Still faithfully standing after 12 hours and a GREAT VICTORY!!!
Last night, on the floor of the Georgia House of Representatives, a marvelous tribute of what can be done when people set their minds to accomplish a worthy goal was on display.
Our Representatives Jason Spencer, Michael Caldwell, David Stover and Scot Turner distinguished themselves when they spoke on behalf of the “people’s bill” to STOP Obamacare in GA. And the people WON with 115 votes from Republicans who heard the voice of the people!!!
It was the work of insider/outsider politics that is vital to change — real change — not just a Pyrrhic victory. Real and lasting change rises from the people first.
This campaign is exactly how issues should be argued and fought. The people MUST lead FIRST and the leaders will follow. Rep.Scot Turner made that plain in his presentation. Georgians for HealthCare Freedom has earned the respect of the Republican leadership at the Capitol. In politics, respect is key to moving forward.
Consider we are going up against the mightiest power in the history of the world! We have had the audacity to demand that Republicans stand up against Obamacare, to demand that our RIGHT to say “NO” to the federal government be upheld, to demand that Obamacare be stopped in GA and in our nation.
AND IT’S US, JUST A HANDFUL OF FOLKS IN GEORGIA, WHO WILL NOT GIVE UP THEIR COUNTRY WITHOUT A FIGHT!
And, make no mistake about it, Stopping Obmacare is the fight for our nation.
When we started this campaign a year ago, the board of Georgians For HealthCare Freedom didn’t know what we could do. But, by faith we moved forward trusting our Creator God for His mercy and His direction. Little by little we learned we could WIN and always could have done so.
We knew we needed legal counsel and hired an internationally distinguished constitutional attorney in Mr. Bruce Fein, who could foresee the effects of our legislation in GA and in our nation and provide us with the intellectual foundation we needed to move forward.
Then we organized. We formed teams to go out into the streets of Georgia and get signatures on our petition. In 6 months we had 37,283 signers.
And then yesterday, our first major VICTORY! A team of volunteers served at the Gold Dome from 10a to 10p, praying, lobbying, calling and scurrying from one chamber to the next — hurrying and waiting to learn IF THE “PEOPLE’S BILL” WOULD BE HEARD! To continue to be viable, we had to get it through one chamber by the end of Crossover Day.
It was a long day. BUT, by 5p in the afternoon we learned our bill would be heard after dinner sometime around 7p. Speaker Dave Ralston called for the presentation by the sponsors (30 mins) and 1 hour debate pro and con. Then Ralston took his seat and engaged in conversation as did the Speaker pro tem Jan Jones. It was as though Ralston and Jones agreed to let the people have their say. WE ARE GRATEFUL TO THE LEADERSHIP FOR ACKNOWLEDGING THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO HAVE THEIR DAY IN COURT! It was the right thing to do AND WE HAD EARNED IT!!!
Keep in mind we have asked the Republicans to STAND AGAINST A SITTING PRESIDENT AND HIS SIGNATURE LEGISLATION. Such a goal MUST BE SUPPORTED BY THE PEOPLE! There is no other way. IT WAS OUR JOB TO FAITHFULLY STAND AND TAKE THE HITS AND NOT RETREAT!!!
When the dust was settled, and the vote was taken, WE CARRIED ALMOST EVERY REPUBLICAN IN THE HOUSE!
We have learned some very important things along the way of this campaign. We have learned we CAN use the law to win. What we have learned is that, heretofore, we have FAILED to do so. Winning is NOT complicated. A campaign like this is 2% brains and 98% determination!
During this process, we have earned considerable respect. We have proven we know our facts and the law. We have proven we are right. And, we have proven we KNOW HOW TO WIN!
It’s too early to claim VICTORY, the same campaign must now be mounted in the Senate. But WE HAVE SENATORS LINING UP TO SPONSOR OUR BILL!
Stay tuned as we march forward. Pace yourself and plan to CALL, COME DOWN TO THE CAPITOL OR DONATE to further our work. Check your email 2X’s daily — morning and evening for regular updates. In politics– things happen on a dime.
Forward in Faith,
P.S. Just a personal note: We have fun! Linda Menk brought delicious Pimento Cheese we shared at supper time before the house hearing on our bill. We brought sandwiches and shared lunch at “Sloppy Floyd’s.” We all work to keep our costs down and keep the fight up!
Plan to organize phone calls or come down and join us. Persistence and faithfulness are far more effective than any “clever tactics”. We NOW SEE HOW WE CAN WIN AND WORK WITH OUR GOP LEADERSHIP. Special appreciation is noted to Rep Ed Lindsay, Speaker Dave Ralston and Speaker pro tem Jan Jones.
Carolyn Cosby, Chairman
Georgians For HealthCare Freedom
215 Old Hornage Rd
Ball Ground, GA 30107