You know Ricky Jones through his appearances on Hey Kentucky and KSR. Today, the chair of Pan-African Studies at the University of Louisville wrote a column for the Courier-Journal on an issue that hits close to home: whether or not Matt Jones should run for Senate.
Ricky looked at both sides, arguing that Matt would be a “breath of fresh air” in a political sphere that’s becoming more corrupt by the second; however, at what cost? Is it worth dipping a toe into the swamp when he’s already living a pretty good life?
To be sure, a Jones run (if he refused to be dumbed-down by uninspiring and ineffectual Democratic handlers) would be a breath of fresh air. It would bring honesty, expand the socio-political conversation and present interesting possibilities in a pushback against the languishing Democratic party as well as McConnell and the Republicans. For those reasons and more, he should throw his hat into the ring.
On the other hand, Jones has a very good and growing personal and professional life. He has impacted Kentucky as a political commentator and philanthropist and could continue to do so much more.
Should he give all that up to enter the insane life of a politician in a system so tainted that it’s hard for a truly good person to do any good at all?
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