Here's Johnny - Ft. Knox, Obama, and Dr. King
Getting in Ft. Knox Pretty soon, if you feel like taking a tour of Fort Knox, you'd better have something better than a Kentucky driver's license. Multiple journalistic outfits report that in a few weeks, the Army post will no longer accept driver's licenses from Kentucky and other states that haven't complied with the 2005 REAL ID Act. The law was a post 911 (very post 911) reform, and nearly 12 years later, Kentucky and a few other states haven't made the feds happy with their new driver's licenses. 'Course, no one's really happy with their own driver's license, either. As most folks know, Fort Knox is not only a key Army post, but is also home to the United States Bullion Depository, a fortified vault containing, as of last April, $180 billion in gold. Reportedly, save for a 1970s press tour aimed at shooting down a rumor that the vault had been emptied, no member of the general public has ever been inside. (The 1964 James Bond movie, "Goldfinger," featuring a purported plot to steal the gold and destroy the world's economy, was not based on a true story.) I think it's a darn shame that unless the General Assembly or Gov. Matt Bevin fixes things right quick, Kentuckians won't have a fair shot to pull off what Goldfinger couldn't. I mean, just become something hasn't been done doesn't mean it can't be. Goodbye, Mr. President On Friday, Jan. 20, President Barack Obama will leave office with public approval ratings much higher than those of the man who will replace him. At least some of his policy legacy will be quickly undone by his successor and a Republican Congress, and like it or not, that's how this little experiment in Democracy we call America works. What even Obama's most vehement critics can't deny is that the first black man to serve as President did so with a quiet dignity that, at times, must have been very hard to maintain. He didn't make personal attacks by Tweet or other means on those who disagreed with him. In America, where the right to publicly disagree with our elected leaders is guaranteed by the Constitution, it's sort of important that our leaders remember that. Through much of his presidency, President Obama had to suffer the slights of lesser men (the loudest of whom will succeed him) challenging his citizenship, his religion, and his love of country. He entered office when the country was in the throes of the worst recession since the Great Depression and immersed in two wars, one of which set the stage for much of the Middle East madness that exists today. Reasonable folks would agree that we're in a lot better shape today. As a writer, I especially appreciate the fact that Barack Obama was one of the finest writers and orators since another man from Illinois, a Kentucky-born fellow, tread the halls of the White House. I don't agree with all of the policies proposed or supported by President Obama, and I'm not one of those who attribute every bit of opposition to him as an example of racism. I do believe he is a good and gentle man, and in time, I think most Americans will come to agree with me. A breakfast, a march and service Monday marked the third year I've covered the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast, the march that afternoon, and the following service at First Baptist Church. To the organizers from Woodford Roots and Heritage and other volunteers; the people who prepared the excellent breakfast at First Christian Church; the speakers, marchers and attendees - well done. Black folks and white folks tend to segregate themselves, and it would do us all good to break bread, walk and worship together more often. Of course, without the work and sacrifice of Dr. King, the black man leaving the White House tomorrow might not have had the chance to lead our nation the last eight years.