Mary Grabar

Greetings from the fourth congressional district in Georgia! You know where we are. We are represented by a Buddhist who worries that Guam will fall into the ocean, who saw in his mind’s eye “folks putting on white hoods . . . riding the countryside” because another Congressman (correctly) accused the President of lying, and who believes that guns serve their purpose on firing ranges, “designated hunting areas,” and locked away in safes at home, as he wrote recently in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The paper also gave him a forum last September to explain his remarks about the resurgence of the KKK: apparently, Joe Wilson’s remark during President Obama’s healthcare speech represented part of the “alarming increase in extremism, hate speech, threatening behavior and outright racism that has accompanied the decline of reason and civility that tainted [last] summer’s debate.” (Gee, was he thinking about the SEIU thugs?) So my congressman believes that Congress should pass a law to trump Georgia’s new gun law, that law-abiding citizens should be forced to remove their guns from their cars when they drive to the airport to pick up a passenger. And that gagging Joe Wilson with a “resolution” will keep crazed tea-partiers from going into the streets with their flags and signs and starting a race riot.

Currently, there are four Republicans and two other Democrats besides Johnson running for this seat. Johnson seems to be doing little except sending out newsletters bragging about all the stimulus jobs and “job fairs” he is bringing to the residents along Cynthia McKinney Parkway. (Yes, I have to be reminded regularly of our former police-slugging, Hamas-loving representative.)

Rush Limbaugh

During this busy political season, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has set up a “Truth-O-Meter” to sort through claims, counter-claims, rumor, innuendo, rhetoric, opinion mongering, gossip, and general babble. They promise to help the masses sort through the “issues.”

Mary Grabar

Mary Grabar earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Georgia and teaches in Atlanta. She is organizing the Resistance to the Re-Education of America at Her writing can be found at