What Good is Power?

When asked if the Kentucky House of Representatives would flip to the Republican party, Sen. Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Mitch McConnell67%Senate Republican Average29See Full Scorecard67% said, “It’s inevitable”.

We know that not since 1921 has the Republican party controlled that chamber. Certainly it is quite plausible that the house will change hands this November. There is great power in controlling the Ky House, which is why there is so much discussion and speculation of if and when the house will change power.

Power is the ability to get things done. In party politics (that is Republican vs. Democrat politics) members of each party clamor for power, always. But power for the political party man or woman is not necessarily the ability to do work, it’s the top position, it’s to be the top dog, it’s the most important person in the room. To be the Alpha in a room full of Betas.

There is a disconnect between the politician and the people he or she represents.

The party man wants power for the purpose of being at the top. The people vote the party man into office with the understanding that whatever power he has will be wielded to achieve certain things, which ironically, is the very platform on which (a partisan issue) the party man ran.

This conflict is really what is the cause of our political reset that is at stake in Kentucky and in the Nation. The Tea Party started and grew when America started taking notice that the things that our elected officials were doing in Washington were not good for the people.  This was around 2010 and while the Tea Party movement has died down or morphed into something else, state governments are still going through a similar reset as we saw on the federal level.

Kentucky, with the election of a Republican Governor and three of the five constitutional officers is clearly in the midst (albeit late as southern states go) of a reset. Voters have expressed that they want a different person in power at this point.

We may see Republicans win all four of the special elections on March 8th. If so, the house will be split evenly, 50 Republicans, 50 Democrats. We may or may not see more members switch their party, but Speaker Gregg Stumbo is doing all he can in his power to hold on to his razor thin majority as the general assembly meets.

While there may be a reset occurring in our state government, it’s important to remind the commonwealth, and the people who represent her, that power is not given only so an official can be the top dog in the room.

We expect him or her to use that power for the good of the many citizens of the commonwealth. Many people in the state are fed up with the way Kentucky has been run and the current leadership. We want change.

We know that our pension system is in dire need of reform because generations of state employees are depending on it when they retire from public service.

We know that our education system is broken and our children deserve better.

We know that our industries and economic culture suffer at the hands of unions and we are passed over because we aren’t a “right to work” state or our tax structure is not business friendly.

For far too long conservative philosophies have had to lie dormant in the presence of Democratic controlled house, senate, and executive branch.

And while this site is no shill for Republicans, it hopes to highlight conservative principles that Republicans need to be fighting for, and for Democrats to come around to adopt.

Whatever the reason the party man seeks power, make sure that you are seeking power for the right reasons.

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Jonathan Gaby
Jonathan Gaby is BluegrassConservative.com's Editor-in-Chief. Jonathan brings years of online communication expertise as well as his years of political experience as an activist, campaign professional, and observer to bear on state and local politics. Contact him at editor@bluegrassconservative.com or @bgconservative.