Speaking of Kristi Noem’s conservative purge and District 3, KSFY’s Austin Goss notes that Noem’s endorsee in that Senate race, newcomer Rachel Dix, registered as a Republican for the first time in November 2021. The man Noem wants Dix to beat, Senator Al Novstrup (R-3/Aberdeen/Sioux Falls), responded to Goss’s inquiry about Noem’s preference for this new Republican with typical devious vitriol:
Novstrup plays a word game here on which any right-winger challenging Noem herself should pounce. Novstrup tags Noem’s frequent posing for the Fox camera with her sallies against the “left-wing ideologies” of “diversity, equity, and inclusion,” then finds Dix involved with a committee that invokes those exact dreaded words, as stated in her own candidacy announcement:
Rachel is an active community volunteer. As a member of the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce, she works closely with the Community Affairs and Workforce & Education Committees. Through the Aberdeen Chamber, Rachel received the Emerging Leader Award of 2020. She sits as the second vice-chair on the Dakotaland Federal Credit Union Board of Directors and is a member of the Aberdeen Area Realtors Association promoting homeownership. She was honored to be selected to attend BushCon November 2018, an annual convention of the Bush Foundation, with the Aberdeen Diversity Collation [sic] learning to communicate more efficiently and effectively with all community members. The Diversity Collation involvement led to Rachel accepting the position as the national Executive Officer Liaison for the NAHB Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Taskforce [Dix campaign, press release, posted by Hub City Radio, 2022.03.19].
If Novstrup presses the issue, Dix could ask Novstrup to explain just what’s wrong with diversity, equity, and inclusion as defined by the National Association of Homebuilders in the Compact Dix signed:
We, the signers of the NAHB Compact on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, affirm that all people are created equal and are deserving of a welcoming environment that embraces diversity, promotes equity and actively seeks to improve inclusion that expands opportunities for success and promotes positive life outcomes.
Diversity — Centers on the understanding and recognition that varying individual characteristics are not only protected by law, but add to the tapestry, creativity, and potential of our Federation.
Equity — Refers to an approach with a goal to equalize access to opportunities while recognizing that not everyone has the same advantages.
Inclusion — Refers to the extent to which all members, staff and stakeholders are included as integral and welcomed participants in the Federation [NAHB, Compact on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, retrieved 2022.05.22].
Dix means no more nefariousness when she uses these terms than Al’s son David meant when he spoke three years ago about making his new bumper-car palace “inclusive“. But like Noem, Al Novstrup cares nought for what such words actually mean in the practice of building homes and homeownership; he just wants slogan-based selective sophistry to fire up his fellow-racist base and blindly demonize his opponent. Novstrup’s next move should be to send out attack cards noting that Dix lists her preferred pronouns in her LinkedIn profile, a sure sign that she is a dupe of the radical LGBTQIA2S+ agenda to non-cissify America:
Noem Endorses Liberal Do-Gooder—that attack would be much punchier than his “current” Facebook content, which consists of flogging a ten-year-old award from the South Dakota Newspaper Association for mild legislation that arose from his partisan feud with a local water board member. It’s the kind of attack Steve Haugaard could leverage to clobber Noem among hard-conservative primary voters. And if they’re paying attention, it’s certainly the kind of attack that better organized and better-funded right-wingers will use to clobber Noem in the 2024 Presidential campaign.