Noem’s Presidential Class Act Speech at CPAC 2021

 

Governor Kristi Noem is known for her unique and successful way of leading South Dakota in facing Coronavirus. Two days into CPAC 2021, Kristi Noem’s powerful speech was by far the best. She spoke about Covid, Fauci, Cuomo, the media, the role of American government, the election loss, American ideals, her father, and what conservatives must do going forward. It will make you tear up. One classy lady and one classy speech.

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  1. Phil Turmel Coolidge
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    Presidential material, indeed.

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  2. Flicker Coolidge
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    Phil Turmel (View Comment):

    Presidential material, indeed.

    Noem/DeSantis?  Or DeSantis/Noem.

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  3. Phil Turmel Coolidge
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    Flicker (View Comment):

    Phil Turmel (View Comment):

    Presidential material, indeed.

    Noem/DeSantis? Or DeSantis/Noem.

    Either combination works for me.  Or Trump/Noem.

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  4. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    C-SPAN carries the whole conference live, and can be filtered by speaker. Here is the auto-transcription of Governor Noem’s CPAC remarks. The auto-transcription uses all caps. 

    GOOD AFTERNOON. YOU ALL LOOK WONDERFUL. IT IS SUCH AN HONOR TO BE WITH ALL OF YOU HERE TODAY. MY GUESS IS ONE YEAR AGO, MOST OF YOU HAD NO IDEA WHO I WAS. [LAUGHTER] BUT UNLIKE THE D.C. MEDIA, I’M SURE YOU ALL AT LEAST KNOW THERE ARE TWO DAKOTAS AND I’M THE GOVERNOR OF THE WARMER ONE. I AM HERE TODAY TO SHARE SOME OF THE LESSONS — ONE OF THE MAIN QUESTIONS THAT NEEDS TO BE ANSWER IS WHY DOES AMERICA NEED CONSERVATIVES? THE QUESTION OF WHY AMERICA NEEDS CONSERVATIVES CAN BE ANSWERED BY JUST MENTIONING ONE SINGLE YEAR. THAT YEAR IS 2020. EVERYBODY KNOWS ALMOST OVERNIGHT WE WENT FROM A ROARING ECONOMY TO A TRAGIC, NATIONWIDE SHUT DOWN. BY THE GETTING OF 2020, PRESIDENT TRUMP HAD CREATED 7 MILLION NEW AMERICAN JOBS. [APPLAUSE] WE HAD THE LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN OVER HALF A CENTURY AND UNEMPLOYMENT RATES FOR LAX AND HISPANICS AND ASIAN AMERICANS REACH THE LOWEST LEVELS IN HISTORY. MORE THAN 10 MILLION PEOPLE HAD BEEN LIFTED OUT OF POVERTY AND OUT OF WELFARE AND ALL OF THAT CHANGED IN MARCH. LOTS OF GOVERNORS SHUT DOWN THEIR STATES. WHAT FOLLOWED WAS RECORD UNEMPLOYMENT, BUSINESS IS CLOSED, MOST SCHOOLS WERE SHUTTERED AND COMMITTEES SUFFERED. THE U.S. ECONOMY CAME TO AN IMMEDIATE HALT. LET ME BE CLEAR — COVID DID NOT CRASH THE ECONOMY. GOVERNMENT CRUSHED THE ECONOMY. [APPLAUSE] AND THEN JUST AS QUICKLY, GOVERNMENT TURNED AROUND AND HELD ITSELF OUT AS THE SAVIOR AND FRANKLY THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT CAN’T PRINT MONEY FAST ENOUGH TO KEEP UP WITH CONGRESS’S WISH LIST. BUT NOT EVERYONE HAS FOLLOWED THIS PATH. FOR THOSE OF YOU DON’T KNOW, SOUTH DAKOTA IS THE ONLY STATE IN AMERICA THAT NEVER ORDERED A SINGLE BUSINESS OR CHURCH TO CLOSE. [APPLAUSE] WE NEVER INSTITUTED A SHELTER-IN-PLACE ORDER. WE NEVER MANDATED PEOPLE WEAR MASKS. [APPLAUSE] WE NEVER EVEN DEFINED WHAT AN ESSENTIAL BUSINESS IS BECAUSE I DON’T BELIEVE GOVERNORS HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO TELL YOU YOUR BUSINESS IS ESSENTIAL. [APPLAUSE] SOUTH DAKOTA SCHOOLS ARE NO DIFFERENT THAN SCHOOLS EVERYWHERE ELSE IN AMERICA, BUT WE APPROACH THE PANDEMIC DIFFERENTLY. FROM THE EARLIEST DAYS OF THE PANDEMIC, OUR PRIORITY WAS THE STUDENTS, THEIR WELL-BEING AND THEIR EDUCATION. WHEN IT’S TIME TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL IN THE FALL, WE PUT OUR KIDS IN THE CLASSROOM. TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS, PARENTS AND THE STUDENTS THEMSELVES WERE OF ONE MIND — TO MAKE THINGS WORK FOR OUR CHILDREN. THE BEST WAY TO DO THAT WAS IN THE CLASSROOM. [APPLAUSE] IN SOUTH DAKOTA, I PROVIDED ALL THE INFORMATION WE HAD TO OUR PEOPLE AND THEN I TRUSTED THEM TO MAKE THE BEST DECISIONS FOR THEMSELVES, FOR THEIR FAMILIES AND THEIR COMMUNITIES. WE NEVER FOCUSED ON THE CASE NUMBERS. INSTEAD, WE KEPT OUR EYE ON HOSPITAL CAPACITY. DR. FAUCI TOLD ME THAT ON MY WORST DAY, I HAD 10,000 PATIENTS IN THE HOSPITALS. ON OUR WORST DAY, WE HAD A LITTLE OVER 600. [APPLAUSE] I DON’T KNOW IF YOU AGREE WITH ME, BUT DR. FAUCI IS WRONG A LOT. [CHEERING AND APPLAUSE] EVEN IN A PANDEMIC, PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY NEEDS TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT PEOPLE’S ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL WELL-BEING. DAILY NEEDS STILL NEED TO BE MET. PEOPLE NEED TO KEEP A ROOF OVER THEIR HEAD. NEED TO FEED THEIR FAMILY AND THEY NEED PURPOSE. THEY NEED THEIR DIGNITY. MIGHT A MINISTRATION RESISTED THE CALL FOR VIRUS CONTROL AT THE EXPENSE OF EVERYTHING ELSE. WE LOOKED AT THE SCIENCE, THE DATA AND THE FACTS AND THEN WE TOOK A BALANCED APPROACH. TRUTHFULLY, I NEVER THOUGHT THE DECISIONS I WAS MAKING WERE GOING TO BE UNIQUE. I THOUGHT THERE WOULD BE MORE WHO WOULD FOLLOW BASIC CONSERVATIVE PRINCIPLES, BUT I GUESS I WAS WRONG. ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION — HOW FAR WILL PEOPLE GO TO ENFORCE MASK MANDATES? ONCE YOU START LOCKDOWNS, HOW LONG CAN YOU SUSTAIN THEM? IN SOUTH DAKOTA, WE HAD SOME CASES IN MARCH AND APRIL, BUT THE VIRUS DID NOT REALLY HIT THE MIDWEST UNTIL LATE FALL. SHOULD WE HAVE KEPT PEOPLE IN THEIR HOMES FROM MARCH ONWARD? OF COURSE NOT. IT IS IMPORTANT TO ASK THESE QUESTIONS. WE HAVE TO SHOW PEOPLE HOW ARBITRARY THESE RESTRICTIONS ARE AND THE COERCION, FORCE AND ANTI-LIBERTY STEPS GOVERNMENTS TAKE TO ENFORCE THEM. OFTEN, THE ENFORCEMENT IS NOT BASED ON FACTS. JUSTIFYING THESE MITIGATION EFFORTS HAS BEEN ANYTHING BUT SCIENTIFIC. MANY IN THE MEDIA CRITICIZED SOUTH DAKOTA’S APPROACH, LABELED ME AS ILL-INFORMED, THAT I WAS RECKLESS, AND EVEN A DENIER. SOME EVEN CLAIMED SOUTH DAKOTA WAS AS BAD AS IT GETS ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD WHEN IT COMES TO COVID-19. THAT IS ALIVE. THE MEDIA — [APPLAUSE] THE MEDIA DID ALL THIS WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY PRAISING GOVERNORS WHO ISSUED LOCKDOWNS, WHO MANDATED MASKS AND SHUT DOWN BUSINESSES. APPLAUDING THEM AS TAKING THE RIGHT STEPS TO MITIGATE THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS. AT ONE POINT, I APPEARED ON GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS’SUNDAY SHOW. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU WATCH THAT. NO? SHOCKER. HE JUST WRAPPED UP A SECTION WITH NEW YORK GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO WHERE HE ASKED CUOMO TO GIVE ME SOME ADVICE ON HOW TO DEAL WITH COVID. [LAUGHTER] NOW SEEMS LIKE A GOOD TIME TO REMIND EVERYONE WHAT GOVERNOR CUOMO WAS DOING IN NEW YORK. ON MARCH 25, CUOMO ORDERED COVID PATIENTS INTO NURSING HOMES AND PROHIBITED THE STAFF FROM TESTING PEOPLE BEFORE ADMITTING THEM. NINE DAYS LATER, HE PUSHED LEGISLATION PROHIBITING NURSING HOME LAWSUITS OVER COVID DEATHS. SIX DAYS AFTER THAT, HE PROHIBITED NURSING HOMES FROM SENDING COVID PATIENTS TO THE NEARBY NAVAL HOSPITAL SHIPS OR FIELD HOSPITAL. BOTH OF WHICH WERE ESSENTIALLY EMPTY. EIGHT DAYS AFTER THAT, THE FIRST DEATHS STARTED TO SHOW UP AND ON JANUARY 28 OF THIS YEAR, THE NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCED CUOMO AND HIS ADMINISTRATION SIGNIFICANTLY UNDERCOUNTED THE NUMBER OF COVID RELATED DEATHS IN NURSING HOMES BY AS MUCH AS 50%. TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE, THEY TRIED TO COVER IT UP. THAT IS THE MEDIAS COVID HERO. AND BY THE WAY, HE ALSO EARNED AN EMMY AND WROTE A BOOK ON HIS COVID RESPONSE. SO WHO NEEDED THE ADVICE? IN SOUTH DAKOTA, WE DID THINGS DIFFERENTLY. WE APPLIED COMMON SENSE AND CONSERVATIVE GOVERNING PRINCIPLES. OUR ECONOMY IS BOOMING. WE HAVE THE LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN THE NATION. [APPLAUSE] WE ARE NUMBER ONE IN THE NATION FOR KEEPING JOBS, KEEPING BUSINESSES OPEN, AND KEEPING MONEY IN THE POCKETS OF OUR PEOPLE. [APPLAUSE] THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH DAKOTA KEPT THEIR HOURS AND WAGES AT A HIGHER RATE THAN WORKERS ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE NATION AND OUR SCHOOLS ARE OPEN. [APPLAUSE] AMERICA NEEDS CONSERVATIVES AT THE STATE AND LOCAL LEVEL, BUT WE ALSO NEED CONSERVATIVES AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF GOVERNMENT. IN AMERICA, WE HAVE GOVERNMENT OF, BY, AND FOR THE PEOPLE. [APPLAUSE] OUR FOUNDING FATHERS ESTABLISHED OUR NATIONAL CONSTITUTION AND THAT PEOPLE OF INDIVIDUAL STATES CRAFTED THEIR OWN CONSTITUTION THAT PLACED SPECIFIC LIMITS ON THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT. THOSE LIMITS ARE ESSENTIAL TO PREVENTING GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS FROM TRAMPLING ON PEOPLE’S RIGHTS. PEOPLE THEMSELVES ARE PRIMARILY RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN HEALTH AND WELL-BEING. THEY ARE THE ONES ENTRUSTED WITH THE FREEDOM, THE FREE WILL TO EXERCISE THEIR WORK, WORSHIP AND EARN A LIVING. NO GOVERNOR SHOULD EVER DICTATE TO THEIR PEOPLE WHICH ACTIVITIES ARE OFFICIALLY APPROVED OR NOT APPROVED. [APPLAUSE] NO GOVERNOR SHOULD EVER ARREST, TICKET OR FIND PEOPLE FOR EXERCISING THEIR FREEDOM. [APPLAUSE] GOVERNORS AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENT HAVE A DUTY TO RESPECT THE RIGHTS OF THE PEOPLE WHO ELECTED THEM. BUT IT SEEMS THESE DAYS, CONSERVATIVES ARE THE ONLY ONES WHO KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS. PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY IS CONSIDERED A GOD-GIVEN GIFT IN SOUTH DAKOTA. PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY IS NOT A TERM CONSERVATIVES HAVE ABANDONED. WHEN I WAS PREPARING TO COME SPEAK WITH YOU, I CAME ACROSS SOME FASCINATING REMARKS MADE IN 1962. THE DECLARATION ABOVE ALL ELSE WAS A DOCUMENT NOT OF RHETORIC BUT A BOLD DECISION. THE DECLARATION RELEASE NOT ONLY A REVOLUTION AGAINST THE BRITISH BUT A REVOLUTION IN HUMAN AFFAIRS THIS DOCTRINE OF NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE SHOOK THE GLOBE AND REMAINS THE MOST POWERFUL FORCE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD TODAY. THAT IS FANTASTIC. THOSE ARE THE WORDS OF DEMOCRAT PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY. [APPLAUSE] IS THERE ANY WONDER RONALD REAGAN OFTEN SAID I DIDN’T LEAVE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, IT LEFT ME? [APPLAUSE] THERE WAS A TIME WHEN BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES HELD CERTAIN PRINCIPLES, BUT TODAY, WE SEEM TO NOT EVEN SURE THE MOST BASIC IDEALS. AMERICA NEEDS PEOPLE WHO WILL STAND UP FOR THESE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES. AMERICA NEEDS CONSERVATIVES. IT’S EASY TO LOOK BACK ON 2020 AND A MEMBER THE ISSUES WE HAD WITH COVID. BUT COVID IS ONLY ONE PIECE OF A VERY PROBLEMATIC PUZZLE. IT CERTAINLY SHOWS US HOW DEEP THE DIVIDE IS AND HOW THIN THE BARRIER IS BETWEEN FREEDOM AND TYRANNY. BUT THERE WAS A WORSE MOVEMENT HAPPENING IN 2020 AND IT IS AN ONGOING PROBLEM. ACROSS AMERICA THESE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS, WE WATCHED AN ORGANIZED, CORONARY — COORDINATED CAMPAIGN TO REMOVE MENTIONS OF OUR NATION’S FOUNDING AND ACTIVITY. RATHER THAN LOOK TO OUR PAST, SOME ARE TRYING TO WIPE AWAY THE LESSONS OF HISTORY, LESSONS WE SHOULD BE TEACHING OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. THIS APPROACH FOCUSES EXCLUSIVELY ON OUR FOREFATHERS FLAWS AND FAIL TO CAPITALIZE ON THE OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN FROM THEIR VIRTUES. AND THEY HAVE MANY OF THOSE. BY DISCREDITING THE INDIVIDUALS WHO FORMED AMERICA’S FOUNDING PRINCIPLES, THEY CREATE DOUBT AND THEN THEY CAN REMAKE IT IS OUR JOB TO HELP EXPLAIN WHY THIS IS WRONG. REMEMBER AMERICA WAS FOUNDED ON THE IMPORTANT FRAMEWORK OF MEN LIKE WASHINGTON AND JEFFERSON. THEY AFFIRMED PEOPLE’S GOD GIVEN FREEDOMS. THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT STATEMENTS EVER WRITTEN, NOT JUST BECAUSE IT — BUT ALSO BECAUSE IT HAS LED TO OUR PROSPERITY AND INSPIRED MANY OTHER NATIONS AND PEOPLE TO SEEK FREEDOM. [APPLAUSE]

    Here is her 2021 South Dakota State of the State address, also with transcript.

     

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  5. Metalheaddoc Member
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    Nice delts. 

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  6. Flicker Coolidge
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    Metalheaddoc (View Comment):

    Nice delts.

    You noticed that, too, eh?

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  7. Percival Thatcher
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    Flicker (View Comment):

    Phil Turmel (View Comment):

    Presidential material, indeed.

    Noem/DeSantis? Or DeSantis/Noem.

    Sure.

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  8. Gwen Novak Member
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    She did a great job.

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  9. Flicker Coolidge
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    Gwen Novak (View Comment):

    She did a great job.

    And she spoke, and did not emote and perform her speech.

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  10. Annefy Member
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    Wow. Gave me a wee bit of hope 

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  11. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge
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    Phil Turmel (View Comment):

    Presidential material, indeed.

    If a GOP had a chance again, which they don’t.  Currently the POTUS election is rigged.  Spending money, effort on it is a waste of time.  Heck from what I can tell many of the Senator races are a waste of effort.

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  12. Flicker Coolidge
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    Annefy (View Comment):

    Wow. Gave me a wee bit of hope

    Then listen to Dan Bongino.

     

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  13. Postmodern Hoplite Coolidge
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    Noem/DeSantis…definitely.

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  14. CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill Coolidge
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    I wonder what type of savings her state will experience through not bearing the hideous costs of unemployment for citizens in the many “lockdown states,” plus the continual training and re-training of state employees who have to try and make logical statements about illogical mandates.

    She is an inspiration to those of us not fortunate enough to live in South Dakota.

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  15. Skyler Coolidge
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    She was good.  Trump was better.   But that’s like asking which is better, strawberry ice cream or mint chip?  Well, they’re both awesome.

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  16. Misthiocracy got drunk and Member
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    Flicker (View Comment):

    Phil Turmel (View Comment):

    Presidential material, indeed.

    Noem/DeSantis? Or DeSantis/Noem.

    Noem/Owens.  

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  17. Joan of Ark La Tex Member
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    She is wonderful but we need warriors. We are facing an internal multi-faceted “Civil war”. All three branches of government are completely corrupt. GOP filled with RINOs and Democrats are communists. Trump would still be the best choice and from his CPAC speech, he has demonstrated he has once again matured. That is what I admire most about Trump, his ability to LEARN and evolve even at his age. His speech was focused & succint. Whoever dare to run as his VP would demonstrate to us he is a warrior. I suspect it would be either Pompeo or DeSantis. Pompeo is outstanding, he works well with Trump. Noem is the best in terms of package. She is beautiful, eloquent and strong but I have not seen the side of her where she is willing to be offensive. Cleaning the GOP house would require someone tough and to some extent ruthless. I am not sure if she is willing to call out the RINOs. 

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  18. Skyler Coolidge
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    Joan of Ark La Tex (View Comment):
    All three branches of government are completely corrupt.

    The three branches are no longer providing checks and balances.  They are a cabal to increase federal power.

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  19. Ansonia Member
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    Re: comment # 4

    Thank you for providing a transcript, Clifford Brown.

    As a speaker, Governor Kristi Noem is hard-hitting and magical and…..centering or…..grounding. I’ve just never heard anyone like her.

    Listening to that speech completely changed for the better my mood about the day.

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  20. Ansonia Member
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    So I sent the Kristi Noem CPAC speech to my lost-in-leftism family member. He texted back……

    ”1 in 500 residents of her state died of Covid-19. Her state did amongst the worst of all states.”

    Is this true ? What would Ricochet members tell him? Assuming he actually prefers to know the truth, whatever it is, to believing what he’s comfortable believing, what information sources would Ricochet members suggest he look at ?

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  21. Skyler Coolidge
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    Ansonia (View Comment):

    So I sent the Kristi Noem CPAC speech to my lost-in-leftism family member. He texted back……

    ”1 in 500 residents of her state died of Covid-19. Her state did amongst the worst of all states.”

    Is this true ? What would Ricochet members tell him? Assuming he actually prefers to know the truth, whatever it is, to believing what he’s comfortable believing, what information sources would Ricochet members suggest he look at ?

    I don’t know if that’s true, but 1/500 is 0.2%, which is incredibly unconcerning.  We submitted to emergency orders because we were led to believe it would be closer to 20%.

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  22. Ansonia Member
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    Skyler (View Comment):

    Ansonia (View Comment):

    So I sent the Kristi Noem CPAC speech to my lost-in-leftism family member. He texted back……

    ”1 in 500 residents of her state died of Covid-19. Her state did amongst the worst of all states.”

    Is this true ? What would Ricochet members tell him? Assuming he actually prefers to know the truth, whatever it is, to believing what he’s comfortable believing, what information sources would Ricochet members suggest he look at ?

    I don’t know if that’s true, but 1/500 is 0.2%, which is incredibly unconcerning. We submitted to emergency orders because we were led to believe it would be closer to 20%.

    Okay, but just out of curiosity: how does 1/500 compare to, say New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Pennsylvania (where he is) ? Where do I look to find out ? (And yes, I am aware that the states that imposed severe lock-down restrictions had deaths and injuries and an increase in health deterioration caused by injurious behavior due to those restrictions—-suicide, medical conditions that went untreated b/c people were in a greater state of fear of going to the Dr, domestic abuse, increased over eating, increased alcohol abuse, etc—-that will never be recognized as restriction related.)

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  23. Freeven Member
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    Ansonia (View Comment):
    Okay, but just out of curiosity: how does 1/500 compare to, say New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Pennsylvania (where he is) ?

    https://www.heritage.org/data-visualizations/public-health/covid-19-death-rates-by-state/

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  24. Ansonia Member
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    Freeven (View Comment):

    Ansonia (View Comment):
    Okay, but just out of curiosity: how does 1/500 compare to, say New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Pennsylvania (where he is) ?

    https://www.heritage.org/data-visualizations/public-health/covid-19-death-rates-by-state/

    Thank you, Freeven.

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