Pat Powers exposes the hypocrisy of IM22 supporters:
Remember during the campaign this past fall, where the proponents of Initiated Measure 22 went after lobbyists, inferring that they’re all corrupt and trying to buy off legislators?
Now that an injunction has been filed, and a judge has determined it’s likely to be declared unconstitutional, many anticipate that the legislature will be called upon to fix the problems with the measure.
The word on the street among the lobbyist corps is that there are a lot of calls being made to engage them in this matter for this next session.
But, not from the people opposing IM22, but FROM THE VERY PEOPLE WHO ATTACKED LOBBYISTS AS BEING CORRUPT AND ACCUSED THEM OF BUYING POLITICIANS.
Lobbyists are not corrupt, but they do work in a system where corruption has been made acceptable and legal. So if anyone calls it corruption, they are wrong. Corruption is still corruption even if it is legal and acceptable. The purpose of legislators is to make laws that allow and enhance corruption. And that is not limited to the SDGOP. During the last session, Democrats voted in favor of the increase sales tax in order to give tax breaks to the wealthy...all in the name of increasing teacher pay. There was plenty of lobbying going on, despite the fact that the voters said no to increased sales taxes. IM22 was called anti-corruption, but is was not only unconstitutional, it was corrupt in and of itself as it was used to mislead voters who did not even read it.
Lobbyists are not the problem. The problem is the amount of money available through government programs that are given to those who have created political capital. We sometimes call it, "the good old boys". It is also called "crony capitalism". Both parties are guilty of it, as proved with the sales tax increase that the working class and poor are currently paying.
In response to proposed South Dakota legislation that follow the footsteps of North Carolina in regard to protecting the privacy and safety of children, IM22 proponent Cory Heidelberger also promotes the use of lobbyists:
Wait a minute: tax revenues are down, the budget is tight, and the next President’s chief strategist is a Leninist radical who wants to destroy the federal government on which South Dakota depends for 35.8% of its budget, and a lot of South Dakotans think kids choosing which bathroom to belongs on the Legislature’s front burner?
Turn that heat down: donate to Equality South Dakota, donate to the American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota, donate a little time to contacting your legislators and tell them to focus on the budget and education and stop bullying kids.
It is the size and scope of the government's budget that provides the fuel for the system of corruption. And it is the federally funded programs that seems to have the most problems. Next I want to remind us of what Cory said about two federally funded state programs:
I wouldn’t want to be the sitting state legislator running semantic interference for the crimes of Scott Westerhuis. The GEAR UP scandal was employee theft. It also competes with EB-5 for designation as Exhibit #1 in Winegar’s and the people’s case against corruption in Pierre.
GEAR UP is a program coming out of the education department. Cory wants to fund lobbyists so that protecting and enhancing the crony capitalists' system of corruption become the priority over protecting kids from the education system that is teaching them that sexual immorality is a right. By Cory's own definition of corruption, he is in favor of the system that crony capitalists use to divert money from taxpayers' pockets and into those who gain political capital. Perhaps South Dakota Democrats would gain some political capital if they would stop pushing sexual immorality, hatred of whites, and bigotry toward Christians...onto kids all in the name of "education" and so-called "social justice". And it is documented that Cory has bullied kids who don't agree with him. Here is another example:
In 2015, Melissa Click (PhD from the University of Massachusetts whose dissertation was “It’s ‘a good thing’: The commodification of femininity, affluence and whiteness in the Martha Stewart phenomenon”) assaulted a student journalist at the University of Missouri and later told the press that her academic rights had been infringed. In a revealing episode of abject narcissism, she complained to the Washington Post that few people had “earnestly asked whether my protected right to speak out as a U.S. citizen requires that I must be perfect while doing so.” Click was recently rehired at Gonzaga University.
From Marxism to Meglomania
Earlier this year, Trish Kahle (at work on a PhD at the University of Chicago, her dissertation—which at least sounds like legitimate scholarship—is “The Graveyard Shift: Energy-Industry Restructuring, Mine Disasters, Environmental Politics, and Rank-and-File Rebellion in the Appalachian Coalfields, 1963–1981”) argued in Jacobin magazine that forcibly stopping Donald Trump from speaking at his own rally is consistent with freedom of speech.
When Chait rightly criticized this position, Tyler Zimmer (PhD from Northwestern, whose dissertation was entitled “Relational Egalitarianism”) came to her defense. “[T]he (socialist) goal of cooperating and governing public life together as full equals gives us a principled criterion for deciding which forms of expression deserve protection and which don’t. So, too, does this goal give us good reason to oppose or disrupt undemocratic forms of speech that plainly aim to marginalize, harm, or subordinate members of the political community.”
The main impulse at work here is not Marxism, but megalomania. The pomofascist sees himself as the embodiment of good and worthy causes. The less everyone else supports those causes, the less human they are, and therefore deserving fewer rights and less entitlement to their own views. Lying to them or about them is of no consequence. Beyond a not-so-far-off point of disagreement, it is acceptable to attack them, rhetorically or bodily. In this context, Marxism is merely an exculpatory device.
So that is how cultural Neo-Marxists can actually be Neo-Fascists. Cory has banned me from commenting at his so-called "free press" more than once. Us Christians are less entitled to our views. Instead of discriminating against Jews, they discriminate against Christians, all in the name of "social justice".