Wannabe but not-gonna-be Georgia Governor Casey Cagle, along with Senate Republicans squashed a tax-cut deal for Delta over the company’s decision to end its discount offer for NRA group travel. This heavy-handed tactic is just one more example as to why these people are not fit to lead statewide.
I will kill any tax legislation that benefits @Delta unless the company changes its position and fully reinstates its relationship with @NRA. Corporations cannot attack conservatives and expect us not to fight back.
— Casey Cagle (@CaseyCagle) February 26, 2018
Now let’s be clear, there are issues with corporate giveaways and tax cuts such as the one previously gift wrapped for Delta. There is room to address both the tax cut and the BS coming from Cagle and company.
Also, Delta is only seemingly on the right side of this issue because the NRA is now bad for Brand. The exaggerated and inflammatory rhetoric from NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch in the past year alone should have been enough to end the corporate relationship. Per the statement on its website, Delta would rescind support from any “organizations on any side of any highly charged political issue that divides our nation.”
And Cagle’s theatrics represent a colossal failure in leadership. By claiming that rescinding a corporate discount is akin to “attacking” the NRA, Republicans have proven they are about their financial interest over what is good for the state. This is clearly where arguments about “bipartisan leadership” breakdown.
— Casey Cagle (@CaseyCagle) February 25, 2018
Over the weekend, Cagle tweeted that claims actions such as Delta’s are a form of discrimination against lawful gun owners. Cagle and Republicans are appealing to fragile sensibilities that believe somehow gun owners are under attack. It’s akin to those who pretend white genocide is a real thing. There is no such effort underway.
There is no discrimination against supporters of gun rights. They are not being persecuted. This coded attempt to circumvent the issues cannot be tolerated. Democrats don’t need to dance around this issue and should address it openly and head on.
Beyond Cagle’s NRA sponsored tantrum, under his leadership, the Georgia Senate has demonstrated an affinity for discrimination. He knows the difference between real deprivation of rights and privileged outbursts such as this. In this current session, Republicans have expressed favorable positions or support for several discriminatory bills including the LGBTQ adoption ban. There is also the “Ensuring Necessary Deportations” Act. Cagle has further voiced support for an English only resolution that could potentially disenfranchise those with limited English proficiency in violation of Federal Civil Rights Law.
Doubling down to protect a private lobbyist group above all else, Cagle is more concerned about non-existent discrimination than the very real discrimination and deprivation of rights being promoted by Georgia Republicans under his leadership. Georgians must demand and work hard to elect better leaders.
This isn’t a battle to “protect” gun owners rights or about constitutional liberty, this is about ensuring the donor money and support keeps flowing. Delta rescinding a corporate discount does not infringe on any established rights. Cagle wants to be Governor and is more motivated than ever to keep raising money as a “conservative champion.” It’s time to break the Republican stranglehold on the state. We need real Statewide leadership and not pandering to the interest of a select few.
Democrats running on the “I have cross-over appeal” platform need to be real about what interests they seek to appeal. We need leaders who will stand strong on the issues and maximize voter reach and engagement, not simply pander to a select few. Represent the people with strength and conviction or move out the way.
This is a watershed moment in Georgia politics. We can either break through to a new way of involving and engaging the masses of voters, who benefit when our elected leaders promote life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all. Or, we can stay complacent while losing to people who would instead smash it all then come to a reasonable consensus.