Governor Kristi Noem’s Weekly Column: The World’s Best Hope

The World’s Best Hope
By: Governor Kristi Noem
August 25, 2023

The Great Seal of the Unites States contains a phrase – “E Pluribus Unum,” “out of many, one.” Out of a nation filled with many different people of many different backgrounds comes one government that is elected “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

This is an ideal that has been intertwined with the very soul of our nation since July 4th, 1776: we have the God-given right to self-governance. It was a radical idea, a hope, that our founders risked “our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor” to actualize.

Since the signing of the Declaration of Independence, America has become hope itself. In his first inaugural address, Thomas Jefferson called America “the world’s best hope.” In an 1862 address to Congress, Abraham Lincoln called America “the last best hope of earth.”

Today, that hope is dwindling. It feels like America is breaking.

In the last few years, some politicians have locked down entire states, told businesses that they were not essential, and took Americans’ individual Freedoms away. In schools across the country, young Americans are being taught that our history is something to be ashamed of rather than something to be proud of.

The breaking of America is being accelerated – even driven – by the radical policies of the Biden Administration. President Biden has crashed America’s once-proud economy into the ground, driving down wages while propelling inflation and the national debt to unheard-of heights. Under his watch, our Southern border has become a warzone. And America – the great hope of nations around the world – looks weak on the global stage because he has refused to lead.

My goal, and what I believe should be the goal of every American, is to live a life of significance. I get up every single day and do what I can to protect this great experiment – to guarantee that our Freedoms survive for my kids and grandkids.

And I will continue to tell South Dakota’s story because it has become a story of hope to the country – just as America is a story of hope to the world.

Today, it is the job of every American to fight to put this country back on its foundation. America has stood the test of time because we have not given up on the ideals upon which we were founded. That has been the job of every American in history – to not drop the ball on our watch.

The Freedom that we enjoy is not a guarantee. It’s something that has been fought for by generations before us. Our duty is to defend it for generations yet to come.

Over a decade before he became president, Ronald Reagan said this: “You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We’ll preserve for our children this, the last great hope of man on earth, or we’ll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.”

Our founders gave us an incredible gift. What matters now is what we choose to do with that gift. We can either ignore it, take it for granted, or we can use it to ensure that America will continue to be the greatest nation to ever exist for our kids, our grandkids, and their grandkids.

“E Pluribus Unum.”

Out of many generations, out of many elections, out of many leaders, out of many tribulations, out of many triumphs, comes one great nation.

The United States of America – the world’s best hope.


19 thoughts on “Governor Kristi Noem’s Weekly Column: The World’s Best Hope”

  1. Meanwhile, here in reality… the President elected in 2016 tried to steal the 2020 election. He tried to take away the people’s right to decide – whether you voted for Democrats or Republicans. He demanded that his Vice President decide the election for you. He also demanded that the Georgia Secretary of State “find” the votes needed for victory in that state. Those are facts. I know he will be found guilty. And he will lose the appeals. His own Attorney General agrees with me.

    He stole military secrets and refused to give them back. He risked our national security by leaving Top-Secret documents laying around his resort, accessible to hundreds of people. He obstructed their return to the National Archives. HIS Attorney General agrees with that as well.

    Partial “lockdowns” in an effort to protect citizens from a deadly virus? It doesn’t compare.

    Kristi says: “I get up every single day and do what I can to protect this great experiment – to guarantee that our Freedoms survive for my kids and grandkids.” How is that, exactly? By blindly supporting the President mentioned above? No… he is the danger. And by supporting him, you are the threat to democracy. It’s you.

      1. US Attorney General William Barr. You’ll have to add him to that long list of “Deep State” plotters, I guess.

    1. I don’t think Georgia is going to get far with his asking to “find” more votes.
      The word “find” has too many different meanings. He can say he meant he wanted a recount. Recounts often “find” different vote tallies. We have all seen slightly different numbers after a recount. The Florida recount in 2000 ultimately “found” that Bush won by 537 votes but that is still disputed. The election that year ended up being the SCOTUS’ decision, their “findings.”

      If I say I need to “find” a pair of socks, I might mean I need to do the laundry, go to the store to buy some, or it just might mean I’m going to steal a pair of my roommate’s socks. What one person says and what the other hears can be very different. Does the state of Georgia have anything else to pin the charges on?

      1. But there’s something you need to understand about elk… He says so, therefore it is (and by the way, he doesn’t believe he should have to backup any of what he says).

      2. i “find” this the most clinton-worthy thing i’ve read since the blue dress depositions. trump really is dedicated to perfecting the never-stop-running-for-president thing mrs clinton invented. his death grip on our gop is the perfect payback for republicans who giggled at the stranglehold HRC maintained on the democratic party. how many clinton friends are still in jail? the trump crew better settle in for the long haul.

    1. “81 million votes!!!…” Are you suggesting that he couldn’t have gotten that many votes?

      Well… tell me then… in how many states did Joe Biden outperform Hillary’s 2016 results?

      Answer: Biden beat Hillary’s numbers in every… single… state. Usually by a lot.

      Were they all “rigged”? All 50 states?

  2. Who wrote this for her? Will she go down in history being the brief Vice Presidential candidate for Prisoner number P01135809?

  3. Big fund raiser coming up, with President Trump as host, to benefit loyal supporter and advisor Rudy Guiliani . $100,000 a plate dinner and speech by President Trump at his Bedminster Country Club in New Jersey. Interesting who will pass this litmus test of support by attending and bringing a guest.

  4. But there are aspects of our history that we should be ashamed of. Such as slavery, Wounded Knee, forced relocation of Japanese Americans. Should our kids not learn about such things? Does it mean that America is “bad”? No! But can they be used to make America’s future better? Yes!

    Only a feckless/spineless politician could make this an issue.

    1. all we can do as americans, is wake up, put on our superhero leotards and cape, and fight that evil crime gang that taunts us.

    1. SB 191 of 2020 was to give the counties, community improvement districts, and municipalities emergency powers until July 2021.

      It was all about local control, not the state’s.

      If you have incarcerated yourself within a jurisdiction which imposed a restriction you didn’t like, that’s your problem. If you traded your individual liberty for free trash hauling and chlorinated water, that was your choice.

      1. Yeah, pawn off those tough choices to local boards and commissions. I mean, she has the full resources of the Dept of Health, and other experts – but chose not to use them. She bailed on SD, left the schools and other municipalities to hash it out. All that did was cause strife in communities, and created more discord. If she was a leader, she would have laid out a plan for the whole state, and took the flak. That is what leaders do, make tough decisions – she did not. Unfortunately, she calls it “freedom” – but I see it as neglecting her job. All she did was make life miserable for many school board members, county commissioners, and city councils. No leadership – just blowing smoke.

        1. what a relief. you remember the same sequence of actual events that i remember about 2020. i wasn’t just imagining it.

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