Time to declare independence

When in the course of Kansas events, it becomes necessary for residents to dissolve the political bands that have connected them with a governor, and to assume among the powers of the Jayhawkers, the separate and equal station to which the laws of economics and of tax payments entitle them, a decent respect to the voters of Kansas requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to remove him from office.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that most men and women of the Sunflower State are created intelligently, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are jobs, equality and a world-class education system.

That to secure these rights, governors are chosen by political parties, deriving their just powers from the consent of the state residents. That whenever any governor becomes destructive of these ends, it is the prerogative of these electors to vote him out of office and to institute a new governor, basing his platform on such promises as restoring education cuts and returning the state to fiscal responsibility.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that leaders of Kan?sas should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly, all experience hath shown, that residents are more disposed to suffer while a Republican is in the top office than to elect a Democrat.

But, when a long list of mistakes and miscalculations, creating a downward spiral in a state?s credit rating, followed by a bold declaration to continue a failed ?experiment? and further erode the economy, it is their right, it is their duty, to remove him from office, and to provide for a new governor to take his place.

Such has been the impatient suffering of these counties; and such is now the necessity which impels them to elect a new leader of the state of Kansas.

The four-year history of the administration of the current governor of Kansas is a history of repeated abandonment of the common people, all having the direct effect of aiding the wealthiest families in direct object the establishment of an even larger gap between the ?haves? and the ?have-nots.? To prove this, let facts be submitted to rest of the American states.

? He has refused to support public schools, claiming to provide a large boost to the education system, while being at the helm as state aid has continued to decline, forcing unified school districts to eliminate staff and cut programs, all the while favoring vouchers so wealthy families can earn tax breaks when they send their children to private schools.

? He has eliminated income taxes for businesses, all the while adding to the burden of the poorest residents.

? He has rejected federal aid that would improve the safety net for the poorest of the poor, declaring that he wants nothing to do with any funds provided by a Democratic administration in Washington.

? He has refused to cooperate with the Affordable Care Act, despite the benefits state residents might have seen with its unhindered application.

? He has signed into law legislation decimating due process for the certified employees of school districts, effectively slapping the faces of this state?s educators and turning the clock back on workers? rights by half a century.

? He has claimed to support renewable energy in the state, all the while advocating further expansion of coal-burning power plants, despite their being key contributors to air pollution.

? He has decimated our state?s cash reserves, ravaged our tax base and left the middle class struggling to make ends meet.

In response to these oppressions, the people of Kansas have demonstrated their disapproval by pushing the current governor?s poll numbers beneath those of his challenger. Repeated calls for contrition have led to repeated denial of responsibility for the state?s financial problems. A governor whose character is thus marked by every act which may define an ultra-conservative, is unfit to be leader of a moderate populace.

We, therefore, the residents of the state of Kansas, with November election day pending, appealing to the level-headedness of farmers and city-dwellers alike, do, in the name of and by the authority of the good people of the Sunflower State, solemnly publish and declare, that these 105 counties desire a return to common sense and clear thinking in the capitol and cast our collective ballot for a new governor.

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