Who Will Be the East Tennessee Torquemada?

Y’all, the Conservative Soap Opera has exploded into incredible ugliness.

I have a two-fold guess as to what the problem is.  1. I don’t think East Tennessee conservative bloggers are very familiar with the U.S. Constitution nor with how representative government works.  They seem to believe that it is elected officials’ jobs to run around imposing morality on us evil folks and punishing political opponents who step out of line, but when anyone who complains about having morality imposed on them or being punished, they immediately retreat to the “Well, he’s not your Rep.  Who are you to complain about the laws he tries to pass?”  With a straight face, y’all, they say that will a straight face, like a politician can try to pass whatever laws he wants that might affect you in whatever negative way but you can’t complain because he’s representing your district.  I’m sorry.  That makes me laugh so hard, I just about can’t stand it.  2.  Well, it’s not really a second point, so much as a slight illumination of a facet of my first point.  David Oatney says to Coble, “I am glad you are a devout Christian. I hope this devotion is a prayerful one that leads to the changes in worldview that a true conversion experience inevitably brings about.”  Y’all, I’m sorry.  This had me crying I’m laughing so hard.  Katherine Coble, who has done more than just about anyone I can think of here in Nashville to convince pagan and atheist Lefties that a Conservative, Pro-Life, Christian woman has a voice and a point of view worth considering and taking to heart, is having her religious conviction questioned by a man who is in that thread such a bad example of what Christianity is I felt actual relief knowing that there’s no chance I will share eternity with him?  Hilarious.

I’m sorry.  Hi-larious.

I’d be on the floor laughing about it, except that just when I’m ready to give myself over to a full-throated guffaw, I remember that they actually have access to folks in the halls of power and that tends to sober me right back up.

17 thoughts on “Who Will Be the East Tennessee Torquemada?

  1. Pingback: Nashville is Talking » Funny Thing Is He Ain’t Their Rep Either

  2. “Well, he’s not your Rep. Who are you to complain about the laws he tries to pass?” With a straight face, y’all, they say that will a straight face, like a politician can try to pass whatever laws he wants that might affect you in whatever negative way but you can’t complain because he’s representing your district.

    If the State of Tennessee’s constitution is changed so that all of Campfield’s insane bills he tries to get passed ONLY affect constituents in HIS district if they get passed – great. Go for it.

    Until that day (which will never come), that aspect of their argument is not only ridiculous but completely WRONG.

    Of course, having also seen how he responds to some of his VERY OWN constituents – well, you know.

  3. Kind of off subject, but regarding your point about not complaining about legislators representing other districts. I’ve had state legislators tell me the same thing themselves (by actually responding to me and tell me thus). They’ll be in committees voting on matters that affect the entire state, but I can’t write them and ask them to support certain pieces of legislation because they don’t accept letters or emails from those that aren’t in their district.

    As to your other points…I haven’t been paying attention. But I’m willing to bet that it revolves around your hatred of America and freedom. :P

  4. I am very glad to know that the pagan and atheist lefties consider me worthwhile. ;-p

    just when I’m ready to give myself over to a full-throated guffaw, I remember that they actually have access to folks in the halls of power and that tends to sober me right back up.

    That’s what scares me. Over at VV, Oatney is talking about how he’s so very keyed into local government. He apparently wields some sort of influence out of sheer persistence. And that’s what I find frightening.

  5. Alternately, Kat, Oatney might just imagine himself powerful and well-connected. Just as he imagines himself the Voice of Conservative Christian Orthodoxy. Or like he imagines Campfield an effective politician.

  6. If he’s talking Knox County local government, if he’s all that much aligned with Campfield, then he’s not as connected as he may think he is.

  7. Look, since orthodox Catholicism is obviously the only way to go, I just want to know what happens to all the unbaptized babies now that the Vatican has done an “investigation” on “limbo.” I mean, were the babies in limbo and have now been relocated all at once? How’d that work? Did someone come in and say “Whoops, our bad! All right kids, pack your things, we’re heading upstairs!” Do they have to pack for them ’cause they’re babies? And can you imagine the way limbo must stink now with all that baby poop everywhere? It will never sell at market. There’s going to be a hell of a maintenance and landscaping allowance there, I’ll tell you that.

  8. Oh, was it just the babies that got out of limbo? I thought it was decreed that limbo never existed. I’m expecting the pope to travel to the Caribbean to explain how that is/was.

  9. Might have been everybody, I don’t know. But if it doesn’t exist, well, that’s really going to put the pinch on selling surrounding properites.

  10. Not the Diet of Worms? Sorry, but the Diet of Worms is, like, the best name for an historical event ever.

  11. Only if you say it wrong. No, the Diet of Worms decided that you can make grandstanding speeches (“Here I stand…”) and get away with it if you are protected by the Duke of Saxony.

  12. Indeed, you have to say it wrong to make it work. But it’s still awesome. Come on–“Diet of Worms” “Diet of Worms” “Diet of Worms” I just can’t get enough. It was the only thing that made AP European History interesting.

  13. Teacher was adequate. Can’t blame him. I guess it was more that, at 18 years old and in my senior year in high school, it just wasn’t something I could really get into. Seemed then as pointless as Trig. I regret it now, though. Wish I’d paid more attention.

    Diet of Worms!

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