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Borglum Calls “In God We Trust” Mandate “Government Overreach”

Dang—I wish Scyller Borglum would make up her mind: is she a real Trumpist, or does she actually believe in real common-sense conservatism? (“Trump” and “sense” are mutually exclusive.)

The rookie State Representative and primary challenger to rookie U.S. Senator Mike Rounds says she voted against South Dakota’s now notorious law requiring public schools to violate the First Amendment and promote Christofascism by posting “In God We Trust” because it’s government overreach:

Regarding SB55 (In God We Trust) and HB1108 (Not Teaching gender dysphoria in public schools), both of these bills are an example of government overreach. Our state government should support and empower local governments and school districts to lead, govern, and make their own decisions. I will vote consistently against any bill I believe is exercising government overreach. Period. LESS government, not more [Rep. Scyller Borglum, campaign statement, in Pat Powers, “Release: Borglum Fires Back at Subtle Attack of Voting Record,” Dakota War College, 2019.07.29].

Borglum is right: this year’s Senate Bill 55 is another example of Rounds-style Republican hypocrisy, in which South Dakota pols claim to against big government until they need big government to do what they want and stifle their opponents… just like this year’s House Bill 1094, the circulator registry and badge requirement… which Representative Borglum voted fortwice.


  1. JohnK 2019-07-30 11:50

    Christofacism… really? I think you may be reaching on this one, Cory. While I agree with the concept of not establishing a national religion, I don’t think this is hurting anyone. Should it be a law, probably not… but it is hardly facism.

  2. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2019-07-30 12:05

    Co-opting the power of the state to force the religion of the Dear Leader on impressionable children? Yeah, that’s part of fascism.

  3. Certain Inflatable Recreational Devices 2019-07-30 12:16

    JohnK, I agree. How would it really hurt anyone if Jews had to wear yellow stars?

  4. Certain Inflatable Recreational Devices 2019-07-30 12:21

    Somewhere between the sacrifice the SoDak Dems will offer up, if they can find one, and Marionette Mike’s proud promotion of his empty suit, Scyller might be able to convince a voter she actually has a position on something.

  5. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2019-07-30 12:46

    Yeah, but she’s got to pick a lane, CIRD. She can go for the screaming Trumpist vote, or she can play for the honest conservative vote, but she cannot with logical consistency do both.

    Donald Trump is all about government overreach. Exhibit 1: taxing Americans for buying imported goods. Exhibit 2: massive welfare payments to farmers who hold millions of dollars of assets.

  6. JohnK 2019-07-30 14:39

    CIRD… don’t be ridiculous, the recognition of a supreme being in a school is hardly marching people to their deaths. These answers are exactly why people don’t like liberals… and I used to consider myself one, but now it’s as embarrassing as being a so called “conservative” Try being a tad more moderate, you’ll be less miserable. Take care!

  7. Certain Inflatable Recreational Devices 2019-07-30 14:59

    Geez, JohnK, there you go. Jumping to the conclusion that asking a Jew to be proud of his/her heritage is tantamount to “marching people to their deaths.”

    I think it’s proper to make people look a hundred times a day at jingoism on the walls of the “learning” institution which they are forced to attend 180 days a year. They SHOULD have to contemplate the essential meaninglessness of a slogan PRINTED ON OUR MONEY, fer crissakes!

    I trust in god. To arbitrarily and whimisically smite people with torture, disease, prison and death. There. I’ve exposed my “conservative” creds, too.

  8. Debbo 2019-07-30 15:12

    It’s never been any outside institution’s job to promote Christianity. Jesus gave the responsibility to his followers, never suggesting they should insist the government use its political power to force the religion on anyone.

    Jesus could have told them they should gain political power so they could make government a religious force and source. He did not do that.

    Oh. And it’s forbidden in US Constitution Amendment One.

  9. Debbo 2019-07-30 16:22

    Here is a better version of this new and imposed slogan:

    It’s on FB, but maybe someone knows how to copy it so everyone can see it. Thanks.

  10. Certain Inflatable Recreational Devices 2019-07-30 19:54

    Good one, BCB.

    “He’ll cover you with cooking oil and roast you on a spit.”

    “He’ll give you a rabbit punch if you make a graven image.”

  11. Certain Inflatable Recreational Devices 2019-07-30 19:57

    “Logical consistency,” Cory? Where is it written that a political candidate must adopt either of those qualities, let alone both?

  12. leslie 2019-07-30 21:12

    she’s looking for young progressive voters in SD with her anti-God in government position, against the insurance salesman, perhaps.

  13. Roger Cornelius 2019-07-30 22:24

    “In Creator I Trust”

  14. Robin Friday 2019-07-31 16:56

    Of course it hurts people–little people. It indoctrinates our children from the first day of Kindergarten (and yes, I know most of them can’t read in Kdgn.) Indoctrinated little people grow into indoctrinated big people. Catch them before they can think is the purpose of this kind of coercion and it is neither right, just nor constitutional. It clearly establishes one religion (we know which god they’re trusting) over all others.

  15. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2019-08-01 12:37

    Hey, johnK, why do I need to respond moderately to violations of the separation of church and state and harmful co-optations of the public school system for parochial messages? How about conservatives respond by moderating their impulse to use government to promote their religion?

  16. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2019-08-01 13:00

    Leslie, if she’s looking for young progressive voters, what is she doing running the the Republican primary?

  17. JohnK 2019-08-02 13:08

    face in palm, Robin… face in palm. If it is indoctrination that you’re worried about, then you better not send them to school at all, because it is going to happen whether you like it or not. As a former educator, I tried by hardest to be impartial and present the “facts”, but the simple fact is, I was just as guilty of indoctrination of the youth as any four words stenciled on a wall. I’m not trying to be trite, I just don’t think your argument holds much water when you are talking about a building full of people who all have different political, religious, and moral beliefs. Just my two cents, I guess. Cory, I know you are going to chime in on this, and if you don’t think you’re as guilty as I was, or any other teacher… you are wrong.

  18. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2019-08-05 17:26

    Chime chime: Indoctrinating children in one sectarian and not universally shared belief is entirely different from teaching students grammar, mathematics, literature, history, and other school subjects. JohnK is mischaracterizing that actual teaching we do as indoctrination. Telling students that we all trust in one group’s God excludes and alienates some students in a harmful way that teaching students correct spelling and math procedures does not.

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