Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor: Democratic elitists letting us down

April 19, 2017

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To the editor:

On April 12, the day after Ron Estes barely inched his way past grassroots Democrat James Thompson, CNN published an article wrought with painful familiarity and repeated mistakes. Titled “Forget Kansas. This Chart Shows Why Republicans Need to Worry about 2018,” the article echoed the same message we saw from 2016: Dems will surely win because look at this chart. I rolled my eyes at the content, but it was the title that irked me.

The apathy of the Democratic elites and their abandonment of red states is the reason why Thompson lost, why many of us don’t bother to vote and why Trump won. As I hear “your vote doesn’t matter” resonate in my head, I still drag myself to the polls to vote for a candidate who will likely lose. Still, I do it. As do thousands of other Democrats who have been cast aside by elitists who turn a blind eye. If Democrats refuse to acknowledge the power we have in red states, we will never be able to rally more voters and secure seats.

Thinking back to another article CNN published on Nov. 30 titled “Voter Turnout at 20-Year Low,” I chuckle at the irony. Trump won due to his seemingly empathetic message to my Kansas neighbors.

Democrats lauded a weak candidate, ignored voters, confirmed their dissonance for grassroots campaigns, and were still in awe at their failures.

To the Democratic elitists: We are here, in the red Midwest and South, wanting our voices to be heard. We are your voters. Don’t “forget” about us.

Comments

Corey Williams 2 months ago

"...why many of us don’t bother to vote..." And that's the problem right there. You want to be heard? Then vote.

Bob Smith 2 months ago

Will the Democratic elites be able to find an equally disliked candidate to follow Hillary's example in 2020? Stay tuned.

Richard Heckler 2 months ago

The letter does make some valid points ......

For one thing democrats are not hard hitting yet the conservatives provide plenty of material.

Republicans in Kansas one day they are not voting for republicans ..... they are voting for extreme conservatives have not a have a repub bone in their bodies.

Estes is the latest example.

Bob Smith 2 months ago

And you are qualified to judge who is a real republican because?

Richard Heckler 2 months ago

Republicans in Kansas are not voting for republicans ..... they are voting for extreme conservatives which have not a repub bone in their bodies.

That's not to say good republicans are not available however the anti American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) will not fund republicans. ALEC has no use for republicans OR democrats.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 2 months ago

Exactly. If the National Democrats had put some money into Davis' campaign, we wouldn't be waiting for Brownback to go to Italy. And, Richard is right. Not hard hitting enough. Unfortunately commercials do make a difference; although I don't know why. During election season I record everything and fast forward through all of them (thank god for DVR's). But I was told by a woman she couldn't vote for Davis, because he worked for a drug dealing strip joint. When I told her that he worked for a law firm that represented the strip joint owner, she said I was lying, because the commercial said so. We could make greater strides if we combated this crud. People don't seem to care if politicians play dirty, in fact they vote for the ones who do. So, we can go on being the nice guys, or we can bring out the gloves.

Sam Crow 2 months ago

Lawrence liberals live in a fantasy world.

So, Estes “barely inched his way past grassroots democrat Thompson”?

Estes won by seven percentage points. Obama won by seven points in 2008 and the democrats called it a mandate. A landslide.

Looking at the voting map for the last weeks election of the fourth district by precinct, it is all red except in Wichita. All 17 counties.

When democrats lose an election, they think it is always because not enough people voted. But democrats only want democrats to vote. Liberals just won’t accept that the public is not buying what is being sold.

Liberals aren’t ever pragmatic.

Corey Williams 2 months ago

hmmm. the number of people who voted for Estes versus the number of people who voted for Obama in '08. by sheer number alone, yes, I'll say landslide. and I don't think it's the Democratic party behind any of the voter ID laws, so can you tell me how "democrats only want democrats to vote", please?

Corey Williams 2 months ago

and the LTE writer is cleary a Bernie bot, or bro or whatever, which is why they said "inched"

Richard Heckler 2 months ago

Jim Thompson should consider this matter = don't pretend it is not happening in Kansas.

Election Theft

Vote hackers are in the USA. The devil is in our own backyard.

What about the new voting machines? Where did they come from? Conservatives own voting machines which is to say perhaps the machines had been corrupted to insure an Estes victory.

Corrupt voting machines fit with the conservative and illegal voter suppression movement.

Our electronic voting machines can be programmed to vote wrong and print out a receipt looking like the machine voted correctly.

Paperless Electronic Voting.

Every vote needs to count counts. There needs to be a transparent system of vote counting so that people can trust that their vote is counted as they cast it.

Paperless electronic voting on touch screen machines does not provide confidence to ensure votes are counted the way voters intend.

The software on which votes are counted is protected as a corporate trade secret, and the software is so complex that if malicious code was embedded, no analysis could discover it. Further, because there is no voter verified paper record, it is not possible to audit the electronic vote for accuracy, nor is it possible to conduct an independent recount. This is a grotesquely designed, over-complicated, expensive system fraught with the potential for mistakes and undetected fraud.

On July 23, 2003, the Johns Hopkins Information Security Institute reviewed the electronic voting system in Maryland and found that it had security far below even the most minimal security standards.

In the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy 2004, four top computer scientists from the University of California, Johns Hopkins University, and Rice University similarly critiqued Diebold’s voting system:

"We found significant security flaws: voters can trivially cast multiple ballots with no built-in traceability, administrative functions can be performed by regular voters, and the threats posed by insiders such as poll workers, software developers, and janitors is even greater.

Steve Jacob 2 months ago

Losers can't blame fraud every time they lose, that goes to both sides.

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