When discussing the issue of Sunday alcohol sales with legislators in the past, I was told, “Well, if Sonny isn’t going to sign it, there is no use putting up a fight to pass it.” I didn’t like it, but I understood the point. So when Gov. Nathan Deal told the media that he would sign legislation allowing for local control on the issue on Sunday alcohol sales, I just assumed that it would get done.
Frankly, the leadership of the Senate has run out of excuses. Year after year, members go before constituents claiming to be a supporters of limited government. But when it comes to actually putting your words in practice, there is some new reason to explain why you can’t deliver. Now that Perdue isn’t around to blame, the excuse is special interest groups; either the religious right or protectionist liquor store owners that have been supporters in campaigns.
There is no denying at this point that the leadership in the Senate is completely lost. You’re elected by your to make tough choices and guide them forward. Yet, when asked where your caucus is at, you say you don’t know. Yeah, I find that hard to believe. If that is the kind of “leadership” Georgia can expect, resign now and let someone else step up that may actually have the courage to take a stand.
Yes, Georgia has other pressing issues, I’m not denying or downplaying that. But there is no more a basic issue of personal freedom than allowing Georgians to chose what they want to buy. End of story. But hey, at least I don’t have to worry about the government implanting a microchip on me without my permission.