South Dakota has a motto. It's Under God The People Rule. It isn't "under the government the people rule." It's "Under God." Atheists and non-believers alike understand that to mean that the
Under God The People Rule
I opposed the measure here, in my column at the Rapid City Journal, on television and at a public forum. I abhor the fact that it will now require the state of SD to set aside $12 million right away in a public financing of campaigns provision. The rest of it seems draconian, but for the most part I like that it puts transparency into government operations, creates an ethics commission and severely limits gifts to lawmakers by lobbyists. But, my arguments against it notwithstanding, the people went ahead and passed it anyway. Oh, well. It's happened 'afore and it'll happen agin'.
As to the reaction by the entrenched political class in Pierre, 25 legislators and some outside individuals/groups responded with a lawsuit filed in state court challenging the law's constitutionality. The case is set to be heard this week. Essentially they're saying that the judgement of the majority of voters in South Dakota was flawed and that they passed a law that in itself is illegal. Governor Dennis Daugaard condescendingly said that voters were "misled" and that they were "deceived" by $1 million in out-of-state money supporting the campaign. The Governor ignores the fact that more than $600 thousand in opposition money came from out-of-state interests, mainly from the Koch Brothers' Americans For Prosperity organization.
South Dakotans who voted for IM 22 have good reason to feel disdained and insulted by
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