Representative Stacey Campfield provides this on-the-spot report from a committee hearing in the Tennessee State House yesterday:
Several times when votes were taken the actual votes called out had the motion passing. But when the vote totals were read out not only did the motion fail but the vote totals did not even match the number of legislators in the room. People were left with their jaw[s] on the ground.
Campfield may be the worst-spelling blogger in the State, but I wish there were more people like him in the General Assembly. Someone needs to expose the current culture of political corruption for all to see.
This is just another example of why we need a wholesale change of leadership on Capitol Hill.
I started this post about two weeks ago, but only recently was able to corroborate the subcommittee hearing details that Rep. Campfield related. Apparently, the roll call vote had the motion passing 7-5. However, when the recorder tallied the vote, he called it 5-5. This, in spite of the fact that there were twelve committee members present, and all voted with no abstentions.
The second reason I revived this earlier post was what I heard in church yesterday.
Now I’m not one to go around quoting scripture. To the best of my recollection, I’ve never done it before. As a practical matter, I’ve never found it of much use to try and sway people with Bible quotations. It only helps to convert only those already converted. However, a passage in yesterday’s Gospel was particularly illuminating (pun intended, as you’ll see in a minute).
. . . the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed. But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen . . . (John 3:19-21)
I like this quotation because it points out a truism that holds no matter your faith (or even no faith at all): People do wrong where they can’t be seen.
It is time to shine a harsh light into every corner of Capitol Hill. A legislative leadership that is so dishonest, so corrupt, so brazen that it can change votes, is not capable of being reformed. They must be driven away in shame.
I’ll work with people in either party who recognize this. My chief motivation is not partisan. Sure, I prefer to see Republican leadership on Capitol Hill, but I’d be almost as happy if Democrats as ethical as Frank Buck, or as honest as Doug Henry held the gavel.
So, to those who support the same regime that has brought us the scandals which we’re only just beginning to unravel, you are the source of the problem–no matter under whose banner you run. While to those who help to shine a light on our state leadership’s unethical dealings, Tennesseans of both parties owe you a debt of thanks.