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First, there was Davy Crockett at the Alamo, then Alvin York in the trenches of World War I. Now, we have ... drum roll please ... Tim Burchett in the Tennessee Senate. That's right, do-gooders are raving with praise this morning for Burchett for voting yesterday against delaying installation of voting machines capable of producing paper trails to verify voting results. Bernie Ellis, an organizer for the group Gathering To Save Our Democracy, hails Burchett as Davy Crockett, Alvin York and Atticus Finch all rolled into one. We're having a little trouble seeing it but whatever. In an email, Ellis says:
Thank you, Senator Burchett. Your intelligence, courage and sense of honor and fairness are what this country was built on, and what we must have in order for this nation to survive. Like Atticus Finch in "To Kill A Mockingbird", your singular bravery has helped keep us free. And like the Black citizens who filled the courtroom gallery in that long-ago movie, I will, from this day forward, stand up when you enter a room. Because I will know that I am in the presence of a modern-day patriot, the latest in a long line of American heros who sprang from the hills of our Tennessee when they were needed to help keep our nation strong and safe -- and free. Yesterday, you saved our democracy.