I will defend the Constitution. With a capital C.

A strange thing happened during a recent discussion on Chief Allender’s Facebook page about his statements that certain types of guns and ammunition should never be in civilian hands. Some voters challenged him on the issue, and the chief’s true colors came out regarding the Constitution.

You can click to enlarge his comment, but Chief Allender says “Defense of the constitution and politics do not go together in my book.”

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To put it mildly: I beg to differ, for several reasons:

1) It’s in the job description. The first line of the Oath of Office for the mayor of Rapid City is “I solemnly swear to defend the Constitution of the United States.” If you’re the mayor of Rapid City, then the Constitution and politics certainly do go together, whether or not Chief Allender deems the Constitution worthy of his consideration or not.

2) It’s not merely symbolic. Cities make laws and decisions all the time that affect all of their people.

3) It’s the law of the land, and it’s everyone’s job to honor and protect it. Period.

I take an oath every two years to defend the Constitution, and I take it seriously. I know you do, too. And I ask for your vote and support on June 2nd.