A comment from Kansas Governor Sam Brownback’s office during the recent flap over a Twitter post by a high school student has me rankled. According to Brownback spokesperson, Sherriene Jones-Sontag, it takes mutual respect to have a constructive dialog. While that is all well and good, the thing with respect is it is earned not just given. Governor Brownback has done nothing to earn my respect and much to lose any default level of respect I may have had. Maybe if he quit pandering to the Christian right and attempting to take away people’s rights, I could gain respect for him. Until those very unlikely events occur, my disrespect of him will continue unabated.