Congresswoman Kristi Noem at CPAC: Don’t Just Complain, Do Something

I figured everybody and their brother was blogging about the big name keynote speakers at CPAC so I wanted to watch the CPAC speech (need free registration) given by a neighbor to the north,  Freshman Congresswoman Kristi Noem (R-SD).  I have heard a little about her before, and I took time to visit her website before watching.

I think we have a rising star on our hands.  She wasn’t flashy giving her speech, but she was down to earth and I believe we need more people like that in Congress.  She talked about growing up in South Dakota on her family’s farm.  Her dad whom she identified as a Cowboy was killed at the age of 49 in an accident on their farm.  She came from college to help take manager their operation.  She said that they were hit hard by the estate tax.  They had to choose as many farmers do in that circumstance to sell land or take out a loan.  She said her Dad always said that you never sell land.  She went on to say, “I don’t know if anyone has ever told you, but they aren’t making any more land.”

She said her service was sparked by something her dad had said, “you can’t just complain about something that is happening, you need to do something about it.”  She said her experiences on her family farm, and the hardships they faced (she said it took 1o years to pay off the loan for the estate tax) led her to service.  She ran for the South Dakota House and won in 2006.  For the last two years she has been the Assistant Majority Leader in the South Dakota House of Representatives.

Not complaining, but doing let this farming and ranching mom of three to run for Congress.   She only announced a year ago she was running and now she joins a freshman class of 87 Republican Representatives.  She noted 37 of which has never held public office.   She said to much applause describing her decision to run, “maybe we need common, everyday, ordinary people serving.”   She received even greater applause when she said, “a lot of us freshman don’t have a lot of knowledge about the way Washington operates and frankly we don’t really care.”

She said her class wants to be historic not just in numbers, but in delivering results for the American people.


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Name games
    Feb 10, 2011 @ 23:45:28

    Common, every day, ordinary– I remember an Alaskan who was once like that. How long before this one succumbs to fame?


    • Syrin
      Feb 11, 2011 @ 08:56:26

      There are several difference. Palin was NEVER part of the political landscape of Alaska. She never attended any type of issues based or political party conferences before she was selected as a halfwit gov. that catipulted her to persue fame and fortune. Palin was elected without anyone caring what she did before, how incomptent and unethical she was while doing it.. Fresh face- New Energy! FYI.. Sarah did not succomb to fame… She Use and Abuse power, while enriching yourself to gain fame from a title of honor. That was what her main goal has always been! She needs continued attention, what she is left with is her ego, vanity, conceit, and simple selfishness…


      • Name Games
        Feb 11, 2011 @ 10:47:24

        So. . . Sarah is a modern day version of one of those nouveau riche women from the turn of the last century who used new wealth to advance their daughters in marriage and hopefully land a title!

        But since Sarah personally had no real money and got by on faux sunshine personality, she cannot marry her kids off because they have nothing to offer, so she, herself, searches for the title and respect. “If you don’t like me, how’s the presidenty thing workin’ for ya?” (Why aren’t Franklin Graham’s kids taking Bristol and Willow out on publicity stunt dates is Grizz is such a good Christian? Why aren’t they trying to breed into her family? I expected this to happen with time, but the fruit is drying out on the vine!)

        What I don’t get is why, in her quest for power, she isn’t trying to emulate those in power. They peacock their intelligence, potential for doing smart things according to their parties, and she can’t even fake it.

  2. WakeUpAmerica
    Feb 11, 2011 @ 04:07:09

    Oy! So what were her suggestions for improving America? Oh, nothing? Just charismatic rhetoric? Been there, done that. Bought the shirt, saw the movie.


  3. AFM
    Feb 11, 2011 @ 07:48:02


    I stopped watching the CPAC hate feast a while back. I mean all they do is how much the democractics ruined the country yet they forget 8 years of Bush who destroyed the country.

    Now is you are right about this woman then maybe there is hope. But you just can’t keep calling the other side commies and socialist and they hate our country and they aren’t patriots. I am sick of that kind of talk. You can state your difference with the othe side and then tell us your solution. Don’t you think that is the best way. If this lady did that then there is hope for our country. But I fear for her because she may actually want to solve problems with the other side and you know with the party of “no comprise” it might be hard.


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