There’s already been a lot posted on this whole Sunday Sales deal but I figured what the heck.
There are tons of other issues that are far more pressing right now in Georgia than whether or not alcohol should be bought and sold on Sundays. I get that, and quite frankly, I’m tired of the discussion over it dominating everything year after year. It’s very easy to take the perspective of “let’s vote on it and move on with life” and, in many ways, that’s the most common sense approach to take.
But I think there’s a bigger picture here. On one level it comes back to the fundamental principle of letting people decide for themselves (which I strongly support). That’s a principle that has been clearly discussed and established and there is no point in me going on about it here.
So what is the big picture? For Republicans specifically.
In many ways, I see this issue as being a (probably very small in the grand scheme of things) watershed moment for the GOP in Georgia.
Georgia is changing. Politically speaking, what works today won’t necessarily be the case in twenty years. The demographics of the state are shifting, people are becoming more moderate socially and Georgia will shift towards the center eventually.
I’ve said it before and I’m saying it again, the time is now for the Republican Party of Georgia to become the “big tent” party of this state. It needs to happen sooner rather than later. With the current state of affairs in Georgia, Republicans could play their cards right and shift the focus so much so that the GOP primary would be the place where elections are decided for the next twenty years (or more).
It just makes sense. Finally bringing this bill to a vote would not solidify that, but I would view it as a step in the right direction. The stranglehold of extreme social conservatism will be broken sometime or another. Now is the chance we Republicans have to begin doing it on our own terms. If the opportunity is missed, then it will be the Democrats doing it their way when they inevitably return to power. Politics is cyclical and the Democrats will be back in Georgia if steps are not taken now.
Democrats mastered it for generations in the South. It’s time for Republicans to learn how to do the same. This bill, to simply allow local counties to decide for themselves, is a chance to begin moving that way.
A lot of people say that “too often politicians are concerned with…the next election”.
Well, I’m thinking about the next 10.