Today is the first day of early voting on the referendum to make Nashville “English-only.”
Here’s something that y’all may not know. English is already the official language of Tennessee.
I’ve been thinking some about this tendency in Tennessee–to make things double and triple illegal. Like gay marriage. It’s now, I believe, triple illegal, but I’ve no doubt we’ll find some way to make it even more illegal.
Or abortion. We’re going to actually pass a piece of legislation this year that would change our constitution in the event that Roe v. Wade is overturned. Never mind that folks on every side of the abortion debate have changed strategies from watching for the overturning of Roe v. Wade to monitoring efforts to chip away at abortion rights, our state is wasting time and effort making sure that, if some hypothetical thing were to maybe happen, our law would be ready.
And I don’t blame voters for being fooled by this. Lord knows that if I didn’t read as much as I did–so that it slowly sank in that they really are going to yet again pass another law that covers the same damn ground–I would assume those laws were necessary, that there mush be some reason, maybe an unforseen loophole, as to why they need this exact piece of legislation.
But, I think, the truth is that they have no ideas for how to fix the state and so they need these kinds of smokescreen pieces of legislation that get everyone all riled up.
I mean, just think about this for a moment–if English is the official language of Tennessee, why do we need legislation that makes English the official language of Nashville? Isn’t Nashville in Tennessee?
So, why is Crafton spending money, most of it your taxpayer money, to do something that’s already been done? Does he have no new ideas?