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October 18, 2018 - 12:06 PM

Election 2018: This is the first of a series of articles on the five candidates for Kansas governor.

On the evening of July 13, 1992, former Texas Representative Barbara Jordan, suffering from multiple sclerosis, was wheeled onto the stage at the Democratic National Convention in New York, where she gave the night’s keynote speech. Jordan’s remarks emphasized inclusion, acceptance, diversity. She urged those watching to reject the “greed and hatred and selfishness” of the previous era, and embrace a political future “characterized by a devotion to the public interest, public service, tolerance, and love. … We are one, we Americans,” said Jordan. “We seek to unite the people, not divide them.”

Four weeks later, at the Republican convention in Houston, Pat Buchanan, reading from a different set of notes entirely, delivered his now famous “Culture War” speech, in which he informed his audience that there was a “religious war” taking place for the very soul of America. “We must take back our cities, and take back our culture, and take back our country,” pleaded Buchanan, who described an America beset by division, whose only rescue could come from the complete vanquishment of one’s political opponent.

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