It's a nice gesture, really. It's not a shameless attempt to exchange food for votes. It's not taking advantage of people's destitute and impoverished conditions for your political benefit. No, this is just plain, simple neighborliness.
Democrats in South Dakota are holding three early-vote rallies on reservations this week that will feature "feeds" to attract potential voters.
That activity continues a long tradition of pairing food with voter rallies in areas of the state where Democrats garner as much as 95 percent of the vote.
Strong Native American turnout has been the difference in statewide races in past years, and it could be critical in upcoming races. The emergence of early voting has only intensified efforts to get out the vote in Indian Country. The practice of offering food at voting rallies can come close to violating the law.
Isn't this amazing? Democrats are the ones who pursue policies that create a state of dependency for Native Americans. This holds the Native Americans down in deplorable conditions that then every election cycle, those same Democrats come around and exploit to get their votes again.
Erin McCarrick, executive director of the South Dakota Democratic Party, said the events don't cross the line.
"It's not like you have to vote to get food," she said.
Right, everything is strictly on the up and up. Did anyone ask Erin why it is that this loving act of altruism only seems to happen around election time? Pathetic.