Americans of all ages are familiar with the Disney film, The Jungle Book. This fantastic cartoon adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic was put to screen with the voices of Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot and Sterling Holloway and brought us such great tunes as “The Bare Necessities” and “I Wan’na Be Like You” and “Trust In Me”. It was Walt Disney’s last personally-supervised film.
The most iconic scene features four floppy-headed vultures sitting in a leafless tree in the middle of a desert with nothing to do. Get it? No life. No carcasses?
We are introduced to them asking each other in their finest Liverpudlian accents, “Whatta you wanna do?” The others reply, “I don’t know. Whatta you wanna do?” The questioning and responses continue to absurdity. It’s comedic relief as they help the little lost boy, Mowgli, escape from the terrible panther, Shere Khan.
I thought of this scene after watching days of negative posturing from Tennessee elected officials in the wake of the Supreme Court homosexual “marriage” decision.
Not even a decade ago, Tennessee voters approved a Constitutional Amendment declaring that, in Tennessee, marriage would be defined as being between one man and one woman. In the wake of the unconstitutional SCOTUS decision, one would expect a rush to nullify by members of the Tennessee General Assembly.
By all appearances, what we are getting is a crowd of legislators standing around looking at each other asking, “Whatta you wanna do” with the responses back, “I don’t know. Whatta you wanna do”. It would be comical if it weren’t so serious.
The correct decision here is the biggest “no-brainer” in Tennessee political history. A supermajority of Tennesseans have already spoken on this. They are waiting for their elected officials to act upon their decision.
I realize that several General Assembly Members have spoken out. Some have spoken to me personally about this and my answer each time has been the same. First, the Supreme Court had no Constitutional standing to rule on the matter. They are asserting the 14th Amendment to be saying something it was never intended to say. Second, the 10th Amendment reserves any matter not specifically delegated to the federal government to the States and the people. Last, since the Supreme Court has no jurisdiction here, Tennessee should state that it intends to ignore the decision and go about its Constitutionally-mandated business.
Yet, to date, the only legislation being suggested is a “run-for-the-hills” bill getting the state out of the marriage business. Let’s be clear. Tennesseans want the state in the marriage business and they have, by a clear majority, voted to make it so. As a result, their elected officials are obligated to get it done.
So, if you are an elected official waiting for your “Leadership” to start this ball rolling, stop waiting. You become the Leader! You step out there and do what others are hesitant to do. You find others who will join you. Stop waiting on someone else!
Your Governor has already capitulated. There is no leadership coming from that office.
I admit there is risk in stepping forward. But the people of Tennessee are waiting.
“Whatta you wanna do?”
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