This morning’s comedy comes from funnyman Dan Lederman, who celebrates a judge’s apparent quashing of the Constitution Party (remember: per SDCL 12-1-3, by placing no candidates on the statewide ballot this year, the CP loses its official party recognition) with this laugh line:
We brought the action to prevent the placement of those claiming to be candidates on the ballot because laws matter. And in a civilized society, you don’t just get to say that you’re a candidate without following state law. And that includes the Constitution party [SDGOP chairman Dan Lederman, press release, 2018.08.16].
Laws matter, says Dan, whose party got a candidate back on the District 30 Senate ballot by saying exactly the opposite, that laws don’t matter, that laws are mere technicalities to be thrown aside in favor of the will of a few well-lawyered party officials. The Republicans have a candidate on the ballot for South Dakota Legislature and the Democrats have two who get to say they are candidates without following state law.
Words are mere playthings for Dan Lederman. Like his White House occupant, Lederman says whatever words he needs to achieve whatever he wants at the moment, without regard for truth or consistency.