Tim Gebhart opened his blog A Progressive on the Prairie with this post titled “Dubya and Crew Did It” on September 9, 2003:
They woke me up. Not since Nixon (and, yes, I do remember Reagan) has there been an administration that caused me so much anger and fear for what it is doing to us. Living in the Northern Great Plains, however, I am surrounded by those who believe patriotism is spelled Republican and means following blindly. Enough. I add my voice to the clutter of political commentary, hoping that there are other such souls out there on the prairie [Tim Gebhart, “Dubya and Crew Did It,” A Progressive on the Prairie, 2003.09.09].
He did not find enough such souls to redeem his lifelong home. Nineteen years later, Gebhart published his goodbye to South Dakota from some greener, friendlier place:
Sadly, I have to admit I’d come to regard South Dakota with Contempt. I’ve been “Noemed” and “wing nutted” to death. It’s simply no longer the state I’ve known for more than half a century.
…I remember a time when the state and its politicians focused on problems, not party propaganda. Today, Noem travels the country as a devout Trumpette, focuses on right-wing hot button issues, and encourages people to gain “free-dumb” here.
…And while it may be the case in many cities, Sioux Falls kowtows to developers and the financially well-off. There’s little concern for what the citizens want and little to no transparency.
…So, best of luck, South Dakota. I couldn’t keep circling the drain with you [Tim Gebhart, “Goodbye, South Dakota,” A Progressive on the Prairie, 2022.05.31].
South Dakota should ache to lose any good reader, thinker, and writer.