Today I am a proud Tennesseean.
See, our state is a "Red State" that up until the past couple years, had been unjustly ruled by a narrowly elected majority of Liberal Democrats that all but ruined this State.
However, Conservatives have made a huge comeback in the past couple of elections, and the current mood at the State Legislature is definitively Conservative.
I heard about the planned demonstration on Chattanooga talk radio on Monday but was unable to get on as a caller. Looks like our folks in Nashville are representing us like we told them to.
This ain't Wisconsin........
Troopers forcibly carried out seven union supporters from the Tennessee's legislative office complex on Tuesday after their protest disrupted a Senate committee hearing.
The disruption occurred after hundreds of labor supporters gathered for a midday protest near the Capitol to denounce a bill to strip teachers of their collective bargaining rights. The seven arrested were among those who stood up during the hearing and began chants about "union busting" by the Legislature.
Most demonstrators left the hearing room after a half-hour, but a small group tried to lock arms to keep from being removed.
Troopers pulled the holdouts out of the room one by one, while lawmakers, lobbyists and other observers looked on. Several fellow protesters shouted: "Shame!"
The protesters, some of whom were dragged to a nearby conference room, were arrested and faced charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey of Blountville in a statement said he supports the right to protest and assemble peacefully in Tennessee. But he said the protesters went too far.
"This General Assembly will not be intimidated by nomadic bands of professional agitators on spring break bent on disruption," he said. "We talk through our differences here. Tennessee is not Wisconsin."