hood explains. "They're scared for their kids to sit on the porches and play in the playground. It's total fear."

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saywhatagain 10/19/12 - 07:09 am
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Drop the "Reverand" Mr. Lowery

Altogether, 150,000 people die every day on the earth and the overwhelming majority of them plunge into a Christ-less grave and an eternity in hell. If you carry the mantle of "Reverend", you have an incredibly more important responsibility than making political speeches. Jesus said, "...And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak".

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/19/12 - 07:12 am
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Hyphen

willie7 posted:

There are a large number of white haters out there according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

It sounds like Joseph Lowery is one of them.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/19/12 - 07:18 am
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So Sad

Sheriff Candidate Richard Roundtree said

Every voter has a chance to say, “I was there when Augusta took back the government. I was there when we ran the good old boys out of town.”

Took back the government? Is Roundtree warped or what?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 10/19/12 - 07:22 am
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A targeted audience

Llamb...this was meant for a certain group of folks....sad that we see it too.....I lost respect while reading this .....
Taking back---running gobs out of town....yeh right.....just what Richmond county needs....NOT!

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rmwhitley 10/19/12 - 07:29 am
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Blacks calling me
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a racist? What a novel thought. I'm white, conservative and believes that every one "entitled" to be in America deserves and even "shake". I believe in a "white student union" as well as a "black student union". I believe in a "National Association for the Advancement of White People" as well as the "National Association for the Advancement of Colored People". I believe in a "Congressional White Caucus" as well as the "Congressional Black Caucus". And last but, not least, I wish obama was white also. I'd love to be able to say" What a piece of --- that bum is" without the rhetoric from a bunch of whining, tax-exempt, black church "leaders" who happen to be the most openly racist thugs on earth.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/19/12 - 07:37 am
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Second Paragraph

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Lowery said he has watched the Republican Party evolve into . . . one wrapped up in the hatred of racism. . . .

Well, it's a good thing to hate racism, right?

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InChristLove 10/19/12 - 07:44 am
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Had to read this article

Had to read this article twice to make sure I was reading what I was reading. Wow!! What a bunch of racist BS.

I was undecided as to who I was going to vote for Sheriff but thank
you Mr. Roundtree, you just made up my mind......Mr. Sander's is sure to get my vote. Don't want a racist sheriff or have anything to do with someone who stirs up hate.

As to the garbage Mr. Lowery is espousing....don't consider him a reverend because he definitely doesn't represent Jesus Christ and the Lord God Almighty. It's one thing to have your opinion and have it based on hate but to stand before a group of 200 people as a leader and representative of the church and Christ, and to lie, instigate hate, and hold prejudice, nope not characteristics of my Lord.

Sounds like a KKK rally except the participants are African American.

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JRC2024 10/19/12 - 07:52 am
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Go home mr lowery YOU are a

Go home mr lowery YOU are a thing of the past and we do not need you stirring the pot with all your hatred talk.. Mr. Roundtree you sound like you have the same beliefs as mr lowery. What a shame.

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double_standard 10/19/12 - 07:59 am
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What's the difference

I watch white people all the time get on TV scream and yell "Take Our Country Back". Take it back from who? It hasn't gone anywhere. This place is so backwards. The facts are that whites don't want blacks telling them what to do. Engineering Director Abie Ladson said we needed to institute a fee for storm water you people went crazy its the "The Rain Tax". Well Utilities Director Tom Widemeir or Solid Waste Director Mark Johnson raise rates you people say oh its just the cost of doing business. What's the difference its all more taxes and fees.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/19/12 - 08:21 am
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Rain Tax

One of the things traditionally paid for by property taxes is the storm drainage system. What Augusta has done is siphon money that should have gone into storm drainage construction and maintenance into other boondoggle programs that government has no business doing. Now that a few homes were flooded in August, the city trots out this new rain tax.

It is a new tax to pay for something that has been neglected. It has nothing in common with paying for garbage pickup or water & sewer service.

Imagine you own a parking lot in Augusta. You don't pay water & sewer bills on that piece of property. You don't pay for garbage pickup on that property. But you do pay property tax, and you pay for a business license. Now, all of a sudden, you will have to start paying a new rain tax. It's just a sneaky way to increase property taxes without going through the state requirements for a tax increase.

Of course, all of this business about the rain tax has nothing to do with the chicken dinner, but I was just responding to the above post. I guess I could make it relevant by saying, “We need to take our government back from this pernicious rain tax.”

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obkad 10/19/12 - 08:49 am
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lowery

go home who needs you...for those of you who say that if Romney wins there's going to be trouble.....I'm locked and loaded.....

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soapy_725 10/19/12 - 09:14 am
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Run the good ole boys out of town....
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the remaining tax payers perhaps? Detroit is on the way to a CBD near you. Let the "only people with a soul" have the place. The federal government will be happy to control it all with Obama Money. There is an orchard located in the CBD.

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bubbasauce 10/19/12 - 09:18 am
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InChristLove, you are

InChristLove, you are absolutely 100% correct on your post. Thank you very much!

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/19/12 - 09:25 am
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13 percent of the population now?
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13 percent of the population at the end of the War Between the States. What a powerful group? POTUS Wilson and Ms. Sanger's program worked. Amazing. The "13 percenters" dominate the news, control voting, the military, the housing industry, the prison roles, the crime, community murder rates, single family mothers, food stamps, EBD, TANF, Section 8, WIC, true religion, the arts, sports, etc. Every category but WORK and Charitable giving.

We've had John Brown, MLK Jr, Jesse, Sharpton, Malcolm X, Ferikahn, and now King Obama. Still the chains of economic oppression exist.

Is there some logic to this puzzle? Does someone profit from this 13 percentage of economic oppression? Not the 13 percent.

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soapy_725 10/19/12 - 09:27 am
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Cultural Identity is not Racism.
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It is survival. Rome tried to embrace all foreign cultures, not races, and it added to their downfall. Along with greed, gluttony, lust, envy, pride and human excesses.

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soapy_725 10/19/12 - 09:32 am
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A Democratic Party that consist of
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13 percent of the USA voting machine. We do have a one party state (-; The Military Industrial Complex rules from Denver.

The Think Tank (Enlightened Ones) + Military Contractors + The Pentagon + Congressional Appropriations. We rule the World. Expansionism, the like of which history has never seen.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/19/12 - 09:49 am
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Really

Joseph Lowery said:

“If Obama was white, there would be no question on who was going to win.”

If Obama was white, he would have been defeated in 2008.

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chascushman 10/19/12 - 09:53 am
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Little lamb, you are correct
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Little lamb, you are correct Hillary would have beat the community organizer

InChristLove
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InChristLove 10/19/12 - 10:02 am
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double-standard, when you

double-standard, when you hear take this country back" and you want to know from whom.....FROM THE GOVERNMENT! Nothing racial about that statement..unless you want to make it racist, which Mr. Roundtree has most certainly done.

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