Last Friday, I was awakened by the booming voice of National Public Radio’s Carl Kasell announcing that Americans United for the Separation of Church and State had filed a lawsuit against the state of South Carolina over the “I Believe” license plates.

Great, I thought, another Lizard Man moment.

This followed an announcement by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee that not a single South Carolinian candidate will receive “financial, communications, and strategic support” from the DCCC as part of the group’s Red to Blue campaign. Not one. (On average, the DCCC will hand out $440,000 per candidate.)

After shacking up with the Palmetto Staters for two years during presidential primaries, congressional Democrats have now cast aside those same voters who provided a lot of the early initiative needed by the presumptive nominee, Sen. Barack Obama.

These seemingly disparate incidents have more in common upon reflection, and that shared element is a glaring disrespect for the voters, both for their intellect and their chosen candidates from the recent primary.

As far as the license plates are concerned, I will continue to hold Gov. Mark Sanford personally responsible because he refused to veto this nonsense. If Sanford had, the state wouldn’t be using taxpayers’ dollars to defend a lawsuit.

Way to go, Mr. Fiscal Responsibility!

And then there’s that dope of a lieutenant governor, Andre Bauer. For those out of the loop, Lil’ A is the one who heard about the same failed license tag proposal in Florida and decided to run with it in the General Assembly. Fortunately for his gubernatorial ambitions, there are more legislators afraid of voting against the Lord’s Prayer than there are of voting against Jesus’ admonition to help those mired in poverty.

Regarding the DCCC’s Red to Blue campaign, I was under the impression that all the party’s candidates were on the same team. Guess not.

Democratic congressional candidates Linda Ketner, who will face off against District 1 Republican incumbent Henry Brown, and Rob Miller, the man taking on District 2 Republican incumbent Joe Wilson, were not among the 14 candidates in races the DCCC evaluated as “winnable” or 20 others seen as “emerging.”

Things are already tough enough for progressive candidacies in our little slice of paradise without being dumped on by the very people who ought to be here providing their expertise “to be even more competitive in November.”

I’ve been saying throughout the seemingly endless presidential primary that only the Democrats could screw up a cakewalk into the White House, and now it looks like I can extend that mantra to the U.S. Congress as well.

I would like South Carolinians to do their homework independently and elect more candidates who can accomplish goals that benefit everybody instead of these political opportunists who survive by fueling the paranoia of folks who fear being “left behind,” either by the Rapture or various economic woes.

I would like my heritage as a South Carolinian to be taken seriously, intellectually and culturally, rather than be looked at like a museum piece from the Third World by the rest of America.

Speak up, South Carolina!