Sheldon Osborn, organizer of Drinking Liberally Sioux Falls, appreciates the discussion you commenters generated from the South Dacola report on last Saturday’s South Dakota Democratic Party meeting and the reported $100,000 surplus in the SDDP’s checking account. To spend that money, we proposed (among other things) field offices, weekly newspaper columns, assistance to other state parties, pushing ballot measures, better messaging with less passive voice, and targeted voter registration and Get Out the Vote. Osborn says we’re all right:
Upon reflection, I think all of the commenters are right. Everyone’s ideas are good and they all should be done. The important thing is the “doing”. There is no magic bullet. The Democratic Party needs people to roll up their sleeves and get involved. It needs people who are willing to lead by doing the hard work of listening to and understanding the needs and desires of the everyday citizens of our state. And it needs a Party that sees itself as a bottom up not a top-down organization. One willing and able to harness the energy and the desire to participate that obviously exists in the grassroots. I say do it all [Sheldon Osborn, blog post, Drinking Liberally Sioux Falls, 2016.12.16].
Alas, just as I started reading Osborn’s entry, an eager reader chimes in to say she was at the SDDP executive board meeting last weekend and says there is no $100,000 surplus. The reader says whatever we do, the SDDP needs more people to do it: “Seems to me we have a lot of complainers and not enough doers. Everyone seems know what we should do to be successful, but when it comes time to take action those same people are awfully busy.”
Want a Democratic voice in your local paper? Write it yourself… or tell your local editor to reprint the best of Dakota Free Press. Want to register Democratic voters? Get four friends and a stack of registration forms and register voters.
Do it all. Do something. Do it yourself.