June 18th, 2021
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In This Issue:
There’s a lot of really good news out there regarding the Chinese virus. Infection rates are falling, cases are falling, hospitalizations are falling, and deaths from COVID are falling.
Life is returning to normal. Mask mandates have been lifted, social distancing protocols have been shelved, venues are opening and most of all, there will be a normal State Fair this year.
Despite all this normalization, Governor Walz continues to govern by executive fiat, pursuant to a state law that allows him to govern in despotic fashion, simply by declaring every 30 days that there is an “emergency” that doesn’t allow for normal law making.
Minnesota statutes 12.31,Subd.2(a) simply and succinctly declares, in part, “The governor may declare a peacetime emergency.”
So, are we in a peacetime emergency? Are we in a situation that calls for the governor to bypass the constitution and sideline the duly elected members of the legislature?
Of course not.
Any reasonable definition of “emergency” includes the need to act immediately, the need to act with urgency to prevent or mitigate harm.
There is utterly nothing about the current situation that demands the immediacy or urgency of executive fiat.
Clearly, the legislature should resume its rightful, legitimate place in making the laws of Minnesota.
Excuses about welfare benefits or the administration of vaccines are nonsense and a flimsy excuse for the governor jealously clinging to kingly powers.
Shame on the governor.
Shame all the more on the DFL majority in the House, which has consistently enabled this power grab by refusing to declare an end to these powers, as the statute allows.
At least with Walz, one can understand that he’s a weak man who is finding it difficult to wean himself off the euphoric drug of absolute power.
With the DFL legislators, it’s stunning to contemplate their abdication of legislative authority. Their total abdication of all moral, ethical, legal, and constitutional duties.
The same holds true for the judicial branch, which has also refused to uphold their basic and fundamental obligation to interpret and apply the constitution.
This rule by fiat for some 450 plus calendar days has been a shameful chapter in the state’s history.
Ending the peacetime powers is important.
What’s more important is to ensure it never happens again by amending Chapter 12 of Minnesota statutes to reassert the role of the legislature in lawmaking.
This egregious violation of the Non-Delegation Doctrine is truly shameful.
There were a handful of polls this week that provided some excellent insight into the state of the country that provide some insight into where the country is headed over the next few months and into the next election cycle.
The first poll was an annual Gallup poll regarding how Americans view the state of our collective morals.
Overall, 84% view the state of moral values as “fair” or “poor.”
66% see the state of moral values as getting worse.
What’s really interesting is to see how these numbers break down by partisan affiliation.
That breakdown provides a stark, breathtaking contrast in how Democrats and Republicans view the state of moral affairs in the country.
It’s affirmation that “blue” and “red” America are increasingly alienated from one another and have less and less in common regarding core principles and values.
Consider GOP responses:
66% call the state of moral values “poor.”
27% label the state of moral values “fair.”
7% call them “good” or “excellent.”
92% say things are getting worse.
On the Democrat side:
30% call the state of moral values “poor.”
47% label the state of moral values “fair.”
22% call them “good” or “excellent.”
49% say things are getting worse.
We are living in two Americas.
Next, our friends over at the Center of the American Experiment just released another “Thinking Minnesota” poll that collects Minnesotans’ opinion on current issues.
85% trust law enforcement to act in the best interests of the community.
69% trust the police to keep us safe, compared to 50% for Governor Walz.
55% disapprove of Walz’s response to the riots and crime.
48% believe the state is on the wrong track, while 45% believe it is on the right track.
81% are concerned about crime.
58% are visiting Minneapolis less frequently.
Clearly, Minnesotans are concerned about crime and they are holding Tim Walz responsible.
While the 2022 election is a long ways away, this could become a “public safety” election, which favors Republicans.
Clearly, the public isn’t supportive of DFL efforts to defund law enforcement.
Moreover, the public wants a “tough on crime” approach, meaning that Republicans should be enhancing criminal penalties, not reducing them.
The public is sick and tired of reading of career criminals walking the streets.
We read of too many violent criminals who shouldn’t have been on the streets when they attacked and assaulted yet another innocent citizen.
Public safety is a core function of government and a universal desire of humans, regardless or race, gender, religion, nationality or location.
In short, Minneapolis or Mora, people want government to do its job to keep people safe.
And finally, there is a great Monmouth poll out there that shows the great Democrat crack up.
The poll compares Democrat feelings about the president and Congress compared to a similar poll in April.
Then: 83% said the country was moving in the right direction.
Now: 59% think the country is moving in the right direction.
Then: 12% said the country was on the wrong track.
Then: 63% approved of the job of the Democrat-led Congress.
Now: 32% approve.
For Democrats, the 2020 election was about nothing more than Trump Derangement Syndrome, fomented by liberal media agitprop, led by propaganda outlets like CNN.
Now that Orange Man Bad glue has been removed, the Star Wars cantina of characters that make up today’s Democrat party is at war with one another, brawling over the core question of whether they should act really nuts or really, really nuts.
The GOP is headed for a big win in 2022.
Count on it.
Welcome to my web site!
I created this website in response to governmental waste and abuse in Anoka County.
Many taxpayers don’t know that our local governments spend millions of tax dollars every year on things like public relations teams, lobbyists, and junkets to places like Hawaii.
Since there seemed to be no place to turn for the “other side” of these issues, I created the Anoka County Watchdog. My intent is to create a one-stop-shop where concerned taxpayers can find fact-supported information and other resources to counter the governmental machine. Many people want to confront their elected officials regarding waste and abuse but feel they don’t have the information they need to make an effective argument. This web site offers that information.
Some of our elected officials in Anoka County have become arrogant and unresponsive, forgetting that they work for the very people who put them in office. It’s high time to hold them accountable for their decisions.
Harold E. Hamilton
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