There seems to be a split, whether 50/50 or 60/40 etc.., about whether the government should be telling us to stay at home. Many cite their inability to go to work, therefor putting them in a difficult situation, financially and emotionally. Others simply cite what they feel is a violation of their most basic rights.
We’ve all seen the stories and videos of people getting chased by police for jogging on a beach or arrested for taking their kids to play at a park while maintaining social distancing rules. We’ve seen outrage, by citizens, of those incidents as well as some folks supporting the arrests out of fear of spreading the virus.
The folks in South Dakota seem to fall on one side of this argument. Their Governor, Kristi Noem, took a different approach from most states. That approach has seen her showered with praise by the citizens of South Dakota while other states are having protests of the lockdown orders.
Noem refused to implement stay-at-home orders. What did she get in return? Her citizens threw her a parade instead of a protest.
The parade consisted of "literally hundreds of cars as well as fire trucks, tow trucks and horse trailers".
In Governor Noem's "back to normal" plan she says they're at a manageable level as it pertains to hospital capacity. North Dakota never issued a stay-at-home order. She simply asked them to use common sense and take personal responsibility for their health and hygiene.
A novel concept.
“Are businesses, including outdoor venues and events, allowed to reopen?” Answer: “No business was ever required to close. Businesses are encouraged to consider these guidelines as they resume normal operations, and also must adhere to any local restrictions.”
Same goes with churches. Churches were never required to close.
Noem cited the constitution and citizens' rights for her position, as The Daily Wire reported:
“My role with respect to public safety is something I take very seriously,” the Republican continued. “The people themselves are primarily responsible for their safety. They are the ones that are entrusted with expansive freedoms – they are free to exercise their rights to work, worship, and play – or to stay at home, or to conduct social distancing.”
This move has garnered support all over the state of South Dakota and, unquestionably, has other states wondering if they should have taken the same approach.
For more on this story go to The Daily Wire.