Although the women of the United States are confined within the narrow circle of domestic life, and their situation is, in some respects, one of extreme dependence, I have nowhere seen woman occupying a loftier position; and if I were asked... in which I have spoken of so many important things done by Americans, to what the singular prosperity and growing strength of that people ought mainly to be attributed, I should reply, To the superiority of their women.

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Sunday, August 21, 2011

TN State Senate Special Election

Our state senator Jamie Woodson has retired and there is a vacancy that will be filled by a special election Sept. 27.  Anyway, early voting starts Sept. 7, I remember that much. Three candidates are vying for the position.

  1. Becky "Duncan" Massey - sister to Jimmy Duncan, the US congressman, daughter to the late John Duncan, mayor and also a US Congressman, niece to Judge Duncan, and an aunt to little Jimmy Duncan III, a Knox County Trustee. Do we have a problem with nepotism? I have praised Rep. Duncan in the past, but his vote for the debt ceiling increase has burned my grits. Anyway, I didn't listen to the debate, but my husband did and his verdict was "airhead". When given a question about accepting federal money with mandates, she goes into how its such a good deal because we get such and such more money this way, blah, blah. Apparently, she doesn't understand what is going on in our country at all - ergo she doesn't get my vote.
  2. Marilyn Roddy - Knoxville City Council-person for seven years. She used to be an elementary schoolteacher and brags how she worked with the Haslam administration (shakes head) in keeping the Scripps network based in Knoxville. Grovel mundanes at the kindness of your overlords. She also in involved with nonprofits, which as readers here know, doesn't impress me one bit, but makes very leery. She serves in the Episcopal church also, yet boasts pro-life creds on her flyer. Any Episcopal diocese other than San Joaquin and South Carolina send their money on up to Episcopal HQ that supports gayness and abortion. Hah, didn't think this Baptist girl keeps up on what's going on in other denominations, but I do!
  3. Victoria Defreese -  a woman without a lot of money who has a very interesting, but not corporate-shiny resume, and always seems to keep it real. When asked about federal money, she said she'd vote to reject any federal money that wasn't constitutional. She also added that federal money always comes with mandates that end up costing more than they are worth. I'll be voting for her before I move to Nashville for no other reason than she puts this quote from the TN State Constitution all over her website:
  • § 1. Powers of people
    That all power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their peace, safety, and happiness; for the advancement of those ends they have at all times, an unalienable and indefeasible right to alter, reform, or abolish the government in such manner as they may think proper.
 So if you happen to live in North, South, or East Knox County, remember to vote for Victoria!

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