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As Homer Simpson once said, "I'll say it before and I'll say it again. Democracy does not work."

I wish that was a joke.

A blog on the Tennesseean's web site has a new article entitled Most voters in poll oppose guns-in-bars law. Last year, one of the high priorities of the Tennessee legislature (bless their hearts - I'm turning Southern) was passing a law that allowed people to bring firearms into establishments that serve alcohol. They managed to get it through despite two vetoes from our (sensible and soon-to-be-missed) governor.

I don't own any firearms. That's my choice. I don't want to take them out of the hands of law-abiding citizens, either. We have the Second Amendment. I believe in sensible restrictions.

But I really don't need the smell of gunpowder with my beer. Does anyone? Really?

Before the outrage really settles in at a law this stupid, let me say that it's meaningless. The bars can opt out and individual towns and counties can opt of the state law. Most, to their credit, have.

In short, this was a Republican legislature passing a law that they believed their base wanted. No one else really wanted it. The people most concerned with it, i.e., bar owners, have said they don't want it and have opted out.

Tennessee is a very red state. As someone who often falls out on the political scheme as left of Gandhi, I often feel like a lightning bug trapped in a jar of crazy.

And still the article above shows that 7 out of 10 people don't want this law. Even one of the reddest states around. (Remember, home town boy Al Gore didn't win his home state during the disaster of 2000.)

Yet this was a legislative priority. Priority!!! Never mind that the state is broke, in the midst of an epic recession. That there are far, far, far, far more important things than making sure people can bring guns into bars. Really? Can you think of anything less important?

In short, the madmen (and they're mostly men) that are the Tennessee legislature don't know or care about what matters to the people. The last paragraph of the article shows just how out of touch these people are. And dismissive of anyone who doubts them.

If 7 out of 10 supported this law (no matter how crazy) I'd feel better about the legislature (and a bit more concerned about the populace overall). But that's simply not the case.

Now, we are in the midst of primary time. There is one gubernatorial candidate on the Democratic ticket, no less than six on the Republican side. There's all sorts of positions open and all sorts of lunatics interested in taking the jobs.

I'm registered independent, by the way, if you're curious. No party (political or otherwise - ha!) can contain me.

I'm writing in "Al Gore" for everything. :)

The rant is over. Please return to your regularly scheduled lives. :)


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