Letter to the editor: GOP strategy

To the editor:

Democrats are attempting to pass a law that helps people vote. Republicans have had a different plan for at least 40 years. Paul Weyrich, co-founder of the Heritage Foundation, Moral Majority and various other groups, said the following to a religious group in 1980: “Now many of our Christians have what I call the goo-goo syndrome — good government. They want everybody to vote. I don’t want everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of people, they never have been from the beginning of our country and they are not now. As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.” Keeping people from voting is the Republican plan, I guess that is all they have.

Regarding voting in Kansas, I recommend reading the results of the “Kansas Speaks Fall 2020 Statewide Public Opinion Survey” prepared by the Docking Institute of Public Affairs and Fort Hays State University. According to a sampling of the results, even a majority of Kansans surveyed support passing Medicaid expansion, increasing certain taxes, legalizing recreational marijuana, and wearing a mask to protect themselves and others from COVID-19.

Considering these kinds of responses, I wonder what laws the conservatives in the Kansas Legislature can pass to keep us from voting.

Karen Heintzen,



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