Whitehouse: Give ’em the boot

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 10:05pm

The campaigns to become or remain mayor of Nashville, or to retain or gain a seat on the Metro Council, are now fully underway.

Every day, invitations to attend a fund-raiser for any number of candidates are arriving in the mail or by email all across the city. The need for the campaign cash has one major purpose: to pay for advertising.

The money pays for more than commercial time, a mail piece or an advertisement in this publication. It pays for the people who write and produce the ad.

As a gesture of goodwill to all of the candidates throwing their hat in the ring this year, I thought I’d save you some campaign cash and write an ad for you to use free.

Here is your script. You’ll have to find your own babies to kiss. If the concept looks like it was stolen from a gubernatorial campaign ad that ran last year, well you get the picture.

There are two ways to run a government: the “Capitol Hill way” and the “Nashville way.”

The Capitol Hill way means intruding upon the rights of a local people while waving the flag of “state’s rights,” printing money that can’t even be used at Chuck E. Cheese and telling individuals that they are terrorists or members of a cult because you don’t subscribe to their religion.

It means crying about not having an elected attorney general like 43 states do, while curiously remaining silent that the way a lieutenant governor is selected in this state is even more at odds with the way 43 other states choose theirs.

The Capitol Hill way is to claim that a bill that imposes a mandate against the will of a local government is about jobs and has nothing to do with discrimination, but then admit to being a little bit afraid of what is between the undergarments and in the mind of the person standing next in line in the bathroom.

The Nashville way is different. It is about telling people they have value in the workforce and as a person no matter who they choose to hold hands with. It is not waiting for a handout and giving a helping hand when natural disaster strikes.

It is the Nashville way to respond to proposed laws that limit the languages of our diverse people with a vote for every voice to be heard, regardless of what language that voice speaks.

“I’m (insert candidate name here). If you’ll hang tough with me, we’ll keep running our city the Nashville way. If those guys on Capitol Hill don’t like it…well, we will just give them the boot.”

 

Contact the writer at kwhitehouse@nashvillepost.com. 

68 Comments on this post:

By: yogiman on 4/20/11 at 6:28

At "odds" with 43 other states? May I offer the conclusion: Nashville is to Tennessee like Tennessee is to the United States, separate and individual, a republic.

If all states and cities went by the same "laws" we would be living in a communist nation. I prefer local rules and regulations. If you don't like them, move out. You can't just "move" because you don't like the government in a communist nation.

By: dargent7 on 4/20/11 at 6:52

So, Nashville and Tennessee is on the cutting edge of how people's rights are to be legislated and expressed? This place?
Guns in honkey-tonk bars, no wine in groceries or on Sundays, fire gay soccer coaches, vote Republican every National election regardless of the idiot running, support every war imaginable (then pull a Charlie Sheen and believe "we're winning")........No thanks.

By: gdiafante on 4/20/11 at 6:53

"Nashville is to Tennessee like Tennessee is to the United States, separate and individual, a republic."

Instead of photo ID's, we should require IQ tests to vote. Then again, that would eliminate 75% of the populace.

By: Loner on 4/20/11 at 6:55

I love it. This is 1st class writing; bravo, Ken Whitehouse.

Many of us tend to believe that governance gets more parochial and provincial as we go from the federal level down to the municipal level. The more local the law, the more likely it is to contain bias and prejudice, and to be generally more "conservative". That's the conventional wisdom and sadly, that is often the case. Oppressive local ordinances are routinely thrown out in court, as state and/or federal standards of compliance supersede, or trump local laws.

In the case of Metro Nashville versus the State of Tennessee, it's the other way around - government, at the Tennessee state level is extremely conservative and at the local, Metro Nashville level it is decidedly more liberal, especially in the areas of civil and human rights. This is what makes this a nationally newsworthy story, IMO.

If the Judeo-Christian theocrats, who now rule the TN statehouse, are ever to be voted out of office, the crusade to do so must begin in Nashville and the time to begin that noble battle is right now. The line in the sand has been drawn, Davy Crockett stood his ground...will Metro Nashville do the same?

By: govskeptic on 4/20/11 at 6:59

"Vote left or don't vote at all"-great idea, and very telling letter with abbreviated reasoning to back it up!

By: gdiafante on 4/20/11 at 7:05

Tennessee is so far to the right that a vote to the left is considered center.

By: karlwithak on 4/20/11 at 7:24

Metro Way - http://www.wtvf.com/story/10846716/metro-pays-pr-firm-to-lobby-council-to-spend-money?redirected=true

More examples found in the comments section of kerr lovefest to dean. Since Whitehouse is also a former bredenista we know which side of the bread he's buttered on and as evidenced above he refuses to question dean as part of the deal no matter how flagrant the obvious is.

"Bookmark the site - Mike Byrd is a good example to others what a news reporter's work should look like in Nashville.
Why wasn't this reported anywhere else - http://enclave-nashville.blogspot.com/2011/03/jerry-maynard-running-as-attorney-of.html
He's a Dean guy through and through. That's the type that Mare Dean will work to keep in office.

Take a look at the body of work that is Megan Barry - (Who else could marry their college professor and end up an Ethics pro)
http://enclave-nashville.blogspot.com/search/label/Megan%20Barry
Has any other council campaign ever raised $80k in one night ?
Sure has a lot of favors to return, can metro taxpayers afford that ?"

See who has donated to whom in Metro here www.mikepeden.com

See any conflicts of interest ?

How many donors to Barry and Dean work for metro or receive business directly from metro. Pay to play with dean and barry in office.

By: BenDover on 4/20/11 at 7:39

Happy 4/20 all.

By: BenDover on 4/20/11 at 7:42

With all the right-wing boogie men running around inside Whitehouse's head it would seem he's already partaken of some really bad sh*t.

By: house_of_pain on 4/20/11 at 7:43

Yep...4/20 all day long...gonna be a productive day.

By: Loner on 4/20/11 at 7:43

Now, we are finally getting to the most important topic of the day...thank you, Doctor Dover.

I am 4/20 ready and feeling fine, 10/4.

By: BenDover on 4/20/11 at 7:44

Hey guys... I think I saw Willy...

By: Loner on 4/20/11 at 7:46

I would say, herb superb, Ben Dover...Ken's missive is smokin'....it gets better on the re-read....really bad-@ss sh*t.

By: Loner on 4/20/11 at 7:49

Ben, I ain't lyin'...in the lobby of my hotel....I gotta admit it, it gave me a rush...I thanked the woman and moved on....and that was without the leather cowboy hat.

By: BenDover on 4/20/11 at 7:49

Nah loner... it's the kinda paranoid tripe usually followed by, "... and who the hell ate my Fritos".

By: BenDover on 4/20/11 at 7:51

You should play up the Nor-eastern Willy sightings Loner. Represent. Don't let the fans down.

By: Loner on 4/20/11 at 7:57

Ben, you must have read my post on the LTE thread (baseball bats)...From Watkins Glen, NY to Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada...the legend lives on, from the Chippewa on down...Willie's moccasins are really big...I do my best.

I went as Willie last Halloween at the C&S Saloon in Brockport...got an honorable mention...chicks in skimpy outfits actually won all the prizes, as it should be, of course.
Some posed for pictures with "Willie".

By: BenDover on 4/20/11 at 7:57

Oh... sorry... not the willy sightings... the Willie sightings. If you get caught up in a willy sighting you should just say, 'winning' and move on.

By: Loner on 4/20/11 at 8:00

Willy nilly?

By: BenDover on 4/20/11 at 8:10

Little willy... BIG willy... Free Willy... willy nilly!

Let's just say unsolicited public auditioning as a Country star as opposed to auditioning as model for the round-about on Music Row can have alternative consequences.

By: Antisocialite on 4/20/11 at 8:20

BenDover said:
Nah loner... it's the kinda paranoid tripe usually followed by, "... and who the hell ate my Fritos".

I'm wondering where exactly you are seeing paranoia, because nothing in that seems anxious or fearful to the point of delusion. I would call it an attempt at a humorous and somewhat hyperbolic comparison, but definitely not paranoid.

By: Loner on 4/20/11 at 8:21

My understanding is that the next round-about bronze, the nude "public art" piece will be that of a middle-aged man bending over to pick up a dropped bar of soap...the whole piece being on a round-table pedestal, ever-rotating.....the title of the new sculpture is "Intelligent Design?"...that's what I read somewhere....is that true? Very "avant garde".

By: slacker on 4/20/11 at 8:24

Loner..yes thats accurate other than the title which is: ''Nashville Taxpayers''

By: slacker on 4/20/11 at 8:25

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By: BenDover on 4/20/11 at 8:32

Hey slacker... don't you go messin' with my river-front water-park. The suburbs need to ante up for some down-town parks, area improvements and art. Otherwise all that money you spent on my convention center will get lonely.

By: house_of_pain on 4/20/11 at 8:34

"How come every time I come in the kitchen, you in the kitchen?"

By: Loner on 4/20/11 at 8:34

Thanks for verifying that, Slack...I see that the Creationists changed the work's title. Is this to be a statue-fountain affair? A Victorian-looking, bronze, shower head....bathing the bent-over bronze figure in a shower of cleansing Poland Spring water...with huge, imported, golden carp in the fountain pool...that would be real class.

By: RJP on 4/20/11 at 8:39

rjp IT use to be vote for me and i will take care of you. Now its donate to me and i will take care of you. And if you donate big to me you just might make the club. And free press in the paper whats that worth? Gail for Dean tired of reading about all the mayor has done for the citizens.How is that master plan coming for the fair grounds? Deal with that after we vote, right! How is that creek clean up going?It's been polluted since the civil war! And with big storms bringing heavy rain and drain ditches full of tree branches, it does'nt take long before the water rises fast.But vote for me, I will take care of you. WHATEVER!

By: Loner on 4/20/11 at 8:42

Amen, brother RJP.

By: revo-lou on 4/20/11 at 8:43

{karlwithak on 4/20/11 at 8:24
Metro Way - http://www.wtvf.com/story/10846716/metro-pays-pr-firm-to-lobby-council-to-spend-money?redirected=true

More examples found in the...for metro or receive business directly from metro. Pay to play with dean and barry in office.}

So, karl, what is your point? We went thru this with the state legislature elections, “cleaning out” what was there and replacing it with promises of jobs and betterment for the state, only to be saddled with the largest group of backwoods mouth-breathing people hating representatives we have ever had!

You proposal is to fix this mess how?

By: house_of_pain on 4/20/11 at 8:46

"You proposal is to fix this mess how?"

Get a rope...

By: slacker on 4/20/11 at 8:47

Ben, no worries. We're gonna build you a baseball stadium next.

By: yogiman on 4/20/11 at 8:51

Is this "vote for me" routine the reason the Border Patrol Agents have been ordered not to stop and arrest any illegal aliens crossing the borders into our country because maybe some of them will come to Tennessee and vote for me?

By: slacker on 4/20/11 at 8:54

Loner, your vision is correct. But the Carp will be imported from the mighty Cumberland, the river of our founder.. Jimmy Robertson.

By: revo-lou on 4/20/11 at 9:02

{yogiman on 4/20/11 at 9:51
Is this "vote for me" routine the reason the Border Patrol Agents have been ordered not to stop and arrest any illegal aliens crossing the borders into our country because maybe some of them will come to Tennessee and vote for}

Yes, you ignorant twit, the whole federal system is corrupt and in cahoots with the TN dems to allow a few thousand illegal aliens into this state just to “fix” elections in their favor. Never mind that most illegal aliens want as little to do with the government as possible, lest they be found out, they ALL have a strong desire to vote for TN dems and are clamoring to come across the border just for that purpose.

By: Loner on 4/20/11 at 9:26

Fortunately, Nashville is also the capital city of Tennessee, so the venue for both sides of the political battle is the same....it's city versus state... in a faith-based contest of wills...progressive secularists versus Judeo-Christian theocrats...and it's all right here in Music City....let the slugfest continue, this will draw national attention....Tea Party Backlash: Rebellion in Nashville!!

By: yogiman on 4/20/11 at 9:30

Sorry you have the nitwit brain you was born with revo-lou. Hopefully, you and the others will wake up before our nation collapses.

By: revo-lou on 4/20/11 at 9:34

{yogiman on 4/20/11 at 10:30
Sorry you have the nitwit brain you was born with revo-lou. Hopefully, you and the others will wake up before our nation collapses.}

Hopefully you and your type will drop dead before this nation is sucked into an abyss from which we cannot escape.

By: Loner on 4/20/11 at 9:37

"Ignorant twit" is answered with "Nitwit brain"....soon, we'll here the thunderous Dumba...Dumba...Dumba...

I still like TN-CRAP, yesterday's hate acronym and demonic mnemonic.

TN-CRAP stands for Taliban Nazi - Confederate Redneck Association of Pro-segregationists.

By: Loner on 4/20/11 at 9:40

Homophone error!

I wrote, ""....soon, we'll here the thunderous Dumba...Dumba...Dumba..."

Should Have Been: "....soon, we'll hear the thunderous Dumba...Dumba...Dumba..."

Mea culpa...hey, it's 4-20.

By: BenDover on 4/20/11 at 9:43

Thanks slack... I'm getting ready to swap out my suburb home for one in Williamson county too. The Suburban Davidson BenDover is getting tired of subsidizing all the whims of urban Nashville BenDover; so that seems like the best solution. Otherwise it's just out of one pocket and into the other, right? Thanks for the baseball stadium, btw!

By: BenDover on 4/20/11 at 9:46

Where's the new sculpture going to be? Is that the round-about they are talking about adding near Jack White's studio?

By: Loner on 4/20/11 at 9:50

I dunno the location..Slack, House, what's the deal on this?

By: Loner on 4/20/11 at 9:56

Gotta roll, you bunch of Misfits...it's 4-20 and I have to make my usual rounds...rainy, cold and gloomy...I'll be in the DJ-5, not on the big thumper...party on!

By: BenDover on 4/20/11 at 9:58

Party on, Lone one...

By: slacker on 4/20/11 at 9:59

I think 8th. & Lafayette Ben.

By: BenDover on 4/20/11 at 10:04

Yep... Third Man is about a block away from there, I think. Isn't the homeless shelter down there too?

By: Captain Nemo on 4/20/11 at 10:24

I just finished a book call The Joys of Ridding on Willie’s Bus, by I.B. Stoned.

By: slacker on 4/20/11 at 10:27

The homeless shelter is at 6th. & Lafayette.
Fights start at 8:30 pm, rain or shine.

By: house_of_pain on 4/20/11 at 10:55

"Fights start at 8:30 pm, rain or shine."

You can buy the whole seat, but you'll only need the edge...