Check this out, reprobates:
Gov. Nathan Deal says he'll sign a bill allowing voters to decide whether to allow Sunday alcohol sales.
But Deal said if it comes up for a vote in his community, he'll vote against it.
That's something you wouldn't have seen from Gov. Onion Head -- a willingness to let the people decide on the laws that govern their lives. We may not agree with some of Deal's political persuasions, but in this we must tip our dainty little hats and grant a passing grin.
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The former governor, Sonny Perdue, doesn't drink, just like Deal. But Perdue let his personal beliefs interfere with what the people want. Or, maybe a better way to say it was that Perdue let his beliefs dictate what the law should be, and he refused to allow the people a vote on whether individual cities should allow Sunday alcohol sales.
That's hypocritcal -- a problem many American conservatives have in 2011. Government should be small and stay out of people's lives, except in cases when it involves something the politician doesn't like. Then they have to protect the unwashed masses from Sunday alcohol sales, or legalized prostitution or whatever it is that doesn't jive with their wishes.
That's why it's nice, just for a little while, to see a politician stop himself from allowing his personal beliefs from interfering with the law. As a citizen, he has one vote just like everyone else. He can vote against allowing Sunday sales in his city, because that's his right.
But to allow that belief to take control and stamp a veto on the legislation as a governor would be a disservice to all Georgians. Perdue's beliefs held this state back, and all he really did was delay the inevitable.
So we say, thanks Gov. Deal, for being a statesman and not just another politician.