In 2020, we have a clear vision of what must be accomplished, and we can accomplish it all at the ballot box and through empathy.
Voters must defeat Mitch McConnell. His strangle-hold on Kentucky and our nation’s democracy is an existential threat to humanity. He has done more to undermine democracy and our Constitution than perhaps any politician before him.
Some lawmakers, special interest groups, and big money are secondary threats. Our true and greatest enemy is apathy
We must let our voices be heard in Frankfort. We will oppose any policy that places an unfair burden upon the working class and poor. We will oppose Tuition Tax Credits, vouchers, charter-school funding, we must demand a permanent funding source for public employee pensions, and we must urge our lawmakers to seek new sources of revenue.
We must also look forward to the future. The Supreme Court of the United States ruled it’s a state’s power to draw up legislative districts, and we can fully expect the current legislation to gerrymander the heck out of our state. We must have the foresight to prevent this before it can be addressed.
How do we accomplish these items – turn out and give a f—. Excuse my language, but I wanted to be as emphatic as possible. Some lawmakers, special interest groups, and big money are secondary threats. Our true and greatest enemy is apathy. We must be a sounding board to get everyone involved, in order for majority rule to reign in our state and nation.
We failed in 2018 to win enough seats in the state house. But we showed resilience when we centered our focus on Matt Bevin. Teachers and citizens who want a better Kentucky rallied and knocked on more than 1 million doors and helped increase voter turnout by 12 percent over 2015. That effort won a major victory for Andy Beashear and all of Kentucky. Yes, we lost in other races, but we proved when we have a laser focus, we can win out.
So during the upcoming legislative session, we call, we email, we send postcards, we educate the public, we host town halls, we show up to Frankfort when we can, and we make sure we are heard loud and clear. We have an ally in Frankfort, who will veto what is detrimental our public education and Kentucky. If there is a threat of an override come late Spring, then we deliver an appropriate response.
When the session ends in May, we lick our wounds, we celebrate our victories, we turn our full efforts to electing educators and others who share a vision of a Kentucky that works for the poor, the working class – for all of Kentucky.
Lastly, we must put Kentuckians first. We must put country first. We must untangle from partisan politics and see threats for what they are and accept those who are attempting to uplift citizens. We must stop taking the easy way and live our values. You are not American if you don’t hold everyone accountable to upholding the Constitution. You aren’t Christian if give others a pass because they’re on your team. You aren’t decent if you support oppression of your fellow humans.
2020 is a pivotal moment in Kentucky, our nation, and perhaps mankind’s history. If we don’t act. If we don’t care enough to take a stand. A fear this nation will be a worse place for our children.