As this year’s Georgia Legislature ends, we have to ask some very fundamental questions. Do the legislators really represent “We the People,” their constituents; or do they represent the moneyed special interests filtering thousands of dollars in campaign donations their way? We fear it is the latter.
A search of “Georgia Ethics and Campaign Contributions” reveals large amounts of campaign contributions that many legislators receive at our expense. While it is legal to take such contributions, in doing so it certainly makes the constituent question as to where their loyalties lie.
It should come as no surprise that the Center for Public Integrity found Georgia to be one of the MOST unethical states in the union.
Currently, the Republicans are the majority in the Georgia General Assembly. Therefore, one would expect that legislation asked for by Republican grassroots would pass overwhelmingly. Sadly, that is not the case.
One such example is the Common Core national education standards withdrawal bill, SB 167, sponsored by Senator William Ligon. Hundreds of Georgians worked with Senator Ligon for over a year to raise awareness with parents and concerned citizens to get this bill passed. Unfortunately for the anti-Common Core supporters, the bill went through massive rewrites by Gov. Deal and it emerged in the 2014 session no longer a full withdrawal bill but an “incremental withdrawal” which ultimately died in the committee process.
As the Bible says, “Man cannot serve two masters.” We beseech every voter to realize this. “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” For that reason, every voter should be well-informed and prepared to limit the amount of time politicians are in office if we want to preserve our freedoms and those of our children. We only hope it is not too late.