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WASHINGTON, March 12, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — At the recent Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota contrasted the unique success her state had responding to the coronavirus last year — using “common sense and conservative governing principles” — with the disastrous results of places like New York where so-called “mitigation efforts” have “been anything but scientific.”

Noem began by reminding her audience of the great success Donald Trump had as president, prior to the March 2020 shutdowns, in creating “seven million new American jobs,” with “the lowest unemployment rate in over half a century.”

In response to the spread of COVID-19, “Most governors shut down their states. What followed was record unemployment. Businesses closed. Most schools were shuttered. Communities suffered. And the U.S. economy came to an immediate halt,” she described.

Affirming that such extended and devastating shutdowns were clearly avoidable, Noem was candid: “Let me be clear. COVID didn’t crush the economy. Government crushed the economy.”

To great applause, the governor highlighted how the Mount Rushmore State was different. “For those of you who don’t know, South Dakota is the only state in America that never ordered a single business or church to close,” she said. “We never instituted a shelter-in-place order. We never mandated that people wear masks. We never even defined what an ‘essential business’ is, because I don’t believe governors have the authority to tell you your business is ‘not essential.’”

With regards to her state’s schools, she explained, “From the earliest days of the pandemic, our priority was the students; their well-being; their education. When it was time to go back to school in the fall, we put our kids in the classrooms.”

Noem said, “We never focused on case numbers. Instead, we kept our eye on hospital capacity. Dr. Fauci told me that I would have 10,000 COVID patients in the hospital on our worst day. On our worst day, we had a little over 600.

“I don’t know if you agree, but Fauci is wrong a lot!” she exclaimed to a roar from the crowd. “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 heads and feed their families. And they still need purpose. They need their dignity.”

“My administration resisted the call for virus control at the expense of everything else. We looked at the science, data, and facts, and then took a balanced approach,” she described.

With a tone of dismay, Noem revealed, “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 — guess I was wrong.”

In response to such widespread mismanagement, she encouraged the conservative audience, “We have to show people how arbitrary these restrictions are — and the coercion, force, and anti-liberty steps governments take to enforce them. Often, enforcement isn’t based on facts. Justifying these ‘mitigation efforts’ has been anything but scientific.”

Citing the national media attacks she endured due to her COVID-19 response policies, she told the story of appearing on This Week on ABC. Just before Noem came on, host George Stephanopoulos had finished a segment with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo by asking him if he had advice for Noem on how to deal with the pandemic.

Noting the irony, Noem specified Cuomo’s track record of endangering nursing home residents with various executive orders and political initiatives helping facilitate the deaths of thousands.

“And on January 28 of this year,” Noem said, “the New York Attorney General announced that Cuomo and his administration significantly undercounted the number of COVID-related deaths in nursing homes by as much as 50 percent. To make matters worse, they tried to cover it up.”

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Thank you for continuing to SIGN and SHARE this petition, which asks policymakers at all levels of government to reverse mandatory mask orders within their borders.

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Facebook needs to treat its users with respect, no matter their political persuasion. Moreover, Facebook needs to treat objective reality and facts with more respect.

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Healthy adults and children should not be forced - by the state - to wear masks when the risk of infection is low and the benefit of wearing a mask is highly questionable.

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PETITION UPDATE (8/25/2020)

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This is exactly the kind of censorship which Big Tech is getting a bad reputation for.

The fact that Facebook calls differing opinion and objective reality "abusive" says a lot about Facebook and their agenda to silence reason and logic, not just conservatives and Christians.

But, people are more intelligent than Facebook give them credit for.

And, the more this continues, the more reasonable people will look alternate platforms to share their thoughts and connect with their friends and family. The more that happens, the less revenue Facebook will generate.

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One-size-fits-all oppressive government mask mandates must stop!

Healthy adults and children should not be forced - by the state - to wear masks when the risk of infection is low and the benefit of wearing a mask is highly questionable.

Please SIGN this petition which asks policymakers at all levels of government to reverse mandatory mask mandates within their borders

Public health policies should be based on science and logic, not on the type of political posturing and virtue-signaling which led Joe Biden to recently call for a national mask mandate.

And, public health policies certainly shouldn't lead to a situation where more people could become sick.

But, that is exactly what these mandatory mask mandates are doing.

Here are four inconvenient facts about masks:

1) Masks** are largely ineffective at stopping the transmission of viruses.

The vast majority of masks worn by the public are made from material which cannot filter-out viruses because virus particles are too small to catch or obstruct.  Wearing cloth masks to stop a virus is like putting a bee in a bird cage to keep it from flying away.

Wearing a mask for long periods of time ensures that the wearer has a warm and moist receptacle around his or her mouth, on which viruses and bacteria can land and accumulate.

Thus, masks are actually likely to have little effect in stopping the spread of COVID-19 acting as a barrier, but could actually make things worse acting as a receptacle.

2) Mandates which call for masks to be worn outdoors are both absurd and oppressive.

3) There are clearly documented hazards of wearing masks for long periods of time.

4) And, since school is on everyone's mind...

Notwithstanding the above information on the ineffectiveness of most masks against viruses, we don't know if asymptomatic children can even transmit the virus.

But, it was a reported in an article in the July 21, 2020 Uk Times that: "There has been no recorded case of a teacher catching the coronavirus from a pupil anywhere in the world, according to one of the UK government's leading scientific advisers."

And, we also know that children are extremely unlikely to get seriously ill or die from COVID infections. In any case, children cannot possibly be expected to wear a mask properly in a way that would cut transmission.

There are still a lot of unknowns about COVID-19, but we have grown in our understanding of this disease since the beginning of the crisis.

The knowledge we have gained should allow government and health authorities to make more nuanced policies than the current one-size-fits-all mask mandates.

Where are the legislative hearings in county commissions, and state, provincial or federal legislatures before these drastic actions are mandated? Where are the open and transparent debates among experts that provide our representatives with the necessary information to make good policy decisions?

The real pandemic is the panic and the resulting tyranny that is being caused by dictatorial governors, corporate media and the monopolistic Big Tech.

The truth is that COVID-19 is like a bad cold for most people; this is not ebola or the plague.

Of course, the very elderly and those with serious health conditions should take precautions or be quarantined, but the rest of society should begin the long process of returning to normality.

The frenzy to force everyone to wear a mask, at all times, has gone beyond all comprehension, and goes against science and logic.

Please SIGN this petition which asks policymakers at all levels of government to reverse any mandatory mask order within the borders of their county, state, province, or country.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:

'Explosion in mandatory masking isn’t driven by science, but fear', PART I - https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/explosion-in-mandatory-masking-isnt-driven-by-science-but-fear

'Explosion in mandatory masking isn’t driven by science, but fear', PART II - https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/explosion-in-mandatory-masking-isnt-driven-by-science-but-fear-part-ii

OSHA Document on Surgical Masks and Respirators stating that surgical masks do NOT prevent airborne particles (e.g. viruses) from being inhaled - https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3219.pdf

'PETER HITCHENS: Face masks turn us into voiceless submissives - and it’s not science forcing us to wear them, it’s politics' - https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-8537489/PETER-HITCHENS-Face-masks-turn-voiceless-submissives.html

**Here, we are referring to the masks worn by the vast majority of the public, not to specialist masks or respirator-type masks.

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“That’s the media’s COVID hero. By the way, he also earned an Emmy and he wrote a book on his COVID response. So, who really needed the advice?” Noem asked.

“Again, in South Dakota we did things differently. We applied common-sense and conservative governing principles. We never exceeded our hospital capacity. And our economy is booming. We have the lowest unemployment rate in the nation,” she said to great applause.

“We are number one in the nation for keeping jobs, keeping businesses open and keeping money in the pockets of our people. 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!” she emphasized.

Noem recalled how the foundational limits to government power are established in both our national and state constitutions. “Those limits are essential to preventing government officials from trampling on people’s rights.”

“The people themselves are primarily responsible for their own health and wellbeing. They are the ones entrusted with expansive freedoms — free to exercise their rights to work, worship, and earn a living.”

“No governor should dictate to their people which activities are officially approved or not. And no governor should arrest, ticket, or fine people for exercising their freedoms,” she said to the great satisfaction of the crowd. “Governors — and members of Congress and the president — have a duty to respect the rights of the people who elected them.”

Reflecting on 2020, the former South Dakota Snow Queen said COVID, along with the Marxist Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, “certainly showed us how deep the divide [in our country] really is, and how thin the barrier is between freedom and tyranny.”

“To attempt to ‘cancel’ the founding generation [of our nation] is an to attempt to cancel our own freedoms,” she said.

In addition, Noem observed, the “pandemic illustrated that many politicians have a totally different vision for government than what the Founders laid out. It was once said, ‘The left takes its vision seriously — more seriously than it takes the rights of other people. They want to be our shepherds but that requires us to be sheep.’”

“Let it be heard loud and clear from us right now,” she said. “We will not be sheep!”

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