By CLINE CALHOUN CJ Columnist
Governor Steve Beshear is determined to bring state wide gambling to Kentucky by way of a constitutional amendment. He called it “expanded gaming” on Channel 27’s Kentucky Newsmakers. Expanded gaming = gambling. A skunk by any other name is still a skunk! His flip-flop is amazing in that he opposed even the Lottery system as the incumbent Lt. Governor in 1987.
Many will say; “Well, the Lottery is gambling” and they are correct. However, it is in place and the proceeds do provide millions of dollars for higher education through grants and scholarships. But, two wrongs don’t make a right, and perhaps there’s a difference between a dollar here and a dollar there and losing an entire paycheck at the crap table or in the one armed bandit.
A few years ago I coined a phrase; “justification through rationalization.” We can justify almost anything if we but rationalize long enough; we need the revenue, it will save jobs, we can reduce the state deficit, keep Kentucky money in Kentucky, we will draw in money from out-of-state tourists, and on and on. Honorable pursuits, questionable paths.
In a recent article I wrote about how corruption breeds corruption and the foundation for it all is the almighty dollar and that dream and desire to become rich without having to work for it. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has seen a person with limited means come through the door, drop down $5 or more for Powerball tickets. Money that could have put a gallon of milk and a loaf of bread on the table; money that probably came from a government subsidy check.
According to the Department of Labor Statistics, Nevada, home of gambling capitol Las Vegas and liberal, left wing Harry Reed, has the highest unemployment rate in the nation at 13.4 percent. How is gambling working out for them? Could it be that along with the gambling came prostitution, more drugs and alcohol consumption? Gateway Community College book store in Boone County was recently robbed. The robber was arrested later in a casino in Indiana. He wasn’t trying to feed a family, he was feeding an addiction.
Full fledged gambling is just another milestone along the road this nation is traveling toward total moral bankruptcy. A person does not have to be religious to know the difference between what is morally right and wrong.
In an attempt to gain political favor with more special interest groups, President Obama directed his Secretary of Defense Hilary Clinton to inform the world of his administration’s determination to defend the rights of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender) communities throughout the world during the International Human Rights Convention in Geneva, Switzerland. 80 countries we provide foreign aid to does not consider “alternative life styles” as morally acceptable within their communities or worthy of being considered as “special interest groups.” Obama has ordered more foreign aid be directed toward those countries which mostly conform to his liberal train of thought. Obama also directed US Embassies and the Department of Homeland Security to show special consideration to asylum seekers within the LGBT category. In other words, Obama has opened the flood gate for the world’s LGBT population to be given special entry into the United States, and as a persecuted group of people they will, of course, receive tax payer funded financial assistance and special consideration for government employment. (Fox News and World Net Daily) To compound this, homosexuals can now serve openly in the military, despite opposition from military leaders and to the dismay of military members as a whole.
The Democrat led Senate has voted to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act which defines marriage as the union between one man and one woman. Eric Holder, head of the Department of Justice, has plainly stated they will not defend the law in court. Hopefully it will not get past the Republican controlled House of Representatives.
We are supposed to be a democracy, defined in Webster’s as “a government in which the supreme power is held by the people.” Since 80% of Americans consider themselves of the Christian persuasion and values, how have we allowed this nation to go so far off the rails?
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