Letter: The oppressive thumb of SD's Republican establishment

South Dakota's motto is, "Under God, the people rule." I think it would be fun to try that sometime.

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To the Editor:

At the South Dakota Republican Convention in 2018, there were three individuals vying to be the party's nominee for attorney general. Two had distinguished themselves with decades of legal experience, while the third, Jason Ravnsborg, was a relative novice.

Of course, it was the novice who the party selected as its candidate, and who the voters eventually selected to become the state's attorney general. I believe the most plausible explanation for these machinations was that with the various misdeeds the elites within the Republican Party are involved in, it was in their best interests to have someone in the attorney general's office they could control, rather than it being occupied by someone dedicated to protecting the rule of law.

As such, it is understandable that Jason Ravnsborg felt nary a hint of genuine remorse for killing Joe Boever given the extent to which he had been encouraged to run roughshod over Lady Justice since taking office.

In light of these points, it is impossible for me not to view the impeachment proceedings against Ravnsborg as a legitimate evaluation of his ability to fulfill the responsibilities of the office, but rather as a calculated assessment of his ability to advance the interests of the state's Republican establishment.


South Dakota's motto is, "Under God, the people rule." I think it would be fun to try that sometime. Sadly, for now, rather than being under God we are under the oppressive thumb of the Republican establishment.

Mark Sip

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