Hayden’s grim postcard from Wichita

Liberal activist Tom Hayden wrote up his recent visit to Wichita for the Huffington Post, observing that “in Kansas most people do not seem to accept the November election of Barack Obama” and that “as ‘bleeding Kansas’ was pivotal in launching the American Civil War over slavery, this Kansas will be central to the plans of the Christian right and tea party to stop the emerging new majority of people of color and women, which threatens their supremacist dreams.” Hayden concluded: “The activists of Wichita may not be isolated dissidents in a state mired forever in the past, but among the ‘first responders’ against the coming wave of right-wing extremism, in dire need of attention and support from national progressives.” Hayden spoke at the Peace and Social Justice Center of South Central Kansas’ 20th-anniversary meeting.