Voters need to be wary of new initiatives that use terms cloaked in unassuming words like “nonpartisan”, “middle-of-the-road” and “common-sense”.
They’re almost always anything but.
And ever since far-left pro-abortion operatives usurped Constitution-themed terminology to successfully fight the Value Them Both amendment, the use of the Constitution narrative has also grown on the left.
Earlier this fall, Governor Laura Kelly announced the formation of the “Middle of the Road PAC” which is a fundraising effort she claims will support candidates who put politics aside and work with her to deliver policies that help families thrive.
She mentions topics like Medicaid expansion, school funding and tax cuts to help families. In reality, her governing resume has proven she has no interest in actually serving both sides of the political spectrum. When either/or decisions have to be made, Kelly has exposed her partisanship with consistent support of far-left ideologies.
We’ve heard the talk. Where is the moderation in her actions?
A new nonnprofit formed by former aides to Kansas Democratic governors was also recently announced. This organization claims their intention is to be nonpartisan and will work on communications for advocacy groups. An article in the Sunflower State Journal revealed some of the issues on which they could work. Listed were good health care, fair tax policy, and here it comes, “protecting constitutional rights.”
I’m going to make a prediction that the Second Amendment is not one of the Constitutional rights they aspire to help protect.
Spinning a solid narrative can make or break a political issue, and in Kansas, talking about the Constitution is an effective strategy, regardless of intent.
Our nation’s guiding document is a work of genius and provides the framework that has allowed America to become a uniquely blessed nation. Kansans still value the Constitution.
But go and try and find the quotes from any of the Founding Fathers wanting to make sure abortion on demand is written into the sacred structure of our country. You won’t find it, but smart veterans in the field of communications can warp a narrative of Constitutional rights to make people think George Washington and James Madison sat around discussing abortion or how to protect things like drag queen story hours or biological men competing on women’s sports teams.
Be wary. Don’t let any of these efforts fool you. The left knows they need to mutate language to create interest and support for unappealing legislation. These folks are often very talented with their craft, however, and liberal funding will likely flow heavily to these new groups.
Kansans need to identify this skullduggery and resist their message, so we can preserve our conservative Kansas identity.
Dan Thalmann is the owner/publisher of the Washington County News and is a Past President of the Kansas Press Association. He has won numerous journalism awards in many categories over the years, including multiple awards as the best mid-sized weekly newspaper in Kansas.