Governing a Free people

We often say, rightly, that our states are laboratories for governance. That means that states can try things and programs that if they work other states can copy. It also means that states can do things that don’t work and a sensible state will do different, smarter things. In the last year, we have seen much of that,

We have watch states like New York, California, Oregon, Illinois, and others as they legislated from fear, and for the pseudo glory of politicians, leading to entire cities being burned in riots that mayors and governors did absolutely nothing to stop if they didn’t actually support them. At the same time. these states almost all wasted vast amounts of borrowed money while crushing small and medium businesses causing what always happens in such cases. The productive members of society from executive to police officers vote with their feet for something better. And too often these people forget they are refugees, not missionaries. We have watched Colorado turn from one of the strongest states to an incipient blue sh^thole state in the last 20 years. One that I personally will not go to without serious reason, where it used to be one of my favorite places. We’ve also watched New York State claim the title as the hardest hit by Covid in the world, made far worse by its governor and government.

Next week we will witness our federal government make that same turn and no doubt it will hurt our nation’s people seriously, caused, like in our blue states at least partially by fraud, avarice, and personal ambition run amuck.

But there is another story in America, as well. You have heard me call Governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota the best governor in America several times and I mean it. There is some competition such as Governor DeSantis in Audre’s Florida, and a few others. But sadly, not very much.

I could talk about Governor Noem at length, she is one of America’s new breed of conservative women, who lead effectively and well and make our states something almost unheard of: well-governed, fiscally responsible governments. Most of them come from out here in the heartland. I think that is not coincidental, we are still, even in our cities, still close to the land and the lessons it teaches about what works, what doesn’t, and reality.

If we are lucky, these women will play a bigger and bigger role in American governance, and America will thrive because of them.

Recently Governor Noem gave her State of the State speech, so we will let her tell the story of the state that has done it right in the last year by following the old American saying, as put by Ronald Reagan, the best government is the one that governs least. Here’s the state of the state of South Dakota:

I think and hope we will hear much more of this farmer’s daughter in the years to come.

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32 Responses to Governing a Free people

  1. audremyers says:

    Fantasy Football – but with politics. Who would you pick for QB in 2024? Who’d make the best receiver? Who’d be the best coach (Chief of Staff)? Who’d make the best … well, I don’t know all the football stuff that well but who’d be the best Secretary of State? What’s the dream conservative ticket for 2024?

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    • Neo says:

      Right now – some version of DeSantis/Noem, which way around, matters not. The other posts, not sur, most of the rest of the good ones are needed in Congress, Pompeo probably at State again, and then we’ll see, one thin we’ve got is time to think.

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      • Scoop says:

        Deep polarization, illicit voting and an ineffective, spineless and cowardly Republican Party makes the “wish list” just that. Until the party of Lincoln gets a thorough purging nothing will help . . . even if sham elections are continued which may or may not happen. But if they do continue, there is no reason to believe that we will continue to have free and fair elections again. Thank you very much to all those educated by the Progressives and the cowardly and mostly ineffective Republican Party. We are, in colloquial terms, deep sh^t.

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        • Nicholas says:

          In my opinion, this is also what will facilitate the rise of the Antichrist in the ME. A divided America is necessarily a weakened America. Bad choices for wars also mean that there will be many who will not have the stomach to intervene (at least directly) when intervention actually is needed.

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    • 39 Pontiac Dream says:

      If I was an American voter, I’d take Noem in a second. That speech embodied everything that small c conservatism is. If she’s not your next President then the Republicans will have missed more than a trick.

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      • audremyers says:

        Our Governor DeSantis is of the same cloth; but he’s not as good a speaker as Governor Noem. Both of them together would be a winning ticket.

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        • Neo says:

          Yep, I like him a lot, as well. Nor is he quite as photogenic. 🙂

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        • 39 Pontiac Dream says:

          I’ll have to have a look at DeSantis. After watching the above speech, though, I had to quickly pen an article to get on TCW. There’ll be a lot of people – readers and commenters alike – who have not seen real conservatism in years. The article will remind some and refresh others. That’s if it’s published.

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  2. Nicholas says:

    I hope South Dakota continues to be prosperous, but one wonders how long that will last in the face of meddlers, “missionaries”, and other hostile forces. Having seen the police break the social contract in Virginia last year, declining to help innocent people being attacked by mobs, I have become more jaded and misanthropic than I already was.

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  3. Nicholas says:

    Another observation is that the establishment have created their own monsters. It is a common observation regarding far-right extremists that they became radicalised because they felt no one was listening and that harsher measures were needed to correct decay and to draw attention to their message. Such monstrous progeny are the offspring of a society that has ostracised members.

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  4. 39 Pontiac Dream says:

    Have just finished watching it and wow.

    Low tax, pro business, no inheritance tax – sensible policies benefiting everyone.

    Very community and family orientated and trusts the people to organise their own lives.

    Pro life. Pro foster care.

    The ability to look within and without her state and value the contributions made from within while valuing those who come from outside.

    Encourages the use of parks and outdoor spaces to improve mental and physical health.

    Pro education including education from strong families, the promotion of the country’s history and the promotion of debate. She also champions the promotion of technical education.

    Pro military and police.

    It’s not just that these are great policies and values to have, it’s flat out common sense. You are very lucky to have her. South Dakota, for certain, but America itself.

    I would like to ask whether I can take this clip and use it in my own article, which I’m partway through writing. It’s important that British readers are reminded what conservatism looks like and Noem embodies all that and more. Apart from being pro hunting, which I’m against, there’s not a single thing she said in the above that I disagree with. Whether The Conservative Woman takes it, I don’t know but they should. South Dakota could serve a lesson for how the rest of us should be living and the state wouldn’t be doing half as well without Noem.

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    • Neo says:

      I won’t rant at you on hunting but I will note that ALL American conservation is based on taxes that hunters and fishermen campaigned for and an dvised on themselves to conserve our environment and wildlife.

      As for the video, it’s freely available on YT, so there’s no reason you can’t embed it, even as I have. My guess is that it is (at least the content) public domain, most American government documents are.

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      • 39 Pontiac Dream says:

        Thanks. I’m about halfway through writing the article and I’ve started it by promoting your own site. I don’t know about you but I’d quite like more Brits to come over here and have a look at yours, and Audre’s, excellent articles and learn more about the history of your nation.

        As for hunting, that’s my hang up. I know a lot of people like it but for me, I’d understand it more if hunters ate what they killed. I find things like trophy hunting pointless but like I said, that’s just my hang up. James Delingpole, who is pro hunting, will love the above speech.

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        • Neo says:

          On hunting, I and many hunters agree with you. I have no problem with trophies, but meat is to eat. The only other reason to kill something is self-defense. Alaska, for instance, require hunters to pack out the entire animal taken.

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      • Nicholas says:

        I would be interested in more comments/posts from you, NEO, about conservation. I know next to nothing about it but recall you making some interesting points about Californians having themselves to blame for dry brush and forest fires. Forests were resources, of course, in medieval times: people picked herbs and mushrooms, hunted game, foraged for berries, and of course harvested various types of wood.

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    • Neo says:

      Something a bit topical as well. I read this morning that South Dakota (and West Virginia) lead the US in Covid vaccinations per capita How? by relying on established courier services and those local medical groups she talked about in the speech..

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  5. 39 Pontiac Dream says:

    Article sent. Hopefully TCW publishes it. Like yours, it’s quite short but to the point and I hope Kathy allows TCW readers to watch this woman at work.

    Thanks for the inspiration, Dave. You’re a star! 🙂

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    • Neo says:

      Good, the last time I mentioned her there, I collected a fair number of the trolls that infest the joint. More than a few of us are referring to her as a ‘rockstar’, and she is.

      I wouldn’t bet much on that, but it’s always nice to hear. 🙂

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    • audremyers says:

      He is, isn’t he? Star – ‘out there’, bright, and sheds light.

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      • 39 Pontiac Dream says:

        The same applies to you, Audre. 🙂

        On that cheerful note, I’m going to check our lottery ticket and eat some chilli, probably not in that order. I know we’ve won something but probably enough for a packet of fags!

        Later, dudes.

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  6. the unit says:

    To those…
    I’m Sorry (saving you from Brenda Lee). When you brush and swish with a gargle. You killing life. Yeah, I hunted as early as age 4 with my brother, as mentioned before (circling a tree to flush out game). And it was supper in ’44-’45, with Mom’s biscuits and gravy /cause we got it.
    Oh yeah, object to Kathy Griffin. 🙂

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