Former United States Senator Sam Nunn, a Georgia Democrat who served in the Senate for 24 years received the first ever Ivan Allen, Jr. Prize for Social Courage yesterday at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. Senator Nunn received the award for his efforts since he has left office to reduce the risk of nuclear war and safely dispose of nuclear weapons.
Nunn, who himself is no stranger to bi-partisan praise, told those at the award ceremony on Tuesday that he respected Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston’s positive public comments about Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. Ralston is a Republican and the hugely popular Atlanta Mayor is a Democrat.
Nunn said, ”…[T]oday our airwaves and pubic debates are filled with attempts to not just denounce opponents’ logic but to impugn their motives. Demagogues and rabble rousers are not new to American history – but the economics and the technology have changed. A large number of these folks are making millions of dollars dividing America into segments and yelling ‘Sic ‘em.’
“They have mastered the art of cursing the darkness – rather than lighting a candle. Taking into account the First Amendment, my best advice is – when you feel your I.Q. going down – hit the off button and write the advertisers."