What Do You Want: A ‘Pragmatist’ or a Feather-Ruffler?

South Dakota Rep. Stace Nelson speaking in Rapid City

South Dakota Rep. Stace Nelson speaking in Rapid City

There’s a short article in the Rapid City Journal which encapsulates why South Dakota Rep. Stace Nelson is the best choice for U.S. Senate, starting with the headline “Nelson wants to ruffle feathers in Washington.”

Exactly. We don’t need more “go-along” pragmatism that gets us more of the same garbage that has eroded our country’s moral fabric and put us over $17 trillion in debt.

And instead of growing government and adding to the problem like one of his opponents, Nelson will go to Washington not to be a member of the club, but to actually get something done:

Nelson says Congress should look at across-the-board cuts, but he sees some “low-hanging fruits” such as eliminating the Department of Energy and the Department of Education. He says education should be a local-control issue, and the federal government should get out of the way.

What did Einstein say was the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result?

If we keep sending mealy-mouthed, mushy-middle, status-quo establishment types who lack the guts to take the drastic action necessary to get our nation back on track, we’ll keep getting mealy-mouthed, mushy-middle worthless legislation that does nothing to reverse this ship-of-state’s course toward the rocks.

If a candidate lacks the guts to go against the mushy establishment here in South Dakota, do you really think they’re going to be able to resist “Potomac Fever” and the legion of lobbyists and bull RINOs who will hammer them to “compromise” in Washington D.C.?  What was that about insanity…

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There’s one guy in the South Dakota U.S. Senate race running on the Republican ticket with a record–not empty rhetoric, but a record–of resisting the call to “shut up and go along” with the feckless establishment, and that’s Stace Nelson.

If you really believe our nation is headed in the wrong direction, send someone to Washington who recognizes the problem as acutely as you do–and isn’t so worried about being thought of as a “nice guy” that he lacks the guts to do something about it.



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Bob Ellis has been the owner of media company Dakota Voice, LLC since 2005. He is a 10-year U.S. Air Force veteran, a political reporter and commentator for the past decade, and has been involved in numerous election and public policy campaigns for over 20 years. He was a founding member and board member of the Tea Party groups Citizens for Liberty and the South Dakota Tea Party Alliance. He lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with his wife and two children.
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