During his campaign and even in his press announcement, Governor Bevin proclaimed his support of restoration of voting rights. And yet, two weeks into his term – three days before Christmas – he chose to unilaterally strip automatic restoration of voting rights from as many as 150,000 Kentuckians. His press statement was titled “Governor Bevin fulfills his commitment to People of Kentucky," yet his action is exactly the opposite of his campaign position. Kentuckians are left to wonder, what commitment was he fulfilling, and to whom?
In the wake of the announcement scores of other Kentuckians were eager to demonstrate their logic and mathematical competency declaring ‘two wrongs make right’ because Brasher “shouldn’t” have done that. In reality Beshear's executive order was merely a temporary measure until legislature could readdress this important egalitarian issue next legislative session, in fact it’s policy provisions would have expired at the onset of RS16.
This Christmas present came in a package with several other executive actions including a campaign promise to honor the religious beliefs of government actors, such as Kim Davis, over that of their constituents right to equal treatment under law, none of the lawyers in begins camp seem to have noticed that the governors solution creates a unsigned government license ripe for counterfeiting . Regardless, the Kim Davis crowd was quick to jump on their moral high horse mass emoting the uniquely “christian” sentiment about felons we’ve come to expect from them regarding homosexuals.