South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem addressed a special legislative session in Pierre yesterday where she explained the state’s approach to managing the coronavirus pandemic. Noem was truthful and positive, although she has been excoriated by other state governors for her resistance to statewide stay-at-home orders, according to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.
“As you all might imagine, these last seven months have been quite lonely at times,” Noem said. “But earlier this week, one very prominent national reporter sent me a note that said: ‘Governor, if you hadn’t stood against lockdowns, we’d have no proof of just how useless they really have been.'”
While Noem and South Dakota lead the country by example, states such as New York, California and New Jersey have opted for selective enforcement of their states’ heavy-handed government mandates.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is now going after the Jewish community, threatening to close synagogues if rules are violated; however, if Black Lives Matter wishes to protest, no such threats exist. Meanwhile, schools, churches and bars and restaurants remain shuttered.
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich questions Cuomo’s dictatorial mandates in a tweet:
“How can Governor Cuomo say, ‘If you’re not willing to live with these rules, then I’m going to close the synagogues.’ Has the first amendment protecting religious freedom been repealed? Has concern for the religious traditions of Judaism been wiped away? Does Cuomo have no shame?”