published Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Despite Haslam’s call, Republicans, Democrats renew attacks

NASHVILLE — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s bipartisan call for lawmakers to tone down their harsh accusations over legislation affecting teachers appears to be falling on deaf ears.

Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, who last week charged that Democrats have been “bought and paid for by the unions,” blamed Democratic leaders Thursday for “getting out of hand.”

“When we saw (House Democratic Caucus Chairman] Mike Turner standing up on the Capitol last week and calling us terrorists because we’re trying to get a quality teacher in every classroom, that has crossed the line,” Ramsey told reporters.

The speaker also accused Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester of calling “us fascists because we passed a bill that simply says you don’t have to be a member of the [teachers] union to serve on the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement system.”

In an e-mail supplied by Ramsey’s office, Forrester last week issued an appeal to Democrats to attend last Saturday’s rally on behalf of teachers.

“Make no mistake about it; this is a political attack on teachers for supporting democratic [sic] leaders who have stood up for education in our state,” the e-mail said. “If passed, these fascist measures will silence the voice of teachers working to improve our schools, communities and our state.

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bpqd said...

I found an earlier article to be of better quality.

Notice, for example, that the previous story, from March 9th, quotes some of the irrational rantings of Republican leaders in our state. For example, one Republican agitator listed Scott Walker, Nikki Haley, Rick Scott and Jan Brewer as exemplary individuals.

Well, look at the insane clowns listed in there.

Apparently, Republicans do not realize that people like Governors Jan Brewer and Scott Walker and their like are making the news because they are behaving so irrationally as to have lost all credibility.

These people are not expressing the IQ we expect of employees at fast food restaurants. What's more, their morality is lower. If a cashier at the local burger joint made statements half as racist and fictional as these politicians listed above, the Fry Guy would be fired by the end of the week.

Instead of realizing that over 60% of America thinks that we are on the wrong path, including an outright rejection of Republican Grandstanding Insanity, Tennessee Republican Legislators have apparently decided, wrongly, that the poorest examples are the best.

Reject this nonsense from Tennessee's Republican Party. After their participation and sponsorship of Chattanooga Tea Party Rallies, we have no illusions about their astroturfing. Who cannot, for example, but feel sorry for the less than 10% of Libertarians in attendance at those events, who were being used as skirts for the GOP to hide behind?

Ask Robin Smith, Chairman Emeritus of the Tennessee Republican Party, and keynote speaker at a 2008 Tea Party Rally. Ask Mayor Ron Littlefield. Note Senator Bob Corker's former campaign staff taking over the state Republican office and trying to cover up, rather than honestly admit, Tennessee Republican Party's continuing participation in dialogues which overtly offend and directly insult many of our citizens as "Tea Party" events.

The sad accusations noted by a Republican legislator in the story above pale in comparison to the sustained, continuing and observable participation and financial support Tennessee's Republican Party has provided to covering, franchise outlets like the Tea Party. Used as a liability shield with no real policy commitment, the Tea Party is the patsy of our time. Far worse than any one comment made by one legislator to another, Republican's failure to honestly stand for their values and shout racist insults and scathing dialog for years has continued to erode their support from moderates and people of at least average educations.

Get it together, Republicans. Despite quotations shown without balance, as above, we are all well aware of the Republican Party's direct contribution to meanness and polarization of dialog. The call for civility has long been predicated on the rejection of selfish conduct, which is what guides the Republican party today.

March 10, 2011 at 5:33 p.m.
Facts said...


We can only assume you were hibernating during the 2010 election cycle. Either that or you were on holiday at your compound in Nantuckett.

The elites of both the Democratic and Republican Parties just can't get past the fact that a smart female caught the Democrats & moderate Republicans flat-footed back in 2008 and beat them while they had Barack Obama up on their shoulders. The blue-bloods would never go after Democrats or those in our own GOP that were saying one thing to get elected, then act like Democrats, as the last conservative grass-roots chairman did of the TN GOP.

Those who are "offended" are the ones that are offended by an authentic belief in God, the right to protect your family with firearms and actually believe that marriage is between a man and a woman.

You, bpqd, are the ones making sure we have 1/3 of our population on welfare; who are defending the "rights" of extremist Muslims bent on destroying our country, etc.

We have "it together". The fight is not between Republicans and Democrats. The fight is between those who want America to look like Europe and those who love our nation.

March 10, 2011 at 6:41 p.m.
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