Thursday, July 12, 2012

A Minor Musing About Arrogance, Power, Political Power, And Elections

I haven't followed the South Dakota Secretary of State imbroglio closely.  The Madville Times has the latest here. At this point it's probably  wise to grant Gant the "innocent until proven guilty" protection that all Americans should enjoy.  He should, however, be condemned for arrogantly failing to avoid the appearances of impropriety.

Let the flogging of a deceased equine begin: the fault lies not in Pierre, but, as Shakespeare said, "in ourselves" that South Dakota has a Secretary of State who commits either real crimes or arrogant obliviousness: the state needs a second political party.  People who aren't on Facebook may have better chance of having a Facebook friend than a South Dakota Democrat has of winning statewide office.  In fact, a few of them might have 6 such friends, a total greater than the number of Democrats in the South Dakota Senate.

South Dakota Republicans can assume they will be elected not because they have great ideas or are great candidates but because they have an "R" behind their name on the ballot. Quite frankly, I don't care whether the challenge to South Dakota Republicans comes from Democrats, Greens, Libertarians, or Jedis.  Every state needs a credible threat to the dominant party.

When all that's needed to be elected is an "R"  or a "D" printed behind one's name on the ballot, the ultimate check on either the abuse of power or hubris is removed.  If Republicans continue to enjoy monopoly power, the state will see more situations like current one with Gant.

1 comment:

Mike Larson said...

I can't agree more with the idea people shouldn't vote based on a letter. I think it would be nice to remove party affiliation from candidates for members of Congress and for Constitutional offices. Parties can still elect and support candidates, but it should always be the person you are supporting.