Here’s the text of a letter to my Aberdeen neighbors that I’m hoping the Aberdeen paper will publish:
From April through June, you saw me with my blue folder, working the sidewalks and knocking on doors to ask for signatures on two referendum petitions.
At one door, a fellow citizen said, “Do I look like I give a darn?”
(She said something stiffer than “darn.”)
I replied, “I think everybody should give a darn.”
She didn’t sign, but hundreds of you did. Thanks to you and thousands of fellow South Dakotans, we get the chance to vote down two bad laws: Referred Law 19 (the petition reform bill) and Referred Law 20 (the youth minimum wage).
Come November 2016, I urge you all to vote No on both laws.
Referring and defeating both of these laws should make our legislators listen better to the folks paying their salaries (a.k.a. us). Voting No on 19 will protect voters’ rights. Voting No on 20 will protect workers’ rights.
Both 19 and 20 attack democracy, your right to vote on your laws and your lawmakers. We circulated petitions to defend democracy from those attacks.
These two petitions don’t end the threats that various forces (selfish legislators, big money,…) pose to democracy. Democracy, like your garden, is a never-ending battle. You gotta keep pulling weeds and shooing rabbits. Just like good tomatoes, healthy democracy takes work.
If you want democracy to grow and flourish, you don’t have to work too hard. More petitions are circulating now to put some good laws on the ballot for our approval. When you see me with my blue folder or another circulator or at your door, here’s all the work I ask:
- Sign the petitions.
- Study the issues (I know, that’s the hardest part).
We should all give a darn about democracy. Some of us will give a darn by circulating more petitions. Many of you will give a darn by signing our petitions. I hope everyone will give a darn by voting. Thanks for doing your part for democracy!