I support protest, with WORDS

“The pen is mightier than the sword” were first written by novelist and playwright Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839, in his historical play Cardinal Richelieu.

And he is correct. It is a short sentence I have embraced most of my life, your words hold power, they hold even more power when they are truthful and righteous and when you deliver them with confidence and peace.

I think the first time I showed up at Carnegie town hall to speak about injustice in our city was in 2003 when the council voted to shut down the LOOP. Passionate citizens voiced their opinions about it. I think I talked about my opposition to street closures (which was a failed amendment). I think speech is more powerful than guns and insurrection. Freedom is FREE, Speak Out!

When I watched these anti-democratic protesters yesterday storm the US Capital based on the lies that have been fed to them by an unqualified president, one thing came to mind;

“You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right?” Hillary Clinton said. “The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic—you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up.”

She said the other half of Trump’s supporters “feel that the government has let them down” and are “desperate for change.”

“Those are people we have to understand and empathize with as well,” she said.

The people who stormed the capital yesterday were not freedom loving Americans, they were deplorables.

While I don’t agree with many decisions made in DC, Pierre or at City Hall, I don’t take up arms or glorify one leader over another, I speak out.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Self-evident. Think about that. Reality is right in front of us, it is not created or manufactured.

If you want to make change, you do it with words. I have never accomplished change in this community with the sword, I have only done it with the pen. Condemn those who use lies and violence to push their agenda, only those who speak the truth under an olive branch deserve the power to transform our lives.


#1 "Very Stable Genius" on 01.07.21 at 9:25 pm

When Hillary first spoke of the “Deplorables”, I thought she was being a little too mean or nasty. But she was right.

#2 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 01.07.21 at 9:40 pm

Multiple bone spears, multiple marriages, multiple bankruptcies, multiple Big Macs means multiple impeachments…. Does he want fries with all of that, too? #Or25For45

Still no true wall, but a Confederate flag in the Rotunda. So much for securing our boundaries. WWLD? (Abe)

Stormy was right to spank him early on. Punishing him for being so little.

Trump is the first worst president to guarantee that all future presidents will be better.

#3 Scott D Hudson on 01.07.21 at 11:03 pm

Have you seen the video from the bunker with Trump and his family, along with other ballwashers, watching the riot and celebrating? And with that weirdo woman from California dancing around to the song “Gloria?” Chilling. I don’t know how a person can watch that and continue to support anybody in that family.

#4 kurtz on 01.08.21 at 8:51 am

My morning trek through the miasma that is the South Dakota media reveals an ever-widening chasm in the SDGOP, Scott. Other than Shad Olson which candidates are emerging as the patriots who will challenge my home state’s Republican traitors in the 2022 general election?

#5 cibvet on 01.08.21 at 10:26 am

I believe your statement as wrong. The pen is used to lead to the sword, but the sword never leads to the pen.

#6 D@ily Spin on 01.08.21 at 10:33 am

A sitting president provoking then promoting an attack on democracy. Hard to believe but harder to accept. Constitutional grounds to remove him but better to wait another 12 days or he’ll have a pending reason to stay in office. He’s made our form of government embarrassing around the world. Now he wants to pardon himself. Make his final moment in the Lincoln bedroom. The ghost will handle this.

#7 Exercisingtheirrights on 01.08.21 at 11:16 am

First off, they should never have broken into the Capital, and they that did will be prosecuted. But, IMHO, the media is to blame for a lot of this….on both sides. This could have been so much worse, thankfully it wasn’t. I’m not going to blame Antifa or BLM-both terrorist orgs-but I will say the way the media covered-or lack of coverage- may have played into this and helped whip these people into a frenzy. The constant bashing of conservatives by the media is only driving a huge wedge between us all. If the media would report the news and not create it, there wouldn’t be a place for FOX, Newsmax, etc. Even here, in the South Dacola echo chamber, you guys bash and call conservatives names on a daily basis.

For 4 solid years the media, Hollywood types, the Uber wealthy tech giants, etc have been unrelenting. We all know none of the above will question anything the new regime will do, and they will have a free pass, just like Biden did this whole election cycle. 😢. Hopefully the media will do some soul searching, and start asking some tough questions of BOTH sides of the isle. If they don’t, this will pale in comparison to what will happen in the future.

#8 "Very Stable Genius" on 01.08.21 at 5:18 pm

If the media had not done to Trump what they did to him in the past four years, he would have appeared more legitimate and would have won re-election. Then, you would have a second term authoritarian president in office.

#9 D@ily Spin on 01.08.21 at 7:06 pm

There was a time when news was truth. It was Cronkite, Brokaw, and Dan Rather honest professionalism. Media transitioned into a magnified soap opera. FOX, CNN, and others are more like televangelist programming. It’s what they believe that they’re forcing upon the public. People don’t realize Twitter/Facebook are opinion. It’s dangerous when political leaders us it in the form of orders to constituents. The pen is mightier than the sword but Facebook is mightier than both.

#10 Bruce on 01.09.21 at 9:40 am

I have searched for a video of the Trump family watching the actual riot in a tent but cannot find one. As someone who has disliked the Trump family since the 1970’s, I actually hoped the reports were true. They are not.

The video in the tent was PRIOR to the infamous Trump speech, not after. The AP has a fact check of it at: https://apnews.com/article/fact-checking-afs:Content:9916360242 .

#11 Jeff Barth on 01.09.21 at 11:58 am

What we do know is that in exhorting the rioters to break the law, Trump became an accessory to the murder of a Capitol police officer.

#12 "Very Stable Genius" on 01.09.21 at 2:27 pm


It’s my understanding that Trump was watching the insurrection on TV, while in the Oval Office, with glee according to press reports from Trump staffers.

#13 "Very Stable Genius" on 01.09.21 at 9:48 pm

I’ll stop picking on Jason for a moment and turn my words to Trump with this question:

If Trump incited an insurrection with his words that warrants an impeachment, then shouldn’t the felony-murder rule also apply to him given the death of five individuals during the Capitol Hill riots?

#14 "Woodstock" on 01.09.21 at 9:53 pm

“I think NY, with their AG, will be the best place or way to send Trump to jail”… “Do they wear orange there or black and white stripes, however?”…. “I am worried about the possible clashing”…

#15 scott on 01.10.21 at 5:45 pm

was the guy who tazed himself in the balls antifa?

#16 Made change this summer? on 01.11.21 at 12:45 pm

So, you say to make change with WORDS? Really? I saw an awful lot of burning, rioting, rock throwing, etc this whole summer. You support riots, as long as it is for your side. Please TRY and tell the truth Scott.