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When I used to be a younger woman rising up on our ranch in South Dakota, we had a signal hanging over our pasture gate the place we grazed our horses. The signal stated, “There’s nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse.” 

I didn’t come from a political household, so it wasn’t till years later that I realized this was a quote from President Ronald Reagan. Suddenly, he turned my favourite president. Any chief who acknowledged the worth of time spent with horses was a particular person of good discernment and knowledge in my e book. 

Over the years, I’ve realized that wanting again might help us transfer ahead in unbelievable methods. Former leaders and vital intervals of historical past remind us of what makes America particular.

Ronald Reagan led our nation by difficult occasions on the world stage, but embraced the standard simplicity of the each day life of a mean citizen in America. Recently, I used to be honored to spend a while on the Reagan Ranch in California. It is maintained by the Young America’s Foundation and preserved for the following era so that we might look to the previous to create a good higher future. 


I used to be struck by the life that Ronald Reagan and his household lived on the ranch. It was not exceptional, fancy or reflective of the place of energy he held as chief of the free world. It was common, easy and a step again from the grandeur of Washington, D.C. To him, it was heaven. 

Gov. Kristi Noem on the Reagan Ranch in October 2021.
(Young Americas Foundation)

While he publicly said, “government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem,” he lived the reality of these phrases behind the scenes. He didn’t rely on others to do his work for him on the ranch. Instead, he cleared brush, constructed fences and loved the work of all of it. 

My hope is that the American folks take observe of this facet of our former president’s life and instance. We can’t rely on a debt-ridden federal government to take care of us. We are burning by borrowed money. Many folks get up searching for a handout, relatively than tackling duties for themselves that may lead to prosperity and alternative. 

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We can restore our “shining city on a hill” with old style work ethic and perception in our fellow man, however it is going to solely occur with fiscal self-discipline that’s not being displayed right now by power-hungry politicians. 

Gov. Kristi Noem visits the Reagan Ranch in October 2021.

Gov. Kristi Noem visits the Reagan Ranch in October 2021.
(Young Americas Foundation)

As governor of California, and later president of the United States, Reagan targeted on rising the non-public sector, creating jobs and constructing the financial system. He gave little boys and little women like me the prospect to pursue our desires and truly have a shot at reaching them. 

His imaginative and prescient for America is my imaginative and prescient for South Dakota. Our state will likely be safer, stronger and more healthy as a result of we embraced the foundations of our historical past, realized from our former leaders, and bought up daily working to create a smaller government and provides extra energy to the folks, as our Constitution instructs. 

What we’re seeing unfold within the White House right now is a very completely different imaginative and prescient for America. Joe Biden’s insurance policies and actions replicate his true objectives: to diminish the position of the person and create a government extra highly effective and threatening to particular person liberty. 

My prayer is the common citizen will get up to the injury being achieved by the intense views and insurance policies the nationwide Democrat celebration is pursuing. 

Make no mistake, President Biden plans to cripple our nation with huge debt within the type of “infrastructure stimulus” spending and entitlement applications that extinguish the drive to suppose for oneself and stand impartial of the government. We are seeing this president broaden the attain of the federal government to historic ranges. If we enable it to proceed, America might by no means be the identical. 

Gov. Kristi Noem at the Reagan Ranch in October 2021

Gov. Kristi Noem on the Reagan Ranch in October 2021
(Young Americas Foundation)

As a state legislator and congresswoman, I labored to lower taxes and rules. We put more cash into the pockets of Americans figuring out they knew higher how to spend their hard-earned cash than some government bureaucrat. 

Stepping onto the Reagan Ranch final week, I understood in a new method the greatness of Ronald Reagan and the life he led. He was a man who held a highly effective place, but embraced the life of a mean American. And he liked it. 

It was in these hours spent on the ranch, working along with his fingers, loving his household and using horses that he was the happiest. Perhaps it reminded him of why he wished to be president within the first place: to protect the nation so it could all the time be “the shining city on a hill.”