Positive Activism

While Tennessee’s Republican-dominated state legislature tries to portray Occupy Nashville as a bunch of dirty fucking hippies who urinate on legislative staffers, in reality the group has been a little more productive than that. Just ask 78-year-old Helen Bailey, who has the Occupy protesters to thank for saving her home from foreclosure:

Helen Bailey, a Nashville homeowner who was threatened with foreclosure, got a reprieve Monday after thousands signed an online petition hoping to help.

Bailey, 78, who participated in local civil rights marches and taught developmentally disabled children, will now be able to stay in her home until she dies. She only will be responsible for the property taxes and homeowners insurance, her attorney said.


Occupy Nashville started an online petition on Change.org and gathered more than 79,000 signatures protesting the pending foreclosure.

More on Bailey’s situation here.

This is why when Rep. Eric Watson accuses Occupy Nashville of exploiting the homeless and makes the absurd claim that “Jesus would not approve,” I’ve just got to wonder what Tennessee’s legislature has been doing that gets that savior-stamp-of-approval? While Occupy Nashville was keeping one elderly woman from becoming homeless in the middle of winter, the TNGOP is pushing displays of the 10 Commandments in our state courthouses. Which one makes a bigger difference in the lives of real people?

There’s really nothing more to say. Our legislature is more concerned with playing politics than trying to help people in need. Maybe until they get their priorities straight, Tennessee Republicans should just leave Jesus out of it.


Filed under protests, TNGOP

9 responses to “Positive Activism

  1. deep

    Whatever happened to that Conservative plan to rewrite the bible? Or was that just a hoax?

  2. Randy

    Saw both those stories. The only thing I can figure is that Reps. like Watson can spew any kind of hateful, unsubstantiated bullshit and their constituency just eats it up. Unbelievable.

  3. Well, what is so blatantly hilarious about these “Biblical scholars” is that they have most likely NEVER been to church or ever even held the Bible. A friend of mine did research on the subject of “God and the poor” and found over 3,000 references about what God Said, and what Jesus said about the poor.
    But this is the agenda of the GOP/TEAs…first they are “experts on what Jesus said”, while at the same time HATING the poor, women, children, people NOT like them and religions they do not understand. Yeah, keep talking, Watson. Your ignorance about Jesus…and God…is showing.

  4. I’m down with ya on that Ms. Wilson. I remember a quote I read in that vain a while back that went something like: “The only people who don’t understand that Jesus’s ministry was about non-violence are christian’s.” (Prolly be easy to find the source but I’m being lazy.)

    • Thanks, Randy. I am a novice talking about Scripture or my God or his Son. But I do know the God must have a great heavenly sense of humor to put up with the frauds who claim to know Him. I learned about true worship and the joy in it 2 years ago from an awesome young Black Pastor. I ‘got’ it.

      • Randy

        “But I do know the God must have a great heavenly sense of humor to put up with the frauds who claim to know Him.”- M Wilson

        This is one of those “Good News- Bad News” deals. Grace is unconditional. The Bad news is I’ll probably end up with Marcus Bachman as a roommate.

  5. I liked the post and comments.. I would only add some verse:

    Mat 12:33 ¶ Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by [his] fruit.

    Mat 12:34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

    Mat 12:35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.

    Mat 12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

    I am not very religious these days and I don’t read the Bible much, but I remember a lot of my former studies. Most of our “religious” right wing don’t know God because they don’t believe their Bibles..