Dark horse Republican candidate for Governor Terry LaFleur isn’t afraid to ride the Trump horse. He’s gotten his biggest press to date by forming a non-profit to take donations to build the great Trump wall on our southern border:
“It’s every American’s responsibility to make sure our sovereignty is unviolated,” LaFleur said. “He needs our help. He absolutely has to have our help to get it done.”
…He filed paperwork with the secretary of state’s office earlier this month to incorporate a nonprofit charity and said he is prepared to accept donations.
None had been received through the first week of publicizing the campaign [Dana Ferguson, “South Dakota Man Wants to Crowdsource U.S.-Mexico Border Wall,” USA Today, 2017.05.15].
LaFleur is swinging and missing at least four ways:
- Donald Trump told us Mexico would pay for this wall. If he can’t make the funding happen, that’s on his shoulders.
- If we really need this public works project, then the public should pay for it with public dollars, not fundraisers. Bake sales are no way to run a republic.
- But we don’t need the wall, because the wall won’t work.
- And for Pete’s sake, Terry, you’re running for South Dakota Governor! The wall won’t run through South Dakota; how about focusing on South Dakota issues to demonstrate you’re not the distracted crackpot that your upper-rung Republicans will make you out to be?
LaFleur’s plan is all wrong, but I can at least appreciate his enthusiasm. In the non-profit papers filed on May 5 to create Build the Wall Foundation, Inc., LaFleur makes liberal (hee hee!) use of exclamation points:
Listed without exclamation points, LaFleur’s board of trustees include himself, Joshua L. and Stephanie G. Ihnen of Sioux Falls, Franklin Kurtis Brown of Sioux Falls, and Mark Rance Perleberg of Tea.
In a Facebook response to the Ferguson article and criticism from the local ACLU, LaFleur says he is not against immigrants, just “illegal immigrants coming here to become a drain on our economic and social system…,” which, of course, is a false concern, since illegal immigrants boost our economy and Social Security. LaFleur also defends his wall proposal by invoking Islamophobia:
Islam and radical Muslims’ in particular want to overthrow our government, abolish our Constitution and impose the religious beliefs, including, but no limited to Sharia Law upon all non-Muslim peoples’! [Terry LaFleur, Facebook post, 2017.05.17]
I’ll smile on surplus exclamation points, but not superfluous apostrophes. And Novstrupian Sharia hysteria loses you my vote right away.