Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Getting Kinky in the Tall City ...

At the halfway point of a campaign swing through Odessa-Midland, Kinky Friedman - singer / songwriter / author / candidate-for-governor / and sworn enemy of the 'wussification' of Texas - stopped at this month's meeting of the Permian Basin Landman's Association. Having very close contacts with at least one landman in the Tall City, I was invited for dinner, drinks ... and the most refreshing dose of political punditry to blow through the Lone Star State since ... well ... ever ...

Sporting that black felt hat, and puffing on the trademark cigar, Friedman worked the crowd and worked it well ... no one was turned away, no topic was off-limits, and no idea was too outrageous ... the fellow next to me wanted a spot on the Railroad Commission when Friedman is elected governor.

Me? I wanted a spot on the Texas Film Commission.

But that's nothing compared to what Friedman supporter - and fellow singer / songwriter / author - Jimmy Buffett reportedly wanted in return for his support of Kinky's campaign!

The turnout for this month's PBLA meeting was unusually large. One reason is, it was 'executive night' (an annual gala) and the occasion to mark the 'changing of the guard' on the organization's board ... but, I heard over and over again ... a chance to meet Kinky was also a big draw.

Response to Friedman's presentation was large, and genuinely appreciative ... whether it was laughter at his jokes, or agreement with some of his suggestions about how to solve the problems that plague 'politics as usual' in the Lone Star State.

That presentation closed on a serious note, when Friedman read one of his contributions to Texas Monthly ... a short piece called, "The Navigator," a tribute to his dad and a reminder of the things that have made our country great. There were those I spoke to, afterwards, who said they might seriously consider voting for Tom Friedman's son.

So, does Kinky Friedman stand a snowball's chance in ... well, you know ... of winning the election?

To quote him ... "Why the hell not?"

And, even before we go to the polls this November, have we, 'the people,' already won something from Friedman's candidacy?

I think so ... it is my fervent hope that Friedman's unrelenting candor and openness will rub-off on his three main opponents - all three of whom would qualify as career politicians - and maybe ... just, maybe ... raise the bar a little on open, candid debate, and a serious discussion of the issues in the campaign ahead. That would be good for all of us.

It is also my hope that his independence and his outrageousness - as compared to the carefully crafted and blown-dry image of his opponents - might attract more people to the polls, especially young people.

If he can accomplish that, then the State of Texas - as a whole - could be a winner.

3 comments:

Cowtown Pattie said...

Kinky is my man!

(Whooda thunk*grin*)

Jeff said...

Welcome, Miss Pattie,

You were in the first wave of those to start asking, "Why the Hell not?"

Thanks for your patience while the rest of played catch-up ...

And, be sure to visit Wallace, over at Streams (Big Gold Dog), who has thing or two to say about Kinky ...

Now, if we could just get the rest of Texas on board with Molly Ivins!

:-)

Kinky is Awesome said...

Kinky's thoughts on border security and other foreign policy issues is RIGHT ON THE MONEY!

Kinky discussed his ideas the illegal Mexican alien problem with the Texarkana Gazette:

"Mexico is not a poor country...all of these politicians are afraid of offending Hispanics. I want the border off the evening news until we get something resolved."

Kinky's right! And he's been saying that Mexico ain't poor for better than a year now. Here's a another story out of the Kilgore News Herald, where Kinky says "Mexico is not a poor country."

Here's some other interesting stuff out of that Kilgore News Herald story:

“I am going to see non-denominational prayer and the Ten Commandments put back in the schools.”

Friedman said the Ten Commandments might have to be called the ten rules or something similar but they need to be back in the schools. “They say this is part of my wussification campaign but, as my spiritual advisor Billy Jo Schafer says, “If you don’t love Jesus, go to hell.”

One of Friedman’s most unusual ideas addresses border security.

He proposes creating what he calls the Five Mexican Generals plan. As he lays it out, the border with Mexico would be divided into five pieces with a Mexican general responsible for each. A $1 million trust fund would be created for each general.

“When I talk about the five Mexican generals, people think I’m joking but I’m dead serious,” said Friedman. “I will divide the border into five jurisdictions, assigning one Mexican general to each and providing a trust fund for that general. Every time a person crosses illegally, we subtract $5,000 from the trust fund.”

Kinky also spoke with Ruminator Magazine about his thoughts on Bush's foreign policy:

Ruminator: So does this idea of the honorable cowboy have anything to do with why you threw your support behind President Bush in this last election? You did, didn’t you?

Kinky: Yes. I did in this last election, but I didn’t vote for him the first time....I was not for Bush that time. Since then, though, we’ve become friends. And that’s what’s changed things.

Ruminator: So it’s your friendship with him that’s changed your mind about having him as president more than his specific political positions?

Kinky: Well, actually, I agree with most of his political positions overseas, his foreign policy....I basically think he played a poor hand well after September 11. What he’s been doing in the Near East and in the Middle East, he’s handling that well, I think.

Kinky is Awesome!