A withering Election Day message from Paulding County’s district attorney

Election Day has produced some heart-felt writing in Georgia, and perhaps some heart-felt cribbing, too.

A reader from St. Simons Island sent us the thoughts of the Rev. Thomas Purdy, rector of Christ Church Fredrica. A few lines:

“We forget that it is reasonable for different people to have differing opinions on subjects we feel strongly about.  We have begun to demonize those who disagree with us.  They are no longer people who hold an opposing view; they are the enemy.  If our elected leaders cannot begin working with each other instead of against each other once again, we are in grave danger.  If we can't begin coming together, we are in grave danger.”

Another reader sent us some careful musings from Steve Spellman, principal of St. Pius Catholic High School in Atlanta. A taste:

“Each member of the Pius family is entitled to his/her beliefs and opinions, yet because we are in this environment, we do not truly have the luxury of free speech in its purest form.  Students need to witness models of critical thinking and listening to a scholarly exchange of ideas with an open ear and open mind, the powerful principles on which this country was founded.”

And then we have Dick Donovan, the Paulding County district attorney, who replicated some paragraphs that can be found in certain corners of the Internet, and posted them on his Facebook page. From the beginning:

The American dream ended on November 6th, 2012 in Ohio. The second term of Barack Obama has been the final nail in the coffin for the legacy of the white Judeo-Christian males who discovered, explored, pioneered, settled and developed the greatest republic in the history of mankind.


A coalition of blacks, Latinos, feminists, gays, government workers, union members, environmental extremists, the media, Hollywood, uninformed young people, the “forever need,” the chronically unemployed, illegal aliens and other “fellow travelers” have ended Norman Rockwell’s America.


You will never again out-vote these people. It will take individual acts of defiance and massive displays of civil disobedience to get back the rights we have allowed them to take away. It will take zealots, not moderates and shy, reach-across-the-aisle RINOs to right this ship and restore our beloved country to its former status….

In a subsequent Facebook post, Donovan wrote:

My recent post was quoting The Reverend Franklin Graham. I understand that others see this as a racist rant. It was certainly not intended as such, by either me or [t]he Reverend Graham.

Well, somebody wrote it. And it wasn’t Franklin Graham, according to Snopes.com. But what’s important is that a district attorney has endorsed it.

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Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway is a three-decade veteran of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution who writes the Political Insider blog and column.