What if democracy came to Tennessee

I have watched with interest the accounts of Democracy Spring in Washington DC.

What if democracy came to Tennessee?

What if we told our legislators that the people who bought their vote had not bought ours?

What if we told our legislators that religious stereotypes were not the principles we wanted our state based on?

What if we told our legislators that Tennessee should be for all Tennesseans?

What if we told our legislators that poverty is not a crime and should never be taken as a measure of the content of someone’s character?

What if we told our legislators that the most important thing in their political life was not that they get re-elected but that they deserve to get re-elected?

What if we told our legislators that the welfare of their party was not the same as the welfare of the people of this state?

What if we told our legislators that 280,000 people deserve health care because they are people?

What if we told our legislators that we are sick to death of them asking sick and dying people to wait for them to make their mind up?

What if we told our legislators that our bathrooms do not need to be legislated?

What if we told our legislators that their job description was justice and they should consider this their final written warning.

What if we told our legislators that “conservative Tennessee principles” that result in the death of even one innocent person are neither principles or of Tennessee?

What if we told our legislators that there is no right to discriminate for “ethical principles” and if somebody can’t do their job because of that they should quit?

What if we told our legislators that it is not okay to have a speaker that put more energy into protecting her party from the embarrassment of a sexual predator than protecting the citizens of this state who lack the access to health care that would allow them to work and live?

What if we told our legislators that despite what our Governor says this state is not for sale?

What if we told our legislators that we were sick and tired of the minutes of our legislative session being the first place comedians go to for new material?

What if we told our legislators that the Americans for Prosperity were outside agitators and that they were neither for America nor were they for the prosperity of the people of this state?

What if we told our legislators that we deserved better and that we are unwilling any longer to be in the position of apologizing to our grandchildren for what Tennessee has become?

What if we told our legislators that before they vote for the Bible they should read it?

What if 600, 800, 1000, 2000 people came to Nashville this spring, this summer, or this fall and said we are people too, we want our state back.

What if democracy came to Tennessee?

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