Curtis Strong probably isn't worth lobbing bombs at. His Constitution Party candidacy for governor will go nowhere. His branding is a mess (why Curtis Strong–Bill of Rights? That makes as much sense as a state-level candidate affixing "American Flag" or "Bald Eagle" to his name.). So are his unbulleted sentence fragments. Aside from his call to end the EB-5 program (and I commend Strong for being the first statewide candidate I can think of to so clearly condemn the troubled program), his issue statements are stock conservative-radio karaoke.
But a pre-Christmas missive Strong sent out on his opposition to a Constitutional Convention deserves our attention. Strong e-mailed the message to us journalists, then added it as a comment to a GOP spin-blog post on the topic.
Strong says we don't dare trust our state legislators to hold a Constitutional Convention because they pass too many laws as it is and would only make the Constitution larger. This claim is simplistic and illogical. We can create a complicated law to deal with a complicated problem and produce positive results. We can create a concise law that does great evil, such as "Indians can not vote."
But then Strong goes Christian dominionist... and maybe anti-Semitic:
A Constitutional Convention would be extremely risky at best until we have firm believers in Christ holding these public offices. Unneeded influence could be passed around a Convention with all the special interest money out there. As I look, scandals at the city, county, state, and federal levels are around every turn. I do not want these individuals changing one of the world’s best ever freedom documents. There is no country in history that has accomplished what this country has in 250 years and I don’t want crooked legislators changing what has been the backbone of this country for a quarter of a millennia [Curtis Strong, Constitution Party candidate for South Dakota governor, press release, 2013.12.24].
Note that one of the ringleaders of the call for a Constitutional Convention is State Senator Dan Lederman (R-16/Dakota Dunes), who happens to be Jewish. Strong appears to be saying that since Lederman does not firmly believe in Christ, Lederman is a "crooked legislator" more susceptible to the influence of money than men of Strong's faith. We thus cannot trust Lederman to amend the Constitution.
Do you see how your words can go wrong, Mr. Strong?
Even if he's not an anti-Semite, Curtis Strong cannot be my governor. He cannot represent my voice at any level of government, because he does not think my non-Christian voice has a place in government.