It’s a dank and dreary night here in Hays, Kansas USA. It’s been raining on and off all day. I’ve not much motivation to get up and do anything. We can despair a lot these days. Our federal government isn’t showing much leadership in light of this virus, what with 45 telling the states they’re pretty much on their own, and the state government, led by Gov. Laura Kelly and KDHE Secretary Lee Norman, M.D., are doing the best it can to keep us all safe.
It makes me think of when I was a freshman in college back in 1976, the bicentennial year for the American Revolution, and practically every school in the country produced the old Broadway musical “1776.” I played Ben Franklin in the Aurora Centennial-Bicentennial Commission’s production.
Late in the show, a song about the fight over slavery is sung by one of the delegates from South Carolina. If the northern delegates don’t compromise about keeping slavery in the South, then the whole concept of independence goes up in smoke.
John Adams’ then sings a short song called “Time’s Running Out,” in which Adams coaxes Franklin to get out of his chair and try to swing the other northern delegates back into the bigger fight away from slavery and toward independence.
That’s where I am right now. I need to get out of my chair and fight for this seat in the Senate. It isn’t just about whether or not we’ll all be around once this fight with the virus is over, it’s about the bigger fight for Kansas, on whether or not its rural parts will wither and die as some would have hoped an end to slavery would die.I’m giving this a first things first approach. Northwest Kansas first! Let’s take care of ourselves. Let’s get off our tails and into a fight for our hospitals and nursing homes (God knows we need them now more than ever!) through expansion of Medicaid.
That also means fighting for Main Street businesses; the local grocery store, the pharmacy, and home-owned banks. It’s about more than the things that divide us, abortion and guns. It’s about our schools, farms, and roads. Those things that bring us together.
Time’s running out. Join me in this great enterprise to “Renew the Kansas Spirit.”