Bob Newland notes that, after 45 years of carrying the GOP card, Sioux Falls radio personality Rick Knobe has decided to abandon the Republican Party. Knobe makes no mention of the unnerving wingnuttiness of the Sioux Falls metro GOP theocracy clubs. Knobe points poxily instead to the paucity of practical policy purveyed by the poobahs of both parties:
Watching our elected leaders in Washington the past ten years has been frustrating. No budgets passed on time, constant finger pointing, no acceptance of responsibility for over spending.
The “fiscal cliff” mess is a microcosm of the larger ongoing problem.
Our elected leaders are not doing the job we elected them to do. Equal blame goes to both parties. There is no end in sight. I am sad for us, them, and the country. As much as I would love to fire all of them, I can’t [Rick Knobe, "They Left Me No Choice, So I Changed Political Parties," KSOO Radio, 2013.01.07].
I'm not sure why Knobe thinks he can't fire all of the failures in Washington. If we organized an effective political party with a serious agenda for winning elections and governing, we could do that.
Instead, Knobe gives up and joins the Libertarians:
Today I registered as a Libertarian. Their platform is short and simple. About eight pages. Basically it says, “Don’t spend money we don’t have. Let people make their own personal decisions.”
Makes sense to me [Knobe, 2013.01.07].
I'm trying to figure out if moving from wrong to irrelevant is a step in the right direction.
I could be wrong. Knobe, a former mayor of Sioux Falls, says he misses the "exhilirating" political work of "creating policy, debating, promoting, and getting beat up." Maybe he'll get the bug again and run for Legislature or House in 2014. Maybe he'll lend the Libertarians the sort of star power and sensibility they need to get their foot in the door, organize a serious campaign, and win themselves seats at the adults' table.
But unless Knobe can wreak some changes on the Libertarians of this state who call themselves a party, he's more likely consigning himself to the ranks of the Ron Paul pretenders who cloak their childish selfishness in fantasies of revolution.