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Re: “Can anyone revive Kansas' decimated Democratic Party?

The majority of people in this country, and particularly the younger generations, are progressive in their thinking. We are a big tent that accepts all races, religions (including the growing atheist community) and genders. We care about the environment and want to stop global warming. We believe all workers should earn a living wage, and women and minorities should earn equal pay for equal work. We are pro choice and believe womens health issues should be between only her and her doctor without government interference. We want everyone to be treated fairly and pay their fair share into the government that benefits us all. We want every child to have enough to eat every day and a bed to slerp in every night. These are the values of the Democratic party and they will prevail. We must move forward into the 21st century and say farewell to the conservatives that keep trying to drag us back to the 19th century. States that persist in old age thinking will be left behind in the dust.

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Posted by joy leeper on 03/21/2015 at 3:26 AM

Re: “Can anyone revive Kansas' decimated Democratic Party?

For the sake of response, as a Democrat, I too was disappointed by the failure of the Kansas Democratic Party in the 2014 General Election and indeed believe it could have done better in terms of campaign strategy, particularly in respect to defining itself in terms of principles which clearly distinguish the Democratic Party from the Republican Chamber of Commerce Religion Right Party. Further, I totally disagree with some of the commentary above in respect to candidate Paul Davis: he was an unquestioned longtime leader of Democrats in the Kansas House and was thoroughly qualified and prepared to be Governor, definitely more so then the "C" Street Congressman whom Republicans elected four years earlier. Regardless, there is no question it is proper for the Kansas Democratic Party to consider new direction based upon specific principles which specifically address the significant differences in political policy differences between the two major party organizations.

Frankly, if I were the state Chair of the Kansas Democratic Party, I would promptly stress the importance of defining the Republican Chamber of Commerce Religion Right Party in terms which specifically define its essence, as I just did. The current composition of the Kansas Republican Party should accurately and routinely be defined for what it is: the political coalition of the Chamber of Commerce and the Religion Right in Kansas! This is the same ancient coalition which existed in the time of Jesus, a political connection between the temple priests and the money changers. Perhaps because I have an M.Div. degree from a theological seminary, to me that obvious Republican Party relationship stands out clearly.

Therefore, I have no problem defining the Republican Party for what it is in my hometown and statewide. It is that kind of definition and distinction which should be made by the official Kansas Democratic Party organization. I am proud to be a member of and retiree from two organized labor unions, which by contract demand decent living wages and benefits for every member. It is unfortunate every Kansas worker is not served so well and never will be as long as Kansas voters persist in electing Republican Chamber of Commerce Religion Right candidates to state office. In simple terms, I just call them as I see them. Thanks for reading, and pass it on.

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Posted by Gene Garman on 03/21/2015 at 12:53 AM

Re: “Can anyone revive Kansas' decimated Democratic Party?

Jeez, Stupid Clown. Save all that typing and just say "special rights for me, no rights for anybody not like me". Change your name to Bitter Buffoon, it's more apt.

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Posted by Hilariously Happy Harlequin on 03/20/2015 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Can anyone revive Kansas' decimated Democratic Party?

The Democratic party has a "Silence" issue. When the lame brained repubs called women's right to fight pregnancy by rape "built in"...Silence! When the repubs rape and pillage the social programs, food stamps, social security...Silence! When they get millions of dollars in tax breaks and kill teacher unions...Silence! When the average worker is duped into voting for the same people that downgrade jobs for corp profits...Silence! When faux news can get away with spewing lies upon lies upon false truths and get away with it time after time...Silence!
Someone needs to find spot 11 on the volume and speak up! Call these chicken hearted bastards out for all the "darn no good they do/get away with" and end the Silence problem!

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Posted by ScreamingMad on 03/20/2015 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Can anyone revive Kansas' decimated Democratic Party?

The Democratic Liberal So called Party nowdays, is NOT the same Democratic Party of Decades past.
These New Generation Liberals court, cater & Pander to Terrorists, Degenerate Thugs, low lifes, Criminals, Weirdo's and a very Twisted Sick Culture !

Why and who'd want to be associated with such a Group as that with that type of Mentality.

It used to be, back when decades ago, Democratic Liberals were for Working Class Americans and had some legit true Moral standards.

Now days all they have within their party are Racist, Illegals, Criminal Murderers, Drug users, Gays, Weirdo's, Terrorist Thugs, basically low life Degenerates is what the Main Base of their so-called party is made up of nowdays.

Their party is made up of Anti Americanism idealogy, Anti-Gun Dimwits, Anti Dealth Penalty Morons and other clueless individuals, who are more interested in what Lady GaGa is wearing or that Ellen Degenerate, than what goes on in their own community.

The 1st words they wanna throw out to anybody who Disagrees with them and their Twisted Phony sick Agenda or Idealogy is Racist, like that's supposed to offend the other Party.

When in Fact they themselves have proven time and time again they themselves the Liberals are the ones constantly Courting and Pandering to Racism constantly !

These New Generation Democratic Liberals , you'll rarely ever hear anything out of them about Labor Issues other than they think Fast food workers deserve to make $15.00 to $20.00 bucks an hour, that's their Labor issue and that's about it nothing more.

Their Forefathers of the Democratic Liberal Party of decades past would not be so proud to even call that any type of Achievement, for unskilled, unlicensed, uncertified labor when other Labor occupations require much more to attain that kind of standard !

What we have now is a Democratic Party who has surrounded themselves with Misfits, Dimwits and losers with NO real Agenda for the entire country , other than to give criminals more rights, cater to the Gays, cater & pander to the Terrorists, and a cater to the Racist Communist Black Leadership, as the likes of Al Sharpton and that Disgusting Black Panther Party, theres your Liberal Base for the Democratic Party - now days.


Now who still wants to be a member or belong to such a Disgusting pathetic Degenerate Group as that ?????

No Thanks, they No longer are or Represent what they once stood for Decades ago !!

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Posted by Crazy Clown on 03/20/2015 at 8:27 AM

Re: “Can anyone revive Kansas' decimated Democratic Party?

BobDolePineapple Obama is going to pass an executive order to REQUIRE you to vote.

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Posted by Saferalready on 03/20/2015 at 12:25 AM

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My exerience is totally different. Even thought I come to US for 25 years during my life mostly for job (I am a journalist), 8 years ago was my first time visiting the International House of Prayer in Kansas City as an international...and I found my self enjoying the presence and communion with a Living God over and over again... I learn a lot of sound Biblical doctrine...learn a lot from the example special of the leaders... yes many times you could hear similar prayers and similar songs and rythms trust me in a 24/7 place where there is prayer based in the SAME Bible and loving God you will experience that...but its also the real hunger and the love to seek the depths of Gods heart that keeps me alive and loving this place and community... during this last 8 years I met incredible amazing man and women of faith full of love of Christ and rooted in the pure gospel ... many people come and goes...young ones from Korea, South America, Africa...Netherlands, India you named...talented and gifted full of mercy and joy that seek God with a sincere heart and know the Word of God...humble people that serve the poor and learn how to love...with amazing storys ....I dont regret one minute coming here and living in so different conditions limited in different ways specially the way I used to live back home...with more comfort and privileges and position and financially more independent etc.. Here I am grateful I am happy and love this place and as an international I appreciate for the privilege to live in a community where we can have access 24/7 to a place w/ annointed worship and constant prayer and supplication for justice and things that are in God's word. I am a witness through the years of how the main leaders love God, fear his name and His Word and live their lives with integrity. This is my story and I am grateful...to God.

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Posted by Djanira Blanco de Salerno on 03/19/2015 at 5:20 PM

Re: “Can anyone revive Kansas' decimated Democratic Party?

you dems are hilarious. you lost the US Senate majority, have a smaller foothold in Congress and now hold less than 1/3 of govern offices in the US. And you focusing on the state of Kansas which is historically a Republican stronghold. your party is a joke and the one place you're fretting about it is Kansas.........damn you're dumb!

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Posted by BobDolePineapple on 03/18/2015 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Can anyone revive Kansas' decimated Democratic Party?

The Democratic Party of Kansas can not be reformed from within. What we need are independent Democratic Clubs that take on specific local races and parlay victories into expanded organization.

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Posted by David Burress on 03/18/2015 at 4:39 PM

Re: “Can anyone revive Kansas' decimated Democratic Party?

It seems that the entire world is gravitating towards right wing extremes of hyper-religiosity, hyper-patriotism and a bombastic outlook on foreign relations. Witness what just happened in Israel yesterday.
The problem is that like it or not, the GOP has figured out what it takes to get their troglodyte voters to the polls. They have figured out that their voters will give the corporate party a free pass on just about everything, so long as besides deregulating Wall St., banning the term "global warming" and attacking environmental regulations, they give lip service to anti immigration and gay marriage, abortion and other social issues.
The far right have Fox News, hate radio and the big mega churches to prompt them to vote to save family values. These voters are motivated and organized, inspired by bomb throwing rhetoric to "save America." So you end up with the current toxic mix of fat cat corporatists using the far right nut jobs who are waiting for the conflagration in the Middle East to signal the Second Coming of Jesus.
What do the Democrats have these days? Hillary? Biden? There are simply no Democratic politicians with a couple of exceptions, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, to name a couple, who inspire and motivate the Dem. base.
You can laugh at dumb as a bag of hammers Palin, psycho Joni Earnst, Cruz, Gohmert and all the rest, but they get out the votes.

What a sad commentary about where our progressive and exceptional country is at the moment.

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Posted by Ramblinfarms on 03/18/2015 at 4:24 PM

Re: “Can anyone revive Kansas' decimated Democratic Party?

Garth,
I really do understand your feeling but my question is simply, what can you do, or do you suggest in a specific idea that can help the state. Just being "pissed" is not the answer unless you want to help solve the problem. Give me some ideas that you have specifically.

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Posted by Mike Kilgore on 03/18/2015 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Can anyone revive Kansas' decimated Democratic Party?

This article is both depressing and accurate. The republican party is raping and pillaging the working class, human rights, womens rights, the environment, the economy, the education system and giving all they take away to their big corporate donors! This is happening in nationwide, but a greater pace in KS. They should be an easy target. They're plans (if you can actually call 'em that), are awful for the future of our country.

This can't continue. If you continue turning the middle class into the poor, and the poor become indigent, then just who are the future consumers of the products of these corps? Even the simple minded republicans should be able to see that far ahead.

I'm not a member of either party. I think party politics is the worst thing going these days. But, the inept democrats should be able to capitalize on the evil that the GOP is unleashing.

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Posted by Redbird on 03/18/2015 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Can anyone revive Kansas' decimated Democratic Party?

The Kansas Democratic Party's problem is really simple: Anybody with half a brain and a desire to live in the 21st century is leaving this third-world shithole of a state as soon as they're able.

You can't win elections when your electoral base is leaving in droves...

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Posted by Gareth Skarka on 03/18/2015 at 1:57 PM

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I've said for years that democratic ads don't emphasize a platform of any kind. They just run against republicans. They need a motto or mantra that shouts out that we are for the common folk like the repubs do with the right to life blurb (when they really aren't for life at all).

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Posted by Carole Robb on 03/18/2015 at 1:02 PM

Re: “Can anyone revive Kansas' decimated Democratic Party?

I agree that state Democratic party made some strategic mistakes in the 2014 election but that is not the biggest problem Dems face in Kansas. (I still contend that Davis lost a winnable race.) The biggest problem is voter turnout, or lack thereof. When nearly 2/3 of registered voters don't bother to vote, as in Wyandotte County, then we all have a problem. I know there are voters who deliberately chose not to go to the polls this time around, and we are all paying the price for their a) apathy and/or b) misguided attempts to prove a questionable point.

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Posted by M. McGillicuddy on 03/18/2015 at 12:13 PM

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Chris, that is a painful story! Stop by some time and we'll have some coffee. The house you broke down in front of at Elm. Robin

Posted by Robin Dale on 03/18/2015 at 11:30 AM

Re: “Can anyone revive Kansas' decimated Democratic Party?

Well, I feel Paul Davis lost partially because there was a Libertarian candidate in the field that usually helps the Republican candidate or at least in this case did. Another problem is that when the stripper was mentioned the Democratic Party of Kansas acted like they had just seen a deer in their headlights. I for one think that someone needs to be running ground work for these candidates and let the public know when someone had lost an empathetic chip when they are surrounded by as I like to joke: more money than God!!

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Posted by Debra Miller on 03/18/2015 at 11:11 AM

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I don't necessarily disagree with the author's summary but he lets the voter off the hook.

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Posted by Janice Norlin on 03/18/2015 at 11:03 AM

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Brownback won because he was heavily backed by Right to Life. Most Western Kansas voters voted for Brownback because of Right to Life. They didn't like him but voted for the cause. Paul Davis was for abortion and that is not what most religious voters wanted. Right to Life heavily promoted Brownback in Western Kansas. Governors race was decided on this issue.

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Posted by Bluesky on 03/18/2015 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Can anyone revive Kansas' decimated Democratic Party?

As a delegate at Washington Days, I was not "pleased" with many of the things that happened. However, my only comment is directed to the above author. We may have some differences of opinion, we have different approaches to the "problem" in the Governor's office, BUT WE MUST WORK TOGETHER INSTEAD OF FIGHTING BETWEEN OURSELVES. That is what makes us a RED state because we keep pointing fingers to the past and not working forward. I want to work with Larry to make this a United Party. Can we get East and West, North and South to WORK TOGETHER? Massive posts like the above do nothing but help build the fighting. WORK TOGETHER PLEASE !!!

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Posted by Mike Kilgore on 03/18/2015 at 10:49 AM

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