In a recent interview, Wichita State University political science professor Ken Ciboski told me the Republican presidential candidates in the recent Iowa caucuses had little to say about “working people” and what some are calling “the disappearing middle class”.
I hadn’t heard them mention that either, but that may be because national media likes to focus on gaffs and mud-slinging, at the expense of intelligent discussion of the issues.
Ciboski also expressed concern over the movement by conservative Republicans to challenge less-conservative office-holders. Some of those incumbents are experienced and respected lawmakers. Ciboski is worried that Kansas politics has become dominated not only by Republicans, but ever-increasingly very conservative Republicans. He believes two-party discussion and a strong opposition are essential to a healthy democracy. He doesn’t care for the one party-has-all-the-answers trend.
By the way, Ken has been a Republican as long as I’ve known him.
Our thought for today is from H. L. Mencken:
“It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.”