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Election Denial Running Rampant in Middle America

Emerson College Polling finds South Dakotans aren’t unique in their widespread election denial. The Boston-based college’s polls of 22 Midwest and Midwest-adjacent states over the past couple weeks have found disturbingly large pluralities—and in keenly delusional Wyoming and West Virginia, majorities—of voters who express the false belief that Joe Biden somehow stole the 2020 election:

Among adjoining states, South Dakota’s election denial ranks third behind North Dakota and Wyoming but ahead of Montana, Nebraska, and the seven-state region’s leaders in reality-based thinking, Minnesota and Iowa.

For the umpteenth time, there is no evidence that the 2020 election was anything other than fair, square, and secure. Saying otherwise, no matter how loudly, is a lie that endangers democracy.

54 Comments

  1. larry kurtz 2023-10-17

    Wyoming is ready to explode as Birchers are urging violence against federal employees.

  2. Donald Pay 2023-10-17

    There are a lot of dumb people in this world.

  3. John 2023-10-17

    Faux Entertainment (faux news) and Sinclair Broadcasting.
    And the FCC that deleted the fairness doctrine, and the nation’s journalism professors acting as docile lapdogs.
    Joseph Goebbels is rolling in his grave.

  4. Mike Lee Zitterich 2023-10-17

    There is plenty of evidence that our Elections are NOT working in the manner of which they are to work, as adopted by the the founding fathers. As more people become more educated and informed on our organic documents, and being to speak out I suspect these percentages to skyrocket higher, and as they do. a greater urge to hold statewide and countrywide investigations, and audits will occur.
    Sadly, it will not happen under the current make up of the Democrat Party is has been benefitting largely based on the manipulations of the voting changes since 1830.

  5. larry kurtz 2023-10-17

    Democrats = safe sex. Republicans = cheap sex.

  6. O 2023-10-17

    Mike, let’s take the concrete issue of gun control: 61% of Americans favor removing assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons from owners; 80% favor more strict gun regulations of some kind. Why is the clear will of the people not followed? To me, this seems like the manipulation of the political system for un-democratic means.

    No matter how you divide up the political landscape, winner-take-all elections over areas of population are inherently un-representative.

  7. Jet Johnson 2023-10-17

    Well of course, living in the rural midwest and mountain west virtually everyone supports Trump, and any “big cities” (when you read this, pretend I’m being ominous and spooky) run by the demoRATS are full of corruption and illegal immigrants. When everyone you know is a Trump voter and you assume everyone in a big city is either a welfare queen minority or an illegal immigrant (sometimes both concurrently), it becomes easy to see why they have such an easy time buying election fraud narratives.

    What most of these goofs don’t understand is that nobody believes 80 million+ people voted for Joe Biden, because a huge volume of Biden voters weren’t voting FOR Biden, they were voting AGAINST Trump. Like me. When you rephrase it accordingly, all of a sudden it becomes very believable. It explains how he got that vote count despite having no popular rallies like Trump, a fraction of the bumper stickers or hats or yard signs or flags of Trump. 2020 wasn’t Biden vs Trump. It was Trump vs anti-Trump. An inanimate carbon rod would have gotten 80 million votes running against Donald Trump.

    All the same, why would Democrats rig an election and pull off fraud like never before and then give themselves the Presidency and the House but not the Senate, as happened in 2022? The Republican control of the Senate, and thus SCOTUS, has pushed forward more Conservative policies than any Republican President or Congress could ever dream of

  8. All Mammal 2023-10-17

    Diversity helps put a stop to stupidity. It reminds me of the ecology of fear in the animal world. When the dear get too complacent, they sit around and graze the ground to the nubs and basically get sick and stupid. That seems to happen with white people getting too comfortable. Not even having to swivel their heads to look around before saying something racist lets stupidity and entitlement breed. Most of the midwest don’t get out much. We are pretty close to wearing the soil down to the nubs… we need to have a cougar let loose on us, ya know what I mean? Or a Panther, hmmm? For our health. Books could work if we had intention to not die off.

  9. P. Aitch 2023-10-17

    “Don’t trust any state over 30.” jbol

  10. P. Aitch 2023-10-17

    When Jet assesses Biden’s campaign, “It was Trump vs anti-Trump.”
    The same as Trump’s victory was, “Clinton vs anti-Clinton”.
    Hear, hear.

  11. P. Aitch 2023-10-17

    Also “Hear, hear” All Mammal. Excellent analogy about Midwestern white people being able to express their racism without looking around.
    It ain’t like that in Colorful Colorado.
    Every red hat wearing MAGA missionary has a rubber neck.
    Black, Latino, Indian, and Middle Eastern people think nothing of bonking white supremacists hard and often.

  12. Dicta 2023-10-17

    “Plenty of evidence,” says the deranged one. Name that evidence, bub. Name it. Tell me about the “plenty” you supposedly have.

  13. LCJ 2023-10-17

    Other election deniers- Robert Francis O’Rourke, Stacy Abrahms and of course Hillary Clinton the candidate that was too lazy to go to Wisconsin and do any hard campaigning.

  14. larry kurtz 2023-10-17

    Some of you know that back in 2018 this interested party declared that Hillary Clinton threw the 2016 election so Donald Trump could destroy the Republican Party.

    I believe she knew that had she won, the Republican House would have impeached and removed her before the 2018 midterms, a President Tim Kaine would have met an untimely end before naming a Veep and Paul Ryan would become POTUS.

    Now, watching the entire GOP circling the drain while they drown their comrades trying to flounder from the maelstrom is the schadenfreude we Democrats crave. Trump’s installation and downfall is the biggest political sting in the history of the United States. He and the GOP were set up by superior forces and given enough rope to hang the entire cabal. He knows he’s caught and will do anything to save his ass including inciting civil war.

    Today, America is watching the disintegration of the Republican Party. Not only is Donald Trump disqualified from holding office ever again his lieutenants in both the Senate and the House, including former Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy and his tormentor Matt Gaetz, will face Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment coming very soon.

    Since the Speaker of the House doesn’t have to be a member of Congress both Liz Cheney and Arnold Schwarzenegger are being considered for the the seat.

  15. leslie 2023-10-17

    Don, i don’t think it is dumb, but rather malicious Fox, Murdoch and Rush Limbaugh “capitalism” propaganda. SD is a captured state. KOTA business model from the 50s at least, west river. Busy high school drop out ranchers deserve public air waves unsaturated by right wing hucksters. John Thune is a product of 50s-60s Murdow coffee klatches, despite all his exposure to the globe! Same w/ Kristi. BTW, you guys getting anywhere wrestling back your courts from Federalist Society/Leonard Leo-Dusty types?)

    https://www.propublica.org/article/we-dont-talk-about-leonard-podcast)

  16. Donald Pay 2023-10-17

    LCJ makes a point that Hillary questioned the results of the 2016 election, but let’s review what really happened. There was a question about the election results in Wisconsin Michigan and Pennsylvania. The standard recourse was a recount in the states that were close. Hillary did not take those options, but Jill Stein did. There was some question about votes cast where there was no paper ballot. The electronic only voting sites favored Trump over the paper ballot or the optical scanned ballots with paper ballot backup. This was difference voter preference was later attributed to reasons other than voter fraud or miscounts, but to differences in the political leanings between the places where different voting methods were used. Hillary declined to seek a recount in the close states, but later, when Jill Stein paid of a recount in Wisconsin, Hillary supported the recount. Trump filed suit to stop the recount, fearing he might lose the state, but lost several times. The recount in Wisconsin was held and finished on time with both candidates gaining votes, but Trump gaining slightly more votes than Hillary. So, Trump won the election in Wisconsin in 2016.

    A recount in Pennsylvania was started at Stein’s insistence, but because of Trump court cases, the recount was halted. Similarly, in Michigan, a recount was ordered, but a tangled web of Trump lawsuits resulted in the recount not being completed in time.

    Recounts are the way civilized people solve questions about any election irregularities. Recounts are not election denying. I think Hillary thinks that because the recounts in Michigan and Pennsylvania weren’t completed, she feels there is some question. I don’t agree. She lost. She put on a very bad campaign in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. But there is also the fact that the Russians were very active in those states, too. Whether she lost or Putin won is what we may never know.

  17. Dicta 2023-10-17

    Whether or not Hillary denied anything is irrelevant because she conceded. Were it not for a few principled people around him, Trump would have implemented his alternate electors plan. Don’t sit here and compare the two as moral equivalents. They aren’t. Even conceding similarity is granting an air of credibility to a complete imbecile. That means you, LCJ.

  18. P. Aitch 2023-10-17

    There was fraud in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Those are where the British company Cambridge Analytica, a data analysis firm working for the Trump campaign, illegally used psychological profiling techniques to analyze the behavior and preferences of unknowing voters in swing states. They illegally collected and analyzed vast amounts of personal data from social media platforms, such as Facebook, to create detailed psychographic profiles. By understanding the fears, desires, and motivations of individuals, they illegally tailored persuasive messages and targeted advertisements to sway voter opinions and behaviors in swing states during the 2016 US presidential election.
    The principles at Cambridge Analytica went to prison in Britain for this election fraud.
    The Clinton campaign conceded gracefully. The Trump campaign in 2020 tried to overthrow the election results.
    ~ We’ll Never Forget ~

  19. jakc 2023-10-17

    Well of course our elections don’t work the way the founding fathers intended. Among other things, they didn’t intend for large numbers of people to be able to vote.

  20. BHSD76 2023-10-17

    O stated “61% of Americans favor removing assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons from owners.”

    I’d like to see the source for that. Considering most handguns sold today are semi-automatic, plus a lot of rifles that don’t have the so-called assault style cosmetics that’s millions upon millions of guns to be “removed” from their owners. You’d need to repeal the 2nd Amendment and allow only military, government agencies and police to have guns to be able to remove that amount of guns from the population. Plus you’d need to repeal the 4th Amendment to be able to search every residence to find all of them.

    If 61% of people truly think the government should have that kind of power it’s even more shocking then people who honestly think the election was stolen. It wasn’t and anyone thinking we can “remove” all semi-automatic firearms from Americans are just as delusional.

  21. John 2023-10-17

    Election deniers are related to ‘the mob’.
    “A mob is the place where people go to take a break from their conscience.” – Jeff Daniels, attributing to Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, while in a discussion about his relatives that testified at the Salem Witch Trials.

    Human nature has not changed.

  22. e platypus onion 2023-10-18

    From Axios..April 2023……………. An overwhelming majority of American voters favor a wide variety of gun control measures and over half worry that they could be victims of gun violence, according to a Fox News poll out this week.

    Why it matters: The first months of 2023 have already been marred by a spate of high-profile mass shootings — including in Monterey Park, California, Louisville, Kentucky and Nashville, Tennessee — and many Americans say they believe such shootings can be stopped if any effort was made to do so.

    Zoom in: 87% of voters surveyed said they support requiring criminal background checks for all gun buyers.

    77% support requiring a 30-day waiting period for all gun purchases.
    Vast majorities also support raising the legal age to buy guns to 21 (81%) and requiring mental health checks for all gun purchasers (80%).
    80% of voters say police should be allowed take guns away from people considered a danger to themselves or others.
    61% of voters support banning assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons.
    Just over half of voters surveyed (51%) said that they worry that they or their loved ones could be victims of gun violence.

  23. larry kurtz 2023-10-18

    All the red states on that list above are suffering a massive brain drain leaving their populations stupider and Republican so those results are hardly surprising.

  24. grudznick 2023-10-18

    If you’ve never camped at Mr. Driskill’s campground you are lacking the experience of a real treat. Mr. Driskill has many swell attributes, but you have to admit the swellest is his name.

  25. larry kurtz 2023-10-18

    Having fled Idaho new neighbors Brian and Lara are settling in at Russ and Bea’s old place. Lara is white but Brian is not so when they went into Twin Falls to shop the glares from the Earth haters were threatening enough and have now found sanctuary here in Santa Fe County.

  26. larry kurtz 2023-10-18

    Montana’s talent flight is so catastrophic even Republicans are scared spitless. In the Dakotas even Natives are fleeing for the Southwest.

  27. larry kurtz 2023-10-18

    Note Utah isn’t on that list so are mormons really christians?

  28. Arlo Blundt 2023-10-18

    Mr. Kurtz–Mormons have a good deal of loyalty to other Mormons. They tend to prefer Mr. Romney over Mr. Trump and believe Mr. Romney was treated very unfairly by Trump when they were both primary candidates. Romney has more money than Trump (way more) which makes Trump livid. Romney doesn’t rape women and is true to Mormon articles of faith. In general Trump is a poor candidate in Mormon Utah. He wins the state due to Party Loyalty, but is generally unpopular.

  29. bearcreekbat 2023-10-18

    BHSD76. I couldn’t find any language in the 2nd Amendment protecting the right to carry all types of “arms” or any particular type of “arms” that an individual wants to bear. Indeed, as I understood Heller and related cases, i\the 2nd Amendment does not eliminate the power of the government to restrict certain types of “arms,” such as fully automatic guns and a whole variety of other “arms.” Given the plain language of the 2nd Amendment and the ruling in Heller I would think the government could restrict possession of semi-automatic guns and pistols, so long as they didn’t try to outlaw all guns, such as cartridge type 6 shooter pistols, double barrel shotguns, and a whole variety of other non-semi-automatic guns? And wouldn’t it be reasonable to make such a choice based on the experience we have had with mass shooters using semi-automatice guns in schools, churches, concerts etc? It least such a restriction could reduce the carnage somewhat if the shooter had to reload after one, two or even six shots.

    So there would seem to be no need to repeal the 2nd Amendment for the government to outlaw or restrict semi-automatic gun sales and possession?

    And I don’t get the argument about repealing the 4th Amendment? All sorts of things are illegal or restricted, from various drugs to a wide variety of arms and we haven’r had to repeal the 4th Amendment yet even though there are likely literally millions of people that may have some sort on contraband in their homes. As for people that would disobey whatever restrictions or take back laws that were passed to eliminate semi-automatic weapons, how are they any different from those that disobey current laws prohibiting possession of other types of contrband? The 4th Amendment protects these folks from searches absent a warrant based on probable cause, or exigent circumstances. Why wouldn’t the same protections exist for those that disobey gun restrictions?

  30. Mike Lee Zitterich 2023-10-19

    THE GOVERNOR IS THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE SOUTH DAKOTA STATE GUARD OR MILITIA
    The 2nd Amendment of the U.S Constitution Protects Your Right to Bear Arms to Form a State Militia

    By, Mike Zitterich

    As we live in the modern age where the Federal Government seemingly wishes to strip the American People of their second amendment protected rights, thus attempting to take away the right of every American from purchasing, owning, and defending themselves by arming themselves with any such form of firearm necessarily to protect themselves.

    Whereas a year ago, Governor Kristi Noem made headlines by accepting private donations from an American Citizen to help fund and support State military affairs, by utilizing the South Dakota State Guard (or militia) by committing troops to the State of Texas in defense of its southern border. Some called into question whether or not she had authority to accept the funds, let alone utilize the military in such a manner.

    In order to discuss both of those leading topics, let’s take a look closer at both the United States Constitution, as well as the State Constitution as they relate to your right to bear arms, let alone protect your life, your property, and your pursuit to happiness, let alone the State itself.

    Let’s first begin by defining what the “State” is and what is not – The word “State” is defined as a body of persons constituting a special class in a society, a politically organized body of people usually occupying a definite territory, especially one of whom is a sovereign in itself totally separate from other groups of people. Within the United States, the country itself is made up of fifty individual, and independent groups of people who have formed their own state republics all of which collectively make up the United States of America.

    The State of South Dakota is defined as a “free and independent” Republic of free people, all of which have the right to collectively meet as one group to discuss the public policies of the “State” itself, of we which we adopted the following statement of which became known as our preamble to our own state constitution:

    We, the people of South Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberties, in order to form a more perfect and independent government, establish justice, insure tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and preserve to ourselves and to our posterity the blessings of liberty, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the state of South Dakota.

    As a group of sovereign people, we have, by means of the second amendment to the United States Constitution, the right to bear arms, not only to protect ourselves, but to secure the borders of our free and independent state, and that amendment reads as follows, “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

    This means, in simple terms, “We the People” making up the State of South Dakota, of which we have already defined as a body of persons constituting a special class in a society, a republic of free, and independent people who get together to commonly regulate, manage, and to protect both our private and public properties, have the right to bear arms, in order to safeguard that right to life, property, liberty, and prosperity.

    By means of our own state constitution as per Article 6 Section 24 – The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the state shall not be denied. And pursuant to Article 15 adopted by the people of the state, we have agreed to establish our State Militia, as per Article 15, Section 1 which reads as follows:

    The militia of the state of South Dakota shall consist of all able-bodied male persons residing in the state, between the ages of eighteen and forty-five years, except such persons as now are, or hereafter may be, exempted by the laws of the United States or of this state.

    The article itself goes on to read as, in order to form and regulate that militia, sections 2 thru 7 proclaim:

    The Legislature shall provide by law for the enrollment, uniforming, equipment and discipline of the militia and the establishment of volunteer and such other organizations or both, as may be deemed necessary for the protection of the state, the preservation of order and the efficiency and good of the service; whereas the Legislature in providing for the organization of the militia shall conform, as nearly as practicable, to the regulations for the government of the armies of the United States, whereas all militia officers shall be commissioned by the Governor, and may hold their commissions for such period of time as the Legislature may provide, subject to removal by the Governor for cause, to be first ascertained by a court-martial pursuant to law, that militia shall in cases except treason, felony or breach of the peace, be privileged from arrest during their attendance at muster and elections and in going to and returning from the same; while all military records, banners and relics of the state, except when in lawful use, shall be preserved in the office of the adjutant general as an enduring memorial of the patriotism and valor of South Dakota; and it shall be the duty of the Legislature to provide by law for the safekeeping of the same, of which no person having conscientious scruples against bearing arms shall be compelled to do military duty in time of peace.

    Article 15 of the South Dakota Constitution strictly honors and establishes the fact that the South Dakota Guard is to be totally separate from the National Guard today, however, it does allow for the State and Federal Government’s to adopt common codes in order to commonly work together in order to establish a uniformed national policy in order to establish a federal army of which can be utilized serve and protect all fifty of the States making up the United States of America, where practical.

    So you can see, the wording of the Second Amendment, which was drafted, agreed to, and first established by the State’s themselves, prior to any one of them accepting to adopt the United States Constitution itself. You see, in order to agree to create a central government, the State’s acting as each a sovereign entity, wanted to safeguard their sovereignty, by ensuring that the people making up such state(s) were allowed to protect not only themselves, but their fellow citizens of the state, and all private and public matters of their state(s). Without the second amendment, the State of South Dakota could not remotely by any means, protect itself from a corrupted centralized government, let alone arm itself against any of the other states, territories, across the total land mass, let alone other foreign countries on this planet.

    Did Kristi Noem as our “governor” act out in an unlawful manner the day she accepted private donations from an American Citizen, let alone committing the State Guard (or militia) to lend its services to the State of Texas in its quest to help defend that state’s border? For that, we must turn to South Dakota codified law in order to learn more of how “we the people” have enacted public policy of governing our militia itself.

    Article 15 is the adopted statute established by the people, and their legislature in order to not only establish, but to govern the State Guard (or militia), which today also utilizes the call letters – South Dakota National Guard at the same time. Remember, ‘we’ agreed to when at all times practicable, to establish common, uniform codes along with the federal government itself to also help establish a federal guard side by side.

    As per SDCL 32-2-1 The Governor is the commander in chief of the militia of the state, the organized portion of which is known as the South Dakota National Guard, of which as pursuant to SDCL 1-32-3 the Governor with the consent of the Senate and shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor pursuant to S.D. Const., Art. IV, § 9 which reads as follows – Appointment and removal power. Each principal department shall be under the supervision of the Governor and, unless otherwise provided in this Constitution or by law, shall be headed by a single executive. Such a single executive, unless provided otherwise by the Constitution, shall be nominated and, by and with the advice and consent of the senate, appointed by the Governor and shall hold office for a term to expire at the end of the term for which the Governor was elected, unless sooner removed by the Governor. Except as otherwise provided in this Constitution, whenever a board, commission or other body shall head a principal department of the state government, the members thereof shall be nominated and, by and with the advice and consent of the senate, appointed by the Governor. The term of office and removal of such members shall be as prescribed by law. The Governor shall have power to nominate and make interim appointments requiring senate confirmation during recess of the Legislature except that such nominations and interim appointments shall extend only to the end of the Governor’s term or until acted upon by the Legislature.

    Therefore, the Head of the South Dakota Military shall be the Adjutant General, and this person shall be a federally recognized commissioned officer of the South Dakota National Guard, with not less than ten years military service in the armed forces of this state or of the United States. Therefore, the “military general” of the South Dakota Guard (or militia) must be fully recognized by the federal government as someone who has earned the respect of both the State and the Federal Government respectively, and has served within the military itself for a period of a minimum of ten years within the State or Federal Guard systems combined.

    The militia of the state consists of all able-bodied qualified residents of the state, and those nonresidents who are accepted into service, who are within the age limits currently authorized by the Department of Defense for enlisted personnel in the active components of the United States armed forces. The militia is divided into two classes: the National Guard and the unorganized militia.

    As for the South Dakota State Guard (or militia) itself, the Governor is ‘The” leading officer of the the State Guard, and can direct, manage, and utilize it in any which way he or she can, so long as the people have allowed the governor to do so as established by public law, in addition to the appropriated funds which have been deposited into the military itself.

    The Governor may organize and maintain within this state such military forces as the Governor deems necessary to protect life and property in this state. Such forces are additional to and distinct from the National Guard and are known as the South Dakota State Guard. SDCL 33-14-1; whereas No civil organization, society, club, post, order, fraternity, association, brotherhood, body, union, league, or other combination of persons or civil group may be enlisted in the South Dakota State Guard as an organization or unit, no person may be commissioned or enlisted in the South Dakota State Guard who is not a citizen of the United States or who has been expelled or dishonorably discharged from any military or naval organization of this state, or of another state, or of the United States. The officers and men of the South Dakota State Guard shall serve without pay, except when called out for active duty by the Governor. Members called out for service shall receive the same pay and allowances for the time spent on active duty as would be received by members of the national guard performing like service. The South Dakota State Guard shall, in so far as practicable be governed by and subject to the laws of the state pertaining to the national guard. Nothing in this chapter authorizes any part of the South Dakota State Guard to be called, ordered, or in any manner drafted as such into the military service of the United States. However, no person by reason of the person’s enlistment or commission in any such forces may be exempted from military service under any law of the United States.

    There shall be both a General Militia Fund and a Special Militia Fund established by the Legislature, allowing for the legislature to appropriate general tax dollars to both the services of the State Guard, as well as the National Guard in order to manage military affairs.

    General militia fund–Expenditure procedure – Funds appropriated by the Legislature for the maintenance of the National Guard shall be known as the general militia fund. Expenditures from the general militia fund may be made only upon vouchers certified by the adjutant general and approved by the Governor, upon warrants drawn by the state auditor against the state treasury in the manner required by law. (These Funds consist of both Federal Tax Dollars, as well as State Tax Dollars)

    Special militia fund–Sources of funds – All funds derived from the sale of property belonging to the military department, as provided in this title, and all other funds accruing to the national guard of the state from any source whatsoever other than the general fund appropriated by the Legislature shall be deposited with the state treasurer and by him credited to a fund designated “the special militia fund.” The special militia fund is available for National Guard purposes only and is accumulated from year to year. Expenditures from this fund shall be made in the usual manner upon vouchers approved by the Governor, after proper certification by the adjutant general, by warrant drawn by the state auditor against the state treasury as provided by law. However, such expenditures do not come within any restrictions governing payment of expenses incurred in a previous year. The special militia fund may be used to discharge any just or lawful debt properly contracted for National Guard purposes, whether of the ensuing or previous fiscal years, the special militia fund, and funds accumulating therein, are hereby appropriated for the construction of facilities and the maintenance of the South Dakota National Guard.

    34-48A-36. Authority to accept federal moneys, services, or equipment–Conditions -If the federal government, or any agency or officer thereof, or any person, firm, or corporation offers to the state or to any political subdivision thereof, services, equipment, supplies, materials, or funds by way of gift, grant, or loan, for emergency management, the Governor or the political subdivision, acting through the Governor, or such political subdivision, acting through its executive officer or governing body, may accept such offer. Upon acceptance the Governor or executive officer or governing body of such political subdivision may authorize any officer of the state or of the political subdivision, as the case may be, to receive such services, equipment, supplies, materials, or funds on behalf of the state or political subdivision, and subject to the terms of the offer and the rules and regulations, if any, of the agency making the offer.

    Upon Gifting the “State” services, or funds directed to a specific State Department, Agency, or Political Subdivision, the funds shall then be earmarked for that specific purpose. This would allow citizens” to direct private funds to the General or Special Militia Funds allowing the Governor by law to utilize the funds as he or she wishes, so long as they follow State law already established.

    So, did Kristi Noem commit any wrongdoing by accepting private funds by an American Citizen of the State of Tennessee? No – any American Citizen, whether a resident of the State or non-resident of the State shall participate within the State Guard (or militia) who meet and fall within the criteria established by not only the constitution itself, and Article 15 as defined by state laws, adopted by the people of the state or their legislature.

    The Governor already has the authority given to him or her to direct, manage, and utilize the State Guard, in any way possible to protect your life, your property, your liberty, your pursuit to happiness, yet alone the commercial interests of the State itself, our collective public property, let alone upon request from another State, to help defend its borders. All American Citizens whether residents of the State, or Non-residents of the State have the same equal opportunity to participate in the State Guard, in order to defend the interest of the state itself, and that alone honors and upholds the Second Amendment Right to Secure the liberties of a Free State.

    “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Nelson Mandela.

  31. larry kurtz 2023-10-19

    The Zittiots have told us what they want. They want to appoint the government in anticipation of a coming civil war where dissidents will be slaughtered to please their god.

  32. O 2023-10-19

    I gotta love when conservatives cobble in a quote from a liberal who would turn over in his grave if he knew his name was being lent to philosophy he would abhor.

  33. larry kurtz 2023-10-19

    Exactly. The Zittiots don’t want governance; they want apartheid and control.

  34. Mike Lee Zitterich 2023-10-19

    So, if the Democrat Party was born in the South, backed, and controlled by Great Britain, led by their Banking Cartel, the Bank of London, and the Republican Party was born in the North, and proclaimed their ties to the Federal Government, both parties were progressive in nature, and both parties played a huge role in progressively enlarging the Federal Government, with great ties to Great Britain, the Bank of London, and at the heart, was the Virginia Land Company, of whom issued many Charters, creating land companies, companies of which became Territories, and territories of which became States, of which meant, the Bank of London holds the Charters as collateral, and the “State Constitutions” backed, and defended by the newly adopted National Charter – the 1871 United States Constitution is now owned and held by the very British Banking Cartel, that holds all Land Rights, Claims and Titles….

    WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THE REVOLUTIONARY PERIOD 1763-1791?

    The American Colonies have fought, and beat the British, and their Holy Roman Empire overlords by becoming a Free, Independent, and Sovereign Territory with the agreements made in 1783, with the Paris Peace Treaty. But did it resolve the matter of Great Britain leaving the North American Continent?

    Keep in mind, in 1776, the 13 Colonies, or those people residing within the Northeast Territory, were the group of people who rose up, and Declared their Sovereignty, by 1777, they had organized and adopted the Articles of Confederation, becoming a “Confederation of States” of which agreed to defend each other, and protect each other against a Foreign Occupier.

    The Articles of Confederation became the ‘agreement’ made by the States of which says, and I quote:

    The Stile of this confederacy shall be, “The United States of America”, and each state retains its sovereignty, freedom and independence, and every Power, of which, by each their jurisdiction and right, which is not by this confederation expressly delegated to the United States, in Congress assembled. Of which these states hereby severally enter into a firm league of friendship with each other, for their common defence, the security of their Liberties, and their mutual and general welfare, binding themselves to assist each other, against all force offered to, or attacks made upon them, or any of them, on account of religion, sovereignty, trade, or any other pretence whatever. . . .No State shall be represented in Congress by less than two, nor by more than seven Members; and no person shall be capable of being delegate for more than three years, in any term of six years; nor shall any person, being a delegate, be capable of holding any office under the united states, for which he, or another for his benefit receives any salary, fees or emolument of any kind, each State shall maintain its own delegates in a meeting of the states, and while they act as members of the committee of the states, and in determining questions in the united states, in Congress assembled, each state shall have one votes. And the Articles of this confederation shall be inviolably observed by every state, and the union shall be perpetual; nor shall any alteration at any time hereafter be made in any of them, unless such alteration be agreed to in a congress of the united states, and be afterwards con-firmed by the legislatures of every state.

    When this ‘act’ occurred, Great Britain knew, they had lost the Northwest Territory, because from this point in time forward, the American Colonies transitioned from, and became the United States of America, as they usurped the “Crown Charters” into individual, independent, State Constitutions, removing any sourced wordings of the “Crown” from them, creating their own governments from that point forward.

    The Treaty of Paris (1783) even mentions this much, meaning, between the years 1778 and 1783, agreements had to be made, between the two countries, thus transferring the ownership of land from “crown government” to a nation of free people by 1791.

    If Great Britain was going to give up, and release any control of the land, then they were going to benefit from it, and protect the financial interests of their “loyalists” of whom expected to be paid, for the right to transfer their lands from their control. As part of that agreement, the United States of America would create an area of land today known as the Northwest Territory, which would lead to ‘new’ states being born over the course of the coming years, leading to Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin.

    And while, the Americans, between 1783 and 1791, went on to establish their own form of a “central government”, almost immediately, did Great Britain begin to utilize their powers to colonize, and establish colonies of people on the North American Continent – here is where the conquest of the Southeast areas of the north american continent come into view.

    Keep in mind, in 1640, by means of the London Banking Cartel, the Bank of London, the British had formed, and established the Virginia Land Company, of which held, and chartered many of the colonies on the North American Continent, and by which, the bank itself holds all rights, and claims to ownership of each ‘charter’. While they agreed to release the charters in the Northeast, and give up any ties to the land in the northwest, however, there were no contracts, nor obligations to the south, and here is where the next fight for control of the continent begins to take shape.

    In 1791, the United States consisted of the States of Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island Plantations, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Vermont, Massuhuchetts, New Jersey, Carolina, Connecticut, and with the addition of the Northwest Territory, within the looming twenty years, the States of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota would soon be established brining the United States to 18 States, and this is where it gets interesting.

    While in the Southeast, Great Britain was utilizing their powers to expand their commercial trade empire, and while working through the Virginia Land Company, were issuing bank charters of which led to new companies being formed in the territory.

    And while the War of 1812 (1812 to 1816) was fought, while maintaining the fact, that Great Britain did promise to not interfere in any trade conquests in the western hemisphere, they simply utilized laws adopted in the United States to contract with the American people themselves – and this leads to new States being formed, and with them, greater dependency on British trade became a lasting footprint in the South

    And while acting through the Virginia Land Company, of which the Bank of London held interest in, those chartered colonies begin to play a huge influence in the Southeast Territory, leading to the New States of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, while Carolina was split into two, forming North Carolina, and South Carolina, Arkansas, While Virginia split into two states by 1860 to include West Virginia (1863), and while Texas was added as well.

    In this area, many of these “States” were formed thanks to, againn, Great Britain colonizing, and conquering the lands, incorporating them into Plantations – large farms or estates in a tropical or semi tropical zone, for the cultivation of cotton, tobacco, coffee, sugarcane, etc., typically by enslaved, unpaid, or low-wage resident laborers.

    WIth the adoption of the Preemption Act of 1841, these new territorial lands, were fast transitioning themselves into Statehood, the plantations soon incorporating themselves into larger, more political subdivisions called “States”, adopting constitutions, allowing them to now have two U,S Senators, and at least 1 U.S Representatives for at-least a minimum of 1 per state, or at least 30,000 citizens of the States themselves.

    By 1836, these 11 States with their ties to Great Britain were gaining in economic power, bound to the charters, to which by their constitutions, Great Britain found the means to collaborate with, in order to utilize and play within the economic scheme as governed by the United States Constitution – it used its massive economic power, to buy and sell cheap labor, goods, and services abroad, to establish a huge agricultural empire in the newly created Southern States in America.

    Despite the agreements made in the Treaty of Paris (1783), and the terms and regulations agreed to in the Northwest Territory, meaning there shall be no slave trade in that region, by the 1830’s, it was also agreed, that no state north of the Mason-Dixon Line shall participate in the Slave Trade, of which Great Britain controlled, through their colonial empire across the Globe.

    This meant, the 11 Southern States, with their ties to Great Britain, and the Virginia Land Company, of whom is bound to the Bank of London, and of whom holds he vested authorities of the ‘Charter’s”, of which those terms morphed themselves into the 11 newly adopted Constitutions, were gaining a huge, economical advantage over the more restricted, heavier regulated Northern counterparts…

    And because, the 11 Southern States, even with British “loyalties”, were ratified, and accepted as being a part of the United States, their “Citizens” also held powerful voices in the U.S Senate, the U.S House, and as well, could elect Electors, thus voting for, and approving of the United States Executive.

    Growing tensions were already high by 1850, but with the application of California wanting to become a State, it through the whole economic powers of the country in windfall, for California was an expanse territory, that stretched from the Mexican border, past the Mason Dixon Line, and when, led by Henry Clay, California being accepted as a No-Slave Trade State, the econonmic balance was upset, and greater economical power given to the North by default.

    By now, the 11 Southern States were forming greater alliances with each other, with their ever strong ties with Great Britain, they began to announce to the world, they were not happy with the Tariffs, the Federal Regulations, meant and designed to hinder their “foreign commerce”, and while the tax revenues helped major expansion into the far western regions, a greater importance of self reliance on themselves grew stronger, and let’s face it – the 11 Southern States had the revenues to stand on their own, and that played a huge role in the future direction of Federal Policies coming from the District of Columbia.

    And in 1859, the eleven Southern States Declared their Proclamations, their Ordinances, of which they were forming their Confederation of States, and like the original pact in 1777, it became a loosely compacted agreement by these states to stand together, unite under a common cause, and to come to each others aid, and comfort, in defense of their own civil liberties, immunities, and protections – they were enforcing their rights protected, as per the Articles of Confederation itself.

    To the Southern States, they saw the federal intervention in their area, as an act of war, restricting their ability to self govern themselves as they so choose, invading in their abilities to contract with Great Britain, and other States, of which hurt them.

    With the Election of Abraham Lincoln, this division became more apparent, as the new president wished to control them even more, tie them to the same agreements of the northeastern States under the Peace Treaty of 1783, the debts, the restitutions, and taxes owed, it led to the Confederacy growing stronger, more united, and a new constitution was formed that changed America forever…

    Virginia being placed smack, in the middle, the holder of the “Charter’s”, by means of the Virginia Land Company, and their ties to Great Britain, leads to Richmond, VA becoming the capitol city of the Confederacy, the place of contact between the north and south, the place of which the two sides could meet, to discuss matters of importance to debate, and discuss economic trade between the two split groups of “States”.

    But with these two Groups of People, now split, Abraham Lincoln lost the right to ‘tax’ the people in the south, despite, the fact that the Federal Government, itself, held property, and claims in the areas south of the Mason Dixon Line – Military Forts, Tax Administration Buildings, U.S Court Buildings, Postal Officers, but as this Group of Americans pulled further way, the less Lincoln could control them, and with that, the next step led to Civil War itself.

    Abraham Lincoln by General Order 100, created a Federal Militerized Zone that encompassed all of the 11 States;
    Abraham Lincoln would enforce stronger, the Tariff (taxes) owed by those Americans in the South;
    Abraham Lincoln would adopt the Emancipation Act, which helped to Free African-American Born Persons, let alone, would later ‘free’ Prisoners of War captured by the Federal Government;
    Abraham Lincoln Incorporated All Federal Owned Property, Programs, Territories, even those in the South;
    Abraham Lincoln signs into law the Homestead Act of which allows Americans not taking up arms against the Union, to now claim, own, and be granted 160 to 320 acres of land freely, to help generate revenues for the war efforts.

    While Virginia played a huge role in the conflict, tensions arose deep in the state itself, and by 1863, the State was split in two, perhaps a sign that the “North” was in fact winning the conflict, we now have Virginia, and West Virginia, of which “Western” part of the State drew closer in ties to the Federal Government, of which presented to many, that southern ties to Great Britain may have been crumbling, and with that, the ‘war’ would last only, another 12 months, with the war efforts ceased by April 1865.

    Who won the war? While Democrats of the South showed more loyalties to Great Britain, and Republicans mostly in the north shown more loyalties to the Federal Government, the two parties, both progressive in nature, agreed to settle their conflicts by putting America back together by means of creating a new Federal Territory, of which would bind everyone to British Bankers.

    Neither side truly won the Civil War, it is now seen, as true, Great Britain, of who is under the spell of the Bank of London, grabbed back full control of the United States of America and were able to convince Americans to recreate the U.S.A today.

    Amendments 13 and 14 were adopted in America, which meant, Slavery would not be used no longer, less for a punishment of a crime, or to pay off a debt owed to the government or a corporation, and the 14th Amendment would allow the Federal Government to now grant citizenship in the newly created territory, of which no American who took up arms against the Federal Government, could not be elected U.S Senator, U.S Representative, nor be elected in the States as an Elector for President. They could NOT hold, nor be appointed to any Federal Office, nor any Federalized State Office or Agency, as well.

    With the adoption of the Act of 1871, a temporary government was put in place in the newly created Federal Territory, which was to be a Militerized Zone, created during the Civil War, of which allowed Congress to appoint a Governor, Secretary, and Legislative Council, and of which allowed the People to Appoint a Delegate to represent them in District of Columbia today.

    Under this newly created Territory, ALL U.S Persons, Citizens would now gain civil liberties, immunities, and protections, throughout the United States, and with that, the British Loyalist were forever protected in all 50 States, everyone that is

    In 1874, they now create Washington D.C, as the Capitol City of the District of Columbia, and the residents of this territory now would be allowed to enact a permanent seat of government, electing a full time Mayor, and a 9 Member D.C Council, Judges, and Other Officers, while creating a Jail System, the D.C Police, of which all U.S Citizens now would be bound to themselves.

    Today, if you are found in violation of a federal statute, code, or regulation, you can now be sent on trial to Federal Court, and held in contempt in D.C, and placed, housed in a D.C Jail System, locked up, by, as if you are a “resident” of D.C itself.

    The Civil War of 1861 to 1865 was nothing more than perhaps a Third War with Great Britain, of which pitted the 18 Northern States vs the 11 Southern States, nothing more than an attempt by Great Britain to regain control of the North American Continent. Who won that war? Who do you think…

  35. larry kurtz 2023-10-19

    Democrats evolved but Republicans not so much.

  36. O 2023-10-19

    Brothers Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh, Gerald Casale and his brother Bob along with Alan Myers had a name for regressing in the manner like the GOP.

  37. larry kurtz 2023-10-19

    So, the Zittiots want to refight the Civil War by Balkanizing women’s rights, making honor killings legal, marching people of color into concentration camps and installing a white strongman as Chief Executive for life, right?

  38. larry kurtz 2023-10-19

    Little wonder Mike Zitterich never left Sioux Falls; he’s convinced the Earth is flat.

  39. P. Aitch 2023-10-19

    Mr. Zitterich: My assistant Lady Trobairitz says she can compress your above comment into two short sentences that would convince many people of your assertions.
    However, the AI Doomers here would stubbornly not approve.

  40. Mike Lee Zitterich 2023-10-19

    My job is to unite people, organize people under a Peaceful Transition from the Corporate Government back to the Republic United States of America, by utilizing tools, and means created by the founding fathers to peacefully utilize committee meetings to restore the republic. NO WAR needed, unless of course, Your Side wants to attack us….as is usually the case based on history. Lets remember, when the Americans rose up in 1763 to question the British, they chose peaceful transitions of power, by means of committees, it was the BRITISH who instigated and started the war by firing the first shot; then in 1860 it was NOT the Southern States that started a war, they chose peaceful means of holding committees, and conventions, to speak to, and discuss policies with the Federal Govt when it was the FEDS who fired the first shot. It always seems to be those people who Control a Tyrannical Government that wants to trigger a war, whereas the PEOPLE wish to discuss and form that transition peacefully.

    TRUMP did not cause any rebellion, nor did he attempt to bring down the Federal Govt, nor did he intend to cause hurtful feelings. Lets remember, the PATRIOTS had been moving in a direction, since 2007, to take back control of D.C, thus allowing States to be Free again, let alone, enforce the constitution upon the Federal Govt. IT was your beloved Democrats who are still bound to Great Britain to this day, just as they were in 1860, that used the full power of the Federal Govt against the Patriots that fateful day on January 6th.

    The battle within the Republican Party today is of one between NEOCONS vs PATRIOTS of whom wish to return the power back to the States. While the democrats and RINOS are the pretenders, the fake actors who want to lead us down a Communistic Pathway.

  41. Dicta 2023-10-19

    Yeah, we’re all real concerned about the warmaking ability of a guy that’s built like Violet Beauregarde after she ate the magical chewing gum.

  42. larry kurtz 2023-10-19

    Because Jesus wants to save the Earth from socialism, right?

  43. larry kurtz 2023-10-19

    That Republicans like Zitterich believe greed is a gift from god rather than the end of humanity is startling.

  44. larry kurtz 2023-10-19

    That Zitterich wants to unite people at the barrel of a gun is all we really need to know.

  45. e platypus onion 2023-10-19

    Federal Govt when it was the FEDS who fired the first shot. It always seems to be those people who Control a Tyrannical Government that wants to trigger a war, whereas the PEOPLE wish to discuss and form that transition peacefully.

    Pants on Fire liar. I called you out on this before and you never provided anything like proof to back your,claim.

  46. grudznick 2023-10-19

    Lady Trobairitz may be no Shelia 3.2 but she could still tighten up your boooggings for you, Mr. Zitterich.

  47. Arlo Blundt 2023-10-19

    Today, my favorite Trump co-conspirator, the lawyer Sydney Powell, has pled Guilty to election interference charges in Georgia. She teamed up with the incredible Rudy G, to conspire with various Georgia Republicans to interfere with the Georgia Presidential elections returns, seeking to modify them in Trump’s favor.Trump has thrown Sydney and Rudy under the bus. Neither can pay their legal bills, nor can Trump. The criminal charges against the conspirators are falling into place.

  48. larry kurtz 2023-10-25

    According to a recent poll by Emerson College, Noem’s job approval rating has fallen to 43%. It was 61% as recently as June. The poll indicates 37% disapprove of the job she is doing in office. The poll shows her support from her fellow registered Republicans is 73%. Noem is least popular with those under 30. Only 30% of young people think she’s doing a good job. Noem’s approval among male residents is 17 points higher than among women, with a 52% approval rating among male voters compared to 35% among women.

    https://www.brookingsradio.com/gov-noems-approval-rating-slips-significantly-since-june/

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