Seidel’s first official day on the South Dakota governor’s staff was November 19. Seidel came from the Washington, D.C., offices for the American Property Casualty Insurance Association.
“She’s a visionary and I’m drawn to helping her succeed,” Seidel said. “I want to help her and that’s why I’m here” [Bob Mercer, “Governor’s Policy Director Wants Public’s Attention on Noem,” KELO-TV, 2019.01.03].
Visionary? What vision has Noem ever laid out? Where are the monuments to this marketingly professed vision? What legislation has she proposed that has clearly revolutionized the way we govern ourselves?
Even when she speaks in glittering generalities, she offers young listeners no defined vision. The central Noem bromide—Say yes to things!—peddled to youth far and wide since early in her statewide political career, contains no firm vision, only a vague, undiscerning, and dangerous boostery exhortation to jump into whatever crazy scheme people may offer you.
Vision does require saying yes to some good new things, but this Governor’s agenda, like her name, starts with No. Her entire career is built on negation: No to Pelosi, No to Obamacare, No to estate taxes, No to dust regulations (here Noem was an imaginary, not a visionary) No to task forces, No to hemp, No to raises for teachers and non-kin state employees… good grief! Noem doesn’t even follow her own bland say-yes advice to youth, let alone express any sort of defining, creative vision. Noem’s vision does not appear to extend beyond gaining power and press.
Calling Noem a “visionary” requires an overarching commitment to lying to South Dakotans’ faces. No wonder Noem had to reach for an out-of-stater to continue telling us such lies.