“I’ve been watching you, dad. Ain’t that cool
I’m your buckaroo, I wanna be like you.
And eat all my food and grow as tall as you are.
We like fixing things and holding mama’s hand.
Yeah we’re just alike. Hey, ain’t we, dad?
I wanna do everything you do.
So I’ve been watching you.” – Rodney Atkins
At the close of the 111th legislative session of the Tennessee General Assembly, patriarchy and White Supremacy showed up for the curtain call and paraded across the stage as stars of the legislative shit show.
And just as “pro-public” education protesters were packing up their anti-voucher posters and black voters rights activists were positioning themselves for voter suppression fight 2.0, NewsChannel 5’s investigative reporter Phil Williams (‘member him?) released text messages from 32-year-old Cade Cothren, a white male highly-paid chief of staff to House Speaker Glen Casada, a “Christian” family man who likes the ladies and harbors his racist misogynistic friends.
Out of the controversy surrounding Young Cade, revealed a man once thought of as fiercely loyal to his party, is actually madly in love with himself, fatally addicted to power, and wildly sympathetic to monsters who rape and demean women. I mean, Casada inspired the likes of Young Cade, a GOP operative who is as cool bragging about screwing “a girl” [updated to reflect actual admission and not hearsay] in the bathroom of a popular hot chicken restaurant in 60 seconds or less as he is manipulating official records to frame a young black Divinity student, was very recently rewarded with a $131,000 raise, making baby boy the third highest paid employee in the state.
Taypayer-Funded Hate and Fraud
As news swelled about Young Cade’s texts that included “thug nigger” and “black people are idiots”, the Speaker defends his guy without even looking. He knows this playbook like the back of his hand. When the issue of Young Cade’s criminal falsifying of government email with intent to frame Justin Jones, a Vanderbilt Divinity student/activist accused of tossing a coffee cup at Casada, the speaker, true to form, accused NewsChannel 5 of reporting fake news and supported his guy.
A little background: Jones was arrested for assault after tossing a coffee cup into the elevator with Casada, when released on bond he was ordered to have no contact with Casada. Young Cade, long on privilege but short on brains and morals, threw on his White (supremacy) Hat and framed the young civil rights activist for bond violation and possibly years of fighting the criminal justice system. (Important note: This was actually discovered months ago by reporter Cari Wade Gervin but ignored until now.)
“This many months later, I have not had any contact with Casada or have not been at the Capitol. So I followed the no-contact order.” Justin Jones
Taxpayer-Funded Cocaine Use
The Speaker, drenched in confidence in his ability to slither out from the narrowest of near-misses, maintained faith in Young Cade and belief in redemption after an admission of taxpayer-funded cocaine use inside the state Capitol. “I stand by my chief of staff because I know his character.”
Like President, Like State Legislator, Like Chief of Staff
But it wasn’t until text messages between the Senior (“Can I just touch????”) and Junior (“Lol maybe just once”) misogynists hit sunlight that Young Cade folded up his $200k blankie and resigned. Though Casada invoked the “locker room talk” defense successfully used by the p—-y-grabber-turned-President, it failed to save Young Cade’s gig.
Even after all that, in addition to members of Casada’s party distancing themselves from the power-drunk hypocrite by asking him to step down, Casada refuses to give up one drop of power. He did, however, submit a bullshit plan of action minus a resignation.
Tennessee Needs Jesus
It’s rare for me to write about issues at the state level as my focus is local education and ensuring families are informed about their right to an excellent education by any means necessary. But when tax dollars are used to help breed and harbor racists, people elected and hired to serve the interests of all of residents, it’s our collective responsibility to protect our children and the future of this state — for our children’s children.
The Tennessee State Capitol, where a protected bust of the KKK’s first Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest stands, will continue to House racism, sexism, and homophobia as long as Glen Casada rules the roost.
Our children deserve better.
We deserve better.
Casada’s gotta go and Young Cade must be brought up on criminal charges for doctoring official government email. #CleanHouse
But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 1 Timothy 3:13 KJV