Seriously, guys, this is getting out of hand. I winced when you voted to allow people to carry guns in local parks and bars. But, fine, we live in a state where people like their guns. I can easily stay out of bars and if my kids want to go to the park, I’ll just have them wear Kevlar. It’s a democracy and I can handle holding a minority view.
But for fuck’s sake, do you guys ever listen to yourselves? You’d think with 10% unemployment, falling wages, and budget deficits, you might actually do some governing. Really, I have low expectations – I just want you to read the fucking US Constitution, and then explain the following bills. These are all in the newspaper just TODAY:
http://www.tennessean.com/article/20110223/NEWS0201/102230378/Tennessee-bill-would-jail-Shariah-followers-?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE]Tennessee Bill Would Jail Shariah Followers
A proposed Tennessee law would make following the Islamic code known as Shariah law a felony, punishable by 15 years in jail.
State Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, and state Rep. Judd Matheny, R-Tullahoma, introduced the same bill in the Senate and House last week. It calls Shariah law a danger to homeland security and gives the attorney general authority to investigate complaints and decide who’s practicing it.
It exempts peaceful practice of Islam but labels any adherence to Shariah law — which includes religious practices such as feet washing and prayers — as treasonous. It claims Shariah adherents want to replace the Constitution with their religious law. Maybe you’ve never heard of freedom of religion, or somehow don’t understand that any religious laws that violate the Consititution are already illegal, so any bill you pass is just political grandstanding for the racist and ignorant.
Then we we have TN State Senate Passes Health Care Freedom Act.The state Senate has passed a measure that would allow Tennesseans to opt out of the federal health care law.
Under the proposal, a person would be immune from fines or penalties for refusing the health care coverage. Fantastic guys. So when the Federal Government notifies me of the fines I’ll be paying for not getting health care, I can just send them to you and you’ll get it all straightened out? Good luck with that. I’m pretty sure the Supreme Court ruled on nullification at some point around the time that people were shooting each other over slavery. You might want to go back and look at that.
And finally, so as not to be left out of the attention being paid to the good governor in Madison, we have a bill to strip the ability of the teacher’s union to engage in collective bargaining. Several dozen people jammed a corridor at the state legislature Wednesday in an event organized to protest a bill that would strip the Tennessee Education Association of its collective bargaining powers.
Yeah, because those damn teachers are already earning close to $30,000 right out of college! We have one of the worst education records in the country, so let’s make sure teachers can’t get together and ask for better benefits!