Radical environmentalists are pushing for so-called “green” policies that will destroy the economy and infringe on Americans’ freedoms.
They’re now even trying to crack down on how much fun you’re allowed to have.
But Kristi Noem is fighting against enviro-radicals in the Biden administration over Independence Day.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem hasn’t announced any intentions yet, but the Mount Rushmore State executive continues to be the focus of rumors about a 2024 Presidential run.
Other than a weak moment where she caved to corporate and NCAA pressure and vetoed a bill that would have banned biological males from playing in women’s sports – a veto she since acknowledges was a mistake and has apologized for – Noem is largely viewed as a strong conservative-populist head of state.
She was also against Biden and Fauci’s COVID restrictions and vaccine mandates in her state and has been critical of Biden’s energy policies – a sector of the economy that is the lifeblood in South Dakota.
And she recently banned TikTok on state employee devices.
Now she’s trying to save her Fourth of July plans from Biden’s National Parks Department.
Noem wants to celebrate Independence Day this year with fireworks over the Mount Rushmore national landmark, which would make a nice backdrop for a campaign announcement.
To do so, she must get permission from the National Parks Department.
Unfortunately for South Dakota residents, the National Parks Department has rejected Noem’s request.
The Daily Caller is reporting National Memorial Superintendent Michelle Wheatley canceled Noem’s plans to celebrate America’s birthday in a letter to the Governor’s office.
According to the letter from Wheatley, the celebratory pyrotechnics displays would have an “adverse effect” on the traditional cultural views of local tribes.
“Fireworks continue to be viewed by multiple Tribes as an adverse effect on the traditional cultural landscape,” Wheatley wrote in the letter. “This view was expressed by consulting Tribes in 2020 and has been reaffirmed by Tribal government representatives in subsequent meetings and letters.”
Noem is fighting back by urging the State’s two U.S. Senators, Mike Rounds and John Thune, along with the state’s at-large Congressman, Dusty Johnson – all Republicans – to create federal legislation that would prevent the federal government from canceling South Dakota’s annual Independence Day festivities.
The Obama administration had previously banned fireworks displays over Mount Rushmore; however, the Trump administration allowed the event to proceed.
“The Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration is the best way that we can celebrate America’s birthday,” Noem said. “We lost our ability to hold this celebration during the Obama administration, so I’m asking our South Dakota delegation to help us advocate for this tremendous event.”
Noem has shown she’s not afraid of fire.
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) December 26, 2022
In fact, this past Christmas, Noem’s staff gave her a flamethrower.
Political Animal News will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.