In the last few days Steve Beshear has embraced the values that elected him Attorney General and Lt. Governor. Rural and Western Kentucky have waited to hear for Beshear's commitment to the values and traditions of Rural Kentucky. I have included some of the programs that Beshear is proposing which include funding Faith Based initiatives.
-Fund marriage promotion programs sponsored by local Faith-Based and community organizations.
-Minimize child support default rates and increase payment rates.
-Improve the identification of serial batterers.
-Form "Domestic Crisis Teams"
-Promote anti-child abuse and anti-violence programs.
-Encourage schools to develop anti-violence curricula.
-Organize a "Dinner with Family" campaign.
-Require all pregnancy counseling programs that receive public funds to include information about adoption.
-Declare February Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month.
-Promote good citizenship and civic involvement among our children.
Beshear has also stood his ground in the past week in his support for gun owners. We can only hope that he will hold the line on this issue. It would be nice to see some proposals for mandatory sentencing for gang related crimes. Kentucky has become a breeding ground for gangs because our laws are not as strict as other states. Mandating and providing funding for coaching supplements in all sports will provide a proven avenue to keep kids in constructive environments while improving test scores and lowering juvenile crime rates.
I am sure the Liberals, oh I'm sorry, progressives, will not like faith based initiatives, family values, guns or marriage but it will provide the foundation to return the Democratic Party to the people who really decide who gets elected in Kentucky.
I do want to be fair in this regard and I believe the left-wing liberals deserve a spot in the big house. Hey, as we like to say, Somebody has to cook the cornbread and cut the tobacco. Steve Beshear's personal commitment to these issues should go a long way with making rural voters feel comfortable about voting for him. He just has to keep the freaks on a short leash. The old liberal way of doing business has ruined the Democratic Party in Kentucky and has cost us both U.S. Senate seats, the State Senate, the Governors chair, and way too many Congressional seats. It is time for Western Kentucky to step up and take back our Party and our State. With our people, our way. Who better than the son of a Baptist Minister.
While social and religious issues are important. I am also reminded by my friend, Rep. John Tilley, that family values have to mean more than just going to church. We must defend our family farms, protect our wildlife, and lower the cost of prescription drugs. We must support our Veterans by providing the funding for new veterans facilities and expanding the existing ones. Exempting our active duty military from the state income tax will do more for the economy in the Fort Knox and Fort Campbell regions than any new industry.
We appreciate Steve Beshear for his personal commitments to empowering Western Kentucky once again.