Friday, June 20, 2014

Fauxcahontas coming to Kentucky, business owners who did build that prepare to be insulted

Elizabeth Warren, the U.S. senator from Massachusetts who is sometimes mentioned as the next person most likely to break Hillary Clinton's heart by stealing the Democrats' presidential nomination away from her, is best known for two things.

One is her false claim of being an Indian and using that to advance her career and referring to herself as Harvard Law School's first minority female. That has led to her being not-so-flatteringly being dubbed as "Fauxcahontas" by conservative commentators. Just Google the term and you'll see what we mean. As should be expected, Twitchy amply captured a sampling of the well-deserved mocking.

Her other claim to fame is being the first person to ever advance "you didn't build that" as a way to diminish the accomplishments of American business owners. That concept and phrase got more play when President Obama uttered it at campaign event in Virginia during his re-election bid, but Warren was the first person to, in so many words, say that those who have succeeded owe their success more to socialistic government policies than to their own knowledge, hard work and perseverance.

That narrative won't play well in Kentucky, where so many people have struggled to create, own and operate businesses in spite of the government, not because of it.

So when Warren said she planned to come to Kentucky to campaign for Alison Lundergan Grimes against Mitch McConnell, it's no wonder the McConnell campaign cheered.

We can almost hear Brer Rabbit hollering, "Please don't throw me in the briar patch."

We can't imagine Fauxcahontas' appearance garnering much support for Lundergan Grimes, or for Elisabeth Jensen, who's running against Andy Barr in the Sixth Congressional District. Many Kentuckians already feel that the government puts too many burdens on them and inhibits their ability to conduct business or earn a living. Being lectured by someone who thinks that they don't deserve the credit for their success is probably not something they want to endure.

If Warren does come to Kentucky to campaign for Lundergan Grimes, we think she should pick either Richmond or Mt. Sterling as her rally locations. Because in both towns, the high schools have the nickname "Indians" for their athletic teams. For Fauxcahontas, those would be fitting venues.

Maybe some of the local business owners can greet her by holding up signs saying, "Yes, we DID build that."

This is just more proof that Lundergan Grimes and her campaign are more in line with liberal national Democrats than they are with Kentucky, Kentuckians and Bluegrass values.

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