Friday, January 31, 2014

The Problem with Tennessee Democrats

Posted By on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 5:30 AM

Well, not the problem, but a problem, since, let's be frank, they have a lot of problems. But a problem they have is summed up by the senate wine-in-grocery-stores vote on Thursday. Only two Democrats voted for wine in grocery stores. Ophelia Ford and Jim Kyle didn't even bother to vote.

So, here's the thing. There's not a single philosophical argument that holds any water for why a Democrat should vote against this bill. Do we believe that individuals have the right to make their own decisions about how they live their lives? Supposedly. Do we reject a social order in which old white guys make decisions for the general public based on what they think is the moral way for the general public to act? Supposedly. Do we stand against the idea of big business using government to control access to their customers? Again, supposedly.

But actions speak a lot louder than "supposedly"s. And, if I had to guess by the actions of Senate Democrats today, I'd guess that they're still invested in this idea that, yes, some small group of people should get to make moral decisions for the general public, because the general public isn't capable of it — they just think they should get to be among that small group, if not leading it.

If that's the case — if there really is no great philosophical difference between Tennessee Democrats and Tennessee Republicans — I ask you again the same question I always ask: why should a Tennessee voter vote for a Democrat?

Until Democrats figure that out — frankly, until they figure out that being a Democrat means, in fact, being a different type of leader than a Republican is — then they're going to continue to sit on the sidelines.

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