Letters to the Editor

Unfair action

August 4, 2011


To the editor:

The actions of Sens. Roberts and Moran to torpedo the nomination of Steve Six to the federal bench are a disgrace to the state of Kansas and to the Senate. Mr. Six was the most effective attorney general Kansas has had since my return to my home state (1982) and could have made a fine, moderate federal judge, but for their actions.

Derek Schmidt rode the Republican wave in Kansas to defeat Six for re-election on a single issue: his decision not to waste taxpayer’s money by joining the lawsuit challenging the Healthcare Reform Act. Sen. Roberts’ statement that this “runs counter to … the decisions of two federal judges” (Journal-World, July 27) was disingenuous. Two other federal judges supported its constitutionality.

Equally dodgy was his assertion, “the average citizen can identify the constitutional defects of Obamacare [sic].” This is still a matter of hot debate among legal scholars, and will ultimately be decided by the Supreme Court, one hopes on constitutional, rather than ideological, grounds.

Mr. Six’s nomination had strong bipartisan support from legal experts. That Roberts and Moran reversed their initial positions and blocked this highly qualified nominee from even getting a vote from the Senate Judiciary Committee is very disappointing and highly undemocratic. The stated reasons are transparently political and ideological. The state and the nation have not been well served by their actions.


jayhawxrok 6 years, 3 months ago

In addition to being a LIAR, Roberts is a HUGE hypocrite.

2003, 2005 he stood on the Senate floor and whined that EVERY nominee deserves an up or down vote.

He's a disgrace to his office and this state.

Paul R Getto 6 years, 3 months ago

The Senate rules remind me of a kindergarten. One child holds his breath until he turns blue; because of this, the rest of the class misses recess. Not sure they will ever change them, but they are certainly undemocratic.

KayCee 6 years, 3 months ago

Said like someone who understands Kansas voters.

jafs 6 years, 3 months ago

1/3 of the eligible voters in KS voted for Brownback, and a number of them wouldn't do so again.

Brock Masters 6 years, 3 months ago

Yes, but all eligible voters weighed in - some by voting and some by not voting. Those that didn't vote basically said they didn't care who got elected, someone else make the decision for me.

jafs 6 years, 3 months ago

There may be a number of reasons why people don't vote, and the fact that they didn't vote in the last election for governor doesn't mean they're happy with Brownback.

We'll see what happens next time around.

With about 50% of the population not participating in elections, it seems to me that it's a mistake to interpret those election results as being any sort of mandate.

Paul Decelles 6 years, 3 months ago

As much as I disagree with Fred's taste in senators, he's right about those who did not vote letting some one else make the decision for them.

letsgiterdone 6 years, 3 months ago

Please do not vote for Moran or Roberts in the next election. Clearly they are working for their party and not the voters who put them in that position.

jayhawxrok 6 years, 3 months ago

Roberts is a hypocrite, as are all you right wingers who sit on your arses whining about the gov day in and day out, yet contribute nothing to this community or society as a whole. You complain we gotta get gov our of our lives, then you use the next breath to tell everyone you want our laws to reflect your particular religious views and separation of church and state, literally, be damned. Hypocrites.

labmonkey 6 years, 3 months ago

I've said it before, liberals and conservatives are wired the same way... their beliefs are just a little different. Liberals want to control your life with government intrusion and extreme environmentalism. Conservatives want to control your life with their religious beliefs. Neither can see in the middle or the grey area between their views... it's either my way or the highway.

rtwngr 6 years, 3 months ago

The good Senators performed as I requested. Thank you both! Steve Six got what he deserved just not what Sebelius promised.

jayhawxrok 6 years, 3 months ago

labmonkey, that's too broad a brush, not all Conservatives are Far Right Jesus Camp types and not all Liberals are PETA supporting crackpots.

rtwngr thanks for the funny post, as if you had anything to do with their actions, LOL. Roberts stood on the Senate floor TWICE and claimed it was un-American to not allow nominees an up or down vote....now he doesn't like the nominee and having no honor whatsoever, he acted like a typical far right nutjob and puts his politics before his responsibilities. Six is qualified, has been vetted and has the approval of the bipartisan judiciary committee. Be proud of your hypocrisy, soon it will be all you have to cling to....oops, too late.

rtwngr 6 years, 3 months ago

Glad I could entertain you, jayhawxrok. That's the way the political game is played. It's not hypocrisy, it's called payback.

jayhawxrok 6 years, 3 months ago

No, it's called hypocrisy. Only the immature think "payback" is a viable way to legislate. In your warped logic, I guess then the Dems payback the Reps and the Reps then payback the Dems and on and on it goes in circular fashion.

Then We the People get what? Oh yeah, we get the kind of clowns we have now, great, a bunch of hypocrites who can't put country before party and can't stop campaigning long enough to do any of the work they were hired to do. No thanks.

Your comments were a great example of what's wrong with the GOP, hypocrisy is part of the platform and you all march, goose-step, in unison supporting it regardless of its obvious idiocy and the damage it does to the nation.

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