That Rapid City paper gives its readers reason to start looking for a new state Senator. In this morning's edition, reporter Daniel Simmons-Ritchie gets State Senator Phil Jensen to reveal the threat he poses to civil liberties, admitting that he'd be fine with government taking no action against racial or religious discrimination:
Jensen goes so far as to say that businesses should have the right to deny service based on a customer's race or religion – whether that's right or wrong, he says, can be fairly addressed by the free market, not the government.
"If someone was a member of the Ku Klux Klan, and they were running a little bakery for instance, the majority of us would find it detestable that they refuse to serve blacks, and guess what? In a matter of weeks or so that business would shut down because no one is going to patronize them," he said [Daniel Simmons-Ritchie, "Phil Jensen: South Dakota's Most Conservative Lawmaker?" Rapid City Journal, 2014.03.16].
Jensen speaks from the privileged smugness of a man who's never been in the minority. This is the same privileged white male who thinks neither women nor Muslims are to be trusted.
Simmons-Ritchie also gets Sen. Jensen to laughingly admit his welfare-drug-test hypocrisy:
Jensen supported another bill this session, killed last month, that would have required drug testing for welfare recipients. He said he believes that taxpayers have a right to know that their money is being spent appropriately.
But asked whether he thinks recipients of other forms of government assistance should be drug tested, like farmers who receive subsidies, Jensen wasn't so sure.
"You got me there," he said with a laugh [Simmons-Ritchie, 2014.03.16].
Yes, Phil. Ho ho ho, I'm a racist. Ha ha ha, I don't think my policies through for political consistency. Hee hee hee, my rich white friends in suits would never do bad things with corporate welfare dollars.
With attitudes so smug, thoughtless, and racist that even the Republican spin machine can't stand Jensen, please tell me District 33 Democrats will find a candidate to spotlight Jensen's vileness and evict him from office. Jensen should be easy pickings for an ambitious, on-message Democrat. You go get Josie Weiland, Elle Fettig, and her friends, mobilize them to canvas District 33, and you take Jensen down with his own words. Get to work!