Kansans should support balance in government.
On Tuesday, Kansans could change the face of state government for years to come.
The primary election features a far-right element of the Republican Party working to seize control of state government as a way to promote Gov. Sam Brownback's radical agenda.
They are out to unseat more moderate state senators from their party — Senate President Steve Morris of Hugoton included — in a quest to create a rubber-stamp government.
We know some Kansans wouldn’t mind giving control of state government to a single faction, even one out to slash spending and gut funding for social services, undermine public education and inject its religious values into public policy.
With control of legislative and executive branches, they'd also push to fill the judicial branch with right-wing extremists. Any hope of checks and balances would be erased.
Other Kansans, however, understand the need for balance in government. They want their representatives to be more than puppets for the governor, and expect them to study the issues and support legislation that best serves their interests.
That doesn't mean the far-right, ultraconservatives of the GOP should have no role. They should be heard, along with more moderate viewpoints.
Diversity of ideas in policy discussions is a hallmark of our American democracy because it leads to understanding and creates compromise. But we saw how uninterested ultraconservative Republicans were in discussion and debate in the last legislative session.
And it was no surprise to see GOP extremists launch an ugly assault on legislators who won't be controlled by the governor, Morris included.
Their attack ads only reveal the true colors of the extremist alliance behind the sordid campaign: the wealthy Koch brothers and their cronies in the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, Americans for Prosperity and Brownback.
Candidates who have the least to offer — or the most to hide — would rather malign their opponents with misinformation than stand on their own merit.
Voters shouldn't be fooled.
The right to vote — another hallmark of our democracy — is one way to be heard and make a stand.
With Kansas' future at stake, it's time to put that power and privilege to good use.