Updated and bumped: I’ve been informed that there is another candidate for TN-05 whose name is David Hall. Please follow the link made from his name and check him out.
In spite of its passage over the protests of the majority of Americans, the health care debate rages on in the states. The number of states challenging the legislation as unConstitutional now number 18. Tennessee isn’t one of them. In spite of Democratic Governor Phil Bredesen’s objections, Tennessee’s Attorney General Bob Cooper is questioning the constitutionality of the Health Freedom Act instead.
Cooper wrote in a legal opinion released Tuesday that the proposed “Health Freedom Act” sponsored by Republican Rep. Mike Bell of Riceville would likely be pre-empted by federal law, and that a requirement for the attorney general to mount a legal defense for the measure could violate separation of powers provisions in the state constitution.
His official opinion is here.
While not brothers, though I admit I haven’t looked very hard for a familial connection between our AG Cooper and our Representative Cooper, there are connections. For instance, the law firm for which the Attorney General once worked was among Representative Cooper’s highest donors coming in just under Caterpillar by $250. Another little tidbit is they’re both adjunct professors at Vanderbilt which was covered here for Rep. Cooper.
The Attorney General is also a native of Chattanooga, TN which is where Representative Jim Cooper first entered politics at the national level, TN district 04. Attorney General Cooper’s father was also a State Supreme Court Justice. Given Rep. Cooper’s positions on issues, a state attorney general with a working relationship connection to said representative as well as a same last name, one has to question just who is in charge of the state of Tennessee. Representative Cooper also has a brother whose claim to fame is this: Tax Informants Are On The Loose. Perhaps we should be changing the name of the state to Cooper rather than Tennessee.
Other states are hiring attorneys to fight the healthcare legislation. Should Tennessee follow suit by hiring an outside attorney?
Given Representative Cooper’s support for the legislation in spite of his Governor’s and Tennesseans’ objections and the Attorney General’s possibly questionable connections to said representative our choices look bleak. Meanwhile, said representative’s brother is advocating a tax informant program that smacks of communist regimes that rewards said informants.
“They” do say all politics are local.
Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey who is campaigning for Governor to replace Bredesen had this to say about the AG’s position:
Because the attorney general is appointed by the state Supreme Court, not the legislature or governor, Ramsey agreed that lawmakers cannot force Cooper to change his mind. But Ramsey said he hoped to find a lawyer who would represent the state free of charge if Cooper does not change his mind.
“That’s the reason that I’m passing this resolution, to make a statement that the General Assembly — both the House and the Senate when this passes both — wants (Cooper) to do that,” he said. “If he refuses to do that, then we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.”
November is just seven months away. We can work for regime change in Tennessee as much as at the national level. We need new blood rather than entrenched politicians at all levels of government. Tennessee deserves better than this. Perhaps, TN-05 is ready for a Republican representative for the district considering there hasn’t been one since 1875.
Here is a list of Republican candidates for TN-05:
Michael Barbuto (No website)
Brendan Finucane Jr. (No website)
Robert Schwartz (No website)
Al Strauss (No website)
If you live in other districts in Tennessee and would like to know about Republican candidates in your area you can look them up from this link: http://www.politics1.com/tn.htm.
Over the next few weeks/months the plan is to highlight each of those candidates in separate articles. Mr. Miranda is the first and only one to date who answered questions I submitted to be included in the write up. It’s a nice set of questions to have answered but, if necessary, I’ll work without them. In the process of writing this post, the title for those articles is all wrong considering there are twelve candidates versus the five previously thought.
Incidentally, I voted for Kumar in ’08 though knowledge of him was sketchy. Desperation to rid the district of Cooper can lead one to commit such actions on faith rather than actual knowledge. That is NOT an endorsement. As I research these candidates, I’m looking for whom I will endorse as much as any of you Republican Tennessean readers. This election, one is hopeful that we will be better informed and better armed to make better choices.
Surely we can do better than a career politician like Jim Cooper who moved from one district in Tennessee to another, making claims of being a Blue Dog (conservative) Democrat while voting in legislation entailing massive spending, massive tax hikes, and massive deficits.
What’s more he voted for a bill of which he had little to no knowledge of its content. Nor did anyone else except for the authors.
How’s that hope and change working out for you? If you’ve had enough, please consider making a real change in Tennessee instead of voting in the same or similar players, ad infinitum.
While Christmas is some time off as yet, yes, there is something to be cheerful about.
The invisible crown will not sit lightly on the president-elect. There is already some buyer’s remorse making the rounds in the MSM. I’m sure it’s just CYA more than remorse. Many of these thoughts could have/should have happened during the finally ended election.
The core problem is Obama, himself. He ran a great campaign, true, but in the speeches, the lofty rhetoric, the glitz and glamor, he promised to be “all things to all people.” His was a diverse coalition, made up of various groups, who all want different things. They will have profoundly competing ideas about what a President Obama should do.
Unfortunately, for him, the nation is still more conservative than liberal. Proposition 8 in California was shot down by the same people who voted for Obama. The success of the ballot has sparked a lot of rage on the left.
What of the MoveOn.org and DailyKos crowds? They played a huge part in getting him elected and they have certain expectations, many of which will run counter to what the nation as a whole wants. If he pleases the hefty lefties, he’s alienates the rest of the nation. However, if he doesn’t please them, the same machine they rolled out in support of him, will later be rolled out against him.
In his first speech addressing the nation, referring to the economic crisis:
“It is not going to be easy for us to dig ourselves out of the hole that we are in,” Obama said at his first news conference since winning the presidency on Tuesday.
I find that rather laughable in terms of the electorate. I remember another President saying something similar in reference to the war on terror due to crises he inherited from the previous president. 9/11/01 was five years in the planning which means “on Clinton’s watch” along with “bad intelligence” on Iraq, which also stemmed from the Clinton administration.
Given what happened to the current president, the “buyer’s remorse”/CYA of the MSM media, no, I don’t think that invisible crown is going to sit lightly on Obama’s brow. The majority electorate seems to be stricken with “I want it and I want it now!” Sorry, guys, it’s just not going to happen and the irony is: Obama knows it now; what he has gotten himself into, and isn’t quite sure what to do about it. On election night, the look on his face as he realized the job is more than trappings and status, says it all. For somebody who just won the highest honor that Americans can give, he doesn’t look all that happy about it, does he?
Not to mention the laundry list of abuses Pelosi, Reid, et al. are waiting to heap upon an… I would say unsuspecting but I believe they’re beginning to suspect now… electorate.
Investors Business Daily Editorials seems to agree with me.
Is it time to say “Merry Christmas?” While it certainly looks dim right now, there are things to smile about. Had McCain won, we’d still be fighting for the conservative right to find a place in the “new politics”/new tone. Now, we have two to four years to reach out and present our message in a way that is easier for the average American to understand rather than the lofty terms that have been used thus far to define it. Those terms are meaningless to this generation, not to ignore how they are wrongly defined by the left.
So let’s get to work on ’10 and ’12, shall we?