Did you feel a gravitational pull sucking small items into a new orbit this weekend? That was a bunch of enormous heads gathering in the same place. The MAINstream Coalition hosted a dinner and awards ceremony. "Stand Up, Speak Out" they called it. I've got a better title, but it's rude, so I won't go there.
The MAINstream Coalition is a group that says its goal is to "take Kansas back from extremists and their ideologies." This dishonesty about who they are and what they stand for is just mind blowing.
This is an organization of elitists who have never seen a Democrat too extreme, but who detest conservatives of all stripes. This misleading organization, which pretends to just be some normal folks fed up with the well, commoners like you, hosted an awards dinner this weekend. During the dinner, they gave awards to some other dishonest organizations including Johnson County Educators, Stand Up Blue Valley, and Women for Kansas. (Women for Kansas--these are the folks who had a drum circle in Wichita in 2014. A literal drum circle. Guys, I can't even. But because they're shills for liberal causes, we're supposed to pretend they're not out there. They're "mainstream." Um. Not buying it.)
The dinner and awards ceremony also recognized the Alliance for Healthy Kansas, Kansans for Fair Courts, and Four Former Governors, Kansas Contractors Association, and the League of Women Voters of Kansas. Greg and Sybil Orman played host and hostess. You remember Orman? The very odd guy for whom Democrats disenfranchised their own voters, because Sen. Pat Roberts wasn't "mainstream" enough. Pfft.
Here's how we can say without a doubt MAINstream's goal ISN'T getting extremists out of politicis--the evening's keynote speaker was Yael Aboulhalkah.
I'll be honest: the MAINstream Coalition offends me. It's not that they exist. Elitists will always gather to stroke one another's egos. The part that offends me is that they do it under the guise of being just regular folks looking out for the rest of the regular folks. I really don't do pretentious. It's not my thing. I don't get it, and I can't stand it. (And if you ever see me and think I'm being pretentious--please tell me. I won't shoot the messenger.) Nothing good comes from people who don't have an ounce of humility, and the MAINstream Coalition is a large group of folks just like that. Getting a bunch of enormous egos together in the same place at the same time is almost ALWAYS a terrible plan. See the U.S. Congress.
The largest egos in Johnson County gathered this weekend. Unreasonable plans were likely hatched. I am in the process of digging up a guest list, but in the meantime, I'll leave you with this: These Republicans attended: John Skubal, Stephanie Clayton, Barbara Bollier.
I sincerely want the Republican Party to be a big tent party. (I'll do my best to pull the entire thing to the right, as far away from Democrat-Lite as is humanly possible.) That said, if your aims and goals more closely align with the Democrats, maybe you're in the wrong party. Or maybe I am.