By Marj Frew
“Hello South Dakota! What a great turnout!”
Liz Marty May expressed her appreciation for the people who attended her candidacy announcement for U.S. Congress, held at the Central States Fairgrounds in Rapid City on Saturday, February 1. Approximately 100 people gathered to show their support at the event.
“If you’re from West River, most likely, we know one another, but if you’re not from West River, I’m here to introduce myself. I’m Liz Marty May. My husband, Avery, and I, we own and operate Kyle Grocery, and we have a cow-calf operation. We also raise quarter horses, and our home is about 90 miles southeast of where we are at here in Rapid City.
As a state legislator, I was kind of known as a bulldog conservative. It might come as a surprise to some of my friends here, that maybe I didn’t always have those concerns.
Back in 1969, I was a nine-year-old little girl, waiting at the airport in Rapid City, to welcome my brother home from Vietnam. It was kind of a trying time in our family, so we were really excited about getting him home.
I wasn’t prepared for what we were going to experience at the airport. I’m sure my folks were, but it never occurred to them to tell their nine-year-old girl what to expect.
The only thing I remember from that experience, was three or four protesters, not a lot, anti-war protesters, there with their signs.
And the only sign that I could read was “baby killer.”
Most Vietnam veterans don’t talk about their time in Vietnam, or if they were wounded in Vietnam, and so, as a little girl, the only thing that I was concerned about, was just getting my brother back. Back to the ranch, back on the prairies of Harding County, and try to get life back to normal.
So we left, and I’m sure that my mom and dad were prepared for what we were going to experience at that airport, but I’m sure it never occurred to them to tell their nine-year-old girl what to expect.
When I left that airport, I hated those people. I hated them. I carried that hate with me until I was a fifth grader, attending a one-room schoolhouse, on the prairies of Perkins County, with a teacher by the name of Marge Goodwin.
That one-room schoolhouse had pictures hanging on the wall of all our founding fathers, of the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, the U.S. Constitution. She taught us the proper way to put the flag up in the morning when we got to school. She also taught us how to take that flag down in the evening. She taught us the proper way to fold that flag. She also taught us the importance of that flag never touching the ground. Ever.
She also taught us through all those history lessons, and preparing us, the importance of the Bill of Rights, and our First Amendment. While I disagreed with all those protesters, I understood that those were their rights.
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‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.’
These are strange time we are living in, in America, and I know that you all know this. You feel it. You understand it, just as I do. We have radicals that have for too long, they have been working to dissolve this amendment. They seek to destroy our ability, to divide us through identity politics, shame our flag, as if it’s tainted by our history.
And worse, they seek to influence our children into thinking being patriotic is to be naive. To be an American is evil. We have to push back now. We have to fight. To be sure there are no safe spaces for the radicals to dissolve this nation.
So I’m Liz Marty May, and I’m running for Congress. For the ranchers, for the farmers that are feeding this world, and for the kids of our future.
I’m running for congress for you. All of South Dakota, and I need you to elect me on June 2nd, and send me to Washington. Send me out there, to cull this herd. I am fighting for each and every one of us. Thank you.”
Jim McIntosh remarked after the event, “This is a grass-roots campaign. We don’t believe in the Washtington PACS buying this election. This is going to count on everybody to do their part to get the representation that they need in DC. It will be a very positive campaign. This is a campaign about issues, and about Liz’s experience. Right now we will be out there doing the petitions to get her on the ballot. That is the first step.”
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