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Jeremy Faison “The Conservative”
I started my research with Jeremy Faison (R) District 11.
I want to like the guy, I really do. He’s likable, but my experience tells me that he’s just another under educated, misinformed, party-first politician. My research, and his LACK of any substantial effort and actions shows me that he’s not FOR the people he’s been elected to represent.
This guy is a party politics first, people and country second kind of politician.
Don’t let the charismatic personality, raised on a farm, dedicated “man of God”, and devoted family man facade fool you. In my opinion, Jeremy Faison has done little or nothing to improve the lives of those he represents.
Faison represents District 11 in east Tennessee which includes Cocke, Greene, and Jefferson counties. District 11 is one of the poorest in the state. My focus for this essay is mainly Cocke County. In Cocke County, about one-third of the constituency receives food stamps and or other government assistance.
Faison does little to hide his contempt for people with progressive views as well as those who receive government assistance which is kind of ironic since he “represents” one of the poorest districts in the state. Additionally, his ignorance and lack of political savvy make him unaware of the fact that regardless of which party he falls in line with, he is still responsible and accountable to ALL of his constituents, regardless of their party affiliation and stance on the issues. It’s his JOB to listen to EVERYONE he represents. Instead, using conspiracy theories and extremist propaganda, he manipulates people to work against their own best interest and that of their families and hopes that those of us who know better will simply go away if he ignores us hard enough. And all the while, he continues to do a whole lot of nothing for the people of Cocke County. We continue to be steeped in poverty, poor education, and limited health care options. Our meth problem is an embarrassment and it seems as if we’re regressing instead of moving forward.
His campaign slogan is: “Your ears at home, your voice in Nashville”
Ears at home? I call bullshit on that statement. And the only one he seems to be a voice for is the gun lobby. I haven’t read ONE bill that he’s sponsored to improve or advance education and he’s AGAINST healthcare per his voting record and the rhetoric he spews!
Ears at home…HA! I, as well as many others, have personally approached Faison on numerous occasions and asked him questions about serious issues like education, jobs, and healthcare, specifically women’s healthcare issues. To date, I’ve never gotten a straight answer to any of my questions and it seems I’m not alone.
Mr. Faison has a reputation for avoiding those questions that require him to have solid answers about THE most important issues. You know, answers that people NEED in order to make their lives better. Instead, he skirts the issue or worse…several people I’ve talked to have claimed that he simply walks away from the person asking the question without responding at all.
So much for “Ears at home”
And don’t try and gain any insight by visiting his Facebook or Twitter pages because all you’ll find there is rhetoric and conspiracy theory based opinions and the requisite Bible scriptures, and prop shots with flags and kids and descriptions of his perfect life and reflections of his perfect ideology that ALL predator politicians use to convince their followers that they are good, wholesome, God-fearing “Christians” even though their actions prove otherwise.
Mr. Faison cloaks himself in the “Southern, Christian, 2nd Amendment defending, Constitution protecting, pro-life, Conservative” persona while supporting extremist, anti-government, anti-police, nut-jobs like Anthony Gucciardi (see the video on Faisons website under Disarmed: A History of Gun Control) who follows even bigger nut job, Alex Jones…
Yes, THAT Alex Jones, hero of the Las Vegas Cop Killers, Jared and Amanda Miller who ambushed two young police officers eating lunch as well as an innocent citizen who attempted to stop them. Take some time and research the ideology of Anthony Gucciardi.
Is a person who aligns himself with these types of people who we really want representing us in this district? This is not representative of the ideology of most people in Cocke County, people that pride themselves for being humble, hospitable, faith filled, tradition loving, and caring about ones neighbors. Our police are our friends and many of us know our officers well and love and care for them like family members. We DON’T align ourselves with people who wish to do our police officers harm, EVER!
To get a clear picture of what Faison believes, just listen to him spout off his unverified, completely false, liberal conspiracies about the coming Obama communism plot to destroy the country (it’s been 6 years since this rumor began). He claims to be “pro-life”, but is really pro-birth with a side of “let me invade your vagina and tell you what to do with your body based on my warped religious beliefs”. If that doesn’t do it for you, ask him his stance about gay children bullied to the point of suicide where his comments put him on the national map for being one of the biggest douche bags to ever get elected, earning a spot right next to the even bigger douche, Stacey Campfield.
Go ahead, Google it and see for yourself. Here’s just ONE of many links to the story as well as a video of Faison making a total ass out of himself. Check out the guy in the background as he listens to Faison alienate a few thousand voters.
“We can’t continue to legislate everything. We’ve had some horrible things happen in America and in our state, and there’s children that have actually committed suicide, but I will submit to you today that they did not commit suicide because of somebody bullying them. They committed suicide because they were not instilled the proper principles of where their self-esteem came from at home.” – Jeremy Faison
So basically, with his VERY limited education, Jeremy was able to diagnose a troubled child he’s NEVER met, with no observation, mixed with EXTREMELY warped beliefs. From now on, if any of your children are bullied in school or elsewhere, it’s your fault because you didn’t instill the proper principles or self-esteem. It’s NOT the bullies fault…obviously if they were confident enough to be a bully, they must have been instilled with the proper principles. It takes a LOT of self-esteem to bully another person. A LOT!
Why isn’t this guy on Dr. Phil?
I’m not sure which version of Christianity Jeremy distorted to accommodate those views, but it doesn’t reflect the Christian values of the people in Cocke County that I know. Actually, many of the people I’ve talked with had NO IDEA that Faison made such incredibly cruel and heartless remarks and were appalled when they actually saw it for themselves.
It was only after unprecedented backlash that Fasion issued an apology.
“After reviewing my comments on the House Floor today, I regret what was a poor choice of words. My true intent was to protect children from becoming criminals. Suicide has touched my family, and I would never want a parent or family member to feel they were responsible for such an unimaginable tragedy.”
As is the case with ALL predator politicians, Faison exploits the ignorance of the people in his district by emotionally firing them up and distracting them with the least important issues facing Cocke County citizens. He uses fear mongering and debunked conspiracy theories about the big, bad, liberal, government coming for your guns and Bibles. He tells people that their suffering isn’t a result of his blatant incompetence, distorted, hate motivated, views and LACK of action, but that those gun hating, Commie, Socialist, liberal bastards are to blame.
This asshat bases his entire platform on misinforming his constituents with DEBUNKED information and conspiracy theories KNOWING that they will most likely never check the facts and when he’s confronted with someone who DOES actually check the facts, he ignores them and walks away.
Jeremy avoids addressing SERIOUS issues, like how Tennessee ranks at the top of the list for poverty, unemployment, low wages, worst healthcare, corruption, domestic abuse, obesity, meth addiction, crime, lack of education, and low information voters. And let’s not forget high teen pregnancy and repeat teen pregnancy rates, highest tax on FOOD, and especially the fact that Tennessee residents also receive the most in government assistance like food stamps. This is because politicians like him are too busy whoring themselves out to the NRA and big corporations. They’re too busy playing party politics to actually DO ANYTHING about the decades old problems that continue to plague our state and our county. He has the balls to blame liberals for these issues.
Um.. the last time I checked, Tennessee has a MAJORITY of REPUBLICANS in the legislature.
And get this… Conservative politicians charge some of the poorest people in the country 9.75% on their groceries and have for years, and Liberals are to blame? So… how exactly does that work? Did the Liberals force you to enact that tax? Is there a reason why in all of your Chritianness you are unable to repeal such a harsh tax on the most needy and vulnerable in our country? Or could it be that the corporate welfare you’ve given to so many companies that have cost the people of Tennessee MILLIONS OF DOLLARS in revenue has to be made up some way? Put it on the backs of the poor, working class, and the ignorant and then blame the other guy.
VERY, VERY Biblical. I’m trying to see Christ in that, but seriously, I’ve got nothing.
Seems to me that Mr. Faison either doesn’t understand the basic concepts of economics, doesn’t care, or simply doesn’t want his constituency to know what a colossal failure he and his fellow conservatives have been. The best way to distract his constituents from his failures and lack of action is to fire them up over non-issues like guns and religion and fleece them while they’re looking the other way. Isn’t that what he’s basically allowing and participating in? All while openly despising the very people he’s oppressing, but promising to work for? How is this in any of our best interest? How is this making Cocke County a better place? How has this helped the people help themselves?
Electing this guy was like opening the door to the hen-house and letting the fox in.
Faison has made no bones about his hate for “Social Justice”. To hear him speak, you’d come away believing that he despises those who are less fortunate and need help to literally survive. This makes me wonder WHY he chose to represent one of the poorest districts in the state.
The poverty rate in Cocke County hovers around 26% with unemployment hovering at around 7.7%. As of June 2014, there are 11,480 people in Cocke County receiving SNAP (food stamps), that’s UP over 150 people since he took office and accounts for almost ONE THIRD of the population in our county. The rest of his district hasn’t fared much better.
Faison has been overheard verbalizing his total disdain for those who receive welfare assistance. He represents 3 counties in which over a THIRD of the population receives food stamps but he despises those that receive said help. You can verify those statistics directly with the Tennessee Department of Human Services by clicking here.
He makes no bones about his feelings on the matter and even went so far as to post them on his Facebook page a while back in which a reader copied and then wrote a letter to the Newport Plain Talk about. Faison removed the post shortly after the paper made it public.
His post which was later taken down said:
“My dislike for “social justice” is growing! What ever happened to…?
Don’t work? Don’t eat!
You broke it? You fix it!
Parents… Take care of your children!
Children…. Obey your parents!”
You can read the full letter to the NPT which includes a continuation of his bizarre rant by clicking here.
His beliefs are Don’t work? don’t eat!”
How very Christ like. And how many of you have heard this rhetoric from him and other “Conservatives” and adopted it as your own belief? How will you twist the Bible to accommodate such a VILE attitude towards people? And what part of that reflects Christ?
What about the people that DO work, but are unable to make ends meet? Like Veterans, the elderly, and those unable to work. And what about those who work for companies like Wal-Mart and still can’t afford to make ends meet? The company makes more than most of the American population COMBINED, but still pays their employees poverty wages and WE the PEOPLE supplement them with our tax dollars via food stamps and healthcare. Do they count? Or does he just see everyone who receives food stamps as lazy slackers? One third of the county is an awful lot of lazy slackers. And I wonder if he splashes that dashing smile across his face when he speaks to those slackers who receive food stamps in order to win a vote?
Why hasn’t Jeremy stood up against corporate welfare queens like Wal-Mart to demand better pay for those he represents?
Of course, if he were actually DOING HIS JOB and trying to bring more jobs to our area, there would be fewer people for him to despise for free loading. Right? And if he were doing his job, people wouldn’t need to go out of county to work. Almost 80% of my friends and neighbors work OUT of Cocke County because a job in a fast-food restaurant or other minimum wage position just won’t cut it.
If you receive any type of government assistance like SNAP, disability, WIC, Tenn Care, etc. and you voted for or are planning to vote for Jeremy Faison… you’re shooting yourself and your family in the foot. The loyalty you’re showing him is NOT reciprocated. He hasn’t done much to help you help yourself and actually holds contempt for those of you needing help.
Ask Jeremy what 3 things he’s done to help those in Cocke County help themselves…Ask him what he’s done to bring jobs into the area, or to improve our education system, or what he’s done to help the NUMEROUS uninsured sick people here.
Jeremy is all for lower taxes and smaller government and especially personal responsibility.
The FACT of the matter is, when politicians boast about “lower taxes” they aren’t talking about us, the little guy, they are talking about the corporations. Lower corporate taxes are NOT helping us, they helping us stay at the top of the list as one of the poorest states in the nation. The wealth doesn’t trickle down, it never has. The FACT that corporations are raking in RECORD profits while wages are stagnant is proof of this. Politicians pushing for lower corporate taxes are not working FOR the people!
A strong tax base is necessary for a prosperous state. Our state takes more in federal dollars than we give back. The revenue we take in can not support what we have let alone any improvements. So for all of his talk about “smaller government” the people of Cocke County would be screwed without the help of the federal government.
Ask Jeremy how he would generate revenue to feed the 11,000+ people on food stamps without the help of the federal government. Go ahead, I dare you. Ask him.
When politicians speak of smaller government, they are usually referring to less government regulation for big corporations that don’t want to pay their fair share in taxes, want little or no restrictions on how they treat our environment and natural resources and little or no regulation on how they treat their employees.
The whole “business friendly” bullshit that Jeremy and his cronies in Nashville spout about, is a distraction from the real issues. They pass laws that allow corporations to operate in our state for dirt cheap, making us one of the most “business friendly states in the country”, but at the same time we win the prize for the LOWEST wages in the country! This isn’t an opinion, it is a VERIFIABLE fact and they count on YOUR ignorance and lack of knowledge to get away with it. And Jeremy counts on the loyalty and trust of his community to further this agenda.
This ideology is KEEPING Cocke County and the rest of the district seeped in POVERTY and suffering. THAT’S A FACT. Jeremy works FOR US, NOT for the corporations that throw money at him for campaign contributions.
The next time you hear Jeremy brag about his Bush Brothers & Company deal, ask him how much it cost the people of Tennessee and HOLD him to his answer. THEN verify it.
While I’m on this subject, I encourage you to research what “Right to Work” really means. Put aside everything you’ve been told by the politicians who told you this was a good thing for you and for a moment, and with an open mind go and see for yourself how calling something “Right to Work” is anything but GOOD for WE THE PEOPLE. Be sure to look at the opposing views on this issue and compare it to the conditions here in Tennessee. I have nothing to gain by encouraging you to think for yourself… but the politicians and their corporate masters have PLENTY to lose when you do!
With regards to taxes, WE THE PEOPLE are still paying MORE than our fair share, including 9.75% on FOOD. OF the 9 states that collect tax on groceries Tennessee has the HIGHEST rate. Talk about sacrificing yourself to predator politicians. I’m still waiting for Jeremy to fight that battle as hard as he fought for the gun lobby on NON EXISTENT ISSUES.
Faison is known for his rabid pro-gun stance and he’s a hero with the NRA. He fights REALLY REALLY hard to protect his constituents from an issue that DOESN’T EXIST. No one is trying to take your guns. Obama has NEVER said he was coming for your guns and after 6 and half YEARS, the rhetoric coming from the paranoid, predator politicians, who use this issue to distract low information voters is now stale. Even the dumbest, most paranoid, bunker dwellers know this. The few crazy Liberal politicians that suggested it after the Sandy Hook massacre were shut down quicker than they had time to even talk about it, but that didn’t stop Jeremy from going on a disinformation campaign using conspiracy theories and debunked information. He went balls to the wall on gun rights, because we need as much freedom as possible when it comes to guns. AS MUCH as possible. Never mind that in ALL polls over 80% and in some polls 90% of the AMERICAN people want safer, ENFORCEABLE, sensible, gun legislation to keep their families from being the victim of a gun free-for-all that is costing thousands of innocent lives each year. Almost everyone I spoke to in Cocke County about this issue agreed with the exception of a few who are still waiting on those Obama FEMA camps and microchips.
Jeremy has put his heart and Christian soul into making sure everyone can have guns.
This issue has added 0 Jobs, has done NOTHING to improve our health care, pill and meth addiction crisis, or improve our education system here in Cocke County, and since any type of required training in the proper and safe handling of guns might infringe the right to bear arms, screw education. Jeremy joins an ever-growing list of NRA backed sell-outs who blatantly distort the Constitution he claims to revere in order to SELL GUNS for a campaign contribution. PERIOD.
Seriously, aside from what Fox news, Rush Limbaugh, Alex Jones, Sean Hannity and the other main stream media shills have told you, what bills have been presented to ban responsible, law-abiding citizen from owning a gun? I’ll wait right here while you go and check that. Or, I’ll tell you how many. ZERO. The problem doesn’t exist. It’s another non-issue used to distract you. And it worked.
We’ve now got gun legislation that not only expands everyone’s right to have a gun in their car, something that responsible, people with concealed carry permits were ALREADY allowed to do, but it NOW includes the meth and crack heads with no felony record or conviction, the domestic abuser who has no restrictions, the stalkers, the mentally ill, and anyone who basically shouldn’t have a gun, but just hasn’t been convicted of a felony or had his right to bear arms revoked by a court of law. So now, when you’re driving down the road, you have to hope that an individual who is taking FULL advantage of this new freedom, isn’t going to go all road rage on you for cutting him off, or that some crack head looking for a victim isn’t going to just shoot first. The only thing this law managed to do is to make the rest of us who are responsible enough to own guns legally, constantly worry about those who have no business with them, but because they’ve not had their privileges revoked via felony conviction or the like, they can now keep a gun in their car at anytime . Not to mention, the massive amount of risk added to our already targeted police officers dealing with a new wave of anti-police rhetoric thanks to people like Jeremy Faison and those he supports i.e. Alex Jones, Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and the other anti-police loud mouths.
While Jeremy was patting himself on the back about his success at outsmarting those invisible, Liberal, ninja, gun-takers (that don’t exist) you stopped thinking about his lack of action on jobs, education, and health care. But you do have the right to have a gun in your car to make your commute to your non-existent, or low wage job, in total paranoia about a problem that DOES NOT EXIST. How many people have been shot, in Tennessee, on their way to work in the last 10 years?
Does Jeremy hand out free tin-foil hats at his campaign events?
I feel safer already. And Whoooo Wheeee! These guns SURE do taste good!!! I’m still having a hard time finding a job outside of law-enforcement, armed security, or the military where my gun will actually help me gain employment. On the upside, the accidental shootings will keep those in healthcare busy. Victims with no job or Tenn Care will just have to suck it up because our District Representative, Jeremy Faison, doesn’t like free healthcare OR slackers. Just throw some peroxide and a band-aid on it and it’ll be fine and this should be no excuse for you not to find a job.
Well done Jeremy, well done. You sure improved ALL of our lives with that one!
That’s not all.
Jeremy has stood with his other “Conservative” buddies in denying ALL Tennessee residents affordable health care. Again, he regurgitates DUBUNKED information and conspiracy theories and counts on your ignorance to support his stance in preventing YOU and YOUR FAMILY from having access to much-needed, affordable health care. But at the same time, he despises you for taking government handouts like FREE health care via Tenn Care IF you’re poor enough to qualify.
Of course, uninsured people using the local emergency room as a clinic that WE THE PEOPLE pay for anyway, is a much better alternative than having a family doctor for preventative care and health maintenance or specialized care for cancer, or other life destroying illnesses. Of the 95 counties in Tennessee, Cocke County is ranked 85th on the list for health. (Source)
Yea, we don’t need affordable healthcare.
On one hand Jeremy thinks freeloaders suck, and if you don’t have healthcare get a job because taxpayers shouldn’t pay for those slackers who are too lazy to work or find a job that provides benefits. On the other hand, he doesn’t believe the government should make you responsible for your healthcare by making it affordable. Yea, the Insurance companies can’t stick it up our asses anymore, but hey… making sure everyone is healthy is SOCIALISM! Doncha know! Like I said, I don’t know which version of Christianity he and his cronies distort to fit those beliefs, but they aren’t fooling me.
His decision to vote against expanding Medicaid is not only fiscally irresponsible for the state of Tennessee, it’s costing lives. MOST of what you have been told by conservative politicians about the Affordable Care Act a.k.a. Obamacare is NOT TRUE. I implore you to do your research, ask questions, send me an email if you want, but STOP TAKING THEM AT THEIR WORD, they are lying to you and keeping you and your family from the health care you as a human being are ENTITLED too! If they can fight for multi-billion dollar corporations to avoid paying taxes, they can damn well make sure that YOU have quality health care. It’s your CONSTITUTIONAL right…FIGHT FOR IT! And stop believing the lies they are telling you in order to protect their corporate masters. You have NOTHING to lose and EVERYTHING to gain. Click here to see some of the myths about Obamacare – The Affordable Care Act debunked.
Note- FactCheck.org is a non partisan fact checking site sponsored by the Annenburg Public Policy Center.
I was unable to find any significant achievements that bettered the lives of those who live in Cocke County during Jeremy’s time in office. Don’t take my word for it… click here to actually see what Jeremy has done to put food on your table, create jobs, improve the education choices in his district, and make a way for affordable healthcare, etc. If I’ve missed something, please feel free to share it with me and after verification, I’ll GLADLY share it.
The bottom line is this. Jeremy moved to Cocke County from Florida in 2006. He only sees many of the people of Cocke County as slackers and free loaders. He assumes that ALL of the people here are ignorant and that’ll make it easy to continue taking advantage of those who trust him. Jeremy is a predator politician who exploits the loyalty and trust of his community to further his own agenda.
Personally, I care about my family and friends more than I care about his political agenda and I want my community to be a well-informed, well-educated, prosperous one. That’s MY agenda.
I’m not voting for Jeremy. He didn’t earn nor does he deserve my vote.
It’s UNACCEPTABLE for ONE FOURTH of the people in my town to LIVE IN POVERTY! The people of Cocke County deserve way better and although it may take some time for those of us who care to convince and reeducate those who have been misled, we’re going to look out for our own and rid ourselves, once and for all, of the predator politicians who keep the people of Cocke County in this situation.
In fairness, if Jeremy has a response to any of the things I’ve written here, I’ll gladly publish them ONCE the information he gives has been VERIFIED FACTUAL and unlike Jeremy, I’ll provide the source of my information. I’ll gladly allow him to rebut any of the things I’ve taken issue with.
If you have questions, comments or would like to add to this essay, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org