Conservatives have also changed

The group South Dakota Citizens for Liberty seems to be forgetting that the definition of conservative is not set in stone and that it naturally changes over time. They speak of a "commitment to conservative ideology" as if it was permanent, yet all ideology is a moving target. In many way ways, it is merely a current political fad, and like all fads, it is bound to change with the times.

The conservative ideology of today is different than the one when Ronald Reagan switched his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican. These labels are useful, but not permanent, and political leaders would be wise to not disparage their own by labeling allies as enemies based merely on a label or fad. Future generations will look back on this episode and chuckle at its foolishness. Every citizen has the right to change their party affiliation without consequence and vote their mind as they see fit.

As lovers of freedom and liberty, and not just labels or fads, we must stand up and oppose those who threaten anyone's basic rights. We owe it to the future to respect those who have chosen to change their party affiliation.

John Esposti

Rapid City

Nation's leaders need our prayers

President Obama once observed that burdens of the oval office could be truly understood only by its occupants past and present. Easy to believe.

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As layers of disaster have struck our country and dark rumblings roll from without and within our borders, I increasingly appreciate President Trump. By now, one of lesser mettle might have opted for a quiet corner somewhere, but not President Trump. He loves our country, believes in it and is bent on defending it and helping it prosper. His speech to the UN was excellent. (Who knows? Forthrightness might catch on.) As have his predecessors, he regularly asks God to bless our nation, recently adding "we pray for wisdom." For sure, we need that.

If ever there was a time to pray for our president, cabinet members, senators, representatives, judges, governors, mayors and others in positions of leadership, might not this be it? But what if, someone may say, I didn’t vote for these people and thoroughly dislike them? Check out I Timothy 2:1-4. On the other hand, if praying isn’t your thing, skip the above. Eventually, whichever will have been the better approach will become apparent.

Kathleen Moose

Rapid City

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