I have been a Republican all my life, and, until four years ago, proud of it. I don’t believe I have ever voted for a Democrat on the national level until 2020.

We now have the head of our party acting like a junkyard dog, or worse. And, on top of that, we have other “leaders” of the party refusing to stand up and call a spade a spade.

To get down to the state level, we have our elected Republicans who are refusing to stand true to the “South Dakota values” they say they espouse and acknowledge the fact that Joe Biden is our president-elect. They all know he won the election and that Trump lost but are intimidated by the bully that currently occupies 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

I understand politics and the need to stand with your party at times, but what is going on now is pure cowardice and the fear of retribution from the “beached whale” and, God forbid, the loss of his supporters and their financial backing. This now is a question of doing what is best for your country rather than political party.

Is all of that worth the loss of your souls? Stand up, show us what leadership is all about, make us proud! And, do it now. Now is the time to put country ahead of party.

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Such a sad time for our country! Thank you for bringing to task the elected officials that are not taking responsibility for their positions!


First Mr. Edelen, "call a spade a spade" is no longer acceptable. Its racist. You probably didn't intend it that way, but that's the way its being taken today. https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2013/09/19/224183763/is-it-racist-to-call-a-spade-a-spade

You did know that we had an option to Mr. Trump and Mr. Biden on the ballot? Don't know if you used that option or not, but at least some of us did.

As for our current Senators, I can fully understand why they are remaining silent. Its not lack of courage, rather its stepping back from a meat grinder. Some would consider that smart, not chicken.

I expect Mr. Biden to be sworn in on January 20th. But his is not "president elect" just yet. We think we know the ballot outcomes, but maybe we do and maybe we don't, not because of Trump's actions, but because the needed number of states to reach 270 in the electoral college have yet to be certified by the states in question. When these certifications come, we can then call Mr. Biden the President-Elect. Call me picky, but election of a president is a very specific process. We have to let is play out. Trump is entitled to make his challenges. I don't think he will be successful, but it is his right. Just remember that Stacey Abrams has yet to concede the governor's race in Georgia from 2 years ago.

RIP Common Sense

Appreciate your speaking out. But your party is already dead. Conservatism and the GOP are no longer a couple.

GOP = Authoritarian Autocrats

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