PHOTO: Georgia GOP Goes Full Bircher

The choice is up to you, comrade!Photo courtesy of John S. Myers

Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.


Camden County, Georgia, don’t need none of that smart-growth communism. That’s the apparent message behind this billboard, flagged by Mother Jones reader and Camden County resident John S. Myers. “Nov. 6 You Decide America’s Fate,” the billboard’s copy blares, with a US flag-and-Statue-of-Liberty collage pasted on its right wing… and a hammer and sickle emblazoned on the left. “VOTE REPUBLICAN,” it concludes, with a smaller message below: “Paid for by the Camden County Republican Party.”

Anyone who’s shuttled back and forth on the byways linking North Florida to Georgia and South Carolina has probably seen dozens of billboards like this, but rarely do they come directly from the GOP. It could be another sign of the party’s rightward march into Bircher and birther territory. Just last week, a Virginia county Republican party came under fire for distributing Photoshopped images depicting President Obama “as a witch doctor, caveman and thug.”

The Camden County Republican Party’s website links to a rambly blog post, “Defeating Obama’s Socialist Agenda,” that calls Woodrow Wilson “the father of democratic socialism” and suggests Wilson got his income-tax idea straight out of the Communist Manifesto. President Obama, the post concludes, is continuing an “American socialist propaganda” campaign of “Leftist Tyranny versus Essential Liberty.” (Next, he’ll take away your freedom to capitalize unnecessarily!)

The message is especially strange here, given that Camden County’s main economic engine is the federal government—namely Kings Bay Naval Base, home to half of the US Navy’s nuclear submarine fleet and America’s second-largest arsenal of atomic weapons; a massive contingent of Marines and sailors safeguards roughly 2,000 nuclear warheads there.

I left a message for Mike Harris, chairman of the county GOP, asking for his thoughts on the billboard, as well as how the 15 percent of seniors living below the poverty line in Camden County might thrive once Republicans liberate them from their commie Medicare and Social Security checks. So far he hasn’t responded; I’ll let you know if he does.

In the meantime, if you happen to see a particularly wingnutty piece of electioneering propaganda, pass it on!

We've never been very good at being conservative.

And usually, that serves us well in doing the ambitious, hard-hitting journalism that you turn to Mother Jones for. But it also means we can't afford to come up short when it comes to scratching together the funds it takes to keep our team firing on all cylinders, and the truth is, we finished our budgeting cycle on June 30 about $100,000 short of our online goal.

This is no time to come up short. It's time to fight like hell, as our namesake would tell us to do, for a democracy where minority rule cannot impose an extreme agenda, where facts matter, and where accountability has a chance at the polls and in the press. If you value our reporting and you can right now, please help us dig out of the $100,000 hole we're starting our new budgeting cycle in with an always-needed and always-appreciated donation today.

payment methods

We've never been very good at being conservative.

And usually, that serves us well in doing the ambitious, hard-hitting journalism that you turn to Mother Jones for. But it also means we can't afford to come up short when it comes to scratching together the funds it takes to keep our team firing on all cylinders, and the truth is, we finished our budgeting cycle on June 30 about $100,000 short of our online goal.

This is no time to come up short. It's time to fight like hell, as our namesake would tell us to do, for a democracy where minority rule cannot impose an extreme agenda, where facts matter, and where accountability has a chance at the polls and in the press. If you value our reporting and you can right now, please help us dig out of the $100,000 hole we're starting our new budgeting cycle in with an always-needed and always-appreciated donation today.

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate