Does The Georgia GOP Support the NDAA Or Not?


Ben Swann, host of Reality Check, takes a look at what took place at the Georgia State GOP convention and I come away asking, “Does the Georgia GOP support or not support the NDAA?” I also ask, “Are they willing to endorse a candidate who supports the NDAA?”

A resolution was introduced that condemned section 1021 of the NDAA, which allows for the US to hold indefinitely any terrorist “suspect” without charge or trial. That resolution was adopted.

The resolution was read as follows,

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“Whereas President Obama signed into a law the National Defense Authorization Act of 2011 and whereas section 1021 of the aforementioned act is repugnant to all American ideals, traditions and laws, in as much as it violates the United States Constitution, in that it suspends the writ of habeas and of Article 1, Section 9 and violates the 5th, 6th and 9th Amendments. Now therefore be it resolved that the Republican party of Georgia calls on the United States congress to repeal section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2011.”

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Then came an amendment which stated that the Georgia GOP would not endorse anyone who voted for or supported that section mentioned in the NDAA. This also passed.

The amendment that was introduced was,

“The Georgia Republican Party will not endorse any candidate that has voted for or supported those sections.”

However, the GOP quickly realized who had endorsed the NDAA (Mitt Romney) and withdrew its resolution, even though they stated that it violated at least four protections in the US Constitution.

They were called on it by a convention participant who said,

“I just want to mention that if the Georgia Republican party decides to withdraw a resolution every time the vote doesn’t exactly go their way then we are undermining the very foundations of this party.”

It seems it is ok to put up a resolution to attack Barack Obama for undermining the Constitution, but not ok to put forth an amendment where your own party’s presumptive nominee endorses the very same undermining of the Constitution. To add to that, the party withdraws the resolution that was unanimously passed and the amendment, rather than deal in principle. It seems the Georgia GOP would be willing to endorse a Republican candidate who undermines the Constitution, rather than support a candidate that would uphold it.

This my friends puts party above the country and the Constitution. Is this what we really want?

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