Archive for Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Not funny

September 19, 2012


To the editor:

How very ironic to see the front page article about the Kansas election officials needing more information before “deciding whether to remove President Barack Obama from the state’s November ballot” in the same week we learned that Kansas University is removing the Western Civilization requirement from its criteria for graduation. It’s very Orwellian in nature to imagine an election without the incumbent listed — similar to the one-party ballots of the former Soviet Union, the “elections” in Cuba where President Castro was eager to point out that he “received 100 percent of the vote” or Iraq, where Saddam Hussein was elected unanimously. Also troubling is that the State Objections Board is “all Republican.”

Time spent on nonissues like the president’s citizenship is as ridiculous as the recent nonissue of preventing “voter fraud” in Kansas. These are not legitimate issues, only examples of bigotry and suppression. Needless to say, this provides plenty of fodder for the rest of the country (and the world) for referring to our state with ridicule and scorn. Things like this remind me of a satirical piece printed for April Fool’s Day or a script for a “Saturday Night Live” skit. Sadly, they are not.


classclown 5 years, 7 months ago

"It’s very Orwellian in nature to imagine an election without the incumbent listed"

I take it you weren't around in 1968.

parrothead8 5 years, 7 months ago

Or 2001, when the incumbent was Bill Clinton, who was no longer eligible and therefore not listed. Or 2007, when the incumbent was George W. Bush, who was no longer eligible and therefore not listed.

Elections happen all the time without the incumbent listed. There's nothing Orwellian about it at all.

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 5 years, 7 months ago

Whether Obama is eligible to be President is not a non issue to me.

beatrice 5 years, 7 months ago

That is okay. Some people also like to argue that the earth is just 6,000 years old.

gbulldog 5 years, 7 months ago

Don't cross Fred Phelps, former Democratic canidate for Gorvernor of Kansas. He may just end up protesting at your front door. At that has been approved as free speech by the courts. If you say anything that raised questions about Obama, you will not only be attacked ardent Obama supports but also by the Lawrence Journal World and Topeka Capital Journal. So much for a free unbiased news media.

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