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Thoughts from the Lower 40: Possibly, Politically Proud
In May 22 Issue
Russell County News
By Wade Daffron, Columnist

I'm always amazed when someone asks my opinion about something.

My first reaction is to look around and if see if the query is directed to me, or someone nearby.

I don't know why anyone would want to know my thoughts since they are usually focused on in credibly important things such as: “What's the third song on the second side of Van Halen II?”, “What's that smell?”or “How much is that doggie in the window?”

The other day, after the Primary Elections, people kept asking me, “So, what'd you think of the election?”

I'm kinda proud, actually.

The thing I'm most impressed with is Kentucky is being looked upon worldwide as (And who would have ever thought this about the Bluegrass State...) “politically progressive” following Rand Paul's win over Tray Grayson in the Republican Senatorial Primary.

Unless you've been living in a cave (Kentucky does have a large, underground cave system), Paul is closely-identified with the “Tea Party Movement.”

I think the Tea Party is pretty gosh-darn neat since it mirrors the (GASP!) movement utilized when our country was formed.

Yes, believe it or not, in this day and age of a heavy-handed, “Big Brother”-type atmosphere, people are gathering to express their thoughts and opinions, unite and (GASP!) use the power of their vote to enact change.

I think one can argue that although this grassroots attempt has been bubbling under the surface all across the United States, it's KENTUCKY who put it into action, and gave it validity.

We can finally blow thee dust off our state motto, “United We Stand, Divided We Fall.”

See, people are paying attention to us now because people across the Commonwealth (look up the definition of that word) boldly and bravely stepped forward.

If you don't think there's a “revolution” underway, consider this:

Used to be, if powerhouse Senator Mitch McConnell even nodded in the direction of a candidate, that candidate would be “The Chosen One,” and would assuredly be elected.

This time around, even though Tray Grayson was the preferred pick of the Republican Party, the majority of Kentucky voters said, “Thanks, but no thanks.”

But you know what makes me angry?

BOTH Republicans and Democrats seem to “team up” against the Tea Party-claiming members are “kooks,” “radicals,”, etc.

(BTW-The dislike of the Tea Party is the only thing R's and D's agree on.)

Now, why would any political party dislike people who speak their mind?

Because “big government” wants us repressed, suppressed, and depressed.

They want to tell us what to do, how to think, how to act, what to eat, etc.

Like Rand Paul said, it's time to “take our government back.”

We put these people in, and we can take them out.

We're going to prove that slowly, but surely.

I don't know when, or how, things got so badly out of hand, but it is broken, and it needs fixing.

(Hmmm...sounds like a local political ad I remember from back in the day.)

I do hope Kentucky receives credit due.

And as far as local, political races, I had this reaction:

(GASP!)

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