One can only wonder how many legislative voting report cards “conservative” groups will bless us with this year, but at the rate they are going it appears we can inevitably expect a few more. First we had The South Dakota Freedom Index, then the SD GOP’ers and most recently The Life and Liberty Group. Now, I don’t have anything against any individual or group that has a different political view than I do. I admire people who have the courage to stand up to the establishment when they believe there has been wrong doing.
However, if conservative groups continue to cry wolf when there isn’t a wolf few like-minded constituents will be there to listen when they actually have a legitimate concern.
Our party is large, and our party is diverse. We’re going to disagree occasionally. That’s life. Our state legislature isn’t perfect, and we should fight for the issues that matter to us. But we live in a state where Governor Daugaard writes:
“We are determined not to fall into the same trap that has ensnared our federal counterparts. We will not spend unless we have the money. We will not spend reserves until they are gone and then borrow money to cover ongoing expenses. Doing so would lead down a path from which it is hard to return.”
Governor Daugaard followed through with the strong backing of our legislature, causing me to wonder why are we so focused on finding the little issues that divide us rather than being proud of our accomplishments that unite us?
Let us not forget that “the person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally ? not a 20 percent traitor.” (quote by Ronald Reagan)