GOP State convention

The 2012 South Dakota State GOP convention is getting close. As hard as Chairman Tim Rave and Executive Director Tony Post have been working behind the scenes in preparation for this event, I have no doubt it will be one of the best state political conventions in recent memory. (Delegates will be ariving June 21 in Sioux Falls for a great weekend).

Thanks for your hard work Chairman Rave and Executive Director Post!

26 Replies to “GOP State convention”

  1. Arrowhead

    For one it will be in Sioux Falls and that will make it easier for Rave to have a smooth convention.

  2. Anonymous

    If it was up to me every other convention would be in Chamberlain because of the river. ’08 was a blast and the area was fun.

    SF offers blacktop. Chamberlain offers a resort on the river.

  3. Anonymous

    Too many conservatives have reported that Rave and Post are doing their best to exclude them from committees and involvement.

      1. insomniac

        Call and ask them to be on a committee. What exactly is the process to get on a committee?

        I would like to be on one also.

  4. insomniac

    Is there any proof that they are stopping delegates from serving on a committee??? That would be wrong in my opinion.

      1. Troy Jones Post author

        Isn’t Rausch’s defeat enough for you to be gracious? In the same spirit of the saying, “He who angers you, conquers you.”

        “A man is what he thinks about all day long.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

        1. Bob Ellis

          I suppose Jesus was conquered by the Pharisees and the moneychangers, then. (This is what you get when you substitute flawed human “wisdom” for truth.)

          1. Troy Jones Post author

            Bob, that is not the only lesson in the Bible. Christ showed His peace and love alot more than He showed his anger. A little of that will go a long ways.

            There are also these:

            ?Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,* and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your selves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.? Mathew 11:28-30

            “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.? The second is this: ?You shall love your neighbor as yourself.? There is no other commandment greater than these.? Mark 12:30-31

            ?Stop judging, that you may not be judged. For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you. Why do you notice the splinter in your brother?s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ?Let me remove that splinter from your eye,? while the wooden beam is in your eye? You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother?s eye. Mathew 7:1-5

            1. Bob Ellis

              Those are all very good and very applicable references…in their place.

              You made a blanket statement that if something or someone makes us angry, that this person or thing conquers us.

              That is certainly possible, but it is not a certainty. Obviously, Christ was not conquered by the hypocritical and deceptive Pharissees who made him rightly angry, nor was he conquered by the corrupt moneychangers who made him angry in the Temple. Neither were Christ’s apostles and followers who spoke out boldly against lies, immorality and deception conquered by those with whom they were rightly angry.

              Furthermore, when confronted with harmful lies, error, rebellion against what is right, or contempt for what is right, anger is the correct response. God models this response in both Old and New Testaments; judgment is his, but we are commanded to be salt and light in a decaying and dark world, and that involves responding in appropriate measure to what is wrong.

              A failure to get angry (and sin not) in the face of injustice, deception, or rebellion against what is right is a sure sign of apathy, moral turpitude, or being so misled by misapplication of false doctrine that you readily acquiesce to evil–in effect, appeasing it and encouraging it. Silence or timidity in the face of deception and rebellion is at least as bad as inappropriate anger.

              Try following the Lord’s example instead of distorted human “wisdom.” Be gentle where it’s appropriate to be gentle, and be angry where it’s appropriate to be angry. Ecclesiastes chapter 3 can help you sort this out, in addition to studying the different ways Jesus behaved in different situations.

              1. Troy Jones Post author

                Always anger is the right response?

                What about these from Mathew 5 virtually said in succession (to make a point?):

                First the beatitudes. Blessed are the meek, merciful, peacemakers (all displaying a disposition to others).

                Teaching about Anger: ?You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, ?You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.? But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, ?Raqa,? will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, ?You fool,? will be liable to fiery Gehenna. Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court with him. Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge, and the judge will hand you over to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Amen, I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.

                Teaching about Retaliation: ?You have heard that it was said, ?An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.? But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on (your) right cheek, turn the other one to him as well. If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic, hand him your cloak as well. Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go with him for two miles. Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow.

                Love of Enemies: ?You have heard that it was said, ?You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same? So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.

                My point is not to get into a verse war because Christ called for peace, kindness, charity, love much than He called for anger but that if we only see one response (anger) to every disagreement, it is hard to see the Christ in you (where are the fruits?) and the message is lost.

                1. Big Sky (aka "BS")

                  aren’t you the fella that posted comments and a fantasy about kicking a Republican legislator in his groin because he dared question inappropriate activities of GOP leadership that were reported to several legislators?

                  1. Bill Fleming

                    Aw come on. It’s better than a fantasy about cannibalisim, right BS? (…good initials, btw ;^)

                    To wit:

                    “By that time I was almost at my seat, on the front side of Jim Bolin?s desk, and he was standing behind his desk, when I turned looked at him and said ?you?re a dumbass.? Stop the personal attacks in debates or I will return the favor during debates and eat you alive on the floor.?

                    ? Stace Nelson

                    Get real will ya, BS? …give Nelson’s gonads a rest, okay? I’m tired of reading about them.

                  2. Troy Jones Post author

                    It is a metaphor. I’m sorry I said it. I have no desire to do physical, emotional or other harm to another person.

                2. Bob Ellis

                  I didn’t say anger is always the right response. I’ve never said that and never even come close.

                  You’ll also find that I’ve never called for murder, or retaliation because you’re angry. I would invite you to go back and read everything I’ve said again (including Ecclesiastes 3:1-8); you seem to have missed 95% or more of it.

                  It seems incredibly hard for you to understand Scripture and the lessons they clearly teach. You’re still on milk, when you need meat in this spiritually war-torn world (Hebrews 5:12-14); children who wander onto the battlefield are a danger to themselves and everyone around them. Providing shelter for evil and those who willfully promote it hurts everyone, and is not a kindness to anyone.

                  I can only hope and pray that God’s spirit will someday open your squeezed-shut eyes…and that as little damage as possible will be done in your sphere of influence in the meantime.

  5. Lee Schoenbeck

    Tony Post’s most recent work – the Obama/Varlek bumper is an inovative piece – he’s working and thinking in the right direction – let’s celebrate that.

    1. Bill Fleming

      LOL, Lee. Do you have ’em on your truck yet, buddy? I sure hope so. This could be the one thing we all agree on. Those bumper stickers are the cats pajamas.

      1. Anonymous

        And really is a bumper sticker why we hired Tony, Justin and Tim?

        A bumper sticker?

        Everyone one of those guys are smart.

        1. Anonymous

          Tony Post is actually a smart guy but Tim Rave is a fool and Justin Rollins is a retard that got his job because he was Gant’s driver.

          I don’t think any of that is true. All three are fine young gentlemen. I do not know Rollins or Post particularly well but they are hard workers and need our support. BC

  6. Sullivan

    Rollins is a great guy and a hard worker for the party. This blog has gotten very hateful of late…

    1. Anonymous

      I agree about Rollins, good guy. Rave & Post have been at the helm of the SDGOP (and done nothing) during the most divisive times in the history of SDGOP. They mistake their positions to be bag carriers for the governor and other entrenched politicians.

      The proper focud of the SDGOP should be the average SD Republican, no one else. Sadly, that is not the case. Instead, those people are called “whackos, etc” or “fringe.”

        1. Stace Nelson

          Pray tell, if that is the case… why do even the most “moderate” of Republicans claim to be conservatives during election years? Why do they run away from their “moderate” records of voting against the conservative SDGOP platform?

          Looking at the primary results, seems there are a lot of “whackos” out there, so doesn’t that make you moderates pretending to be conservatives the true “fringe?” 😀