Tennessee Lawmakers’ Motto: We May Be Worthless, But By God We’re Armed

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Tennessee, not to be outdone by other states in the area of time wasted on worthless legislation, has passed a bill in the House by a 93-0 vote:

“…to allow public buildings to display such “historically significant documents” as the Ten Commandments…

The measure would allow the documents to be displayed in the form of statues, monuments, memorials, tablets or in any other way that in the words of the legislation “respects the dignity and solemnity of such documents.”

I call this worthless legislation because it most assuredly will not pass constitutional muster, and is introduced in an election year to appeal to Tennessee’s majority Republican constituency.

Trivial things like the state’s unemployment rate of 8.2%, or the fact that the U. S. National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) found:

“Tennessee ranks at the bottom in 8th grade reading, 8th grade math, and 4th grade math.”

are obviously problems the state legislature is too inept to do anything about (I’m guessing because they went to school in Tennessee). If wasting time was an impeachable offense, Tennessee’s Republican lawmakers would be out of a job.

This is a small sampling of the type of legislation Tennessee lawmakers spent their time on over the last year and a half:

“The so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill sponsored by Stacey Campfield (R) would make it illegal for educators to discuss any sexual behavior apart from heterosexuality with students in kindergarten up through the eighth grade.”

Over the years, Campfield has proposed other controversial legislation, such as replacing the state’s food tax with a tax on pornography and requiring the state to issue death certificates for aborted fetuses. In 2005, Campfield compared the state’s Black Caucus to the Ku Klux Klan when they refused to let him join because he is white.

HB 368, sponsored by Bill Dunn (R-District 16) proposes to …”assist teachers to find effective ways to present the science curriculum as it addresses scientific controversies”…The only “controversies” listed in the bill are “biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming, and human cloning.”

HB1112: Allows commercial deer farming in Tennessee.

HB2065: Requires presidential candidates to prove they were born in the United States before being allowed on the Tennessee ballot.

HB3808: “Life Defense Act” sponsored by Rep. Matthew Hill, R-Jonesborough (suggested by Tennessee Right to Life), would require the Department of Health to release…information on abortions, including the name of the doctor who performed the procedure and demographics including the age, race, education and number of children — of women who receive abortions.

SB3002: Sen. Mike Faulk, R-Church Hill (One of the two NRA-drafted bills) declares that employers must permit employees to bring guns to work, provided they are left in a locked private vehicle in the employer’s parking lot during work hours. It applies to both public and private employers.

Now you may be thinking “These people are nuts”; I agree and I happen to live here. But these ridiculous wastes of time are what the majority of states have endured since the 2010 midterm elections; you know, the one where Republicans ran on the economy?

How’s that workin’ out for ya America?

When the GOP finally nominates its’ candidate they’re going to focus on the economy again. They’ll start claiming that they can fix it all, and start feigning concern for those in our society they abhor, hoping people will just forget all of the nationwide insanity over the past tear and a half.

If we let that happen, we’ll be a country of unemployed pregnant women, with partners working for minimum wage (if we still have one), whose children are being home schooled even if their parents have a 2 digit IQ (because we have no Dept. of Education), we’ll all have fracking in our back yards, and we’ll be legally required to attend church at least once a week (denomination to be determined by a fight to the death between church leaders).

Do not let Republicans bullshit their way through the coming state and federal elections. Keep their insanity on the front pages between now and November, and ladies get those photo i.d.s polished and ready – Game On.

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