I read today that State Senator Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet) introduced Senate Bill 2348 in an attempt to amend the Tennessee Code Annotated to take the jurisdiction away from the supreme court, circuit, criminal and chancery courts to determine the constitutionality of a statute properly enacted by the general assembly.
Does she not understand the separation of the legislative and judicial branches? Does she not understand the courts are part of the checks and balances put into place to help us keep our democracy? Or maybe she does and that is the point. In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., "We can never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was "legal" and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was "illegal." "
I understand she has since withdrawn the bill under advisement from her colleagues and I'm sure this bill would have never gone very far but that's not what is important. What scares me the most is her way of thinking. She would have not introduced the bill in the first place if she did not think, in her mind, she was right to do it. This is the way dictatorships get started. A little change here and a little change there and the next thing you know you have no rights. Maybe she has plans to become Kaiserin Mae of Tennessee some day.
These kinds of bills are so embarrassing for the State of Tennessee. I'm sure this will make the national media like the stupid bills before this one did and everyone will have a good laugh at our expense.
If Governor Haslam wants to take a more active role in legislative matters he should start with
ridiculous bills being introduced. But then again, when he didn't like the Nashville Occupy Movement he tried arresting them and when that didn't work he tried changing the rules.