Letters to the Editor

The Hi-Tone, the Voting Rights Act, and Senator Mae Beaver and guns. Of course.

| March 07, 2013
- Justin Fox Burks

Elegy for the Hi-Tone
Three years ago, I met my wife at the Hi-Tone Café ("Last Night at the Hi-Tone," February 28th issue). It was a concert by Dan Deacon, an indie electronic pop DJ, and 90 percent of the crowd were high school teenagers. Deacon plays games with the audience: You roll on the floor, you high-five everyone around you, you run outside, then back inside. I turned to my future wife and said: "We look like camp counselors." Then, because I thought she was pretty, I made sure to dance, a thing I hadn't done in years, so she would think I was fun. (I'm not, joke's on her.)

We've been married for a year, and we're expecting a baby in May. It's funny how life works. How quickly it moves from one arrangement to another, sometimes smoothly, sometimes frantically. The Hi-Tone isn't my favorite venue in town. I feel more comfortable at the P&H. I've seen much better music at Young Avenue Deli, but the Hi-Tone will always be "the place where I met my wife."

The world opened a portal for me, so short. I took advantage. I can't hardly remember my previous life. How painful to reminisce! You look at these choices, these chance occurrences, life so contingent. These are the faint signals by which life is guided.

Manny Karkowsky

A Sad Day
It will be a very sad day for half the citizens of our country if our right-wing Supreme Court votes to take the power of enforcement out of the Voting Rights Act. As recently as the last election, the Republicans made it very clear that they have no use whatsoever for fully 47 percent of the American public. They tried every dirty trick imaginable to disenfranchise millions of voters.

If the court guts the Voting Rights Act, it will be as if the moldering body of Jim Crow has been reanimated and let loose like a devouring zombie to prey upon not only African Americans but also Hispanics and our poor and elderly.

Jim Brasfield

Unconstitutional Laws?
I attended a meeting of the state Senate judiciary committee on February 27th. I think I'm still in shock. I was very interested in Senator Mae Beavers' Senate Bill 250. This bill would make it a crime (was amended from second-class felony to a misdemeanor) in Tennessee to enforce (unconstitutional) laws against our 2nd Amendment. You might think it would be a slam dunk for a Republican super-majority. Not so.

I listened to at least 90 minutes of argument and testimony. There are nine members of the committee and with Senator Ophelia Ford absent, the vote ended in a tie at 4 to 4, so the bill stays in committee and will be brought back up for another vote. It is very unlikely that Ford will vote for this bill.

It is impossible to overstate the importance of this bill. It answers the question, "Will our state government protect us from a runaway, out-of-control federal government usurping unconstitutional power?" The answer is almost certainly going to be no.

The four senators who voted against the bill took the position that it is unconstitutional for a state to oppose unconstitutional federal law. Their opinion is that "the supremacy clause in the Constitution overrides the 10th Amendment." If the supremacy clause overrides the 10th Amendment, it overrides all 27 constitutional amendments, in which case our federal government, using the supremacy clause, could nullify our Bill of Rights.

What is important to learn from the actions of the Senate judiciary committee is that our state government under Bill Haslam is not going to protect us from unconstitutional federal law.

I believe Governor Haslam has flagged this bill and has his sights set on Washington and does not want to make a stand against federal usurpation of unconstitutional power. To keep our constitutional republic, it is essential that citizens involve themselves in our government.

David Nance
Huntington, Tennessee


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Get used to it Jimmy, boy! The Zombies are coming and there ain't nuthin' you can do about it.....uhhh, except whine!

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Posted by Crazyreb on 03/08/2013 at 8:35 AM

Mr. Nance

It is unfortunate that Ophelia Ford was not there. If she was it would have been a much more rememberable 90 minutes.
I personally wish they would make a 4 dvd set of her glorious speeches in the Senate. It would go a long way to lowering our debt. All I can say is better luck next time you go, that she will be present in mind and body, no strike the mind part, to make your visit better.

Posted by clarion on 03/10/2013 at 8:31 AM

Glorious speeches is a bit of a stretch, maybe semi-coherent ramblings would be more apropo, or in Miss O's own words, less "dummmmb."

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Posted by mad_merc on 03/10/2013 at 6:29 PM

I look forward to the coming split of the Republican Party. They have become RINO/Democrats in Tennessee as well as in the U.S. Congress and while the Party strength will be diminished for a while, at least there will be a clear cut distinction between Party lines and what a voting citizen can expect from his representatives of BOTH Congresses.

It has become a real unpleasant experience to watch the RIGHTS being corrupted and trampled by those same “progressive” RINOs and the progressive Democrats hoping to eliminate what independence remain in this country for the gain of government. Mae Beavers seems to be a minority of the Senate that TRULY holds the idea of State sovereignty and citizen control of government as a valid idea.

The Governor, Lt. Governor and all Tennessee Republican leaders are more interested in remaining “lockstep” with the federal fascist of Washington as well as the corporate fascist of the business community with their cultural Marxism display of authority.

A guiding State Constitution was a GOOD idea while it lasted but the greed and irresponsible acts of self centered politicians will eventually rule because the ever present Marxist corruption of government sponsored education is a very powerful guide for weak willed individuals that follow the free money for the ride they get.

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