South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is defending her decision to not place her entire state on lock down and cripple her states economy like many Democrat Governors across the County have done in response to the coronavirus crisis.
Noem was on Fox News when she said that Americans have given up “liberties for a little bit of security.” Noem said that South Dakota is not New York and therefore didn’t need similar one size fits all restrictions.
Noem’s decision comes from a practice known by many expert epidemiologists call ‘selective quarantine’, where you quarantine the most vulnerable populations during a pandemic, not the entire population as a whole. Avoiding a mass shut down and the many crippling effects that often come with it.
“I took an oath when I was in Congress, obviously to uphold the constitution of the United States. I believe in our freedoms and liberties,” Noem said in an interview with Fox News.
“What I’ve seen across the country is so many people give up their liberties for just a little bit of security. And I don’t have to do that.”
She claimed other leaders with “too much power” during a crisis could lead to “how we lose our country”.
“So I felt like I’ve had to use every single opportunity to talk about why we slow things down, we make decisions based on science and facts and make sure that we are not letting emotion grab a hold of the situation,” Noem added.
Governor Noem is 100% correct in her assesment and her decision not to shut down her state based on the actual conditions on the ground. Too many Governors like Tom Wolf (D-PA) have shut down their entire state, even though majority of the population is not at risk of contracting the virus as many live outside of the densely populated cities. The broad sweeping, one size fits all restrictions have caused the largest economic collapse in modern history and has been the basis for many of our civil liberties to be taken away.