Friday, May 19, 2006

Is Kinky a Trojan Horse for Perry's Re-Election?

Texas Monthly's recent gubernatorial election analysis quotes four polls and two respected election analysts. There is only one thing all the polls and analysts agree upon: Kinky will come in last place among Perry, Strayhorn, Bell, and Kinky.

Here is the most disturbing aspect of Texas Monthly's election reporting:

"Most analysts assume that if Friedman gets more than 10 percent, he could well guarantee a Perry victory, since those votes are probably coming from Bell or Strayhorn rather than from the governor."

Maybe this explains why Kinky is running as an Independent this time despite the fact that

(1) he has run for office in the past as a Republican,

(2) he voted for Bush/Cheney in 2004,

(3) his interview with Ruminator magazine confirms that he supported Bush's Iraq war,

(4) his public voting records confirm he lied about voting for Gore in 2000,

(5) he hasn't voted for a Democrat in any election at least from 1994 to 2004,

(6) he wants to take time out of the school day for prayers in public schools,

(7) he wants to post the Ten Commandments in public school classrooms,

(8) he thinks "Negro is a charming word,"

(9) he thinks "Mexico is not a poor country," and

(10) his immigration policy of hiring Mexican generals to police our border is a right-wing extremist's fantasy.

20 Comments:

Anonymous moksha said...

The following is taken directly from Kinky's site:

We get a lot of questions about Kinky's positions and opinions. Here are answers to the ones we hear most frequently at headquarters, on the internet, and out on the road.

Q: Why is Kinky running as an independent?
A: Every Texan is an Independent at heart. Kinky is running with the people and for the people. You can't do that with the two current political parties, which are built and ruled by special interests.

Kinky will be beholden to no one and no party. All the people Kinky appoints will be appointed because they are the right people for the job, not because they are affiliated with a major party.


Q: Why should I vote for Kinky? What issues matter to Kinky the most?
A: Kinky believes there are several key issues facing Texas, including:

The state of our public education system,
The lack of affordable healthcare for Texas children,
Our border relations with Mexico, and
Our reliance on foreign fuels, which would be lessened by the introduction of renewable energy sources such as biodiesel and ethanol.


Q: Are our border problems important to Kinky?
A: Extremely. Kinky believes the border issue is one of the biggest problems facing Texas today, and it can no longer be ignored. Texas policy under Governor Rick Perry has been "give us your tired, your weak, your poor, your criminals, your drug dealers and your terrorists—welcome to Texas".

Kinky supports the legislation passed in March 2006 by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which includes the legalization of the country's 11 million illegal immigrants who hold jobs, pass background checks, and pay fines and taxes.

Kinky also supports a guest worker program which would allow approximately 400,000 new guest workers per year. In fact, Kinky has been calling for a Bracero-sized work program since he first announced his candidacy for governor in February 2005. He is the only candidate to have done so.

If elected, Kinky would meet with Governors Bill Richardson (New Mexico) and Janet Napolitano (Arizona) to develop a coordinated border state plan to supplement federal efforts at stemming the tide of illegal immigration. To date, Governor Perry, a Republican, has not met with Democrats Richardson or Napolitano.


Q: How would Kinky improve the education system?
A: Kinky proposes several options that, if implemented, would bring new money into the education budget and improve the state of education in Texas:

Legalizing casino gambling ("Slots for Tots") to bring in billions per year,
Closing corporate loopholes so that the 10,000 Texas businesses that are not currently paying taxes will be charged,
Increasing teacher salaries ? currently $6,000 below the national average,
Establishing a Trust for Texas Heroes, program to increase the salaries of teachers, cops, and firefighters through a 1 percent tax on oil and gas produced in Texas
Outsourcing sports funding to sports companies/retailers, and
Stopping the practice of "teaching to the test." The TAKS shouldn't be the sole focus of education in Texas.


Q: What's Kinky's feeling on gun control?
A: The second amendment is every bit as important as the others. Texans have the right to keep and bear arms, as well as to hunt.


Q: How does Kinky feel about Trans-Texas Corridor (and toll roads in general)?
A: Kinky is opposed the Trans-Texas Corridor since it relies on toll road construction. He feels that the TTC is a land grab of the ugliest kind, with land being taken from hard-working ranchers and farmers in little towns and villages all over Texas. The people who will ultimately own that land are the same people who own the governor.


Q: What's Kinky's position on capital punishment?
A: Kinky is not anti-death-penalty, but he IS "anti-the-wrong-guy-getting-executed." Texas needs to take a serious look at the way it implements capital punishment--no one in this state wants the blood of innocent people on their hands.


Q: How does Kinky feel about abortion?
A: Kinky believes in a woman's right to choose.


Q: What is Kinky's position on gay marriage?
A: Kinky supports gay marriage and equal rights for homosexuals. He believes that the constitution protects everyone. As he says, "I believe love is bigger than government. And besides, they have a right to be as miserable as the rest of us."


Q: What is Kinky's position on school prayer?
A: Kinky favors optional, non-denominational prayer in school. He believes there's nothing wrong with children believing in something even if it's a rock or a tree.

1:21 PM

 
Blogger StopKinky said...

If Kinky thinks "Every Texan is an Independent at heart," why has he run for office in the past as a Republican?

If "Kinky will be beholden to no one and no party," why has he said that he wants to offer political appointments to his biggest campaign contributers?

If wants to improve education, how come Perry, Rylander, and Bell have said how much the wish to raise Texas' below-average teacher, but Kinky won't say how much he wants to raise the teachers' pay?

All four candidates say they want to improve affordable health care for Texas children -- did you really think there were politicians somewhere who are against this?

How come your discussion of Kinky's border policy omits Kinky's Five Mexican generals plan? That's what Kinky talks about mostly when he's interviewed about the immigration issue.

All four candidates support the Second Amendment -- did you really think there were politicians running for statewide office in Texas who are against hunting?

If Kinky supports a woman's right to choose, why did he refuse to answer questions about this important issue for more than a year after he announced his candidacy?

If "Kinky is not anti-death-penalty," why did he testify under oath in the Soffar case that is IS anti-death penalty. Also, all four candidates are "anti-the-wrong-guy-getting-executed" -- did you really think there were politicians who were in favor of the wrong guy getting executed?

1:37 PM

 
Anonymous moksha said...

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4:37 PM

 
Blogger glenda said...

OK, Ok, I guess I cannot vote for Kinky then. I saw his post on his website a while back urging the US government to pay Mexican general to keep people from crossing the border and then deducting money from their accoutn every time one slipped past.

5:38 PM

 
Blogger StopKinky said...

Glenda:

I love your blog (as you can tell from my blogroll).

7:55 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kinky, sounds awesome! Here's one more Democrat voting for Kinky!

2:08 PM

 
Anonymous Jiminy said...

The Democrats who say they are voting for Kinky were never real Democrats, but I'm surprised how many Republicans are going Kinky.

10:11 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If he's a republican then why did he campaign for Ann Richards?

8:34 AM

 
Anonymous TexasLefty said...

I read about this site on The Red State blog.

I might have been skeptical about some of this stuff about Kinky if you hadn't put in links to all the news sources. Thanks.

12:03 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kinky was such an awesome supporter of Ann Richards he couldn't be bothered to vote for her.

That's the same kind of "support" gave to gay civil unions -- he didn't bother to vote when that was on the ballot, either.

I hope all of Kinky's fans support him just the same way he supported Ann Richards and the gay civil union amendment -- by not bothering to vote!

2:43 PM

 
Blogger Linda English said...

It's sad that Kinky Friedman uses only glib, often conflicting, commentary when asked about the important issues facing Texans and all citizens of the USA.

Kinky speaks out of both sides of his mouth re a woman's right to choose. He answers according to the time and place in which the interview takes place. From everything I have found through intense research, he does NOT support a woman's right to choose.

Friedman's support of Bush and his policies re the horrific, deadly war in Iraq, the policies in the Middle East and plans underway to destroy Iraq paint Kinky as a true war mongering conservative who will continue to support the Republican policies.

Mr. Friedman has lied and changed his story re his voting record. Fact is that he voted for Bush/Cheney WHEN he voted.

The Five Generals method of stopping illegal immigration coupled with a wall between the US and Mexico proposed by Friedman is horse hockey. Why does no politician have the gumption to put forth a statement (or legislation) to fine and/or jail US employers who hire illegals? That would go much farther toward solving the problem than anything else.

It is my hope that the uninformed will thoroughly reseach this Republican in Independent's clothing before voting in November.

In the beginning, I was swept away with the romance of supporting an independent. Texas definitely needs a change. Few will argue that point. Kinky Friedman, however, is NOT the change we need.

The Democratic candidate Chris Bell is a straight shooter, an honest man in a good party who will have the true interests of the people of Texas in everything he does.

To use Kinky's battle cry, "We must sweep the money changers from the temple."

1:28 PM

 
Blogger StopKinky said...

Linda:

I wholly agree with yout thoughts about Kinky.

If Texans feel the need for an independent candidate, I recommend the Carole "Mean Grandma" Strayhorn who at least says what she means and doesn't try to sell herself as something she's not.

If Texans want a progressive candidate, I think they could do no better than Bell (or Jerry Larson if he can make the ballot, which is looking a little doubtful).

If Texans want a candidate who voted for Bush and supports the failed Bush policies and who panders to the religious right's demand for school prayer and for eliminating the separation of church and state, Perry and Kinky both fit the bill.

2:11 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sorry, but I really thought kinky was a joke.

I am surprised that anyone is taking him seriously. My gosh this is not a game.

2:27 PM

 
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