Republican Gov. Kristi Noem has become a centerpiece politician for rights and liberty. Amidst a growing number of power-grabbing opportunist politicians looking to cash in on COVID-19 fears, she’s remained calm and guided by the Constitutional oaths she took. She didn’t issue any draconian shutdowns, which prompted cheers from most common-sense Americans, but criticisms from media members that subscribe to heavy-handed herd management.
“I believe in our freedoms and liberties,” she said.
Noem’s executive order advises people to follow CDC guidelines, consequently putting the responsibility to prevent COVID-19 spread with the people.
During an interview with Fox News’s Laura Ingraham, Noem explained that she’s concerned that our panic is leading to a demise in our liberties.
“I told them I took an oath to uphold the constitution of our state, of South Dakota. I took an oath when I was in Congress, obviously, to uphold the Constitution of the United States. I believe in our freedoms and liberties.
What I’ve seen across the country is so many people give up their liberties for just a little bit of security. And they don’t have to do that.
If a leader will take too much power in a time of crisis, that is how we lose our country. So I felt like I’ve had to use every single opportunity to talk about why we slow things down, we make decisions based on science and facts and make sure that we’re not letting emotion grab a hold of the situation.”
Media outlets point to an outbreak at Sioux Falls pork processing plant as evidence of failure, however, that plant is considered an essential business. Meaning, it would be open regardless of a draconian shutdown order.
“We’ve got one issue in a pork processing plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, but outside of that, two-thirds of our state has no cases, or one case in an entire county. So we’re doing very well as a state.
“We are addressing the one hotspot that we do have, and aggressively testing in that area, but what you talked about, Laura, is exactly right. We should be tracking who’s in the hospital, what the death rate is. And South Dakotans are doing a fantastic job following my recommendations and we’ve been able to keep our businesses open and allow people to take on some personal responsibility,” Noem said.
Noem’s heroic COVID-19 stances have elevated her status from ordinary governor to a potential star Republican. It’s certainly not out of the realm of possibility that Noem may someday seek the country’s highest office. As more and more Americans are bled out of financial stability, people from all parties are fleeing Democrats looking for freedom-oriented candidates.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.
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