By Jon Dougherty
It’s becoming increasingly obvious that Democrats and their Left-wing supporters have lost nearly all respect for the rule of law, the legislative process, and the Constitution.
I sayÂ nearly all respect because the Left still invokes our founding document as well asÂ some laws when doing so suits their political objectives — which is first and always thwarting Republicans and conservatives.
The most recent example can be found in Wisconsin, where a Democrat-aligned judge has just ruled that Republicans who were duly elected to the state Legislature have no inherent right to actually pass laws, especially if those laws are viewed by his party as a political hurdle.
The Hill reports:
The Republican-controlled Legislature passed the laws in December in an unscheduled “extraordinary session” after Walker lost his bid for a third term in November.
WalkerÂ at the time denied thatÂ the bills were an attempt to reduce Evers and Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaulâ€™s powers, writing in a Facebook post that Evers would retain â€œsome of the broadest line-item veto authority of any governor in the nation.â€
In January a coalition of left-leaning groupsÂ filedÂ a lawsuit alleging the session in which the laws were passed was unconstitutional.
The groups claimed that a legislative session called by majority Republicans in December wasn’t “legal” because it was out of the ordinary. And wouldn’t you know, they just happen to have found a like-minded judge to agree with them.
Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess on Thursday blocked the duly-passed laws from taking effect, declaring in tweets following his decision, “The Legislature overplayed its hand by using an unlawful process to accumulate more power for itself and override the will of the people, despite the outcome of last November’s election.”
Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised. After all, it was a group of Democrats from Wisconsin who literally fled their state in 2011 to prevent the GOP majority from passing a law limiting union collective bargaining rights. They literally sent the state police to look for the missing Dems.
As far as Niess’ ruling goes, the legislators wereÂ actually responding to “the will of the people;” they were elected by the people to serve those people in the state capital. Nowhere in the Wisconsin constitution does it say that lame-duck lawmakers are no longer lawmakers, or that no laws can be passed during a lame duck session of the legislature. As far as most Wisconsin residents know, their lawmakers are entitled (and supposed) to serve right up until their last day.
Not only that, but voters reelected enough Republicans that their party retains control over both chambers of the state legislature. Had Democrats won, they could have addressed any laws passed ‘late’ by the GOP majority is not through the courts by repealing them.
Niess’ ruling will be appealed, no doubt, and it should be. While laws passed by the legislature can be ‘reviewed’ by the judiciary, judges normally don’t get a say when the legislature is ‘allowed’ to hold session.
Nevertheless, this is just the latest example of how the Democrat Party and its supporters are increasingly willing to overturn our institutional systems so they can steal power that was not bequeathed them by voters.
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