Kings and tyrants rule by proclamation, mandate or diktat. Under both parties, the power of the executive has increased greatly at federal to local levels — especially in regards to the office of the President. This authoritarian shift has been disguised, as always, by exaggerated rhetoric that it is for the “good of the people.” Accordingly, “Science says” has become the new “Simon says,” or is it the other way around?

President Biden has decided to write his own laws through mandates and not Congress, while ignoring other laws passed by previous sessions of Congress that go against his preferred policies, such as sanctions against Russian companies. This human proclivity to appeal to a higher authority to circumvent political process is precisely why the founders of this American republic incorporated the principle of the separation of powers in multiple ways. Executive, legislative and judiciary separate process. Federal, state, county and city separate spheres of authority. Hence, we were given a federal republic where the rights and freedoms of the people as individuals were protected from the overreaches of government at all levels. It is not perfect, but it has worked better than anything else so far in the human experience.

The U.S. Constitution was designed to protect us from people often seek power to impose upon others what they think is best for everyone, along with other human failings. It is up to us.

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Mr. T

Mr. Patton, you write, “President Biden has decided to write his own laws through mandates and not Congress, while ignoring other laws passed by previous sessions of Congress that go against his preferred policies…”

Your words are heartfelt, but very vague. What laws - if any - are being broken?

You neglected to tell us.

Jon Wick

Mr. T, hope this finds you well.

I am going to infer that Mr. Patton is addressing the mountain of executive orders that President Biden has signed since entering office. However, I didn’t see in Mr. Patton’s letter that he accused President Biden of breaking laws; he did refer to “ignoring other laws passed by previous sessions of Congress”. If I misread or overlooked a statement referring to “broken / breaking” laws, please point that out to me so I can better understand your position. The ongoing border disaster comes to mind quickly when you look at the topic of ignoring laws. One could easily make the claim that he is derelict in his sworn duties as president to defend the United States.

There is not a logical or rational way to review in totality the first 9 months of the Biden presidency and see it as anything other than a Ineptocracy by definition - a government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Anyone who takes a truly objective view of the Biden administration and/or the Democrat party today clearly see’s the lefts movement toward authoritarian and totalitarian tenets. I read an article the other day that described Biden’s America fairly accurately. Police are the new criminals, religion is the new communism, criminals are the new victims, Caucasians are the new Blacks, Marxism is the new democracy, LBGTQ is the new normal, normal people are the new q's, the undocumented are the new citizens, wealthy people are the scum of the earth (except democrats, Marxists, liberals), patriotism is the new shame, the underclass are the "chosen ones", everyone must be accommodated (except conservatives, republicans, religious), race baiting is the new national pastime, "racism" is the most important word and diversity is more important than performance. This pretty much says it all…. Mr. Patton is correct.

pineconevalley

The Constitution of the United States:

Article I Section I - Legislative Branch - All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.

Article II Section III - Executive Branch - He shall take care that the Laws be faithfully executed.

Article III Section - Judicial Branch - The judicial power shall extend to all cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their authority;

Federalist Paper 51: Theory of Separation of Powers states that all constitutional forms of government have three branches:

The legislative branch, which writes the laws;

The executive branch, which enforces the laws; and

The judicial branch, which interprets the laws.

Jolly Roger

Mr. Patton, I would guess Mr. T has a copy of our Constitution, and he probably has at least an eighth grader’s understanding of the separation of powers.

HOWEVER, what he actually asked you is what

laws resulting from these principles have been violated by our president?

If you think Biden needs to be held accountable, won’t SOMEBODY have to come up with something more specific than civics class platitudes?

WWG1WGA

I share your sentiments, Chris. Excellent article!

QgopFromnowon

There are many of us out here!

Where We Go One We Go All!

VoiceforAll

Christopher and pineconevalley, thank you, but what you are missing here is that the democrats don't believe in what the constitution says or means, they and their party would rather see it removed and forgotten, just like they are doing with American history right now, it would make what they are doing a lot easier if people would just forget it and let the democrats make the rules that they see fit for everyone. So you trying to argue with them will be a lost cause as no matter what you say, the only thing that matters is what Joe tells them to think, they will follow blindly. We have to keep fighting for what is right, and more and more republicans are doing this everyday, but the right thing falls on deaf ears for these democrats, a free America is not what they want.

Mr. T

Mr. Voice, your excoriations of the Democrats misses the concerns that many folks have.

We can’t understand why democrats and republicans have allowed our once exceptional country to become a laggard in the competition with other developed countries.

It doesn’t seem that either Party can/will confront our shortcomings.

Here is a partial list of them. See what you think:

HEALTHCARE: In many American counties - especially in the Deep South - life expectancy is lower than in Algeria, Nicaragua or Bangladesh. The U.S. is the ONLY developed country that does not guarantee health care to its citizens; even after the Affordable Care Act.

In no small part this is at the root of our dismal response to COVID which will cost us the better part of a million American deaths. And maybe more.

EDUCATION: The U.S. education system is MEDIOCRE compared to the rest of the world, according to an international ranking by the 38-member international Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Yes, the Wealthy do fine. The rest of us suckers go deep into debt or do the best we can without an education.

INFRASTRUCTURE: Our nation’s economy is the world’s largest (for now), and yet our infrastructure ranks No. 13. How long will we be number one now that our infrastructure has slipped to Third World quality?

CRIMINAL JUSTICE: The International Center for Prison Studies estimates that America imprisons 716 people per 100,000 citizens (of any age). That’s worse than Russia (484 prisoners per 100,000 citizens), China (121) and Iran (284).

The only country that locks up a higher percentage of its population than we do is NORTH KOREA.

Whatever you might think of this, it’s a no-brainer that it costs a lot of taxpayer money.

INEQUALITY: By almost every measure, the U.S. tops out the planet’s 37 OECD nations (The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) in terms of income inequality. The United States has abysmal levels of social mobility. Parents no longer can assume their kids will do better than they did.

Inequality harms our democracy, because the wealthy exert an outsized political influence. Most Americans are viscerally aware of this inequality even if they steadfastly disagree over who’s at fault and what should be done about it.

CLIMATE CHANGE: Our government can’t adopt a serious policy to confront climate change. Our politicians can’t even agree that it’s a real problem.

All the while the rising seas swamp our coastal cities and our interior is beset by drought, floods and rampaging wildfires. Even our immigration problems on our southern border is driven in a large part by failing agriculture due to this crisis.

IMMIGRATION: We can’t craft realistic legislation on immigration. This despite the fact that our population is aging and we need new workers to support our farms and industries and expand our tax base.

We can continue nitpicking however our passions lead us, but the real challenge facing us is a lot bigger than the Republican/Democratic divide that so motivates our wordy, angry ramblings.

The American government doesn’t work as well as the governments of so many other developed countries. And that’s a bipartisan “achievement.”

The voters' challenge now is to decide who can best confront our many shortcomings.

VoiceforAll

Mr. T., here are my thoughts on this:

HEALTHCARE - I don't know why democrats think Americans don't have access to healthcare? In any hospital I have ever been in, the hospitals post signs that state they cannot refuse healthcare to anyone, and that is what they do, if they call for an ambulance, they get picked up, if they need emergency room treatment, they get the care, if they need to give birth to a baby, no one throws them out on the street and says too bad, they give birth in a hospital. Republicans are against being forced to pay for government ran insurance, anything the government touches, they do wrong, and this is would just be another one of those cases.

EDUCATION - I agree with you on education, it is mediocre. Why don't we try teaching reading, writing and arithmetic again. I have had three children go through the public school system recently and two of them are in college now, the classes they were forced to take to get a high school degree taught them some basics but as everyone is aware of what is going on now, wokeism is taking over and our kids are learning more and more about how how they are racists and how to be sociable accepted then what they should really be learning. Do you think in Asian countries they are teaching their kids about how to be transgender? No, they are learning and excelling in the subjects that help them exceed and until the U.S. starts getting away from all this wokeism, we will not get better.

INFRASTRUCTURE - I am all for fixing our infrastructure, but the bill that the democrats want now is being called social infrastructure, why can't the politicians just pass a bill that fixes roads and bridges and does not include money for everyone's buddy or everyone's agenda or has to look into everyone's bank account and call the bill an infrastructure bill? Our infrastructure needs help, but help it, again, we will never pass a bill that just fixes infrastructure, it won't happen, the politicians want their fair cut first, they want to pass their social agendas, and until that stops it will keep getting worse.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE - What do we do, do we let criminals run free? Aren't there consequences for criminal actions? Democrats wonder why republicans keep buying guns, it's because of the stats you note. A large number of criminals are illegal aliens, why don't we shut the southern border down, stop the flow of illegals, stop the flow of illegal money, stop the flow of illegal drugs, that seems like an easy first step. It isn't going to fix it all, but it isn't going to hurt, with less illegal aliens coming into this country, we have less to fix.

INEQUALITY - A lot of what you point out are what they are calling first world problems. Anyone that choses to work nowadays, can, and they can make good money because almost any company is now paying at least $15 an hour to start. The problem is, with inflation, a direct result of democratic policies, that $15 that everyone wanted to pay all these unskilled workers isn't going to be enough. Democrats want to punish the rich, but without the rich, there aren't jobs, and when there aren't jobs, the government doesn't have any money, unless you do as this administration is doing and print money at a record rate, which when there is no product to support the money being printed, you have inflation. If there are no jobs, people run out of money, then the government runs out of money. Tax the rich, if you do they raise prices on the goods they make so they do not become less rich, we get higher prices for goods which costs every American more, sounds a lot like inflation, you can't tax the rich out of existence, that is what the democrats want to do, if that happens, this country starts to fail and you soon have socialism.

CLIMATE CHANGE - This is not going to change because there is too much money in the pockets of politicians, to much corruption. For decades, people on the left have been saying, the world won't survive another 10 years, then another 10 years, AOC just said it again the other day actually. Climate change is, and always has been another way to scare and to tax American people, or in a democrats eye, tax the rich which then means higher prices for the American citizen. Heck, big corporations can buy carbon credits that allow them to keep polluting, how does that even make sense? We want companies to stop polluting but if you pay us, you can keep polluting, no sense. And most people can't get behind these kinds of movements because when the elite and people like AOC say we need to stop using oil, they turn around jump on their private planes, which use fuel by the way, and off they go to get in their gas sucking limousines at the next airport, people are tired of being told to suffer when the elite and politicians don't have to. Climate change people are hypocrites. For every scientist that claims climate change is a problem, there is a scientist that says it isn't, except the liberal media won't let anyone that disagrees with their opinion be heard, it is happening more and more, this is why people are not listening.

IMMIGRATION - I don't have any issues with immigrants coming to this country, but do it legally, and that is not what is happening. We have opened our borders to a flood of people that most are not going to be willing participants in the American way, democrats see them as being voters, most Americans see them as being illegal aliens that should not be here. How much longer is this sustainable? How many millions have to come into this country before we say enough is enough, 10 million, 50 million, 100 million? Charities are stretched as it is, states are asking for help only to be ignored, drugs are pouring into this country, all under the guise of immigration. Do you know many immigrants are brought here by gangs or by the Mexican cartel because they are getting rich by doing this? These are not people just standing in their city one day and thinking, I will walk to the U.S. and cross the border and become an American citizen, this is not what is happening, close the border and you solve many, many problems. Let's not even talk about the Covid and other diseases these people are carrying, and Biden says they have the option of getting the Covid shot, but he doesn't want anyone else to have the option. Things like this is why Joe's approval numbers are plummeting, people are tired of his socialist policies, and so am I. Now, let the attacks begin, I can assure you they will.

VoiceforAll

And now it starts, Moderna, who by the way is making billions off of the Covid shot, is now saying their "booster" shots will become like the flu shot, a yearly shot could be needed. Wow, another shocker from one of the companies pushing the democrats to mandate their shots. Really amazing how big pharmaceutical companies are telling everyone what shots they need to take, shouldn't doctors, and not Fauci by the way, be doing that, but the pharma companies are the ones out in front on this and democrats are following right along without questions, shocking!!

VoiceforAll

Headline - Ilhan Omar blames 'dysfunctional' police for Minneapolis violent crime spike. She says the police department is dysfunctional, if it wasn't so serious this would be laughable, cuts funding, calls for the dismantling, and then says they are now dysfunctional? Amazing, the same democrat that calls for defunding the police now blames the police. Great how democrats get to have it both ways, yell and scream to defund the police, destroy the department, destroy moral, force good police officers to quit or resign, crime gets worse, and then blame the police, just like a good democrat and take zero responsibility for what they do. Is it no wonder people are doubting the democratic party more and more every day? The new Joe Biden America.

VoiceforAll

What Booker T. Washington said was so true back then as it is now, and it not only pertains to racism but if you use Covid instead of race in his quote, it fits Covid as well: ”I am afraid that there is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don't want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public." — Booker T. Washington.

VoiceforAll

Did you see that Xcel Energy has asked the state of Minnesota for the ok to raise the price of electricity 20% over the next three years because they need to build the infrastructure for renewable energy? So as the left pushes the new green deal and AOC gets her way to force renewable energy on all Americans, all of your costs are going to go up, and Xcel Energy operates within South Dakota as well, nothing going up now from Xcel in SD but I can guarantee it is going to go up in the near future. 20% increase in electrical rates, and propane is going up from $0.60 to over $1.60, so all the rural families will see between a 50% and 100% increase to heat their homes this winter. Natural gas is going up, gas for our cars, diesel for the semi's that haul every product used in this country, all going up. What is Joe Biden doing about any of it, oh yeah, let's talk about Trump and let's talk about an American killing spending plan. And the hits just keep coming folks. Inflation, inflation, inflation.

Mr. T

Mr. Voice, I posted this over 24 hours ago. But something is wrong at the Press & Dakotan. So here goes again:

Well, Mr. Voice, I won’t be one of those attacking you, but I do want to reply to some of the points you’re making that seem incorrect - and/or not to the point.

This may take a bit of time. I can’t produce as many words on short notice as you can.

Please check back. I’ll be interested in your responses.

Mr. T

VoiceforAll, for some reason the Press & Dakotan is delaying my posts. So I have no idea when/if you'll get this, but here goes…

My response is lengthy, but if anyone would forgive me for this, I would hope it could be you.

HEALTHCARE

Yes, the law requires that folks cannot be turned away from America's emergency rooms.

But our failure to provide healthcare to Americans BEFORE they enter a very expensive emergency room is one of the reasons that America's healthcare system’s per capita spending is almost TWICE the average of other developed countries

Those more successful countries’ Primary Health Care systems address the majority of a person's health needs throughout their lifetimes. Ours doesn’t. This is one of the reasons our wildly expensive health system results in worse and more expensive outcomes.

In short, the U.S. spends more on health care as a share of the economy - nearly twice as much as the average developed country. Yet we have the lowest life expectancy rates compared to 11 of these nations.

We can argue over what should be done, whether it’s following the model of other developed countries or coming up with something new on our own. But the numbers are undeniable. We’re getting much less for much more money. This is what we capitalists call a failure of a monopoly market to provide real competition.

Our system isn’t working.

And as a former employer, I know that workers who don’t have healthcare for themselves and their families often miss work when ignored health issues become crises.

And America’s large corporations are competing against multinational corporations whose societies pick up the cost of healthcare for their employees, while they pay exorbitant fees for American health insurance.

EDUCATION

Our educational system was mediocre well before the current brewhaha over CRT , “wokeism” and LGBT rights.

These controversies are important culture war issues to many, but they don’t have much bearing on our fundamental educational mediocrity.

INFRASTRUCTURE

Our Physical Infrastructure is pathetic. Likely we agree on this.

Maybe linking Social Infrastructure to Physical Infrastructure is a political mistake. Maybe not. We’ll know shortly.

But Social Infrastructure like Medicare expansion, expanded Medicaid, paid family leave and free community college can lead to improved productivity. Many other developed countries have discovered this.

We were among the first countries in the world to provide a free high school education back when we had a better claim to being “exceptional.” And our economy benefited from an educated workforce.

I submit that today a community college education is needed. A high school education no longer is enough.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Many of the crimes for which we lock people up are victimless crimes. For example, marijuana arrests account for over half of all drug arrests. And of the 8.2 million marijuana arrests between 2001 and 2010, 88% were for simply having marijuana. This is expensive stupidity. Sort of like our alcohol prohibition of years past.

Even South Dakota is slowing on its way to decriminalizing this commonly used drug.

It’s still hard for me to wrap my brain around the fact that only North Korea locks up more people than we do.

And since we have outsourced our prison system to private enterprise, there is absolutely no incentive to reduce the prison population. Their lobbyists are very effective in representing their interests.

And there is about the same percentage of illegal immigrants in our federal prison system as there are in our general population. (About 13%.) Immigration crimes are the most common reason for an alien to be in custody. Surprise!

Another reason to craft a rational immigration system.

INEQUALITY

If you live in a rural state where the cost of living is low, $15 is good (if you don’t have to pay for health insurance or education past highschool.)

And I believe the only states that have actually enacted phase-ins of a $15 minimum wage are California, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Illinois, Maryland, and Rhode Island. All places with much higher than average costs of living.

But the fact is that after adjusting for inflation, the average hourly wage has about the same purchasing power it had in 1978. That should tell you why so many people across the political spectrum feel shafted.

Especially as we see what few taxes - as a percentage of income - the wealthy pay compared to us ordinary people. We’ve been repeatedly conned by promises that reducing taxes on the wealthy will “trickle down” to us ordinary folks. But it never does.

“A rising tide lifts all boats,” they tell us. That works fine for those who have boats. The rest of us are just left treading deeper water.

CLIMATE CHANGE

First, many people don't understand ”carbon credits.”

When one company removes a unit of carbon from the atmosphere as part of their normal business activity, they can generate a “carbon offset.” Other companies can then purchase that carbon offset to reduce their own carbon footprint.

This is one of many “halfway” policies that can reduce carbon emissions. Using natural gas instead of coal is another.

And until we can transition to renewable, non-polluting energy sources this is still better than nothing.

Also, the claim that the scientific community is divided on human causes of climate change is flatly incorrect.

Organized campaigning to undermine public trust in climate science in almost all cases is backed by industrial interests opposed to the regulation of CO2 emissions. Most of the “studies” skeptical of climate change originate from right-wing think tanks. Not scientific organizations.

Several studies of the scientific consensus have been undertaken. Among the most cited is a 2013 study of nearly 12,000 abstracts of peer-reviewed papers on climate science published since 1990, of which just over 4,000 papers expressed an opinion on the cause of recent global warming. Of these, 97% agree, explicitly or implicitly, that global warming is happening and is human-caused.

And for those skeptics who can look around them and STILL discount the recent parade of droughts, floods and wildfires, the most undeniable evidence of global warming is that the ice caps are melting and the seas are rising.

IMMIGRATION

We need a rational immigration system. For all the labor and tax base reasons I mentioned in my previous post.

Unfortunately the closest we came was the bi-partisan group of eight United States Senators - four Democrats and four Republicans - who wrote the first draft of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. It passed the Senate, but the Republican house under Speaker John Boehner shot it down.

America isn’t serious about tackling illegal immigration. Not under any of the political parties of my time. I discovered this when I was in business.

There is no nationally accepted, hard-to-forge ID that could tell me if someone was an actual citizen. And although laws were passed under Reagan to fine us employers $10,000 per illegal employee, everyone soon learned this was enforced so rarely it was just a joke - not a serious consequence at all. That's why when they raid a meat-packing plant it’s national news.

With some 11 million illegal aliens living in the US, you’d think these raids would happen a bit more often. But the minimal fines ultimately paid by these unlucky employers is just part of “their cost of doing business.”

A workable national identification system and serious punishments for employers could make crossing the border much less attractive.

If you don’t want mice in your house, you don’t leave the cheese out.

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