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Letters to the editor: Bevin’s ‘bloodshed’ speech

Gov. Matt Bevin
Gov. Matt Bevin

Question for the governor

Will our governor respect the outcome of this presidential election regardless of who the winner is? He owes us an answer.

I listened carefully to Gov. Matt Bevin’s comments at the Values Voter Summit. What I heard was Bevin not so subtly imply that if Hillary Clinton wins the presidential election in November, then voters should not accept that as a legitimate outcome.

If our governor believes the popular vote should be ignored if it doesn’t go the way he wants it to, and that armed force should be employed to change that outcome, then he needs to resign his office or be impeached immediately.

To remain in office he needs to publicly state that he will accept the outcome of this election as legitimate no matter who the winner is.

Jason Belcher

Harold

Adopting ISIS philosophy

So our illustrious governor, Matt Bevin, suggests physical violence may be needed to preserve “conservative religious” so-called values.

That’s certainly been the ISIS philosophy: They don’t agree with you, kill ’em. If your values can only be preserved through the violent suppression of differing opinions how truly valuable are they?

Why is it the more I witness the rise and mindless adoration of narrow ideological demagogues like Bevin, Donald Trump and their ilk that I envision my future as an educated, liberal old man in a concentration camp marching to the gas chambers?

Charles Edward Pogue

Georgetown

Violence not the option

Over the weekend, Gov. Matt Bevin said blood would need to be shed to survive a Hillary Clinton presidency. Before that, Donald Trump insinuated that “Second Amendment people” would have to do something to combat her election.

One of the great things about our country is the peaceful exchange of power. When one party loses, both sides work on policy. We may fight over policy, but violence has never been an option.

Democrats in Kentucky didn’t incite violence when Bevin was elected. As much as we may believe he doesn’t stand for Kentucky values, we didn’t say blood must be shed.

Instead, we have fought his cuts to education and health care. Some have used the legal system to combat his abuses of power when he abolished boards. We’ve taken to social media, volunteered for elections and taken a stand. That’s how you are supposed to oppose the other side.

It is reckless, harmful and downright deplorable to make comments like those Bevin made. Kentuckians should be embarrassed and ashamed that he is representing our state this way. Where is the guy who wanted to bring us together rather than divide us?

Wesley R. Whistle

Ownesboro

Why voting matters

Matt Bevin’s latest appointment — of himself as an ayatollah — comes as no surprise to those who have been paying attention.

For the 66 percent of registered voters who neglected to participate in the last gubernatorial election, his morally reprehensible call for armed insurrection if he and his ilk can no longer trample the rights of those who don’t adhere to their theology should be a reminder that elections actually do have real-life consequences.

Ray Duke

Cynthiana

Benefit of opposing ideas

If Gov. Matt Bevin was offended when his college professor likened Christianity to a tribal religion, then too bad for him. The proper response to being confronted with new, disorienting information is to grapple with it and either change your mind or return to your original thinking with hard-earned confidence.

Liberal-arts professors aren’t trying to brainwash students into becoming socialists, atheists and leftists. You’re allowed to believe that evangelical Christianity is the only path to morality and salvation. You’re allowed to want to bring America back to a 19th century economic system with no social safety net.

Professors want you to be able to defend your ideas by understanding the strongest ideas that oppose them. They want you to be able to think — not just feel — for yourself.

Maybe if Bevin had actually listened to what his professor was saying, instead of being offended, he, too, would be able to mount persuasive arguments in defense of his ideas. Maybe he wouldn’t be calling for violence, bloodshed and martyrdom to defend what he calls religious freedom. In fact, appealing to emotions and violence is the clearest indication that his ideas aren’t worth defending — not by him or anyone.

Scott K. Taylor

Lexington

Reckless rhetoric

Is Gov. Matt Bevin not a public servant to all citizens of the commonwealth? Does he serve all constituents or only those who believe what he believes?

When was he ever not allowed to pray, speak about his beliefs or worship at the church of his choice?

I respect his convictions and agree with some of them, to a point. But when he becomes “impassioned” and suggests that there may need to be an actual religious war in which his own children may fight and die, I wonder if he understands how dangerous that rhetoric is?

It is obvious that he is a smart, calculating man. What politician is not? I have to assume he understands the dangers inherent in his words and that someone else will “lead” by his example.

How convenient for him then when a Kentucky teenager is beaten or, God forbid, killed because they believe themselves to be transgender. How convenient when words inspire a Kentuckian to target a mosque or an atheist group. How convenient when a young women dies because of a botched back-alley abortion.

I can almost hear his sound bite now: “I do not condone violence and lawlessness…”

David Dukes

Versailles

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