Speaker Harwell which of the following goes against “conservative Tennessee principles?” I am trying to understand something I really don’t.
The interests of Tennessee are not threatened by the increased health of its citizens.
The increased sickness and rise in unnecessary deaths of any part of the Tennessee population is not in the interests of Tennessee and policy that predictably brings this about makes no financial, social, moral or political sense.
The defense of a policy that does this in the name of some political ideology or interest is political opportunism at its worst.
Any position or set of ideals that can only profit by the increase of suffering of one group of Tennessee citizens by the denial of resources and opportunity available to others is wrong.
The health of one Tennessean is not a threat to the health of another. We are all well served by the health of our neighbors.
The welfare of children are served by the health of their parents. Who cares not for the parents cares not for the children.
The notion that we cannot afford to do the right thing misses the point. At what cost can we afford not to.
The notion that people can and should be denied health care is not common sense. In this world neither is it common practice.
To have the ability to help others in significant danger or distress and fail to do so for personal or political gain is morally indefensible behavior.
To choose to vote against helping people without an alternative plan to do what needs to be done is the choice of a hard heart and soft minded person.
Justice is not one of several choices. It should be a value that focuses all choices.
Tennessee can be for all Tennesseans if we have the will and commitment to make it so.