American Government & Politics
17 March 2014
The Issues Of Kansas
Kansas is a very peculiar place, politically speaking, as seen in Thomas Frank’s book “What’s the Matter With Kansas”. The big political question Frank attempts to answer is why do so many people vote against their social and economic interest in the US? Why is it that many people from Kansas, who were of the poor-working class, choose to vote republican when it is not in their best interest?
Upper class, republicans have manipulated the people of Kansas into thinking that they have their best interest at heart, when in reality all they promote is privatization, deregulation, and monopolies in every industry such as cows and meatpacking. Economic policies that are made that do not benefit the majority of the population in the state. How is it that irrelevant matters continue to torment Kansas? Politicians and pundits stir the conservative republicans, called ‘Cons’ to action by arousing certain issues, such as gay rights and abortion. Once these politicians are elected into office, however, they point their focus in a different direction, from abortion, immigration, and taxation to more ‘important’ issues like business tax reduction and deregulation. And what happens when voters realize that the politician they elected did not follow through with what they have campaigned for? The republicans blame the democrats for not getting tasks completed:
In order to explain to the “Cons” why no progress gets made on these issues, politicians and pundits point their fingers to a “liberal elite,” a straw man representing everything that conservatism is not. When reasons are given, they eschew economic reasons in favor or accusing this elite of simply hating America, or having a desire to harm “average” Americans. This theme of victimization by these “elites” is pervasive in conservative literature, despite the fact that all the time conservatives controlled all three branches of government, was being served by an extensive media devoted only to conservative...