And they still won't let local governments choose to sell alcohol on Sundays...
Again, I'm just pointing out how the GOP acts when they rule unopposed. Again, we're using Georgia as the example. Today's lesson will start with actual policy and move into symbolic measures. Though I've talked to several folks who don't mind paying Georgia Power now for a nuclear plant they will get at some point in the future, there are still many folks (left and right) unhappy with ponzi schemin' for Georgia Power's benefit. Hell, at least they don't have to deal with Entergy...
But let's move beyond that (and not being able to buy beer on Sunday...), here's one breakdown of Georgia's "no mo' in-vito" fertilization law, currently working its way around the ATL. That's right, folks, the Gold Dome - so keen on deregulating business, is awfully keen on regulating how many babies you can have if you have trouble concieving, and establishing legal rights for embryos. (Which reminds me, what does the "life begins at conception" intelligencia think about folks who cannot biologically concieve? I'm just asking.)
I mean, I can see the ideas behind this bill (Georgia would rather let places like California handle the stem cell research, and after our rather unfortunate history with eugenics, I too find picking embryos based on sex and hair color anathema to life creation), I worry that it does not make proper distinctions necessary to properly guide policy on reproductive health. Every flaw in this bill will later be hashed out in divorce court, I'd wager.
Now for the failings of symbolism, JMac points us to the strange debate about the Georgia General Assembly failing to adopt an honorific resolution for President Obama. Now, I'm a utilitarian, and I don't really like all the symbolic resolutions our localities, states, and nation have to deal with every year, (entertaining as some of them may be). But I do understand the desire of politicians to associate themselves with heroic actions, high acheivement and important milestones. These things are a part of our political spectacle, and they aren't going away.
Except in Georgia, where they voted down a resolution to salute President Barack Obama as the first black President, and recognize this rather historic milestone with an honorary title within the Georgia General Assembly. Then editorials came out getting all pissy with the state Rep. who came up with the bill. I'm sure Rep. Heard is shocked at this.
Why would he not know that this may be controversial? Maybe because (and I had to look this up because I'd never heard of it before today), back in September of 2005, the Georgia General Assembly recognized and commended one George W. Bush, President, for his "outstanding service provided to the people of this nation in this time of need." Yes, that time of need was the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Georgia thought George did a good job. At least that's what the resolution they adopted says.
Now, to be fair, this resolution did also recognize "others," who just happened to include "the military and national guard from every state, first responders, private business, emergency medical technicians, cardiac technicians, paramedics, firefighters, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and other law enforcement and devoted citizen volunteers of Georgia and other states, who have given tirelessly during the Hurricane Katrina disaster and its aftermath."
Wait, that's not a political bill like the Obama honorarium, is it? It has all sorts of refrences to real heroes who did real stuff in an emergency. Look at the dates, 9/9/2005 - 9/10/2005. Wasn't there some rather loud criticism going on around then? Some rather political criticism? Even prominent government officials were saying the Federal response to Katrina was "not enough," and that was going on as far back as September 2nd. There was plenty more to go around, and it came from the left and and the right.
So, a few days later, the Georgia General Assembly, overwhelmingly GOP, wrote up a bill that commended a bunch of honest American heroes, and led the resolution with the government official most criticized for the handling of the crisis. I guess if someone who thought the criticism was deserved, dared call the resolution 'political' or even go so far as to oppose it...well, they'd just be seen as anti-hero. Can you imagine what would have been said of anyone opposing this bill?
I guess that makes a "little politically motivated bomb-throwing with a near-meaningless legislative resolution" OK behavior for the GOP, but not for Democrats. Also, I'd wager that, had the election gone the other way, Georgia reps would have been lining up to author a resolution honoring John McCain.
Man, I just hope things can change someday.