Sunday Sales and the Big Picture: A Message to Republicans

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.


  1. Charlie says:

    OK, it’s another Sunday Sales post.

    But, If it’s a “strategery/Future of Republican Party in GA” post, we can have some fresh discussion.

    First, appealing to the big tent is lost on legislators who now enjoy a near super-majority status. Their response will be similar to the line from The Blues Brothers: We have both kinds of music, Country and Western.

    Next, appealing to their sense of the future is difficult when many have the idea of the “future” as to which lobbyist on the rope line will be buying them lunch.

    An appeal to the legislature en masse should be made on their need for self preservation; Redistricting and turnout.

    All of these guys will be in re-drawn districts next election. Some already know they will have more Democrats in their district than they’re accustomed. Others fear it.

    Obama will be on the ballot in 2012. While many Republicans like to think he’s toast, there’s a lot of time between now and Nov 2012.

    If you want to drive turnout of Christian Coalition Conservatives to the ballot to ensure your re-election against a potential high Democratic turnout, what should you as a legislator do?

    You should not only pass the Sunday Sales bill, but mandate that each county/municipality hold a referendum on it November 6th, 2012.

    The next re-election. That’s the only big picture you need to appeal to.

      • Charlie says:

        Frankly, I don’t think so. Most are worried about implications on statewide elections in their future.

        But for those that are, they can have it both ways. “I believe each community should determine it’s own community standards, but when it comes to this community, I’ll urge you to join me in voting ‘no’ on November 6th…”

        • Oh, you mean for when Judson Hill doesn’t get frightened away from running for Attorney General by actually having competition? I look forward to busting my butt to help his opponent in that race. I hope it’s in 2016.

          I think you’re right they can have it both ways. But these guys, most with little personal or professional accomplishments, derive their entire self worth from that title. So even a remote risk of losing that in a primary battle is too much.

  2. John Vestal says:

    Maybe it’s simply time to take them out of the equation. Mount a serious Constitutional challenge in court.

    Or, use the threat of a serious court challenge to give the shaking-knee GOP Senators their ‘out’.

    “I oppose Sunday sales and have worked to fight them all along, but if we don’t pass this bill to put it into the hands of the local communities we may very well lose ALL ability to ban Sunday sales at EVERY level in the courts! I must protect my constituents from that possibility and let them have the power to keep Sunday sales out of their communities!”

    And there it is.

  3. Rick Day says:

    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.



    They won’t do it. This is an animal that believes this is a football game, and every down can determine who is the ‘winner’. When humans compete for something, they won’t simply walk away once they have fought, paid for and won political power.

    No, they have to be beaten to the ground, and will justify taking the state down with them, because it is THEIR state, God favors the wealthy because they must be righteous, because they are the most wealthy!

    And blah blah lib’rls, blah blah baby killers, blah socialist hippys, etc…

    They won’t do it. They got bidness, god and the rural’s behind them. In that order.

  4. SallyForth says:

    Really, Brandon? Your plan is for Republicans to out-Democrat the Democrats, and therefore keep the Democrats from beating them in the future? LOL, ROTF.

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