May Business Meeting

Monthly Business Meeting

WHEN: Thursday, May 19, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
WHERE: Collins Hill Public Library ( MAP )
455 Camp Perrin Road, Lawrenceville

Topics of discussion will include:

Upcoming Redistricting public input meetings
BOC Update
Aug. 6th Herb Green event
DPG JJ Dinner

 

JJ Dinner

The Democratic Party of Georgia annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner will be held Saturday, June 25th. Details about the dinner HERE.

Each county party is able to purchase a table of 10 seats for $100.00 per person. This is a significant discount from the general ticket price. We already have 1 table sold out and are hopeful to fill 2 more. We will be accepting payment by check or our ActBlue special events page online HERE.

We again speak out to Charlotte Nash

Atlanta Journal Constitution
223 Perimeter Center Pkwy.
Atlanta, GA 30346

May 16, 2011

To the Editor:

It is refreshing to hear that Chairman Charlotte Nash,  of the Gwinnett
County Board of Commissioners read my letter to her about revising
Gwinnett’s ethics ordinance and that she’s speaking with fellow commissioners about it. What is disappointing is that she hopes to bring
specific proposals to a vote in the next sixty to ninety days. (AJC Gwinnett
County News 5/13/2011)

Sixty to Ninety days is a long time to wait for ethics reform that Gwinnett
citizens have been waiting decades for. A full six months ago, a special
Grand Jury confirmed that ethics are a serious issue in Gwinnett County. It
is serious enough to indict one of the County Commissioners.

The Board of Commissions can have all the balanced budgets and tax cuts they want. Without ethics reform, they have accomplished nothing. I would like to know why she cannot act sooner.

Steve Deak
Chairman
Gwinnett County Democratic Party

National Disservice

After the recent release of President Obama’s long form birth certificate, the “birther” wing of the Republican Party had some humorous remarks.  The Republican National Committee chairman blamed the President for the attention given the “birther” issue, telling Americans that Mr. Obama should instead spend his time on important national issues.  Sarah Palin suggested that the White House was trying to distract the public with the birth certificate issue.  Donald Trump congratulated himself for bringing attention to the issue.  All of this from people who fomented, aided, or by their silence abetted the rumor mongering about Mr. Obama’s birth.  Funny stuff if it were not such an indictment of so many in the Republican Party.

And if the script itself even sounds familiar, that’s because it is.  Republicans similarly tried to de-legitimize Bill Clinton’s presidency.  Remember the conspiracy theories regarding the suicide of White House aide Vince Foster?  There were three separate independent prosecutors assigned by the Republican congress to investigate the case amid frenzied right-wing theories that the Clinton Administration may somehow have been involved in the death of Mr. Foster.  Three investigations later, Kenneth Starr quietly confirmed that Mr. Foster’s death was a suicide.

Too often truth has been eclipsed by rumor and rhetoric in our political discourse.  Members of all political persuasions have engaged in the “spin.”  However, many Republicans have pursued the method as a cornerstone of their national electoral strategy.  It’s a strategy that does our nation a disservice.

 

Steve Reilly
7th Congressional District Chair
Gwinnett County Democratic Party

Death of Osama Bin Laden

On September 11 2001, Todd Beamer said “Let’s Roll”.  On May 1, 2011, the United States Military did just that when they carried out an attack on a compound in Pakistan believed to be the place where Osama Bin Laden was hiding.   It was at this location that Bin Laden was killed and justice was brought to him. This was a historic moment for all Americans of every political persuasion and religious faith.

This mission took a lot of courage on the part of our President and all those involved.  This was a mission which could have quickly turned into a disaster but didn’t because of everybody’s teamwork and planning.  We want to thank all those involved in this tireless task, those who served in the armed forces, those who worked in the intelligence services and our political leaders who understood the importance of this issue.  We wish to remember all those who lost their lives in the past ten years fighting for this justice.  .

This is a lesson for those who conspire to harm us.  Administrations may change, people may be killed, but there are always determined Americans to continue the fight.  There are those who see our internal arguments, disagreements and political issues as some type of weakness and opportunity.  These people make a grave mistake if they think that we Americans will sit idly while our friends and neighbors are harmed.

Maybe you remember the days after 9/11 when everybody had a flag out on their homes and businesses.  Stores quickly sold out, but ordered more by overnight shipment so that everybody who wanted a flag could have one.  This was our way of showing what America is about; our unity, our bond, and our solidarity.  Let’s remember that.

Steve Deak
Chairman
Gwinnett Democratic Party

The death of Osama Bin Laden

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT ON OSAMA BIN LADEN

 

 

 

East Room
11:35 P.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT:  Good evening.  Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children.

 

It was nearly 10 years ago that a bright September day was darkened by the worst attack on the American people in our history.  The images of 9/11 are seared into our national memory — hijacked planes cutting through a cloudless September sky; the Twin Towers collapsing to the ground; black smoke billowing up from the Pentagon; the wreckage of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the actions of heroic citizens saved even more heartbreak and destruction.

And yet we know that the worst images are those that were unseen to the world.  The empty seat at the dinner table.  Children who were forced to grow up without their mother or their father.  Parents who would never know the feeling of their child’s embrace.  Nearly 3,000 citizens taken from us, leaving a gaping hole in our hearts.

On September 11, 2001, in our time of grief, the American people came together.  We offered our neighbors a hand, and we offered the wounded our blood.  We reaffirmed our ties to each other, and our love of community and country.  On that day, no matter where we came from, what God we prayed to, or what race or ethnicity we were, we were united as one American family.

We were also united in our resolve to protect our nation and to bring those who committed this vicious attack to justice.  We quickly learned that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by al Qaeda — an organization headed by Osama bin Laden, which had openly declared war on the United States and was committed to killing innocents in our country and around the globe.  And so we went to war against al Qaeda to protect our citizens, our friends, and our allies.

Over the last 10 years, thanks to the tireless and heroic work of our military and our counterterrorism professionals, we’ve made great strides in that effort.  We’ve disrupted terrorist attacks and strengthened our homeland defense.  In Afghanistan, we removed the Taliban government, which had given bin Laden and al Qaeda safe haven and support.  And around the globe, we worked with our friends and allies to capture or kill scores of al Qaeda terrorists, including several who were a part of the 9/11 plot.

Yet Osama bin Laden avoided capture and escaped across the Afghan border into Pakistan.  Meanwhile, al Qaeda continued to operate from along that border and operate through its affiliates across the world.

And so shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda, even as we continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat his network.

Then, last August, after years of painstaking work by our intelligence community, I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden.  It was far from certain, and it took many months to run this thread to ground.  I met repeatedly with my national security team as we developed more information about the possibility that we had located bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside of Pakistan.  And finally, last week, I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action, and authorized an operation to get Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice.

Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.  A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability.  No Americans were harmed.  They took care to avoid civilian casualties.  After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.

For over two decades, bin Laden has been al Qaeda’s leader and symbol, and has continued to plot attacks against our country and our friends and allies.  The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al Qaeda.

Yet his death does not mark the end of our effort.  There’s no doubt that al Qaeda will continue to pursue attacks against us.  We must –- and we will — remain vigilant at home and abroad.

As we do, we must also reaffirm that the United States is not –- and never will be -– at war with Islam.  I’ve made clear, just as President Bush did shortly after 9/11, that our war is not against Islam.  Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims.  Indeed, al Qaeda has slaughtered scores of Muslims in many countries, including our own.  So his demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.

Over the years, I’ve repeatedly made clear that we would take action within Pakistan if we knew where bin Laden was.  That is what we’ve done.  But it’s important to note that our counterterrorism cooperation with Pakistan helped lead us to bin Laden and the compound where he was hiding.  Indeed, bin Laden had declared war against Pakistan as well, and ordered attacks against the Pakistani people.

Tonight, I called President Zardari, and my team has also spoken with their Pakistani counterparts.  They agree that this is a good and historic day for both of our nations.  And going forward, it is essential that Pakistan continue to join us in the fight against al Qaeda and its affiliates.

The American people did not choose this fight.  It came to our shores, and started with the senseless slaughter of our citizens.  After nearly 10 years of service, struggle, and sacrifice, we know well the costs of war.  These efforts weigh on me every time I, as Commander-in-Chief, have to sign a letter to a family that has lost a loved one, or look into the eyes of a service member who’s been gravely wounded.

So Americans understand the costs of war.  Yet as a country, we will never tolerate our security being threatened, nor stand idly by when our people have been killed.  We will be relentless in defense of our citizens and our friends and allies.  We will be true to the values that make us who we are. And on nights like this one, we can say to those families who have lost loved ones to al Qaeda’s terror:  Justice has been done.

Tonight, we give thanks to the countless intelligence and counterterrorism professionals who’ve worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome.  The American people do not see their work, nor know their names.  But tonight, they feel the satisfaction of their work and the result of their pursuit of justice.

We give thanks for the men who carried out this operation, for they exemplify the professionalism, patriotism, and unparalleled courage of those who serve our country.  And they are part of a generation that has borne the heaviest share of the burden since that September day.

Finally, let me say to the families who lost loved ones on 9/11 that we have never forgotten your loss, nor wavered in our commitment to see that we do whatever it takes to prevent another attack on our shores.

And tonight, let us think back to the sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11.  I know that it has, at times, frayed.  Yet today’s achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country and the determination of the American people.

The cause of securing our country is not complete.  But tonight, we are once again reminded that America can do whatever we set our mind to.  That is the story of our history, whether it’s the pursuit of prosperity for our people, or the struggle for equality for all our citizens; our commitment to stand up for our values abroad, and our sacrifices to make the world a safer place.

Let us remember that we can do these things not just because of wealth or power, but because of who we are:  one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Thank you.  May God bless you.  And may God bless the United States of