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WANTED: Real Republicans to Lead South Dakota House

July 13, 2012   ·   By   ·   2 Comments

help wantedGordon Howie at The Right Side reiterates what I’ve been saying for a couple of years now: we need real Republican leadership in the South Dakota House, not the kind of leadership we have now-the kind that makes Democrats smile with satisfaction.

Ronald Reagan pointed out that Republicans aren’t always going to agree with each other across the board (no group is ever in 100% agreement).  Reagan wisely thought a standard of 80% agreement was reasonable, and I think he was right. Unfortunately, a lot of “Republicans” (including those in leadership in the South Dakota legislature) can’t even come close to 80% on many different scorecards.

If a person doesn’t want to adhere to all or even most clearly documented Republican values, that’s their prerogative. But if they make that choice, they have no business representing the people and Republicans under a brand they don’t truly represent; you wouldn’t be happy with Mountain Dew inside the can of Pepsi you bought, would you?

Someone who not only doesn’t believe in these clearly documented Republican values certainly has no business performing the function of a leader within the Republican caucus in our government. Too many “Republicans,” even in House leadership, have been running the other side’s plays and advancing the other side’s agenda-while blocking the Republican agenda.

While our nation and our state have been under the withering assault of big-government, anti-constitutional, freedom-robbing liberal policies, too many “Republicans” in state government have been dawdling at best, and too often advancing those same liberal policies while aggressively blocking conservative ones.

This is unacceptable.

A vehicle that doesn’t take you where you want to go is useless. A “Republican” Party or “Republican” caucus that is not committed to advancing the Republican agenda and opposing the liberal agenda is equally useless.

This is why when Republicans come together after the November election, Republican representatives must choose leadership that represents and is fully committed to advancing the Republican agenda. And we rank and file Republicans must be in regular contact with our Republican representatives before then to let them know we expect them to elect leadership that is committed to Republican values, not the values of the other side.


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Bob Ellis has been the owner of media company Dakota Voice, LLC since 2005. He is a 10-year veteran of the United States Air Force, a political writer for the past decade, and has been involved in numerous election and public policy campaigns for nearly 20 years, including a Tea Party leader and organizer since 2009. He lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with his wife and two children.
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  • http://twitter.com/coralhei CAHeidelberger

    On behalf of my fellow Democrats, permit me to state that I find little if anything to smile about in our current GOP legislative leadership.

    • http://www.americanclarion.com/ Bob Ellis

      You’re right. I stand corrected.

      Most liberals are too spoiled and impatient to be happy with anything short of the immediate devolution of the American way and revision into a typical socialist hell-hole.

      I have a nagging habit of expecting too much of people. I apologize for the error.

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