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.”

Event Details
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.


  1. AthensRepublican says:

    Great post. For those that cannot attend but want to support what is the method for contributing? Checks made payable to? Address? Thank You!

  2. Chris says:

    However, should any legislators attend, you probably want to keep them segregated from the children. I think 1000ft is the metric the legislature has established.

    EVERY legislator (Democrat and Republican) deserves some amount of scorn for what has unfolded. Some are more guilty than others. Excrement is not evenly nor fairly distributed. But right now the whole lot of them smell like sh–.

  3. Rick Day says:

    Hey it’s not OUR fault those people wrap themselves around everything involving: mainstream religion/children/red-white-blue/hetro. Because only ‘Republicans’ (see list) can be morally superior, right? Where is the bi-partisan outreach here?

    These so-called do-gooders expect a free pass because all of those intolerant (of anyone other than their own ‘values’) groups have made this a thing ‘for the children’?

    Put the blame where the blame lies. Conservatives™ camouflage the haters 99% of the time, yet want a free pass ‘because this one is REALLY REALLY for the children’?

    You want me to support someone who morally judges I’m going to HEll™ because I renounce their bible or Torah? (technically the Jews do not believe in hell, but I assume their only part of the thing due the “R” in their name, and not necessarily the “J”).


    • GOPGeorgia says:

      Can you forget about ranting for a minute, and just give a kid a toy for Christmas? I realize that you may not celebrate Christmas, but what is the harm in making a kid happy and forgetting about politics for 10 minutes?

      • Rick Day says:

        Don’t paint me as Scrooge. My business collected for Toys For Tots. Last year we collected 400+ toys.

        This year we allowed a charity to use one of our buildings over several weeks to sign up over 2000 families for a toy giveaway program (Johnnie’s House). There was no bleating of God or Politics at this very real and humble endeavor.

        Conversely, f those groups would, just for 10 minutes, drop the R’s (religion and Republican) and the G (God and GOP) out of their names, and just do good work for good work’s sake, I’d be the happy kid!

        Happy Yule. Merry Solstice.

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