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In 2008, you voted for change with Barak Obama(click TN on the map). You didn’t get what was promised in the easy campaign slogan. Instead you’ve gotten the shaft: high unemployment and bigger government.

Somebody during the 2008 presidential campaigns asked: “Are you better off today than you were 4 years ago?” It wasn’t Obama who asked that question but I believe the answer is a fairly clear, “No.” We are not better off, quite a bit worse off, and it looks to be getting worse than worse. After doing everything it could to grow the deficit to grow government, putting more than double the Bush years unemployment rate out of work, the government is going to shrink the deficit by spending for Unions and Teachers by cutting back on food stamps. It was such a success, they want to repeat it to fund another initiative.

Is this the change you voted for? How about some real change in your own backyard, Nashville? If you’re tired of being handed the same old promises, election year after election year for decades, why do you keep punishing yourselves?

In spite of the state of Tennessee being considered a red state (aka Republican or conservative), the city of Nashville has not been red in living memory (emphasis mine).

[…] Democrats are no less dominant at the federal level. Since Reconstruction, the Democratic presidential candidate has failed to carry Nashville/Davidson County only twice. In 1968, George Wallace carried Nashville by a large enough margin that nearly enabled him to carry Tennessee. In 1972, Richard Nixon became the only Republican presidential candidate to carry Nashville. Since then, the Democrats have carried the city at the presidential level with relatively little difficulty. In the 2000 presidential election, Al Gore carried Nashville with over 59% of the vote even as he narrowly lost his home state. In the 2004 election, John Kerry carried Nashville with 55% of the vote even as George W. Bush won the state by 14 points. In 2008, Barack Obama carried Nashville with 60 percent of the vote even as John McCain won Tennessee by 15 points.

At the federal level, Nashville is split between two congressional districts. Nearly all of the city is in the 5th District, currently represented by Democrat Jim Cooper. A Republican has not represented a significant portion of Nashville since 1875. While Republicans made a few spirited challenges in the mid-1960s and early 1970s, they have not made a serious bid for the district since 1972, when the Republican candidate gained only 38% of the vote even as Nixon carried the district by a large margin. The district’s best-known congressman was probably Jo Byrns, who represented the district from 1909 to 1936 and was Speaker of the House for much of Franklin Roosevelt’s first term. Another nationally prominent congressman from Nashville was Percy Priest, who represented the district from 1941 to 1956 and was House Majority Whip from 1949 to 1953. Former mayors Richard Fulton and Bill Boner also sat in the U.S. House before assuming the Metro mayoral office.

Instead of voting in the same old politicians who make the same old promises election year after election year, telling you to forget they promised that before and didn’t deliver, why not try conservatism for a change? When every state is borrowing more money to do the job of government, why is it that red states have less debt per ca pita? Even a cursory look at that map tells you that the bluer (Democratic Party) the state, the more debt it incurs,with Rhode Island taking top rank for a whopping $4859 per person in the state.

It’s clear that Nashvillians are tired of the same old broken promises, but is it enough?

[…]The event was also the party’s official meeting of the state executive committee where Republican from across the state come to start the election season.

“I can go back 32 years when I was governor. The number of Democrats to Republican that were voting in the primaries were 3 to 1. Thursday, it was 2 to 1, Republicans over the Democrats in the primary,” said U.S. Senate Lamar Alexander.

Or would you rather more of the same? Has it become so habitual to vote Democrat that you’d rather have Jim Cooper, who votes for bills he doesn’t read because Nancy Pelosi says so?

In spite of his self-description of being a Blue Dog (conservative) Democrat, Cooper votes 90% with his party. Considering our national deficit is more than twice what it was when Bush left office, there’s not much conservative (aka Blue Dog bonafides) there.

Why not vote for real conservatism for a Change? We have a good conservative with the goal of changing politics as usual in Washington, D.C. I can tell you’re tired of this when I look back at the statisitics on voter turnout for the primaries.

David Hall wants a chance to represent this district and show the people of TN-05 what real conservatism looks like in contrast to the smoke and mirrors of Cooper’s promises and nondelivery. You’ve tried liberalism/statism for almost 135 years. How’s that working out for you? Are you any happier? Wealthier? Gainfully employed?

David has good issues positions which I know the Democrats will attack and attack him personally in every way they can. I just want to ask you, how do you know his positions won’t work when the people telling you they won’t are also telling you they “CARE” have been telling you they “CARE” for more than a century while everything seems to remain the same?

Tune out the sound-bytes, turn off the ugly personal attacks, and stop believing the same old lying politicians who lie year after year. Don’t fall the pretty but meaningless campaign slogan. Let’s give Nashville a chance at some real change before you decide to go back to your habitual vote for the Democrat, any Democrat ever again.

Conservatism only works if you give it a chance. It’s also the long term solution to all problems that affect this district and the entire nation. Liberalism hasn’t worked out except in the short term, requiring ever bigger pieces of legislation to fix what started out as a relatively minor problem. As their solutions make bigger problems their answer is more legislative fixes that grow still bigger problems in a never ending cycle of problems and legislative fixes and we are the hamsters in the wheel, constantly working to pay for their “fixes” that never really seem to fix anything.

An unprecedented number of “fixes” have been put into place since January 20, 2009. The “fixes” aren’t working and weren’t intended to work. The intention is control.

You use conservatism in your life every day, when you decide whether you can or can’t do something that might affect what you know you need to do; for yourself, your family, your job (if you still have one), for your community. Isn’t it time we expected the same of the people elected to represent us?

Vote David Hall for Congress this November. Let’s send Washington the message that they work for us, not the other way around.


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