Jason Glodt gives me an excuse to put on my old conservative hat and lodge a bonus argument against his proposed “crime victims bill of rights” amendment to the state constitution.
In testimony yesterday to the Jolene’s Law Task Force (to whose mission by Glodt’s own admission yesterday his Marsy’s Law proposal is tangential at best), Glodt said that he himself had been a victim of a crime recently. (A gasp washes across the committee room, and we rename the proposal Jason’s Law.) Glodt said some drunk smashed a window on a building he owns and lives in. Under current law, said Glodt, the state’s attorney would not have to contact him, but the state’s attorney did anyway to talk restitution.
Here comes my conservative hat:
- Jason wants X to happen.
- No law requires X to happen.
- X happens nonetheless.
- Therefore, by Saints Buckley, Reagan, and Rand (genuflect to the passing Escalade and tell some derelict to get a job), the system works fine, and no law is needed.
Jason Glodt got the satisfaction he wants without a cutely named rewrite of the state constitution. Jason Glodt should rediscover the conservatism his party preaches and stop trying to write laws that South Dakota doesn’t need.