Monday, February 08, 2010

Billy Kennedy Is Who The Founding Fathers Had In Mind When They Drew Up Plans For The House Of Representatives


It's only 6am here on the West Coast, but back in Watauga County in northwestern North Carolina it's 9 and Billy Kennedy is officially kicking off his uphill election campaign to replace one of Congress' most clueless members, mean-spirited reactionary Virginia Foxx. Right this moment Billy's at the Watauga County Courthouse Board of Elections in Boone meeting up with supporters who will caravan with him to the Wilkes County Heritage Museum in Wilkesboro, the Forsyth County Democratic Party headquarters in Winston-Salem and ultimately to the North Carolina Board of Elections at 506 North Harrington Street in Raleigh.

I spoke with Billy on the phone at great length this weekend, eager to gage if he could really be as good as everyone I know in North Carolina tells me he is. I walked away a believer and I asked him to write up in his own words what he said to me about not wanting to build himself a political career in Washington but wanting to serve his neighbors and help leave his daughters a better world. I'm sure he'll be a Blue America candidate soon-- board meeting next week-- but meanwhile, DownWithTyranny has an ActBlue page and you can contribute directly to Billy's campaign on it. The first half dozen people who do so today-- to the tune of at least $25-- will get a great hits CD from either Tanya Tucker, Lynn Anderson or Little Jimmy Dickens. Here's what Billy sent me yesterday:
I just finished talking to a supporter who picked up on some thoughts of mine during our conversation, and he asked me to write them down and send them to him.

My first thought was what did I say? Then I thought when will I find the time in this already busy campaign to do it?

So first I had to go feed my animals. They don't seem to have any idea that I'm running for Congress. It was snowing, a beautiful white dusk, with all the branches outlined against the sky. The ground was covered and crunchy, all clean with the new snow falling.

I know, I 'm supposed to be writing about how I don't want to spend the rest of my life in Washington, but it all is part of who I am.  I've told a lot of people that it took me two months to convince my wife to agree to this run for office. Not just the campaign, but the prospect of winning and then going to DC to live!  My daughter was especially concerned, but I assured her that we were not going to sell our house and farm and move away. This will always be our home and we hope to leave it to our children after we're gone.

I decided that I wanted to live in Western North Carolina 30 years ago and have mostly managed that, with a few limited stays away from here over the years. When I am away I appreciate it even more, and can't wait to return, but I also thoroughly enjoy the stimulation and energy of being in new places, urban as well as rural, and meeting and interacting with people.

We all have so much in common, even coming from different places and cultures. So I do not plan on making Washington my home forever.  But I am willing to spend a few years working hard to bring some of the values and lessons I've learned so far, to a place where so many representatives seem to have gotten lost inside the beltway. I am worried about what motivates some people to want to be elected officials.

I believe in a government “of the people, by the people, for the people.” We need to elect people who have life experience and who want to help others, not just themselves. We need to elect people with different skills who can add to the problem solving that our times require. The demands of running for office are daunting, both financially and personally, but if only selfish or misguided people end up doing it, we all lose. I'm not willing to give up and let the wrong people ruin this great country for my kids or yours!
Without saying so directly, my parents instilled in me a sense of responsibility and confidence that I must do my part and can make a difference, for the better, in this life. So I am going to give this race my all and more.  When the voters send me to Washington to replace a Representative who doesn’t represent us, I won't forget who I am or forget the people in the 5th District. I want to come home as often as possible and hear people's stories and struggles so that I can help them.

When I'm done I hope to return to my great life on the farm, and hopefully, still be able to make some furniture that will outlast me.
This is a challenge which we are ready to take on.  We have to!  The stakes are too high not to.

I don't see how anyone can tune into what Billy is saying and not want to help him!

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At 12:11 PM, Blogger Mary and Phil said...

Heard Billy today in Forsyth. He is a real person who knows what the rest of us deal with, every day. Go do Washington for us, Billy, and come back to your mountains whenever you can!

At 6:04 PM, Anonymous Molly Leight said...

Mr. Kennedy was very impressive today at Forsyth County Democratic Headquarters on his way to Raleigh to file for replacing Representative Foxx. An honest, plain spoken man of the people has my support! He is running for the right (read correct) reasons!

At 7:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd support the efforts of nearly anyone willing to unseat Foxx, but I'm a bit put off by the obvious pandering in the commercial posted here. Kennedy's intentional use of the phrase "unfair bailouts and crooked deals," without relaying any specifics at all, rings no more sincere nor valid than Virginia's constant calls for a "return to the ideals of our founders."

If even the most well-intentioned of candidates stoops to relying on cheap and vague bumper sticker imagery to force knee-jerk reactions from what they judge to be, chiefly, an unsophisticated and overly emotional populate, just how much trust should we place in their ability to serve us in an honest and honorable fashion?

At 10:35 AM, Anonymous Anne Wilson said...

Thank you, Billy Kennedy, for your willingness to leave the comfort of your farm, workshop, and family in order to represent the deserving residents in the NC 5th Congressional District. I have the utmost confidence in you and encourage all who read this blog to get involved in your campaign. Money and boots on the ground, please, folks!

At 5:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a North Carolinian, I will pray to every god ever created by mankind, in addition to the real God, that Billy gets this woman out of our government. Gooooooooo Billy!!!


At 9:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it is very unnecessary that this article has to start out demeaning Mrs. Foxx. Regardless of political party, why does it always have to begin with bashing the opposition?

At 4:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen!! We need someone who will stand as another unquestioning figure for the Obama-Pelosi-Reid agenda of more stimulus packages, higher taxes on those evil rich people, government health insurance, card check,cap and tax, constitutional rights for terrorists, and on and. Go, Billy!!! Government knows best!!!

At 4:29 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Politicians: What qualifications do they have other than most of them are now millionares on my dime, to manage the law making that bows to Big Companies (the capitalist way is to go bankrupt if you can't manage the company) , you all make me sick that you even call yourselves Americans.

At 12:22 PM, Anonymous fellow carpenter said...

The founders of this country envisioned rights to the states and respectably to the people, Federal government was set up to safeguard these God given rights. Instead we look now to government for answers, to fix things, to make it feel better. I would say that tyranny could come in the form of collectivism, just as quickly as it would a dictator, through the forms of "soft" despotism. The truth is that government, nor man in general, have the answers to fix it. This is why our founders created the checks and balances of the constitution, to keep government from "fixing" things. Just remember, Freedom comes at a cost! Give me liberty, not government. Governments always abhor the free.

At 10:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is very good news!

Mrs. Foxx has her good qualities, I'm sure, but I think someone could do a better job representing us in Congress.

So far the Kennedy campaign has me convinced to give him a shot.

Go Billy!

- Ashe Co. resident

At 10:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr Kennedy, You seem to have gotten my attention but to keep it you will need to do more. When you convince me that you are more conservative than Mrs.Foxx, you will get my vote.I am an unaffiliated voter.If you support the current administration and the spending that has occurred in the last year, then we have no common ground to even start a discussion. If on the other hand if you intend to stand up and fight against those in your party that would spend and tax us to death----now we're back to a discussion. Good Luck in your run.May the most responsible candidate win.

At 12:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need another Kennedy in Washington?

At 10:10 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I would for Billy if i lived down,[still]but i had to move away.too many[ commnists aka repulicans down for me.for fox to get elected you know to be a repulican like a skunk,a skunk you can get away from, but not a repubican

At 6:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The founding fathers want a huge central government and a crushing debt on future generations? You need to stop drinking the liberal koolaid and read about your history. I think if the founders wanted socialism they would've implemented it. Kennedy is exactly what the founders warned against.

At 9:25 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Please look at MS Foxx on the internet. Fox news ignores her. The "liberal Media" has a go at her. Please know for your self who is YOU in Washington


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