By Tia Lynn Ivey
The Morgan County Republican Party hosted the annual Founders Day event last week, which featured keynote speakers Republican Congressman Jody Hice, Georgia Senator Burt Jones, State Representative Dave Belton, and Republican candidate for Georgia Governor Hunter Hill.
Each of the speakers addressed issues currently being tackled both on a statewide and national level.
Congressman Hice implored Republicans to hold fast and continue pushing Republican representatives to enact President Donald Trump’s agenda, including building a border wall between America and Mexico, repealing and replacing “Obamacare,” allocating more funding to the military, cutting regulations, and passing tax reform.
“It’s going to be an uphill battle…But we have to support our president, and I am disappointed in seeing fellow Republicans so willing to throw our president under the bus,” lamented Hice, calling out Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan for their criticisms of Trump. Hice characterized the ongoing investigations into President Trump’s campaign potential collusion with Russia as a witch-hunt. Hice warned the audience that the Democratic Party and the mainstream media are behind most of the country’s serious problems and that their agenda must be stopped.
“We have to fight against their socialist anti-American agenda,” said Hice. “The Democratic Party’s primary reason for existence is obstruction right now in order to destroy this president and his agenda. They are doing nothing to help move America forward and we have a media that is in bed with them…We must stand of the 10th District, stand for our state, stand for our country, and stand for our Constitution.”
Hice noted that the times ahead would be difficult but expressed hope in Trump’s leadership for the future.
“There is a new sheriff in town and the world knows it…Americans are coming back now with its full military strength.”
Georgia Senator Jones spoke his focus on growing Georgia businesses and exploring ways to bring broadband to rural communities while hoping coming federal policies on health care, immigration, and tax reform will benefit Georgia residents.
“There is much riding on what is happening on the federal level and so much uneasiness as to what is happening and some of our legislation on the state level is depending on what the feds are doing, so we are focused on growing our businesses as much as possible,” said Jones. “We are making Georgia a haven for small businesses and manufacturing
Jones also encouraged the crowd to stand behind President Trump’s agenda.
“We as citizens of this country need to stay firm and stop listening to the media because you are not going to get any truth of them,” said Jones.
State Representative Belton spoke about the ways in which Georgia is improving, including having the second lowest tax burden in the country, having a growth rate at twice the national average, and adding 600,000 jobs since Governor Nathan Deal took office in 2011.
“We are on the right side of history,” said Belton of the Republican Party. “They are trying to rewrite history when most of the time the Democratic Party has been on the wrong side of history,” said Belton.
Hill, a Georgia-native who served three tours in Afghanistan and Iraq and served in the state senate for five years, is campaigning on eliminating the income tax, advocating for limited government, supporting pro-life policies on abortion, and focusing on improving education, transportation, and public safety throughout the State of Georgia.
“I think there is so much we can do to push forward a conservative agenda in our state,” said Hill. “I also stand with President Trump on ‘no sanctuary cities,’ there are none in Georgia and we should keep it that way.”
John Anton, chairman of the Morgan County Republican Party, praised Hill as an admirable candidate for governor and for his service in the military, noting Hill earned a “chest full of medals,” for his bravery, leadership, and sacrifice.
Belton, too, praised Hill for his military service. “He is not just a soldier, he is a hero.”