A Crusader’s View – 4.06.10
Posted: Friday, April 9, 2010 12:25 pm
By: Jeremy Thayer, Guest Columnist
“Secret ballot or secret payoff?!?!”
Hello once again! This week I have been given a disheartening subject to say the least. For the last two weeks, the theme for my column has been the colossus called “Obamacare.”
I am very thankful for all of the positive e-mails that I have received in solidarity on my side of things concerning the governmental regulation of our health.
This is certainly a refreshing change from all of the hate mail I received last summer when I made a couple of illusions comparing President Obama to Adolph Hitler.
It’s a year later and I still haven’t changed my mind.
But, I believe many other people’s minds have changed. People all around us are waking up as to what is happening in our governmental bodies and powers.
To get into this week’s subject, one such “awakened one” comes from an unlisted source printed in the Paris Post-intelligencer last week under heading of “Pure politics rule against disclosure.”
This tipster wrote about a recent series of Tennesee House election committee votes for “Campaigns and Campaign Finance by Corporations” that were disturbing and sadly, in this day and time, expected.
When I was first given the subject for this week’s column and a text of the Paris editorial, I honestly thought it was just a ‘troll’ blowing off steam or an ‘April fool’s joke.’
In light of Washington’s turmoil, I didn’t want to believe that our state legislature could be showing signs of vast corruption.
And then I did some research. On March 30, there were several landmark votes made in the Tennessee State House Elections subcommittee.
Here is from the summary listings of one of those votes:
• “HB 3587
Campaigns and Campaign Finance – As introduced, requires corporations to file statement of contributions and expenditures when using corporate funds to aid in either the election or defeat of a candidate; requires corporation to disclose such corporation paid for public communication when it expressly advocates the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate. – Amends TCA Title 2, Chapter 10 and Title 2, Chapter 19.
And, it continues, “This bill requires any corporation using corporate funds to make expenditures on any broadcast, print or Internet public communication that expressly advocates the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate for office to clearly state the following message on any such public communication:
‘THIS COMMUNICATION WAS PAID FOR BY _____ (fill in name) CORPORATION USING CORPORATE FUNDS’ in a reasonable color and font size.”
It sounds fair and needed, doesn’t it? Who doesn’t want to know what people or corporations a candidate is associated with? Although, people forgot to check with our current prez, go figure.
To make a long story short, it was shafted with a vote of 3 to 3!
This bill, and all of the needed stipulations to prevent “corporate controlled and backed candidates without public disclosure” like from a bad apocalyptic Sci-Fi movie, were rejected by our State House.
It would allegedly seem that someone in this grand state of Tennessee likes the sound of corporate loot stuffed in their pocket and not telling anyone.
During this same session, there were many other seemingly needed bits of legislation like this:
• “HB 3065
Election Laws – As introduced, prohibits the spending of public funds on the support or opposition of any referendum.”
Imagine if you will, an incumbent senator, governor or other state ‘big-wig,’ actually having to use their own hard-earned money to win an election.
I’m not saying that it doesn’t happen, but the thought of it almost makes me believe in unicorns and leprechauns.
This bill would have actually prevented using tax-payer funds so our elected can keep their job while so many are on the unemployment line!
And, if you didn’t already know, this piece of legislation was also quickly voted down!
Also, this small bit of law would have also prevented using public funds to further an agenda filled with biased propaganda such as (sarcasm alert) ‘Albert’s global warming fiesta’ or Michelle Obama’s agenda of denying salt and other condiments to school children because it might make them use “Obamacare” a little quicker.
Too bad our legislature voted this down. It would have meant less political ads and PSA’s during American Idol and Survivor.
In closing, after all of my research about this upsetting bit of news, I must say that this is not surprising.
Even in ‘Bible-belted’ Tennessee, it would seem that a politician is still a politician, regardless of how many lies they tell.
Honesty and fair trade in 2010 are becoming endangered species.
We should have the right to full disclosure of ‘Corporate-backed candidates.’
But, someone or several someones, who work atop our State hill don’t want us to know who’s feeding who.
Many would say, in the derogatory, “THEY elected them!” But, to be more accurate the phrase should be “WE keep them elected!”
Until we, as a voting public, break the cycle of falling victim to the political shine and smooth personas, we will continue to see change for the worse, even in Tennessee.
I would hate to one day wake up and find out that “The Volunteer State” was radically changed into the “I will Volunteer your vote state.”
John 7:24 (KJV) Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
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