As reported by the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Tennessee Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, a Tea Party conservative, is doing his best to keep our state a national laughingstock.
Fleischmann’s smug mug on his Wikipedia page reminds me of George W. Bush, while his equally atrocious mangling of the English language makes me wonder if they might have the same Neanderthals in their bloodlines.
I say this because Fleischmann recently sent President Obama an embarrassing “postcard” regarding his Chattanooga visit. The “postcard” was delivered to the media, but was addressed to the president. It said, and I quote, with my suggested revisions in brackets:
Welcome to beautiful Chattanooga. We appreciate [that] you are in town, celebriting [celebrating] the businesses that have come to Tennessee thanks to our low regulation [business-friendly regulations], low taxes, and right to work policies. While [you are] here, I invite you to visist [visit] a few historial [historical and] natural attractions like [such as] Ruby Falls, a true Chattanooga treasure. However, Obamacare is making it difficult to maintain or [and] grow businesses [is Ruby Falls a “business” and can it “grow”?] of this size. Even though Tennessee’s strong leadership has put us in a better position than most [states,] we’re not immune to the burdens this policy is placing on Americans across the country.
I am amazed that Fleischmann managed to spell his own name correctly. The “postcard” was addressed to the president at “1600 Pensylvannia [sic] Avenue.”
I suspect that the only A grades earned honestly by Fleischmann were the ones granted him by gun-happy special interest groups for supporting legislation which he described, in his Yoda-like language, as allowing “licensed firearm owners to carry out their God-given right more freely” because “the right to carry a firearm is a right that allows law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and is crucial to the freedom of our country.”
Fleischmann’s first vote in office was a “yea” on a 2011 motion to repeal Obamacare.
In November 2011, Fleischmann filed a bill of his own called the “Stop Green Initiative Abuse Act of 2011.” It would repeal the Department of Energy’s “Weatherization Assistance Program,” which helps low-income families reduce their energy consumption and bills by adding energy-efficient caulking and insulation to their homes.
Fleischmann also voted for a bill that encourages the display of “In God We Trust” in public buildings and schools.
It would be nice if Fleischmann was as avid about education and good writing as he is about guns, “god” and energy guzzling. As the Chattanooga Times article pointed out, fewer than half the Hamilton County students in grades three through eight are able to read at their grade level, according to standardized test results.
Like George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry and other Tea Party politicians, Fleischmann somehow managed to become a political mover and shaker without knowing how to write grammatically and logically correct sentences. While it’s obviously terrible that so many Tennessee grade schoolers are below average, education-wise, at least they’re not trying to run the country. I’m afraid the only place someone like Fleischmann can run the country is further into the ground.
Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com.