The conservative community doesn’t like Mike Rounds as the Republican candidate for Senate. They say Rounds is too liberal, that he favors big government. I certainly can agree that Mike Rounds is not a true conservative. However, neither is John Thune or Kristi Noem. They have all done things that have set me walking in circles talking to myself.
Having said that, John, Kristi and Mike will vote 80% of the time to the right of the chart. A democrat (regardless of the place holder) will vote to the left of center nearly 100% of the time.
I surely wish we conservatives had someone on deck that could run a viable campaign against Mike Rounds but that isn’t the case. So… what to do? I’m stuck, again, supporting the liberal lite over the progressive left candidate. Voting third party or simply staying home is not an option. That just gives my vote to the left.
I would like to stress one thing that I think is important. The one thing I will not do is join into this circular firing squad that is forming inside the Republican party. That simply gives more ammunition to the Progressive left. We need a deeper conservative bench. This is imperative. Today, we don’t have one. I have little to no enthusiasm with our current federal representatives or candidates. Our true conservatives (Stace Nelson, Betty Olsen, Brock Greenfield, Dan Kaiser et al.) are all good people, but they aren’t yet ready for prime time. That day will come and on that day I will blister my hands pounding in highway signs for them. BUT today….. I’m left with a bucket that has a hole in it. Instead of this being a ringing endorsement for Mike Rounds, I’m giving an affirmative shrug.
Without a definitive leader in the Republican Presidential race this year, the South Dakota Republican Caucus will actually have an influence on the choice of nominee for President. In years past by the time the South Dakota caucuses met, the nominee had already been established.
Not this year. The South Dakota Republican Party actually has an opportunity to help choose their Republican Presidential candidate.
On March 1st at 8 PM we South Dakota Republicans will caucus in support of our individual choices. We will be able to stand up and be counted in favor of the person we want as President of our United States.
Those chosen by vote will be eligible to vie for a seat on the floor of the National Convention in Tampa, Florida next August.
What’s so exciting about that? There is a growing chance that this will be a brokered convention.
A Brokered Convention?
There is a real possibility this year that there will be no candidate with the required 1144 votes to capture the nomination in the first vote. If there is no front runner with a the required (50% +1) votes on the first vote, the choice is put in the hands of the delegates on the floor. This could very well be one of those special events in your life you replay for your grandchildren.
South Dakota Republicans, the trail to Tampa starts in your County Seat March 1st. To be nominated as a delegate to the Republican National Convention plan to be at your county caucus. With very few exceptions, this is where the journey starts.
This is an exciting time for South Dakota. We finally get a turn at bat. We get a choice, rather than having our choice made for us. If you want to be at what could be a history making Republican National Convention and if you want a voice as to who should be your next President, see you at the caucus.
Since I moved here I have heard bits and pieces of folklore. Folklore comes from experience and the wisdom of the ages, with a little whimsy thrown in to keep things interesting.
Two tidbits come to mind this morning.
1. There is always a blizzard around or on the weekend of the Boys High School Basketball Playoffs.
2. You can expect snow about 60 days after a fog.
Here’s the deal… The Boys Playoffs start on March 15 in Aberdeen (fifty plus days)
We have had two mornings of heavy fog.
Hmmmm. This could get exciting.
Concerning the NY post article:
The Great Wide Open – How rural America has become a vanishing way of life.
Read it here: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/great_wide_open_WqL54fjvoNYjfFI74GlmmL?fb_ref=m_site&fb_source=home_oneline
Hey New York, clean up your own cesspool before you look at our Prairie! Last time I looked you have more murders in a week than we do out here in year, and out here carrying a gun is legal.
As to the population loss, I truly believe you have seen the last of it in Rural America. The 2010 census shows the change in population over ten years. In 2000 we didn’t have high speed internet, a cell phone in every pocket and I-pads.
The census looks at a population shift but not the dynamic. The true paradigm shift has been outbound from the troubled, crime ridden, overtaxed and under serviced cities to smaller cities like Sioux Falls, Fargo or Cedar Rapids. Now the shift is happening again. From those towns to even smaller towns.
People not from here are starting to find out that they can send their kids to public school with class sizes of about twelve. They are finding out, through the new media, that South Dakota has no income tax. In fact, per capita, the taxes here in South Dakota are lower than any other state in the nation.
Businesses owners in tune with the information age find that they can conduct business in this state which encourages entrepreneurship rather than the one they are in which is trying to tax and regulate them into oblivion.
The next census will tell a different tale. It will be a tale of two cities (or rather one city crumbling under the weight of it’s own bureaucracy and a small town with few government constraints). Those cities could be New York, Chicago, Baltimore, Huston or even Los Angeles. The other Doland, Eureka, Harried, in South Dakota or perhaps Brandon, Iowa or Bloomfield Nebraska. One shrinking and one growing.
People who work from home are starting to realize that “home” can be anywhere. They are choosing to leave the high cost and congested areas and moving where the kids can go out and play without the fear of being molested.
Watch the 2020 census…. South Dakota may just have TWO Congressmen.
By the way New York, just how many congressional seats did you loose this year?
Oh…. and one more thing….. It’s pronounced “Harry-id”, not “Harried”.
A proud transplant in South Dakota.
What I want to share are some photos and a story.
Here are three pictures taken yesterday afternoon. For those of you who do not know, we live in a rural part of South Dakota. Sometimes the winters can be a challenge, sometimes a blessing.
Our house is about 3/4 miles from our mailbox. The road to the mail box is completely clear which is great. We can get to the mailbox. Too bad our mailman can’t.
The first is from the corner where our mailbox is looking west toward the main highway.
The second is the same spot looking east toward our nearest neighbor.
The third is me standing on a wind packed snow drift that is less than 24 hours old. I am pointing DOWN to our mailbox.
Now the story. No way in or out to the north. The road to the south had a 4′ high X 300′ drift across it about half a mile to the south of our house so no way out that way either. We were completely snowbound.
Last night around 7 we get a knock on the door. It was our neighbor to the south, Waldo! He had been out since 3 clearing snow. He asked the man who rents the working part of his farm to take his tractor mounted snow blower and cut a path through the long drift between us. Now we can get out to the south. Why did he do that? So we could get in and cut firewood from his shelter belt. The one he had just spent three hours clearing.
The rest of the story? Waldo is 86 years old.
I want to live in South Dakota?
You know there are times of the year for different things. For me Christmas is a time to set some time to remember the “reason for the season”. Now, I now this is the wrong time if year, I am fully aware that the child of the most high God was born in the fall. I also know the date was shifted to bring it in harmony with the winter solstice and the non Christian rituals that were celebrated this time of year. I know too that there was no snow around the manger and also that the “manger” was not some outdoor shed. None the less it is the time of year we celebrate the birth of the savior. We take a bit of time to remember, to be kind to a stranger, to put a buck or two in a red bucket and to perhaps perform a rendom act of kindness. To be thankful for the One who came to save us from our own self destruction. I am glad that (contrary to what our current President says) I live in a Christian nation. I am thankful this year (as in years past) that we can openly celebrate the birth of the Son of God. I am grateful to that God that He has allowed me to live in the greatest nation on the face of the Earth.
What is happening in Delaware is is one major factor in my decision to leave New Jersey and move out here to God’s country. Here is a part of the blog I wrote on why I left New Jersey.
Many people have asked me why I moved from New Jersey to South Dakota, Two reasons – money and politics. When New Jersey had the fiasco with Brett Schundler and Jim McGreavy I knew it was time to get out. For those who don‘t know, Brett Schundler won the primary against the Republican “machine” candidate. Brett was an “outsider” and a conservative who believed in smaller government and fiscal responsibility. Because of that the NJ state Republican party went limp. They did not endorse, support or help finance Brett’s campaign. In fact the senate majority leader (the senior man in the Republican party in NJ) would not even endorse him. That’s when I knew I had had enough. I tell people that is was not the Democrats that drove me from New Jersey, it was the Republicans.
The rest is not important for this note.
The Republican party leaders in Delaware are derelict in their duty to support the candidate their Republican party has chosen. If Christine looses this race it will not be because of a stellar campaign by the Democrat machine. It will be the fault of the republican machine failing to support their duly elected candidate. The Republican people of Delaware need to get together now and fire their party leadership. If that does not happen, there’s plenty of room for good conservatives out here in South Dakota… and it’s good livin’ too.
From the story I find out that this nice looking fairly new structure was hit with “a six page letter” containing “health and property violations”. So the city forced the business to close.
Over time it seems that the owner could not “comply” with the city and the property was subsequently condemned. Now it is being demolished and the property will be left vacant.
Now, I was not born yesterday and I was not born in South Dakota. Having been raised in New Jersey and not South Dakota it is not my nature to think the best of people (something the Midwest culture teaches here). The culture I grew up in was corrupt. So I look for the corruption when I see stories like this. I immediately look for the story behind the story, The skullduggery if you will.
I did a little homework this morning and to my surprise (yeah right) it seems that this property is in the same neighborhood as the proposed location of the New Event Center. Remember the New Event Center? The one voted down by the residents of the city (twice)?
Now I am not accusing – I am curious. I find it odd that the city of Sioux Falls chose to single out this individual and this property for so much attention when there are other parts of town and other blatant violations being ignored.
Could it be as they say in the Real Estate business … Location – Location – Location?
It seems that Sioux Falls hasn’t learned the lesson yet. There is a new member of the City Council that has a brainstorm of an idea. “Let’s raise the tax on hotel rooms by two dollars a night to bring in more tourists.” Sound ridiculous? Of course. The twisted liberal logic is as follows. We raise the tax and use the money to promote tourism. That means we can hire another bureaucrat (spelled patronage job) to oversee this newly found cash.
Why do they want all this extra tourism? To justify building the brand new Event Center that the people have said they do not want (twice).
I consider the above to be absolute proof that the democrats have taken over Sioux Falls. How do I know? First, they refuse to listen to the people who elected them. Second, they have no concept of the basic business economics. Hey Sioux Falls City Council, here’s a reality that is often missed in the halls of government. If you charge more money for something, fewer people will buy it. Even if you spend that money to tell people how good something is now that it costs more. It just doesn‘t work. If it did, we would all be driving Duisenbergs and Packards.
Here’s the basics: First – People in Sioux Fall at large do not want the city to spend millions of their tax dollars to build this new albatross of an event center. (See my previous post on the subject).
Second – People who visit Sioux Fall visit for business, family and for the charm. Fewer people will visit if you raise the cost of staying in town.
Don’t believe me? Outside of Philadelphia, just a few miles over the line, there is a major business and convention center in King of Prussia Pennsylvania. Why is it there? Why was it built? Because the Philadelphia City Council has made it cost too much to stay and work in Philadelphia.
Mr. Mayor, though I think you are part of the problem, perhaps you can listen to the citizens of your fine city for once and drop this foolishness once and for all. Break the cycle of ever increasing taxes, fees and costs and let Sioux Falls be what it is – the best (big) small town in America.