By Jeff Jobe
One of the big differences between conservatives and liberals is that conservatives will freely admit that they have an ideology. I kind of feel like an old out of touch white man today doing this because of all the social media spin and name calling.
The mainstream liberals dating back generations and up through the years of Barack Obama seem to recruit intellectuals and most journalists. These people do their very best to make people who disagree with them, out to be blinded or just plain stupid.
It doesn’t take long to google most of what I write today and if motivated most anyone could form a rebuttal. It seems so many people just like to argue and I assure you I am not at all one of them, at this stage in my life.
Because of technology and the social media trolls out there, I choose to pick my commentaries based on my personal experiences and facts. I believe it gives a foundation for my opinions and our readers seem to appreciate it.
Last week, I wrote in our earlier deadlined newspapers that we Kentuckians had an opportunity to prove to the liberal media and their followers across the country that we are not the racist idiot voting block they have come to expect. But instead we are voters who have beliefs and values and should not be taken for granted.
I have done my best to witness my personal views over the years and can only hope those who read my commentaries will believe me when I write that I love all people and want only good policy for our communities, state and country.
Perhaps the most upset I have ever gotten over politics came one morning when a local liberal commentator showed up at a place I visit for coffee. Later I found that he was looking for me and was determined to get me into an argument. I’m here to tell you he was successful.
He hasn’t been back in years and I’m comfortable he isn’t man enough to admit the falsehoods he spewed against his fellow Kentuckians were proven absolutely wrong this election.
We had debated numerous times and his base arguments stem back to the Barrack Obama election. You know the ones; Kentucky didn’t vote for him because we are racist and we wouldn’t vote for Hillary because we are misogynists.
I’m not the typical conservative because I grew up with a strong single mother, got a public education, was disabled at 15 and given opportunity to further my education because of tax dollars.
Unlike the top three or so political writers in Kentucky I also happen to be a man who grew up here but had to leave for about a decade building a career prior to coming home and buying my first community newspaper.
I came home because I had my first child while on the road, living and working in West Virginia, Ohio and Florida. We soon realized this fast paced work load and responsibly combined with the social environments were not what we wanted for our family.
Without a doubt Kentucky is the least racist, bigoted, misogynistic, and homophobic state I have ever lived and it is terribly shameful that any of us would think such things of our neighbors. This is the argument I have given each of these political pundits numerous times and it upsets them. I’m comfortable not a single one of them will acknowledge that a strong conservative woman, Allison Ball, was the top vote getter with 856,144 votes and just behind her was a strong conservative black man, Daniel Cameron, with 823,343 votes.
Kentucky is indeed in a better place today than we were four years ago and with results like above I’m comfortable our future is looking great.
Jeff Jobe is founder and CEO of Jobe Publishing, Inc. His commentary reflects his personal views and does not reflect the views of personal or professional associations and affiliations. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read his previously published commentary at sckentucky.com