Governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota reviews South Dakota's reaction to the Covid emergency:
"Covid didn't crush the economy - Government crushed the economy"
"South Dakota is the only state in America that never ordered a single business or church to close, we never instituted a shelter-in-place order, we never mandated that people wear a mask, we never even defined what an "essential business" is because I don't believe that the governors have the authority to tell you that your business isn't essential"
"In South Dakota I provided all of the information that we had to our people, and then I trusted them to make the best decisions for themselves, for their families, and in turn their communities"
"Dr Fauci told me that on my worst day I would have 10,000 patients in my hospitals - on our worst day, we had a little over 600"
This is a must-view for those of us who realise that politicians are not representing our interests, and would like to understand why it is that such politicians appear fickle, incompetent, even venal (and I hasten to add that not all politicians fit this alarming profile, just that too many do).
I am not suggesting that this video has all the answers.
Firstly it is US-centric, which is actually useful in so far as we perhaps don't already have such an emotional reaction to US as we do to UK politics, so we may be better positioned to adopt an impartial viewpoint.
Secondly it is firmly grounded in what I will call the mistakes of US politics - although UK, European, Indian, Chinese etc politics do have their differences, human beings are common to them all, so there is also a great deal of commonality across the nations, since politics could be described as essentially the art of government at all its different levels.