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Friday, May 21, 2010

Ill Informed Electorate

Having lived in Kentucky my entire life, I feel I have a pretty good grasp of who is and who isn't going to support a Republican candidate for office. This is no different with Rand Paul.

And while some will argue that the state is populated with nothing but sister-shagging rednecks, it should be pointed out that in places like Lexington, Louisville, and Bowling Green you'll likely find a healthy dose of people that realize we are living in the 21st century and have the ability to reason and articulate themselves. These people are called Democrats. It's just a shame there aren't more of them here.

And leave it up to Republicans from my state to actually support Rand Paul, a man who has a lot of explaining to do regarding not only his stance on Civil Rights and how non-whites can/should be treated by private businesses, but his stance on how businesses should be punished ( or not ) for threats to the environment like the current situation in the Gulf. It seems that it's "un-american" to hold a company accountable for a massive ecological disaster that they caused.

But as Paul furiously walks back his comments regarding racist business practices ( that he openly said would be abided in a "free society" ) I'm of the opinion that Republicans in Kentucky think the same way.

And while early polling show that Paul has a fairly substantial lead against Conway ( amongst "likely voters" he's ahead by some 25% ) I'm wondering exactly how that squares with the fact that 50% more Democrats came out to give Conway the primary win this week. Also, considering Paul's stance on a variety of issues from privatizing Social Security and the Fire Department to his viewpoints on Medicare, you would think that Kentucky Republicans would want to really consider who and what they are voting for. But this is Republicans from Kentucky we're talking about.

I'm sure that many would say that it's rather unfair to use such broad brush-strokes when painting a picture of conservative people in the Bluegrass State, but when you have the unique perspective of the state like I do, you begin to realize that there is more than just a grain of truth to the stereotype. Ever since Obama's election, the seething cauldron of hatred and racial animus within my state has gone from a steady, rolling, boil to an all out explosion of ignorance. Is Rand Paul really what Kentucky needs right now? He certainly isn't making us look any better, that's for sure.


Pat Tillett said...

Thank you!
I'm a democrat in a sea of republicans (Orange County CA). Their inappropriate level of hostility towards the current administration reeks of racism to me. I’m really worried that some nut might do something stupid and crazy. I’m originally from rural Kentucky myself. Things haven’t changed all that much there…

Tracy said...

Well, you could look at it this way, unless Conway REALLY screws things up, R. Paul just gave the Senatorial seat to him. Because Dems, Independents, AND a chunk of Republicans don't LIKE what the Tea Party version of the Repub Party are standing for. So, hopefully, it will either result in them voting for Conway OR in lower repub voter turn out in November. (I hope it's the former rather than the latter.) I really don't want him in Senate though. What would his Daddy think anyways! I know he's conservative as well, but shoot I can RESPECT HIM...I can't respect anyone that thinks it's perfectly OK for a business to treat anyone unfairly based on ethnicity.

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