All the votes have been counted and the last of the political yard signs have been washed away by this week’s torrential downpours.

That means it is time once again for our annual look at the schizophrenic behavior of Kentucky’s proud electorate.

“What does this all mean?” is a question we like to address this time of year. The answers are important. If you’re like me, you’re going to need to know this stuff if you’re going to defend your political turf over turkey with teabaggers.

First and most obvious: Kentucky remains, at the federal level, a rural backwater in a mad dash to the political right.

While other states are beginning to jam on the brakes and reverse course by voting out the Tea Party, Kentucky is still at full-throttle trying to elect them. The state’s 4th Congressional District just elected another Tea Partier in Thomas Massie.

There is only one Democrat left in Kentucky’s congressional delegation (3rd District Rep. John Yarmuth) following the humiliating and widely-expected defeat suffered by Ben Chandler in Kentucky’s 6th District at the hands of Republican Andy Barr.

Chandler, a conservative, spent so much of his time running away from the Democratic Party, voters seemed to say they’d rather have someone who was honest about their party loyalties.

So, from the outside, Kentucky looks like a pretty “Red” state. That is, until you look at who is running the show in Frankfort.

Even if in name only, they’re all Democrats.

Last November, while Republicans were claiming ascendancy, only one was elected to statewide office. James Comer won his race for Commissioner of Agriculture, but it isn’t clear if voters liked him or simply hated his opponent.

To some, Louisville remains an island of reality in an ocean of reactionary delusional thinking. The most liberal city in all of the South, Democrats rule here, too.

But why?

Demographics.

Louisville has a higher percentage of minority residents (21 percent) who traditionally vote Democratic. Labor unions are stronger in Louisville than anywhere else in Kentucky and traditionally support Democrats on working issues.

Population density is greater in Jefferson County – an indicator of a more left-leaning society. We are better educated, have better jobs and make more money than people outside of the “Golden Triangle” of Louisville, Lexington and Northern Kentucky. And Louisville’s Democratic Party is more organized than in rural counties.

Louisville is the economic engine of the state and gets very little back from Frankfort without a fight. It is coming to the point where it is no longer worth it.

News reports this week have described the efforts by some in Texas (and in Kentucky) to peacefully secede from the United States because of Barack Obama’s re-election. There are also reports claiming Puerto Rico is on the path to statehood following a referendum there.

We should beat all to the punch: Louisville should secede from Kentucky and become the 51st state.

It doesn’t fit in Kentucky or Indiana.

Neither of them deserves us.

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Brian Tucker is a lifelong Louisvillian. He is the founder of The Valley Report, and has been writing on Southwest Louisville's political environment for several years.

10 thoughts on “Ready the petition! Louisville should jump on secession bandwagon, kiss the Bluegrass goodbye

  1. Maybe rather than secede Louisville should get a sense of reality and adopt the attitude and ethics of the red state of which it is part of Ian that had surround it! Overall red states having much better business climate, lower taxes, lower unemployment and overall better quality of life than blue states. The entire central part of the United States should secede and let the two blue coasts figure out how to support themselves!

  2. Maybe rather than secede Louisville should get a sense of reality and adopt the attitude and ethics of the red state of which it is part of Ian that had surround it! Overall red states having much better business climate, lower taxes, lower unemployment and overall better quality of life than blue states. The entire central part of the United States should secede and let the two blue coasts figure out how to support themselves!

  3. Why would Louisville want to adopt the policies of failed states with high unemployment, low paying jobs and the highest percentage of citizens on government assistance? Your argument is backwards. If it weren’t for the blue states (and places like Louisville) funneling money into red state coffers, those rubes would have nothing.

  4. Why would Louisville want to adopt the policies of failed states with high unemployment, low paying jobs and the highest percentage of citizens on government assistance? Your argument is backwards. If it weren’t for the blue states (and places like Louisville) funneling money into red state coffers, those rubes would have nothing.

  5. I wonder if you include in your definition of “rubes” those college educated (many MBA’s) capitalists who are the backbone of this city’s economy, and without whom your grand leftist experiment would have run out of gas long ago? It sure is fun playing the radical “progressive” using other people’s money, but eventually those sources (yes, even the left leaning ones) get tired of being abused. That day of reckoning is coming, and sooner than you think. Secede if you like, Oldham County would likely welcome my business with open arms…

  6. I wonder if you include in your definition of “rubes” those college educated (many MBA’s) capitalists who are the backbone of this city’s economy, and without whom your grand leftist experiment would have run out of gas long ago? It sure is fun playing the radical “progressive” using other people’s money, but eventually those sources (yes, even the left leaning ones) get tired of being abused. That day of reckoning is coming, and sooner than you think. Secede if you like, Oldham County would likely welcome my business with open arms…

  7. Non sequitors are not “clever,” no matter what you may read in last week’s LEO. Take my advice or remain living in delusion, it makes little difference to me…

  8. Non sequitors are not “clever,” no matter what you may read in last week’s LEO. Take my advice or remain living in delusion, it makes little difference to me…

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