Bill Johnson

Bill Johnson’s War on Democracy

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November 2, 2011
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Election Day is one week away, folks, and there’s one guy — Bill Johnson, Republican candidate for Secretary of State — who’s waging war on democracy. Letting him into office would only escalate his mission.

For instance, Bill Johnson’s ludicrous attack on homeless voters. Why is Bill Johnson afraid to let Don Blakeley vote?

I’ve had a long life and I’ve done a lot of different things – over a decade of service in a military career as an Army Platoon Sgt, I owned a 25-acre farm and made a living as a farmer, was in the construction business for a while, and even owned a computer business.

I was a Army Platoon Sergeant, serving from 1972 to 1983, and I’ve done my
time to protect this Democracy.  Questioning my right to participate in
it just doesn’t seem right.

I’ve been a respected leader with technical skills and a lot of experience, so like I said, I didn’t think I’d end up homeless, but I ended up on the street just the same.

Lots of people might be closer to that than they think.  Just losing your job might make you homeless.  I’m not trying to scare anyone, but we’re a lot closer to being in the same boat than some of us think.

Bill Johnson wants to Don, and folks just like him, their Constitutionally protected right to vote.

That alone — and there are plenty of other reasons — make it plain Bill Johnson is unqualified for the job of Secretary of State. You know, since the SoS is supposed to oversee elections and protect peoples’ right to vote.

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth is collecting stories just like Don’s, people targeted in Bill Johnson’s war on democracy. Check them out, spread the link around, and warn your fellow voters about the vote-stealing warrior down the ballot. Or, heck, vote for Bill next Tuesday if stealing votes from homeless veterans is your thing.  Democracy!

 

KY SoS race TV ads — Big Bill Johnson lasts just 17 seconds

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October 28, 2011
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In one of the few somewhat entertaining races in this 2011 Election season, the Secretary of State race is on the airwaves.

Bill Johnson released his first ad earlier this week, an action packed 17 seconds that explains how the Secretary of State has nothing to do with abortion… or, how it does? Who knows. But it’s really simple. Simple sentences. Simple words. Or just word. Sometimes just word. You’ve officially spent more time reading about it than this Bill Johnson quickie will take to experience:

Meanwhile, Ms. Grimes has a 2nd ad. What it lacks in grandmas it tries to make up for with glowing text. If we elect Ms. Grimes, Frankfort will be lit up by explanatory text and thus it will be simpler to do business. And it doubles up Big Bill in length:

The takeaway from this head to head advercontest? One candidate understands what the Secretary of State actually does… and the other one is confused. In Bill Johnson-speak:

One ready. Other not.

Now that’s a campaign ad…

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October 20, 2011
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After watching that, in the interest of equal time, I thought I’d serve up Bill Johnson’s latest tv commercial.

But he doesn’t appear to have one. (Bill, email us! Record something with a webcam or something.)

So… I guess there’s this for now:

‘Why is Bill Johnson afraid to let me vote?’

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October 12, 2011
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Republican Secretary of State candidate Bill Johnson is on the warpath, churning out fantastical stories of homeless people and poor people usurping our elections by the tens of thousands, all controlled by shadowy forces bent on enslaving the rest of us under socialist tyranny.

Bill Johnson’s scaremongering is ridiculous, it’s funny, it’s insane. It’s also dangerous.

In case you’ve missed it, Bill Johnson is convinced that homeless veterans are being bussed in to our cities to illegally vote for Democrats. Bill Johnson believes that a non-existent organization with a supposedly anti-White army is secretly acting behind the scenes to commit election fraud on the grandest scale. (You can view highlights from Johnson’s recent debate below.)

So now Kentuckians for the Commonwealth are getting involved. KFTC has a long history of standing up for and protecting voter rights. Broadening and strengthening Kentucky’s democracy is at the core of their mission — so the fact that they’re pushing back against a Secretary of State candidate who is claiming that same passion for democracy should make it quite clear who’s side you are on.

This letter is hitting mailboxes statewide. It reads:

Kentucky’s Demucracy is under threat and I’m writing today to ask for your help in turning things around before Kentucky’s statewide election on November 8th.

For years, Kentuckians For The Commonwealth has worked to make our Democracy stronger. We help ordinary people become strong leaders, help citizens lobby their government, and educate the public on issues affecting them. We’ve registered tens of thousands of Kentucky voters and have championed legislation to make it easier for everyone to vote. We do all this because we believe our Democracy works better if all its citizens have a vote and a voice.

We’ve made a lot of progress, and our work has made Kentucky’s Democracy broader, deeper and stronger.

But now that progress and much more is under serious threat from a man named Bill Johnson. He’s running for Secretary of State, Kentucky’s chief elections officer and he’s leading his campaign with a platform that will disenfranchise homeless voters, make it harder for elderly people and others without photo IDs to vote, and prevent former felons from regaining their right to vote.

The letter is written by a mother, grandmother, former Lady Cat who is also a former felon — she has served her debt to society and she has turned her life around. And she has gotten her voting rights restored. Which seems common sense enough — and of course, that’s reason #1 why Bill Johnson might be opposed to it.

The letter continues:

We have to do something. Let’s tell Bill Johnson that we will not allow him or anybody else to silence the voices of hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians. Let’s remind him that everyone has a right to be involved in choosing our leaders and making decisions affecting out lives.

KFTC and its members are now planning a targeted media and field campaign to challenge Bill Johnson’s plan to limit democracy in Kentucky. You can help.

Either by lending your voice in support by joining KFTC, or, if you’re already a member, by giving a little extra.

And by supporting KFTC, you’re not just supporting their work to protect democracy, you’re helping to protect Kentucky’s enviornment, its future and its working people.

Secretary of State Grayson calls Secretary of State Candidate Bill Johnson “wrong.”

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October 7, 2011
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Mr. “Pure Politics” — Ryan Alessi — sat down with former Republican KY Secretary of State Trey Grayson and asked Trey what he thinks of GOP Candidate Bill Johnson’s wacky war on homeless veterans and allegations of voter fraud.

“I think he’s wrong. And I told him that,” Grayson said of Johnson

Click on and watch Alessi’s show, channel 2 on your cable box.

Kentucky Tea Party challenges KY GOP to abandon gubernatorial candidate Williams

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October 6, 2011
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LEO’s Sonka reports Kentucky Tea Party guru and mastermind behind Rand Paul’s primary victory, David Adams, has directed the Tea Party forces against the state’s Republican Party in an exercies in reality:

Last Chance to Save November

There are several reasons David Williams won’t be elected Governor of Kentucky in November. Voting nine times with Steve Beshear to “balance” the state budget with debt and federal stimulus funds rank high on the list. Dramatically increasing his own pension and then playing dumb when he was called on it didn’t help matters either.

We can waste time arguing about how we got into such a mess, but the fact is we are here. Republican establishment types like to talk about party loyalty at times like this, but how loyal is it to the party and its principles to lose all the down-ticket races trying to prop up a gubernatorial candidate whose fate is so clearly sealed?

Please contact Republican Party of Kentucky leadership and ask them to face reality before it is too late.

You’ll want to read Adams’ full-on assault as well as Sonka’s follow-up interview with him… and why he’s advocating for Kemper but leaving some dude named Bill Johnson out to dry.

SoS candidate Bill Johnson exposes non-existent threat to our freedom

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September 22, 2011
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As if Bill Johnson did not embarrass himself enough on Monday evening in his debate with Alison Lundergan Grimes on KET — in which he ranted on and on about rich people’s kids being kidnapped and the obvious socialist threat to democracy that comes in the form of homeless people and has led to the ouster of good Republican public servants like Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and replaced them each with Red Commies — there is more embarrassment to come.

Mixed in with his claim that the most important part of a Secretary of State’s job is to protect the rights of people who may or may not ever exist (yes, that’s the most important), Bill Johnson took fantastical thinking to a higher level and claimed our democracy is being attacked by a nonexistent organization.

Sonka/Fat Lip has an extensive debunking of this hilarious madness, including some simply golden quotes from Trey Grayson (a known ACORN sympathizer and co-conspirator in the homeless assault on Democracy).

Alison Lundergan Grimes embarrasses Bill Johnson in KY Secretary of State Debate

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September 20, 2011
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Maybe it’s more accurate to say Bill Johnson embarrassed himself. Who knows. We report, you decide, those are your two choices.

A special note to KET… change your video platform to allow for embedding your videos.

And since this can’t be embedded, you can click here.

Highlights?

Bill Johnson’s favorite Secretary of State in history is… Trey Grayson. The guy who was just there. And the guy who for years allowed ACORN and other radical left-wing forces to usurp our elections by bussing in tens of thousands of homeless veterans to vote illegally for Democrats.

Later, Goodies pressed Bill Johnson over this plank in his platform. Bill Johnson explained that homeless people should not be allowed to vote. Because they have no address, all Kentuckians who have fallen on hard times — which is increasingly likely given the policies being pushed by members of Bill Johnson’s own party — should not be allowed to vote.

And if we make exceptions for economically struggling Kentuckians, if we allow poor people to vote, then where will that take us? Bill Johnson has the answer:

What about somebody wealthy for example, who may be afraid? Because their house may be robbed? Or their child may be kidnapped?

That’s a fair comparison. Poor people who’ve lost their homes and want to vote… and very rich people who are being targetted by criminals who have absolutely no other way to locate their address or their child’s school or where they go on vacation without accessing voter rolls.

Just embarrassing.

As Ms. Grimes said in response:

“I have come to believe that his actions and statements are not for a lack of understanding but rather they are an intentional misrepresentation of the law. And that’s wrong for Kentucky. That’s wrong for the people of this state.”

She then went on to explain clearly the law of the state, the very law Bill Johnson willfully misunderstands, and the law he’s supposed to be running to enforce.

They purused this for a while, or, Bill Johnson stammered his way through some weird circular reasoning. And then he declared war on the federal government and came a hair’s width away from calling for Kentucky’s seccessation from the union:

“Ms. Grimes references the federal government. Is this the same Federal Government that says Obamacare is constitutional? Is this the same Federal Government that’s got us $14 trillion in debt. The same Federal Government that’s attacking our coal fields, telling oil companies they can’t drill. The same Federal Government that’s stampeding all over state‘s rights and individual rights. Frankly, our constituchu, our constitutchia, our constitution is what’s important.”

Can you really trust a man who calls for revolution but who can’t pronounce the word ‘Constitution.’

Oh… and then later he went on some wild riff about abortion which further demonstrates that he doesn’t quite understand what a “Secretary of State” does, or at least he’s pretending not to.

Also, he apparently refers to “the homeless” as just “homeless.” As in:

“I’ve talked to homeless.”

Seriously. He said that. Anyway. I could go on but here’s the entire hour boiled into about 3 minutes, and missing questions from viewers, half of whom were on indecipherable phone lines.

Also… as you watch that… ponder this question. If voter fraud is as widespread as Bill Johnson claims, if the nefarious forces of ACORN that he talked at length about last night (which no longer exist) are actively stealing elections across the state of Kentucky, then maybe that is why the Democratic Party controls every single office throughout the Commonwealth, from Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul’s Senate seats to the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Congressional seats. Bill Johnson has finally gotten to the bottom of how Democrats were able to win one shocking election after another. Perfect sense. Well-thought out. If you’re reading Bill — and you probably are — good job.

The Republican Party revealing itself

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September 5, 2011
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A couple good reads. First up, via Talking Points Memo, the Conservative “thinker” who states plain the GOP’s intentions when it comes to voting. This is the true purpose behind KY’s Secretary of State candidate Bill Johnson’s ‘voter id’ push (an issue visited again in the second good read below), but unlike Johnson, this Republican is willing to be honest:

“It is profoundly antisocial and un-American to empower the nonproductive segments of the population to destroy the country — which is precisely why Barack Obama zealously supports registering welfare recipients to vote,” Vadum, the author of a book published by World Net Daily that attacks the now-defunct community organizing group ACORN, writes in a column for the American Thinker.

“Encouraging those who burden society to participate in elections isn’t about helping the poor,” Vadum writes. “It’s about helping the poor to help themselves to others’ money. It’s about raw so-called social justice. It’s about moving America ever farther away from the small-government ideals of the Founding Fathers.”

Most conservative criticism of voter registration drives aimed at poor and minority communities has been under the guise of worries about voter fraud. Vadum’s column is notable because he isn’t just pretending to be worried about the nearly non-existent threat of in-person voter fraud — he just doesn’t think poor people should be voting.

 

Next up — and following a theme — is a lengthy, vicious attack on the 21st Century Republican Party by… a Republican Congressional staff member. He retired in June and this is something like a farewell address. Or you could view the author as a Whistleblower.

It is biting, it is uncompromising, it is thorough. It is great throughout, but here are some highlights:

A couple of years ago, a Republican committee staff director told me candidly (and proudly) what the method was to all this obstruction and disruption. Should Republicans succeed in obstructing the Senate from doing its job, it would further lower Congress’s generic favorability rating among the American people. By sabotaging the reputation of an institution of government, the party that is programmatically against government would come out the relative winner.

A deeply cynical tactic, to be sure, but a psychologically insightful one that plays on the weaknesses both of the voting public and the news media. There are tens of millions of low-information voters who hardly know which party controls which branch of government, let alone which party is pursuing a particular legislative tactic. These voters’ confusion over who did what allows them to form the conclusion that “they are all crooks,” and that “government is no good,” further leading them to think, “a plague on both your houses” and “the parties are like two kids in a school yard.” This ill-informed public cynicism, in its turn, further intensifies the long-term decline in public trust in government that has been taking place since the early 1960s – a distrust that has been stoked by Republican rhetoric at every turn (“Government is the problem,” declared Ronald Reagan in 1980).

And then later, from this Republican Party whistleblower, there is this:

Undermining Americans’ belief in their own institutions of self-government remains a prime GOP electoral strategy. But if this technique falls short of producing Karl Rove’s dream of 30 years of unchallengeable one-party rule (as all such techniques always fall short of achieving the angry and embittered true believer’s New Jerusalem), there are other even less savory techniques upon which to fall back. Ever since Republicans captured the majority in a number of state legislatures last November, they have systematically attempted to make it more difficult to vote: by onerous voter ID requirements (in Wisconsin, Republicans have legislated photo IDs while simultaneously shutting Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices in Democratic constituencies while at the same time lengthening the hours of operation of DMV offices in GOP constituencies); by narrowing registration periods; and by residency requirements that may disenfranchise university students.

This legislative assault is moving in a diametrically opposed direction to 200 years of American history, when the arrow of progress pointed toward more political participation by more citizens. Republicans are among the most shrill in self-righteously lecturing other countries about the wonders of democracy; exporting democracy (albeit at the barrel of a gun) to the Middle East was a signature policy of the Bush administration. But domestically, they don’t want those people voting.

It is a beautiful broadside and is worth you time and, maybe, even the time of your conservative brother-in-law, your Republican uncle, or your Tea Party friend. Maybe. But either way, you should check out the whole shebang.

Secretary of State Candidate Bill Johnson should spend less time reading B&P, more time running his campaign

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September 1, 2011
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We love readers. So it pains us to call one out and suggest they stop reading. But these are special circumstances. Bill Johnson has work to do.

Bill Johnson is some dude who won the Republican primary for the office of Secretary of State. He is running against Democrat Allison Lundergan Grimes.

Late last night, Bill posted a message and a link to his personal Facebook page, leaving the post “public” for all to read. (And you all should!):

Republican Secretary of State candidate Bill Johnson wrote:

The world of Bill Johnson according to Barefoot and Progressive. The story actually gave me a good laugh! And the classic Obama’s Been Lyin’ bumper sticker. Those stickers were sure popular! The picture of Dr. Dan and I standing face to face was great as well. Perhaps I need some No Address, No Vote bumper stickers. Hmm, not a bad idea . . .

And he included a link to a post Joe wrote back in July, The World of Bill Johnson, which highlighted some of Bill’s wackier views (though certainly not all of them, right Bill? What did Joe miss?).

Bill’s facebook post of course elicited several lovely responses:

You can click to enlarge that, but the highlights:

1) Bill Johnson has run out of his official campaign bumpersticker:

2) Joe is an “irrelevant, uneducated voter.” (This is actually true.)

3) Joe thinks he’s better than everyone and has the exact same mindset as Osama bin Laden (a statement Bill Johnson then agrees with… so watch out Kentucky, I hear Joe’s learning how to fly planes):

Don’t ever link to that rag. It’s liberal rantings from a person who thinks he is better than everyone else and thinks all those who are not like him are not worth the air they breath. You know, the same mindset as Osama bin Laden. Progressive? Try oppressive!

Now… again, we don’t like to discourage our readers from coming back, and we certainly don’t want to discourage them from additionally spending time posting B&P links to facebook. We like that sort of behavior.

But in Bill Johnson’s case, we’re pretty sure he has better things to be doing at midnight on a Wednesday than trolling the B&P website. Like, I don’t know, updating his own website for example.

If you go to his official website, “KentuckyBill.com”, and look at his events page, you see that you can get out and meet Bill back on April 15th to celebrate Tax Day with “Pro-Life leaders.” If you look at his blog, you won’t find a new post since July.

So yes Bill, it’s not that we don’t like the traffic, but if you hope to beat Grimes in November, you should probably get to work. If you waste all your time reading B&P and agreeing with your friends on facebook that Joe is basically Osama bin Laden reincarnated, well, you might be making a mistake.

Or maybe, Bill, you’ve just given up. But don’t tell us — don’t comment, don’t reply, don’t post this to your facebook page… you have a lot of work to do if you truly don’t want to get your butt kicked by Allison.

 

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