Black, campaigning on day of skipped House budget vote: ‘God is God, life is life and truth is truth’

U.S. Rep. Diane Black was campaigning for governor in Dyer County on Friday morning, according to the Dyersburg State Gazette. Earlier that morning, Black had otherwise gained some media attention by skipping the House floor vote on a $400 billion budget deal.

The newspaper reports that Black last visited the West Tennessee county in October, 2017, when she focused on the general need for improvement in the areas of jobs, health care and education. In what seems apparent stump-speech fashion, Black again returned to those three topics in the recent interview, the article says, then added another:

“There is one other piece that I want to mention. There is one thing that is already strong here in Tennessee that we need to maintain and have to jealously protect, especially as we have more people moving into our state – we’ve got to protect our Tennessee values.

“Here in Tennessee, we honor certain things that are very important to people such as knowing that God is God, life is life, and truth is truth, standing up for the American flag, making sure that we don’t have sanctuary cities, and these are values that are important to us in the state of Tennessee. We need to protect those values, and I plan to do that as governor.”

… When asked how she planned to attempt to address the various needs across the state, Congresswoman Black stated, “I believe that what we have to do is to listen to those communities and figure out a way that we can collectively, from the staff that I have and the people that I work with in Nashville at the Capitol, that we can find a way to meet those needs. First of all we’ve got to listen to communities, and have them tell us what they need – not assume what they need.”

Note: Previous post HERE, wherein a Black spokeswoman is quoted as saying the former House Budget Committee chairman felt “her time was better spent meeting with business leaders in Tennessee” – without identifying the business leaders she was meeting. See also the Times Free Press report, not cited in previous post.

4 Responses to Black, campaigning on day of skipped House budget vote: ‘God is God, life is life and truth is truth’

  • Leslie Parsley says:

    “Here in Tennessee, we honor certain things that are very important to people such as knowing that God is God, life is life, and truth is truth, standing up for the American flag, making sure that we don’t have sanctuary cities, and these are values that are important to us in the state of Tennessee.”

    What is this woman even talking about? Does she not listen to herself or the Almighty? The God I grew up with believes in love and in helping those in need, not shutting doors in their faces and leaving them out in the cold. Nor do I think He believes in empty platitudes and meaningless symbolism, which is simply another form of avoiding that ole truth thingy she’s always yammering about but so far seems to have failed in adopting.

    “And the word of the Lord came again to Zechariah: “This is what the Lord Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.’ ”

    — Zechariah 7:8-10

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Do you know Diane? Is she a personal friend of yours? Do you know that Diane doesn’t believe in “. . .love [platitude?] and in helping those in need. . .”, if so, how do you know?

      While you might find it interesting to find out what the Black family contributes in a given year to charities, I don’t, but somehow I don’t think that’s what you’re talking about. Rather what I think you are referring to is the belief that it’s somehow holy or noble to have the government confiscate the wealth of those whose work has brought it about in order to benefit politicians and those who had nothing to do with its creation. No, as a tepid conservative I don’t think Diane believes in that, but neither did Zachariah whose purpose was to encourage the people of Judah to rebuild the temple and to engage in spiritual renewal, not income redistribution via government command and control.

      Somehow Leslie I think somewhere along the line conflated the teaching of the Bible with the teaching of Marx and Engels. Not the same. The important thing for us to do is to elect people like Diane Black who know the difference.

  • Bob Fischer says:

    Which candidate has advocated the state redistribution of wealth? Our current tax burden falls on the poor and middle class and virtually all the candidates for governor from all parties seem to be fine with that.

    I personally would like to see something specific in Black’s platform rather than her call for us to follow her as blind sheep lest we garner her wrath. She’s spewed nothing but hate in Washington and offered not one real solution to any problem facing Tennesseans today. In fact, quite the opposite. She’s profiting quite nicely from our states opioid epidemic. I would like to see her divest any financial dealings that might present a conflict of interest as governor.

  • Lance Persson says:

    In your statement that implies the state should focus on redistribution of wealth, it sounds to me like you want a socialist government. Is that true? Myself, I would like to see a government that encourages and supports small businesses and discourages the political involvement of large companies.

    Lincoln said our government was one that was “of the people, by the people and for the people”. Today it seems to be heavily controlled by big business and political powers who are interested only in retaining and growing their power. As long as “the people” remain complacent and do nothing but whine and complain, this is not going to change.

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