Grassroots or the Will of the People?

This weekend Governor Nathan Deal will be vilified because he has ignored the grassroots and gone against the will of the people. Which lead me to wonder how can a sitting Governor that garnered more that 1.3 million votes in his last two elections be so bad?

We respect the will of the people as long as they are our people,How can a the Governor who led his state to top ratings as the place to do business, to becoming the movie capital of the south and a leader in so many economic categories be so bad?

So I would speculate that the real issue here is not the Governor but the perversion of the word “grassroots” and the phrase “the will of the people”.

Grassroots used to identify those people who volunteered in campaigns of people they believed in and supported. Grassroots were the people who setup and took down the chairs at the County meetings. Grassroots used to phone bank, sign wave and in their own way contribute positively to the political process.

Some where along the way grassroots got high-jacked by the “purists”, the single-issue people and most recently by the “anybody but (name)” crowd.

Realizing the narrowness of their own perspective, the grassroots now has adopted the tactics of the master of diversion – Bill Clinton. When pressed on the variety of scandals he created over the years he always deflected by saying he was “doing the will of the people” and would not be distracted by these accusations.

Fortunately most people have come to realize what you really mean is “the will of the people as long as they are our people”. And as a result I suspect Nathan Deal would get more than 1.3 million votes again in 2018 if he were not restricted by term limits.

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I dont know why you had to poke the bear but if you’re armchair quarterbacking hypothetical elections in the absence of term limits, then William Jefferson Clinton would walk with 70M+ votes in 2016.

Phew! Okay, now I feel better. Continue on with your infighting.


Let’s not stop there. If Obama could run for another term I think he would easily beat Trump.


Pat, you seem like a nice enough guy but did you maybe start drinking a little early today? The last I looked, the so-called purists, the single-issue people, the anybody-but-X crowd you’re so upset about are all gopers. You know, members of your party. Who you keep company with is your business but the rest of the country wishes you would either sit on them or send them to their rooms, along with the show-vote compulsives and the obstructionist crowd. I guess you thought you were being generous by blaming Clinton instead of Obama for the sins of your brethren… Read more »


Unfortunately, there are many politicians vehemently stating they are doing the will of the people, no matter how small the number of people. The only voices they hear are actually between their own ears.