I don’t think I have to tell you that it’s been a crazy week around here. Nor will I belabor the point.
In the feeding frenzy that accompanies a power vacuum, it is easy to lose sight of the forest for the trees. Yet if you run straight into the forest without proper perspective, you’re liable to have a huge oak impede your progress and give you a sizable cranial smack.
A friend of mine asked me to post a note about the Fulton GOP Prayer Breakfast And Toy Drive. I sent back a message questioning the timing of such a post, and asked if the comments about a GOP Prayer Breakfast would do more harm than good.
The response I got back, quite frankly, made me feel like the tool that I am. The response was incredibly professional and polite, even understanding. Those are the worst kind when you realize you’ve got your priorities messed up. A sample:
I don’t want to let the bad apples ruin it for everyone else. This is a grassroots event, and we’re expecting 100 grassroots activists and volunteers to attend. Many people have worked very hard to put this together including the knitters from the North Fulton Republican Women who stitched all those dolls and decorated the tree today. It’s going to be a great program.
Yep. There’s the huge oak, right upside my forehead. I see “Fulton GOP” and “Prayer Breakfast”, and I immediately think staged event to make a few politicians look good. We’re over a week into discussing a valueless leadership from the General Assembly and I’ve been worried about the Republican brand.
It’s not about the Republican brand, and it’s not about the people at the Fulton GOP.
The Marines support the annual Toys For Tots Drive as one of their largest charitable efforts. In a down economy, this drive is more important than usual. For once, it really is about the children. It’s just not about the government providing for them. It’s about charity, organized by grassroots members of a political organization. In reality, there is no political upside. This is a community event to help those who need it.
Likewise, the House Leadership org chart that currently appears to be written on an etch-o-sketch isn’t about the House, or even about Republican elected officials. It’s about the values they claim to represent which should translate into good, limited government for Georgians.
Abandoning those principles has hurt Georgians. Ignoring the Toys for Tots drive because we don’t want the negative comments that will surely want to point out some hypocrisy doesn’t support the Marines, and doesn’t get kids toys for Christmas.
It’s good to take a breath from time to time and remember why we’re doing this. It’s not about titles or power. It’s about how to best serve.
A nice first gesture would be a toy to the Marine’s annual Toy’s For Tots drive. Press release after the jump.
Christmas tree decorated with handmade “Izzy” dolls for U.S. troops to deliver to children in Iraq and Afghanistan
ATLANTA, Georgia – On Saturday, December 12, the Faith and Values Coalition of the Fulton County Republican Party hosts the Annual GOP Prayer Breakfast benefiting the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots and featuring Sue Everhart, GA GOP Chairman, and Chuck Berk, Co-Chair of the Republican Jewish Coalition, at the FCRP Headquarters located at 5920 Roswell Rd Suite B-115 Sandy Springs, GA at 8:30 am.
“It is an absolute blessing and joy to gather among friends to celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah,” said Shawn Hanley, Chairman of the Fulton County Republican Party. “Our faith in God and Country remain firm, regardless of the trials we all face in our daily life.”
Doors open at 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast and program at 9:00 a.m.
Serving Honey Baked Ham, and breakfast side dishes
Admission per person: A toy for the kids or $5 donation
Please RSVP to [email protected]
GOP Faith and Values Coalition
Republican Jewish Coalition
North Fulton Republican Women
North Fulton Republican Breakfast
Chattahoochee Republican Women
BuckSprings Republican Breakfast
South Fulton Republican Women
South Fulton Republican Breakfast
Atlanta Young Republicans
The Faith and Values Coalition is meant to unite social conservatives whose values are built around faith and family. Through its grassroots movements, Fulton County can once again emphasize the restoration of the values needed to maintain strong, united families and focus on issues such as marriage, the right to life and family tax relief.