Impounding Democracy is tagging Democratic principles and laws as obstacles in the path of a more important and worthwhile agenda.
– Running a secret email network for campaign purposes in a public funded office.
– Posting an open meeting notice no later than the 24 hours required by law.
– Requiring colleagues to sign confidentiality agreements regarding public policy.
– Swiping computer hard drives clean which contain data relevant to public policy.
– Enacting rules that target dissenters to discourage access to the Capital Building.
– Passing laws restricting citizens from free and easy access to polling places.
– Intentionally using vague language in legislation to broaden administrative power.
When elected officials employ any one of the above tactics, they are impounding Democracy. They are undermining the Constitution and derailing the government from being representative of the people or of being run by the people and for the people. All of the points above have been relentlessly pursued by the GOP in the past two years. Take your pick. All of them.
When the rules and laws of Democracy lie in the way of any policy or the passage of any law – what good is the final policy or law?
This is what is different NOW. It wasn’t always this way.
The debilitating result of impounding Democracy is divisiveness. When people, children, dogs, or politicians are not playing fair the adults are expected to come in and explain things; to talk it through and employ calm communication to resolve conflict. What if there is not adult in the room? Erasers fly, dogs bite, cats fight, and deep emotional blocks called resentments lock down any hope for communication. That is were we are it seems as a State and as a Country.
A first step to resolution would be to stop the impounding of Democracy
But here we are on another Monday looking at the news to discover:
MADISON — The state would have much broader power to sell or lease state-owned properties — including buildings overseen by the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents — under Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed 2013-15 budget, according to a newly released budget summary by the state’s nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau.
The state Department of Administration could sell those and other properties with or without the approval of the agency having jurisdiction over them, such as the Regents, the Fiscal Bureau said. Property sales would still be subject to approval by the Building Commission, which is chaired by the governor.Budget language over land sales raise concerns Post Crescent
So here we go again. Rather than writing legislation so that it can be discussed and debated as a specific change in policy, Walker chooses to reload the Budget Shotgun and cloud the air with gun powder and vague pellet fragments that create unnecessary explosions of emotions and more divisiveness.
Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, criticized the proposed change as overly broad and inappropriate for the budget.
“It’s just part of a continuing power grab,” Barca said. “This does not belong in the budget. A policy change of this magnitude could affect the future of UW, and the future of highways.”
At CPAC Walker spoke saying:
“I get asked all the time, how do you put up with the grief?”
Most people can see that he creates his own grief. From the very beginning of the Collective Bargaining issue, people wanted to talk. It is he who refused to come to the table creating the deep bed of divisiveness. He is is own worse enemy. He is expected to be the adult room, not the child bouncing on the sofa throwing the pillows and knocking over the gold fish bowl. He is the child yelling, “Reform, reform, reform”. You offer no forum for discussion or debate, and wonder why the people give you grief. Grow up.
The Governor appears incapable of being an adult in the room, and I can only hope that the people of Wisconsin will prove to be the adult at the polls in 2014.