It is beginning to look a lot like the 1960s, with all the petition-signing, board carrying protestations in the state of Georgia of late and the most recent one is being incited by a college student no less. Georgia State University student of law Steve Golden says he doesn’t like something Gov. Deal has done so he’s started a petition, according to CBS Atlanta.
Petition-signing and protest organizing used to be more of a past method for dealing with issues, and it often came from college-age crowds then as well. The majority of people attempt to change legislation they are unable with through normal channels. Voting people out of office who support opposing positions tends to work the best, but so can putting people into office.
Steve Golden is of voting age, but he feels that Gov. Deal’s choice of Kent Phil as part of the seven member board who will hear complaints from citizens regarding illegal immigration was a poor one and he has elicited as many as 5,000 online signatures to back up his complaint and expects that to do the trick.
WABE reported that Golden felt Phil should be excluded because, “With his goal of increasing European ancestry. That goal is inconsistent with anyone who is elected to office.”
The problem with that is Kent Phil hasn’t said anything about increasing European ancestry in the state of Georgia in his role as part of a board that will hear immigration complaints about companies.
Phil has said something about the concern by some citizens that Georgia’s population doesn’t look like Georgia’s population used to. But that’s more of an observation. In addition, Golden’s second statement is wrong as well, since Kent Phil wasn’t elected by anyone in the state; he was appointed by the governor.
Even if Steve Golden were accurate in assuming that Phil Kent had a bias and would exercise it in his role on the newly created board due to House Bill 87, he seems to be forgetting that 1) someone has to complain about an illegal immigration problem within a company before the board even hears the case and 2) Kent Phil is hardly going to be able to bring sway over his fellow six board members even if he wanted to.
Phil Kent is but one person on a seven member board. And while he may support addressing illegal immigration issues with a heavy hand (and I’m not saying he does), he would only be upholding what Georgia’s citizens have said they wanted. So, to quote an old hamburger commercial, “Where’s the beef?”