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Robert M. Williams, Jr.
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By Robert M. Williams, Jr.:
Twentieth anniversary celebrations of the fall of the Berlin Wall bring back memories of my visit there shortly after that momentous event.
Collapse of the wall was not so much a testament to the power of America’s overwhelming military might, but the compelling attraction of life in a free society.
Seeing the bondage millions of East Germans had been living under, literally just steps away from the freedoms of West Berlin, was a shock. Seeing how time under communist rule stopped the growth of a society over four decades earlier was a lesson in the importance of individual freedoms I’ll never forget.
Genuine two-party politics takes some getting used to around Georgia. For most of our lives, winning the Democratic primary was “tantamount to election,” as all the papers used to say. No more, however. The more things change, the more they stay the same is what some might say, though. In many communities across Georgia, winning the Republican primary — with no Democratic opposition — can now allow candidates to coast to what is likely an easy victory in November. Notice I say … “likely.” It’s not a certainty. Even though many candidates had no opposition in their primary elections, they still don’t get officially “elected” until they get at least one vote in the general election — to make it official. That’s not always as simple as it sounds. I remember well a race for county commission chairman in our small town of Blackshear, Georgia back in the mid-1970s. That […]