Of CROWDS and COURTROOMS

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Of CROWDS and COURTROOMS

I don’t WANT to be the only armed defender in a crowd if that crowd, God forbid, needs an armed defender, or more than one.

But, in that hypothetical scenario, I’d rather be the one armed defender, even if it’s only with my .380 LCP, than be in the crowd and also be defenseless.

Nashville opponents of the massive Mass Transit tax (and I’m one) are days away from being trapped in a special election for mayor without any opposition to David Briley, who supports former Mayor Barry’s transit tax as much as, if not more than, she did.

Mayor Barry handed SOMEONE a platform big enough to mount a truly formidable campaign against the transit tax – a special election for mayor, which overlaps the campaigns for and against the transit tax just enough to kick-start a mayor’s campaign and increase the chances of defeating the transit tax. It’s an opening for one-two punch that comes once in a lifetime.
The two most obvious people offered the chance to take up arms as the leader of the transit tax opposition, and if successful, stand a good chance of winning the special election, said “no.”
First, Bill Freeman, who’s on record against the transit tax, not only disappointed his supporters, but voiced his support for Mayor Briley – something that makes no sense to serious transit tax opponents.
On Thursday, David Fox, who outlasted all other candidates, including Freeman, but lost to Barry in the runoff election in 2015, let it be known he’s not interested in the job.
To be clear, THE JOB is to defend Nashville against a future with a big tax increase to fund a “transit” plan that is not about transit, but about increasing (and subsidizing) the density of Nashville. That might sound conspiratorial if we didn’t hear it from Metro Councilman John Cooper, a Democrat, the brother of Congressman Jim Cooper, talking to voters in early March.
THE JOB is to make sure Nashville voters have at least roughly equal access to information that will prove to any reasonable person that the transit tax will not relieve Nashville’s commuter congestion.
If someone does THE JOB well, the May 1st referendum can be a fair, informed election that could mean a lot more to Nashville than even traffic congestion and taxes.

THE JOB is to make sure voters know what they are voting for.

A courtroom without a devil’s advocate can’t produce a fair trial.

THE JOB is to make sure there’s a fair trial.

This courtroom has no defense attorney, because no one has volunteered for the job.
The deadline to take out and return petitions to run for mayor of Nashville, with 25 valid Davidson County voters, is Thursday, April 4, at noon.
I am in the crowd (Nashville) and I can see the danger coming, and I cannot see anyone else prepared to defend the crowd.
I have taken out the petitions, just in case. I hate going into a crowd unarmed.
I can get the 25 signatures, and I have some ammunition to defend Nashville, but not much — 11 years on morning drive talk radio (for name recognition) plus about 9,000 Facebook friends and followers and about 4,000 Twitter followers for potential message distribution. That’s not much. Back to the first analogy, it’s my .380 LCP against a heavily armed assailant.
Many of us in the Nashville crowd have spotted the danger and there are no easy exits. I’m looking around for help, but I don’t see any yet.

If I don’t see a more formidable defense than me – before Thursday, April 4, 2018, at noon – my petitions are coming out of the holster.

-Ralph Bristol

4 Responses

  1. Travis Keese says:

    I would Certainly Vote for you Sir Ralph!

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