Thursday, September 07, 2006

If I Were A Texan

I watched Kinky Friedman on Cavuto, yesterday, and he really made me wish I were a Texan so I could vote for him.
I first got exposed to the "Jewish Cowboy" over twenty years ago when I heard a very funny and irreverant song by Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys, called "They Don't Make Jewboys Like They Used To." We don't have to worry about him overdoing political correctness. Later I learned that he was a novelist, and I read While the Cat’s Away, which I enjoyed immensely.
Now he is running for Governor of the great state of Texas, as an independent. The way things are looking, he could very well be the next Governor.
This country needs more people like Friedman in office. The major parties have bogged down in politics, which is not surprising as they are full of politicians. As Freidman put it, "A politician looks only to the next election. A statesman looks to future generations." I could apply that to the current players in Washington, but I won't do that here.
Friedman is definitely not a politician. He has vowed not to listen to lobbyists or special interest groups, He has declared that he will only stay in office for one term, because he is not a career politician. The three candidates against whom he is running are.
"The people have had enough of politicians," he said, "It is time for a statesman."
We know Friedman is down to earth an honest, if only because he does not plan a career in politics. He has nothing to gain by being dishonest.
When asked about Jesse Ventura, the former wrestler turned Governor of Minnesota, who also ran as an independent, Friedman said, "Jesse found out that wrestling is real and politics is fixed," citing the political problems Ventura had in following his agenda while in office.
What I liked the most about the interview was Kinky Friedman's parting remark:
"A good shepherd does not ignore his flock. I want to be a good shepherd."
If I were a Texan, he would have my vote.

4 comments:

StopKinky said...

FLIP: "PRESS RELEASE: Immigration policy Kinky Friedman today said he ... supports a portion of the House bill, which calls for the construction of 700 miles of security fence along the U.S.-Mexico border and which would make illegal immigration a felony."

FLOP: "Friedman said Tuesday that he never called immigrants felons, calling a reporter "full of (expletive)" before apologizing... a spokeswoman said the initial statement was posted erroneously."

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FLIP: "When I talk about the five Mexican generals, people think I’m joking but I’m dead serious. I will divide the border into five jurisdictions, assigning one Mexican general to each and providing a trust fund for that general. Every time a person crosses illegally, we subtract $5,000 from the trust fund."

FLOP: "QUESTION: Other candidates have laid out policies on illegal immigration, including the use of the National Guard. Are you sticking by your idea of paying Mexican generals to keep would-be illegals on their side of the border? FRIEDMAN: No."

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FLIP: "My immigration policy is 'Remember the Alamo.'"

FLOP: "Asked about his own strategy for securing the border, Friedman said, 'I'm not sure. I don't have a plan.'"

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FLIP: "All of these politicians are afraid of offending Hispanics. I want the border off the evening news until we get something resolved."

FLOP: "I want the border on the nightly news every night."

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FLIP: "Good fences make good neighbors, and, Mr. Fox, help us build that fence."

FLOP: "Kinky believes that the U.S. Senate is on the right track--with a plan that includes limited amnesty for hard-working illegal immigrants."

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FLIP: "Kinky Friedman on Thursday asked Travis County prosecutors to investigate Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn for possibly misusing state employees to help her campaign."

FLOP: "Kinky Friedman on Saturday disavowed the criminal complaint that his campaign for governor filed against independent rival Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn, but Friedman declined to withdraw the complaint or apologize to Strayhorn."

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FLIP: "I'm not pro-life, and I'm not pro-choice. I'm pro-football."

FLOP: "Should Roe vs. Wade be overturned? Friedman: No. ... Are Texas laws too restrictive for adult women? Would you favor adding new restrictions or repealing current ones? Friedman: I have mixed feelings on parental notification. On the counseling requirement, I'm not sure, but I know the less I talk to social workers, the better. No issue with the public-funding restrictions, but I would want to investigate further."

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FLIP: "I am not anti-death penalty."

FLOP: "Let's do away with the death penalty."

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FLIP: "Who did you vote for in 2000? Friedman: I voted for Gore then."

FLOP: "According to Kerr County voting records, Friedman voted in the 2004 presidential general election but not in any other contest since 1994."

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FLIP: "After your bid for Justice of the Peace in ’86, you said you were leaving 'that worthless tar baby that is politics.'"

FLOP: "Kinky walked up the steps to the Secretary of State's office in Austin and submitted the paperwork necessary to make him a candidate for the office of Governor of Texas."

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Why can't Kinky make up his mind?

"I've been stoned a lot of times... And I don't regret any of it. I quit doing cocaine," Kinky says, "when Bob Marley fell out of my left nostril."

yellowdog granny said...

wow..that comment was pretty good?..ha
i like kinky but i dont think he has a snowballs chance in hell of winning..i went to see him in waco at the heart of texas and listened to him do his vaudville routine..i asked him serious questions..and got cute and funny come back..my exact words to him were..it doesnt matter if your heart is in the right place..if your head is up your ass...i made him laugh...plus he said he voted for bush the last time and he says he likes bush's views on foreign policy...what the fuck? is he insane..so as much as i like him and his little act..i will vote for the democrat, as strayhorn has gone from being a democrat to a republican to an independent..and calls herself a tough granma..well, where i come from..tough granny's stick around for the fight..they dont join other parties..and kinky's song was'they dont'make jews like jesus anymore'...also did get your buns out bed and into the kitchen where they belong..and asshole from el paso...
he also told the most racist joke i have ever heard at bull moose lodge in austin and i was there and heard it..the joke...why do niggers where hats with big wide brims? so the birds won't shit on their lips....
still want to vote for him???

RevJim said...

I don't care much for that joke, I never laugh at racist jokes like that. Still, friedman would be different from politics as usual, which hasn't done anything for a while except criticize the politics of others. Note the first comment on this page, a purely political post with lots of spin, probably posted by a Republican.

yellowdog granny said...

i didnt like the joke either..but that is part of who kinky is...i think the democrats are more upset about kinky than the republicans. as they think he is taking away from them the chance to get a deomocrat in as governor...