There seems to be a lot of arguments going on, about just where Kinky Friedman stands on the issues. He has been called a "joke" and a "flip-flopper", and some writer's try to make it seem that Kinky doesn't even know where he stands on the issues. Well, I can't stop people from sliming Kinky and distorting his beliefs, but maybe I can clear up just where Kinky does stand on some of the issues. These are his official positions, taken from his website.
I have heard people say he's been on both sides of this issue and needs to make up his mind. Well, his mind is made up and here's what he believes: "Kinky is not anti-death-penalty, but he IS 'anti-the-wrong-guy-getting-executed.' Texas needs to take a serious look at the way it implements capital punishment - no one in this state wants the blood of innocent people on their hands." Maybe it's because I agree with him, but this doesn't seem too hard to understand. Society has a right to defend itself, but not with a flawed system. We need to do something about the facts that the rich get more justice than the poor, and whites get more than non-whites.
This one is pretty straightforward. "Kinky believes in a woman's right to choose." No mincing words there. Kinky is pro-choice.
If you're anti-gun, you won't like Kinky's position on this issue. Kinky believes in the Constitution. "The second amendment is every bit as important as the others. Texans have the right to keep and bear arms, as well as to hunt."
We've discussed this one before, Kinky is very much opposed to the TTC. Here is what his website says, "Kinky is opposed to the Trans-Texas Corridor since it relies on toll road construction. He feels like the TTC is a land grab of the ugliest kind, with land being taken from hardworking ranchers and farmers in little towns and villages all over Texas. The people who will ultimately own that land are the same people who own the governor."
This one shouldn't surprise anyone, since Kinky has always supported the freedom of each person to live his life as he wants. His website says, "Kinky supports gay marriage and equal rights for homosexuals. He believes that the Constitution protects everyone."
The website says, "Kinky favors optional, non-denominational prayer in school. He believes there's nothing wrong with children believing in something even if it's a rock or tree." Sounds pretty reasonable to me. Even as a non-believer, I can support this stance.
Those are Kinky's views. I agree with them. If you do also, perhaps you should consider voting for Kinky.