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OP-ED “A History Lesson on American Independence”
By Mike Zitterich

When the United States became a free and sovereign people, acting as 13 Individual States, it had agreed to several terms as mentioned within the 1783 Peace Treaty of Paris.

The Declaration of Independence which the Americans had adopted in 1776, during the Revolutionary War which lasted from 1775 to 1783 when the treaty was adopted, was essentially an "Amnesty Plan" to free and provide sovereignty to an entire people residing in the Thirteen American Colonies.

"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.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness....That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor." - Declaration of Independence

The document basically 'freed' all individuals being ruled by Great Britain's crown, allowing them to create their own form of government. Upon that date, we have hereby accept that all Americans are to be free and sovereign, and that meant anyone born on American soil within the colonies themselves.



Upon ending the war, we had agreed to the 1783 Peace Treaty of Paris, which essentially ended the war, and whereas Great Britain and the King hereby acknowledge the fact that the American People are now sovereign, and are now lawfully allowed to become 13 Sovereign and Independent States or countries. Yes, we were individual counties agreeing to come to each other's defense in times of war.

But part of the Treaty of 1783 also protected British citizens in becoming American citizens of the states themselves-

"That there shall be no future Confiscations made nor any Prosecutions commenced against any Person or Persons for, or by Reason of the Part, which he or they may have taken in the present War, and that no Person shall on that Account suffer any future Loss or Damage, either in his Person, Liberty, or Property; and that those who may be in Confinement on such Charges at the Time of the Ratification of the Treaty in America shall be immediately set at Liberty, and the Prosecutions so commenced be discontinued." -Article 6 of the 1783 Treaty

All was right and good for more than thirty years, but as the States came together to form the United States Government in order to form a more perfect union in 1789, the states then adopts a new document called the U.S Constitution, which gave authority to a centralized government which now has the right to manage Foreign Commerce, Monetary, Immigration, and Defense. and thanks to this newfound power, the Congress acting alone has the ability to grant the free right to "American Citizenship" by providing Naturalization Documents to all Immigrants or individuals who are wishing to reside, work, and travel inside the 13 States.

In order to repair this issue, the State Legislatures then proceed to adopt an amendment to the U.S Constitution, within that amendment are the words that read as follows:

"If any citizen of the United States shall accept, claim, receive, or retain any title of nobility or honour, or shall without the consent of Congress, accept and retain any present, pension, office, or emolument of any kind whatever, from any emperor, king, prince, or foreign power, such person shall cease to be a citizen of the United States, and shall be incapable of holding any office of trust or profit under them, or either of them." - 13th Amendment 1810

What the amendment did was block all Individuals residing in America from ever becoming a citizen of one of the Sovereign States, and by not not becoming a citizen, that person could no longer hold public office of trust or government office such as President, Governor, State Legislator, Mayor, City Council Member, Local Judges, Congressman, U.S Senator, nor become a Supreme Court Justice. It meant that no "person" claiming a Loyalty, a gift, present, or some form of emolement by a King or Foreign Government, could ever become a citizen of any of the American State's.

Eleven of the States had adopted the amendment by 1811, and by 1812 the Virginia legislature had agreed by public vote of that body to also adopt the amendment, which would have gone immediately into effect, by doing so, we as a country would have violated a major agreement as part of the 1783 peace treaty, to serve, protect all rights and privileges of british citizens whom were born, residing in America at the time.

During the summer of 1812 - the British government drove its army down to the District of Columbia and stormed the Capitol Building, the White House setting them on fire, ransacking all of our documents. This triggers the War of 1812 which lasted for three years prior establishing a new compact with Great Britain. Which became known as the Treaty of Ghent which resolved the conflict, but reaffirmed many of the agreements made in 1783, and if you read the resolution today, the 1783 treaty is clearly a major part of the 1815 resolution.

"All Prisoners of war taken on either side as well by land as by sea shall be restored as soon as practicable after the Ratifications of this Treaty as hereinafter mentioned on their paying the debts which they may have contracted during their captivity. The two Contracting Parties respectively engage to discharge in specie the advances which may have been made by the other for the sustenance and maintenance of such prisoners." - ARTICLE THE THIRD (Treaty of Ghent) 1815

When we agreed to this second treaty, it basically affirms the fact that All Citizens of both Nations shall enjoy the same equal rights and privileges as citizens in both countries as they reside and act as legal persons in the United States. It became the leading principle that later became known as the Monroe Doctrine, whereas both countries agreed to become trade partners, work together, but respect each other's territories.

So in the end, a former citizen of Great Britain has the free right under our Constitution to become an American Citizen. All citizens have equal rights and privileges provided to natural born Americans, so long as the Federal Government provide to them the naturalization documents of which allow them to apply and submit to each "State" the right to become an American Citizen. This, of course, allows them to hold any public office or trust within the United States today.

Per the 14th Amendment, adopted years later, in 1868 - the Federal Government has the full right to not only naturalize all Immigrants coming to America, they have the right to officially, and lawfully hand out U.S Citizenship of the United States itself. So where the individual States do not hand out citizenship of the State itself, the United States Government will provide to them U.S Citizenship of the "Territory" of which it bound each of the Fifty States, in order to protect "citizens" as if they are "citizens" of the State itself. Thus, every American Citizen is endowed with equal Civil Rights, Immunities, Privileges, and Liberties outlined as a God-given, inalienable, or un-alienable guarantee, which is protected under the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S Constitution.

"All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws, whereas No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any state, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any state legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any state, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability, whereas The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any state shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void, whereas The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article." - 14th Amendment



With that, the final 'agreement' with Great Britain was made complete - The Federal Government has made it so, that ALL PERSONS born or naturalized on American Soil can now become legal Citizens of this Country, and have the full right and privilege of all civil rights, liberties, citizenship, and the right to run for public office so long as they conform to all the laws of the United States as U.S Citizens of the Territory.

The Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Paris of 1783, the the Constitution, the Treaty of Ghent (1815), and the 14th Amendment forever changed the fact, that the People of Great Britain and the United States have the free right to become U.S Citizens freely at anytime they wish to apply for such naturalization as "Free Americans" so long as they are born on American soil.

While the original 13th Amendment was hereby destroyed, the 14th Amendment replaced that amendment thru an act of war, by the International Bankers who wished to hold the Americans to a foreign debt that was owed prior to the revolutionary war.

--Mike Zitterich- Historian and Policy Columnist for The Dakota Leader

Post Date: 2022-05-19 14:17:29Last Update: 2022-05-19 14:43:48


The ESG Community Lacks an Understanding of What Crude Oil is Used For
OP-ED by Ronald Stein

The Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investment community is divesting in crude oil that provides products and fuels for consumers that did not exist in the decarbonized world of the 1900s and before.

Today, there is a lost reality that the primary usage of crude oil is NOT for the generation of electricity, but to manufacture derivatives and fuels which are the ingredients of everything needed by economies and lifestyles to exist and prosper. Energy realism requires that the legislators, policymakers, media and the investment community begin to understand the staggering scale of the decarbonization movement.

Of the three fossil fuels, the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) community is unaware that crude oil is not used for electricity. In fact, crude oil is virtually useless, unless it is manufactured (by refineries) into oil derivatives that are the basis of more than 6,000 products in our daily lives that did not exist before the 1900s, and the fuels to move the heavy-weight and long-range needs of aircraft, cruise and merchant ships, and the military and space program.

Products from crude oil are the foundation of modern society and few consumers are willing to give up those benefits. Access to inexpensive, abundant and dependable crude oil has been the cornerstone of the Industrial Revolution and humanity’s achievements. WolfePak



Pervasive ignorance about crude oil usage and divesting in the oil and gas industry could do irreparable harm to the industry, as well as inflict supply shortages and soaring prices upon consumers for the lesser number of products manufactured from crude oil, to meet the growing demands from society.

The renewables of solar and wind for the generation of electricity are unreliable because they are reliant on intermittent breezes and sunshine to work. To achieve continuous uninterruptible electricity, wind and solar need back-up provided by coal, natural gas or nuclear. Further, renewables CANNOT manufacture any of the products derived from crude oil, they can only generate intermittent electricity. In fact, renewables cannot exist without crude oil as all the parts of wind turbines and solar panels are made with oil derivatives manufactured from crude oil.

Banks and investment giants that are driving today’s
Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) divesting in fossil fuels are all the rage on Wall Street these days, to divest in all three fossil fuels of coal, natural gas, and crude oil, just to reduce emissions. It is appalling that both President Biden and the United Nations support allowing the investment community to collude to reshape economies and our energy infrastructure.

Before divesting in all three fossil fuels of coal, natural gas, and crude oil, where is the replacement or clone for crude oil, to keep today’s societies and economies running?

Looking back a little more than 100 years, it’s easy to see how civilization has benefited from more than 250 leading-edge, hydrocarbon processing licensed refining technologies used by the more than
700 refineries worldwide that service the demands of the eight billion people living on earth with more than 6,000 products made from the oil derivatives manufactured out of raw crude oil at refineries. None of these products were available to society before 1900.

Getting off crude oil would reverse much of the progress made over the last few centuries. The inventions of the automobile, airplane and the use of petroleum in the early 1900s led us into the Industrial Revolution and victories in World Wars I and II.

The products from fossil fuels have reduced infant mortality, extended longevity from 40+ to more than 80+, allowed us to move to anywhere in the world via planes, trains, ships and vehicles, and virtually
eliminated weather related fatalities.



As ESG progresses, banks and investment giants have short memories of petrochemical products and human ingenuity being the reasons for the world’s population increasing from one to eight billion in less than 200 years. Efforts to cease the use of crude oil could be the greatest threat to civilization, not climate change, and lead the world to an era of guaranteed extreme shortages of fossil fuel products, like we had in the decarbonized world in the 1800s, which may result in billions of fatalities from diseases, malnutrition and weather-related deaths trying to live without the more than 6,000 products currently benefiting society.

Efforts toward abandoning fossil fuels will further deprive and/or delay providing nine percent of humanity, or more than
689 million people, in this world that are living below the international poverty line of $1.90 a day, from enjoying the same products that benefit the wealthy and healthy countries. Depriving citizens of the more than 6,000 products that were non-existent before 1900, made from the oil derivatives manufactured from crude oil, appears to be immoral and evil as extreme shortages will result in billions of fatalities from diseases, malnutrition and weather-related deaths.

Bank boardroom decisions that are allowing the investment community to collude to reshape economies and lifestyles, so that they are in line with the preferences of banks and other financial institutions, is an extremely dangerous precedent. Consumers never voted to give banks this sort of control over our world.

The audacity is overwhelming that those ESG banks and investment giants, in the healthier and wealthier countries, insist that we should limit poor countries’ future access to the products from fossil fuels. Inexpensive, reliable, accessible power, and products from fossil fuels are lifesaving, and one of the best ways out of poverty.

Unintended consequences of the ESG rage ridding the world of crude oil usage would be the restricted supply and resultant inflationary pressures on the limited supply of products and fuels manufactured from crude to meet growing demands that support: The domino effects of tinkering with the supply chain of fossil fuels are
supply shortages and soaring prices for the consumers, for not only electricity, but for the thousands of products that support the entire medical industry, all branches of the military, airports, electronics, communications, merchant ships, container ships and cruise liners, as well as asphalt for roads, and fertilizers to help feed the world.

It is time for the people to demand anti-ESG bills from their legislatures and put a stop to the banks that are colluding to reshape economies and lifestyles, and inflicting shortages and inflation on consumers.

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--Ronald Stein Pulitzer Prize nominated author, Policy advisor for The Heartland Institute on Energy, and National TV Commentator- Energy & Infrastructure with Rick Amato. http://www.energyliteracy.net/

Post Date: 2022-05-17 13:48:13Last Update: 2022-05-17 14:28:49


Roe v. Wade Reversal: What Would It Mean For The Future Of Privacy Rights?
COUNTERSPEECH with Constitutional Law Professor Deana Sacks

Deana Sacks hosts Counterspeech with guest Emily Anderson to discuss the leaked draft opinion by Justice Alito in the pending case Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which threatens to reverse Roe v. Wade (1973) such that there is no federal constitutional right of abortion. The right of abortion was found to be implicit in the privacy aspect of the Liberty Clause in Roe v. Wade. Other rights such as the right of gay sexual autonomy have also been found to be implicit in the privacy aspect of the Liberty Clause (Lawrence v. Texas, 2003). If Roe v. Wade is reversed, are other rights implicit in the Liberty Clause also at risk for being dismantled? Could the constitutional right of privacy be at risk altogether?



--Re-Published by The Dakota Leader With Full Permission from COUNTERSPEECH on Rumble

Post Date: 2022-05-17 13:31:24Last Update: 2022-05-17 13:48:13


Democratic Operatives and SDEA Fight Amendment C to Push Medicaid Expansion

New advertising has hit South Dakota's airwaves in an attempt to stop Amendment C. The ads are funded by a PAC (Political Action Committee) called "South Dakotans For Fair Elections".

Ads use clever messaging and inverse logic to claim that “Amendment C will end majority rule for ballot measures,” omitting the fact that Amendment C would require 60 percent of voters (the majority) to agree on tax increases. While a search of the PAC’s website shows a campaign completely reliant upon omissions of information, e.g “Amendment C will block decisions that most voters want, including funding for law enforcement, rural healthcare centers, our schools and more.” In this example, messaging fails to disclose that the source of funding would come from ballot measure tax increases, which circumnavigate SD tax protections.

A blank “Endorsement” page states, “Amendment C faces widespread opposition from business owners, workers, mayors of our cities and rural residents alike all oppose C because they know it’s wrong for South Dakota’s future. Vote “NO” on Amendment C.” Again, it’s hard to know who these business owners and rural residents are, who supposedly oppose making it harder to raise their taxes, because the endorsement page is completely blank. Given that Amendment C would only apply to tax increases and big government spending, proponents for Amendment C are calling the ads misleading at best.

George Eccarius, of Americans For Prosperity, a Sioux Falls based organization supporting Amendment C, told The Dakota Leader in a phone call Wednesday morning, Amendment C is just good policy.

"We would support Amendment C on the primary ballot, or the general ballot, it's just good policy," Eccarius says. "South Dakota has taxpayer protections in the legislature, which requires a 2/3rds majority to pass tax increases, but those safeguards do not extend to ballot measures. Special interest groups think it should be easy to use ballot measures to tax your money and spend it on their priorities with just 50.0001% of the vote."

According to the South Dakota Secretary of State, the South Dakotans For Fair Elections PAC was filed by Ashley Kingsdon of Huron, SD. Kingsdon owns an in-home care organization called Independent Health Solutions. Kingsdon "launched Independent Health Solutions to provide in-home care for the chronically ill, aging adults and disabled populations. Independent Health Solutions is now helping South Dakota's aging population live independently and actively, while addressing the rural healthcare shortage," according to her LinkedIn profile.

The Dakota Leader reached out to Ashley Kingsdon, in an effort to better understand the connection between her in-home healthcare organization, and her PAC's statement of organization, listed as an effort to "To Stop Amendment C".

Kingsdon is unavailable for the next week according to a receptionist for Independent Health Solutions. However, upon further scrutiny The Dakota Leader finds that Independent Health Solutions
receives nearly 66 percent of its client billing from Medicaid. In 2020 the organization also received 176,200 thousand dollars in PPE loans, accounting for the lionshare of their half-a-million in revenue for the 2021 fiscal year.

According to FCC filings, Kingsdon's PAC has hired Sen Kozar Strategies, a left-leaning political consultant, and media relations group. Testimonials, on the Sen Kozar website, boast their work in overturning Colorado from a Red state to a Blue state, along with a photo of Nancy Pelosi, and testimonials speaking to their work on ballot measures.

FCC filings also revealed Minnesota based accountant and Democratic political operative Shelli Hesselroth, as the PAC's treasurer. Hesselroth has ties to Democratic campaigns in Colorado, Nevada and Minnesota. Hesselroth's efforts in a recent Minnesota campaign made headlines
due to transparency issues.

Possibly of most peculiar interest is the involvement of
Sandra Waltman in the efforts to stop Amendment C. Waltman is the Government Affairs Director for the SDEA, South Dakota's chapter of the National Teachers Union (NEA). The NEA has been embroiled in controversy lately due to a push for Critical Race Theory and the Sexualization of youth within classrooms.



So what does the government affairs director of the South Dakota Teachers Union, a Democratic operative, a left-leaning consultancy group, and the owner of an in-home healthcare organization for the elderly and chronically ill, have to do with tax increases?

Like their sister organization, SouthDakotans4Health states on its website, the issue boils down to Medicaid Expansion. Medicaid expansion is being proposed as a ballot measure by South Dakota political operative Rick Weiland. Weiland, backed by millions of dollars from Sanford and Avera, is not only spearheading efforts to stop Amendment C, but he is also working to expand medicaid in South Dakota on behalf of the hospitals.

“Medicaid expansion is the definition of big government spending. It'll require tax increases or cuts to pay for it," Eccarius explains. "Nearly half of our budget goes toward education currently. If Medicaid Expansion passes, that money needs to come from somewhere. Our lawmakers are constitutionally required to balance our budget in South Dakota, and unfortunately that could mean tough choices."

According to a Medicaid/Medicare FAQ, "When most Americans reach the age of 65, they are automatically enrolled in the Medicare program, which currently covers nearly 96 percent of the country’s elderly.”

Medicare covers 55 million Americans, or roughly 17% of the population, and its beneficiaries are the country’s oldest, sickest, and most disabled citizens, with three-quarters having one or more chronic conditions and one-quarter rating their health as fair or poor.

Groups currently working to stop Amendment C, in order to pass medicaid expansion, insist that medicaid is desperately needed in South Dakota.
However, wallethub ranks South Dakota 10th in the nation for access, affordability, and patient health outcomes. Health insurance for a family of four in South Dakota, starts at $32.00 a month via the marketplace.

According to Forbes and The Manhattan Institute, "medicaid poses a severe fiscal threat to many state budgets. Due to federal restrictions on Medicaid program management, state tools for managing Medicaid budgets are largely limited to adjusting payment rates for providers. Over time, this has resulted in severe underpayment of doctors and hospitals, preventing many Medicaid recipients from gaining access to basic and specialist health care. This access problem, in turn, leads to significantly worse health outcomes and higher mortality rates for Medicaid recipients when compared with private insurance and even Medicare.

Read the Full Brief Here

Physicians For Reform compared health outcomes in states with Medicaid expansion, showing that minorities are disproportionately impacted by the lower standard of care. The group asserts that Medicaid provides the worst healthcare outcomes compared to every other form of insurance in America.



Investopedia estimates that Medicaid is currently costing U.S taxpayers an average of $12,530 per person. That figure is about to rise due to new earmarks within Biden's American Rescue Plan.

Possibly more astounding, is that a mere 20-40 cents of every dollar is actually going towards healthcare.
According to ProPublica, Medicaid is one of the largest government entities lobbying policy makers for its own expansion, and it does so using U.S. tax dollars.

The CMS (Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services) estimates that healthcare spending will grow by 5.4 percent each year between 2019 and 2028. Meaning healthcare is expected to cost an estimated $6.2 trillion by 2028. Projections also indicate
that health spending will grow 1.1 percent faster than the country's Gross Domestic Product from 2019 to 2028.

That's quite the incentive to stop a constitutional limitation on tax increases. If Amendment C is passed, 60 percent of South Dakota voters would then need to agree to expand the failing Medicaid system.

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--Breeauna Sagdal- Health and Policy Journalist for The Dakota Leader

Post Date: 2022-05-12 09:38:26Last Update: 2022-05-12 10:43:13


The Dakota Leader LIVE on The Robert Scott Bell Show
Monday May 16, 2022

The Dakota Leader is quickly growing and attracting national attention. Editor at Large, and The Dakota Leader's Health and Policy Journalist, Breeauna Sagdal will be a guest on The Robert Scott Bell Show this Monday the 16th, at 2:30pm central.

Bell and Sagdal will discuss South Dakota health policies, political dynamics and the special interest fight for Medicaid Expansion.

Tune-in Live via FACEBOOK

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--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2022-05-12 09:08:07Last Update: 2022-05-12 09:38:26


Letter to The Editor- A Response to Voter Suppression Article
By Patrick W. Schubert Sr

Up until 1978-1980 it was impossible for any candidates to be suppressed during the Primary Process. Any man or woman could get petitions, signatures and support and run for any office in their state. It was illegal for any party to support, endorse or fund any candidates prior to the people's Primary vote. This was a plan by BOTH parties to slowly take control of elections, have control over all candidates and ensure unfriendly candidates don't get anywhere near the General Election ballots. Their goal was almost realized, until Trump came along. His candidacy & victory helped keep the citizen politician in the fight and they are winning now! Had Hillary won the Citizen Politician would have been dragged out behind the chemical sheds...

Lawyers for the Republicans & Democrats got together and challenged what was a law in almost every state. The lawyers argued, on both sides that if the parties were not involved in the pre-primary process, the citizens would not be represented "properly". Nobody defended the People's position in this process. They used the "suppression of the Parties was unconstitutional" against the People's Right to free & fair elections. They won, and state by state these laws were removed from the books...This decision was made with a heavy liberal leaning Supreme Court. This needs to come back up in front of a Conservative Supreme Court. Currently it has led to situations like are described in 2000 Mules. States like New Jersey, New York and California have used this power to install irremovable Super Majorities. It has also led to Campaign Funding laws such as McCain-Feingold which is nothing more than a way to hide the sources of billions from hostile foreign nations that are attempting to buy candidates friendly to them and hostile to America as a whole.

This is verifiable by looking at the removed laws in the Election Laws for any state. SD lists some laws as removed and there's no access to what the law was prior to its removal. An experienced election lawyer would know what the law was.

The current Republican Party in SD is no better than the Democrats by silencing any candidates that do not subscribe to their agenda. The party has openly prevented any non-incumbent from gaining access to their membership. During my campaign the top question I got was would I bow out to minimize the challengers to Thune. No candidate would say they're quitting if they feel they are the best in the bunch. Who survives to get on the ballot is not the choice of the candidates, it is the choice of the People. Candidates should be given opportunities to debate, be questioned and interact with citizens. After January 1 when petitions are out, every county party should be having events like debates and a vote by the membership determining who gets the endorsement of each county party to be on the ballot. Currently the concept is bring the Incumbents to an event with softball questions on short notice. They protect Incumbents and deflect any and all challengers.

My campaign may be over, of my own choosing but I surely have plans for the future. I know 1 thing for sure, the top tier of the Republican party here has to be overturned. It needs to be led by people who will empower their members to be involved and be heard. I met a lot of citizens who would not join their local Republican groups because they don't trust the parties on any level and they were also not happy a portion of their dues gets divided up by national & state party groups that helped overthrow the People's choice for President. This leads to citizens who truly are Republicans registering as Independents thinking its a protest against the state's non-functioning party when in reality it prevents them from voting in the primary against candidates they feel should be removed.

There is nothing about this process that is for ensuring a government of the People, by the People or for the People... The parties are preserving, protecting and defending their stranglehold on We the People's right to a free and fair process.

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Post Date: 2022-05-11 13:54:44Last Update: 2022-05-11 13:13:53


OP-ED “My Thoughts, Opinion, and Wishes for the South Dakota Legislature, the Republican Party Ideals”
By Mike Zitterich

As we begin to go to the polls regarding the 2022 State and Midterm Elections - whether that be the South Dakota Primary Nominating Elections, or the State's General Elections later this fall, one must stop and think about what and how you wish to shape the State of South Dakota over the next few years. I may be a Republican Party Member, but I am also an American first and foremost, and a proud American Citizen of the State of South Dakota, which is promised by Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S Constitution to be a free and independent "republic" - free state (or people) as sovereign people.

Republic - a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president rather than a monarch. In a republic, the people rule as one collective group of people, who adopt laws through their representatives in an elected legislature, or directly by popular opinion of the voters, whereas the whole people collectively must consent to be governed as such. No one person is above another, we are all equals beneath God.

As a lifelong Republican party member, and a very proud South Dakotan, I believe 'we' need candidates willing to stand up to traditional politics, in order to help enforce the constitution. I have always supported candidates who believe in Low Taxes, Limited Government, Balanced Budgets, those individuals who support controlling (managing) or maintaining a very limited welfare programs to help those who need help occasionally, and those candidates who support less dependency on the Federal Government. As a proud "Anti-Federalist" – I pride myself as someone like Patrick Henry or Thomas Jefferson or George Mason. One who believes in the State's ability to be free, independent, and less dependent on the Federal Government. I support the candidates and current legislators who have adopted policy goals to restrict the Federal Govt in our daily lives, in our commercial activities inside South Dakota, and a legislature which holds our U.S Senators, U.S Representative, and the President accountable for their actions.

Anti-Federalist - opposed the ratification of the 1787 U.S. Constitution because they feared that the new national government would be too powerful and thus threaten individual liberties, given the absence of a bill of rights, whereas their opposition was an important factor leading to the adoption of the First Amendment and the other nine amendments that constitute the Bill of Rights. The Anti-Federalists included small farmers and landowners, shopkeepers, and laborers. When it came to national politics, they favored strong state governments, a weak central government, the direct election of government officials, short term limits for officeholders, accountability by officeholders to popular majorities, and the strengthening of individual liberties.

I want the Legislature to take up the task of strengthening the Electoral College by leading the effort to get back to 1 Delegate Vote Per 1 District rather than "winner take all" of the state's delegates. I want the legislature to take up the matter of leading an effort to repeal the 12th Amendment thus meaning the runner up in the Presidential race becomes the Vice President; I want the legislature to take up the effort to lead the charge to repeal Amendments 17, 16, and 14, while repeaking the current 13th Amendment and rewriting it while adopting a new amendment that clearly bans "slavery" which the current one does not do. I want a Legislature which follows the constitution, enforcing Article 1 upon the Federal Govt. In general terms - I want a legislature stays true to the oath it agreed to in ensuring the people that the "State" shall always play its role in maintaining, managing, and promising to keep the central government a very limited one, by re-instituting the very 'rules' the founders placed upon the federal government.



Both Political Parties have become "left wing factions' today, and if we are to help Take Back and Restore the Republic – we must revamp and remodel the Republican Party in a like-minded fashion of which Thomas Jefferson, George Mason, and Patrick Henry would be proud of. We need a political party which is not afraid to stand up against tyranny, one of which supports the free market enterprise system, not an economy beholden to fascism, or worse, socialism type policies.

The legislature should be our last line of defense between the Federal Govt and the People, protecting our Natural Right to Life, Liberty, Property, and the Pursuit to Happiness. It needs to promote public policies which can help separate the "State" by 1/3 'rd from the Federal Government, it must strengthen and enlarge the South Dakota Militia accordingly as defined by Article 15 of the South Dakota Constitution, and protected by the 2nd Amendment. The legislature should create public policy where South Dakotans acting as "Free' American Citizens have all the tools necessary to prosper. The legislature's main job is to control "Congress" and hold them accountable to that body's corrupt policies.

If today's Congress is beholden to the International Bankers, the Foreign Investors who supply the capital, and the global lawyers who protect the interests of that aristocracy, the State Legislature must remain beholden to the very people making up the 'free republic' called the State of South Dakota.

I believe the State of South Dakota should also create, establish a State Bank much like the Bank of North Dakota, one of which can help separate us from the Federal Reserve Banking System, one of which we can better manage our Economic, Community, and Land Development providing to the people low interest loans in the name of Business, Housing, and Land Development. We need to get back to real money, gold or silver, we need to invest in ourselves, not those outside our borders. And the legislature itself has the very power given to it to make all that happen. In order to help give South Dakota citizens all the tools necessary to prosper, 'we' must as a state create public policy that supports that goal.

People have asked me for my thoughts regarding fraud in our elections, namely the 2020 Federal Election of the President. Whether or not I believe the 2018 and 2020 General Elections were defrauded or not – we will never know will we, not without first performing a deep and thorough investigation into the matter of both elections, auditing, reviewing, and checking every single ballot, checking the ballots against our voter rolls, and cleaning up any irregularities. Do I feel the presidential election was stolen? I believe there is enough evidence of fraud and abuse in many of the States to warrant such an investigation into the matter, to determine to what degree the fraud and abuse violated the American Citizens right to "Free and Fair Elections' '. And the South Dakota Legislature has the authority to make that investigation happen, and it has the authority to collaborate with other State legislatures to help secure across the United States.

I want a Legislature that will bind itself to the U.S and State Constitutions, not simply to "party politics". I want a Legislature who will stand as our last line of defense between the people and the Federal Government. I want legislators in place that are not afraid to call each other out, showing the passion expressed in their actions, their thoughts, their comments everyday, in order to maintain a Free, Independent, and Honest Government.

"The blessings of a free government can only be maintained by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality and virtue and by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles." - Those words were codified into our South Dakota Constitution as Article 6, Section 27 - Our 27th Bill of Right as Free People.



What I support are members of our South Dakota Legislature who believe in creating public discussion, debate, speaking on public policies that do nothing but promise to the people of this great state, the ability to protect their natural right to life, liberty, property, and their own pursuit to happiness (prosperity). As a member of the Republican Party, I intend to help play my role in helping to shape the party long into the future, to become a better, more responsible, more duty based in terms of honoring the constitution itself. We need to reinvent the party into the mold that best represents wishes, the characteristics, and traits of the very American Citizen who calls South Dakota home, and that means creating the best path forward to achieve success. South Dakota can be one of the superior, leading states across the nation in reforming the central government back into what it is supposed to be, one of which serves the states, not one of which gets in the way of the states. To "Make America Great Again'' - We must get back to the basic fundamentals that made this such a great country in the first place, one of which provided to the States, the best path to economic prosperity.

If elected by my fellow citizens of precinct 05-22 as a precinct committeeman - I hope to play my role in uniting people, informing people, leading an effort to help make the Republican Party the party of choice going forward, not by forcing people to change their individual beliefs, but by providing the people a voice, by listening to what the people are saying, what they want, thus ensuring to the people, that the Republican Party will always that party of choice, but most importantly, the party that stands in defense of your natural rights. In order to reform the republican party, it must first present to the people it's ability to listen to all the people, and when it does that, it will become a great party.

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Post Date: 2022-05-11 13:06:59Last Update: 2022-05-11 13:14:08


Marty Jackley, Backed by Gov. Kristi Noem, Seeks A.G Office Again Despite Past Scandals
Updated as of May 10, 2022 4pm

Marty Jackley is running to become South Dakota's Attorney General again, as current Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, faces a Senate impeachment trial.

Gov. Kristi Noem has already come out in support of Jackley, endorsing him after their long standing rivalry stemming from the previous gubernatorial race.

The decision by Noem to "bury the hatchet," and back Jackley has largely confused some voters. Political insiders, on the other hand, say they're not surprised by the apparent about-face.

The former feud between the two, occurred during the 2018 election, and often took
vicious turns during times of mud slinging.

A Noem ad related to the EB5 scandal stated, “Jackley’s tough-on-crime claims aren’t so tough after all.” Insinuating that Jackley was either soft, or somehow involved in a
financial misconduct case involving the EB-5, investment-for-visa program. Noem’s campaign alluded that Jackley was part of the Gear Up scandal too, in which 62 million dollars went missing, earmarked for the college education of Native American children. Both situations resulted in suspicious murder suicides. Funds were never recovered, and various entities involved in both of the scandals were allowed to walk away without jail time.

Jackley, after having pledged to run a "clean campaign," attacked Noem for her congressional record, stating she had not delivered on promises.

In 2019, after losing the Gubernatorial election, Jackley took the position of
state's attorney in Jones County. While working for the state, Jackley has continued to take on high profile cases through private law firm Gunderson Palmer, where Jackley is a partner.

Jackley is personally defending billionaire Denny Sanford in a case of alleged child pornography. Jackley took on The Argus Leader and ProPublica, to have the case sealed after five search warrants were issued in the child pornography probe. The search warrants were issued upon allegations made by The Centers for Missing and Exploited Children.



According to ProPublica, The Centers for Missing and Exploited Children sent Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, who is now facing a senate impeachment trial, information alleging Denny Sanford had child pornography on his home computer. The allegations prompted Ravnsborg to open the now ongoing, state and federal investigation.

ProPublica reached out to ask Marty Jackley how he would handle the case, if elected as Attorney General again. According to ProPublica, Jackley did not respond to their query.

Jackley's law firm is also representing Richard Seidel, a Bison, SD man who zip tied his ex-wife, kidnapping her from Bison Grainery and raping her at gun point in their marital home, during a pending divorce settlement.

In spite of it all, Gov. Kristi Noem just endorsed Jackley for Attorney General. In her press release, Noem stated,

“South Dakota needs an Attorney General that believes in the constitution, has the confidence of law enforcement and the legal community, and understands the law. When any of these are lacking, our entire state feels the effect."

Jackley, who was
very popular amongst Anti-Trump voters, inevitably lost to Noem, who had positioned herself as a supporter of Donald Trump's MAGA Renaissance.

According to talk show host Shad Olson, in a recent interview with South Dakota political insider Jordan Mason, Kristi Noem's shifting support, and effort to now defeat populist MAGA candidates in the legislature, is indicative of a change in the prevailing winds and a sign of things to come.

"People come in two flavors to Kristi," asserts Olson, "people who advance her brand, and people who need to be utterly destroyed."

Jason Ravnsborg, who was previously investigating Noem's nepotism and misuse of public funds, faces a two day senate impeachment trial. The trial date, set by Senate Pro-Tempore Lee Schoenbeck, is to conclude the day before the SDGOP Convention. Regardless of the impeachment results, delegates will decide the next Attorney General of South Dakota.


It has just come to the attention of The Dakota Leader that David Natvig, the director of the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation has announced a bid for the Republican nomination of South Dakota Attorney General. Natvig will pair off with Marty Jackley at the upcoming SDGOP Convention.

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Post Date: 2022-05-10 13:19:29Last Update: 2022-05-10 13:54:44


Constitutional Law Professor Deana Sacks Addresses Roe V Wade Leak
CDC Mask Mandate Vacated By Florida Federal Judge

Clint Griess and Deana Sacks discuss the decision in Health Freedom Defense Fund v. Biden issued on April 18, 2022 that rendered the CDC's February 3, 2021 travel mask mandate unlawful and unenforceable. Griess and Sacks also discuss how the people can take back democracy to resist government action that violates the people's rights, including how to vindicate the right of abortion even if the Supreme Court reverses Roe v. Wade.

Re-published to The Dakota Leader with permission from Deana Sacks

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Post Date: 2022-05-10 13:19:10Last Update: 2022-05-10 13:28:46


A New Local Non-Profit Brings Community Together For Art
ARSA Community Days

Art NonProfit Holds Event- ARSA to hold events that bring together art, parental, and business communities. Feedback From Local Artists & Individuals- Locals to doodle poster murals and learn about new nonprofit.

Events May 21 and 24, 2022- ARSA events at Caille (5/21 11am-3pm) and Downtown Libraries (5/24 6-8pm.)

Sioux Falls, SD 57104 (May 21 and May 24, 2022) Local nonprofit, ARSA, is inviting the community to join two marker doodling infused events in May of 2022. These free public events are aimed to improve and add to the art activities in the surrounding Sioux Falls areas. Those wanting to make their marks will be able to do so in person at either or both event dates. Future ARSA events and an invitation to join ARSA will be announced.

“Our goal with having events like this available to people interested in ARSA is to continue the start of our nonprofit with a solid understanding and connection to everyone we’re serving,'' says ARSA’s founder, Hannah Van Steewnyk. “I’m here to give artists, parents of creatives, homeschool families, local business owners, and the like, places to safely express joyful art together! I deeply want to know what others want to see come out of ARSA, as a conservative values arts organization.”

The first ARSA community day will be held in the Conference Room at the Caille Branch Library located at 4100 S Carnegie Cir, Sioux Falls, SD 57106. The second will be held in Meeting Room A at the Downtown Branch Library located at 200 N Dakota Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104. No registration is needed for these events.

ARSA is a nonprofit in Sioux Falls, SD that is working to bring together art, partental, and business communities to achieve success. ARSA is doing this by enriching the connections with each other through ethical and encouraging cultural activities. ARSA was founded by artist Hannah V. in February 2022. To learn more about ARSA, the work they are doing, how to be part of, and how to donate to, please visit them at www.arsasd.com
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Post Date: 2022-05-09 22:34:09Last Update: 2022-05-09 15:19:29


Sen. Lee Schoenbeck on “Good Leadership” and “Whack-A-Doodles”
“And I’ve Got More Coming Next Week, and The Week After”...

Watertown, SD state senator Lee Schoenbeck, during a recent event, told the audience that political attack ads are "good leadership". Schoenbeck further stated that Gov. Kristi Noem is working with him to take a stand against "Whack-A-Doodles"



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Post Date: 2022-05-09 13:58:24Last Update: 2022-05-09 15:02:49


FHA Action Releases Pro-Family Voter Guide, Points to Legislators With a Strong Record
Legislators and candidates were scored on issues like Abortion, Marijuana, and Increased Educational Options.


RAPID CITY, SD – Today, the Family Heritage Alliance (FHA) Action released its comprehensive voter guide for the 2022 primary election. Legislators’ records were evaluated using over 10 years of voting history and over 140 pieces of legislation. The topics include the sanctity of life, educational options, marijuana expansion, student privacy, & gambling expansion. In addition, new candidates were asked to publicly take a position on these same five issues, resulting in a clear comparison between candidates.

The voter guide can be found HERE

Norman Woods, Director of FHA Action, outlined the importance of the guide-

“Every year we see candidates advertising themselves as strong conservative leaders who stand up for the family – but some don’t have a voting record to back it up. Our voter guide is a carefully crafted compilation of over 140 pieces of legislation, showing which lawmakers have a strong record on family values and which ones don’t. This guide will help South Dakotans make informed decisions this year at the polls.”

In addition to providing a comparison of the candidates who are running, the voter guide also provides helpful information on Amendment C and Marijuana expansion.

FHA Action encourages every citizen to use this information to cast an informed vote this spring, and welcomes anyone who is ready to volunteer and get involved in helping strong candidates.

Family Heritage Alliance Action works to promote family values in public policy, and works toward South Dakota becoming a state where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.



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Post Date: 2022-05-06 10:51:14Last Update: 2022-05-06 11:10:55


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