Amidst the dreary stream of press releases and photo shows from GOP pals and sponsors, Dakota War College serves the public by exemplifying ad hominem attacks to avoid the actual arguments presented against the Republican Party’s moral and practical rot.
First, unable to overcome the logic of an editorial in that Sioux Falls paper pointing out that racist symbols of the traitorous Confederacy have no place on public property, DWC author Pat Powers likens opponents of such inappropriate displays to ISIS and calls them a “mob” bent on censorship (which it isn’t, because censorship deals with the government restricting expression by entitites other than the government, not with the government’s control of its own statements on its own property). American newspapers and other social critics aren’t terrorist revisionists trying to erase history; they are decent patriots who support teaching history but don’t support using government resources to celebrate traitors with intimidating racist symbols.
Then this morning, Powers creaks out of bed and blasts a letter to the editor criticizing Senator Thune and the “extremist, misogynist, racist, classist wing driving the GOP” not by addressing each specific charge (please, Pat, show us how Thune is not supporting a White House and policies that promote extreme deregulation and the continued disadvantaging of women, minorities, and lower-income Americans) but by complaining that he can’t find the author of the letter on Google or the statewide voter registration list. That Sioux Falls paper verifies that letter writers are real people, and regardless of whether that writer votes or not, the writer’s statements stand unrefuted.
Perhaps instead of just buying ads on Dakota War College, South Dakota Republicans should pay for their blog mouthpiece to take some debate lessons from The Displaced Plainsman.