Wait? Why Was Smith on that Commission to Begin With?

I swear, sometimes this state makes me laugh so hard.  You may remember Robin Smith, who is Bill Hobbs’s boss over at the TNGOP, and who has been very public in her support of Hobbs’s efforts to inform the whole world that Tennessee is a state that hates Muslims and likes to pick on women.

Well, it turns out that there’s a petition to get her off the Governor’s…

oh god…

Hold on a second.  I have to compose myself.

Okay, let’s try again.

You can sign a petition to get her off the Human Rights Commission.

What in the world is Smith doing on the Human Righs Commission in the first place?!

Why would she have been asked?  Why would she have accepted?  Is this a case of keeping your friends close and your enemies closer?  Is the Democratic party in this state so screwed up that they’d not recognize a spy in their midst?

I mean, it’s like putting me on the Republican Welcoming Committee.

Ha, ha.  Is there such a thing?  Because the governor should totally appoint me to that.

3 thoughts on “Wait? Why Was Smith on that Commission to Begin With?

  1. Good morning, B. Good luck with the housing hunt; I believe you’ll find something that you can make your own.

    Regarding this here post, though, it calls to mind something you wrote about a little while ago. You expressed an idea that I mostly agreed with. I think there is a flip side to that idea, and you are seeing that flip side play out with the Democrats of Tennessee.

    With a few notable exceptions, Democrats nationwide aren’t interested in a substantial change to the status quo. They are interested in getting elected and holding on to power, just like the Republicans are. And Democrats getting elected has increasingly come to depend upon them being perceived as not-Republicans. It’s been a reliable draw for a large portion of the negro vote (seeing as most negroes know on which side the Republican bread is buttered), and it has ensnared much of the self-identified liberal and progressive vote, among others.

    But we the people have let the whole thing slide so far to the hellish depths of the right that most Democrats don’t even have to try hard anymore to get our vote. Most of them can rattle the imperial sabers, preach the virtues of global economic feudalism, denigrate the poor, and light cigars with hundred dollar bills right in our faces; because they know that a large portion of us are so thoroughly disgusted with the recent excesses of the Republicans and will vote Democratic because we give ourselves no other choice.

    I say fuck them all. Instead of enslaving myself to the two-party scam, I’m going to invest my vote for the best available candidate for any office. Be they Dem, Green, or whatever.

    We can’t depend on our corporate-owned government to reform itself. But it helps to remember that violent revolution isn’t necessary, since the two-party system is not prescribed by the Constitution.

    Whenever we decide to grow up as an electorate, we’ll get the mature democracy* that we deserve. Of course, another option is to keep sucking our thumbs and clutching our safe illusions. I think I see where that’s heading, and it doesn’t look good.

    *Notice I didn’t say perfect democracy, as no such thing exists.

  2. ha, ha, CS, good joke. we’ll get a mature democracy when we get rid of the winner-take-all, single-representative district voting system that sticks us with a maximum of two political parties, not before.

    two political parties is just not enough for a country of any size. there’s enough people that the voters don’t all split neatly into just two camps; philosophically and politically, any real population will split into more groups than that. as a rough guess, i’d say the USA needs at least five parties. the rumps of the existing two; one “progressive” party that’d be the socialists of any other country; a libertarian spin-off; and a “christian democrat” theocratic party. maybe a couple of stragglers on top of those.

    politics needs many parties so that parties can afford to stand firm on their platforms. with only two parties, they each have to appeal to too many people and spread their appeal out too thinly; neither of them can keep any principles other than “steal votes away from the other bastards”. that leaves the voters with nothing to vote for, there can be no “there” in such a system.

    government needs many parties so that compromises can be made in the open, in the legislature. as it is, each individual party is in effect a coalition government — only the coalition-building with its inherent horse trades gets done in back rooms away from scrutiny, and so we’re never really sure how sturdy the coalitions are. plus there’s two of them, for no apparent reason whatever. all of that needs to be done when the elected representatives form coalitions between the parties that got elected to government, and done once, in full view of C-SPAN’s cameras.

    anyway, that’s my wish for a government to vote for, now that i can actually vote here. anybody think for a moment i’ll ever get it…?

  3. I mean, it’s like putting me on the Republican Welcoming Committee.

    Ha, ha. Is there such a thing?

    There is. They just didn’t call you.

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