South Dakota’s Republican Governor Kristi Noem received a surprise parade as a thank you for not putting the state under draconian stay at home orders.
Some would argue that South Dakota is a hick state full of Trump supporters and host to the Sturgis Harley Davidson rallies.
Noem put faith in her constituents when she said,
“Thanks to a strong commitment and respect for the principle of personal responsibility, South Dakotans have dramatically changed the trajectory of our initial COVID-19 projections. With our hospitalization capacity currently at a manageable level, South Dakotans are asked to the following steps as we look to get back to normal.”
So refreshing to see a government not treat its citizens as mindless idiots that need ever increasing levels of state control. As we can see in the attached charts, South Dakota experienced some of the lowest infections and death rates per capita.