Love It or Leave It: Resident Tennesseans Call in and Encourage Newcomers to Embrace the Culture



Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed all-star panelist Clint Brewer to the studio and took calls from Tennesseans who were tired of hearing people complain about the culture that have moved here from liberal states.

Leahy: The phones are lighting up! People want to talk about the people coming into Tennessee from other states. Rick in Franklin wants to comment on that. Welcome, Rick to the Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy and Clint Brewer.

Caller Rick: Good morning. Love your show. Love your work. I was born and raised in Franklin and I’ve lived on both coasts with my wife. And during the course of raising children here in Franklin and involvement and sports and scouts whatever. Especially during summertime folks would move in and invariably they would get around to how far advanced their children were academically and worried about you know, whether they were going to be adequately taxed and instructed here in Williamson County. Some of them would even go so far as to say, you know, my kids going to probably have to skip a grade.

Leahy: Because he’s so much smarter than yours, huh?

Rick: Oh, yeah. They’re too smart for us. So I always enjoyed about three weeks into the school year when those same parents would be in the schoolhouse moving little Johnny back to his correct grade or failing his AP courses in high school right and left. I always got a chuckle out of that.

Leahy: Hey, thanks for listening to the show. Thanks for the comment. We got a lot of callers today. We want to get them all in before the end of this segment. William in Kingsport moved to Tennessee from upstate New York. A great club to be in. I’m a member of that club. William, welcome to The Tennessee Star Report.

Caller William: Yes how are you doing? I’ve been listening to your show for a while before I moved from New York. Upstate New York is a nice place. I actually grew up in the metro area of New York first and then we fled there to go upstate.

Leahy: Where were you in upstate?

William: I was in the southern Albany area.

Leahy: Love it. Great place.

William: Yeah. Great place. And then basically what happened was we were talking about it for a while how the cost of living kept going up and the quality of services kept declining. And then the whole COVID thing happened and people lost their minds up there. All devoid of reality. Watching neighbors call the police on other neighbors.

Other types of behavior. It was just too much for us. Plus my wife and I took a huge hit from COVID because of the lockdowns and everything. We came down here and in three weeks and my wife got a job. We came down here and we love it.  And the whole point is if you go to move somewhere because you want a change of life you should embrace the culture.

Leahy: Absolutely. By the way, did you move to Tennessee because you’d listen to our show and we told you what a great place it is here?

William: I tell you what. I remember walking my kids to the bus stop before we moved and I would listen to your show in the morning as I was still an upstate New Yorker. (Chuckles)

Leahy: Well great and we’re delighted that you’ve moved here. You got the right attitude. Clint, you know William in Kingsport, that’s the right attitude.

Brewer: It is the right attitude. And you know Mike I’m just glad you are recruiting people to the state.

Leahy: (Chuckles) I am. I’m going to recruit the right kind of people. People that agree with very conservative constitutionalism. Hey William, thanks so much. Call us again. We got a lot of callers here. We want to get them all in. Greg from Hartsville wants to talk about moving from the Republic of Illinois. Greg, welcome to Tennessee Star Report.

Caller Greg: Good morning! Thanks for taking my call. Yes. I moved here from the People’s Republic of Illinois. And I want to echo the previous caller’s sentiment that you know, if you’re going to move somewhere you’re moving for a reason and embrace that change. And you know when I tell people, you know, sometimes when people ask me where I’m from sometimes I’ll say Illinois. But sometimes I say I’m from your future if you adopt Democrat policies.

Leahy: That is a great line. I’m going to have to write that down Greg.

Greg: Yeah, well it’s very true. I’ve seen it up close and personal and you don’t want to go there. It’s just like people that come here from communist countries and how adamant they are, you know about fighting against communism and they see it. They recognize it right away. And sometimes people from here don’t recognize the threat as easily as somebody who’s seen it.

Leahy: Great comments Greg.

Greg: That’s the point I try to make.

Leahy: Thanks so much for your call, Greg. Clint, we’re just getting callers that are delighted to be here in Tennessee.

Brewer: It’s nice to hear and they have no advice for us. (Leahy laughs)

Leahy: Don in Nashville wants to weigh in. Where did you move from Don?

Caller Don: I moved from Fort Worth, Texas.

Leahy: That’s a great place. A lot of my family and in-laws are down in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Don: Yeah, I did what they call a Texas no-no. I married a girl from out of state. We’re not supposed to do that. I was curious. Where is your tin-pot dictator mayor from? Is he from California or New York? Where’s he from?

Leahy: You might think that but he’s actually born and raised in Tennessee. Now, I will say this, he went to a propaganda institution of higher learning called Harvard. He was actually at Harvard like a year behind me. So that probably didn’t help him I think.

Don: You think? (Leahy chuckles) Man, people that live here in Nashville with the taxes and the stuff he’s trying to push. Lord have mercy. I’ll haul him to California for the right price and drop him off. (Leahy laughs)

Leahy: Thank you for that.

Don: We enjoy your show.

Leahy: Don thanks so much.

Don: You have a Merry Christmas.

Leahy: And Merry Christmas to you! I really appreciate that.

Brewer: I guess our Texas callers, you know, they want to come to the motherland here because without Tennessee there is no Texas.

Leahy: So this is interesting that you mentioned that because there are no two states in the union that are more connected now than Texas and Tennessee. I mean there is Davy Crockett.

Brewer: Sam Houston.

Leahy: Sam Houston governor of Tennessee. The first president of the Republic of Texas right. Governor of Texas. Senator from Texas. We are so connected. And I think the attitudes towards freedom and liberty in Texas and Tennessee are very very similar. In fact, I would argue, you know, Texas and Tennessee the ideas of people who live in those states are our most reflective of the basic American principles of individual liberty and constitutional government.

Brewer: I agree. It’s very similar politics. It’s very similar mindsets. Of course, Texas is exponentially larger. I mean, it’s like its own country.

Leahy: It was its own country for a while.

Brewer: Well it’s still like its own country.

Leahy: It has been a delight to have you here for the full year of 2020. When next we meet on Tuesday, January 5 it will be the new year. 2021. Will 2021 be better or worse than in 2020?

Brewer: I hope it can’t get any worse Mike.

Leahy: That’s my hope! But it could.

Brewer: It’s got to get better. Thanks for having me all year Mike.

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  1. Steve Allen

    I like to say that my wife and I moved to Tennessee to seek political asylum from the Socialist Republic of Vermont. In Vermont, the “natives” use the term flat lander to denote those not originally from VT. After we moved here the topic of conversation usually included…”with all of these people moving here it’s going to change Tennessee”. Some claim liberals are moving here because their home state is too expensive, which of course it is because of the political party that’s in control. I like to hope that people are moving here because they cherish freedom and conservative ideals and that they are smart enough to know that the democratic party is the political party of the anti-Christ.