Noem in South Dakota is Going to Have to Make Up Her Mind

South Dakota’s legislative bodies wrote a law to keep boys and men from competing in school sports as women.  Fearing that the NCAA and their corporate sponsors would punish South Dakota she caved and attempted to neuter the bill at the collegiate level.  That bill has now died in the veto override process.  Noem has supposedly covered the two age groups, college and pre-college, with separate executive orders to achieve the same effect as the original bill and is reconvening the legislature in May to address this issue again.

So, what happened here?  I think the firestorm of criticism that she received from conservatives has frightened her.  She has been rightly applauded for her intelligent and courageous handling of the COVID crisis.  This has raised her national profile to a level where lots of people are mentioning her as in the running for the 2024 republican presidential nomination.  The last thing she can afford to do is look like a waffler on a social conservative hot button issue.  This is very similar to what happened to Mike Pence when he had to walk back the religious freedom law in Indiana when the LGBTQ mafia threatened him.  I think what she’s hoping to do is get a do-over.  I think she knows now there is no way to finesse this thing.  If she takes a strong stand and the federal government comes after her, she’s still better off than just caving ahead of time.  Plus, several states have also signed similar legislation.  Joining with them to come up with a united front to promote their position and maybe brain-storm a common strategy to combat the federal attack is a reasonable approach.

Even if Governor Noem does manage to walk back her earlier cowardice I don’t have confidence that she’ll have the courage it will take to stare down the feds once the guaranteed Supreme Court betrayal occurs.  But it is possible that one of the other governors will have the cojones to tell Washington where to go.  That would be something to see and could act as the first example of state nullification of unconstitutional federal laws.

At this point I think it’s only a fifty-fifty chance that any of these politicos have the grit to stand their ground but at least it shouldn’t take too long before we know the answer.  And from my point of view that’s all we’re looking at here.  We’re waiting to see if there is any leader who wants us to rally around him.  The common people are no match for the KGB.  We don’t have the resources to win a war against a well-armed and well-organized secret police force.  It’s going to take the legitimately elected governor of a state along with the backing of the legislature and people of a state to stand down the FBI when a gangster administration decides to crush us.  That’s what it will take.  But do those things exist anywhere in this country?  I assume we are about to find out.  And once we find out that answer each of us can then make our own decision.

So good luck Kristi Noem.  Choose wisely.  Your political career and a lot more depends on whether you pass the test you are about to take.  You flubbed it the first time but you’re going to get a do-over.  Don’t waste the chance.