What Others Are Saying

The Floyd County Republican rally last weekend offered what could be termed a microcosm of what is going on in America today.

The event began with two of the county’s best-known Democrats, Sheriff Tim Burkhalter and Superior Court Clerk Barbara Penson, announcing that they were switching to the GOP. Penson gave this explanation: “I’m not leaving the Democratic Party. They left me.” It’s not surprising, given the continuing leftward shift of the party.

Indeed, the widening differences between the Democrat and Republican parties — and the conflicts within the parties — are seen in the current presidential campaigns. The increasingly leftist ideology of national Democrats is underscored by the candidacy of an avowed socialist, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who is drawing huge crowds. And the GOP is being roiled by the anti-political correctness of the bombastic Donald Trump, who has struck more than one resounding chord with many voters.

The party-switching at the Floyd County Republican rally was followed by some strong words on foreign policy by U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson and U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger. And taking aim at the Obama administration for its attitude toward law enforcement was Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens. Each of these speakers zeroed in on issues that are of vital importance to our community as well as the nation at large as reflected in one opinion poll after another.

Sen. Isakson, Georgia’s senior senator, laid it on the line concerning how to deal with America’s sworn enemies, the Islamic terrorists who know no civilized bounds. Isakson said, “If somebody will cut off your head, kill themselves to kill you or burn somebody in a cage on the town square, there’s only one way you deal with them — you kill them, every single one of them.” The senator added: “You can’t do it by bombing them, you can’t do it by cussing them, you can’t do it by looking the other way. You’ve got to shoot them one at a time and get every one of them off the face of the earth.” That’s telling it like it is. It’s facing reality as opposed to the Obama administration’s approach to foreign affairs, illustrated graphically in the proposed “giveaway” nuclear deal with Iran.

The Senate will take up the flawed Iran agreement after the August recess, and Isakson will be voting against it, reflecting the views of most of his constituents and most Americans. He talked about one of the more ridiculous aspects of the deal — the fact that the Senate has not been allowed to see two appendixes, or side agreements. “Can you imagine me voting for an agreement I can’t read?” Isakson asked. “Any agreement with the Iranians and the International Atomic Energy Agency that we can’t read is an agreement that we need to put out there so that everyone can see.” He’s right on target. There’s no way that Isakson — or any other right-thinking member of Congress — should vote for Obama’s deal.

Rep. Graves likewise made clear his opposition. “We have got to say no,” he said. “It’s for the safety and security of our country that we must reject this.” He also rightly called for a “fight for the direction of our country, for the moral compass of our country, for the culture of our country.” In the same vein, Attorney General Olens spoke out against what he sees as a bias against law enforcement officers by the Obama White House in its reaction to shootings by officers.

The issues addressed by Isakson, Graves and Olens are at the forefront of the concerns of the people here and across America.

These issues should be dealt with appropriately by Congress and the White House — and voters here and across America should insist that our elected representatives do so.