Over eighty-five patriots met at a local bar and grill on a sunny, but chilly, May evening. As we enjoyed the delicious food and drew our jackets closer, local politicians and business owners drew our attention to some key issues facing Kentucky. 

State Senator John Schickel spoke first and distributed copies of the Kentucky Constitution. Republicans have a super-majority in the KY State Legislature, but it’s still an uphill battle for conservatives trying to pass value-based bills. Angry and disappointed murmurs rippled across the tables as Senator Schickel listed the bills that chamber leadership refused to even hear.

  • SB 106 regarding whether a biological male who identifies as a female can compete in women’s sports.
  • SB 83, which would have protected physicians’ rights to refuse to provide services they find immoral, such as abortion.
  • SB 92, which upholds the crucial role of parental authority in their children’s lives.  

This news highlights how important it is for us to fill the legislature with representatives who live up to their Republican label.

As Senator Schickel said, Republican or Democrat doesn’t matter. The question is—are our representatives constitutional conservatives?

Representatives must be dedicated to upholding the Kentucky constitution before upholding their interests in the Republican party. As the 2022 elections loom, candidates are emerging. Jonathan Brown introduced himself at the end of the meeting and announced his run for Boone County Attorney. Brown managed several of Senator Schickel’s campaigns and has experience working with the district court, CPS, and the juvenile system. We’ll be looking to hear more from him in the months leading up to the election.

Love the smell of coffee? Brewed’s signature blend incorporates the bold tones of freedom. Andrew Cooperrider, the owner of the Lexington coffee shop that stayed open and vocal during Governor Beshear’s economic shutdown, joined our meeting to share his story.

Cooperrider described himself as “a coffeeshop owner that just thinks the government should get out of your life.” But it’s difficult to “just” be a business owner when political power targets even the most apolitical of businesses.

Cooperrider explained that we gave the “Tools of Tyranny” away long before Beshear was elected governor. Politicians have been handing off the power to regulate and tax businesses to unelected officials in agencies like the Health Department. These agencies force businesses to comply with their demands by threatening to take away food or alcohol licenses of business that refuse to go out of business because of the pandemic.

As Cooperrider emphasized, we don’t get the right to sell a beer and a hamburger from the government—that transaction doesn’t need political interference. Cooperrider has been organizing protests in Frankfort, keeping tabs on our representatives, educating patriots on his Facebook page, and hopes to see a day when baristas aren’t affected by who sits in Frankfort or the White House.