Nathan Deal was born in Millen, Georgia. He grew up on a farm in Sandersville as the son of two school teachers — his mom Mary and his dad Noah. He went to college, then law school. In 1966, he joined the Army and achieved the rank of captain.

It’s an all-American story, especially after he ran for Congress – and won – before resigning so he could run for Governor of the state of Georgia. He won that too.

But what happens when normal, good people get into positions of power? It goes to their head. It corrupts.  You don’t have to be a Lord of the Rings fan to know about this theme, because you can see it in every newspaper in every small town across this nation.

The people of Georgia learned this lesson, when Gov. Deal betrayed them by vetoing a bill that was passed by the people. National Review describes the bill:

The Georgia bill that Deal refused to defend was modest in scope, protecting the right of clergy to solemnize marriages consistent with their religious beliefs, protecting the right of faith-based institutions to use their property and resources to advance their religious mission, protecting their rights to hire and fire employees on grounds consistent with religious belief and practice, and protecting a person’s free exercise of religion from a “substantial burden” unless the protected person was engaged in “invidious discrimination on any grounds prohibited by federal or state law.” In other words, the bill as drafted could not be used to “bring back Jim Crow,” nor could it offer any person, outside clergy and faith-based employers, any effective defense against the enforcement of state anti-discrimination laws. It wouldn’t block a single gay marriage. It wouldn’t deny a single gay person access to the marketplace. Instead, it would merely offer a bare minimum of legal protections to Georgia citizens who are already confronting anti-Christian bigotry and discrimination.

But Governor Deal couldn’t stand the heat.

Read the rest of this piece on Breitbart.

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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