Regular readers will know that I'm centrist-libertarian by political inclination; not veering too far to Left or Right, but generally conservative on moral issues, with a strong libertarian streak that says I mustn't impose my views on others, and vice versa. I'm not likely to vote for most Democratic Party candidates, on the grounds that many of their party's policies are statist and anti-freedom.
However, Ron Leach, a military veteran and Democratic congressional candidate in Kentucky, has just demonstrated real personal sincerity and commitment. I've no idea what he's like as an individual, or whether he's worth voting for - but he's earned at least a measure of my respect.
It is one thing to safely give stump speeches based on data, and anecdotal evidence. I have listened to thestories of an economy that fails most Kentuckians and Americans consistently throughout my travels over the past 6 months. I hear the sincere pain and frustration expressed by my fellow Kentuckians, and I am deeply moved. But it is another thing to immerse yourself in that economy and see if you could survive (without relying on my military pension and my wife’s active duty military salary). The short answer is NO; I could not have survived the past couple months at the “entry level” of America’s economy in which an increasing majority find themselves trapped.
For the past couple months I worked for United Parcel Service, Louisville Kentucky, as an “air handler” loading and unloading cargo aircraft – MD 11s, Airbus A300, Boeing 757, 767, and 747s. For the majority of this employment my co-workers knew nothing of my candidacy for US Congress. ... I did it to ensure I do not lose a clear understanding of the realities and many adversities faced by the most vulnerable in our society – whether it is our Soldiers in a combat environment, or an average Kentuckian and American simply trying to build a life and future for him/herself and their family. Here is what I found and experienced...
There's more at the link.
I may not like his party's policies, but any candidate who's prepared to 'walk the walk' and go experience for himself, the hard way, economic reality in his district definitely has some good points. Thanks, Mr. Leach. I wish there were more political candidates who'd do the same - on both sides of the aisle.
I think my blogging buddy Daddybear is based in or near Mr. Leach's district. How about it, Daddybear? Any feedback on him?