Gov. Kristi Noem: Liberty and the Pandemic – “We took a unique path. I took an oath to uphold the Constitution. I don’t have the authority to tell you your business isn’t essential”

Quotes I transcribed:

8:30 “We took a unique path. We did not lock people up. We did not close any businesses…. I didn’t even define what an essential business was, because I don’t believe that I have the authority to tell you your business isn’t essential.”

9:00 “In return, the mainstream media spent countless hours and endless column inches in their papers attacking me for it. And frankly, that’s the only reason that I’m in the nation spotlight today. Liberals … have been literally kicking me in the head every night on national TV for the decisions that I’ve made for South Dakota. Rachael Maddow, Elizabeth Warren….”

“The vast majority of South Dakotans have thanked me.”

21:00 “I also consulted with attorneys who specifically focus on Constitutional authority. I wanted to know what authority did I have that the U.S. Constitution gives me, because I have taken the oath to uphold that Constitution. And I wanted to know what the Constitution of the state of South Dakota told me my authority was and what it wasn’t.”

26:30 “I’m a Christian, and I believe people are attracted to us because they want more of what we have.”

27:20 Forgiving the haters: “I had a pastor tell me one time: ‘Kristi, people are going to throw out offenses all the time. You’re the one who decides if you’re going to pick them up and carry them around. Then you’re the one carrying the burden, so who’s losing in that situation.’ I think that’s true. People are going to offend us all the time, and we need to just decide we’re going to let it lay, walk by it and just go on and be happy, and understand that what we have is special.”

She invites those who appreciate freedom to move to South Dakota!

Kristi Noem, Liberty and the Pandemic | National Leadership Seminar

Oct 15, 2020

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