Sunday, March 26, 2006
I'd appreciate all the help I can get.
I'd like to express my thanks to the Democratic Women's Clubs of Pulaski County, Laurel County, and Johnson County for giving me a chance to attend their meetings and speak to their members. I apologize for being late to the Women's meeting in Paintville this week, but it was a long drive from where I finished a Court case mediation in London, to Paintsville. I still have a full time regular job, in addition to campaigning. The Pulaski Democratic Chairman put me in touch
with the Pulaski County Democratic Women organization,and I made it over to Somerset for one of their meetings. These ladies aren't afraid of Hal Rogers,and they were glad to hear me speak. One of the ladies told me she hopes the Democrats have a sweep this November. That would be nice. Can you imagine what the U.S. House would be like if there was a Democratic sweep in the general election? I think the anti-torture bill would sail through. I think you wouldn't see us invade any more small countries, nor militarily occupy them. Corporations would have to get out and work for a living, because a lot of their Corporate welfare would be cut off. Illegal spying would be cut off or defunded. "Rendition" or the practice of "farming out" interrogation of prisoners to countries where torture is traditional will come
to a screaming halt. What a wonderful world it would be, if everyone was a Democrat like you and me.
Thousands of soldiers, sailors, Marines, and National Guardsmen would be crowded into the bus stations and airports of this great land because they have been given their tickets home. Someone else would have to shoulder the "white man's burden" because the theme song for America would be, "It's home again and home again,
America for me."
A lot of the ideals of the Democrats are the traditional ideals of great Americans such as Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett. Those men didn't believe
in torture, or invading small overseas countries, or having government agents spying on just about everyone, or having our interrogations "farmed out" to places where torture and brutality is the norm. If saying "It should be the Daniel Boone Parkway
instead of the Hal Rogers Parkway!" makes me a reactionary or politically incorrect, I'll just have to take my lumps. Daniel Boone never was a rich man, he never
was pictured in a coat and tie, he never was a member of today's Republican Party, and he never had a desk job, but his statue stands proudly in places of
honor because he was a great man who brought thousands of people through the Cumberland Gap and into Kentucky.
Kentucky, where dreams are made. No, when I'm gone, and cold in my grave, I hope they'll look at my stone and say, "Here is a man who was like Daniel Boone."
Thursday, March 23, 2006
The candidate Kenneth Stepp was attending Clemson University in 1966, when the above picture was taken of his family including (left to right) his brother Ben Stepp, the candidate Kenneth Stepp, his mother Vivian Stepp, his brother John Stepp, his father Clemson University Professor of Agricultural Economics Dr. James M. Stepp, and his brother James M. Stepp, Jr. The four Stepp brothers pictured all graduated from Clemson University, and two became lawyers, one became a banker, and one became a teacher. Professor Stepp is deceased, and Mrs. Stepp is retired.
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Kenneth Stepp, shown in picture with his son Carson Stepp, is a lawyer and champion of the people. While still in law school working at a legal clinic, Kenneth Stepp helped a Georgia couple in their civil rights case against a Georgia probate judge; as a result, Jack Affleck, the President of the student Legal Aid Society exclaimed, "Ken Stepp, champion of the people." In 2002-2004, Kenneth Stepp was an Assistant Public Advocate, representing hundreds of poor people and indigents in their cases in Harlan District Court and Harlan Circuit Court. Before that Kenneth Stepp represented many of the poor in bankruptcy, SSI, and Social Security cases in his Barbourville, Kentucky office, and other places. Currently, Stepp works at the Law Offices of Carl A. Short II in Manchester, Kentucky.