It seems like you can’t throw a rock in Pierre without hitting a lawyer. Believe me, I’ve tried; and no, I cannot comment on the resulting litigation. (Who knew lawyers were so sue happy?) I’ve actually had conversations with South Dakota lawmakers, themselves lawyers, who complained that if only the legislature had more lawyers, things would operate much more smoothly. Perhaps they’re right, a room full of lawyers might get to a conclusion more quickly, but would the people of S.D. really be best served?
Lawyers serve an important role in our society, but they are hardly in the business of helping the rest of us understand what they are doing. If you have a legal dispute with someone, you hire a lawyer to interface with their lawyers, they speak latin to each other, and thousands of dollars later, out comes ‘justice.’ Lawyers also are the ones who tell us that if a criminal falls down your stairs while they are robbing you, they can sue you for millions, effectively robbing you in court instead. They are hardly purveyors of the type of common sense we value in S.D.
Our founding fathers were not just a group of legal experts, they brought a diverse range of experiences to the table. Your government was founded by military men, furniture makers and farmers. I believe the form of government they conceived works best when many backgrounds are represented.
Republicans are once again spoiled for choice in their gubernatorial primary, with two really great options, either of whom will serve our state well. However, I hope that you will join me in supporting Rep. Kristi Noem. Her experience as a farmer gives her a great feel for agriculture, the backbone of S.D.; and her time serving in the U.S. House gives her a knowledge of government that will help position S.D. for a future of success. I believe she is the best choice, and when you see the job she will do as governor, you will agree.