With Republicans in Control, ‘What, Me Worry?’

Last night’s election was a great start toward having a more conservative, pro-family Tennessee. But it was only a start. Now that the sprint to Election Day is over, the marathon needed to transform Tennessee government from the local level to the state level has just begun. Let’s get started!

With Republicans now in solid control of the state legislature, does that mean that conservatives and pro-family advocates can rest easy and go back to their jobs and the raising of their families? After all, surely liberals know they don’t have a prayer of getting their agenda through the legislature, so what’s the worry? Well, if that’s your thought, please excuse my being so direct, but I think you are wrong. Dead wrong.

There are many reasons for my less than optimistic view that all is now settled in Tennessee and conservatives can go back to whatever else we’ve been doing.

Accountability Is a Good Thing

First, in 1994 we saw Republicans swept into office at the federal level, and they then lost their way. Twelve years later they were shown the door. State Republican leaders need to remember that and heed the lessons from it. But we need to help them with their “lessons.” We need to be even more vigilant to make sure they don’t lose their way. And the best way to do that is for them to know that we conservatives are going to stay informed, and we intend to let them know that we are informed.

Accountability is a good thing. Good legislators will tell you that they need it, that the very power of government alone is a corrupting influence. And those who don’t acknowledge that truth are the ones we need to watch even more closely. But accountability requires work on our part. More than ever we need to report to you what is really going on, and more than ever you need to contact your legislators with your thoughts about what is going on.

Local Governments, Beware

Secondly, even if we all do a good job of keeping state officials accountable, that is not the end of our work. Because conservatives do control the state legislature, you can expect the battle for the liberal agenda to now shift to the local governmental level.

Don’t think that will happen? Well, consider that last fall the Metro Council for Nashville and Davidson County overwhelmingly approved a local ordinance giving special employment rights and protections to homosexual conduct and gender expressive behaviors. Last year the same kind of ordinance was pursued with Shelby County’s government. Proponents of that kind of ordinance are now making their second run at the City of Memphis in just the last four months. And proponents of those types of ordinances have publicly promised to bring the issue to “a city in East Tennessee.”

But that’s just one issue at the local governmental level. Local school boards are critically important because our schools are molding the minds of future generations. For the last 30 or 40 years, the liberals who control education in America have done a great job of dumbing us down and rewriting American history so that they can shape our future to suit their goals. We’ve seen the effects of that nationally as the last generation has begun to vote. And if you don’t think bad stuff is going on in education in Tennessee, then you didn’t read our article about what is happening in terms of sex education in Nashville schools. The battle in the education arena for the minds of the next generation is only going to increase.

‘I’ll Worry about It When It Comes to My City’

But you say, “I don’t live in one of these bigger cities. It doesn’t affect me. I’ll worry about it when it comes to my city.” If that is your attitude, then I submit that when the issue comes knocking on your door, it will be too little too late. If a liberal agenda controls our major communities, then it effectively controls the majority of Tennesseans. And that majority will eventually exert their control at higher levels of government. Then everyone in every community, no matter how small, will be affected.

So last night was a great start toward having a more conservative, pro-family Tennessee. But it was only a start. Now that the sprint to Election Day is over, the marathon needed to transform Tennessee government from the local level to the state level has just begun. Let’s get started!