Kentucky once again plays an out sized role in American history.
Rand Paul, son of the 20th centuries highest rising Libertarian, will never vote for any government sponsored health plan. He would have been the logical choice for the GOP nomination in 2016 – the only alternative from a herd of 16 known unpopular establishment pols., none of whom could possibly have energized voters with their same-old-same-old beltway crap.
Kentucky’s other Sen., Mitch McConnell, ‘leads’ the Senate only by the seniority rule. He has never sponsored, crafted, proposed, or succeeded at any legislative task, despite all his years in DC’s inner circle. The notion that he will somehow suddenly become brilliant and craft a compromise that will seduce his bitter rival and enemy Sen. Paul and the tea-party ‘no’ voters is ridiculous.
Kentucky was the 15th state, originally a part of Virginia. By separating her from Va., the founders helped establish the principles of E pluribus unum. None of the original 13 would extend all the way west, which incredibly enough, was a possibility.
Kentucky was both a Union state, technically never seceding, and a rebel state- slave holding with a star in the south’s flag and a wartime legislature that did quasi-illegally pass a secession motion just before the U.S. Army from Louisville ran them out of the capital.
Kentucky is the birthplace of Father Abraham Lincoln and traitor Jefferson Davis.
Kentucky was home to vast tobacco and coal fields, things now considered scourges of all breathing life.
Home to the last of the genuinely great independent progressive newspapers, The Courier-Journal.
Home to a once-mighty industrial, artistic, and fiercely independent farming tradition
Home to the fantastic steamboats and railroads connecting America with itself.
Kentucky is the home of – perhaps – the next Progressive president, Congressman John Yarmuth.