Consider the illogic of the text in this DOH message. The Governor points out two obvious and entirely predictable facts:
- “In South Dakota, 90% of the people in the ICU did not receive a covid vaccine.”
- “…the parts of our state that are being hit the hardest by the virus right now are areas where not as many people have been vaccinated.”
Presenting those two facts should lead the Governor and South Dakotans to the obvious conclusion: lower the case count and ICU admission numbers by getting your shots. But the Governor does not make that logical recommendation.
And it’s not because she doesn’t think it’s her place to tell people what choices to make about their health and the health of their families, friends, and communities. She concludes by telling South Dakotans what to do, in direct, unequivocal imperative voice:
“And, as always, keep washing your hands. Stay home if you’re sick.”
Governor Noem hit #1 and #2 on Republicans’ preferred methods for preventing coronavirus; I’m surprised the DOH videographer didn’t find a way to squeeze in #3, vitamins.
The only way this public disservice video serves any public interest is by providing English teachers with yet another real-world example of how not to structure a problem-solution argument (or essay, or oration, or one-minute PSA). The Governor cites solutions that have nothing to do with the problem she identified. She did not say that 90% of ICU patients failed to wash their hands. She did not say that the hardest-hit areas of the state are the counties where sick people are engaged in promiscuous hugs and handshakes. She associated our current coronavirus problems with people’s failure to vaccinate, but she still refuses to tell people to solve the problem with the obvious, proven remedy: GET YOUR SHOTS!