A message of empathy

A message of empathy

Protecting our constitutional rights is the reason for protest given by many different groups today, and for different reasons, but the idea of freedom and rights is strong in all of us, no matter who we are.

Close your eyes and imagine different groups saying that you are not entitled to the rights given to everyone else. They despise you and call you every derogatory name in the book, and they are condescending toward you like you are stupid, while others tell you that you aren’t even human.

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McCracken County Presidential Election Results from 1976 to 2012

McCracken County Presidential Election Results from 1976 to 2012
Democrat Republican Other Total
2012 Election 10,062 19,979 510 30,551
Democrat Republican Winner
32.94 % 65.40 % Republican Romney
   
Democrat Republican Other Total
2008 Election 11,285 19,043 426 30,754
Democrat Republican Winner
36.69 % 61.92 % Republican McCain
Democrat Republican Other Total
2004 Election 11,361 18,218 218 29,797
Democrat Republican Winner
38.13 % 61.14 % Republican Bush
Democrat Republican Other Total
2000 Election 11,412 14,745 532 26,689
Democrat Republican Winner
42.76 % 55.25 % Republican Bush
Democrat Republican Other Total
1996 Election 12,670 10,221 2,396 25,287
Democrat Republican Winner
50.10 % 40.42 % Democrat Clinton
Democrat Republican Other Total
1992 Election 13,341 10,657 3,155 27,153
Democrat Republican Winner
49.13 % 39.25 % Democrat Clinton
Democrat Republican Other Total
1988 Election 12,208 12,160 275 24,643
Democrat Republican Winner
49.54 % 49.34 % Democrat Dukakis
Democrat Republican Other Total
1984 Election 12,535 12,903 390 25,828
Democrat Republican Winner
48.53 % 49.96 % Republican Reagon
Democrat Republican Other Total
1980 Election 13,365 10,281 679 24,325
Democrat Republican Winner
54.94 % 42.27 % Democrat Carter
Democrat Republican Other Total
1976 Election 14,956 6,997 734 22,687
Democrat Republican Winner
65.92 % 30.84 % Democrat Carter

Source: Kentucky.gov Presidential Election results from 1976 to 2012 except 2000. 2000 is from uselectionatlas.org.

George Washington’s prophetic warning against political parties

George Washington’s prophetic warning against political parties

With all of the fighting between the political parties, many people are defined by which party they belong and the issues that they stand for. Partisan attacks and polarization have become the norm, and the division in the nation is clearly growing to an alarming level.

Whether you are liberal or conservative minded, it is the issues that divide us and sets us into one camp or the other, and in order to allow all citizens of the United States to have their voices heard, a big picture view is needed to find a direction that we want our country to move for the future.

By only focusing on issues, it makes it easy for us to forget the most important fact that we are all American citizens, which have many differing ideas, and this fact will remain no matter what issues we decide are the most important to each of us.

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The liar is no whit better than the thief

The liar is no whit better than the thief

In Teddy Roosevelt’s ‘Man with the Muck Rake’ speech, given on April 15, 1906, he cautioned against those spreading misinformation:

The liar is no whit better than the thief, and if his mendacity takes the form of slander he may be worse than most thieves. It puts a premium upon knavery untruthfully to attack an honest man, or even with hysterical exaggeration to assail a bad man with untruth.

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The Muckrakers

The Muckrakers

The muck was kicked up and it got on everything that the big leaders of industry of the day were trying to do to make more profit. The muckrakers had arrived.

It was a time, in the early twentieth century, when anything could be done to make a profit, at the expense of the workers and the consumers. Among some of the practices were farmers being charged unfair rates by the railroad industry to move their produce, packing industries that didn’t concern themselves with health and safety issues, and deplorable working conditions were being placed upon the workers at many factories, including the children that were also working as laborers.

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Shays’ Rebellion and the Articles of Confederation

Shays’ Rebellion and the Articles of Confederation

There are many arguments proclaiming the ‘evils’ of big government, and it always seems to come back to the same arguments made by the Federalists and the Anti-federalists during the days of our founders, concerning the differences between a strong central government and a weak central government.

It is taken as gospel that our government should be small, and it is argued that it was always meant to be this way, but from what has been said about the dangers of our large government, it appears that some are advocating for a return of the Articles of Confederation, with its weak central powers, instead of the federal government that we have today.

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