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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Tea Parties Issue Demands To Tennessee Legislators

Among 5 priorities, state group wants kinder treatment of Founding Fathers in history courses

Reported By Richard Locker

NASHVILLE — Members of Tennessee tea parties presented state legislators with five priorities for action Wednesday, including “rejecting” the federal health reform act, establishing an elected “chief litigator” for the state and “educating students the truth about America.”
About two dozen tea party activists held a news conference, then met with lawmakers individually to present their list of priorities and “demands” for the 2011 legislative session that opened Tuesday.
Regarding education, the material they distributed said, “Neglect and outright ill will have distorted the teaching of the history and character of the United States. We seek to compel the teaching of students in Tennessee the truth regarding the history of our nation and the nature of its government.”
That would include, the documents say, that “the Constitution created a Republic, not a Democracy.”
The actual, factual truth is the United States of America is A Democratic-Republic meaning that
"Democracy in its purest or most ideal form would be a society in which all adult citizens have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives.[1]"" A republic is a form of government in which the people, or some significant portion of them, have supreme control over the government and where offices of state are elected or chosen by elected people.[1][2] In modern times, a common simplified definition of a republic is a government where the head of state is not a monarch.[3][4] The word republic is derived from the Latin phrase res publica, which can be translated as "a public affair", and often used to describe a state using this form of government." This is why even the Soviet Union had the right to call themselves a Republic. After all, the people did vote, even though they had no choice of who to vote for or whether or not to vote for them.
The material calls for lawmakers to amend state laws governing school curriculums, and for textbook selection criteria to say that “No portrayal of minority experience in the history which actually occurred shall obscure the experience or contributions of the Founding Fathers, or the majority of citizens, including those who reached positions of leadership.”
Fayette County attorney Hal Rounds, the group’s lead spokesman during the news conference, said the group wants to address “an awful lot of made-up criticism about, for instance, the founders intruding on the Indians or having slaves or being hypocrites in one way or another.
The truth is--Yes, Slavery did exist in the United States. As sure as there were people on the North American continent before the Colonist came here to form any colonies. It is, sadly, too late to give back the land that our Fore Fathers Stole, more often than bought; but we owe it to their (The Native Americans who were here and their surviving decedents) memories to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help us God. That is, If the Holy Bible is true, for Jesus said--"The hour cometh  and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship  the Father in spirit and in Truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him."   That is IF the United States is Truly a Christian Nation.
“The thing we need to focus on about the founders is that, given the social structure of their time, they were revolutionaries who brought liberty into a world where it hadn’t existed, to everybody — not all equally instantly — and it was their progress that we need to look at,” said Rounds, whose website identifies him as a Vietnam War veteran of the Air Force and FedEx retiree who became a lawyer in 1995.
The group also wants the state legislature to reject key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 as “an insult to Constitutional principles.” 

The group also wants the state legislature to reject key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 as “an insult to Constitutional principles.”
The activists also said they want legislators to either start the process of amending the state Constitution to provide for the popular election of the state attorney general or to create a separate position of solicitor general who is directly elected by voters and with much of the litigation authority now vested with the attorney general.
In Tennessee, the attorney general is appointed by the state Supreme Court.
The group’s printed material says the attorney general has reflected “views of the U.S. Constitution that conflict with those of the people of Tennessee.” It specifically says the current attorney general, Robert Cooper, has rejected “the call of the people and the General Assembly” to join with other states in contesting the constitutionality of “federal mandates, including ‘Obamacare.’”
The priorities also include terminating state subsidies for unfunded or unconstitutional federal mandates, and “enforcing constitutional law.”
Later Wednesday, the Tennessee Health Care Campaign said repealing the federal health reforms would mean repealing protections the law gives consumers against insurance companies.
This goes against all the Ideals we Americans hold dear, to study history as it really happened warts and all, so that, with a wing and a prayer evil deeds such as slavery does not happen, again. To study the Civil Rights struggle, as a reminder that all human being were/ are created equal. After all, Our Founding Fathers and Mothers were Human Beings: Not Saints, Not Devinne, but human beings who also erred.