My Spearfish neighbor John Dale had an unpleasant experience with what he describes as an SDN Communications field crew (maybe subcontractors, hard to say) whose boss, when confronted with Dale’s objection to 5G technology, told him to buzz off as they dug up his property and the street abutting it. I post in full his recorded encounter from his front yard on Jackson Boulevard:
At one point the crew chief calls Dale a Democrat. The crew chief obviously doesn’t read this blog attentively; John Dale’s comments here make his Trumpism even clearer than that professed by U.S. Senate candidate Scyller Borglum. Yet, like Mike Rounds, when the crew chief doesn’t like someone, he apparently just shouts “Democrat!” regardless of fact.
In an even poorer choice of words, the crew chief blurts, “I don’t care if you live here or not”… just before the city cop whom the chief called showed up (around 8:20 in the video) to ask what the problem was. The city cop asks for Dale’s ID, which Dale willingly provides… even though I question the validity of a law enforcement’s warrantless demand that a citizen produce ID while on his or her own property. Dale then proceeds to explain the possible health risks of police body cameras. The officer responds by explaining what ought to be obvious: that Dale has every right to stand on his property and express his views.
Now I don’t know this crew chief, and, like John Dale, I have no desire to attack him personally. But in this one strange streetside encounter, we witness a common-man’s version of South Dakota Republican hypocrisy. A man uses “Democrat” not as an accurate or informative descriptor but merely as an impulsive insult to someone he perceives as an opponent. The insult signals that the crew chief must consider himself a Republican or conservative of some sort. Yet he makes his living infringing on private property, and he calls law enforcement to stifle a man’s exercise of his basic Constitutional rights. In those regards, it’s tough to tell the difference between the crew chief and Kristi Noem.