November 14, 2014 Radio Commentary

Political Sea Change

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, November 14, 2014 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

The hard work of Tanya Ditty, State Director of Concerned Women for America of Georgia; Jane Robbins, American Principles Project Senior Fellow; and other education experts was rewarded when their resolution passed the Georgia Baptist Convention last Tuesday. The intent of the resolution is to counteract the disastrous effects of Common Core State Standards on education in Georgia.

The resolution asks the legislature to (a) withdraw Georgia from the Common Core State Standards and testing; (b) prohibit all state officials from entering into any agreement that cedes any measure of control over Georgia education to entities outside the state; (c) on both state and local levels, assure transparency and accountability of curriculum and content standards; (d) and prohibit the collection, tracking and sharing of personally identifiable student and teacher data outside the state. A copy of the resolution will be sent to Governor Deal, Lt. Governor Cagle, Speaker Ralston, and members of the General Assembly.

In the November 4th General Election, Georgia Republicans built on past successes of 2005 when they took control of the Georgia General Assembly, and 2011 when they gained more control by electing Republicans to every state-wide position. Republicans retained all those seats this year and replaced a Democrat congressman with a Republican. Result: Effective January 12, 2015, Georgia will have a Republican Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Secretary of Education, Commissioner of Insurance, Commissioner of Agriculture, Commissioner of Labor, both U.S. Senators, 12 Republican Congressmen out of 14, and a majority of members in both House and Senate of the General Assembly. Continue reading

November 7, 2014 Radio Commentary

The Case Against Marijuana

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, November 7, 2014 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

The Southern Baptist Convention Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission outlined four points to consider when considering medical marijuana legislation. First, Christians must make sure they balance their compassion with discernment. Second, Christians must not allow themselves to be persuaded that marijuana is an acceptable medical remedy. Third, Christians must stay engaged in local debates and politics to keep communities as drug-free as possible. Finally, churches must engage their communities by maintaining drug-free lifestyles themselves and providing services to reclaim lives from drug addiction.

Florida’s proposed constitutional Amendment 2 on the November 4th ballot was opposed by the Florida Agriculture Commissioner who said, “We have a family friendly atmosphere [for tourists and permanent residents] here in Florida. That’s in jeopardy if you have virtual legalization of marijuana.”

Also opposed to Amendment 2 was the Florida Chamber of Commerce President who said, “It’s too risky for our kids and for the future of our state,” because kids could get medical marijuana through a “caregiver” and their parents would never know. That reminds me of Gwinnett District Attorney Danny Porter’s statement that any marijuana bill introduced in Georgia must include an iron-clad definition of “caregiver” to prohibit such results here. Continue reading

October 2014 Newsletter

No Perfect Choice? Select the “Less-Bad” Candidate, and Vote!

In the 1986 race for the U.S. House of Representatives, Arlan Strangeland of Barnesville, MN, defeated Collin Peterson by 142 votes out of 186,320 – less than one vote per precinct.

  • Pennsylvania 1974 – in a special election in the 12th Congressional District, John Murtha defeated Harry Fox b y a total of 122 votes. There were 430 precincts in the district and Murtha won by a margin of one-fourth of a vote per precinct!
  • Presidential Election 1960 – John F. Kennedy defeated Richard M. Nixon by 113,000 votes. That was about one-half vote per precinct.
  • Texas 1948 – Lyndon B. Johnson was elected to the U.S. Senate by 87 votes out of 988,295 votes cast in 6,000 precincts. That computes to 1/69th of a vote per precinct.
  • In 1918, Woodrow Wilson carried the State of California less than one vote per precinct. California’s electoral vote made the difference and Wilson was re-elected President.1

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October 31, 2014 Radio Commentary

YOUR Vote REALLY Counts!

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, October 31, 2014 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

You may be disgusted with your choice of candidates, but, if history repeats itself, your vote may decide the election. Consider this.

In the 1986 race for the U.S. House of Representatives, Arlan Strangeland of Barnesville, MN defeated Collin Peterson by 142 votes out of 186,320. That’s less than one vote per precinct.

In a 1974 special election in Pennsylvania, John Murtha defeated Harry Fox by a total of 122 votes in 430 precincts of the 12th Congressional District. Murtha won by a margin of one-fourth of a vote per precinct!

In the 1960 Presidential Election, John F. Kennedy defeated Richard Nixon by 113,000 votes. That was about one-half vote per precinct.

In 1948 in Texas, Lyndon Johnson was elected to the U.S. Senate by 87 votes out of 988,295 in 6,000 precincts. That means he won by 1/69th of a vote per precinct.

In 1918, Woodrow Wilson carried the State of California with less than one vote per precinct. California’s electoral vote made the difference and Wilson was re-elected President.

If you’re not enthusiastic about the candidates, remember this. There’s always a candidate that’s less-bad than the other one. So, don’t play “sick” on November 4th. It’s Election Day! Continue reading