I read a couple of interesting posts at the Mitchell Daily Republic last week.
The first was a blog post at their “Republic Insider” blog. It examined a letter from a reader who felt the paper “could be much more conservative” and cautioned about the impact of liberal propaganda on impressionable youth.
Now, honestly, I don’t read the Mitchell paper too often, so I can’t vouch for its longstanding track record of objectivity versus biased reporting. But in general, the majority of the “mainstream” media in the United States veers hard Left and has for decades. When comparing print media versus other forms of media, newspapers seem to be even more consistently Leftist.
I remember checking Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin’s (D-SD) voting record sometime in the past two years and learned that she voted with ultra-liberal San Francisco Leftist Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi more than 90% of the time (I think it was 94% or higher).
So I went to OpenCongress where I knew they had vote comparison software and took a look.
Well, it’s election season, so that 90%+ average has dropped…to only voting with Pelosi 84% of the time and voting with the Democrat Party 92% of the time.
So does Herseth Sandlin really vote South Dakota values? Are South Dakotans really 84% as liberal as Nancy Pelosi? Ah, no.
According to a Gallup poll done a little less than a year ago, South Dakota ranked the #8 most conservative state, while California came in at the #8 most liberal state. In South Dakota, only 18% of the people will own up to being liberal, and only 35% call themselves “moderate” (usually a euphemism for “liberal who won’t call themselves liberal”).
OpenCongress also provides some helpful information on specific votes. These are ones where Herseth Sandlin and Pelosi voted the same:
- S.5 Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007 (to fund research using human embryos)
- H.R.6 Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (which calls for a lot of environmentalist regulations, global warming nonsense, etc.)
- H.R.800 Employee Free Choice Act of 2007 (the pro-union “card check” bill with an Orwellian name)
- H.R.976 Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 (gov’t health care bill for children)
- H.R.1592 Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007 (“hate crimes” bill to give special protections to homosexuals, etc.)
- H.R.3962 Stupak amendment to gov’t health care bill to prevent taxpayer funding of abortion (BOTH VOTED “NO”)
- H.R.3 Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007 (to fund research using human embryos)
- H.R.3963 SCHIP Extension bill
- H.R.2 Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009
- H.R.626 Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act of 2009 (Pelosi did not vote, but Herseth Sandlin voted YES to provide this taxpayer-funded benefit to federal employees)
- H.R.1 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (stimulus aka “porkulus” that came in at nearly $1 trillion in taxpayer spending)
- H.R.1913 Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 (another pro-homosexual bill)
- H.R.2346 Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act of 2009 (the “cash for clunkers” bill)
These are just a few of the bills Herseth Sandlin voted for (in one case, one she voted against that she should have voted for), all but one of which were a vote with Nancy Pelosi (except for the one noted where Pelosi did not vote either way).
Do do South Dakota values consist of destroying innocent human life in pursuit of unnecessary research? Does taxpayer-funded abortion reflect South Dakota values? Is environmental extremism a South Dakota value? Is forcing South Dakotans to accept homosexual behavior, cross-dressing and other sexual deviancies a South Dakota value? Is forcing South Dakota businesses to pay their workers for not working a South Dakota value? Is keeping workers under the thumb of union thugs a South Dakota value? Is unconstitutional socialized health care a South Dakota value? Is wasting taxpayer’s money to give people a freebie to buy a new car a South Dakota value? Is wasting nearly $1 trillion of the taxpayer’s hard-earned money to grow government a South Dakota value?
You know, the last time I checked, none of these things were South Dakota values, and that would seem to be borne out by the Gallup poll mentioned above.
It would seem that, as is often the case, it isn’t South Dakotans who are “living inside a bubble,” but a lot of journalists who seem to think liberalism is the mainstream.