Republicans, how are you going to make Tennessee better? How do you intend to use these three planks to benefit the people of the state of Tennessee? How will your 3G platform provide economic development and jobs to the thousands of Tennesseans who are either out of work or underemployed? How will the platform you ran on ensure that Tennesseans are safe in their homes from the predatory lending practices that have contributed to these unstable economic times? What will your platform do to educate our children, not only for the jobs of the 21st Century, but a job market that is contracting? An increase in violent crime almost always follows uncertain economic times, what does your 3g platform do to keep our communities safe? Seriously, I want to know.
And, I, too, have been wondering about that. I keep having these half-formed thoughts, about the ways in which the Republicans seem to be behaving like it’s the middle ages and they are all knights of the round table. And then there’s all the “Judas” talk and the poignant, “But Mumpower brought his family Bible” stuff, and then the preaching in the Statehouse and the bizarre inability of the Republicans to anticipate what seem to be pretty par-for-the-course political shenanigans and the mourning for the Belmont kids who don’t have the cushy political jobs they thought they had and, suddenly, it’s like there’s enough dots to connect to make the outline of a picture.
And I think that the picture looks like this–1. The Republicans are on the side of God; 2. The Republicans are willing to advance what they believe is God’s agenda; and, therefore, 3. if they are able to advance God’s agenda far enough, God will take care of the rest. Jesus, my friend, will fix the state, if only we are willing to let the Republicans enact Jesus’ will.
I know it sounds ridiculous on the surface, but give it a moment to sink in. Once you’ve decided that God will take care of you, if only you really really committ to him, then proving your committment becomes tantimount. God doesn’t like gay marriage? Then it doesn’t matter if it’s already illegal in the state, you’re going to continue to make it illegal until it appeases God. Federal laws prevent you from outlawing abortion? It doesn’t matter. We want God to help us, so we’ve got to show Him we’re committed to his will. (I’m not sure how guns figure into it, so I won’t speculate.)
I think it doesn’t matter tha these things won’t do anything to help the State, because I think they believe that the State will get help from God when God has decided that we deserve it. And the fact that these things aren’t resolving themselves is only proof–not of failed tax policies, not of failed governmental policies, not of anything secular at all–that we have not yet pleased God enough to fix our problems.