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Have our senators betrayed us?

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Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss both voted to allow the latest abomination of gun control legislation to move forward in the senate.  For some folks, this isn’t a big deal.  For me, it’s an absolute betrayal of the Constitution.

First, this bill wouldn’t actually do anything except add burdens onto law abiding gun owners.  It won’t stop criminals, and it won’t stop maniacs.  The only people that will feel anything on this are people like you and me.  That’s it.

Isakson and Chambliss must both realize this, and they both realize that they are the minority party in the Senate.  The Democrats hold the majority, but not a filibuster proof majority, so that was the Republican’s one chance to kill the bill.  Thanks to our senators, along with 14 others, President Obama will get what he wants in this instance.

Yes, I feel betrayed.  Regardless of how these two men vote on the bill itself, they have betrayed us.

With regard to Chambliss, there’s not really anything we can do.  He’s on his way out, with no intention to run again.  Now, it just looks like he’s causing as much damage on his way out as he can.

Isakson is a different matter entirely.

So far, there’s been no mention of him not running.  In today’s climate, that means it’s safe to assume he’s running again.  That’s fine.  That’s his right.

However, I also urge the grass roots here in Georgia to remember this betrayal.  Isakson needs a wake-up call if nothing else.  He needs to face a primary challenge.  I’m urging the Tea Party here in Georgia to seek out someone who actually values liberty and urge them to run.   They need to run.

At the very least, Isakson needs to be concerned about what he does in Washington.  Georgia may be a red state, but that should never be the only consideration a Republican lawmaker should have.  They need to actually adhere to principles.  Libertarians and conservatives disagree on a lot of things, but we agree on gun rights completely.  Between the two groups in this state, coupled with pro-gun democrats (yes, they do exist), there’s more than enough reason for Isakson to be worried.

Yet, he’s not apparently.

He thinks that his ultimate vote will be all that matters.  It’s not.  Conservatives throughout the state are upset, and with good cause.  Libertarians are right along side.  All feel that the Constitution was betrayed, and that the principles of the Republican Party don’t really matter to a man who says he’s “conservative” without actually making that stand when he had the chance.

Tom Knighton is the Editor and Publisher of the Albany Journal.

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