As a registered independent, I found the comments made by Sen. Julian Carroll, D-Anderson, about voters like myself to be, quite frankly, hilariously stupid.
While I’m sure we all respect Sen. Carroll’s 175 years of service to the commonwealth (did you know he helped Daniel Boone pick out the curtains for the old Capitol?), his logic (or lack of it, evidenced here) regarding America’s glorious and efficient two-party system is troublesome: Instead of trying to change Kentucky’s closed primary system — which has the effect of entrenching corrupt, senile “legislators” whom will remain nameless for the purposes of this post — Carroll suggests that independents should instead seek to create their own party and leave him the hell alone.
We shouldn’t have to break out the Groucho Marx quotations to understand this, but the independent’s raison d’etre precludes party affiliation. Or, to put this in language that Sen. Carroll would understand:
YOU ARE KILLING ‘MERICA NOW GO TO BED YOU SILLY OLD FART.