In Bob Dylan’s words, “How many deaths will it take til she knows that too many people have died?” South Dakota is No. 2 in the nation in per capita infections — over 800 of our neighbors dead and no end in sight. Another South Dakotan dead every 35 minutes, and still Gov. Noem refuses to lead.
Instead of doing her job, Noem flies around the nation promoting her hero, the liar-in-chief whose refusal to accept the defeat voters handed him threatens our democracy itself. Remember, this is the guy who promised us that COVID-19 would “just magically disappear.”
Well, Kristi and Donald, that’s not how things work. Doctors and scientists have been telling us for months that this deadly virus is airborne, spread by coughs, sneezes, speech and breath, and we must wear masks and keep a safe distance — not just to protect ourselves, but to protect our families and our neighbors and friends.
Noem says that those who follow her lead and refuse to act responsibly “deserve respect.” How about those who are dying because others don’t respect their right to life?
Noem says we should simply wash our hands. Well, Pontius Pilate tried that 2,000 years ago, and his name still rings with betrayal.