As a Georgian who votes in every election, I would like to offer the following suggestion to those in the media who have been featuring our Senatorial runoff election between Republican incumbent Saxby Chambliss and Democrat challenger Jim Martin:
Shut the hell up and mind your own business.
I am entirely sick of hearing about our Senate race in the national media.
A few reminders for those in the media:
- The Senators from Georgia represent Georgia– not the whole country, and not a political party. Repeat after me: the people of Georgia need to cast their ballots for the candidate who best represents their interest within the State of Georgia.
- Georgia is only a major player in determining the balance of power in the Senate as a result of the Republican party’s massive failure, both in the last election and in their governance over the last 8 years.
- The 17th Amendment upset the representational checks and balances built into the Constitution, and the balance of power has been severely out-of-balance ever since. The States have no official representation before the federal government. None. At all. It is their own fault for ratifying the 17th amendment. The Senate was meant to represent the States’ interest, and the House meant to represent the people’s interest. The 17th amendment needs to be repealed.
And by the way, I am as conservative as they come, and I mean conservative in the truest, non-religious, non-social, constitutional meaning of conservative. I believe in a very powerful federal government that does very few things very well.
As a true conservative, I am extremely disappointed in Saxby Chambliss, and am even more disappointed that I have no choice except to vote for Jim Martin. The reasons I will vote in opposition of Saxby Chambliss are fourfold:
- Saxby voted for the bailout. Not only did he vote for the bailout, but his staff was not even aware and in fact denied that the bailout was passed as an amendment to a mental health parity bill. If my senator and his staff are not aware of even the most basic construct of massive legislation, the only determination I can make is that they are incompetent.
- Saxby Chambliss, during a hearing regarding the deadly Imperial Sugar refinery explosion that ripped through Savannah– killing thirteen of my fellow Georgians and shaking my house 9 miles away– chose to attack a whistleblower instead of attempting to represent the interests of the citizens of Savannah.
- Saxby is currently ignoring a subpoena by an admittedly partisan Savannah attorney, and is asserting constitutional protection to avoid testifying as to why he took the actions listed in number 2 above.
- Saxby Chambliss accepts campaign contributions from the sugar lobby.
While I do plan on casting my vote for Jim Martin, please do not construe it as supporting him. I am voting in opposition to Saxby Chambliss, and in favor of my fellow citizens of Savannah.
Senate balance be damned.