From Dwight Eisenhower to Bob Dole to Nancy Kassebaum to literally thousands of others, Kansas has a proud history of its citizens leading when our country needs it most.
The people of Kansas are also innovators. They are often the first people in our great country to embrace a new path to the future. William Allen White, the famed Emporia Gazette editor, once wrote, “When anything is going to happen in this country, it happens first in Kansas.” Over the past decade, we’ve lost our way. Devoid of any real ideas for moving our state forward, our elected officials have repackaged failed policies and turned up the volume on old ideas to mask their inability to understand the requirements to succeed in the 21st century.
We can chart a new path based on innovative leadership and a recognition that our state is more important than either political party.
Governor Brownback once said that Kansas doesn’t have mountains or oceans so we need his tax experiment. That point of view undersells Kansas. We have a great quality of life — underscored by terrific public education, wonderful roads and parks and natural treasures, and a citizenry that’s welcoming to all Americans. While these parts of our state have been under attack over the last several years, we can collectively rebuild them. We can change the perception of our state and remind others of our legacy of leadership — of what’s right with Kansas.
Kansas can lead again.
We can chart a new path based on innovative leadership and a recognition that our state is more important than either political party. We need a new commitment to tackling the challenges of the 21st century with forethought, determination, and a recognition that we are in this together.
We are Kansans. We are the heirs to a great legacy. Let’s reclaim it together!