The 11th Commandment, as stated by former President Reagan, says that “thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican”. I believe that should be modified when members of your party take up time for the citizens’ business to argue, bicker, and bemoan their fellow Republicans (seems to me like they are the ones breaking the 11th commandment).
In November 2010, the Georgia Republican Party was elated by the sweep that we had worked for and earned. It’s April 2011 and the 1st session of the General Assembly is winding down. Now, what has the legislature done for me this year. What can I say to my county Republican party, tea party folks, and other conservatives on why we should continue to stay in power? Zero-based budgeting comes to mind, but that’s something that passed last year easily only to be aborted by our previous governor. Sunday sales may or may not pass the House this session. Tax reform is all over the place. HOPE, although requiring higher performance, seems to be viable for a few more years.
The 2012 election is well over a year away, and I suspect Obama will cause many independents to vote Republican. However, I’d like to have some outstanding work of policy to come from the Gold Dome so we can say “this is why you should continue to send Republicans to get things done.” Right now, it seems to me like the Republicans, mainly in the Senate, are too busy yelling at each other trying to make each other look like idiots so that they can become Georgia’s 14th congressman.
Here’s some food for thought: with the recent performance of our state’s legislature, why should we send anyone (except for maybe a handful of rational ones) from either chamber to Washington? If there’s a legislator reading this and thinking about running for Congress, ask yourself “what legislative accomplishments have I made within the past couple of years?” If you *really* want to be elected, it shouldn’t just be “feel-good”, red meat issues, but rather something of substance (think of Congressman Tom Graves’ JOBS Act or the work to improve ethics in the legislature by Congressman Austin Scott as an example).
One of the things I have stressed to my county party is that we need to hold our elected officials more accountable. We loan them our power in our cities, county seats, Atlanta, and Washington, DC, and we must ensure that they are using it properly. If they are, great! Kudos! We may send you back to continue working for us. If they aren’t, then perhaps we need to reconsider on whether or not we should keep you in office.
The 2010 session wasn’t great, but this session seems to be much worse. Yes, this is criticism, but hopefully Republicans in the legislature (especially the leadership) will see this as an early warning and make necessary course corrections. We have redistricting in the summer and then the General Assembly will meet for its 2nd session in January 2012. We still have time to work towards improving Georgia (e.g. transportation, making Georgia attractive towards business, etc.).
Thought people were mad in 2010? It might be worse in 2012. I hope our representatives have a really good answer for our citizens when they start asking “what have you done for me lately?” for next year’s election. Georgians don’t want political infighting or backstabbing. We want results.
You have been warned.