Dear Rep. Sam Moore,
I know you consider yourself a principled guy and take your oaths to the U.S. and Georgia constitutions very seriously. As a libertarian who believes very much in the civil liberties protected in the Bill of Rights, I can appreciate the commitment. But the firestorm over your bill highlights one of the big problems in Georgia’s liberty movement.
Did you not think about making the overall argument against “stop-and-identify” laws from the start rather than putting yourself in a position in which you come out making yourself and the rest of the liberty movement look crazy? It’s not like the Republican establishment is going to pass up an opportunity to criticize us.
While you may think I’m being hyperbolic, it’s already happening. I’m sure that the liberty-minded folks will be hearing about this at our local Republican Party meetings. I know my local GOP chair — who is not a fan of us — will probably go out of her way to bring it up at our next meeting just to try to make us look bad.
So, thanks for making our lives a little more difficult by giving them an opportunity to further deride and marginalize us. Bang up job, bro.
Talking about liberty and the Constitution may appeal to certain constituencies, but you have to, you know, actually make arguments for public policies based on those ideals. You may not like it — hell, I don’t even like it — but liberty is not going to come tomorrow or next week. It’s a step-by-step process. We have to make arguments — it doesn’t matter that you’re right if you’re not willing to explain why you’re right — as well alliances with those who can help us along the way and take the wins as a they come.
It’s unfortunate, frankly, that there is a segment of the liberty movement in Georgia that look to you and Rep. Charles Gregory as heroes. Personally, I believe that you are a liability to our cause because you’re either unwilling or incapable of making arguments for liberty-based policies, and this is broadly speaking, not just about the irresponsible legislation you’ve introduced. As I’ve already explained, you’ve marginalized yourselves and anyone who identifies with the liberty movement in the Peach State.
I don’t believe you should resign. Much like your legislative ally, Rep. Gregory, you’ve committed political suicide. Your constituents effectively have no representation because you have made yourself irrelevant. No, I think you should stick around. I want your constituents to respond to this and the rest of your short political career at the ballot box. That’s where your fate should be determined.
In the meantime, those of us in the liberty movement who are actually interested in moving the ball forward on public policy — rather than people like yourself who are merely trying to “prove a point” — will spend time trying to clean up the damage you’ve done when we could be doing other, more productive things.