As the saying goes, if you aren’t outraged, you aren’t paying attention.

Today that statement perhaps should be modified. 

People have plenty of outrage over Cecil the Lion or the planetary status of Pluto or celebrity tweets.

They are just paying attention to things that have little to no effect on their lives. Sorry Pluto, you’re a fifth the size of the moon. You just have no pull. 

The aspects that do impact everyone—our politics, our economy, our government, our taxes—often get lost behind the scandal of the week. 

It’s not like this complaint is new. But seriously take a look around and ask yourself what’s a bigger threat to our safety: a lion getting gunned down or mass shootings?

What’s more of a threat to democracy? An antiquated flag getting relegated to a museum or that our elections are auctioned?

Think of conversations you’ve had or you’ve heard or read about when it comes to political candidates. How many times have you heard that someone isn’t viable because they don’t have the funding?

Funding decides who gets elected now-a-days. Not the value of ideas, but the value of donors. 

This is why we have to make the choices we have to make. In 2016, we Americans, who threw off kings will likely have a choice between one dynastic family, the Bushs, or another, the Clintons. That is unless “The Donald” breaks down barriers to become America’s first talking hair piece elected to the White House. 

Surely some of that should be cause for outrage.

Or our poor state of Kansas and its financial issues had another $63 million in budget trimming this weekend by a governor who refuses to admit anything is wrong. 

The same governor had to be tracked down while speaking at a closed chamber of commerce meeting in Wichita to get a comment on the cuts. 

“The future of Kansas is bright and strong,” he pontificated to a TV station.

That statement comes from the man who promised 100,000 new private sector jobs if he was elected his second term. Today, the state is on pace to fall 70,000 jobs short of that expectation, according to the Wichita Eagle.

Surely the financial failure of the state is worth some outrage.

Or how about the fact that the state refuses to release voting records from last year’s November election, even with redacted names, to a Wichita State statistician, whose findings indicate that it is possible the election was manipulated?

Even if she’s wrong, wouldn’t it make sense for Kris Kobach, who campaigned against voter fraud, to help with a possible investigation about voter fraud? Wouldn’t it make sense to have state election audits to assure the public that their vote isn’t being tampered with in an age of machines?

No, there are plenty of things to be outraged about in Kansas, but they’re all things that occur inside the state. 

And until we start getting outraged about those things, nothing is ever going to change. The revolution will not be on Facebook.

 

The Clarion is a weekly newspaper in south central Kansas. 

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