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  • Divided We Fall
    Posted On: Feb 24, 2017

                                       Divided We Fall

                                          joe brennan

                The Motto of the Commonwealth of Kentucky reads; "United We Stand Divided We Fall". All social bodies are just as strong as the institutions that support them. Social functionalism postulates that any social structure is just as solid as the strength of its social institutions : Religion, Finance, Business, Social Protection, Family, Health Services, Education, Government. These are like the basic pillars supporting the roof of the entire social structure. A weakness of any one of these pillars threatens the stability of the entire structure.

                Enter Matt Bevin and his vision on the social structure of the Commonwealth. His view of these basic structures is that they must be radically changed. Furthermore, he has selected Department heads that are diametrically opposed to maintaining the components of most of these basic structures. First there is education. The Governor has chosen, a promoter of Corporate-chartered schools to head the Cabinet of Education; then he has chosen a representative of the coal owners - an anti-environmentalist - to be in charge of environmental protection; furthermore, he has chosen an insurance representative to dismantle the Medicaid extension program; an athlete with minimal labor experience to head the Labor Cabinet; he actually promoted an individual for the Board of Directors who was a creationist, and climate change denier. He has further imposed his own religious beliefs in the enactment of basic social policy e. g. same sex marriage, religious work ethic, educational programs, social service programs. In brief he has modeled his own religious ideology as the fundamental blocks for his concept of a good functioning government.

                Governor Bevin without a doubt is following the dictates of his conscience. The problem is that his role is to administer a government, not a corporation. His concern ought to be maintaining the basic pillars of our society, not in imposing his own personal values and ideology upon the citizenry. By his actions he has placed loyalty to his party and himself as the priority over what is truly in the best interests of the Commonwealth. While his cabinet will stand in its allegiance to the Governor, it will fall for the maintenance of our citizens.  


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