Red states don’t get much more red than Kansas. But even our particularly deep shade of crimson isn’t enough for the Kansas Republican Party. Only the most pure, conservative scarlet will suffice. That must be why the Kansas Republican Party is pushing a new loyalty oath to the party leadership. This is, of course, super necessary since Republicans only hold huge majorities in both houses. Erm…
What is happening to you, GOP? Why are you so paranoid? You dominate everything. What gives?
According to The Topeka Capital-Journal:
Motivation for the unusual plea by the state party apparatus has everything to do with altering balance of power in the Senate, which is the last major stronghold of moderate Republicans in Kansas.
Removal of policy tension at the Statehouse maintained by Republican moderates in the Senate would grant [Republican Governor Sam] Brownback an unfettered path to pursue reforms of his choosing.
Oooooh. I get it. Kansas Republicans aren’t conservative enough for the state party leadership. Because, you know, having legislatures that think for themselves and represent the interests of their constituents is a step too far. You know it’s a super good idea because voter ID crusader Kris Kobach is in favor of it. Again, from The Topeka Capital-Journal:
In 2008, the state GOP under then-chairman Kris Kobach formed a loyalty committee to punish party officials who endorsed or assisted the campaigns of Democrats.
Kobach, subsequently elected Kansas’ secretary of state, said the loyalty panel was necessary to compel unity among GOP activists in elections so Democrats didn’t take advantage of splits among Republicans.
Yep, because we totally have a history of that.
Listen, this is why the Republican Party sucks. And I don’t say that as a bleeding-heart liberal. I say that as someone who kind of thinks democracy is a good thing and that there should be lots of ideas floating around. We don’t have a bunch of different parties competing for the public’s attention and support. (OK, there are other parties. But, come on. Really?)
Requiring this type of ideological purity is not only selfish and narcissistic, but threatens everything Americans are supposed to hold dear. One cannot live free if they are trapped in their own ignorance. Plus, why would I vote for someone who has signed a pledge that essentially says that they have no intention of listening to my opinions when setting policy? (Hint: The answer is, “I wouldn’t.”)
Please, please Kansas Senate moderates. Don’t sign this pledge. You are the only thing standing between normal people and madness. You have a responsibility to the citizens of Kansas. Don’t leave us behind.
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