I have recently transmitted to the Legislature’s Rules Committees a Legislator conduct complaint. The matter goes beyond objections to a particular bill to public servant conduct unbecoming. The text follows:

“Under the Article 1 citizen authority, I hereby report dereliction of duty infractions by legislators. They are quite self-evident in the legislative conduct towards the bills concerning extending the COVID Disaster Declaration. I recommend that the Rules Committees investigate. The Legislative Ethics Act apparently does not apply to legislator dereliction of duty, but Legislative Rules can.

Dereliction of Duty Infraction #1: In the voting for the extension of the COVID Disaster Declaration, offending legislators demonstrate repudiation of our Constitution’s Article 2 by refusing to wield legislative power---pursuant to the constitutional limitations and requirements of the Alaska Disaster Act. Instead of using Article 2 power to rationally and scientifically reduce or minimize the waning threat of COVID using far-sighted law, offending members are thrusting their duties/responsibilities onto the Governor. While this constitutional perversion could reasonably be laid at the door of systemic ignorance, it does not excuse legislators from competently knowing how to honor their oaths of office.

Dereliction of Duty Infraction #2: In the voting for the extension of the COVID Disaster Declaration, offending legislators are revolting against constitutional separation of powers doctrine by ignoring the historical destructiveness of permitting or forcing the Governor to practice extensive Rule of Men instead of Rule of Law. The Governor has not asked for extension of the Disaster Declaration (Rule of Men), but has made lawmaking recommendations to REPLACE the Declaration with far-sighted law (Rule of Law). The governor has thus moved to be in compliance with the Disaster Act (AS 26.23.150), while the offending Legislators demonstrate their lack of conviction that our form of government works.

Dereliction of Duty Infraction #3: In the voting for the extension of the COVID Disaster Declaration, offending legislators have effectively accepted a bribe ---on the excuse that it’s on behalf of “the People”---to make law. It is clearly documented in testimonial records that bill support came from “public interest” special interest groups decrying loss of federal handouts, and nearly 100% of individual Alaskans spoke in opposition. This is a textbook description of public official acceptance of bribes. People tricked into into taking something with strings attached because it’s supposedly “free” is also bribery. No mention has been made of Alaskan budget support to mitigate COVID impact---though that would be the Legislature’s ultimate duty under our Constitution’s Article 7 – Health, Education & Welfare.

Dereliction of Duty Infraction #4: In the voting for the extension of the COVID Disaster Declaration, offending legislators repudiate Article 1 Section 1 & 2 by refusing to engage the Public in resolving the COVID health threat and the equally destructive economic threats that federally originated health measures have created. Alaskans are all basic level scientists from public education. And since “scientific dissent is the lifeblood of scientific advancement”, with the University of Alaska and 1000’s of interested Alaskans, Alaska has more potential research and problem solving power than has been demonstrated by the entire federal government since COVID 19 Day One. For example, as a yet un-vaccinated senior citizen, I volunteer to risk myself as a COVID medical guinea pig to support double-blind scientific research in Alaska. [Examples: Let’s find out what happens when I do mask-less visits to COVID sick people. What’s the justification for COVID lockdowns---when there are 50% less Alaskan COVID deaths to date than the yearly average deaths from alcohol-related causes (per state statistics)? Is universal experimental vaccination {with now proven risks} the sole scientifically proven path to herd immunity?] There has never been natural law that forces people’s trust---and consent to---excuse-painted incompetence.”

Is acceptance of federal handouts (with frequent anti-sovereignty strings attached) worth the Legislature intentionally suspending parts of Alaska Constitution’s Article 1,2,&3 to get it? Please e-mail house.rules@akleg.gov and senate.rules@akleg.gov with what you think.

Stuart Thompson is a resident of Wasilla.

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