As the dust has settled over the last couple of days, following the dust-up that South Dakota Gun Owners Lobbyist Zack Lautenschlager had with attendees of the Family Heritage Alliance Luncheon, it has been one of THE topics of conversation among GOP politicos.
If you recall, after coming in a side door, Zach was distributing flyers at an event, featuring the Governor speaking a luncheon, where Zach was not invited to distribute material at, and he ended up provoking a confrontation where the police had to be called.
One of the lines of thought that’s been discussed was the question of how Zach’s confederate, former Gubernatorial Candidate Gordon Howie, was going to react. Most observers thought that Gordon would distance himself from Lautenschlager, as Howie’s political activity has been strongly faith based, and the group that suffered Zach’s bad manners is one of if not the State’s most significant and influential Christian family organizations.
Most people expressed to me that they believed that Howie would be going “Nope, not me. Nothing to do with me… Who is that Zach person?”, as Howie’s interest in running for office again has been thinly veiled, if at all.
Well, leave it to Gordon to prove everyone wrong again, as he writes this morning to actually criticize the Family Heritage Alliance for what Zach did:
How rude!!! But wait? didn?t the same thing happen recently at the Liberty Lunch?? Yes it did. Post cards promoting the Governors appearance at the FHA luncheon were distributed, even though they were not approved, and the sponsors of the Liberty Lunch are not supporters of much of the Governor?s performance.
The response to these unwelcome postcards at the Liberty Lunch, however, did not produce action similar to that at the Governors appearance.
The cards were not snatched from the hands of the recipients, no public disclaimer was announced, no television news cameras were called (our own were already there), no name-calling-accusation-making statements were made, no one was asked to leave and the police were not called. There were citizens carrying guns (both open and concealed), yet no one was fearful. People who were in attendance believe the 2nd amendment means what it says, and they are comfortable with it.
So, what is all the fuss? Some fliers were distributed at the Governors meeting that were factually accurate, and challenged the Governors obvious willingness to compromise issues of faith in favor of political expedience.
The most embarrassing incident was that a faith-based organization would object to the Governor being challenged for his compromise on faith issues.
Leave it to Gordon to confound those who would anticipate he would observe common sense. Instead of criticizing Lautenschlager for his actions, he’s calling out the organization who had their event crashed and turned into a melee.
It’s the equivalent of telling a sexual assault victim that “she asked for it.” Except in this case, it’s one of the State’s largest faith based organizations.
Folks, Zach’s behavior wasn’t Christian at all. It was purely a selfish, attention demanding political ploy which had no place at someone else’s event, as he made efforts to specifically provoke a confrontation. Gordon Howie’s reaction is equally lacking of Christian principles if he can’t recognize that it’s not the host’s fault and guests shouldn’t start a ruckus.