Bigotry is Alive and Well in Kentucky Tonight

Bigotry is Alive and Well in Kentucky Tonight

I have family living in Kentucky. I’m sure that plenty of people who live there are kind people, good people—but if anything proved that racism and violence are afoot in America, it was the election results in the state. While the country didn’t take his father (a person with a few strange ideas of his own, but with a seemingly much more level head even in his old age) seriously when he ran for president, the state has elected Rand Paul as a senator—perhaps one of the most racist men in the country today.

This is a man who thinks we should bring racial segregation back to America—who thinks that the 14th Amendment to the United States constitution should be removed since it provides people with equal rights, no matter their race, when entering a business.

Is there a coincidence that this was a big part of Rand’s agenda during a year when we have a black president? My family members in Kentucky are among the people demanding President Obama’s birth certificate, insisiting that he’s got a Muslim agenda, and are generally regurgitating an embarrassing opinion fostered by the Tea Party movement and other nonlogical people who don’t realize that words have meanings and facts are called facts for a reason. This utterly breaks my heard—and it breaks my heart that people would vote for a bigoted segregationalist after all of the work the nation has spent to come this far. Regression in general worries me today, especially with these people on the loose.

Apparently the people in Kentucky also don’t support people with disabilities, since Paul isn’t in favor of another hard-won piece of legislation, the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prevents employers from discriminating against people with disabilities. So Rand is pretty much in favor of the white able-bodied person—presumbably the mass that elected him into office today. He also supports terrifying militia members who arm themselves and readily prepare for a war against their government (and fellow citizens), calling them his “security.”

Those of us struggling to make this country better rather than regress its progress could try to look on the bright side: At least now that he’s in office, we can hope there will be no more face-stomping. Hopefully. And at least not all of the Tea Partiers who ran weren’t elected into office; hopefully that trend will continue. While new parties and ideas are thoroughly welcome in this country, it’s long past time for the old ideas of hatred and bigotry to go.