Special to the Daily Leader
A record crowd turned out for the We the People meeting Thursday in Kismet. With seven different cities represented, the group not only dicussed the local political scene and the upcoming election, but also heard from a 2012 Presidential candidate from Beaver, Okla.
More than 50 attended the meeting with representatives from Liberal, Kismet, Plains, Meade, Montezuma, Beaver and Guymon.
Frick Brauer discussed the Bill of Rights, and a video on the separation of church and state was shown.
The group discussed suggested changes in the form of Kansas constitutional amendments one of which deals with the right of the individual to keep and bear arms. The new amendment would repeal the authority of the legislature to exclude persons with mental illness from voting. It was noted that the legislature had never used its authority do so in the past.
Reid Petty, Seward County Republican Central Committee Chairman, reported that all of the precinct committee positions had been filled. He also said a victory party was being planned for Tuesday at Billy’s BBQ.
A brief review of Kansas Supreme Court Judges and Appeals Court Judges was provided and written reviews were also available.
While the group has had state and local office seekers speak in the past, for the first time a presidential candidate addressed the organization.
Stephen Shadden from Beaver, Okla., provided the group with a resume and talked briefly about his intentions to run for President. More info is available in his website http://stephenshadden.com.
Individuals were asked to consider selecting an issue on the local, state or national level and follow it through the legislative process. They were encouraged to think about how to be effective in alerting other members and friends if an issue required attention. They were also encouraged to follow their legislator to make sure their actions were the same as their words.
“This group just keeps getting larger,” Jim Rice, one of the group’s originators, said. “I believe it is important to provide our group with the type of information they can review and use to make sound judgments prior to going to the ballot box. An educated voter is very important.”
With the upcoming holidays, We the People will not meet again until January.