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Not our best day

From: J Lee D.
Sent on: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 10:09 PM

There is no good way to tell you about today.  I know how I’d like to characterize it for you but even my sensibilities would be offended and I worked in the oil fields for a dozen years.

I’m sorry to say that I don’t know who sponsored the bill that gave public schools the right to admit that evolution is only a theory and that there are other unnamed theories that merit equal attention (such as intelligent design). 

It did pass in the legislature and whoever voted for that, whether a republican or a democrat, deserves our thanks and they deserve honor because they were verbally assaulted by misguided, self-appointed scientists who like for us to know that they passed biology in college and therefore can proclaim that among their circle, the consensus is that we all come from monkies.

The disappointment of this discussion is the reported statement from our governor who could not stop this bill with his veto but obviously embarrassed to have someone like Keith Olbermann or Barry Lynn mention the Scopes trial when discussing it.  To distance himself from this embarrassment of legislation, Mr. Haslam will not sign it and stated, “However, I don’t believe that it accomplishes anything that isn’t already acceptable in our schools.”  I’m sure whoever sponsored this bill will not vacation this summer with the good governor.

Okay, now I’ve given you the good news.

Remember the phone calls and Emails to get HB 173 through which simply affirms the Tennessee Constitution ordering all judges to be elected by the people?

Yeah, it failed to pass. 

Please remember what we’ve been saying about republican legislators voting in the general assembly one way but before the bill could get to the general assembly it had to somehow get out of committee and some of these same republicans who voted for the bill in the general assembly would do all they could to kill it in the less-noticed committees and subcommittees?

Yup.  Today that happened but these republicans’ names who killed this bill need to be named and shall be.

Know this, Glen Casada, the sponsor of the bill, was a gladiator today in spite of being told by Governor Haslam that Haslam opposed the bill.  I remind you that Haslam is on record as stating that our current system of selecting judges (the governor chooses one from a recommended list by the sitting Supreme Court justices) is unconstitutional.  He had a chance today to get behind a bill that would change that but the judges and lawyers had obviously gotten to him. 

I’d like to shout out to two more people who were gladiators today in today’s hearing about this bill.

Rick Womick, even with an injured arm, was fearless.  Joining him is Jim Gotto, a man who is a credit to patriotic movements everywhere.  These three, Casada, Womick, and Gotto.  Remember those names.  They earned our respect today and I’m glad to not have to be bashful about affirming these principled leaders today.  No kiddin’.

Those of you in Sumner County and regions about, I love you  guys.  When you were contacted (Ruth, Eric) you said that you’d make sure that your Representative Maggart, who had not come out in support of this bill, heard from the people.  Well done.

Representative Maggart had a chance to speak today in favor of this bill but I guess she couldn’t bring herself to go that far.  All the same, she did you an honor to vote “aye” for the bill.  Be sure to thank her.  Her opponent, Courtney Rogers, being the Constitutionalist that she is, I doubt would have required that much work, begging and pleading, to vote in favor of a bill that lets the citizens instead of the governor pick our Supreme Court Justices.  Why do we have to beg our elected officials to do what is right?

We’re learning who are our friends, who values the opinion of the governor above the people, who are more driven by principles than party power.

If as a principled movement we don’t start making every act be important, we’ll never unwind the progressive erosion begun with Woodrow Wilson and Teddy Roosevelt.    Let’s tell them to listen to the people, and stop redefining the Constitution.  If they want to change the Constitution, then do it by the rules established by the Constitution…only!

Here are the other legislators who voted in favor of HB 173

Eric Watson

Jeremy Faison (I checked his web site and he indicates that he’s a 912er, loves the 9 principles and 12 values.)  We were told that the republicans would try to co opt us.  I spoke to him tonight and he is very much for our efforts.

Linda Elam – is an attorney so she stuck out her neck and will be practicing law in front of those who will be unhappy with her vote. 

The attorneys and judges associations were all over this.  There was an attorney who did not want to vote against this bill but he has to practice law in front of these judges who were lobbying the stuffing out of the governor, the Lt. Governor, and the Speaker.  By the way, today, the vote ended 7-7.  The speaker pro temp was already on the committee (Judd Matheny) so he was voting with us and couldn’t come in and vote to break the tie as when not on that committee.  That honor to break the tie could have gone to Speaker Beth Harwell but like the governor, she opposed the bill to follow the Constitution.  If you are in Linda Elam’s district and know her, please reach out to her and make her glad that she did the right thing.  We must learn to do that for all bills.

Thank Judd Matheny for his vote.  He’s proving to be a good friend to 912 and all patriots.  This is the second year that I’ve noticed him being reliable for his patriotic votes ahead of Republican Party power.


Those voting against us

Jim Coley – Republican – from Bartlett, teaches government.  A disappointment

Vance Dennis is an attorney and has been an arch enemy on this bill.  Otherwise he votes positively for many conservative issues. 

Karen Camper is a Memphis attorney, also a democrat

Jon Lundberg is tight with the governor and republican leadership.  I think that he commutes from East Tennessee with Lt. Governor Ramsey who also opposed this bill. 

Gary Moore a democrat union leader is retiring to leave an open seat.  We think that he’ll be replaced by Charles Williamson, a republican businessman from Goodlettsville.

Janis Fontanay is a democrat whose district was wiped out so she’ll not return next session. 

Mike Stewart, a democrat attorney who also must receive his income from the blessings or curses dispensed by those judges who hear his cases.  Judicial retaliation can cause a good man to vote poorly.

Here is the link to watch this committee meeting.  Our portion begins at about minute 12.

This issue will not be dead.  Casada has already agreed to sponsor it next year and likely Senator Campfield will sponsor the senate portion also next year. 

We’re going to keep chinking away at these guys.  We are not going away.  Just in the House Judicial committee, did you notice that there are two democrats who will not be returning?  It’s the same at the state level as the federal.  The party not in control doesn’t have much fun and thus, many will retire.  Of course the republicans learned a hard lesson in ’08 (on the federal level) because they did not act like conservatives and the base did not turn out to vote.  Couple that with the immorality we were stained with from Florida and Utah so it was no surprise. 

We must be diligent to keep our thumb on our representatives or they’ll grow arrogant and lose their appetite for doing the right thing.   Thus, we must continue to promote our faith in God as the reason we ever were a great nation. 



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