The legislature of the state of Tennessee is now powerless. Earlier, three of its members decided that they did not want to address the issues that the remainder of the body wanted to deliberate on that day. They led protesters into the chamber, and using bullhorns, they wrested control of the days agenda from the other 96 members of the legislative body, refusing to yield the floor. When the 99 members of that body overwhelmingly voted to censure the three by expelling two of them, those who were removed and their followers screamed about democracy.
Those people had their way, with the city of Nashville unanimously voting to send one of the expelled members right back. He reentered the legislature, even more disruptive and defiant than before. In his return speech, he DARED the members of the legislature to try and stop him, and effectively declared that the members of the Tennessee legislature are now his bitches. (I would post a video of that speech, but I can’t stand the way that he talks for long enough to do so. The way that he is imitating Martin Luther King, Jr. by drawing out some of the words is annoying and makes me want to throw my laptop.)
The entire legislature now looks like an impotent group of horse’s asses. They turned him into a martyr, and are now running scared at the accusations of racism.
This entire series of events guarantees that the legislature WILL discuss whatever he wants them to discuss, when he wants to discuss it. If they do not, he will again disrupt the meeting with a bullhorn, and there isn’t a thing that anyone can do about it. Gun control? Trans rights? Reparations? All of it is on the table, should Justin Jones decide that it will be so.
Now one would think that turnabout is fair play. The Republicans can attempt to do the same, grabbing a bullhorn and hijacking the legislature when they can’t get their way, but if there is anything that we have learned from the reactions to 2020’s BLM riots and J6, it is this: there are two sets of rules in this country. The Republicans simply don’t have the balls to realize that they are being played. They still believe that there are rules, and principles, and have a concept of shame and a sense of fair play.
Those things are all luxuries that we can no longer afford. The war has been joined, and until Republicans realize that this is a winner take all bare knuckled brawl in a back alley and not a boxing match following Marquis de Queensbury rules of decorum, they will continue to bend over and be the left’s bitches. Once this system is seen to work in Tennessee, other states will fall in similar fashion.