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Resident concerned about “Constitutional Sanctuary”


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Jun. 01, 2021 - 2:21 PM

The Coweta County Board of Commissioners were approached on Tuesday, May 18 by the local GOP to make Coweta a “Constitutional Sanctuary.” On the surface this does not sound like a bad idea – I mean who doesn’t love the Constitution.

Many of the speakers that night indicated concern over the federal government taking away their rights. The hope, it seems, is that the county will be the last line of defense against a federal government that in their eyes wishes to erode our rights with Georgia soon on the same track.

Keep in mind, these are rights that are set forth on the federal level, in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. To me as a citizen, they are asking for our commissioners to encroach on federal authority since things are not going the way they would like (Trump lost the White House and Georgia turned blue).

Worse, the county GOP seemed to have brought in Charles Bennet, USAF Retired, and alleged acting commander of the 496 Militia District. He celebrated the idea of armed militias and recommended that Sherriff Wood reach out to see how they could help protect against insurrectionists and those who would like to infringe on our rights.

With the juxtaposition of a “Constitutional Sanctuary” and forming armed militias to defend their rights, it becomes quite apparent why they would want this. In their minds, they are setting the stage for another Civil War and would like to make Coweta county the test field for this war. It is not North versus South, but Americanism versus far right extremism.

As one of the speakers said, he spoke on behalf of the citizens of Coweta county. I would like to let you know that they do not speak on my behalf. I am a proud American and will not let this divisive and seditious act pass. I plan to personally speak on my own behalf at the next meeting of our County Commissioners on June 3 at 6 p.m.

Spencer Lewis

Newnan