It’s always a pleasure to return home, isn’t it? For me it means less traffic, more stars, back roads, and time with my family. Additionally, Walton County also has the pleasure of having an active Republican party, chaired by Roy Roberts. If you have not been to the BBQ that Mr. Roberts hosts annually, then I encourage you to do so this year. It is one of the biggest Republican events in the state.
On Monday night Mr. Roberts outdid himself yet again by hosting Governor Deal and the Lt. Governor for their regular campaign stop. Their speeches touted their devotion to business, economic success, and good governance. H/t to the Lt. Governor for his mention of Invest Georgia, and Deal endeared himself to all in the room when the First Lady corrected him audibly and kindly from the front row in the midst of his speech.
What was the most interesting part of the evening? The first two questions dealt with autism and the cannabis bill.
Immediately following session many asserted that the passage of the carry bill vs. the other two dealing with medically necessary treatment and insurance for children would cost Republicans votes from independents and women. It may cost them more than just that.
For y’all not from here, Walton is arguably one of the reddest counties. Lots of farmers, blue collar jobs, people who go to church and care about how your mamma’s doing. So this isn’t a place where handouts are appreciated nor is it a hippie den for smoking dope. However, it was incredibly striking to me that even among unquestionable conservatives, it was clear that these two leaders had to answer for the General Assembly’s epic leadership fail.
Representative Moore had to answer for his poor legislative choice. Even the state GOP chastised him for his stance. Now it seems the conservative base isn’t going to let the Governor nor Lt. Governor off the hook. Deal said that he is working on something to address each of these issues. It is presumed he will decriminalize marijuana. He could not go into detail while holding the mic, but I encourage him to take action quickly.
Georgians have spoken, and strongly in defense of children. The General Assembly shocked us all in their prioritization of bills that were passed. No amount of touting business and economic development will make up for undervaluing of children who are truly the least of these.
It’s not so strange if I question conservatives. It is unique when the base in Walton County does, and moreover when the question pertains to children.
When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness’ sake. But don’t make a production of it. Children are children, but they can spot an evasion quicker than adults, an evasion simply muddles ’em.- Harper Lee