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Georgia senator urges "dissatisfaction" with status quo

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People should “become divinely dissatisfied with the status quo of life” and challenge inequality, particularly in health care, Georgia Sen. Hardie Davis, D-Augusta, said Monday.

State Sen. Hardie Davis Jr., was the keynote speaker during the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., community commemoration at Hammond Grove Word Power Ministry in North Augusta on Sunday.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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State Sen. Hardie Davis Jr., was the keynote speaker during the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., community commemoration at Hammond Grove Word Power Ministry in North Augusta on Sunday.

He spoke at University Hospital as part of its Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration while employees packed an auditorium. Davis quoted King himself as saying, “ ‘Of all of the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.’ ”

Still, that continues in a country where nearly 50 million people lack health insurance, leading to “the financial wreckage of inadequate health coverage” where medical bills force them into bankruptcy and foreclosure, Davis said.

“Medical debt has driven people into poverty and kept them there,” he said.

Davis applauded University and its employees for taking care of the uninsured as they would their own families.

“I am assured that everyone in this room is dedicated to providing the best care that your patients day in and day out need,” he said. “And so on today I urge you to follow in Dr. King’s footsteps serving your fellow man.”

Davis used another King quote to call for action in addressing inequality.

“ ‘The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy,’ ” he quoted King, and that should mean change.

“We must become divinely dissatisfied with the status quo of life,” Davis said. “We must be dissatisfied that there is health care for some but not for all.”

Use King Day not only to reflect on King’s legacy but also to put it into action, he said.

“I challenge you this day, as health care professionals, I challenge you as citizens, stand in the gap and meet the needs of someone else because you too have become divinely dissatisfied with the world we see, just like Dr. King did,” Davis said. “Stand up (against) social injustice, racial injustice and economic injustice and let us become the generation that meets the needs of all Georgians, all Augustans.”

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triscuit
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triscuit 01/20/14 - 03:19 pm
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a bit of campaigning, eh?

a bit of campaigning, eh? with Obamacare wrecking health care for many more than it will ever help...he lost a vote as far as I am concerned.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 01/20/14 - 04:25 pm
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Single issue voters will

Single issue voters will always miss an opportunity to move the community forward by withholding support from viable candidates.

triscuit
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triscuit 01/20/14 - 04:31 pm
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I'm not a single issue voter

I'm not a single issue voter by any means, TM, so don't assume you know me. This is just one more log on the fire ... if I was supporting him this comment would not have changed my mind. The only thing this train wreck of a healthcare plan is moving forward, is a leftist agenda.

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soapy_725 01/20/14 - 05:01 pm
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" we will obey man's laws, until they conflict with God's Laws,
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then we will obey God's Laws" MLK Jr

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/20/14 - 05:04 pm
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judge all men by the content of their hearts. A goal for all men
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judge all men by the content of their hearts. A goal for all men

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/20/14 - 05:06 pm
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MLK Jr was an "ever present danger" to the federal government
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MLK Jr was an "ever present danger" to the federal government

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/20/14 - 05:06 pm
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MLK Jr was an "ever present danger" to the federal government
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MLK Jr was an "ever present danger" to the federal government

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/20/14 - 05:09 pm
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You can't have a righteous man as a future POTUS. No way.
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You can't have a righteous man as a future POTUS. No way.

SRD
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SRD 01/20/14 - 05:10 pm
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Obamacare is injustice

What a campaign speech... Sad to say he choice health care for a platform considering the state of Obamacare. He should have picked a different audience for his speech.

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GnipGnop 01/20/14 - 05:17 pm
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I agree

“We must become divinely dissatisfied with the status quo of life,” Davis said. Thats why we should stop handing people money hand over fist and make them earn it by learning a skill and joining the ranks of those that pay. I wonder how many on government assistance would want to give their hard earned money away for people that neither need it nor deserve it...

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Little Lamb 01/20/14 - 09:07 pm
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Off the reservation

State Senator (and mayoral candidate) Davis was raised in a fine home, had the privilege of a good formal education, and had an exemplary work career before entering politics. Unfortunately, while there, he ate the bitter fruit of Marxism. He has fallen hook, line, and sinker for single-payer, governmental control over the entire health care system. I'm crossing him off my list for mayor.

Shame on Davis for turning his back on liberty.

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InChristLove 01/21/14 - 04:42 am
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"“We must become divinely

"“We must become divinely dissatisfied with the status quo of life,” Davis said. “We must be dissatisfied that there is health care for some but not for all.”

But Sen. Davis, there is health care for all. It's just a matter of who's going to pay for it.

bubbasauce
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bubbasauce 01/21/14 - 05:51 am
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Mr.Davis, you just lost my

Mr.Davis, you just lost my vote!

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deestafford 01/21/14 - 07:42 am
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If someone is dissatisfied with their life they should...

If someone is dissatisfied with their life they should look in the mirror because there they will find who put them there. That person in the mirror made the choices that put them in their situation. Look to that person to change their status because nobody "owes" someone else success or happiness because they have graced this country with their presence.

This typical pandering liberal democrat lost whatever chance he may have had to get my vote.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/21/14 - 09:26 am
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Jobs Mr Davis

Work on good decent jobs & the rest will work itself out...
JOBS JOBS

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 01/21/14 - 10:19 am
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He isn't worried about y'alls

He isn't worried about y'alls vote. He is pandering to the majority, who would vote for him over ANY white candidate.

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allhans 01/21/14 - 10:50 am
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I don't think he was

Agreed...he wasn't intending to address me in his speech, it was directed only to his base. He was telling them what they want to hear...it means nothing!

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