A couple of years ago I was enjoying a cold beer on my back porch when our front doorbell rang. I went to the door and was greeted by a toothy fellow in a suit who seemed very eager to shake my hand. Behind this smirking jerk stood a teenager holding a clipboard and wearing a nice tie. I was about to have my first and only personal encounter with Joe Carr, candidate for the House of Representatives.
Rep. Joe "This here's a microphone" Carr
Joe handed me a flyer that listed his core beliefs and his campaign promises and then asked for my vote in the upcoming election. I asked for a moment to review the flyer, then told him I didn't see a single thing on it with which I agreed. He seemed stunned, but never stopped grinning.
"Nope. Not a damn thing. I'm afraid you've come to the only house in this part of the state where you won't find a Republican voter."
Then I asked about the kid with the clipboard, and was told that he was a campaign worker and an intern with Carr's campaign. I shook the kid's hand, then offered him some advice:
"I think it's great to see young people taking an interest in politics. I worked a campaign when I was about to turn eighteen, and then voted in my first presidential election later that year. It was transformative for me, and I've been involved in politics ever since. Keep your eyes open, and keep an open mind to new ideas!"
Carr won handily, despite my vote for the other guy. And he's been an embarrassment to Murfreesboro and Tennessee ever since. I hope the kid with the clipboard has been paying attention...
Yesterday Rep. Joe Carr (R-Murfreesboro) introduced a bill to make it a misdemeanor for federal authorities to make any attempt to enforce President Obama's gun control efforts. In his statement, Carr explained that Tennesseans have a right "to defend themselves from tyranny."
Carr went on to say that Obama's executive orders and his gun control proposals were unconstitutional.
Irony is lost on some people.
It's unconstitutional for local authorities to defy federal law, and it's unconstitutional for them to consider criminal charges against federal law enforcement officers who are carrying out orders of the President.
But this asshat doesn't care about the Constitution. Not really. He cares about hopping on that Pander Express before it leaves the Hooterville depot... That's why he was front and center at a 2nd Amendment "Rally and Pistol Shoot" last week here in town, sponsored by State Representative Mike Sparks. Joe Carr wants to be seen whenever teabagger types are gathered in sufficient numbers, especially if they're encouraged to bring their "own guns and ammo" to the event.
We all know that asking folks to submit to background checks before purchasing firearms is the first step down a slippery slope leading to Hitler and Pol Pot, right?