Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

Bluegrass Beacon - Find the Silver Lining in Dark Election Cloud

jimwatersKENTUCKY (11/11/12) - Two placards hanging on fences surrounding the half-mile walking trail I frequent at a park near my home contain maxims that describe some of my post-election sentiments and offer optimism – even in the midst of some troublesome outcomes.

The first is author Thomas Harris’ gem: "Giving and sharing are spontaneous expressions of joy."

It’s a reminder that there is a fundamental difference between those with something to give who want to give it, and our federal masters using coercive government forces to redistribute resources, regardless of the income-earner’s will.

Big-government types attempt to sell us on the fact that such forced “sharing” is essential because “we’re all in this together” – rubbish that comprised the campaign message of the political Left.

Wouldn’t it be grand if such language used during this season’s power-struggles were required to come with warnings of Orwellian newspeak, just like those same lobbyists would force a skull and cross-bones on cigarette cartons?

On second thought, I'm not really into banning free speech – even this "shared responsibility" gibberish that is little more than the baby talk of Socialists.

Instead, informed and freedom-loving people must commit to enlightening their fellow citizens about the vast difference between forced “sharing” and "spontaneous expressions,” which are the defining characteristics of our nation's exceptionalism.

Individuals who create, produce and achieve – not “shared responsibility” – are the source of America’s greatness. Government did not create the light bulb, electricity, medicine or the automobile. Rather, it was the work of innovative individuals whose contributions benefited our entire society and the whole world.

When Sandy pounded the northeast recently, it wasn't a government agency that made a profound difference. It was neighbors helping neighbors – voluntarily. It was those who still had power welcoming neighbors into their homes to charge generators and cell phones.

When tornadoes pounded Kentucky this year, it was churches – not FEMA – that housed and fed two thousand responders daily.

It's not Department of Homeland Security bureaucrats that make me feel better about our nation's prospects in trying times. Rather, it’s individual Americans who require no executive order to demonstrate their selflessness or compassion – and who often succeed in spite of government’s obstacles.

Another placard near the end of Freeman Park’s walking trail attributes to Robert Schuller this gem: "Every obstacle is a potential opportunity."

Tuesday's election results present a significant obstacle for Kentucky.

How, for example, can we get control of our state's spending and debt when so many of the politicians who allowed the slide into the current economic abyss got re-elected.
 
No doubt, many of those results have to do with promising benefits for certain constituencies.

This happened in neighboring Indiana, where the Indianapolis Star reported that the reform-minded Tony Bennett lost his bid for a second term as Indiana schools’ superintendent to a teachers’ union-backed opponent promising her constituency to roll back many of his reforms, "including a reading test that third-graders must pass to advance to fourth grade."

Glenda Ritz, an unknown library science media specialist, beat one of the nation’s premier reformers by promising lower standards of accountability.

Ritz promised to turn back policies that base teachers' pay raises on annual evaluations and that increase school-choice opportunities – all of which put pressure on failing teachers and the schools they work for to either improve or be held accountable.

In Kentucky, Rep. Carl Rollins, D-Midway, the House Education Committee chairman, who is anti-choice when it comes to allowing educational options for children, was reelected by a handy margin.

Remember, though: these situations never remain static.

There will be opportunities to oppose the freedom-busting and bank-breaking decisions sure to flood upon us with all the force of Storm Sandy’s waves.

Recognizing those opportunities is important. Seizing them is critical.

Jim Waters is acting president of the Bluegrass Institute, Kentucky’s free-market think tank. Reach him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Read previously published columns at www.freedomkentucky.org/bluegrassbeacon.

 

Disclaimer: The content supplied by columnists and letters to the Editor on this site does not in any way, shape or form, implied or otherwise, necessarily express or suggest endorsement or support of any of such content, statement, or opinions therein. SurfKY News does not necessarily adhere to or endorse content provided by outside non-staff sources.

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

Posted on 2/2/14
3/13 - 16
2/6/2014 - posted
3/13 - 16
button coupons
2/6/2014 - posted
3/13 - 16
2/6/2014 - posted
3/13 - 16
button classifieds
2/6/2014 - posted
3/13 - 16

Most Read This Week

December 16, 2014 9389

Coal Miner Fatally Injured in Underground Mining…

in Top News For All Sites by Dick Brown
December 14, 2014 8415

Muhlenberg Pays Homage to U.S. Armed Forces

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
December 12, 2014 8012

Man Allegedly Threatening Medical Staff with…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Wes Miller
December 17, 2014 6249

Elderly Couple Found Shot to Death in Muhlenberg

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Trooper Stu Recke
December 17, 2014 6182

Three Men Charged with Burglary

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
December 15, 2014 4790

Hopkins County Woman Charged Second Time in Two…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
December 12, 2014 4736

Man Allegedly Hits Brother with Pickup Truck…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Wesley Miller
December 15, 2014 4282

Woman Leads Police on High-Speed Chase in Stolen…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police
December 12, 2014 3791

Man Accused of Public Intoxication, Stealing…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
December 15, 2014 3274

Vehicle Careens down 150 Foot Embankment with…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department

Stories Trending Today

December 17, 2014 6249

Elderly Couple Found Shot to Death in Muhlenberg

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Trooper Stu Recke
December 17, 2014 6182

Three Men Charged with Burglary

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
December 18, 2014 2346

Cat Scratching over Dog Ownership Escalates

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
December 17, 2014 2214

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Dec. 17, 2014

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
December 17, 2014 1793

KSP Charges Grayson County Man with Crimes…

in General News For All Sites by Sherry H. Bray
December 17, 2014 1652

Harney-Led Lady Mustangs Top Ohio County

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Steve LeMaster
December 17, 2014 1604

KYTC Announces Winners of 2014 Adopt-a-Highway…

in General News For All Sites by Lisa Tolliver
December 17, 2014 1562

Mustangs Earn District Win over Ohio County

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Steve LeMaster
December 17, 2014 1356

Princeton Road Drug Investigation Results in…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
December 17, 2014 995

Change to Holiday Schedule for LBL Administrative…

in Local (Lakes) Top News by Land Between The Lakes

SurfKY News Group, Inc.
Corporate Office & Studio
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431
270.452.2727 (phone)
  •  270.452.2249 (fax)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social fbsocial twsocial yt
social gpsocial flrsocial rss