Today, our governor told 84 WHAS radio he signed the pension bill. He said there was nothing in the bill that hurts Kentucky and called the Kentucky Education Leadership "absolute frauds."
This comes as no surprise, particularly the part where he attacks Kentucky's educators. However, Bevin really is not my concern. I am concerned about what is hiding behind the curtain, which is more dangerous and nefarious. It is special interest, tugging on his and other politician’s strings, which is eroding our democracy, our economy, and the principles upon which our nation was founded.
Yes, our House of Representatives and our Senate attached pension reform to a wastewater bill and pushed it through both houses with total disregard for the rule of law. Yes, our governor insults teachers, but these are but men and women, all of which can be voted out of office in November and subsequent elections. What we are really fighting against is an ideology, promoted by special interest groups, whose intent is to divert public tax dollars toward the private sector.
Some educators have expressed a sense of defeat, some a sense of frustration over not doing more, while others rally to continue this fight. I say, cry a little bit, scream a little bit, use a little profanity if needed, but wake up in the morning ready to fight. Bills pass, legislative sessions end, but movements and ideas do not simply die. We fight ideology with ideology.
Tomorrow, we begin the long fight against special interest with an ideology of our own. We challenge our fellow Kentuckians to match their core beliefs with action. We fight the greed and special interest with love for our children, an overwhelming desire for justice and equal opportunity, and a belief in humanity.
What we do not do is quit. We do not become apathetic. We do not become complacent. We march on Frankfort on Friday in the tens of thousands and let them hear our voices and let them know this fight has just begun. We rally throughout the summer and fall, we educate the public, we fight back with our own ideology, and we save Kentucky's future. In November, we put political party, liberalism, and conservatism aside, and we vote pro-education. We register as many people as we can and we get our families involved. We vote for those who fight for us. We do not vote for talkers. We vote for fighters. We vote everyone who supported this bill out of office. Then we fight on some more.
We form organizations, we raise money, and we blast this state with our message. We buy billboards, run commercials, talk to the media, and raise awareness. We accept help from parents, students, college educators, and others. We become an army, and we HOLD THE LINE.
It is only over, if you want it to be over. November is coming.