Letters to the Editor

Monday, June 14, 2010 at 11:45pm

District 17 Senate primary heats up

At the end of the legislative session, we watched a battle unfold between the House and Senate. Oddly, the two controlling sides were conservative Republicans actually trying to accomplish the same goals.

We all know there is no love lost between the two conservative candidates for Senate District 17 — Mae Beavers and Susan Lynn. Both candidates have worked hard over the years to achieve conservative goals in government and to do their best to represent the constituents. Lynn decided to run for the seat after Beavers announced she would seek the Wilson County Mayor's seat, but Beavers did an about face and decided to run for re-election of her current seat.

The main legislative battle became over protecting Tennesseans from Obamacare. An overwhelming majority of Americans have rejected the socialist takeover of our healthcare system and Beavers and Lynn have worked to protect Tennesseans from this unconstitutional overreach of federal government powers.

How do we decide the right candidate? Just look at how this legislation died and which candidate fought for our rights, and which candidate played politics.

The legislative session ran very late this year. Knowing this, Beavers decided to wait until the last few days to dump 31 different bills at the foot of the House and expected Lynn to just go along with every single one of them. Instead of taking responsibility for her inefficiency, Beavers decided to blame Lynn for not rubber-stamping her bills. Then Beavers played politics with the Health Freedom Act to make sure she can say she fought against Obamacare even though Diane Black was supposed to be the senator that pushed the bill through.

Lynn's bill, HR 2622 was set to easily pass in the House, which it did. However, Beavers couldn't seem to live with Lynn getting the credit for this.


As Beavers explains in this youTube video, the Senate recalled the bill "passed in February" to insert her language and name into the bill.

So, what was so important that the Senate needed to change language on a bill already passed? Beavers wanted to force Attorney General Bob Cooper to file a lawsuit against the federal government's Healthcare Bill. Unfortunately, in the state of Tennessee, the Attorney General is appointed by the state Supreme Court so that would be the same as the legislative branch telling the judicial branch what must do.

When you listen to the language of both candidates explaining what happened, Lynn took the high road and Beavers took the low road saying, "the House needs to act like adults." Well, I will act like an adult and recognize which candidate was working for us and which candidate was working for her self.

Mark Charest
Mt. Juliet 37122

227 Comments on this post:

By: Loner on 6/15/10 at 7:42

Sorry darge, but Obama is a huge disappointment to many.

Obama failed to condemn the IDF rampage in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead, then he condemned the Goldstone Report which documented IDF war crimes. He failed to condemn the deadly raid on the Gaza aid and now gives his imprimatur to the Israeli white-wash Committee that will absolve the IDF of all guilt in that murderous act of state-sponsored piracy on the high seas.

If that were not enough to endear him to AIPAC, Obama has picked a third Zionist Jew for the SCOTUS. And he has now condemned Helen Thomas for speaking her mind on the raid on the aid. The man is a Zionist tool, still he is hated by most Israelis. Go figure.

Book smart - yes, I'l grant him that and yes he is articulate and comes across as honest and caring; but he is like all the oher recent US presidents, he is beholden to the Israel lobby, not the US public.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/15/10 at 7:44


What we are witnessing is the rambling of the Reptilian Brain.

By: Loner on 6/15/10 at 7:46

Sum, es, est, sumus, estis, sunt...thanks to Mr. Smith's mnemonics, I can still capeesh that Roman lingo, Draconia.

I am a figment of your imagination.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/15/10 at 7:48

George W. Bush

"I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees." --on "Good Morning America," Sept. 1, 2005, six days after repeated warnings from experts about the scope of damage expected from Hurricane Katrina


By: Dragon on 6/15/10 at 7:49

Loner and I were talking philosophy. There was great debate when they were crafting the Declaration on the concept of rights. At the time, the King was the source of your rights whereas the philosophers of the time were discussing rights as a condition of existence. As you can see, the authors of the declaration stated that your rights of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness were endowed by God.

Read some Locke, Kant, or Descarte. You might understand others "ramblings".

By: Captain Nemo on 6/15/10 at 7:50

I tthink he wants us to go away. Loner. lol

By: dnewton on 6/15/10 at 7:52

By: Loner on 6/15/10 at 6:17
Good morning, Nashville!

... I had no idea that the citizens of the Volunteer state needed protection from "Obamacare". Perhaps it's time to secede from the union....again.

I would love it if the Socialist would secede ; give them Mississippi and Memphis. In fact, they could by simply having a Liberal/Socialist/Communist Insurance Company organized. Briton only has 60 million people in it and Canada has even fewer people in it. If they have already proven that their system works fine with less than 306 million people, I don't see what is stopping the Left from organizing their own insurance company to provide utopian healthcare to all.

There are plenty of Rich Lefties that could be recruited in order to make the system work. George Soros springs to mind. The only problem I see is that the law would not allow stealing from the rich, to serve the poor. But Lefties, being nearly perfect people, would voluntarily agree to progressive pricing to collect the required premiums. No CEO would make embarrassing wages or be caught dead retiring on a golden parachute, lead maybe? When the whole thing failed, there would be no one to blame on the Right. It would be very tricky without the power of the state to make everything "fair." The Left might even slow down abortion of the future generations required to keep the doomed system on life support.

By: Loner on 6/15/10 at 7:52

Taking money from the Israel lobby is tantamount to selling our sovereignty, one elected official at a time. Washington is filled with AIPAC-stooges who wave the American flag, while selling us out for campaign donations.

There is no reciprocal lobby working the Israeli Knesset with US interests in mind. Why not?

By: bfra on 6/15/10 at 7:56

Loner - Your upset with Israel does not make Obama a bad president. There are things, far more important on his plate, at the present. After the clowns Bush & Cheney, it will take more than a few months to rectify their stupidity.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/15/10 at 8:00

With his first post of the day, the little Rebel Boy dnewton coming in talk of treason!

By: Captain Nemo on 6/15/10 at 8:02

Cheney’s spin

By: Loner on 6/15/10 at 8:03

Thank you, dnewton, for clarifying that.. the two Southrn states that you mentioned are as "red" as the necks of their constituents, but you want the "socialists" to all move there and form their own guvmint. That sounds like something Helen Thomas might say....just kidding!

FYI, Israel has socialized medicine for all...abortions are free or cheap......US aid makes it all possible, Newt. How does that grab you?

By: bfra on 6/15/10 at 8:03

Why call them lobbiest? They are a "bribe" group! They are members of a bribe detail.

By: Kosh III on 6/15/10 at 8:07


"We found the weapons of mass destruction" May 29, 2003 on Polish TV.

By: dargent7 on 6/15/10 at 8:08

I don't know what anyone expects Obama to do as President.
He's only 47. He's not Ben Franklin or Einstein.
He inherited a planet in chaos, especially the USA.
He's had to handle/ manage crisis after crisis in 16 months.
He's just like a CEO of a large Corp., and the shareholders don't like him or his positions. They aren't getting a dividend this year.
So, in two years, vote for another CEO.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/15/10 at 8:14

You want philosophy Dragon?

Your denial of reality only explains your immaturity.

By: Loner on 6/15/10 at 8:14

Could be, Bfra, but dealing with Israel and its lawlessness should be a top priority, IMO.

We got hit on 9-11 because of the "special relationship". We invaded Afghanistan as a result. Now we are stuck in a quagmire there.

The false intelligence that got us into Iraq came largely from Israel, the neocons are de facto Israeli agents. Although we are hated occupiers in Muslim lands, at Israel's behest, the Zionists are now agitating for a US strike on Iran.

We are being sucked dry financially and morally as we continue to excuse the excesses of the apartheid-loving Israelis.

On this issue, Obama is a fool and a bribe-taking tool....he's on the AIPAC payroll. America will pay a heavy price for doting on these ingrates.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/15/10 at 8:16

Denial is a common tactic that substitutes deliberate ignorance for thoughtful planning.

~ Charles Tremper

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/15/10 at 8:17

Solid Rock Church's King of Kings monument struck by lightning

By: Loner on 6/15/10 at 8:18

For the record, Bush & Cheney were not inept, they were and remain corrupt. Let us be clear on that fundamental point.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/15/10 at 8:19

This certainly applies to the Bush apologist. Water boarding is not touchier.

"Denial" came out of the therapy-speak prevalent in the middle of the 20th century, especially as it was applied to confronting the reality of mortality. It was popularized as the first stage of grief, and quickly expanded to include refusal to confront any bad news or disturbing ideas.
~ Suzanne Fields

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/15/10 at 8:22

i completely agree, Loner!

By: bfra on 6/15/10 at 8:26

Loner - We got hit on 9-11 because of the "special relationship".

How so?

By: Captain Nemo on 6/15/10 at 8:26

I have seen that monument many times, Blanket and each time it reminds of Neptune rising from the waters.

b/t/w I had to google it. I could not get the link.

By: bfra on 6/15/10 at 8:28

I have other questions about your comment but will have to wait, I have to leave shortly. According to your hatred for Israel, you make it sound as if we erased Israel from the face of the World, all would be peachy keen.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/15/10 at 8:31


By: dargent7 on 6/15/10 at 8:32

Loner: I'd say Bush was more malleable than corrupt.
Cheney for sure knew he was invading Iraq under false pretenses, but felt the USA deserved the oil, had a "better use for it".
Saddam was a bad guy, they all thought it would be an easy victory, wallah.
Bush was a "born again Christian". He felt he had a mission as President to convert the middle east to Christianity. Having oil didn't hurt his cause.
It was a confluence of two mind sets that clicked.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/15/10 at 8:36


I don’t think all would be peachy keen. Humans have away of screwing up paradise, with or without Israel.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/15/10 at 8:38

he does look like Neptune!

By: BenDover on 6/15/10 at 8:38

Dragon, I would also add Hayek to that list. His ‘Constitution of Liberty’ is a contemporary masterpiece on the topic.

By: bfra on 6/15/10 at 8:39

Nemo - Not according to Loner, Israel is behind every bad going on in today's World.

By: bfra on 6/15/10 at 8:40

See y'all later!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/15/10 at 8:41

later, bfra!

By: house_of_pain on 6/15/10 at 8:41

Blanket, did you catch "Half Pint Brawlers"?

By: Captain Nemo on 6/15/10 at 8:48

Later bfra

By: Captain Nemo on 6/15/10 at 8:52

I would not consider them behind ever bad thing, but Israel lately has away of spotlighting all of their bad traits.

By: BenDover on 6/15/10 at 8:52

Nemo, I'm going to stand with Dragon on this one. I think generally the super-smart centrally planned collective is inferior to millions of imperfect individuals who have specific information about their immediate circumstance and well being. To the degree that America has adopted and allowed the latter to prevail America has prospered... to the degree that the former is applied, America stagnates.

By: gdiafante on 6/15/10 at 8:55

America stagnates because it's been dominated by Conservatism the last thirty years.

By: house_of_pain on 6/15/10 at 8:55


By: Captain Nemo on 6/15/10 at 9:00

“Human reason,” Professor Hayek insists, “can neither predict nor deliberately shape its own future. Its advances consist in finding out where it has been wrong.”


By: slacker on 6/15/10 at 9:01


By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/15/10 at 9:03

no, house. i missed it! i had a birthday party to attend then when i got home i forgot.

By: BenDover on 6/15/10 at 9:05

America suffered a down-turn because the markets eschew top-down central planners. Since the definition of a liberal is one who believes everyone else is a drooling idiot; when the millions of imperfect investors and business owners reacted within their remaining powers to hedge against existing uber-liberal dominance in congress and the last remaining check on that power going away in the form of an Obama presidency ;the markets corrected for it with an over 30% drop in value and our unprecedented levels of continuing unemployment.

By: slacker on 6/15/10 at 9:05

nazi, sounds like someone got a nice pocket protector, gift wrapped nicely no doubt.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/15/10 at 9:10

nope, slacker. not my birthday - a friend's birthday. 8~)

Ben sez: Since the definition of a liberal is one who believes everyone else is a drooling idiot

Ben, surely you're better than that.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/15/10 at 9:13

Since the definition of a liberal is one who believes everyone else is a drooling idiot;


Since the definition of a conservative is one who believes everyone else is a drooling idiot;

This is the real reason you have graced your present on this board with your wrath of Obama: "the markets corrected for it with an over 30% drop in value and our unprecedented levels of continuing unemployment."

By: Captain Nemo on 6/15/10 at 9:18

Blanket I think Ben has taken a beating in the stock market, especially in BP stock. He is a little upset and the name calling is just his way of letting of a little steam.

By: Loner on 6/15/10 at 9:25


I remember "stagflation"..under Ford, then Carter...it was bipartisan, as I recall.

I'm an anti-stagnatist.

I think Bfra took a powder over my Israel remarks; she wanted to know how and why the special relationship was related to Bin Laden's attack on the towers and the Pentagon. Bid Laden clearly stated that this was the case, in his post 9-11 rantings.

The perpetrator ought to know why he did the crime, no? The reason(s) may not be valid or even rational, but that is irrelevant to my point. The US-Israel special relationship is the primary source of Arab and Muslim antipathy towards the USA.

The question is, is it worth the hassle? Time for a review, IMO.

By: BenDover on 6/15/10 at 9:32

I'm not the one who thinks government should do more and more for the individual; nemo. I consistently say the opposite; which would indicate I'm the one who trusts the individual, drooling idiots included, because on-whole I believe it's better for society and better for every person.

I don't try to punish the winners to the benefit of the losers because I know that as the rewards of winning go away there is less incentive to work hard, produce take risk; and thus much less excess upon which charity and reasonable government can subsist.

By: Loner on 6/15/10 at 9:36

Ben is reiterating the canard, you see it's all Obama's fault, because the smart money pulled in all their resources and hunkered down...because they knew that a commie, smart-assed, dumb-shit, black guy was about to sieze the White House....because the masses are asses.

Ben, that elitist rubbish is a rationalization and illogical. The collapse began when Lehman Bros. folded their tent and split, around Sept. 15, 2008. That set off a panic....on Bush's watch. He was unprepared to deal with what happened next.

It was the Bush Meltdown and now we are experiencing the Obama Recovery.....deal with it.