For Connecticut republicans – note the lower case, as indicating Republicans, Democrats and unaffiliateds who share a common affection for our constitutional republic -- the way forward is through the fire.
Past Chairman of the Republican Party Chis Healy put the matter boldly when he wrote on his blog, Make Blue Red, “The Democrats shut down our country, closed our schools, closed our churches, allowed state and federal employees to work for home and gave them bonus pay. If that wasn’t enough, Biden policies put others on a steady drip of payments and turned federal law enforcement loose on businesses, parents and others who protested these policies. The Biden administration even allowed the Department of Justice to investigate parents who spoke up at Board of Education meetings, again, without a word of protest from Sen. Blumenthal. What do you think will happen if they are allowed to continue in power?
“Democrats will talk about abortion, Trump, climate change, and January 6. Let them. Life is about family, faith, and the future.”
Slowly, perhaps too slowly, people in Connecticut are beginning to understand that government, as a rule, is a dangerous instrument – somewhat like an AR15 in the hands of a rage-filled child – and that the usual, time honored relationship between government and the people, always and everywhere in the world, is an inverse one: the richer the government, the poorer the people; the more creative the government, the duller the people; the larger the government, the smaller the liberties of the people.
This is not to say that government in a true republic, restrained, as it is in the United States, by the barriers of a Constitution shaped by the political geniuses of the 18th century, a living rather than a dead Constitution, will have nothing to do in a sorry world bristling with dangers. It simply means that governments – national, state and municipal – must not deprive the people of their sacred liberties, that precious fire that glows like a perpetual flame in the breast of a free people. To be free is to be self-governing and self-reliant. Governments that can do everything for you will, over time, fashion you into an unthinking robotic pawn, a subject of concentrated force. This is the predominant message of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries -- government is the servant and not the master of the people.
Often called “the people’s lawyer,” Connecticut’s Attorney General, William Tong, was in fine fettle at the State Democrat Party’s "Unity Rally," held this year at the Connecticut State Veterans Memorial at Minuteman Park in Hartford last Saturday.
Tong appeared along with the usual squad of incumbent state office holders to kick off the Democrat 2020 campaign season.
Connecticut’s Attorney General warned residents of the state, “This is an extraordinary and extraordinarily serious and dangerous moment for all of us here in Connecticut and in this country. They [Republicans] will come for us just like they will come for our climate change laws and our environmental protections, just like they’re coming for our gun laws. They will come for our codification of Roe. They will come for our freedoms.”
No reporters present raised a cackle.
Connecticut is a deep blue Democrat state. All the members of the state’s U.S. Congressional Delegation are Democrats. The General Assembly, Connecticut’s legislative governing body, has been dominated by Democrats for three decades and more. The present Governor Ned Lamont and his predecessor are Democrats. All the members of Connecticut’s Constitutional offices are Democrats. The U.S. Supreme Court, overturning Roe v Wade, has booted decision making on the matter of abortion back to the states, and Connecticut’s abortion laws reaffirm the expired and unconstitutional Roe v. Wade decision. Connecticut’s gun laws, among the most restrictive in the nation, are in no immediate danger of repeal. And it simply is not true that Biden’s policy on the environment will – in the absence of the absolute destruction of the nation’s present energy suppliers -- lead to a cleaner environment. Biden’s war on fossil fuel already has prompted him to seek fossil fuel replenishment from “dirty” energy producers such as Saudi Arabia, not to mention Iran. In the midst of a politically induced energy crisis, Biden has, with Senator Dick Blumenthal’s hearty approval, depleted the nation’s oil reserves. And for some unexplained reason, Biden has shipped oil taken from a depleted oil reserve to China, now threatening Taiwan with a fate worse than Ukraine’s.
No one, least of all minority Republicans, is coming to seize the considerable freedoms enjoyed by Tong, the third in an unbroken line of Democrat Attorneys General stretching back 63 years to John Bracken, the last Republican Attorney General in Connecticut.
The felonious Mayor of Bridgeport Joe Ganim who, news reports tell us, is now attempting to retrieve his law license by throwing himself on the mercy of a Connecticut bar examining committee, apparently has passed muster from the current “people’s lawyer,” Tong. Silence is a form of assent. Perhaps no one in Connecticut’s sleepy left of center media has asked Tong whether he or Blumenthal, both lawyers, would support a decision by the bar examining committee to restore Ganim’s law license.
Don Pesci is a political columnist of long standing, about 40 years, who has written for various state newspapers, among them The Journal Inquirer, the Waterbury Republican American, the New London Day, the Litchfield County Times, the Torrington Register Citizen and other Register Citizen papers. He maintains a blog, among the oldest of its kind in Connecticut, which serves as a repository and archive, for his columns; there are approximately 3,000 entrees in Connecticut Commentary: Red Notes From A Blue State, virtually all of them political columns stretching back to 2004. He also appears once a week Wednesdays on 1080 WTIC Newstalk radio with Will Marotti.