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Kristi Noem, the governor of South Dakota, has become a popular conservative icon since the pandemic started back in 2020. She has been a fighter for freedom and conservatives around the country have praised her for it. This week was no different. On January 11th at the State of the State address, she announced that she was going to produce legislation to protect individuals from vaccine mandates in South Dakota.

Yesterday, the legislation was filed. It forces businesses to respect medical and religious exemptions for individuals who obtain documentation as well as natural immunity. This is a huge step for the state and a great example for the rest of the country. Republican governors around the country should take a hint and get on it. This is going to need to be the standard going forward for Republicans in power.

In the State of the State Address, Noem said “The COVID vaccination should be a choice, and we should reject the efforts that we are seeing in other parts of the country to divide us into two classes: vaccinated and unvaccinated,” She went on to say “Unvaccinated Americans are still Americans. We live in a free country – free to make our own decisions. In South Dakota, we will protect the liberty of our people to make the best decisions for themselves and their families.”

These statements are powerful in a time at which vaccine mandates are a hot topic around the world. Noem deserves praise for her courage to make a stand against the federal government’s wishes.

This comes right after Biden’s vaccine mandate was deemed “unconstitutional” by the supreme court. Noem had the following to say about their decision: “Our nation was built on freedom, on the belief that our rights come from God, not from government. Any infringement on our rights risks breaking the constitutional republic that we hold so dear.” She then went on to say “I am grateful that the Supreme Court has taken this important action to guarantee the rights of employees to make their own personal choice whether or not to get a COVID vaccine.”

Kristi Noem continues to be a freedom fighter and has set a great example for the rest of the country. If more governors cared about their citizens’ rights the way she does, the country would be a much better place.