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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The 5 Worst Ideas From Tennessee’s Tea Party Legislature

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This week, Tea Party groups in Tennessee have targeted Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) by holding “auditions” in five cities to find a formidable candidate to run against the state’s senior senator. The Tea Party groups turned against their Republican senator largely due to his support for the bipartisan Gang of Eight immigration bill. Then, during a town hall meeting, a crowd of Tea Party supporters cheered when U.S. Representative Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) told an 11-year old girl that nothing can be done for her father who is undergoing deportation because there are laws that need to be followed. These incidents have become typical in Volunteer State politics, which is full of right-wing politicians who hold some of the most radical views and propose some of the most outrageous laws of any state party in the country.

From the state whose Tea Party legislators tried to forbid the use of the word ‘gay’ in public schools, emailed constituents to report that President Obama was staging a fake assassination attempt to stop the 2012 election, and proposed fining individuals who don’t use the public restroom or dressing room that match the gender listed on their birth certificate, here are five more of the worst ideas to come from the Tennessee Legislature.

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  • charleo1

    There are times, out of frustration, I want to say, okay, we’ll do it your way!
    Every crack pot law, all the religious doctrine you want written into law. Every disrespectful, and demeaning requirement you guys want to throw at the poor.
    Or, every corporate tax break, you want to hand out, to each environmental
    regulation, or governmental inspection you of the all knowing T-Party want
    removed, cut, or eliminated, so be it, for one year.
    And maybe then, after one calamity after the next occurs. Public coffers are bare,
    the poor are begging on every corner, joining the sick, and insane, as the civil
    society we’ve known disappears right before our eyes! But, for once I agree with
    the T-Party when they say, we can’t afford it. No, to enact even 1/3 of the policies
    they are calling for, would be reckless, heartless, destructive, and irresponsible.
    We’ll just have to keep on fighting this charade of a political movement, until one
    by one, their policies, agenda, and vision are revealed as something akin to mass
    societal suicide. Which of course, we must never allow.

    • Faraday_Cat

      The only reason I would agree that we should do that is if the inevitible deaths of those most unfortunate under such laws were only the new law’s supporters…which of course would not be the case.

      • charleo1

        You’re exactly right, of course. It is for the least of us we fight on.
        Because the impact there would be devastating. But, the fight is
        also for the regular, every day Americans as well. As they struggle
        in an economy the corporate aristocracy wrecked, to stave off
        foreclosures, pay toward their children’s education, and put away
        some savings to have when their working lives transcends to retire-
        ment. When was the last time a T-Party radical even voiced a word
        of concern on these core fundamental issues, that are so important
        not only to families. But are vital to the success of the Country itself?
        So, they will pass because they are wrong. Wrong on the 47%,
        wrong on education, and wrong for all, except 1/2 of the 1%, for
        whom they would gladly cut their own Country’s throat.

  • jointerjohn

    Every one of those crackpot initiatives sponsored by the tea party springs from intolerance and involves some invasion of privacy if not violation of constitutionally guaranteed freedoms. There is paranoia behind every one of those measures. There is some level of racism present in each as well. It is time for some respected senior republican figure like former Indiana Senator Richard Luger, who they politically assassinated in a primary, to step into the public forum and call these people what they are, the enemies of freedom and democracy. If the RINOs are losing their party it is because of their absolute cowardice.

  • yodacohen

    The anti abortion bill disclosing abortion patients and doctors involved directly violates the federal Hippa Act preventing disclosure of private patient healthcare information. Courts would stop that one out of the gate.