Kansas is on the edge of a constitutional crisis. Our 2016 presidential race tips back and forth between a comedy and a disgrace. British voters just decided to leave the EU.
Since before its founding, Kansas has been ahead of the curve, historically speaking. The textbooks say the first shots of the Civil War were fired at Fort Sumter. I’d argue John Brown and Quantrill’s Raiders beat them by a decade. The twentieth century saw Kansas take the lead on labor reform and school desegregation. We need to recapture that legacy.
We’re done with ignoring our local and state governments. We’re done with letting officeholders experiment with our economy. Our state government is in a sorry state now. But four years from now, we want to show the rest of the country and the world that no matter how big of a mess democracies can make of themselves, they can always clean themselves up again. All it takes is for ordinary citizens to take a stand and demand better.