Republican talking points are off base
The letter to the editor from Patrick McElvaney published July 6 was nothing more than a partisan political attack on Gov. Andy Beshear and other Democratic governors. It is full of Republican talking points and really misses the mark on the current crisis.
Let’s look at the first talking point. He calls it the Wuhan virus, a term used by President Donald Trump and his followers to deflect blame to China for Trump’s failed response to the virus. It is the novel coronavirus.
He tries to blame the “poor leadership of the Democratic governors” for the pandemic’s damage to the economy and jobs. He should, in fact, turn that anger toward Trump’s failure to act earlier to control the spread of the virus. He is correct that Trump didn’t order a one size, fits all approach. He didn’t order anything. He left it to the governors to fend for themselves.
He implies the coronavirus is no worse than the flu. When was the last time the flu killed more than 130,000 people? He also blames Gov. Beshear for the state of the economy and unemployment based on a power grab and not due to taking steps to stop the spread of the virus.
On the very day the letter was published, the national headlines were reporting that 32 states were seeing record numbers of infections, 14 states were seeing minor growth and four states were seeing declining numbers. Kentucky was one of the four states that was dropping. So through Gov. Beshear’s resolve and standing up to political pressure our numbers dropped. I don’t see that as failed leadership.
Four of the top five states with record growth are run by Republicans which reopened too early without proper restrictions – Florida, Arizona, Texas and Georgia. Now those states are struggling to go back to try and stop the spread, instead of doing it right the first time. Now that is failed leadership.
The writer also asks if we would be having these issues if Bevin would have been re-elected. The answer is no, we would be worse off.
Statues once were symbols of healing
I was stunned when I read the “Cancel Culture” letter in the July 7 edition of The News-Enterprise concerning the Civil War and associated statues. The writer states that, while reading her father’s history notebook, she was surprised that “Northerners ... were judged harshly” due to some conspiracy theory concerning the rewriting of American history.
According to noted historian James McPherson and others, more than 50,000 Southern civilians were killed during the Civil War because of Abraham Lincoln’s directed “hard war.” Generals Sherman, Sheridan and Grant were told to wage total warfare to keep civilians from aiding Confederate forces. Subsequently, from Nashville through Sherman’s March to the Sea, men, women and children were killed indiscriminately. Their houses, barns and crops were burned and livestock stolen. They turned the South into a Third World country.
The fact of the matter is, the writer’s father’s history notebook was indeed correct and she needs to reread it.
The original intent of the Confederate statues were to promote healing between the North and South, specifically to address the barbarity shown by Union forces toward the Southern population. In fact, today’s Memorial Day holiday was initiated by Southern civilians decorating the graves of their war dead.
The comments the Confederate statues were placed to “maintain white supremacy ... to rewrite history” to promote Jim Crow laws is a myth. There was no one “rewriting” history. It was what it was: history. It was not until the late 1960s that elitist professors from the east coast Ivy League schools decided there was a “vast right-wing conspiracy” to rewrite history. To fit their far-left narrative, the professors claimed these statues were placed to support Jim Crow laws, citing no evidence.
The writer contradicts herself when she states the Jefferson Davis statue was placed in Frankfort in 1936 to support Jim Crow laws when Jim Crow laws had, in fact, been in place for more than 30 years in Kentucky.
I agree that systemic racism should be addressed and we should start with the only federal-mandated, taxpayer-supported racist policies of Affirmative Action.
Chairman, LaRue County Republican Party