This is my fifth installment describing the assault on education, science, sex, and modernity in Kansas that was inspired by the Koch brothers. The leader of Koch brothers’ retinue of politicians in Kansas is Governor Sam Brownback. In my prior column I explained how Steve Abrams, a leader of the Koch’s shock troops, demonstrated the wisdom of our family’s twin rules whenever he wrote an op ed. Our family rules are:
- It is impossible to compete with unintentional self-parody, and
- When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging
Abrams’ op eds were not the only gift to scientists and educators resisting the Kochs’ assaults on education, science, and modernity in Kansas. Political wonks will recall that (then) U.S. Senator Sam Brownback, in a May 2007 Republican debate among candidates for the 2008 Party nomination for the presidency, was one of three of those candidates who held up his hand when the moderator asked how many of them did not believe in evolution.