Sunday, June 05, 2005

Suffrage is so retro

Last week the NYT National Briefing reported that a female Kansan who has previously spoken out against suffrage for women is now running for public office:
KANSAS: SO MUCH FOR CRITICIZING SUFFRAGE A state senator who said in 2001 that giving women the vote was a symptom of weakness in the American family is seeking the Republican nomination for secretary of state, the state's top elections official. In 2001, the senator, Kay O'Connor, disparaged the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. "The 19th Amendment is around because men weren't doing their jobs," Ms. O'Connor said, "and I think that's sad. I believe the man should be the head of the family." She now dismisses the controversy as silliness. (AP)

I feel like asking what's wrong with Kansas is really under-stating the enormity of the question. Not to be over-dramatic or whatever, but what's wrong with human beings?

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