EXCLUSIVE: ‘Can’t be wrong’ with US founding documents as guide: Governor Kristi Noem

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South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem said her reverence for and adherence to the Founding Father’s vision for America, outlined in his governing documents, was a common thread throughout his youth as well as his current role as state governor.

Growing up on a farm helped South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem really appreciate the value of responsibility and freedom. where she explains her influences.

Noem’s respect for the Constitution and her education on the ground also contributed to her being the only governor who did not follow the federal government’s lockdown policies when COVID-19 arrived on American soil.

Instead, Noem decided to let South Dakotans decide how best to protect themselves and their families, allowing businesses and schools to remain open throughout the pandemic.

“So to me the one thing that’s consistent, that’s protected this country for hundreds of years, is literally the framework that our founders gave us, and you can’t go wrong as long as you start with a good basis,” Noem told American opinion leaders

“He will keep you going even during the most fragile times. So many times over the last few years as governor, that was my guiding light, to go back to our state constitution, our US Constitution, to really understand what my role was as governor,” Noem said.

As leader, Noem said she only wanted to implement laws authorized by her state and US constitutions, and nothing more. By taking this approach, Noem has resisted negative publicity and accusations of being “anti-science”.

A worker hangs plywood outside a closed business in San Francisco, Calif., on April 16, 2021. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

“It was a pretty lonely job for a while because as I made the decision not to close anything – not even to define what an ‘essential business’ was in my state because I didn’t believe the governments had the capacity to tell you that your business was not essential – I was getting criticism not only from Democrats,” Noem said. Other Republicans and also her supporters were warning her that she would ruin herself politically. .

“At the end of the day, I wanted to make sure that I could look back, years from now, and be proud of the fact that I did my job and only my job. [within the authority that I had]. I’m just a big believer that if leaders overstep their authority, especially in times of crisis, that’s when we break this country. And I didn’t want to be that person.

So instead of following the crowd, she listened to her health experts, constitutional lawyers and her own constituents when making decisions in response to the pandemic.

Focus on finding solutions

Additionally, Noem said his father was his role model, a cowboy who taught him the value of hard work and that instead of complaining, you find solutions. “We never talked about politics at all, no one in my family is involved in government or the political arena, we lived our politics,” she said.

Working hard with the family farm team gave her the foundation to make tough decisions as governor, she said.

“We tackle a problem, solve it, and that builds your confidence to tackle the next biggest problem that comes your way,” Noem said.

Many would agree with Noem that South Dakota reaped the benefits of its independent decisions in the first two years of the pandemic.

“The state is doing great,” she said, citing the fact that her state’s unemployment rate is very low, the economy is booming, students are excelling, and tourism and numbers people moving to South Dakota have increased.

“It’s really a testament to doing what conservatives believe in,” she said.

family and faith

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South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem on June 4, 2022. (Jann Falkenstern, The Epoch Times)

Family and faith are paramount to Noem, and her husband plays an important role in supporting her as governor of South Dakota.

“So most of the time he’s the balance for me, he’s the one that slows me down and puts a lot of thought and prayer into every decision we make,” Noem said.

“He’s more willing to really look at the long-term effects of the decisions I make,” she added. “Because for me, my tendency is just to say yes. Someone asked me to do something. I’ll say, ‘Yeah, absolutely.’ And if they give me three options, according to him, I always choose the most difficult.

Noem has seen that choosing the hard path is most often the best for her condition, but also the hardest on her family, she says. Still, Noem has a desire to do more for her condition and to serve God, she added.

“Which is a very hard thing to marry, I think, because my husband thinks I’m already very busy. He sees me working 20 hours a day and says, ‘How could you do more?’ »

women’s advocate

Noem has received backlash for opposing transgender athletes competing in women’s and women’s sports. She vetoed a “flawed” bill that would have allowed biological transgender men to compete with biological women, which Noem believes is unfair and violates women’s basic rights.

She asked lawmakers to fix the bill, but they refused, so she took a different path to ensure fairness in women’s sport.

“So instead, when the legislature did not agree to my changes, I made executive orders to protect our sports until I could introduce a bill this year. This year we introduced the strongest bill in the country that will withstand any legal challenge, and I signed it,” she said.

Even before becoming governor, Noem was passionate about keeping biological males out of the female rodeo.

At that time, none of her colleagues wanted to be targeted for appearing to be oppressive towards transgender people and refused to oppose the initiatives, she said.

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South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem signs the ‘Protect Fairness in Women’s Sports’ bill at the State Capitol in Pierre, SD on Feb. 3, 2022. (Stephen Groves/AP Photo)

“But I pushed. It eventually caused the feds to back down and to this day in South Dakota we are still allowed to hold girls’ events and boys’ events in the sport of rodeo.

Keeping the Federal Government in Its Place

Abortion is another issue Noem cares about. She told US opinion leaders she was grateful South Dakota had banned abortions except to save a mother’s life.

She said she believed the Supreme Court made the right decision in overturning Roe v. Wade, because according to a more accurate reading of the Constitution, the federal government should not be the one making abortion laws.

“So now the decision to have an abortion and whether or not it’s legal will be made at the state level, where elected officials can hear from people closer to home. And that’s how I think it’s appropriate and defined by our Constitution,” Noem said.

In her condition, she wants to ensure that women going through pregnancy crisis have their financial, emotional and health needs met.

“That’s something I think we can all do better in this country, it’s really letting them [would-be-mothers] know there are other options that aren’t necessarily going to create a crisis and turn their lives upside down,” she said. Life advocates must also educate the public about the real science and toll of abortion, she added.

Noem disagrees with many of the Biden administration’s decisions because she sees them as overkill by the government and unconstitutional, such as the case of the White House not allowing the annual fireworks of the South Dakota. She is suing them for refusing the permit for the 4th of July.

“It would be because the feds and the president are denying us this fireworks celebration and breaking federal law when he does,” she explained of the lawsuit. “He’s breaking the law…a federal law called the Administrative Procedures Act.

Mount Rushmore’s fireworks are very important to its state as they help boost tourism and showcase a part of South Dakota important to United States history.

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An American flag flies as fireworks explode over Mount Rushmore National Monument during an Independence Day event in Keystone, SD on July 3, 2020. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images)

“But also, it’s a great opportunity to celebrate America. So, unfortunately, with this administration, I end up suing them quite often,” she said.

traditional america

Noem said she hopes the traditional version of America – patriotism and freedom-loving people – still exists, as it is said that more and more people are now choosing vacations in small town America instead. than in overseas tropical destinations.

” It’s amazing. It’s amazing to me, because I think it reminds them of what this country was like, in our early days and in the American West, and it’s full of hope and optimism,” he said. she declared.

Of his new book, Noem said, “I hope you get some insight into the history of South Dakota and how I hope this country can come back to it.”

She said of South Dakota under her leadership values: “We believe in the rule of law, in upholding our law enforcement, in respecting them, in caring for our neighbors, in cooperating together. And our economy is thriving, families are thriving, parents are parents and children are doing well. So I think that’s an inspiration for the kind of community state and country that people want to live in today.

Masooma Haq

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Masooma Haq began reporting for The Epoch Times from Pakistan in 2008. She currently covers a variety of topics, including US government, culture, and entertainment.

Jan Jekielek

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Jan Jekielek is an editor for the Epoch Times and host of “American Thought Leaders.” Jan’s career has spanned academia, the media and international human rights work. In 2009, he joined The Epoch Times full-time and held various positions, including editor-in-chief of the website. He is the producer of the award-winning Holocaust documentary film “Finding Manny”.

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