“Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to provide that English is the official language of the State of Georgia?”
— Proposed statewide ballot question for the November election contained in Senate Resolution 675 sponsored by Republican Sen. Josh McKoon.
As a late note on the end of the 2015-2016 General Assembly, here are more examples of Gold Dome reality for people who don’t know how their government really works — and some observations.
Despite a December Rosetta Stone Communications poll showing a whopping 76 percent bipartisan public approval rate for amending the state constitution to make English the official language of government, Georgia voters will not be allowed to answer the above ballot question in November.
Unless there is a badly needed executive order from Gov. Deal, changing current policy at the Department of Driver Services, Georgia will continue to give illegal aliens the exact same driver’s license it issues to foreign diplomats and Mercedes-Benz executives here on legal visas.
Also from McKoon, Senate Bill 6 would have created a new, vertically-oriented ‘driving card’ for the illegal aliens with Obama’s deferred action on deportation amnesty and would have clearly displayed their illegal status. That would have made it more difficult for the illegal alien bearer to board airliners, rent vehicles, enter federal buildings and register to vote.
After the renewed reminder on where Gov. Deal and corporate Georgia (apologies for the repetition) stand on religious liberty legislation, readers should take an interest in why and how SR 675 and SB 6 were defeated in a Republican-ruled state.
Both bills finally passed the GOP state Senate. All 39 Senate Republicans voted to let voters decide on the official English resolution. Only one GOP senator voted against the bill improving the security on illegal alien’s drivers licenses. That was restaurant-owner Sen. Tommie Williams of south Georgia. Williams told the Senate he wanted to protect his illegal alien sous chef.
Nevertheless, both bills are as dead as Poncho Villa. They were killed in the Republican-majority Georgia House controlled by Speaker David Ralston because of Ralston’s personal animosity for the bill’s sponsor and on orders from the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.
Both bills had the needed votes to pass the House.
The triumphant, corporate-funded illegal alien lobby is still rejoicing. “The failure of the ‘anti-immigrant’ measures was a step forward in the search for equal rights for everyone in Georgia,” beamed Adelina Nicholls, executive director of the anti-borders Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights.
Got that? Allowing American voters to decide on English as the constitutional official language of government and noting on their driver’s licenses that illegal aliens are illegal is “anti-immigrant.” Nichols gleeful remark should be regarded as an answer to the question “how un-American are they?”
We note here that even when the Democrats controlled the state Capitol, illegal aliens could not legally obtain a driver’s license.
We also note that when the open borders organizers speak of “equal rights for everyone,” they are aiming directly at the end of immigration enforcement and obtaining voting rights for illegal aliens.
Many Republican county and district conventions last year saw passage of resolutions supporting a ballot question on constitutional official English and ending the practice of rewarding any illegals with Georgia driver’s licenses. The driver’s license resolution also passed at the Republican state convention. This was due to the courageous work of common sense, grassroots conservative activists in Georgia’s Republican Party but was ignored by Speaker Ralston.
For Georgia conservatives, the failure of SR 675 and SB 6 in the GOP-controlled Legislature should serve as obvious indicators of badly needed change. As a no-brainer security measure, Gov. Deal can and should use his own executive power to modify the driver’s licenses his administration is giving to illegal aliens.
King is president of the Georgia-based Dustin Inman Society and an independent voter. Twitter @DAKDIS