I like the Aberdeen paper. Its opinion pages carry some actual opinions, like Gerald Krueger’s blast this morning against the Legislature’s tinkering with the minimum wage and the definition of veteran plus a quick swipe at the unsafe 80-mph speed limit).
But Sunday’s opinion page abdicated its featured opinion spot in favor of free recruiting for a political organization. Camouflaged under the heading “Nonprofit Spotlight,” Spencer Cody pitches membership in his South Dakota Right to Life organization without offering a scintilla of developed, reasoned opinion. He also provides another example of how when anyone other than educators uses the word education, he or she is usually euphemizing propaganda:
“Working together we can change hearts and minds.”
South Dakota Right to Life’s mission is to make such a statement a reality in our pro-life advocacy and education. SDRTL, a state affiliate of National Right to Life, has three areas of emphasis in its mission:
- and political mobilization.
While SDRTL hires a full-time lobbyist in Pierre and tracks votes of legislators on bills concerning life in order to effect its legislative and political mobilization goals, education is the most vital of the three. In order to change hearts and minds on issues concerning abortion and euthanasia, it is essential that SDRTL provide a robust educational outreach program [Spencer Cody, “Education Key for SD Right to Life,” Aberdeen American News, 2015.06.21].
Yes, yes, yes, and the payday lenders will educate us as to the value of their product in the lending marketplace. And Hillary Clinton will educate us as to her vision for America. And Brock Greenfield will educate us about his rank, evidenceless, paranoid suspicion that the SDHSAA is doing the bidding of some evil organization trying to make girls and boys poop together rather than simply working to ensure every child in South Dakota has an equal opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities.
But hey! Planned Parenthood has a vital mission to educate South Dakotans about important public health matters. So do the Black Hills Center for Equality, South Dakota Progress, and South Dakota Democratic Party. I look forward to the Aberdeen paper spotlighting those educational nonprofits in the near future.