The Kentucky General Assembly is in session. When I think of some of the con artists who constitute the state legislature I am reminded of a Harlan Howard- Bobby Braddock song that Iris De- Ment sings, “God May Forgive You (But I Won’t).” Among the song’s lyrics are these: “God may forgive you, but I won’t. Yes, Jesus loves you, but I don’t. They don’t have to live with you and neither do I.”
As far as I’m concerned, the time our state is most endangered is when the General Assembly is in session. Liars, crooks and thieves gather in Frankfort and swap us off like fatted pigs to special interests. When the session is finally over, the lawmakers go home well fed and fat in many more ways than one.
Actually, the bunch of crooks who represent us in Frankfort should be called the Kentucky Mafi a. Who in their right minds would spend hundreds of thousands of dollars, both on and off the books, to get elected to a job that pays $27,000 a year plus mileage and motel bills? There’s a trick here that we don’t understand.
Maybe it has to do with the fact that we often elect crooks and fools to represent us in the most obnoxious way that Kentuckians go about making law. And it may well be that we get what we have coming. We rural Kentuckians will mostly fall for any ruse.
So ruse it is. We are not crooks ourselves, but we just lie back and pretend they represent us. It’s way too easy. We are pretty stupid.
Letcher County native Ike Adams was born and raised on Blair Branch. He now lives at Paint Lick in Garrard County.