I was a page for the first Republican state senator elected to the GA General Assembly since Reconstruction, State Sen. I.W. (Bill) Gregory. Since then, ca ‘64, we know what the story has been. The problem is what happens when all of those former Democrats become Republicans. Many of them are descendants of the New Deal Democrats, and many of them have the same proclivities towards government “solutions” for everything and their appetite for logrolling and pork barrel spending.
This has been a problem with the South as a whole; we end up with liberals such as Lindsay Graham (SC), Juan McCain (AZ), Thad Corcoran (MS), Richard Shelby (AL), Hal Rogers and Mitch McConnell (KY), and Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander(TN). Until we work with Tea Parties to cull the liberals and sell outs the Republic is in jeopardy. The conduct of some of the afore-mentioned legislators has bordered on treason.
Verify then trust. And kick out those who abused their trust.