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SD Department of Health Discourages Use of Masks to Prevent Disease

As coronavirus resurges, the South Dakota Department of Health vows to put Freedom (yes, they capitalize it, as required in the Noem Style Book) above science and public health:

South Dakota Department of Health, tweet, 2023.09.18.
South Dakota Department of Health, tweet, 2023.09.18.

Masks reduce coronavirus infection and death. States with mask mandates had lower covid mortality rates than states without.

South Dakota’s Department of Health is actively discouraging people from taking a sensible public health measure.

Curious: can we impeach an entire department?

Related Retort from Governor Tim Walz of Minnesota: ““I’ve got a fellow governor who thinks that a rainbow on a shirt at Target is an existential threat to our country, while at the same time fully ignored COVID and the deaths that it caused…. That’s not good governance.”


  1. sx123 2023-09-19 06:41

    wtf does the dept of health have to do with freedom? Noem personally editing websites now?

    Unless we have transplants from Florida’s surgeon general’s office running our dept of health, I can’t imagine this is internally going over well.

    I mean, there is no point to this message from a health perspective. None. Weird.

  2. O 2023-09-19 08:11

    Freedom to be sacrificed to a death from preventable causes and political posturing: that’s MAGA freedom.

  3. Alan F 2023-09-19 08:13

    “A beacon of freedom”? More like a beacon of ridicule.

  4. P. Aitch 2023-09-19 08:17

    My friends in SD who are quarantined with the new COVID strain convinced me last week to start masking again. It’s like riding a bicycle. Feels natural.

  5. Anne 2023-09-19 08:35

    One of the most cherished freedoms is the freedom to be stupid, even if it menaces the lives of other people. God blesses America that way.

  6. Donald Pay 2023-09-19 08:35

    That is a despicable graphic. It’s one thing to say there will be no mask mandate at this time, but the X over the mask indicates something quite different. It indicates that masks are banned. That’s not “freedom.” That’s government overreach of the worst kind. It invites suicidal and homicidal behavior. I never stopped wearing a mask in certain places, such as medical appointments and crowded indoor venues. Maybe we don’t need a mask mandate during troughs in this disease, and it does appear to be evolving to a less deadly contagion, but things can change.

  7. O 2023-09-19 09:04

    Donald, your last thought that things can change is the MAGA thought downfall. In their absolutist world, things don’t change because the ONLY thing to consider is absolute adhesion to the cult mantra. Every square problem MUST be forced into the round hole of their mandates. It is a simple world they live in and I would argue why facts don’t matter to them for the large part.

  8. John 2023-09-19 09:04

    I’m all in favor of the SD republicans killing off their old, frail, under-informed voters. Sometimes one accepts collateral damage for the greater good.

  9. jerry 2023-09-19 09:08

    Register as Democrats and be one. So, who gets the vaccine and uses the masks? Surprise “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends new COVID-19 booster vaccines for all — but many who need them most won’t get them. About 75 percent of people in the United States appear to have skipped last year’s bivalent booster, and nothing suggests uptake will be better this time around.

    “Urging people to get boosters has really only worked for Democrats, college graduates, and people making over $90,000 a year,” said Gregg Gonsalves, an epidemiologist at Yale University. “Those are the same people who will get this booster because it’s not like we’re doing anything differently to confront the inequities in place.””

    If dumb ass republican cultists want to be a burden and die, let them.

  10. Loren 2023-09-19 09:16

    So, according to SD Dept. of Health, if I am a surgeon that believes in “Freedom,” I am no longer required to wear a mask in the OR? That’s FREEDUMB, baby!! Maybe we can attract some surgical talent from those liberal states.

  11. Mike Lee Zitterich 2023-09-19 11:05

    People have woken up, they will NOT comply with, nor allow the Federal Government to tell them what to do, nor force them what to do. I think if this is the direction the Federal Govt wants to go, it will be amazed at how many people today, will tell the Fed’s to screw off.

    I wrote this story a few years ago, “A Great Panic Fell Upon the United States of America” about the truth, and the story of how a country fell under the spell of the crown government. But presenting the means to break away from it. You may enjoy this great read…

    The Covid-19 Pandemic is a Story of How the Crown Government Can Convince All the People to Surrender Themselves for the Greater Good of the “Crown”.

  12. DaveFN 2023-09-19 11:20

    Totally out of whack with the CDC, of course, which takes an educational approach rather than turning the real and present risks into ideological propaganda:

    “Older adults (especially those aged 50 years and older) are more likely than younger people to get very sick from COVID-19. The risk increases with age. This means they are more likely to need hospitalization, intensive care, or a ventilator to help them breathe, or they could die. Most COVID-19 deaths occur in people older than 65.

    Other factors can also make you more likely to get very sick from COVID-19. These include not getting vaccinated, or having underlying medical conditions— like chronic lung disease, heart disease, or a weakened immune system. Often, the more health conditions you have, the higher your risk of becoming very sick if you get COVID-19.

    Older adults, especially those with other medical conditions, wear the most protective mask that fits well and that you will wear consistently to protect against COVID-19.”

  13. jerry 2023-09-19 11:37

    I wonder why healthcare professionals all wear masks when doing their jobs. You have already seen their faces before masking in most cases, so why would they wear a mask???? Asking for my dumb ass cultist republican neighbor

  14. sx123 2023-09-19 12:27

    I dunno Mike if taking health precautions is for The Crown. Might be for family members, friends, and self.
    Sometimes a little cooperation works better than some people’s definition of freedom. Vaccines are modern marvels and should be appreciated. Nature is evil (and good) and doesn’t care about you, me, or anyone else. It just is.

  15. P. Aitch 2023-09-19 12:38

    A diagnostic “e-triage” tool from Limbic, a British AI startup, has screened more than 210,000 patients with a claimed 93% accuracy rate across the eight most common mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety and PTSD, said co-founder Ross Harper, a computational neuroscientist.

    American startup Kintsugi uses a different approach: Its AI-powered voice analysis tool looks for signs of clinical depression and anxiety in short clips of a potential patient’s speech.
    Some clinical call centers, telehealth apps and remote patient monitoring systems have already integrated the tool.

    Mental health clinicians have often been hesitant to deploy AI and unsure of how to introduce the concept to patients without overwhelming them.

  16. P. Aitch 2023-09-19 12:39

    Above post is from AXIOS AI, this morning.

  17. Arlo Blundt 2023-09-19 12:55

    “Let’s kill Grandma and Grandpa for Christmas.”

  18. P. Aitch 2023-09-19 13:02

    Right, Arlo. At this point in the pandemic vaccine and mask deniers are about as insignificant as a single raindrop.

  19. O 2023-09-19 13:30

    Mike, just to be clear, how is it a bad thing if people give up some of their liberty to ensure the safety of the whole population? Isn’t that just common decency? I’ve never understood the MAGA moral high ground on this one. I will put many lives at risk because I will refuse assent to basic prevention measures that ask me to inconsequently reduce my “freedom?” Is there ever a point looking after your fellow man is valued?

  20. LaJean volmet 2023-09-19 13:30

    This is so sad. The department of health should be advising the public on how to prevent diseases. Normally they describe risk versus benefit on vaccine, health habits, and public health measures. That when clearly defined lets the individual make an informed decision. That is freedom at its best.

  21. larry kurtz 2023-09-19 14:01

    As long as only Republicans die from COVID how is that a bad thing?

  22. Eve Fisher 2023-09-19 14:07

    Just another example of the MAGA determination to “disincentivize the unproductive elderly.” I.e., kill us all off as quickly as possible under the pseudonym of Freedom. Sort of like “the only way to preserve democracy is through an authoritarian leader” and other such MAGA gems of wisdom.

  23. Mike Zitterich 2023-09-19 14:22

    Never give up your liberty for the false hope of governmetn protection, NEVER

  24. Richard Schriever 2023-09-19 14:42

    Donald, FYI – my first encounter with the original COVID 19 virus (Feb/Mar 2020) lasted a month and consisted of extreme fatigue, and on again/off again mild fever and headaches. There were no vaccines or other treatments available at that stage. My recent encounter with the latest variant (Sept 3-current) has thus far consisted of 3 days of high (103) temps and bare consciousness, followed by so far – 2 weeks of brain fogginess and coughing, but otherwise feeling fine – with the aid of Paxlovid and 4 vaccinations/boosters. I expect at least another 2 week or so of the semi-recovery.

    I believe it is the “less deadly” strain primarily due to the treatments that have been developed in the past 3 years – and that the virus itself is NOT actually less powerful/deadly, but IME, stronger.

  25. Donald Pay 2023-09-19 15:14

    Richard, you are probably more correct than I. Maybe we have “evolved” in treatments more than the virus has evolved. We have developed some community immunity due to previous infections and vaccinations, but that may not be true for all individuals. Human immune systems vary, and some of us are less effective in clearing various viruses. Or it could be that multiple infections create more problems for some individuals. I certainly have tried mightily to protect my loved ones from covid through masks, and staying away from human gatherings of any size. As much as I want to not get covid, I’m more concerned about not passing any infection on to others. I used to work with individuals with immune system deficiencies and I would hate for those people to die because I was as selfish as Mike Z. and his band of anarchists.

  26. O 2023-09-19 15:30

    Mike, your position seems to only have the logical conclusion of absolute devolution into selfishness. I would understand if there were some thoughtful calculus that asks us to weigh benefits and costs, but your absolute stance means that nobody should pay taxes, we should not have a police force or military or court system . . . It just doesn’t make sense.

  27. Eve Fisher 2023-09-19 16:14

    O, it’s called libertarianism. “No one is the boss of me, I am the ruler of my universe, and I have the right to do anything I want, any way that I want, without paying for anything I don’t want to pay for. You, however, need to follow my wishes, my lead, and generally do everything I tell you to, otherwise you are not a good citizen.” Yeah, complete selfishness.

  28. Michael Trier 2023-09-19 17:14

    Wearing a mask when around others to protect those other Americans is a very small impingement on an individual’s personal freedom. Serving in the US military is a huge impingement on an individual’s personal freedom, yet many (not enough in my opinion) serve in our military to protect fellow Americans because they are good citizens. Masking, vaccination and other simple common sense actions to protect fellow Americans from Covid is the duty of good citizens. Selfishness is not an indicator of good citizenship.

  29. Mike Lee Zitterich 2023-09-19 17:38

    Well my position tends to be the MAJORITY OPINION of South Dakota, so I will trust that South Dakota Citizens are on the same page as me. Being a Precinct Committeeman, and understanding that ‘we’ hold organized meetings at least every other month, I know that the MAJORITY of COUNTIES are in agreement “WE” will NOT enforce any COVID Policy coming from Washington D.C again. Even if that means we have to turn down federal money. I love South Dakota, and I love that we ENFORCE the Constitution, the Articles of Confederation, and the Declaration.

  30. e platypus onion 2023-09-19 18:03

    Hope Washington denies any covid funds and let you all die a horrible death that could be prevented. Of course if you get infected and go around ingecting others, which is not a right, you could get sued for whatever you might be worth. The possibiliries are endless and I like thinking about them.

    My sincerely held religious beliefs say pissants like Zit don’t have the right to endanger the masses because of their stoopidity and spoiled brat tantrums about not being told what to do. I shouldn’t have to share precious resources and water ons oxygen with them. They should be mass transported to Russia or a Muslim countryThey ain’t Americans.

  31. Richard Schriever 2023-09-19 18:21

    Mikey Z is indeed a prime example of the American Taliban. Fully indoctrinated in the “gospel” of absolute individual sovereignty, to which all else and other is to be in service.

  32. grudznick 2023-09-19 18:37

    Mr. Zitterich, many wonder WHY you are CAPITALIZING random works IN YOUR BLOGGINGS. Is it because you are YELLING those words or perhaps YyOoDdEeLlLing them? Is it a code, breakable only by grudznAIck if we copy your CAPITALIZED words and use the letters unscrambled into a PGP key to unlock Bob’s Yer Uncle’s old chest buried under the handy bush out back?

  33. Todd Epp 2023-09-19 19:26

    Attended a meeting over the weekend with people from the northern and central plains. Two of the 21 of us wore masks—myself and another South Dakotan who just got over Covid. There were no snarky comments—at least to our faces—about being masked. And this was a rather conservative group.

    I know of at least four people who got Covid in the last month or so. I take care of my 90 year old father. The last thing he needs is catching Covid from me. No one is telling me I can’t or shouldn’t wear a mask. Real freedom is making decisions that help keep you and others safe.

  34. Todd Epp 2023-09-19 19:28

    Zitt, I think the Constitution replaced the Articles of Confederation because they didn’t work.

  35. P. Aitch 2023-09-19 19:31

    grudz and larry – Mr. Zitterich told us he has ADHD. Does that answer your questions?

  36. grudznick 2023-09-19 19:33

    Mr. Epp, you are a fine fellow indeed, and grudznick respects your choices.

  37. P. Aitch 2023-09-19 19:42

    My mistake. From memory I believed Mr. Zitterich told us he has ADHD but my assistant’s research tells me Mr. Zitterich says he has autism.
    Does that answer your question?
    With screeds as lengthy as his few of us read them completely and tidbits of personality are easily missed or overlooked.

  38. Mike Zitterich 2023-09-19 20:08

    Unlike Democrats, Republicans DO NOT force you to do anything you do want to do, or do we attack you, nor name call you. YOU ALL CAN GROW THE **** UP!

    STOP MAKING WARS between people

  39. grudznick 2023-09-19 20:17

    Please calm down, Mr. Zitterich. grudznick has deep, manly affection for you.

  40. Arlo Blundt 2023-09-19 20:40

    Mr. Zittrich–The Articles of Confederation have not had any standing in the law since the Constitution was adopted in 1792. Only you and Patrick Henry like the Articles of Confederation which were the cause of a wide spread, and severe, Depression throughout the new United States of America. George Washington had to come out of retirement and clean up the mess.

  41. Rick 2023-09-19 21:56

    Mike Zitterich
    2023-09-19 20:08
    Unlike Democrats, Republicans DO NOT force you to do anything you do want to do, or do we attack you, nor name call you. YOU ALL CAN GROW THE **** UP!

    STOP MAKING WARS between people

    You’re so wonderfully weird that it’s entertaining!

  42. grudznick 2023-09-19 22:37

    Please don’t yell at me, Mr. Zitterich. grudznick has been voted the most-loved Conservative with Common Sense at this here blogging place for 5 years running, so try and show a little respect.

  43. DaveFN 2023-09-19 22:41

    Mike Zitterich

    “Never give up your liberty for the false hope of government protection…”

    It’s not the government that’s doing the protecting.

    It’s the mask. Vaccinations, too.

  44. leslie 2023-09-19 22:42

    Another use of the word idiot. Noem. Scalise in wearing a medical mask in Congress right now!! Infections are obviously up.

    We have elected Republican “leaders” of her ilk in DeSantis, Abbot, Sinema, Manchin, MTG and Bobblehead Bobbert.

    We are so lucky to have a veteran Democratic politician, President Joe Biden, now, with a heart of the caliber of John Glen, and John McCain. If there is truly nothing to this Republican vengeance impeachment inquiry, prosecutorial abuse consequences must be implemented.

    Democratic elections must be about service, and not partisan power. Otherwise half-wit Republicans will continue this madness.

  45. grudznick 2023-09-19 22:55

    Wasn’t Mr. McCain a Republican? Wasn’t Mr. Glen a Republican at heart?

  46. grudznick 2023-09-19 23:13

    I just found about that this Covid business is apparently back. I drug out my old white mask, for when they want to glare at you when you are in the entry area to breakfasting places. It is really nasty, and probably filled with more pathogens than any covid bugs floating around in the air could bring.

    Is this just a tactic to distract people from the government shutdowns and the federal employees who will want to sit around at home not doing anything and taking our tax dollars as their bacon to bring home? It feels like a tactic for the lazy and the slackards in the federal government. I’m just sayin…

    I dare representatives of the federal parks, the laziest of federal government employees, to blog on here and refute this.

  47. DaveFN 2023-09-19 23:27


    One doesn’t wear a mask and one doesn’t get vaccinated out of fear. The informed do it instead owing to reason.

    Do get a supply of better masks.

    Look after yourself and you look after others when it comes to public health.

  48. sx123 2023-09-19 23:53

    Books. Republicans ban books to [alledgedly] protect kids.

    Transexual plays. Republicans prevent cross dressing plays to [alledgedly] protect kids.

    Transexual sports. Republicans prevent transexual sports participation to [alledgedly] protect kids.

    CDC. CDC only recommeneds, does not mandate, to [actually] protect kids.

    Strict Abortion Laws… nevermind if the mom of 4 kids dies…

    Republicans ‘protect’ (limit freedom) against Boogy Man types of things, and China.

    Easy to argue that Republicans limit freedom as much as anyone else that makes laws.

  49. laurensd1 2023-09-20 00:48


    Since sex bimbo Noem is peddling Russian propaganda to create division and chaos, maybe she would be amenable to a freedom dare.

    Vaccinated me will wear my mask and exigent Noem will wear none choosing “freedumb”.
    Noem in her plumber’s outfit for Corey, gets to sneeze in my face.
    Thusly I get to sneeze in her “back surgery” rearranged face.

    It would be the best advertising for South Dakota since “Meth – Were On It”

  50. P. Aitch 2023-09-20 03:59

    Once upon a time, in a not-so-distant future, the world was struck by the devastating new virus CerebroVex. It ravaged nations, causing immense suffering, chaos, and loss. The United States of America, however, emerged as a stronghold of resilience and strength. Many wondered how America had managed to navigate through the crisis relatively unscathed compared to other nations.

    Little did the world know that COVID-19 was not an unforeseen catastrophe but actually a carefully orchestrated practice maneuver by the U.S. government. Years prior, government officials had foresight and recognized the potential dangers of a future global pandemic. To protect the American people, they devised an elaborate plan to simulate the impact of a deadly virus and prepare the nation for any future outbreak.

    The first step of this plan involved collaborating with brilliant scientists who developed effective MRNA vaccines against the perceived virus threat. By initiating mass vaccinations and ensuring the population adhered to careful preventive measures, such as face masks and social distancing, the government rehearsed instilling a sense of urgency and mass preparedness among the citizens.

    As CerebroVex spread across the globe, countries like China and Russia struggled to control the destructive force of the virus. Their healthcare systems were overwhelmed, and their leaders were ill-equipped to handle such a crisis. Tragically, the loss of life, especially among children, was devastatingly high. Society in these nations faced unprecedented challenges, forcing them to divert most of their resources towards managing and containing the outbreak.

    While countries around the world grappled with the impact of the CerebroVex pandemic, the United States thrived. The rigorous COVID-19 practice maneuver had given America a clear advantage. As USA had effectively subdued the simulated virus, they were better prepared to combat the real one. The government swiftly implemented strategies, deploying essential resources, and providing comprehensive support to the healthcare sector.

    As a result, America experienced significantly fewer casualties, ensuring stability and continuity in daily life. Schools remained open, businesses thrived, and indeed, the nation became the sole global superpower, as others grappled with the profound consequences of their unpreparedness.

    In China and Russia, the devastating loss of children, their future leaders, resulted in a generation struggling to regain its footing. The long-lasting impact of the pandemic left these nations in a state of vulnerability, both socially and economically for a full generation. The power dynamics between countries changed, and America emerged as the dominant nation, influencing global politics, economies, and progress.

    However, amidst their triumph, the American government did not forget the immense suffering taking place around the world. They extended a helping hand to China and Russia, offering support, resources, and expertise in rebuilding their shattered societies. It was vital to the United States that a sense of global unity prevailed, setting the stage for collaboration and cooperation on a worldwide scale.

    The world emerged from the aftermath of the CerebroVex crisis with valuable lessons learned, forever grateful for the foresight and careful planning undertaken by the U.S. government. Through their COVID-19 practice maneuver, they had not only secured America’s standing as a dominant nation but also fostered a future of greater solidarity among nations. – (all rights reserved 2023)

  51. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2023-09-20 06:40

    In opposing mandates, the DOH is opposing a tested public health policy that helped reduce infection and death. That’s entirely irresponsible for public health professionals. Worse, DOH uses an icon—red slash through a mask—that suggests masks themselves, mandated or not, don’t work. That’s also highly irresponsible and unscientific.

    Public health officials need to act like scientists, not like Mike Z.

  52. P. Aitch 2023-09-20 07:13

    How can a scientist with personal and professional dignity accept employment at the SD Department of Health? My, my, my.
    Attention SDDOH employees. Colorado and Minnesota will welcome you. We don’t have a “Freedom Campaign”. We do have an “Integrity Campaign” and we always have. Come join us and raise your children to be proud of their mom or dad.

  53. O 2023-09-20 08:00

    if a million people do a stupid thing, it’s still a stupid thing.

  54. O 2023-09-20 08:09

    BTW: WE the people, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the COMMON defense, promote the GENERAL welfare and secure the blessings of liberty for OURSELVES (plural) and our posterity do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

    Mike, that sounds a lot like collectivist thinking.

  55. P. Aitch 2023-09-20 10:15

    Innovation On Parade ~ Boston Globe this morning
    Northeastern University among sites chosen by CDC to establish ‘National Weather Service’ for infectious disease

    The CDC has given Northeastern University $17.5 million to establish a center to forecast infectious disease outbreaks.

  56. Mike Zitterich 2023-09-20 10:35

    Republican Party does NOT believe in “Banning” any specific belief, they simply wish to allow “Citizens of South Dakota” a free republic, mind you, to self-govern their public affairs as they so wish:

    Books, NO – the Republican party is NOT banning books, they simply conjoined with the “People” all accross the State to limit, and remove specific books from Public Schools, and Colleges where Parents of those “Children” ages 1-18 do not want those books in view of their children.

    Trans-Sexual Moster Plays – the Republican party is not banning nor restricting any person from wanting to be a Trans-Monster aka Frankenstein, they simply are agreeing with “parents” of children ages 1-18 that this type of activity shall NOT exist in public schools, or colleges where underage children are present, or often invited to attend. “Any venue” other than that, is a free excercised activity.

    CDC Guidelines, Rules, Suggestions – Yes, they are only recommended suggestions, to whom the Federal Government has accepted, while further adopting unconstitutional ‘laws’ to mandate upon any American outside of the Jurisdiction of the District of Columbia, thus by means of forwarding federal dollars, subsidies, and monetary funds to States, Counties, Cities, the People, thus “Mandates” that those people do a very specific thing. Republicans believe an AMERICAN has the right to refuse a policy that is NOT beholden to a specific LAW, and “WE” believe that the LAW should NOT unconstitutionally trap any such American to do something they do NOT feel confortable doing themselves.

    ABORTION LAWS – Republican Pary was born and has remained true to it’s “Western Church” philosophy, as an organization of “Americans” of whom took their oath to God, the Lord, Our Savior to whom gave us our breath, our life, and freedom. We are bound to that ‘duty’ as any Christian to stand up in defense of life, and we will stand in defense of ALL LIFE to protect both the MOTHER, and her UNBORN CHILD.

    REPUBLICANS STAND FOR FREEDOM – not sure who the boogie man is, this is a Democrat made up person, but the Republican Party does stand tall in defending both our Natioanal, and State Borders in order to defend, and keep safe the American Citizen of each of the 50 State Republics, thus protecting our “FREE RIGHT” to organize, economically transact with each other freely, while stopping Foreign Countries such as China from interferring in that process without due process of law, while keeping the Deep State, Zionist Bankers from funding drug, sex, and child traffickers to wish to harm our men and women, and most noticeably, our children.

    Easy to Argue Against the Republican Party of Restricting Freedom – The Republican Party is NOT restricting ‘freedom’ in any such manner, it is only supporting the peoples ability to be who they wish to be, while at the same time, protecting Americans from themselves, NOT allowing other Americans to force you and I to be like another, let alone do as another wishes you to do. Your “Rights” stop at my front door, and while you are in my house, my rules apply. The same go in public activities paid for with federal and state taxes – “WE” wish to regulate as per the “majority opinion” of those who partitake in those public activities.

  57. Mike Zitterich 2023-09-20 11:13

    The ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION have not been repealed, nor have they ever been abolished, nor thrown aside, They are very much protected, and upheld by the U.S Congress as evidence of them placed in our U.S Federal Register of Codes. They are one of our four Organized Documents of which established the United States of America, and are very much active today, despite the constitution superceding them.

    Articles 1-5 dealth with Forming the United States of America as a “Confederacy of Member-States” to who share a common bond, are independent, and are sovereign in themselves, and each are “Soveriegn” upon the other, and have their own constitution and governments.

    Articles 6-13 (super-ceded by the constitution) established a national government, of which each state sent a delegation to act as a National Congress, the Governors each ‘acted’ as a “Board of Directors” in the same means as the U.S Senate does today, while the “CONGRESS” nominated, and chosen one of them to ‘act’ as the President of the United States of America for 1 Year Term, unless they were re-elected.

    The United States Constitution goes on to say, as evidence that the “ARTICLES” are still in fact enforced, that ALL LAWS adopted prior to, and hereby after (1789) are to be upheld, and enforced less of course they “CONFLICT” with the Constitution themselves.

    ONLY Articles 6-12 conflict with the U.S Constitution, since they pertain specifically to the National Government itself, to which the Constitution created a new, permanent “National Government”.

    Since Article 1-5 have nothing to do with the National Government, and pertain ONLY to the “States” themselves, of whom even today, “Act” as a Confederacy of Member-States (50 of them), And are protected from the National Government by means of the Bill of Rights (the amendments).

    Yes, even today, the American State Republics have the sole right, protected right to form Alliances with each other, to form Partnerships, Coalitions, and yes, to form a “Confederate Group of States” in order to uphold the Constitution, let alone the Articles 1 to 6 of the 1777 document.

    Many previous National Laws, Codes, Agreements, Documents are upheld today, protected by the Constitution as previously stated, ‘agreed to’ by the States prior to 1789, many of which were the terms agreed to as part fo the Treaty of Paris, the Northwest Ordinance, the Declaration, Previous Debts, Alimonies, Monies Owed, etc.

    Our “Organic Documents” – the 1776 Declaration, the 1777 Articles of Confederation, the 1777 Northwest Ordinance, the 1783 Peace Treaty, the 1788 Constitution have all played a huge role in organizing the “Colonies” reshaping them into “States” to which became the United States.

    ALL LAWS agreed to between 1774 to 1788 during the Continental Congress are as much valid today, as they were back then, unless, of course, they CONFLICT with the provisions of the Constitution, to which super-cedes them, or unless they had been REPEALED, or changed.

     Example: Article 6 of the Articles conflicts with Article 6 of the Constitution – prior to 1788, only a Majority of Member-States were required to vote to accept the addition of a “new” State; whereas beginning in 1789, the MAJORITY of “Congress” 2/3 of both the U.S Senate, and the U.S House was needed to accept the addition of “new” states”…

  58. larry kurtz 2023-09-20 11:13

    You’re a liar, Zitterich.

  59. Bob Newland 2023-09-20 11:14

    Mikey Z, you do exceptionally well at presenting authoritarian policy as beneficent care. Glad you’re not in charge of anything we actually need.

  60. larry kurtz 2023-09-20 11:15

    This country’s founders never expected the US Constitution as written to last more than ten years and most predicted it would be rewritten every generation. Thomas Jefferson wrote that a standing army would lead to military adventurism, would ultimately turn on its own citizens and that has happened. Now, we’ve become the Hamiltonian Empire Thomas Jefferson warned us about so thanks to the GOP we are witnessing the end of the republic as we have known it.

  61. e platypus onion 2023-09-20 11:17

    Lieing comes easy to magats, right Zit?

    South Dakota School District Attempts to Destroy 350 …

    The Authors Guild › news › statement-on-south-d…

    Someone appears to be shooting for pants on fire designation, imho.

  62. e platypus onion 2023-09-20 11:19

    Does the US still follow the Articles of Confederation?
    The Articles of Confederation: Primary Documents of American …
    The need for a stronger Federal government soon became apparent and eventually led to the Constitutional Convention in 1787. The present United States Constitution replaced the Articles of Confederation on March 4, 1789.

  63. bearcreekbat 2023-09-20 12:20

    Always open to the possibility that I have misundertstood a historical fact I looked but could find no language in the U.S. Constitution that could even arguably be construed to support the following statement:

    The United States Constitution goes on to say, as evidence that the “ARTICLES” are still in fact enforced, that ALL LAWS adopted prior to, and hereby after (1789) are to be upheld, and enforced less of course they “CONFLICT” with the Constitution themselves.

    See for yourself:

    Methinks I smell some more gaslighting attempts.

  64. Pat Cromwell 2023-09-20 12:57

    I am not aware of mask mandate chatter beyond the ongoing general purpose stupid kind and have to wonder if this ham handed public notice isn’t more about riling people up with hopes to change the subject from Krisit/Corey

  65. Mike Lee Zitterich 2023-09-20 13:10

    The Treaty of 1763 led to several new agreements, of which rearranged, and created new Colonies of People living together on the North American Continent. Great Britain maintained and controlled a small strip of land along the eastern coast line, while Spain grabbed control of much of the Louisiana Territory, while France lost many of its Territories, while further releasing control of Florida and Cuban Islands to Great Britain.The Treaty also led to the North American Indians being pushed further to the west, while Great Britain agreed to downsize their Military Presence, while differences in opinion between the Anglo-Saxons and the British began to differentiate from one another during this early period of Establishing Territories upon the North American Continent, while Great Britain during this period, began to control more of the South Eastern areas themselves.

    ALL of our Organic Documents, the 1776 Declaration, the 1777 Articles, the 1777 Northwest Ordinance, the 1783 Treaty, the 1788 Constitution played a huge role in how the United States of America was put together, and still to this day, play a huge role, exactly.

  66. P. Aitch 2023-09-20 13:19

    One of the Main Signs of Autism in Adults is “having the same routine every day and getting very anxious if it changes”.
    Is it viable to expect someone with autism to disregard their loving embrace of a 250-year-old group of laws?

  67. e platypus onion 2023-09-20 13:35

    Zit posted his own document as evidence he is right? Rightttttt!

  68. Mike Lee Zitterich 2023-09-20 14:01

    Yes, I post my own documents, to present how I came to my conclusion, if you do not like nor agree with me, that is one thing. BUT, I am not going to allow a group of people on a forum to push me around, slander me, endanger my first and last name, let alone attack me. If you have not yet noticed, if you call me names, i will return the favor and call you names. If you desire to have a positive discussion, then we can have a positive discussion I DO NOT run form, nor hide who I am, my ancestory, nor the fact I buy and sell used cars, make all means to help people, let alone, give to people a voice. I entirely support a persons FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT to free speech, and that means accepting, and honoring the viewpoints of others. It is now up to you to prove my narrative incorrect.
    – Mike Zitterich

  69. larry kurtz 2023-09-20 14:18

    Zitterich is an authority on the US Constitution like Pat. Powers is an authority on tanning beds.

  70. larry kurtz 2023-09-20 14:22

    Again, the more Republicans who choose to die on a ventilator leaving their families with a half million dollars in hospital bills the fewer there will be and the less money they will have to give to GOP candidates.

  71. larry kurtz 2023-09-20 14:25

    Let Mike Zitterich have his Eighteenth Century politics and their accompanying medical practices.

  72. Arlo Blundt 2023-09-20 14:26

    The treaty of 1763?? The Articles of Confederation?? Please Mr. Zittrich, George Washington is spinning in his grave.

  73. All Mammal 2023-09-20 14:27

    Nobody complained this hard with the seatbelt law. And that law literally restrains your freedom of motion. Nobody really squeals about being forced to have insurance. Where was the freedom criers the day the government decided we no longer had the freedom to sell our baked goods at a bake sale without listing the ingredients or labels for resale?

    If you don’t want to be fettered with concern for others, keep your funky self at home. But while you’re isolated, stop watching Rodney Howard-Browne on Revival TV. The Putin propaganda really shows in the behavior of viewers of that sick channel.

  74. larry kurtz 2023-09-20 14:54

    In the Eighteenth Century cedar root, cotton root bark and plasters made with lead were the preferred abortifacients so if Mike Zitterich has a wife or daughters of child bearing age no doubt he hopes they’ll resort to those medicines from that time, too.

  75. e platypus onion 2023-09-20 15:43

    Quit Zit. You haven’t been slandered, yet. I believe you are a puiblic person and you post some pretty dumb stuff here. My suggestion is for you to put your big boy pants on and stop trying to drumpf your way out of making a fool of yerself.

    As for me, I would never stick a knife in your back or anyone elses. I do, however, reserve the right to twist that knife around while it is figuratively in your pastey white hide.

  76. Mike Lee Zitterich 2023-09-20 16:08

    The “Period between the Treaties of 1763 and 1783” became known as a Revolutionary Period here on the North American Continent. Perhaps if you took the time to read them, and research the period between those years, you would have a greater idea of what I have said. Until then, you will not be as smart as me obviously, and I do not claim to be the smartest person in the world. People who know me, know me as a person who simply likes to engage with people, listening them, making them feel important, and getting to know them. You have never seen me anywhere ever put anyone down for their opinions, and that goes for ALL of you on this forum. I can tell, none of you have ever studied early American history, enough to even remotely understand our Organic Documents. If I am incorrect on that assessment, then prove me wrong..

  77. Todd Epp 2023-09-20 16:41

    Zitt, in law school, I had a five hour class on Constitutional Law, zero hours on the Articles of Confederation. The Constitution is our nation’s organic law.

  78. larry kurtz 2023-09-20 17:17

    America’s longest war was against Indigenous Americans and it began long before the Articles of Confederation and has yet to end.

  79. larry kurtz 2023-09-20 17:23

    The Discovery Doctrine is every bit as organic a founding document as the Articles of Confederation but precedes it by two centuries. That racists like Mike Zitterich are wistful for the days when non-christians were considered subhuman is all we have to know.

  80. larry kurtz 2023-09-20 17:29

    Buoyed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and General Michael Flynn are modern Falangists financed by the John Birch Society. Many catholic schools are in the Hillsdale bubble because the curriculum ignores the church’s role in the Native American Genocide.

  81. larry kurtz 2023-09-20 17:37

    Earth haters like Mike Zitterich believe the republic America’s founders intended died with the Thirteenth Amendment.

  82. larry kurtz 2023-09-20 17:52

    When Zitterich is admitted to an ICU somewhere it’s my prayer the medical team treats him with leeches.

  83. larry kurtz 2023-09-20 18:00

    Oh, and Zit? Trade that AR15 in for a blunderbuss.

  84. larry kurtz 2023-09-20 19:02

    Maybe the Zits have tipped their hands. Cannabis lawsuits testing tribal sovereignty pending?

  85. Lars Aanning 2023-09-20 21:27

    Remembering those poor followers of Jim Jones who drank the Kool-Aid…

  86. DaveFN 2023-09-20 23:47

    P. Aitch

    Get lost with your amateur diagnoses.

  87. DaveFN 2023-09-20 23:54

    …and take your asinine AI assistant gimmick with you. We have our own and don’t need yours.

  88. P. Aitch 2023-09-21 03:34

    @DaveFN – Have a seat, my friend. I’ll be able to see you very soon.

  89. e platypus onion 2023-09-21 14:01

    From Rawstory today….. A new report released Thursday by the free expression group PEN America warns that the Republican-led book banning movement is intensifying nationwide, with U.S. classrooms and libraries prohibiting more than 1,500 unique titles during the 2022-23 school year.

    Two things apparent here, magats want to ban books and Zit is fuill of stuff that rhymes with Zit.

  90. Mike Lee Zitterich 2023-09-21 18:55

    For Sale:

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    1999 Saturn Sedan, 216,000 miles, runs and drives, $1,950
    2001 Dodge Caravan, Need Motor, $750 + Parts and Labor
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    Vote Trump 2024

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