Friday, February 7, 2014

An Issue South Dakota Republicans Should Not Debate

Mike Rounds is the prohibitive favorite, but I really don't care who wins the Republican primary for U.S Senate in South Dakota. I hope the Republican candidates and their surrogates discuss issues, but I am willing to let the candidates politically dismember each other in some gory re-enactment of a sacred king ritual.

Whether Rounds was a corrupt governor who engaged in nepotism is a substantive issue. Whether Stace Nelson has the temperament to serve is a valid issue. Likewise partisans can argue about Larry Rhoden's voting record as a Democrat or whether Annette Bosworth is indeed South Dakota's version of Christine "I am not a witch" O'Donnell. Both conversations have merit,

The substance of the following tweet, however, does not.

Ronald Reagan may well have been a better President than anyone who has been sworn in during the 21st Century. He may have made an iconic statement when he said "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" That said, the rams horns didn't blow right after Reagan uttered that phrase and the walls didn't fall of their own accord. The way some conservatives venerate Reagan, one would believe that there's verses in the Bible that read:
And yea verily, when Reagan's word went forth, then did Gorbachev command that many Russians don fur hats and remove stones a great distance thence.
And so it was written and so it was done. Then all of the lands on the Earth celebrated and the finest meats and cheeses were brought to every table.
There's no "Revelation of St. Ronald the Conservative Icon" in the Bible. That arms for hostages trick was pretty shady, so that omission is understandable. Less understandable is the fact that conservatives violate Reagan's "Thou shalt not speak ill of another Republican" commandment with no remorse.

If I am going to vote on anyone's ability to remember a birthday, I'll vote for the candidate whose spouse vouches for the fact that the candidate has never forgotten the spouse's or their children's birthdays.

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