Archive for March, 2012

Sexual Congress

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Wade Munday is a writer in Nashville – Borrowing the popular refrain from Tom Jones, “it’s not unusual to be loved by anyone,” amorousness seems extraordinary to some Tennessee Republicans who are scurrying in the next few weeks to pass legislation dealing with S-E-X.

As Chas Sisk writes in the Tennessean:
Bills dealing with sex, religion and guns may spark controversy. But they also give Republican lawmakers a chance to show where they stand and could help them head off the biggest challenge they face to re-election this year — a primary opponent who accuses them of having done too little to advance conservative causes.

What Trace Sharp called the 107th Sex Assembly and Democratic lawmaker Mike Turner inferred is the Tennessee Taliban has turned out to be one of the grossest public displays of affection for extremely conservative causes by Republicans in Tennessee. And Representative Turner is correct in saying that this isn’t just conservatism, this is religious extremism and Taliban totalitarianism.

The lawmakers who are elected in Tennessee to constitutionally pass a budget each year and with relatively little time for debate on that topic, have managed to discuss sex education, abortion (again), the Ten Commandments (again), and creationism (again). Being a lawmaker is a part time job, and while those lawmakers have time to argue bills regarding abortion and expanding gun rights they lack the power or ability to spur economic growth in the state? They’re capable of defending “Life” but they can’t create a single job?

Their strategy for governing runs parallel to the politics of running for office. Ignite controversy, inflame passions, and yell like Rick Santorum when the cameras are rolling.

I think what bothers most people about American politicians on either side of the aisle are their disingenuous displays of courage, the bravado of championing a pet project or issue. The results of being led by these phony convictions are bad laws that restrict our freedoms and limit our ability to move beyond our present reality. Sadly in Tennessee, we’ve seen a lot of our freedoms eroded because of our Republican-controlled Legislature. And that’s not so unusual.

This story was carried by the Daily Buzz.

The Road to Re-election of OBAMA

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

In September, President Obama will be in Charlotte, North Carolina accepting the nomination for his second term as President of our United States.

Delegates will be Tennessee’s voice at the convention, stand on the convention floor as national Democratic leaders deliver their vision for our country and vote to nominate President Barack Obama for re-election.

This past Saturday, the first step of delegate selection was completed at the District Democratic Conventions across Tennessee where district delegates were elected. This Saturday on March 14th the trip to Charlotte continues as the TNDP Executive Committee elects delegates at large. On this day the full Tennessee delegation selection will be complete.

The day of celebration will end as Tennessee Democrats celebrates Jackson Day in Nashville, TN. Join the Tennessee celebration as we celebrate our history and our future.

GOP Leads America Down a Dark Path

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Have we been in a depression? Many feel it is time to call it what it is: depression. It is not a depression of 1930’s magnitude but it has been a depression, none the less. Unemployment has remained high from America to Europe. Political leaders, institutions and social norms are increasingly discredited. Democratic valves are under attack.

We have not had wide spread soup lines and we don’t have a Hitler but we have dire alarming economic and political signs. High unemployment, despair and the explosion of extremists groups have swept across America. Is America on a dark path unequal to any in her short history? Economic downturns and political strife have ebbed and flowed through her history but she always rebounded. Is there something different about the current situation that is more alarming and troublesome?

Those on the right have used the opportunity to attempt to dismantle social programs designed to assist those less fortunate in our society. They have also used the uncertainty of many to spread hatred and fear. Let’s talk in particular, about what’s happening across America in states recently taking over by Republican rule and the ongoing Republican Presidential Primary circus.

First of all, the economic crisis, created by the failing policies of the Bush Administration and his “rubber stamp” Republican Congress during the 2000-2008 political era that crippled America’s economic stability. Unemployment was skyrocketing while 750,000 jobs were being lost per month. Amid climbing unemployment, collapsing economic institutions, massive plant closings and crushing economic stagnation, enter stage left, Barack Obama, the newly elected President in 2008.

Second, virtually the day after the election, the Teabaggers movement was born. Amidst growing racism, hatred, and vile for America’s first African American President, the attack on democracy was born. As the teabagger movement grew, so did the assault on democracy. From hate filled attacks at town meetings, to racist motivated protests of these new anti government minions of the right. Through false claims of a grass roots movement, the far right fringes of the Republican Party had founded a political movement straight out of the bowls of hell. A movement fueled by racism and hatred, a movement reflective of the true Republican heart or lack thereof.

Specifically, demands for ever-harsher treatment of the poor, with no offsetting effort to foster growth, have done double damage to our economy. They have failed at economic policy, worsening unemployment without restoring confidence; slowly Obama has quailed the immediate threat of financial crisis, as it appears contained. But the right has created immense anger, for political “gains” reasons, as many Americans are furious at what is perceived, fairly or unfairly, as a heavy-handed exercise of Government power.

Nobody familiar with America’s history can look at this resurgence of hostility without feeling a shiver and moment of rear when you reflect back on darker days in America. Yet there may be worse things happening now.

In conclusion, just as a disease progresses, so has the far right hostility and vile ignorance. This has played out during the ongoing Republican Presidential Primary. An event that can best be described as a circus and wingnut convention, the political joke continues. The insanity that was born from the birther movement and vile Teabagger movement, has now affected the base of the Republican Party as the battle of the extremists and wingnuts wage on.

Their assault on democracy continues, as does their assault on the US Government. Fueled by ignorance and fear, those less enlightened on the right, continue their racially motivated hatred of President Barack Obama. As does their hatred of everything “Liberal”, the code word used to attack and demonize any social program that actually helps those in need. From Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, school lunches, women’s rights, minority rights, labor’s rights, student loans, the forty hour work week, overtime pay, public education, assistance to the poor, civil rights, voters rights and any basic human act of decency the right has deemed as socialism, through their fight for fascism and their attempts to dismantle democracy.

And they (the Republicans) need to rethink their failing economic policies and party platform. If they don’t, there will be more backsliding on democracy, racism, voter suppression and use of divisive issues that threaten the very democracy of America — and the breakup of the Republican Party may be the least of their worries. In this election, there are two distinct choices, what side are you on?