Governors and Coronavirus: Whitmer Versus Noem

Governors and Coronavirus: Whitmer Versus Noem

Governors and Coronavirus: Whitmer Versus Noem

Americans are growing restless. We’ve done a decent job of doing what we can to help quell the coronavirus outbreak, but some of us are recognizing that many of our governors and other officials are jumping headlong into dictator-status in their efforts to fight coronavirus (or at least that’s the excuse they’re using). In response, a growing number of us are opposing the overreach. We’re Americans; we’re hard workers; we love our freedom; so it’s in our nature to resist anyone usurping our rights. And no two governors in America stand in starker contrast than Michigan’s Gretchen Whitmer and South Dakota’s Kristi Noem.

You might have heard that Whitmer restricted hydroxychloroquine a couple of weeks back, and most recently ordered that no group of any size may congregate, and has decided for her constituents what is and is not “essential” to their daily lives. She’s gotten so much criticism that she felt the need to clarify yesterday afternoon:

So, no, you can’t buy seeds and plants for which to grow your own food until she says you can, plebes. And to you small businesses: go get a small business loan and shut up.

Except Michiganders are not shutting up:

“At least 15,000 cars and trucks are expected to descend on Michigan’s state capital on Wednesday to protest what they’re calling Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s tyrannical new guidelines to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus in the state.”

Why? Because they recognize that freshman Governor Whitmer has governed like a dictator.

Further, in an about-face to her First Amendment-stomping edicts, she’s had to amend her dictate there as well:

Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is backing down in the face of a pro-life activist’s federal lawsuit against her and Detroit police.”

It’s obvious to anyone who’s not a partisan hack that her motivation was the bedrock Democrat platform of Unlimited Abortion No Matter What, and not battling coronavirus.

And translation: she got caught violating the First Amendment rights of her constituents. But make no mistake, the woman who’s made herself the decider of what is and isn’t “essential” would have continued trampling all over the Bill of Rights had no one punched her in the neck.

“Quarantine is when you restrict movement of sick people. Tyranny is when you restrict the movement of healthy people,” Meshawn Maddock, an organizer of the protest with the Michigan Conservative Coalition, told Fox News. “Every person has learned a harsh lesson about social distancing. We don’t need a nanny state to tell people how to be careful.”

And at least one governor agrees.

In contrast, Governor Noem of South Dakota has thus far refused issuing a stay-at-home order, or dictates that tell her citizens what they can and cannot buy, or where they can and cannot go. And it’s come with near-constant slings and arrows from just about every direction.

“Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken called on the governor to issue a stay-at-home order for the city as the rate of COVID-19 infections accelerated in recent days; many came from an outbreak at a pork processing plant operated by Smithfield Foods.”

“Noem said she is evaluating the request, but resisted the notion that a more aggressive approach to get people to stay home is necessary. She said people are voluntarily taking precautions.”

Yes, she’s issued guidelines, but Noem, to her credit, and unlike some other Republican governors throughout America who’ve imposed stay-at-home/do-not-travel orders of various degrees of enforcement (my home state of Idaho is on that list; don’t get me started!), remains rooted in the principles of freedom and personal responsibility.

‘I have all the faith in the world of the people of South Dakota,’ Noem says. ‘They’ve been absolute rock stars in working to protect their communities and their families.’ The South Dakota Medical Association sent Noem a letter last week asking her to issue a stay-at-home order but there’s no indication she has any plans to reverse course.”

And just yesterday, Noem proactively announced a statewide hydroxychloroquine clinical trial to test the malaria drug’s effectiveness on battling, and even preventing, coronavirus:

Contrast that with Michigan’s gender-exploiting Whitmer who restricted Michigan’s doctors from prescribing hydroxychloroquine, and went so far as to threaten “administrative action” if they dared defied her. Why? Well, I’m guessing because Orange Man Bad and Google is Hard. And all in an effort to look strong and decisive for one Joe Biden. I wonder how many lives her ignorant dictate cost Michiganders?

And yet again, she’s since walked back that irrational decision, in stark contrast to the calm and thoughtful decisions made by Governor Noem.

And did I mention Noem’s unafraid to drop-kick the howler-monkey media?

I predict South Dakota will gain itself some freedom-seeking residents post haste…

The moral of the story is this: we are witnessing in real time what socialism looks like. The bread lines, the joblessness, the freedom-crushing dictates, the withholding of life-sustaining necessities that are inherent in that destructive system are on full display all across our nation. But we are also witnessing what the bedrock, unwavering principles of liberty look like, where a governor with a spine of steel, against massive pressure from all around her, has resisted the siren song of “give up your liberty for a little security.” Instead she has empowered both her citizens to make their own decisions on how to keep themselves and others safe amid this health crisis, and her state’s medical professionals to make the right decisions for their patients without her interference. And in so doing, the trial will hopefully both save lives and provide further data about the drug’s effectiveness to the country itself in its time of need, all without draconian dictates from the executive.

The contrasts between the two governors amid this crisis are clear: tyranny versus freedom; dependence versus self-reliance. The shut-downs must end; Americans need to get back to work. And it’s far past time we punt the petty dictators, and follow the lead of governors like Kristi Noem.


Feature Image Credit: austin_slack via Flikr and Kristi Noem via Wikimedia Commons; each under Creative Commons 2.0 license; images cropped and altered.

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  • Raymond Adams says:

    Governor Kristi Noem seems to me to be the perfect choice for the first woman President of the United States and 2024 could be her’s and our’s best shot

  • George V says:

    The nanny state thoughts of Gov. Whitmer (or the staff member with responsibility for stay home orders) is quite apparent in a Q&A published in today’s Detroit Free Press. The answer to “Can I go out in my boat” is: ““Physical outdoor activity like kayaking, canoeing and sailing is permitted under the order, but using a motorboat, a jet ski, or other similar watercraft is not,” the governor’s office says.”

    It appears that the criteria is not preventing spread of the virus, but is if you are participating in a “physical” activity. The bias seems apparent to me. I wonder why the physical activity of water skiing doesn’t count? Or the good mental health many get from fishing from their boat is not good. Methinks it has something to do with gasoline, and the combustion thereof.

  • GWB says:

    We’ve done a decent job of doing what we can to help quell the coronavirus outbreak
    If that’s what you call meekly following the herd when it stampedes.

    a growing number of us are opposing the overreach
    Some opposed it from the beginning.

    Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken called on the governor to issue a stay-at-home order for the city
    Huh?! She insists the governor tell the people in her city what to do? That’s funny as hell: an authoritarian that wants someone else to take the blame!

    a statewide hydroxychloroquine clinical trial
    Which really isn’t even necessary. Despite what the media is saying (because ORANGEMANBAD!) the drug is known to be safe, and it’s known to work as an anti-viral against coronaviruses. (Requiring large-scale testing when it’s being used massively, and is obviously efficacious, is one of the problems with our gov’t being WAY too big.)

    went so far as to threaten “administrative action”
    Anyone else, and they’d say she was practicing medicine without a license.

    I predict South Dakota will gain itself some freedom-seeking residents post haste…
    And they’ll promptly be blown into Minnesota.

    The shut-downs must end
    Absolutely. And the governors and mayors should be made to suffer the next time – by demanding compensation up front before allowing a 5th Amendment “taking” like a shutdown order.

    • Michael J Klatt says:

      Her city? Paul TenHaken is the republican Mayor of the largest city in South Dakota, of which accounts for about 1/4 of the states population. The Smithfield Foods plant which is located in SIoux Falls in now the 2nd on the list of US cases connected to a specific location. First on that list is the USS Franklin Roosevelt and 3rd is the Cook County Jail. PTH is not an authoritarian, he’s just a local politician addressing the issues affecting his city while that State Government does its best to maintaining their control on the situation due to the political aspirations of their grandstanding governor. She’s trying to tow a very strict Republican party line, so i don’t understand why she lobbies the state legislator to not pass a last minute emergency bill giving local municipalities more freedom to address outbreaks in their area. If you want to praise her for being a champion of freedom first beware of what effort she has taken to keep her power centralized and what she has been doing to expand her offices influence and earn her political capital. If you dig a little deeper it’s easy to see she’s only reping this imagine of a great Republican while hypocritically engaging in some very leftist activities. Please research more about about South Dakota. If you want to see what is really going on come stay at my place. It’s 1.6 miles for the plant where so far 550 of 3700 employees have tested positive for COVID19. My mayor is daily bagging people to stay home only to have his press conference followed by one for the Governor where she reports her recent progress on climbing up the butt of whatever organization she feels will get her career where she wants it go. Please send help.

      • GWB says:

        Ah yes, somehow I misgendered the mayor. My apologies to him.
        Everything else you wrote is a different and valid viewpoint to consider, but hampered by poor writing.

      • Tim says:

        And now Mayor TenHaken has reversed his thought process on a Shelter in Place Order he recommended to the City Council. All the posturing, going on CNN and dogging Governor Noem went by the wayside after he “looked at new numbers the State provided.” So, as he waivers- Noem stands strong. I live in Sioux Falls too. At least the Governor is providing a clear, consistent message (like it or not) while others swing in the wind.

  • GWB says:

    Oh, and, Jodi, you have “Whitman” instead of “Whitmer” in a few spots. Autocorrupt will get ya!

  • Bill Dumanch says:

    Written well and just the facts…hmm kid don’t do that again…

  • GWB says:

    And a follow-up:
    The media has made a big deal of a Smithfield pork plant that had to close because someone got sick. Well, it’s in… South Dakota. The Washington Post tried to make a big deal of it.
    The point of the Post story is to convey the impression that Governor Noem’s reliance on voluntary measures, education, persuasion, and close cooperation with federal agencies, other governors, and the private sector is a failure.
    The writer (John Hinderaker) goes on to show how badly they fail at it.

    (h/t Instapundit)

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