Anderson Would Muzzle Electorate - And Response (2)

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - by David Tulis

Chattanooga city council’s homosexual member offers bluff talk to the election commission as it considers a resident petition for his recall. 

Chris Anderson, through an attorney, argues that the motives of Tennessee citizens who live in his district are corrupt and tainted, and that approval of their petition to recall him is illegal and unconstitutional.

The letter by attorney and judicial candidate Stuart James traces what he says are trends in jurisprudence that disallow “discriminatory” purposes in the electorate. Assuming he is right in his analysis, let’s see where the trajectory he traces might end. 

While African nations are taking steps to criminalize sodomy, Mr. Anderson is part of a U.S. effort to redefine marriage by erecting a homosexual scaffolding against its outer walls. His disputed Chattanooga ordinance establishes a “domestic partnership” that is unlawful in Tennessee and outside the legal authority of a municipal corporation. He wants to unseat marriage, which is given special status in law and its participants social benefits because of its cultural and societal power and usefulness. 

Mr. Anderson and his homosexual coterie yearn for the day in which a new paradigm reigns and “discrimination” in favor of marriage is either a tort, a civil offense or a crime.
The people of Mr. Anderson’s district are dissatisfied with his representation on the city council, effectively the board of directors of a for-profit corporation in the municipal category. Their reasons vary, according to press reports. He is unresponsive to residents. He does not represents neighborhood interests disturbed by crime. He is overly focused on a gay rights agenda of which he made nary a mention in his campaign. He is avowedly homosexual, and homosexuals defy marriage and God’s law. 

Weary of democratic government
Mr. Anderson wants the commission to believe that because of an ascendency of homosexual rights in American law, it is possible for commission members to condemn the petition as an “abuse of the recall process.” Mr. Anderson faults the petition for stating no motive for the recall. Then he faults the petitioners for having motives upon which  it would be illegal for the commission to act. 

“The amended petition *** is also improper form because it is vague and ambiguous. Furthermore, the petition is a pretext for removing an officeholder for discriminatory purposes. The petition does not give any reason for removal.” 

Mr. Anderson, through his agent the attorney, complains that a petition is wrong-headed because elections are sufficient for his constituents. “If he is not doing a good job as the petition seemingly suggests[,] isn’t that what the regularly scheduled election is for? *** At the next election, if District 7 voters are unhappy with Councilman Anderson, they can vote him out of office just as they did with Mr. [Manny] Rico.” 

“Is this commission,” whines Mr. Anderson, “going to approve every petition filed for a recall just because an officeholder does a poor job in some voters’ minds? Is this commission going to approve petitions simply asking for a recall without specific reasoning?” He wants the panel to prejudge the public; he wants the agent to control the principal. “Is this commission going to approve a petition simply asking for a recall without a stated reason? If so, what are elections for and why can the will of the voters be so easily undone?”
Caretaker of the electorate, Mr. Anderson continues amplifying the point about the terrible burden voters face in having to go the polling precinct.

If the level of dissatisfaction with some voters causes them to ask for recall just because someone is doing a poor job, just how many recalls will this community have to face, and how many recalls with the voters have to endure? If the voters just want to have a question on the ballot asking voters to recall an official without  a reason, how many recalls will the citizens have to endure? 

He forgets throwing out politicians excites voters whereas regular elections are a bore. Behind the curtain in this argument is the idea that somehow recall elections are imposed top down. Rather, they are bottom-up. They bubble up from the people. They are more genuine than elections, which baffle the public because, whichever party they vote for, the government always gets in. 

Mr. Anderson’s pleading supposes that recalls are imposed on people by government; rather, they are imposed on government actors by the people. I get the feeling that Mr. Anderson is projecting a sort of political hypochondria upon the people, imagining an ailment where none exists.

The poison pill
Mr. Anderson’s letter pretends to have an interest in legitimate and illegimate (discriminatory) causes to not organize a recall. It purpose is to poison the public well of dissent by granting himself a high-minded pretext to ignore the entire lot of voters in his district. 

The recall petition, he grouses, “forces him to submit to a recall election ***simply because he is gay and for no other legitimate reason. The form of the petition strongly suggests an improper discriminatory motive.” He is being recalled “simply on *** sexual orientation” and urges the commission not to place “the state’s imprimatur on a recall that is motivated purely by discrimination against Mr. Anderson.” Allowing the petition, he says, validates “the true purpose” of the recall  (italics added). 

One distinction of first amendment jurisprudence is that federal courts are forbidden to take religious belief and to weigh and scrutinize content. 

If that belief is religious in nature, it is accorded protection. But Mr. Anderson insists that federal rulings require the election commission to dig into the content of voters’ grievances and to make distinctions as to legitimacy of belief. He requires the county election commission to weigh the content of religious and other opinion, to subject free Tennesseans to searching inquiry. 

Patronizing?
Mr. Anderson’s views of politics are like those of mainstream homosexuals. It is censorious. It touches on bigotry. It mocks anyone whose worldview has an intimacy with God. 

At least one signer of the petition, I am sure, worries about God’s hatred of homosexuality and thinks on His promises of forgiveness to those who repent; this one is to be shunned. Mr. Anderson would identify the ogres marshaling electoral hordes against him as being from this camp. 

The trajectory of his form of government is clear: Toward noble harassment of the commoner, a wheedling civil power pinching men's consciences for the good of all.

-- David Tulis is host of Nooganomics.com, a talk show on Copperhead 1240 AM that airs 1 to 3 p.m. weekdays and covers local economy and free markets. 


* * * 

Responding to: "While African nations are taking steps to criminalize sodomy"

The truth about those African nations taking steps to criminalize homosexuality, according to Mr. Tullis, is they have been heavily influenced by western evangelicals who've gone into many of those countries with big bucks paid to African government. Where gays are being beaten and even killed, and in some cases raped by their own family members to "make them straight." 

Maybe China would have been better for Africa after all? At least their goal was to rebuild the infrastructure the west and Europe has raped and ravished for centuries. China very much believe Africans are capable of running Africa and should be allowed to do just that. 

It's really a tragedy the way powerful nations often use religion around the world to justify brutal and inhumane acts. 

Brenda Manghane-Washington

* * *

Pardon me, Mrs. Brenda Manghane-Washington, but I didn't see where Mr. Tulis stated:
"according to Mr. Tullis, is they have been heavily influenced by western evangelicals who've gone into many of those countries with big bucks paid to African government. Where gays are being beaten and even killed, and in some cases raped by their own family members to "make them straight." "

And as far as your statement:
"Maybe China would have been better for Africa after all? At least their goal was to rebuild the infrastructure the west and Europe has raped and ravished for centuries. China very much believe Africans are capable of running Africa and should be allowed to do just that."

That is highly offensive considering that since the 1950s, since Chine invaded Tibet, a peaceful country. over a million peaceful Tibetans have been killed, and in fact, Chinese out-number Tibetans in their own country now. Also, they cannot practice their own religion, outlawed by the Chinese. If you lived in China now (and not in our great USA)... you couldn't even voice the opinion you just did.

And for my two cents, I don't care what Anderson is. If your sexuality defines you, you need a different definition, because as a citizen, many don't care what goes where. That is personal.

I don't care what you do. I only care where my money/tax dollars go.

Jen Freeland


Smith Shouldn't Be Paid To Leave

Taxpayers of Hamilton County should take note that a majority of the members of the school board are getting ready to give Rick Smith the buyout that he wants.  Do you agree that someone should be paid for taking the coward's way out?  Rick Smith should be fired for cause. Not paid to leave.  If you don't want the board members to pay him off, call or write ... (click for more)

Randy Johnston Has The Necessary Experience And Leadership Skills

I worked in the Assessor's Office from 1974 until retiring in 2013. I served in a management position as director of Commercial and Industrial Property from 1980 until retiring. I essentially answered directly to the assessor during the last 33 years of my 39 year career in that office. I had over 42 years of experience in the appraisal business. Former Chief Deputy and Director ... (click for more)

State's TNReady Testing Program Has "Severe Network Outage"; Testing To Be By Pencil And Paper

Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen said Monday afternoon that the state's TNReady testing program had suffered "a severe network outage." Commissioner Edwards said the testing will go on, but it will have to be done with pencil and paper. She sent this email to school directors across the state: Directors, Thank you for your patience as we faced technical ... (click for more)

Brandon Bettis, 25, Arrested For Home Invasion; 2 Other Suspects Being Sought

Brandon Bettis, 25, was arrested after a home invasion early Monday morning, and two other suspects are being sought. Chattanooga Police responded to the 1100 block of Thomas Lane at 6:30 a.m. on the report of a home invasion robbery.  The suspects entered the home of the victims, James Shrum, 47, and Hillary Schooley, 25.   The victims were wakened and threatened ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Softball Picked To Win SoCon Title

The Chattanooga Mocs have been selected as the preseason favorite to win the 2016 Southern Conference softball title by the league's head coaches. Senior second baseman Criket Blanco was named Preseason First-Team All-SoCon and sophomore pitcher Cori Jennings, senior shortstop Alyssa Taylor and senior outfielder Sam Taylor were selected to the Preseason Second-Team All-SoCon. ... (click for more)

Bradley Whips Soddy Daisy For AAA State Duals Title

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – The Bradley Bears have won more state duals titles than anyone and they added another one after going four years without being in the championship round. It’s been a remarkable season for the Bears, who beat region-rival Soddy Daisy by a 52-21 margin for their latest state title. Saturday night’s   match was never really close as the Bears had a ... (click for more)