Try not to throw up when you read Rick Weiland’s victory lap, as he quotes Machiavelli in his self-congratulatory manner for manipulating voters.
It might be hard to settle your innards. Especially in full knowledge that they promoted a measure they’d been warned was unconstitutional.
Change is hard…very hard.
In fact, Nicolo Machiavelli had it right when he wrote:
“It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out nor more doubtful of success nor more dangerous to handle than to initiate a new order of things; for the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order; this lukewarmness arising partly from the incredulity of mankind who does not truly believe in anything new until they actually have experience of it.”
So, when it happens, we must celebrate it!!!!!!!!
And it just happened in South Dakota, thanks to you, [name]. We at TakeItBack.Org — along with our national strategic partner, Represent.us (and over 180,000 South Dakotans) — just passed the South Dakota Anti-Corruption Act (Initiated Measure 22), which included the most progressive public campaign financing law in the country!
Here’s what Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Hedrick Smith, said on his Reclaim the American Dream website: “The surprising victory was an uphill battle, David versus Goliath. A new citizens group called TakeitBack.Org pitted grass roots volunteers against a business-conservative coalition led by Americans for Prosperity, the richly financed political organ of Kansas billionaires Charles and David Koch, as well as taking on the most powerful Republican leaders in South Dakota.”
If you want to read Hedrick’s entire article, which is both excellent and inspiring, click here: http://reclaimtheamericandream.org/2016/11/how-reformers-beat-koch-in-south-dakota/
But the fight, even in South Dakota, isn’t over. Not even close.
In fact, only a day after the election, Ben Lee, the South Dakota head of the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity, ominously said that “We will look for ways to overturn this measure and protect taxpayers from this costly new law. Never mind that a majority of South Dakotans had just voted it into law — Americans for Prosperity paternalistically pledged to “protect” South Dakotans from ourselves!
Here’s what we expect:
South Dakota Republicans now control only 89 seats in the South Dakota Legislature (Democrats hold just 16, a net loss of 4 as a result of the election), and word is on the street that the plan is to try to gut IM-22, per the Koch brothers’ local minion’s pledge.
But, fortunately for us, it’s not that simple — because we now have the high ground.
If they succeed in gutting IM-22 — and we are going to stop them — then we will lead a referendum petition drive to freeze their law from taking effect, leaving our initiative in place until the voters can, once again, express their wishes. We helped to pass a increase in the minimum wage with a cost of living adjustment in 2014 which the SD legislature tried to repeal for young adults. We referred the law and won overwhelming last week (71%) — so we can do it again with your help.
And once South Dakota voters experience how empowering IM-22 is — every registered voter is going to get two $50 state “Democracy Credit” vouchers in the mail, which they can then donate to the state candidate of their choice. We think they are going to like it!
And if it comes to another vote, we predict they’re going to reject the Koch brothers’ falsehoods and half-truths once again, just as they did a week ago.
But nothing is inevitable — as we found out in the presidential election. After all, the Kochs have a bottomless pit of money — passage of IM-22 shocked the hell out them and they’re definitely not used to losing.
So if you’re upset about what is happening nationally — just as we are — then help us fight back in South Dakota now, and in other states to follow, later.
We’ll leave you with two quotes, both from TakeItBack.Org co-founder, Rick Weiland. In answer to Hedrick Smith’s comment that “you’ve stirred up a hornet’s nest, Weiland said: “You’ve got to stir the pot and whack the hornet’s nest. That’s how you can make change when the political establishment and the status quo is refusing to do so.”
And finally, in answer to Smith’s question, “Is there a ripple effect?” Weiland answered: “Absolutely. I believe that this victory sends a message to the rest of the country that they don’t have to put up with the business-as-usual crowd. They can take matters into their own hands. We have a real opportunity to take what we’ve done here and show it to other states — putting these ideas on your ballot in 2018, 2020 and ’22.”
Please help us protect IM-22 from the predatory Koch brothers. Help us continue to stirring the pot and whacking that ‘business as usual’ hornets nest.