Burch: Blackburn channels her inner Yoda

Friday, January 25, 2013 at 2:12am
By Michael R. Burch

Marsha Blackburn has something in common with her fellow ultra-conservatives George W. Bush, Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann: when she channels her inner Yoda, she can mangle English grammar with the worst of them. Here are a few not-so-sterling examples of Blackburn, a Tea Party and NRA favorite, in action:

“And this is the good thing.”

The quote above came as Blackburn tried to explain why shutting down the federal government in a “thoughtful” way, in order to cut spending, was “good.” In the batty belfries of her brain, the only resulting spending cuts would be “waste, fraud and abuse.” But if such things can be identified and eliminated, there is of course no need to shut the government down.

“Let’s agree ... that we’re not going to cry ‘emergency’ every time we have a Katrina, every time we have a tsunami ... .”

Yoda might mangle English grammar, but being wise he would know better than to suggest it’s wrong to call an emergency an emergency.

“We’re still needing to look at this mental health.”

Blackburn, like other barely literate right-wing conservatives, refuses to admit that easy access to automatic weapons and high-capacity ammo clips is a root cause of the recent rash of mass murders. The NRA’s political lackeys follow its irrational lead and point their fingers in every other possible direction.

“What I’m hearing is that people want to make certain that — first of all — that we protect the Second Amendment and their Second Amendment rights — protect their freedom and not impede that.”

This is like saying that freedom of religion should “not impede that” right to sacrifice children to the gods.

“We need to do a couple of things. Number one is to drill down on the mental health issue. Number two is to look at the psychiatric and psychotropic drugs, because that is many times linked to the individuals who carry out these crimes. They are also wanting to make certain that we begin to get in behind these video games.”

In her convoluted, ungrammatical way, Blackburn is trying to help the NRA shift the focus away from the oversupply of super-lethal weapons and ammo. But her logic is as bad as her math. Despite the gun lobby’s scapegoating of the mentally ill, people with mental health problems are not statistically more likely to be violent than other people. And of course Blackburn failed to mention the violent video games produced by the NRA, or the fact that the NRA also licenses guns to appear in other violent video games.

“The problem is it could be a hammer, a hatchet, a car.”

Yes, it is true that acts of violence can be carried out with hammers, hatchets and cars. But when was the last time that twenty children were deliberately killed in a few seconds with a hammer, hatchet or car? Mass murderers are selecting assault weapons for a very simple reason: they produce higher body counts. Intended victims can scatter and escape killers armed with less lethal weapons. But who can outrun showers of bullets fired in a matter of seconds?

Blackburn recently issued the following official statement regarding the gun control proposal announced by President Barack Obama:

“As a mother and grandmother, I believe we have an obligation to examine ways we can better protect our nation’s youth. We need to have a serious conversation about mental health, psychiatric drugs, and the potential impact violent video games and movies have on our kids. I will closely review the President’s proposals, however I am concerned his approach is a pre-determined attempt to redefine our Constitution. I am not going to allow this administration to trample on the Second Amendment or put new restrictions on the rights of law-abiding citizens to own firearms and ammunition.”

Yes, the Second Amendment mentions the right of citizens to bear “arms.” But “arms” would include cannons, mortars, bazookas, missiles, nukes, etc. Surely no one would suggest that average Americans should be able to walk around carrying WMDs. President Obama is not trying to “redefine” the Constitution, but to protect the weakest and most vulnerable Americans from having their grade schools, kindergartens and daycare centers turned into slaughterhouses. Marsha Blackburn’s inability to speak coherently or think rationally makes her unfit to represent other Tennesseans. She should admit her obvious incompetence, and if not, it is our duty as voters to replace her with someone more qualified.

Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com.

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121 Comments on this post:

By: gdiafante on 1/25/13 at 6:21

Marsha Blackburn’s inability to speak coherently or think rationally makes her unfit to represent other Tennesseans.

No, that makes her perfectly suited to represent Tennessee. Think Campfield. As nutty as these people seem to be, there are even nuttier people that keep electing them.

I am concerned his approach is a pre-determined attempt to redefine our Constitution. I am not going to allow this administration to trample on the Second Amendment or put new restrictions on the rights of law-abiding citizens to own firearms and ammunition.”

First, the 2nd amendment isn't the last say. Case law has repeatedly ruled that the government has the authority to attach limits to the second amendment, hence why 10 year olds and felons cannot legally purchase firearms and why you must jump through hoops to get more military style weapons, like bazooka's, etc. So let's not pretend to think the 2nd amendment is one of the ten commandments written by the finger of god.

If there are 75 different types of weapons and 10 are illegal, you still can purchase the other 65. An assault weapons ban does not infringe upon anyone's right to bear arms. And this is not the first step to confiscation of all weapons. We had an assault weapons ban in place from 1994 to just recently, did they come for your guns? If I remember correctly, in order to get that ban, Clinton needed GOP help...I know, bipartisanship...such a dirty word (but that was back before the GOP had a psychotic break).

The point is, there wasn't this paranoia concerning that weapons ban as there is now. Now what on Earth could be the difference...I wonder...

By: yogiman on 1/25/13 at 6:26

Mike,

The deaths of those 20 children was a sad day for everyone who loves children but not much has been said about the adults that were murdered that day. And the blame has been on guns.

May I then ask you: how many children (babies) were murdered by abortion in the last 40 years with the consent of our Federal Government? Whose blame was it for those deaths, the doctors and/or the mothers, or the US Government?

I heard on the news last night ( when the advertisement was celebrating the "success" of 40 years of the Roe vs Wade lawsuit) the "legal" deaths of babies in those 40 years was 65 million. Should we be celebrating the deaths of those 65 million children [because most of them never made it out of their mother's womb] while complaining about the deaths of 20 young children because they had lived to be 5 or 6 years old?

Should we also celebrate the killings of all mass murders in our nation? Why not just celebrate all murders in the USA?

Mike, not everyone is in your line of work and cannot write as eloquently as you, which makes me wonder; are you condemning Mrs. Blackburn's "lack of eloquence" in her writings because she's a Republican? Would you condemn her if she was a Democrat?

I doubt it.

By: gdiafante on 1/25/13 at 6:33

Yogi, whether you like abortion or not, it's a legal medical procedure. Last time I checked, shooting 20 children isn't. Focus.

By: Ask01 on 1/25/13 at 6:35

Sadly, gdiafante has a valid, disturbingly accurate point. Marsha Blackburn, in my humble opinion, more than adequately represents the fringe element.

I do wonder if the paranoia of the right wing conservatives is actually sparked by fear a totalitarian communist regime might takeover America, or the fear their totalitarian facist regime might miss the opportunity?

Perhaps the fear is the minorities might take power, and the white supremacists find themselves severely minimalized, and in the minority?

It is funny how the far right holds dearly to that one amendment, and yet expresses such utter disdain for all the others, especially those designed to ensure wild eyed illiterates aren't able to just execute someone before all legal appeals are exhausted.

Perhaps the signs welcoming folks to Tennessee should have the warning to set your watch back 60 years to illustrate the mindset of our legislature and the gerrymandered districts which elected them.

I think Marsha and others would be proud.

By: gdiafante on 1/25/13 at 6:38

It is funny how the far right holds dearly to that one amendment, and yet expresses such utter disdain for all the others, especially those designed to ensure wild eyed illiterates aren't able to just execute someone before all legal appeals are exhausted.

Great point. Example: the idiots that signed a petition to have Piers Morgan deported because of his anti-gun opinions. So, what they were really saying is that in order to protect the second amendment, we should ignore the first amendment. And they wonder why we call them nuts.

By: yogiman on 1/25/13 at 6:41

No, gdiafante, they haven't come for our guns... yet. Barack Obama was not in office until four years ago when he brought the subject up. His goal isn't just a few weapons. That's only his first step in confiscation.

Unless you're in a "One World Government" wish, I suggest you read articles in the Russian newspaper; Pravda. Go to

english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/23-01-2013/123541-bolshevik_america-0/

Go into the section [True motives behind Obama's gun 'control' stance]. And also read [The corruption of America is complete].

By: yogiman on 1/25/13 at 6:50

Yes, gdiafante, abortion is a "legal procedure" which accepts it as a legal murder under the law. To me, killing someone is murder... whether it's legal or illegal; unless it's through a death sentence for murder.

By: gdiafante on 1/25/13 at 6:52

No, gdiafante, they haven't come for our guns... yet.

So, instead of facts regarding this issue, you have hyperbole, conjecture, paranoia and conspiracy theories. Take the tin foil hat off.

Unless you're in a "One World Government" wish, I suggest you read articles in the Russian newspaper; Pravda.

So, you're worried about a one world government with Communist overtones...yet you read and get your information from a Russian source...now, exactly who is the Communist here?

By: gdiafante on 1/25/13 at 6:54

Yes, gdiafante, abortion is a "legal procedure" which accepts it as a legal murder under the law. To me, killing someone is murder... whether it's legal or illegal; unless it's through a death sentence for murder.

Oh the irony...legal murder is murder, unless it's legal murder called a death sentence, that's ok. LOL

By: Loner on 1/25/13 at 7:10

Good morning, Nashville.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn is a secessionist-friendly, born-again, gun-toting, anti-union, anti-choice, homophobic tea-bagger representing a state populated by secessionist-friendly born-again, gun-toting, anti-union, anti-choice, homophobic tea-baggers....in that sense, she is perfect for the job.

Marsha's values and attitudes are more in line with those of the 60's....the 1860's....than with today's values and attitudes. Of course, this is the case in most of the former Southern confederacy states...they never repented of their original sins....they view their bigotry as a positive force in their lives and they are not about to change anytime soon.

Thanks, Mike, for the LTE.....keep the faith.

By: yogiman on 1/25/13 at 7:21

Pravda is not a communist newspaper, gdiafante. But your remarks makes me wonder if if, perhaps, you are.

It makes me wonder about anyone that will accept someone as their president who refuses to identify themselves. But, let's face it, Obama may have been a natural born citizen. Compare his picture with Obama [Sr.] and Frank Marshall Davis. He sure as hell doesn't favor Obama [Sr.].

So assuming Davis was his father, that would make him a natural born citizen if he was born in Hawaii (which he won't prove), when he became a citizen of Indonesia, he lost his natural born status in the USA and once you lose it, you can't get it back.

And we don't even know if he became a naturalized citizen, do we? So, do we have an Indonesian citizen in our White House?

If you're ready for communism in the USA, hang in there just a little longer, you're getting it through Barry.

By: gdiafante on 1/25/13 at 7:22

Loner, they have been teaching about the "lost cause" here since I was a child. For those who may not know what that term is, it's how the South rationalizes the war...as a deliberate attempt of the North to destroy the Southern way of life...which the South viewed as a sort of honored society or chivalry.

Another maxim of the "lost cause" is that it was about states rights, not slavery. There are plenty of psychological issues at play here...the entire South and subsequent generations could probably have used some therapy instead of this ridiculous idea. Backburn is a fine example of someone who uses that to her advantage.

By: yogiman on 1/25/13 at 7:24

Just wondering, Loner: Do you know as much about New York as you know about Tennessee? Do you also know your politicians as well? Heck, maybe you should move to Tennessee and get tied in with all of the "like me" folks.

By: Loner on 1/25/13 at 7:25

The gun nuts point to the US abortion rate and try to morally equate that with mass-murder, by way of semi-automatic gunfire....it's a stretch....but these gun-worshiping Jesus freaks never mention the fact that their darling, Israel, has an abortion rate higher than the US rate...and state-sponsored Israeli abortion mills perform the services for free or reduced rates, thanks to the US taxpayer's generosity.....this is selective outrage and situational ethics in action.

Gun nuts also point to motor vehicle deaths and try to equate that with the carnage caused by firearms. Civilian motor vehicles are not designed to kill....firearms are designed to kill....motor vehicles represent a tremendous contribution to the advancement of our species....firearms have been proven to be a very effective tool for killing human beings and destroying entire cultures.... and they were designed to do just that.

Comparing abortion and motor vehicle deaths with gunfire deaths is a false and misleading comparison and has no validity in this argument.

By: gdiafante on 1/25/13 at 7:25

I never said Pravda was, yogi, I pointed out how you so readily believe foreign material. It's not the first time you've quoted a foreign source...it makes me seriously question your allegience to this country.

Well that and all of the anti-Obama rhetoric...but that really connects to what I just said about the "lost cause". Much of the resentment towards Obama can de directly connected to that idiot idea.

Quite simply, some people just can't wrap their mind around the fact that an African-American can be elected and re-elected as President. Hence, it must be a conspiracy.

By: Loner on 1/25/13 at 7:31

I was in Albany, two weeks ago, at the state capital, protesting against hydro-fracking in the Empire State...don't worry, I keep tabs on NY's politicians too....we have some lousy ones too....most are Israel-firsters and/or nanny-state advocates...many are on the take to special interests...incumbency is a problem....gerrymandering makes the seats untouchable....yeah, we got sleaze here too.

By: Loner on 1/25/13 at 7:33

We got yarmulke-wearing lawmakers in New York...you got coonskin-cap wearing lawmakers in Tennessee....same result: the minority oppresses the majority.

By: Rasputin72 on 1/25/13 at 7:36

If a Republican doesn't like guns he does not buy one. If a democrat does not like guns he wants all guns outlawed.

By: Loner on 1/25/13 at 7:39

Gd, whenever I get into a discussion with any Southern sympathizers, I point them towards the Confederate Constitution...it mentions "African Negro slaves" and "African Negro slavery" several times.... and how it must remain forever legal and actually protected by law...it's what the illiterate Southern white crackers were fighting for....they fought for the right for their rich neighbors to own African Negro slaves....what a bunch of idiots; they died to keep their own labor nearly worthless....and they still have not figured that out.

By: Rasputin72 on 1/25/13 at 7:39

If a Republican decides he needs health care, he goes out shopping for it or chooses a job thar provides it.
A Democrat demands that the rest of us pay for it.

By: Rasputin72 on 1/25/13 at 7:43

If a Republican is down and out he thinks about how to better his situation.

A Democrat wonders who is going to take care of him.

By: Loner on 1/25/13 at 7:43

Rasp capitalized, Republican, but did not capitalize, democratic, in his 7:36 post...was that an intentional slight or did he mean small "d" democrats? Or does nobody give a rat's @ss about what Thurston Howell III posts?

How was the chow at the Mission this morning, Rasp?

By: Loner on 1/25/13 at 7:44

Rasp is painting with an extra-wide brush this morning....workfare?

By: gdiafante on 1/25/13 at 7:45

Well, Raspy, as usual you completely misunderstand the issues and resort to the same hyperbole that yogi uses on a daily basis. No wonder you're both considered twits by the online community.

Now, go swindle an old lady...chop chop.

By: govskeptic on 1/25/13 at 7:46

With all that has gone on this week, both locally and nationally, and the big deal of
the weekend's editorial is the grammar of one of seven Tenn. congress members?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/25/13 at 7:46

Isn't it funny that the red states are the ones with more citizens using "entitlements" and government programs?

By: Rasputin72 on 1/25/13 at 7:46

Only in America could those in the top 2% who pay 86% of all personal income taxes be accussed of not paying their fair share by people who pay no federal income tax at all.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/25/13 at 7:53

Ray, that's funny coming from someone who defrauds lonely women. btw, reference your "facts."

By: Rasputin72 on 1/25/13 at 7:53

Gdiafante..........Don't get so upset. This is nothing more than having your failures thrown up in your face.

You chose your life path just as I chose mine. Now accept your status in life.

I will be the first to admit that if I woke up one morning at age 50 with nothing but more notes than Hammond organ I would be as surly as you.

chop chop

By: yogiman on 1/25/13 at 7:57

But it seems it's OK for politicians in the Democrat party to have guns but not the "common" citizens, Rasputin72.

By: Rasputin72 on 1/25/13 at 7:57

LONER.........I have never set foot in a "mission" but I bet when you were a young hippie you saw plenty.

By: Rasputin72 on 1/25/13 at 8:00

That's All Folks!

By: gdiafante on 1/25/13 at 8:04

Actually, it would be your one failure among many, Raspy.

First, I've actually argued against Loner that the second amendment shouldn't be repealed. I have no problems with people owning firearms, I just believe that the process of owning one shouldn't be easier than obtaining health care and that no one needs an AK47 and hundreds of rounds of ammunition to defend their home. To this day I still haven't had one person give a good excuse as to why military grade weapons should be mass produced for civilian purchase.

Second, no, I don't believe that a person should lose the wealth they have built over their lifetime because of spiraling out of control health care costs. I also don't believe that I should have to pay higher insurance premiums because people use the ER as a doctors office. So, what's the solution? I'm not sure, maybe a single-payer...but I do know that Obamacare isn't a government takeover of the industry...if anything it's a boon to the insurance companies, which I don't think will help in the long run.

Is that better for you? Now, don't you have a con to pull on little old Edna?

By: yogiman on 1/25/13 at 8:04

Loner,

Our founders obviously made two bad mistakes when writing our Constitution. One was allowing slavery in their new nation and the other was not specifying the definition of 'natural born citizen'.

We're still paying for both of those errors and can't "cuss" them for their mistakes.

By: Rasputin72 on 1/25/13 at 8:14

Gdiafante........Not even I can argue or disagree with your logic of 8:04.

I have seen glimpses of your intelligence from time to time. That is why I have never ordained you as a charter member of the Simple Six.

Keep on working on that anger management. You are too bright not to debate with clarity and logic.

By: gdiafante on 1/25/13 at 8:16

To quote Ben, blow it out your ass, Raspy.

By: gdiafante on 1/25/13 at 8:21

Well this is progress...yogi finally admits that the Constitition doesn't define natural born citizen...I guess anything is possible...lol

By: Rasputin72 on 1/25/13 at 8:22

Gdiafante......There you go again showing your middle class flaws. What a. shame! It must be a genetic thing.

By: budlight on 1/25/13 at 8:24

gdiafante on 1/25/13 at 6:33
Yogi, whether you like abortion or not, it's a legal medical procedure. Last time I checked, shooting 20 children isn't. Focus.

Yogi, whiskey is legal also and people who drive drunk kill many people. These left wingnuts don't care about life. They just want to take away rights. When they can figure out how to stop drunk drivers, then maybe I'll listen to their theories. But many children have died at the hands of drunks, along with their parents.

And they applaud abortion like it's normal. It's totally wrong to kill an individual who is alive in a womb. If it were not, then why is Scott Peterson serving time for 2 murders? He killed his wife and his baby. But the left wing fringe nuts won't even address his specific case because they can't be logical about his case and still decry abortion.

By: pepawjoe on 1/25/13 at 8:32

Being almost 70 years of age, here in Tn, I guess I am quite a bit concerned at "HOW" our Government of TODAY, Our ELECTED INDIVIDUALS, have all but thrown our Constitution aside, when it's at their convience, for Political Gains.
Today's Government, Elected by us, is a "NEW" Procedure, where NOT TELLING, VOTING PROCEDURE, REPRESENTATION for the PEOPLE, and their Personal JOB SECURETY is PRIORITY ONE, (FIRST FOREMOST AND ALWAYS), and the People's Voices "NEVER SEEM TO MATTER VERY MUCH".
What is HEARD, LISTENED TOO, by any and ALL "Government Individuals, "USED TO BE MORE TRUTH", and "NOT PERSONAL GAINS". Not in today's Government though.
Cover-up's, non-essential, avoidances, hide the truth or realism, for Personal Gain is the NEW Policies for today's Government.
Seventy Years and counting, "THE TRUTH HAS NEVER CHANGED ONE BIT"! But today's Government "SURE HAS".

By: budlight on 1/25/13 at 8:35

"It's like — it was like Special Olympics, or something." — Barack Obama, responding to a question from Jay Leno on NBC's Tonight Show about his shoddy bowling game.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1887005_1887004_1887007,00.html #ixzz2Izuu3qdt

Marsha Blackburn is in good company when it comes to misspeaks or bad grammer but no one ever notices it when Obammie does it. They are all to busy with their heads on the floor as they bow down to him at his alter of deception.

Let's face it, running down Special Olympics, even accidentally, takes an idiot and unfeeling person, at the very least.

By: gdiafante on 1/25/13 at 8:36

Um, bud...whiskey is legal, but driving while intoxicated is not. So, advocating for stricter DUI/DWI laws mean I don't care about life?

It really pisses me off when these idiots make the leap from supporting a women's right to choose to "applauding abortion".

By: gdiafante on 1/25/13 at 8:39

Actually, Bud, that wasn't a "misspeak" or "bad grammar". It was a joke. Maybe a poor joke, but who among us hasn't used the term "retard" or something? Talk about ridiculous...you're retarded.

:)

By: Loner on 1/25/13 at 8:41

The abortion issue and the gun violence issue are not related in any way, shape or manner...but this fact has not deterred the Nuts, Rednecks & A-holes (NRA) from schlepping the right-to-choose issue into the gun-rights debate....same goes for the attempt to link motor vehicle deaths with gunfire deaths....totally unrelated issues.

Obviously, logic and reasoned debate have little effect on the Nuts, Rednecks & A-holes...like sheep, they invariably do what their masters tell them to do...and they call that "freedom" or "liberty".....what a bunch of gullible twits.....and the scary part is that these folks are armed to the teeth and fighting mad....like a time-bomb ticking away....these folks are a clear and present danger to the security of the nation...they are the equivalent of potential domestic terrorists.

I have not softened my position, the 2nd Amendment should be abolished...it was put in place by Southern slave owners who needed state militia to keep the slaves from revolting....this is a little-known fact..... and it enabled and led to the war between the states and the dangerous amendment should have been struck down in 1861. Bigotry and gun ownership go hand in hand in the US...always has and always will.

By: yogiman on 1/25/13 at 9:05

gdiafante,

I believe logic (if you could see it) would define the 'natural born citizen' status. As I have noted before, simply being born in the US doesn't make you a natural born citizen. If simply being born in the US makes you a natural born citizen qualifying you for the president's position means any woman from anywhere on this earth could come to the USA illegally and give birth to our next president. After all, that baby's Kenyan father should be proud of his son being being born in the USA... if he was.

And if he was born in Hawaii, why did he advertise he was born in Kenya for 16 years?

By: bfra on 1/25/13 at 9:09

yogi - How many sticks have you worn out on that dead horse?

By: Captain Nemo on 1/25/13 at 9:17

Mike you have Good Friday analogue of Marsha Blackburn, from the Dark Side of the Force. She would serve Lord Vader well.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/25/13 at 9:19

By: Ask01 on 1/25/13 at 6:35
Sadly, gdiafante has a valid, disturbingly accurate point. Marsha Blackburn, in my humble opinion, more than adequately represents the fringe element.

I do wonder if the paranoia of the right wing conservatives is actually sparked by fear a totalitarian communist regime might takeover America, or the fear their totalitarian facist regime might miss the opportunity?

This is really an excellent contemplation Ask01. The superior position the Republicans and the fringe of themselves, does indicate a deep fear of having the tables turned on them.

By: yogiman on 1/25/13 at 9:19

gdiafante,

I repeat what I've said before: You don't know me. If you did, you would know I don't give a damn if if our president is black, white, pink, purple, polka dot or striped. I do give a damn to know if they are in that office legally. And, let's face it, Barack Obama (if that's his official name) is the first man to refuse to identify himself to 'we the people'. Haven't you ever wondered why he refuses to identify himself?

Really, gdiafante, is this man even an American citizen? Yes? You prove it.., he won't.

By: gdiafante on 1/25/13 at 9:31

I'm not engaging you in this discussion, yogi. You refuse to acknowledge any evidence presented and persist with your outlandish conspiracy theories. That's a personal problem.