Wisconsin became a national laughingstock when some knuckleheads bellied up to the bar after the Supreme Court struck down the state’s “safer at home” order.
The real embarrassment was the court ruling itself. State law in Wisconsin grants broad authority to the governor’s state health secretary to “close schools and forbid public gatherings in schools, churches and other places to control outbreaks and epidemics” and “authorize and implement all emergency measures necessary to control communicable diseases.”
The plain language of that law gives the administration whatever powers needed to control deadly epidemics. You can like the law or dislike it, but there’s no mistaking what it says. Unless you are one of the corrupt and politically partisan justices who handed down a totally lawless reading of a crystal clear state law, ruling that the governor doesn’t have any powers because he happens to be a Democrat.
Even one of the court’s most right-wing judges choked on the majority’s flawed logic. In a pointed dissent, Justice Brian Hagedorn wrote: “The rule of law, and therefore the true liberty of the people, is threatened no less by a tyrannical judiciary than by a tyrannical executive or legislature. Today’s decision may or may not be good policy, but it is not grounded in the law.”
All this had The Guardian concluding that Wisconsin is starting to resemble a failed state.
The article does raise an important question: How can a government claim legitimacy if it does not have and does not need the people’s support?
Corrupted, unaccountable government inevitably produces a failed state. That’s why it’s so essential that we all do everything we can to revolutionize Wisconsin politics. There are so many ways you can do your part to foil the forces of corruption. Make a donation to support our efforts. Help candidates—especially those running for the first time or challenging those currently in power—get on the ballot. It’s crunch time for them to round up enough signatures to qualify for a place on the ballot for this fall’s elections. Their deadline for submitting those signatures is June 1. Prepare to vote by mail by requesting an absentee ballot. And make sure voting by mail is even plausible by raising your voice in support of emergency funding for the U.S. Postal Service so it is not crippled by a severe loss of revenue due to the coronavirus crisis. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Contact elected officials.