Does It Still Apply?
The reaction in Pierre was reflexive and dismissive. Of course you'd expect an entrenched political class to react in horror to a change as sweeping as IM22. But what caught naive observers (like me, I guess) off guard was the utter rejection and dismissal of the state's official claim to be the place where "under God the people rule." Apparently that ethos doesn't mean much, and I certainly suggest that the Governor and the legislature expunge it from all official South Dakota insignia, lest we become even more of a laughingstock in the national conversation about this event. South Dakota, the first state to adopt statewide initiatives and referendums (in 1898), has a historic commitment to its belief that the people rule. It took nearly 120 years for that resplendent imperative to get wiped out. Trickle-up democracy just got swamped by an avalanche of official contempt for the voice of the people.
Supposedly, the next step from South Dakota's governing class is to prepare and pass a set
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