Burch: ‘Wild Bill’ Haslam leads Lightless Brigade

Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 10:05pm
By Michael R. Burch

Tennessee Republicans seem to have three clear-cut goals.

They are: Make Tennessee the laughingstock of the nation and the butt of every late-night comedian’s ridicule; kowtow to every whim of the GOP’s patrons and benefactors — the super-rich, big business and every special interest group with a few loose bucks to spare for bribes (euphemistically called “campaign contributions”); and strip ordinary Tennesseans of their constitutional rights, including freedom of speech, dissent and peaceful assembly, while consigning them to the poorhouse.

Unfortunately, certain ruthless Tennessee Republicans seem to be very, very good at their jobs. Thanks to them we can now carry concealed, loaded weapons into bars and parks, but we can’t have a lawful, peaceful assembly within eyesight of Capitol Hill.

Leading the charge of the Lightless Brigade is Tennessee Gov. “Wild Bill” Haslam, who just sent 75 armed state troopers to deny 29 Occupy Nashville protestors their oh-so-clearly enunciated constitutional rights. Has Haslam read the Constitution, which according to most Republicans is the Bible, Holy Grail and Nirvana, all rolled into one?

If Wild Bill was able and inclined to read, he would know that the U.S. Supreme Court recently affirmed the Westboro Baptist Church wackos’ rights to protest at the funerals of soldiers who died serving their country. Does it make any sense whatsoever to grant lunatics freedom of assembly and speech, only to deny sane demonstrators the right to protest the actions of rich robber barons and their political lackeys?

But Wild Bill obviously knows which side his bread is buttered on and who provides the rich cream. After all, his first act upon taking office was an executive order eliminating the requirement for the governor and his top aides to disclose how much money they make.

Who, exactly, is Wild Bill trying to “protect,” I wonder? Is he trying to protect us, the commoners, from our own kind, or is he trying to shield his rich, advantaged eyes and those of his patrons from people they regard as riffraff and eyesores? I think it’s obvious that the latter is the case. Republicans who tout themselves “as Bible-believing Christians” have ignored every injunction of Jesus Christ, the apostles and Hebrew prophets for the rich to help the poor, rather than taking advantage of and oppressing them.

Ironically, conservative Christians who claim not to believe in evolution are practicing Darwinian government, under which the strong thrive by preying on the weak, the way sharks prey on baby seals. But Republicans don’t like to see the messy results of their predation, so they prefer for their victims to be out of sight, out of mind.

If we care about our fellow citizens and our own rights, we should tell Wild Bill to call off his hired guns or retire into an early sunset.

14 Comments on this post:

By: BenDover on 11/4/11 at 12:30

Free market capitalism has been the engine that has served to create a society where poverty is characterized by Obesity you moron. Look around... you're in America... you are the 1%.

By: dargent7 on 11/4/11 at 2:34

This just in: 7 out of 10 Republicans say Herman Cain's sexual harrassment allegations, "Don't matter".
This from the "Family Values", Group, Inc.
Larry Craig does a "dance" in a Men's Room and vocally derides against gays, and Mark Foley who chases his male pages around the desk, and William Bennett has a $5. million gambling debt, and the idiot from SC who had to visit his 'soul mate" from Brazil.
Being a Republican is a mental disorder.

By: yogiman on 11/4/11 at 3:12


I'll have to admit, you and Mike are two of the best known democraps...., I'm sorry, I meant demonocraps...., I'm sorry, one more time. You are two of the best known dumbocrats on this site. Or should I post you as democraptic acceptocrats?

Its funny that something that is SUPPOSED to have happened 12 years ago makes Herman Cain look like he's no damn good for that office.

Tell me, why was it so acceptable for Billy Boy to lie about his little routine episode with that young women in OUR Oval Office? Because he was in that office as a democrat? Just wondering, what would have been the question if Billy Boy was a republican?

But then, by your ways of thinking, its okay for a democrat to be that kind of person, but a republican shouldn't.

By: BenDover on 11/4/11 at 4:01

"Kiss it."

Bill Clinton

By: serr8d on 11/4/11 at 4:38

The mistake Haslam made was trying to enforce a law that wasn't on the books long enough. Richmond had no problems dislodging their dirty socialists; in fact, 9 were arrested and their mangy goods bulldozed into waiting dump trucks for proper disposal. No one had grounds to complain: overnight camping had been prohibited by existing law.

These Owwie morons are taking advantage of all Tennesseans. Who knew that people could camp overnight in Legislative Plaza? Strap a sign around your neck, you won't have to rent a campsite anywhere else! Wait until we tell all the Fan Fairies next summer!

A possible 'protest sign' for Fan Fairies who desire to camp on Legislative Plaza for free during Fan Fair:

"Johnny Horton to the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME!"

(He isn't because he was a lady's man who chased important Country Music artist's and executive's wife tail; including the wife of Hank Williams Sr., and various other 1% 'ers in the Country Music Oligarchy that existed in the late '50's. Truth! He's been blacklisted ever since from rightful membership, and he's a better singer with the best voice EVAH!, better than 99% of the goobers ensconced in the Hall of Fame right now!)


By: govskeptic on 11/4/11 at 5:50

All this info is repetitive, lazy, mostly prejudice rising to a boiling point. One
clique after another concerning both Republicans and Believers! In fact,
it's extremely close to being no different than the daily rants from our upstate
New Yorker (Loner) with the same rings! I am wondering if the mission
you are on Mike is for the DNC, the Tenn Party, or some PR Firm representing
the President's re-election efforts?

By: yogiman on 11/4/11 at 6:40

If they're a democrat, he's for them, govskeptic. Legal or not.

Correct me if I'm wrong; Haslam didn't "attack" those "protester" for protesting, he stopped them from making the Legislative Plaza a dump site.

Just wondering, what would have been Mike's response if Haslam was a democrat? A "slightly" different article, perhaps?

By: Mike Burch on 11/4/11 at 7:36

It's not that I am wildly in favor of Democratic politicians, many of whom are warmongers, blindly support Israel, want to bomb Iran and probably start World War III, etc.

However, if I have to choose between Republicans who have gone totally insane, and Democrats who still retain shreds of intelligence, it makes sense to point out the GOP's insanity and hope that enough voters wise up to kick them out of office.

To understand how deep into an abyss the GOP has fallen, all one has to do is take a close look at its "stars" ... GWB, Palin, Bachmann, Perry, Cain, Trump, et al. What do they have in common? Voodoo religion, voodoo economics, and sheer stupidity. Romney might seem somewhat better, but he has shifted from more enlightened views to stone age views, obviously because he can't get elected without bowing down to the religious fanatics who now run the Republican show.

The GOP is the Dunciad and Keystone Kops of politics. I'm not thrilled with most of the Democrats, but at least they're not all complete and utter morons.


By: dargent7 on 11/5/11 at 6:31

BendO: Clinton was an amateur.
I alway prefer the more appropriate: " suck it".

By: serr8d on 11/5/11 at 7:27

Mike Burch...

It's not that I am wildly in favor of Democratic politicians, many of whom are warmongers, blindly support Israel, want to bomb Iran and probably start World War III, etc.

...thus exposes himself as a far-Left demagogue, one of the fewest of the few, of the bitter sorts who hate any person's expression of religion and would likely outlaw Christianity and Judaism (and submit to Sharia Law, just to spite the other two). And who favors leaving our nation weak and unprepared for attacks; rather, he'd allot all the money used for defense to support wretched moochers and underpaid artists and poets (like himself).

Keep digging, Mike.

You are so Nashville City Paper when you say...

Voodoo religion ... stone age views ... religious fanatics...

That's the venom that drives people away from the far-Left, Mike. And, advertisers away from the hand that feeds you.

Keep it coming! I like it when you expose yourself for all to see!

By: yogiman on 11/5/11 at 7:41

He's taken his mask off, serr8d. He's now walking around bare assed

By: Loner on 11/6/11 at 5:08

I was on the road last week and missed this board; but I'll comment now, for the record.

First of, let me say that I agree with Mike Burch's analysis and conclusion. Thank you, Govskeptic for comparing my daily "rants" with Mike Burch's work. That's a compliment.

Two anonymous phone calls about two alleged acts of public urination and an un-sourced report of a "sex act" on the Legislative Plaza was enough for the Governor to send in the storm troopers, at 3 o'clock in the morning. Haslam panicked.

Bill Haslam has to go; what will he do in a real emergency?

Contrary to his election platform and stated values, the man is not a fan of "limited government". He sent in 70 THP troopers to arrest 29 peaceful protesters at 3:00 AM. That's big government, folks....Haslam's campaign was pure BS.

I don't think that Tennessee's favorite son, Davy Crockett would have panicked in this manner; leadership in Tennessee has certainly deteriorated since Crockett's day...Haslam is no Davy Crockett.....Haslam is more of a crock, than a Crockett.

By: yogiman on 11/6/11 at 8:56


Me thinks you have enough to worry about in Naw Yok rather than Tennessee. Move on down and we'll give you all the gripe you wish.

Considering the derogative actions what those "Occupiers" were said to be performing I believe the governor had very right to take his action.

Or do you think Tennessee should allow them to act like they were reported in New York? We aren't the same, you know.

By: T-BONE on 11/10/11 at 1:11

Where is the good REVER-REAR-END Ted Haggard (George W Bush's "spiritual advisor") when you need him? The "Gay Prostitute" loving "Drug Head" has started a new church! Come on.. he is a good Tennessee "family values Republican man"..get with It! Get down here and help the GOV. out!