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Letter to the editor: Add another ‘s’

August 20, 2017

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To the editor:

It is long overdue, but perhaps now is the time to add an extra “s” to our county name in honor of Frederick Douglass. For too long this community has carried the name of a right-wing, states rights, racist and defender of chattel slavery. Stephen Douglas, in his debates with Abraham Lincoln, defended and promoted his belief that Kansas should be a “slave state” and that Mr. Lincoln’s views about emancipation and freedom were counter to his. So join me in calling for our community to stand up and declare this Douglass County, Kansas. Let’s add that “s.”

Comments

P Allen Macfarlane 3 months ago

Stephen Douglas: right wing? He was a northern Democrat!

Kevin Elliott 3 months ago

perhaps you could benefit from civics and history lessons so next time you post an opinion it can be an informed one.

At the time, Republicans supported an end to slavery and democrats were the party of racists. However, that has since reversed.

Try to keep up.

Gary Stussie 2 months, 4 weeks ago

The Republican party is not a party of racists! Those Alt-right crazies have to align themselves with someone, and that certainly was not going to be Crooked Hillary.

I suspect there were 5 Serial Killers who voted for Obama because he would be expected to be soft on crime ... does that make him, or the DNC, the Party of Serial Killers?

There has been no "reversal". Today the Democratic Party likes to view itself as the champion of black Americans, more than 90 percent of whom support the party. But it was the other way just 60 or 70 years ago in America. The Republican Party was their party – the party of Lincoln, the party of desegregation, the party of abolition.

What changed? The Democratic Party tactics.

It was President Lyndon Baines Johnson who got the idea of the Democrat Party becoming the “champion” of black Americans by enticing them into dependency through welfare-style programs.

This is why the late Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican. He understood the history. He recognized who represented political allies and political foes.

Democrats have a special desire to stamp out, erase and eradicate all history about this period? They simply don’t want their cover blown!

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Bob Smith 2 months, 3 weeks ago

You're bringing up history that the Democrats want to hide. Expect to be vilified from pillar to post.

Ken Lassman 2 months, 3 weeks ago

No pillorying necessary, Bob: just a correction. The Great Society and Johnson's anti-poverty program was far from designed to "entice" folks into dependency on the federal government. The African-American communities of the 1960s had been relegated into permanent subservience with no access to better healthcare, housing, education and better jobs, with only lip service given to anything that would raise them out of perpetual intergenerational poverty. The Great Society directly addressed these issues head-on as part of a larger vision of what the US could do with the postwar economic surpluses. Eliminating poverty was front and center through more than just welfare programs: providing affordable housing, educational incentives like Head Start and access to higher education, as well as passing the Civil Rights Act that made racial discrimination illegal. These things succeeded and failed for a great number of reasons that are too big to go into here, but there is no mystery about why the African American community switched en masse to the Democrats during this time: their needs and aspirations were being paid attention to where it counted.

I might add that many of the things we cherish today are legacies of the successes of The Great Society including a greatly improved Social Security program, Medicare and Medicaid, the Clean Air Act, Peace Corps and VISTA, cigarette labelling, Fair Labor Standards Act, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, food labelling laws, National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities as well as NPR and Public television. Are any of these things perfect? Hardly. But take any one of these "flawed institutions" away and our country would be lesser without it.

Gary Stussie 3 months ago

Challenging the legacy and contributions of many of this country’s founding fathers and elected representatives who, in the earliest days of our republic, spoke in favor of slavery or actually owned slaves is nothing more than a Democratic Party ploy (like the failed Russian Collusion) to prevent the Trump administration from accomplishing its major goals before the 2018 Election. The DNC has nothing to offer and without promoting hatred and division has no chance. This outrage is manufactured and the voters know it.

Kevin Elliott 3 months ago

The failure in your opinion is your hyperbole.

No one is trying to erase or re-write history. They are now acknowledging it. I think people are starting to understand there is a difference to embracing the history of slavery and learning from it. Or I should say some people.

Jeremy Smith 3 months ago

What a stupid excuse for a letter to the editor. Way to go LJ

Calvin Anders 2 months, 4 weeks ago

I don't know Jim, Douglas' position on slavery seems a little more nuanced than your characterization. His position in the Lincoln debates was supporting "popular sovereignty" not blanket admission of Kansas as a slave state. Some scholars argue that Douglas pushed the idea that majority vote should determine a free or slave state because he believed new states would vote against slavery. And it does seem like without outside interference, Kansas would have voted to be a free state. Though Douglas obviously was not an unblemished hero of abolitionism, his influence had an arguably positive impact on Kansas. Naming our county after him hopefully will encourage people to better understand the complicated and painful way that our state came into our nation.

Bob Smith 2 months, 4 weeks ago

Consider how much it would cost to change the name of the county on all stationary, signs, etc. All that to satisfy some waffle-whiffer's White-guilt fantasy.

Richard Aronoff 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Some historical perspective: The KKK was founded by Democrats. The Civil Rights Act was filibustered by Democrats --- including Al Gore's father. Hillary Clinton said she considered Sen. Robert Byrd a mentor. Byrd was a Grand Kleagle (whatever the hell that is) of the KKK.

Stu Clark 2 months, 3 weeks ago

You did read Kevin's comment above relating how the Ds and Rs swapped civil right places in the 70s? The Johnson push for civil rights and the Nixon response is what did it.

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