Editorial: Truth Or Consequences

How could lawmakers, who received on their desks in the morning a complex, wide-ranging 139-page gun control bill that did not have a public hearing, be reasonably expected to understand the bill and its implications, and, following debate, vote on it early the next morning? Of course, most could not.

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  • Ka1oxd

    I agree with Martha Dean. Danny Malloy can now be compared with the King of England and the iron fist control that he is attempting to by-pass the Constitution process. It is time for the regular citizen to understand and take action in their local town committees (Democrat or Republican) to take back the control that has been abdicated over the last few decades.

  • Cabinetman

    None of this would have happened if there has been some semblance of balance in the legislature. As it stands now, however, we are living under an Olegarchy with the uber liberal/progressives thumbing their noses at their Republican "friends". All they can do is watch as the democrats carve up the state as they wish. Look around, people. Look at what's been done in just a few short months. Like a kid who has unlimited wishes Dan'l and his buddies have pushed CT from being the "state of steady habits" to the state where nothing is sacred. Like Obama, Mr. Malloy has ruled by fiat and will continue to do so as long as no one stops him. His response when criticized? " If you don't like something, take us to court." That's a strange comment from a guy who swore to uphold both the constitution of Connecticut as well as the US. Let the courts sort it out if what he's singing is constitutional? I and so many others are disgusted by such disrespect to both the state and his position as the protector of our constitution. The really sad thing is that he knows it and simply doesn't care.

  • Tokengimp

    Is it dissimilar to the affordable healthcare act? Or any number of bills with pork attached?

  • BillBoy Baggins

    Frankly, I'm surprised to see such an editorial from the Trib; pleasantly so. Well stated, Jeffrey. And thank you Martha, for sharing this with me. WB

  • Jeffrey P. Cain

    It should be quite clear by now that Obama-style neoliberalism, which is also espoused by politicians like Daniel Malloy and Michael Bloomberg, depends heavily on executive power. There is no way that e-cert laws, or the New York SAFE act, or most of the executive orders Obama has been signing, could make it through the legislative branches of their respective governments if they had to follow due process. And by the time legal challenges to these laws reach the judiciary, the damage will have been done. It's a matter of brinksmanship; all the Governor (or anyone with executive power) has to do is keep from seriously upsetting the middle class. "Rights" per se, are only an issue for high-information voters. For the neo-bourgeoisie of late-stage, globalized capitalism, "it's the economy, stupid." Keep the middle class reasonably comfortable and you can get away with huge social and cultural mischief.

  • Martha Dean

    Bravo. Very, very well said. We are being run like a fiefdom -- not as a constitutional representative democracy. Educate yourselves and rise up, people. If you fail to do this, and do it soon, you are dooming our children to all that history reveals lies in store for the subjects of such a system.

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