If you don’t vote, don’t complain……………

“Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of the Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature….If the next centennial does not find us a great nation…it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.”

President James Garfield

But don’t vote stupidly… know how your representatives stand on the issues but most of all understand why they answered as they do.

Every organization has their own issues and measuring sticks they use to provide information both to their membership and the public. Some of these issues are grounded by constitutional law, some not. For example, immigration is solely an issue constitutionally directed to the Federal Government and not the states but funding immigration via subsidy goes a step beyond the responsibility of the Federal Government (some might say that the offer of free land was a step beyond the realm of government but the land was offered equally to citizens of the United States via the Homestead Act of 1862).

Some said that the Homestead Act didn’t go far enough in providing for the new settlers to government land and those that settled there were didn’t have the financial backing needed to succeed in western agriculture, hence we have moved into the modern world of continually expanding subsidy. Since the education of immigrants and citizens alike falls directly on the states (subsidized by the Federal Government to the tune of $169,764,697,028 (estimated), states may have little to say other than ok….. Note: Tennessee is estimated to have received over $3.1 billion dollars in education subsidies from the Federal coffers.

So asking questions about how one might vote on the issue of immigration within the state is probably a little silly but politically expedient. So most will agree with the public but will never actually have to do anything about it.

All that said and done, we still applaud those that ask serious questions about serious subjects. In Tennessee, we have organizations such as The Tennessee Eagle Forum, FACT and The Tennessee Firearms Association. All of these organizations provided questions for those that plan to aid in managing the state of Tennessee and you would be less informed if you did not view their questions and the responses of the candidates.

For today let us ponder the questions from The Tennessee Eagle Forum:

Candidates for Governor, the United States Senate, the United States House of Representatives, State Senate, State House of Representatives, and others are on the ballot.

Candidates for Governor are HERE. Candidates for the State Senate and State House are HERE.

July 13, 2018    Early Voting begins:First day of Early Voting period
July 26, 2018    Absentee Ballot Request ends:Final day to request an absentee ballot
July 28, 2018    Early Voting ends:Final day of Early Voting period
August 2, 2018 Primary Election Day

Each election cycle Tennessee Eagle Forum (TEF) sends to every candidate for the State Legislature a letter and a Questionnaire containing 30 questions on issues important to our members. TEF is prohibited by its bylaws from endorsing candidates, but we ask them to return the questionnaire so that we can create a chart containing their answers and we post that chart on our website. This chart enables voters from their districts to compare answers among the incumbents and challengers for each district, thus assisting them in choosing a candidate that most closely aligns with their beliefs and values.

When you access the chart and your candidate has not yet returned their questionnaire, why not contact him or her and ask WHY?  We can still post the answers we receive.

2018 Tennessee Eagle Forum Candidate Questionnaire

Chart on Returned 2018 Legislative Questionnaire

Legislature District Maps – Tennessee General Assembly

Criteria: Selecting Those Who Will Represent You

Locate Your County Election Commission

God Bless and Good Day





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