It’s a good day for the people of South Dakota to celebrate their freedom. While Democrat-run cities are trapped under draconian lockdown orders, Gov. Kristi Noem has vowed to trust her citizens instead and let them make the best decisions for themselves and their loved ones. She has provided her people with the full scope of the science and has no intention of enforcing any federal COVID-19 orders to the people with her state resources.
Gov. Noem is one of the few governors opposing President-elect Joe Biden’s national mask mandate policy. He’s been floating around the idea of a nationwide lockdown and mask mandate for several months now, in order to fight the spread of the coronavirus. While Biden can order everyone to cover their faces in public in other states, those mandates wouldn’t be enforced in South Dakota.
“We already know that lockdowns don’t stop the spread of the virus. However, they destroy small businesses and jobs, and they make it difficult for families to put food on the table,” Gov. Noem wrote on social media.
Instead, the Governor has introduced a “freedom-first” approach. She worked with an emergency response team of medical experts and those who study the constitution to share as much information as she could about COVID-19 to the people then let the people make their own decisions.
However, one of Biden’s most recent tweets takes the opposite approach. “My message to everyone struggling right now is this: Help is on the way,” he wrote. Instead of letting businesses open up and make their own decisions, liberals like to dictate the moves of struggling Americans and then “vow” to offer them help from the government. They offer to clean up their own messes.
“I’m from the government, and I’m here to help,” Gov. Noem responded. This classic remark was said by former President Ronald Reagan during a 1986 press conference who quoted these words as the nine most terrifying words in the English language.
This common phrase was also used by business corporations who would say “We are here from headquarters to help you” before shutting down a plant. We all know that the government’s attempts to “help” usually end up actively harming instead. Reagan reiterated this view during his 1981 Inaugural address where he called for smaller government. He said that individual or private organizations could complete actions more effectively than a large government doing the same thing.
Large governments create uncertainty and enact policies that can harm some people at the expense of benefiting others. Joe Biden says help is on the way, but he doesn’t say who he is intending to help. Don’t assume it’s you.