Horowitz: Why is Governor Kristi Noem attacking South Dakota’s small group of conservative lawmakers?
Why aren’t red states as red as California is blue? Why is it so hard to pass bills against chemical castration, COVID fascism, illegal immigration, and medical tyranny in states with few Democrats in legislatures? Well, unfortunately, in red states, it’s not so much voters who control the arc of legislation, but vested interests. And in smaller red states, the Chamber of Commerce and the medical cartel wield outsized influence, often turning red states into de facto anti-abortion/pro-gun versions of blue states. Nowhere is this more evident than in South Dakota.
On paper, Democrats are an endangered species in Mount Rushmore State. Not a single labeled Democrat holds office in the state. Republicans control the State Senate 32-3 and the State House 62-8. Sounds like a conservative paradise, right? Well, when it comes to abortion and guns, like most other red states, the policy reflects the political orientation of the majority of the population. Other issues? Democrats may as well hold a supermajority, especially in the Senate. They simply present themselves as Republicans.
In that vein, it was shocking to read how Governor Kristi Noem declared war, not on the RINOs who legislate like Democrats, but on the few Republicans in the House who actually want to distinguish the state from a blue state. Last week, Chief Argus reported that Noem was playing a “hands-on” role in training candidates to run for parliament, including those who challenge the few Tory incumbents.
Not seen as vulnerable in her primary, Noem says she still doesn’t take her party’s gubernatorial nomination for granted. But she manages to find the time to get involved in some legislative battleground contests. She has offered candidate school seminars to up-and-coming politicians, doing endorsements and even going so far as to publicly berate Republican incumbents she disagrees with politically.
Last month, for example, Noem joined District 4 House candidate Stephanie Sauder on a radio show where she openly accused Rep. Fred Deutsch, R-Florence, of being a bad lawmaker who harms the mode. of life in South Dakota.
According to the head of Argus, the governor is also working with Sen. Lee Schoenbeck, the interim chairman, “to unseat far-right members of the party seeking re-election.”
Here is a list of targeted breeds based on an article by Schoenbeck referenced in the Argus Leader:
Members highlighted are establishment picks who are not considered “far right”.
But what does “extreme right” mean? People who oppose men in women’s sports, the chemical castration of minors, companies violating human rights and allowing dangerous shooting, but who support tax cuts? The aforementioned issues have essentially been the dividing lines between the governor and some of the House conservatives over the past two years. These members were pushing for a half percent reduction in the sales tax, but were blocked by the governor. Then they tried to eliminate the sales tax on food and institute a gas tax exemption, which was even done in some blue states. Yet the Governor obviously objects enough to remove them from office.
Conservatives in the state and nation clashed with Governor Noem last year when she opposed a bill banning men from playing women’s sports.
“All the people on her target list are true Christian conservatives, and those are the people she wants to see gone,” Rep. Rhonda Milstead, lead sponsor of HB 1217, the women’s sports bill, said in a statement. an interview with TheBlaze.
Milstead also accuses the GOP establishment of targeting more conservative members with new constituency maps. “Our redistricting was awful because it put the people they wanted in neighborhoods they would struggle with, or it put solidly conservative people against each other in the same neighborhood,” the student charged. freshman, representing the greater Sioux Falls area. Milstead claims the map was drawn with the intention of placing several other curators in his district.
Watertown’s Fred Deutsch was placed in a new district because he was seen as more loathsome to the GOP establishment than Joe Biden and the Democrats. His crime was sponsoring a bill banning chemical castration for minors, a bill that was easily passed in many other red states. Yet this year, South Dakota has failed to pass a single meaningful bill on an important issue, from transgender and illegal immigration to medical freedom and COVID fascism.
In an interview on KXLG in Watertown on April 21, Kristi Noem, a native of that part of the state, lambasted Deutsch and others for being a drag on the state and sloppy lawmakers who don’t read bills. law and do not understand the consequences of good governance. . “We need thoughtful people,” Noem said in a common refrain we hear from establishment Republicans.
Milstead disagrees. “Fred is an excellent researcher and probably does more research on the issues than the next 10 legislators. He always does his homework, even when I disagree with him, and Governor Noem knows it.
There is a common thread running through this intra-party battle in South Dakota that reverberates nationally in the Republican Party. It is not a divide between conservatives and liberals or moderate Republicans and “extreme right” Republicans. It is an unbridgeable gulf between the priorities and values of the average red state voter and the vested interests that control powerful state entities.
Although Republican governors and red state legislative leaders will find some minor ways to distinguish themselves from the Democrats, when it comes to issues of fighting the spirit of the times, they will always be incorrigibly on the side of the corporatists. Whether it’s transgender, mass refugee resettlement, illegal immigration, or COVID fascism, powerful Republicans in power will always side with big business, which, unlike previous generations, is squarely on the side of the cultural Marxism and against individual freedom. Even on the tax issue, which has united Republicans of all stripes in the past, the corporate wing wants to focus on targeted tax provisions rather than across-the-board cuts for obvious reasons.
Nowhere is this more evident than with the health care cartel. Sanford Health and Avera Health are the state’s top employers. It is quite obvious that medical freedom will be taboo within the legislator. “The game is very simple,” notes Rep. Milstead. “The Political Action Committee of the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations is contributing to many liberal candidates in the state who they believe will toe the line on their issues. Most candidates don’t have a lot of money, so they operate with a sense of fear about what these lobbyists and PACs can do to them.
Rep. Steve Haugaard runs against Noem in the June 7 primary. On his campaign website, he makes it clear that it is not one issue in particular that is driving his race, but the power structure behind the results we are seeing on many issues. “The Big Tech, Big Business, Big Education and Hollywood axis has dramatically changed our culture over the past decade,” writes the former House Speaker, who now faces a David vs. Goliath contest. “Today, the big multinationals dictate how we should live, how our children are brought up and what values should be taught to our children.”
The South Dakota Constitution begins with the phrase, “We the people of South Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberties…” Today we face the challenge of corporations that have essentially become a branch of government or often even stronger. than government, with the ability to destroy civil and religious liberty while protecting elected government officials from having to do the dirty work. They often allow elected Red State Republicans to campaign to do the opposite, knowing full well that they will work hand in hand with lobbyists from these entities to silence the voice of the people.
Thus, anyone who wants to advance the cause of freedom and traditional values beyond the two issues of inheritance will inevitably have to engage in full-scale warfare with the most powerful interests of the state. It’s not for the faint of heart.