Jeff Davis is a
retired radio-TV journalist living in Gainesville, GA.
Active in civic and political affairs, he is past
president of the Georgia Jaycees, former vice president of
the US and the world Jaycees, former campaign chairman of
the Georgia Republican party. He voluntarily serves as
chairman of the Georgia Heritage Council. He is a
collateral descendant of President Jefferson Davis and a
member of SCV Camp 1418 in Cleveland, GA.
Lost The Past, Present and Future Miscalculations,
Misinformation and Misleading Road to Destruction of The
Republic. (Part 3) by J. A. Davis
"The principal for
which we contend is bound to reassert itself, though it may
be at another time and in another form." ---Jefferson
"Though written constitutions may be violated in
moments of passion or delusion, yet they furnish a text to
which those who are watchful may again rally and recall the
people. They fix, too, for the people the principles of
their political creed." ---Thomas Jefferson
If I could
sound an alarm that would resonate in every one of Georgia's
159 counties, I would.
Not having any such facility I have to rely on my meager
efforts at regular columns appearing on the Georgia Heritage
Council website and the dozens of websites around our state
and nation that graciously link my thoughts to their readers.
What alarm you ask? What has me so concerned?
Those who have followed some of my
Liberty Lost warnings of the past know that I am seeing a
drastic change in government taking place and very few seem to
know or even care about it.
For those who haven't followed my previous commentaries
about Commutarian Law, I'm including the latest
column by Niki Raapana who does a far better job of
defining the subject than anyone I know. Just reading her work
and examples taking place right under our noses is enough for
me to hit the alarm.
We actually have committees of a very few people in
virtually every area of Georgia making law for all of us. Gone
from primary consideration is the most precious of all
liberty, individual rights, which are now trumped by community
If you will look behind the curtain in your local
community, you will see it happening. It might be called
Vision 2020 or some such progressive sounding community
Commutarianism has been very much a part of the unannounced
agenda of some of the legislative leaders in the majority
party in Georgia. Unfortunately, some of their legislation has
been signed into law by a governor who has shown less than a
genuine interest in liberty in the form of individual rights.
We have seen a valiant effort by Senator Jeff Chapman to
put some real teeth in Eminent Domain legislation only to be
pushed aside by the governor himself. His legislation,
thoroughly scrubbed and polished by business interests to look
and sound good, actually spells the steps which make it
possible for "the community" to allow private land to be taken
by private interests for what is described as the common
good and an enhanced tax base.
Then I cite for you the work of diligent senators to bring
about real reform in illegal immigration. Their governor and
leadership retreated from a solid program to place serious
restrictions and penalties on the businesses that have made an
industry of illegals in Georgia.
They'll tell you the legislation goes after businesses
profiting from the use of illegal immigrants. Check it out.
Where are the fines significant enough to curtail it? Where
are the sentences for flagrant trafficking?
Then we have the commutarian thought process that maintains
that it's all right to commit upwards of one hundred million
dollars in tax payer money from all of Georgia for community
projects in Metro Atlanta.
No one can tell you exactly how much has been offered in
such ill fated projects as a Super Bowl bid or a
NASCAR Hall of Fame.
These project budgets were kept secret from the people who
were proposed to pay for them. Even in losing the bids, money
was spent. We have no idea of whose money and how much.
One thing is evident. A certain few elites in the name of
community interests can meet in secret, develop a community
interest in secret, and commit your tax dollars for their
community in secret. The
Secrecy Forecast is rather gloomy.
Now let me be clear. I'm not anti-business, nor do I oppose
community development. As a matter of fact I served on the
board of directors of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. I also
was chamber member of the year in one of the largest local
chambers in the nation. I fervently believe in free
Without being redundant, here I go again. It's time for
Wouldn't it be a breath of fresh air for Georgia to have a
new governor who is not beholden to special interests?
Wouldn't we all feel better about our state government if
we let the sunshine in on all the
back-room secret deals?
Wouldn't it be more wholesome if we had a governor who
allowed bright and sincere legislators to work their ideas and
will through the legislative process?
Wouldn't it be productive to have a governor who has
experience working on the local level in real constitutionally
authorized committees who respect individual rights as well as
Wouldn't it be nice to have a governor who is the citizen
next door and doesn't care a whit about perpetuation in office
or catering to the professional power brokers?
Wouldn't it be a neat improvement to see a chief executive
who we can believe when he tells us something.
Wouldn't it be heartening to have a governor dedicated to
the principles of our Founders which is where the real
There is such a man. The next step is to encourage him to
We'll keep you informed on the progress.
It's time for a change.
Jeff Davis is a retired radio-TV journalist living in
Gainesville, GA. Active in civic and political affairs, he is
past president of the Georgia Jaycees, former vice president
of the US and the world Jaycees, former campaign chairman of
the Georgia Republican party. He voluntarily serves as
chairman of the Georgia Heritage Council. He is a collateral
descendant of President Jefferson Davis.
Liberty Lost - Part 1 - J.A. Davis
Liberty Lost - Part 2 - J.A. Davis
It's Time for a Change - J.A. Davis
It's Time for a Change...Ad Infinitum - J.A. Davis
Forget Party! Vote for REAL Conservatives - J.A. Davis
Confusing 'Republican' and 'Conservative' - J.A. Davis