Kristi Noem undermines state efforts to combat transgenderism in women’s sports

In my video on the And Campaign’s support of the Equality Act-lite, I made reference to Kristy Noem caving on the issue of transgenderism. It seems appropriate to further elaborate on what real leadership looks like in such a time as this. Kristy Noem has gone on at length defending her decision not to sign a bill that would bar transvestites from competing in the sport of the opposite sex, on social media and in a disastrous interview on Tucker Carlson.

She has two main arguments for doing so. The first is legality. She does not believe that the bill would hold up in court. This argument is rather paper thin. Though Idaho’s law did not survive the notoriously ideological 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Daniel Horowitz points out that South Dakota is in the very conservative 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, a very favorable terrain for a ruling that defends reality. This would create a split decision for the Supreme Court to sort out. The unwillingness to engage in this fight denotes weakness not strength.

Her second main argument is not to take on the NCAA. Again, this is cowardice. She’s fine with protecting high school athletics (sort of because she wants an alterable birth certificate to be the standard) but wants said athletes go off to college, they’re on their own. Either we stand for truth or we really do not stand at all. This line of thinking surrenders the premise that a man can become a women by only enforcing the premise in select situations.

California took on the NCAA and got them to allow athletes to monetize their name and likeness. South Dakota lacks the clout to move such a corporation. This is why multiple states need to pass the same law. Kristi Noem, instead wants multiple states to sign onto a petition, which will accomplish nothing without the teeth of a law behind it.

Kristy Noem is right about building a coalition of states, but she has the backwards approach to doing it. The order of operations is to first pass the law and then band together. Instead, Kristi Noem is undermining the legislative efforts in several state to challenge the NCAA by giving Republican legislatures an excuse to betray their base. Had Kristi Noem signed the law, more states would soon follow, similar to how abortion bills in 2019 created an arms race among states to challenge Roe v Wade. Kristi Noem is undermining this arms race. And if another state signs a law to combat transgenderism in women’s sports, South Dakota will not actually be by their side.

Most proponent’s of Kristi Noem’s approach did not believe in such approach two weeks ago or before Kristi Noem made the arguments. In reality, they support Kristi Noem, not her policy decision. This is not how we critically think. Pro-abortion Republican, John Kasich, used Roe v Wade as an excuse to veto a meaningful pro-life bill during the end of his term in Ohio. We did not reward his procedural bumbling then.

In such a time as this we need people who will take on Cultural Marxism. Petitions and debates will not defeat Cultural Marxism. Outside of supernatural intervention, Cultural Marxist respond to force, mockery, and bankruptcy. Therefore we should be using legislation to combat this movement, not petitions as Kristi Noem suggests.

Kristi Noem took the initiative to stand against lockdowns and deserves high credit for doing so. She was 2020’s best governor. But this does not mean she is infallible. She is dead wrong here. Real leadership requires taking the initiative, not undermining the cause of your supporters when they are morally right. Politics is dirty business and as Harvey Dent famously said “You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become a villain.” Although, politicians are not self-aware of their own villainy, we need to be aware of this phenomenon.

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7 comments

  1. Republicans have a problem with capitulation culture

    On Thu, Mar 25, 2021, 6:00 AM Evangelical Dark Web wrote:

    > Ray Fava posted: ” https://youtu.be/zJop9WOMcR4 In my video on the And > Campaign’s support of the Equality Act-lite, I made reference to Kristy > Noem caving on the issue of transgenderism. It seems appropriate to further > elaborate on what real leadership looks like in s” >

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  2. Be sure to READ the actual bill. Listen and read HER whole statements.
    I haven’t made time to do that, but how many times has the story been wrong?
    Politicians seldom ask, “What’s next?”
    Maybe Noem asked, “What are the consequences of this ban?”
    The one article I scanned was about her using some sort of veto to send it back to be refined by the legislators.
    I’m just saying that there is usually more to the story than first reported.

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    • The revisions she proposes want to neuter the bill. She wants to remove the requirements on college sports and use birth certificates as proof of gender, but birth certificates in South Dakota can be altered from male to female. In a state where Republicans hold a supermajority, this is not an acceptable compromise.

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      • Unfortunately, they are wasting their time. The decision will be made at a national level.
        You have to pick your battles. For me, this battle needs to be won using a different method. Retaking state’s rights from the federal government is how this will be won.
        If SD is so staunchly Republican, why have they done zip about all the other “Republican” platform planks?
        Until the states start pushing back on federal overreach, we will be ruled from DC.

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        • This is a common sense law that will mitigate an ideology’s harm on women. Time is being wasted by sending it back to the legislature when they should be sending her the next item to sign. For what it’s worth, South Dakota is one of the most pro-life states in the country, I would say. I agree that taking power from the feds is needed, but governing means being able to manage multiple problems at once. As for the larger issues surrounding federalism, how do you suggest that be tackled?

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          • This will take the discussion far afield.
            1. If it is common sense, then it doesn’t need a law. Laws are meant to force people to act a certain way.
            2. We need fewer laws and more common sense and respect for others. And respect and tolerance need to be two-way streets. It is disrespectful to dominate in a sport because you have some advantage. That is why there are multiple levels in every sport.
            3. The ideology needs to be countered, but not by law. See Noem was right. If WE can make a law today one-way, THEY can make a law the other way when they are in the legislative majority. That is called Relativism.

            On federalism, the 10th Amendment is a starting point. There is a 10th Amendment blog here on WordPress.
            Trump did much to show that States are where decisions should be made. He could have dictated many things and may have even been praised for that. But he constantly said that the governors needed to ask.
            I bet you many of his “declarations” were only done after a call to or from a governor. We just didn’t hear about the call.

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