Skip to main content

Today, in a few state college newspapers, half page ads ran lambasting Pat Roberts for his vote against the Violence Against Women Act.   The ad, which simply reads:

22 Senators Decided To Vote
Against The Violence Against
Women Act
Senator Pat Roberts,
On Behalf of Hundreds of Women
in XYZ County who Suffered
Domestic Violence in 2012:
2014 isn't that far away.
We highlighted the county of the University in which the ad ran.

Some ads will be delayed because of the snow storm, but following through on my everywhere deserves a debate strategy, it at least puts a face on an issue I care about.  

Over the past few weeks and years, many of us here in the midwest have noted in our diaries a feeling that being in the midwest makes you feel "alone".  A democrat once sent me a message proclaiming that admitting to those around him he was a democrat in Rural Kansas was akin to coming out of the closet.  From his email:

I keep thinking I'll put up yard signs, but admitting I'm a democrat could be a real killer for my business.   I don't even know if I'd be welcome in church on Sunday.  It's that Republican around here.
Recent diaries on here have pointed out the same, because the feeling is that the midwest won't change.

And maybe it won't change in a hurry - but I have to believe part of the real issue is that the debate just isn't being taken to them.   When you only hear one side of an argument, it's very difficult to reach a fair conclusion.

So, today through next Thursday, with ads in all the major college papers, we're firing a first shot.

There are too many people who need a voice in the process to just give up.

To see one of the first ads to run, printed in the Manhattan, Kansas (K-State) Collegian, it's up online now:

We're all set for the March 15 meetup, and I look forward to seeing many of my fellow Kansas Kossacks there.   We are currently planning an April meeting it appears in Springfield, Missouri.  

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site