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May 10, 2012


To the editor:

I want to congratulate the Kansas House of Representatives on a job well done. In the past few days they have put out a lot of special, highly important things.

They’ve debated in committee the destructive and insidious nature of United Nations Agenda 21 (cue the music from “Plan 9 from Outer Space”). Never mind it’s a nonbinding resolution; we have to be against it because it smacks of rampant environmentalism.

They passed and sent to the Kansas Senate some of the most restrictive anti-abortion legislation in the country. Lance Kinzer, a leading anti-abortion representative, hopes the Senate will take the bill up and pass it quickly. This, because the governor’s pen is dripping ink ready to sign it and make it a state law. Women, you do realize that if this law passes, your doctor can outright lie to you and you will have no recourse? In essence, if the governor signs it, then it will protect unethical medical practices.

These are but two of the things that have come before deciding on a redistricting map so we will know who our choices are when we vote. It’s not at all important for us to know what district we’re in when we vote. That falls behind Agenda 21, anti-abortion legislation and (Secretary of State) Kobach’s laws.

Yes, congratulations to the Kansas House. You have once again demonstrated to the country and to the rest of the world just how backward, parochial and adolescent Kansas is. Thank you. Well done.


Richard Heckler 5 years, 11 months ago

Yes but understand the people ruining Kansas are not republicans. It is a group of radicals with right wing Libertarian Facist leanings accompanied by pro fundamentalist rhetoric which have infiltrated and destroyed the GOP. Congressional GOP was killed so now the same money and thinkers intend to wipe out the GOP state by state.

The question is why have republicans remained silent on the sidelines as their party disappeared right before their very eyes?

Stop voting GOP because new candidates are NOT GOP.

Sam Brownback intends to get rid of as many GOP thinkers in the upcoming election as possible. He wants yes people. He does not take well to challenge.

Fossick 5 years, 11 months ago

Merrill, since Libertarians promote the interests of the individual over the state, and Facists(sic) promote the interests of the state over the individual, can you please explain to us how an entire group of people can be both?

It might make sense to look at the Facist(sic) Manifesto: "Anti-individualistic, the Fascist conception of life stresses the importance of the State and accepts the individual only in so far as his interests coincide with those of the State, which stands for the conscience and the universal, will of man as a historic entity. It is opposed to classical liberalism which arose as a reaction to absolutism and exhausted its historical function when the State became the expression of the conscience and will of the people." (From a Facist (sic) source)

And then compare that with the definition of a Libertarian: The libertarian or "classical liberal" perspective is that individual well-being, prosperity, and social harmony are fostered by "as much liberty as possible" and "as little government as necessary." (from a Libertarian source)

Did you see that? The Facist(sic) is opposed to classical liberalism, whereas libertarianism is in its essence classical liberalism. Therefore, the Facist(sic) is opposed to the Libertarian and vice versa.

There is no such thing as "Libertarian Facist leanings" any more than there are Progressive Regressive leanings or Catholic Atheist leanings.

Fossick 5 years, 11 months ago

That's certainly not my intent. In fact, I'm the one who is confused. I was always under the impression that words meant things, real things that existed outside of our emotions about them, and that humans could use the symbols called words to discover, compare, and explain ideas.

It seems that I might have been mistaken. Now it appears that words fall into two categories: good and bad. All bad words apply to political opponents, and it does matter what the words mean - for they mean nothing at all - so long as you understand into which of the two categories each word falls.

Flap Doodle 5 years, 11 months ago

Just how do you figure you are qualified to judge who is a "real" Republican, merrill? You being a GINO off to the sinister side of Lenin and all.

Fossick 5 years, 11 months ago

Didn't you hear? His father in law used to be one.

rtwngr 5 years, 11 months ago

On behalf of my fellow Republicans: .......... You're welcome!

Paul R Getto 5 years, 11 months ago

Will the last person leaving KochKansas please turn out the lights?

tomatogrower 5 years, 11 months ago

I really think the courts are going to have to do the job of the legislature, because they are too stupid to do it. They didn't want to fund education; they won't draw a redistricting map that is logical and won't end up in court. Instead they want to solve problems that don't exist, or pass laws controlling people's lives. I call the present group of radical Republicans liars. They say they don't want to expand government, yet they have passed laws that have expanded government to new highs. Liars. Not untruths. Lies.

JackMcKee 5 years, 11 months ago

judging by Sammy's approval rating I'd guess it's just about everyone they're infuriating.

tbaker 5 years, 11 months ago

"You have once again demonstrated to the country and to the rest of the world just how backward, parochial and adolescent Kansas is."

No Mr. Reed, they have not. They have demonstrated the will of the majority of Kansans as expressed by their elected representatives. If you don't like it, perhaps you should help campaign to elect representatives who behave more to your liking, or you could move. You have choices available to you that are a lot more effective than throwing tantrums on the Op Ed page.

Ralph Reed 5 years, 11 months ago

@tbaker I don't normally comment on what I've written - it's bad form. But I disagree with your post.

I truly believe that the Republicans in our State Legislature and Governor Brownback got there simply because voters couldn't see beyond the (R) behind their names. I also truly believe a large majority of them have been bought and paid for by the likes of Koch and ALEC.

Look at just a few of the things our State Legislature has done and said before these last items I mentioned: Not challenging Brownback's veto of funding for the arts. The votes were there to override that veto; Not censuring Virgil Peck for his saying we should chip and shoot illegal immigrants from helicopters like feral hogs; *Supporting legislation designed to suppress voter participation, legislation that will suppress Republican as well as Democratic voter participation.

These things haven't made news only in KS, you find them in major US news sources, overseas sources such as The Economist, and on most social networking sites. These things aren't written about as breaking news, they're approached in the light of, "Look at what KS is doing now. You won't believe it." I've not seen them on News of the Weird, but I won't be surprised if they appear there.

Is that really how you want our state presented to the world? If so, I would ask you to leave.

As a note, I do campaign for my preferred candidates. Do you?

Regarding your comment about tantrums. I'm sorry you don't understand sarcasm. I suggest also that if you want to see a tantrum you should read the posts of some of the extreme conservatives who post here; those will show you real tantrums.

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