Would Kentucky voters back Ashley Judd in a Senate race against Republican and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, should the actress choose to run? Yahoo News asked them for their thoughts. Here's one.
COMMENTARY | When deciding between Mitch McConnell continuing his reign of terror or giving Ashley Judd a chance, I feel the decision is easy if you respect the state motto.
Proudly emblazoned on the Kentucky flag, you would think that the politicians of the Bluegrass State would heed to the creed of "United We Stand, Divided We Fall." After all, it is based on the Golden Rule of "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." If you follow this motto, it means that you will not be alienating community members because they are poor or unsightly. Nor will you pick on the little guy or act like a big snobby bully.
However, as a former resident of Cadiz and current resident of Louisville, I feel that McConnell has no clue what old-fashioned Kentucky solidarity means and this is why he should lose the next election.
No more 'Filibuster King' attitude
Sadly, by inviting outsiders to blast the tops off of mountains in eastern Kentucky, I believe McConnell has proven he does not stand with the people of the state and what is best for them in the long term. Instead, his poor example of leadership over the past 27 years has led to a general state of governmental chaos that has obvious consequences.
For example, this "Filibuster King" anti-solidarity attitude that McConnell breeds on Capitol Hill has been a bad influence on the Kentucky State senate to do and say as they please without respecting the ideas of previous community-oriented votes. According to the Courier-Journal, "House Bill 279 passed by the House on Friday 82-7," and this law threatens to overturn previous legislation that protects Kentucky LGBT citizens from hate crimes.
Statistics show McConnell did a bad job
In a world that tells you to pull yourself up by the bootstraps, it helps if you have boots in the first place. Kentucky is one of the poorest states in America, and McConnell has done little to combat this. Throughout the years, I have found that McConnell's attitude encourages absurd behavior among other Kentucky politicians, when political energy should be spent on fixing serious problems that the state has. Kentucky continues to rank in the bottom 10 for citizen well-being (for air quality, education, and the overall happiness of its residents), according to a 2011 Gallup poll.
Although it is impossible to predict whether Judd will triumph over McConnell long-term with her degree in government from Harvard University, one thing we can be assured of is that Judd is actually open-minded, has good manners, and is an excellent communicator. In 2014, Kentuckians need to elect new leaders in order to prosper long-term.
While we are on the subject, can we get George Clooney to replace Rand Paul?
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