It's no secret: Alabama's primary election is next week.
And while every single politician is trying to out-Conservative the other, with phrases like "I'm THE most traditional conservative of all time," or "Elect me, I'll stand with you!" wouldn't a reminder of what our elected officials did or didn't do be helpful?
Goodness. With politicians' commercials coming at us faster than the Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman's fastball, wouldn't it be nice to have a personal voter's guide for Roe, COVID-19, and education?
Shall we begin with Roe?
Because if you're not alive, none of this matters, right?
It's been three weeks since the leak, heard worldwide, happened.
Why do elected officials, like Terri Collins, appear to backpedal on their support for L=life?
"The bill I worked on the previous quadrennium was a heartbeat bill," she said. "And that's the bill I believe is the best bill for a law about abortion in Alabama. That's what I think … It would still have to go through the legislative process and debate, and both sides, or all sides -- there's certainly not two sides on this. There are a thousand sides. It would have to go through that process as all laws do."
No. There aren't a thousand sides. There are two.
Also, it's already been debated ad nauseam.
A new life begins at conception and deserves our protection. Or it doesn't.
And no amount of justification is necessary.
So what is it?
And how will you vote?
What about COVID-19? And freedom in healthcare?
Did you ever think that our governor would stoop to insult her people?
Do you remember this little gem?
"Folks are supposed to have common sense. But it's time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks, not the regular folks. It's the unvaccinated folks that are letting us down," Ivey told reporters in Birmingham.
Do you remember that Ivey turned the keys of our Alabama kingdom over to an unelected, unaccountable bureaucrat?
His name is Scott Harris, Alabama's chief health officer.
"The person which is given the authority to shut a business down is selected by a private group and is not answerable to the people, is not an elected official that could face the ramifications from their actions at the voting booth," said State Sen. Jim McClendon (R-Springville), who chairs the Senate Healthcare Committee.
Do you remember what doctors went through during COVID-19?
If so, could someone explain to me why Senate Bill 312 (SB312) failed?
According to Eagle Forum of Alabama, SB312 would have prohibited an occupational licensing board from taking adverse action against a physician who recommends a COVID-19 treatment that is not FDA-approved if the patient consented to the treatment. Once again, Senate leadership prevented this bill from moving forward.
What do we have if doctors can be threatened or their licenses yanked for trying or prescribing protocols that may be different but work?
And who will speak for us if the powers that be, medically speaking, can't or won't be reasoned with?
But that's not all.
Do you remember that our health freedoms were violated?
Until Attorney General Steve Marshall got involved, who knows what would have happened?
But before then, do you remember the men and women battered by vax mandates?
Men and women who had to submit papers to gain exemptions or lose their jobs because they said no to an experimental vax?
They were our families. Our friends. Our people.
Do you remember?
The last issue: education.
Remember when our governor and other elected officials said they eliminated Common Core? Except they didn't?
Check out the side-by-side math standards comparison, won't you? Thanks to Eagle Forum of Alabama, we see that our elected officials didn't delete Common Core. They renamed it
Which is brilliant if it's opposite day.
Remember, Common Core standards, plastered on our kid's textbooks in private, Christian and public schools, are part of the reason why our standardized test scores are laughably low. But they're standards that our elected officials swear on a stack of Bibles that we don't have.
Except we have eyes.
Remember the Numeracy Act?
Remember that Alabama will hire math coaches to coach teachers to re-teach what's already failed. That's non-compos mentis. It's not sane.
Will you remember that some of our legislators said no to our support for school choice but yes to the AEA?
Which means yes to more government control.
Do you remember?
Which begs the question, have we had enough?
If so, then what will you do?
Amie Beth Shaver is a speaker, writer, and media commentator. Her column appears every Wednesday in 1819 News. Shaver served on the Alabama GOP State Executive Committee, was a candidate for State House 43 and spokeswoman for Allied Women. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of 1819 News. To comment, please send an email with your name and contact information to [email protected].
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