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Letters to the Editor

Out of step?

November 7, 2010

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To the editor:

In their civics classes, American students are taught to value a healthy two-party system. Judging by his editorial “Election message” in the Nov. 4 issue, this lesson has been lost on the editor of the Journal-World.

Here, he bemoans Lawrence’s distinction as the only Kansas city to vote overwhelming Democratic in the recent election. We are, he says, “out of step with the rest of the state” and with the nation at large, which happened to elect a GOP majority in the House this time around. He goes on to suggest that some sort of city-wide malaise has resulted from this situation, even to the extent of getting in a gratuitous dig at our non-partisan City Commission!

We are, of course, awash in a sea of red. At election time, the waters may part to reveal, depending on one’s outlook, a glimmering blue swath of hope, or, as in the present case, a slim corridor of wishful thinking in Douglas County. In either event, the exercise of free judgment by voters is not to be disparaged, although one certainly may disagree with the outcome. And it may speak more highly of the community to be “out of step” with Kansas than to march in lockstep with a state considered in some quarters to be a public-policy disgrace.

Comments

notajayhawk 4 years, 1 month ago

"In their civics classes, American students are taught to value a healthy two-party system. "

The little flaw in your logic is this, Bill: By priding yourself on being different than those who chose to put the House in the hands of the Republicans, it appears you were quite satisfied with the one-party system that existed prior to the election.

"In either event, the exercise of free judgment by voters is not to be disparaged, although one certainly may disagree with the outcome. And it may speak more highly of the community to be “out of step” with Kansas than to march in lockstep with a state considered in some quarters to be a public-policy disgrace."

Wow. You managed to be both an elitist and a hypocrite with hardly a breath in between. So, Bill, it's wrong for someone to disparage the fine liberal voters in Lawrence, while you refer to the election choices made by the overwhelming majority of the rest of the state as a "public-policy disgrace"?

Classic.

jafs 4 years, 1 month ago

Of course.

Apparently there are some who think we should all fall into line with the majority.

jafs 4 years, 1 month ago

I imagine they wouldn't hold the same view if they happened to be in the minority though.

notajayhawk 4 years, 1 month ago

"And here I thought we should be able to vote for whomever we wanted, whether or not that person was the favorite or the clear winner. "

You are absolutely correct. Even those people that voted for the elected officials Mr. Getz calls a "public-policy disgrace", dontcha' think?

jafs 4 years, 1 month ago

You don't think there's something inherently disrespectful and frightening in the idea that the minority should simply fall into line with the majority?

That was the view espoused by the editorial.

George Lippencott 4 years, 1 month ago

I guess you could view it that way but I did not - just one man's opinion and a threat to no one.

jafs 4 years, 1 month ago

Look at the many posts on here espousing the same thing.

And claiming that "America" has spoken, and that liberals should figure that out, and fall in line.

As if liberals and Democrats are somehow not Americans, and small majorities define the entire country, and should completely dominate it.

That's frightening to me, and would be if Democrats did it as well.

George Lippencott 4 years, 1 month ago

JAFS,

The majority of Americans are not on this blog. Lord knows what their message really was. The parties get to try to figure that out with unsolicited help from everybody and their pet dog. Chill

Butterflies 4 years, 1 month ago

Can't we all just get along. I need money from the rich to feed my kids. I need money for Healthcare to mend my children when they get hurt by the bullies on the playground. We need to form cirlces of hope in South park to emphasize our togetherness and show the Rebumlicans we care. I know some hippies with bongos for us to dance to.

kansasredlegs 4 years, 1 month ago

If children are taught to value a healthy two-party system then our education system is clearly a mess. Our anemic two-party system is only one better than the Communist system where every citizen is required to vote. This country needs to add viable political parties to force government to be responsive to the wishes of its citizens.

Currenlty, we have a power sharing arrangement as evidenced by the Republicans and Democrats agreeing to keep 3rd-party candidates out of the debate process.

mr_right_wing 4 years, 1 month ago

Even the purple people in Manhattan know how to vote right. (and "right")

Shape up Lawrence.

jafs 4 years, 1 month ago

By this logic, the Republican minority over the last couple of years should have just gotten "in step" with the Democrats.

You think that's a good idea?

Jimo 4 years, 1 month ago

Yeah, shape up Goldwater. Can't you see that your conservative views have no future in America?

Richard Heckler 4 years, 1 month ago

The repub clean up =

A. Clinton had to come and clean up after the Reagan/Bush home loan scandals against the Savings and Loan Institutions.

This fraud:

  1. Wiped out retirement plans connected to savings and loan institutions

  2. Put millions of formerly retired people back into the job market who were 60's and older. The job market at this time was no better than today.

  3. Taught millions how to appreciate Social Security and Medicare

B. Then Obama had to come in and clean up after a repeat performance by Bush/Cheney only on a much grander scale.

C. Jeb Bush defaulted on a $4.56 million loan from Broward Federal Savings in Sunrise, Florida. After federal regulators closed the S&L, the office building that Jeb used the $4.56 million to finance was reappraised by the regulators at $500,000, which Bush and his partners paid. The taxpayers had to pay back the remaining 4 million plus dollars.

D. In essence what we have is democrats cleaning up fraudulent financial disasters republicans leave behind and needing to create huge numbers of new employment for Americans who were screwed by republican party activity.

The problem is not a missing link verifying whether or not our stimulus money is creating new jobs. The problem lies within the republican party that which destroys families by the millions.

Again these white collar crimes under republican watch are teaching millions how to appreciate Social Security and Medicare under rather unpleasant circumstances. WE do not want to turn Social Security and Medicare over to white collar criminals.

Flap Doodle 4 years, 1 month ago

Woo hoo! Reagan/Bush reference sighting! Must have been hours since you last posted that.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 1 month ago

Dwight Eisenhower was last Republican President to preside over a balanced budget. He had a balanced budget in 1956 and 1957 with a democratic house and senate.

Since then, there have been two presidents to preside over balanced budgets, LBJ in 1969 and Clinton in 1998 through 2001.

During the last 40 years there have been five budget surpluses, all five were under Democratic Presidents: 1969, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001.

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