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It's an interesting day in Kansas.   When once again, Governor Brownback, coming off what may rank as one of the most misleading state of the states I've had the displeasure of watching went to go meet with his wacky backers in Wichita, the city where Dr. George Tiller was gunned down in cold blood a few years ago.  

Brownback's response to this group, was to compare their protests to the drive against slavery.

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback compared past “Summer of Mercy” anti-abortion protests in Wichita to the abolitionist movement that helped end slavery in a major speech Wednesday night.

The Republican governor, who opposes abortion, included the reference to the 1991 and 2001 protests outside the clinic of Dr. George Tiller — the late-term abortion provider who was gunned down in 2009 — in his State of the State address.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/...

Please note: he referenced the protest, not the shooting death or harassment.  Because I assume some part of him thought this would be a bad thing.

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So, who are these brave crusaders, working to end modern slavery?

When one of these men "walks up carrying a gun, and he doesn't want that abortion to happen, somebody is going to get a bullet in their head," Gietzen said in an interview with the Huffington Post. "I think she's trying to provoke an incident so she can say, "Look, these pro-lifers did something," and people from California and New York and these other places will give her money."
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Brownbacks drive to make sure that we lead out of 'abortion' and his appeal to use slavery as a bloody fight:

Brownback said that in the past, Kansas has been called “to blaze the trail for America out of the wilderness” on moral issues. He also said Kansas “marked the bloody trail out of slavery” when the nation was undecided on the issue.

“The chains of bondage of our brothers rubbed our skin and our hearts raw until we could stand it no more and erupted into `Bleeding Kansas,’” Brownback said. “The Summer of Mercy sprung forth in Kansas as we could no longer tolerate the death of innocent children.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/...

But is this 'bloody trail' and references to 'Bleeding Kansas' in any way a staging that goes a bit too far?  Especially when activists have already intoned that further violence may happen, and we've already had one shooting death and more then a few attempts.

It's not in any way shocking this would happen, that our state of the state address would take a large portion to support widespread harassment on women and to promote the idea that a 'bloody war' to end abortion starts here.

But it certainly is creepy.

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Originally posted to tmservo433 on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 07:40 PM PST.

Also republished by Kansas & Missouri Kossacks and Pro Choice.

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