Many years ago there was a public service announcement that ended with an American Indian with a tear running down his cheek, lamenting littering.
I despise litter, but I have a tear run down my cheek when I think about what Kentucky has done with Governor Matt Bevin and what America has done with President Donald Trump.
Both Bevin and Trump won easily, but both were a total surprise and shock. Bevin was presented as so bad and so evil that I thought if he were as stated, he should not even be walking around. He was made out as the worst of the worst, but swept into office.
Trump had been around for many years, but was now being called every name in the book, although for years and years being vile had not been his image.
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What brings a tear to my eye is the way both have been challenged by lawsuits on the basics of their duties and responsibilities. Bevin faced many lawsuits over university boards, which governors have affected through the years. Trump was sued over immigration moves that appeared within his range of authority.
It has been as if Kentucky, and also America, has totally lost respect for the office of their chief executive.
Often there have been people in office that many disagree with strongly, but there has always been a respect for the office itself. In both current cases, the legal system has almost taken up arms against those whom the people elected. The judiciary has gone way beyond their stated mission, in declaring anything they want as unconstitutional.
It has been sad seeing Kentucky courts used to hinder the governor, and the same is true of America’s courts with the president. Whether you agree or disagree with the office holder, you hopefully are able to recognize the harm being done to the state and country as a whole.
The case involving Bevin and his property valuation should not ever have been reported. Even I have challenged the valuation of my property, and believe it is known that government assessments are notoriously high.
Some of the suits against Trump are as bad. They are nuisances, but still keep one from doing the job they were elected to do.
Kentucky very seldom elects a Republican governor, only two in four decades, but often elects Republican presidents. No one will admit it, but just as George W. Bush’s going into Iran, some of Attorney General Andy Beshear’s lawsuits have to do with payback for what you did to my dad.
I am surprised that Kentucky accepts it, but I guess nothing can be done, at least not until another election comes along.
The way America has treated Trump is really bad, whether one agrees with him or not. Some of the lawsuits have put America at risk in ways that are not worth the political points being made. States and cities suing over sanctuary status only hurts America.
It has not changed that “united we stand, divided we fall” is true. It is possible to disagree without ruining the state or the country. There is a place for the loyal opposition, but the country should come ahead of that.
Yes, I have had a tear run down my cheek because of the treatment of our elected officials. I think it is very sad. I would think even enemies and strong opponents would recognize the harm that is being done. However, I could be wrong. I just hope it does not continue, and we don’t all go into crying and weeping for what we have all lost.
Thomas W. Downey of Louisville retired from Kroger after 27 years in technology and auditing. A native of Carlisle, he is an Army veteran who has worked as a political legislative aide. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.