After the 2012 election, Tea Party, 912 and Campaign for Liberty groups formed coalitions and now refer to themselves as “Constitutionalists. Our goal is to bring the federal government into compliance with the US constitution (as written). To do this, we have identified websites that provide Scores for legislators based on their votes. The electtherightcandidate.us website gives Scores to Georgia legislators. The Club for Growth, Conservative Review, Numbers USA, New American, and Heritage Action published Scores for the US Congress.
The political left wing (Marxists) are using “Libertarian” to describe “Constitutionalists”. They both support Liberty and Freedom, but so does the Constitution everybody “swears” to protect and defend.
Libertarians are members of a registered political party, so Leftists use it to describe all very conservative Republicans who mention the word freedom. The Libertarian Party is occupied by folks who have been or would be Republicans, but they gave up on the Republican Party as too corrupt, they are also folks who just want to legalize pot. Constitutional Republicans prefer, for now, to remain in the party to root out the corruption.
In Georgia, the corruption includes the lack of inclusion by anyone except party insiders. The unchallenged support of incumbents and a distain for challengers and delegates. It is a “top-down” organization who punishes anyone who questions “the plan”, runs for office, sponsors a “populist” bill, wants to follow the party rules or brings a video camera to a Republican barbeque.
Nationally, the corruption was embodied by John Boehner at the 2012 GOP convention, reading from a teleprompter, “The Ayes have it”, after a loud “Nay” voice vote to change the rules to refuse to allow Delegates to vote.
Alex wants a “bottom-up” party where these things wouldn’t happen. Voters would have more of a voice, party rules would be followed, conservatives would not be ignored and elected officials would be freer to debate issues to determine the need to involve government or not and committees would not be places to send a bill to die. Alex criticizes the votes cast and bills passed by Republican elected officials when these votes and bills ignore the RNC Platform and Resolutions. He is insisting on “integrity” and most of us, state-wide are with him. He wants the county GOP groups to discuss, vote on and pass their own rules and then abide by them.
The Georgia Republican Party contains many elected officials who were once Democrats. Reagan was a Democrat, but became a Republican when the DNC took a “left turn”. Deal, Jacobs and others were Democrats, but changed in order to be elected in Georgia.
Ron Paul is a Constitutionalist. He recommends that we bring the federal government back into compliance with the US Constitution and Bill of Rights (as written). He believes, as I do, that our national decline can be traced back to unconstitutional actions taken by the federal government for the past 130 years. I assume Rand Paul holds these principles as well.
Conservatives are supportive of free markets, small government and oppose “socialism”. We will disagree on some things and will agree for different reasons. Why do I think that Gay Marriage should not be an issue. My answer was “free will”. Gays were choosing to join a subculture and should be free to do so and should deal with the consequences all subcultures have to deal with. But the Gay Political movement should be ignored. Also, I saw this issue as part of the countermeasures released by the Left for us to chase, so we wouldn’t notice the damage they were doing to our economy.
I expect Alex Johnson to be elected in May 2015 to lead the Georgia GOP.
Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader