Throughout the State of Georgia, people are starting to really gear up for the general election, especially now that we know who the Democrats and the Republicans will put up before us. Roy Barnes, who’s already done a stint in the Governor’s Mansion, and former Congressman Nathan Deal will be the focus of a lot of media between now and November. However, there’s a historic candidate that’s getting very little mention as our first black gubernatorial candidate in the General election. His name is John Monds, and he’s on the Libertarian Party’s line.
As a Libertarian, a card carrying one at that, it would be easy for me to prattle on about why John is right for Georgia. Truth be told, I probably will later on. Right now, however, I’m frankly alarmed at the profound lack of attention this candidate gets in spite of the historic nature of his candidacy.
Monds, a resident of Cairo, was selected to represent his party at the party’s annual convention. Current law prevents anyone but the good old boy network parties to have a primary, so Monds got missed through July as it focused on those battling just to make it to the General. Monds was already on the ticket though, having been selected by the party and qualified well before the July primaries. And yet, the media has ignored him.
Some will argue that a Libertarian can’t win, no matter how popular the core ideas may be. I guess the ideas of a party founded on the principles of personal and economic freedom are too radical for some, but what does that matter? What does it matter if Monds supposedly can’t win? Isn’t the fact that, all these years after slavery, reconstruction, and the civil rights movement, we finally see a black man on the November ballot for governor?
Where, I ask, are the news stories? Where are the editorials regarding the momentous event? Where are the advocates who look for the slightest hint of racism to finally point and say “see?” Where are they?
The truth of the matter is that so many people who claim to want equality for the races, really don’t. They are incapable of recognizing a momentous event like Monds being on the ballot for what it is. They can’t see it, because he’s not part of their preconceived ideas that black people should vote Democrat. They can’t see it, because he’s not part of the only acceptable alternative to that of running as a Republican. No, Monds thinks for himself.
Maybe it’s time that the media outlets of the great State of Georgia get off their high horse and recognize history in the making. John Monds, a black man from Southwest Georgia, is running for governor and will be on the ballot in November. Like his policies, hate his policies, who cares? History is being made, so maybe the media would like to report it.
Written by Tom Knighton. Read his blog at TomKnighton.com, as well as SWGAPolitics.com. A lifelong political junkie, Tom started out his adult life as a journalism major at Darton College before leaving school to serve his nation as a U.S. Navy Corpsman. Through the years, he has watched government from outside and inside. A former Reagan supporter, then later a Democrat, Tom now finds himself quite comfortable as a card carrying Libertarian and currently serves as Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Southwest Georgia.