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Let’s play the game of True Confessions. Admit it: you see the Kenai Peninsula as your private playground. You take us over for a few months every summer, especially in July, take what you want and leave some of us happy but others grumbling.

For us, we are so very, very glad we don’t live in your city, but we are so very, very glad it is there. Far more than your need for us, we have a need for you. If your summer recreational outings keep you happy that you are an Alaskan, then we have a lot in common after all.

The Mat-Su Valley on the other hand is a bedroom community and not a playground. That extra 100 miles gives us a tremendous advantage: we have all of the modern conveniences without being a distant suburb.

We love going out to dinner, attending concerts, or traveling Outside from Anchor Town. Everything that happens in your community is vitally important to us, the Mat-Su and even Fairbanks. While we don’t participate in your municipal government, we dread that your political leadership, which is more akin to San Francisco than Alaska, may visit us here.

Gov. Dunleavy can order the mayoral election.

It also disturbs us to witness the increasing tyranny of the unelected and appointed legal class, arrogantly permitting your Assembly to ignore the clearly required special election for mayor. This legal class that includes the judiciary also violates the State Constitution, the Legislature and a nearly irrelevant governor. We all suffer together from their corruption.

On Jan. 23, you will not have a legally constituted mayor. No rational argument can be made otherwise. Since the majority of your Assembly has been party to this sham of “elected” officials, those members who have supported this overthrow will also have – arguably – forfeited their office.

The most obvious remedy is for Gov. Mike Dunleavy to exercise his duly constitutional powers found in Article 3, Section 16. He can order the mayoral election. He would not be interfering with local medical powers, but merely restoring rights deprived of the people.

But if he does, likely the make-believe mayor would order the Anchorage bureaucracy to ignore the orders, in which case Dunleavy can arrest The Great Pretender and have the state oversee the election, billing the city later. Any municipal Assembly members who oppose him certainly have no executive powers.

If this is seen as a Constitutional crisis, we have been in one for some time, on many fronts…

There would be fireworks, parades and rallies on the governor’s behalf. He would have not violated the Constitution but in fact rescued it and half the people of the state from medical, economic and political tyranny. He would have spared us the possibility of bloodshed. And all this by merely exercising powers that are clearly found and listed.

Bad news: he probably won’t.

But there are other options. As the State Constitution says in Article 1, Section 2, “All political power is inherent in the people. All government originates with the people, is founded on their will only, and is instituted solely for the good of the people as a whole.”

It does not say: “All political power is inherent in the bureaucracy, judiciary and the legal class. All government originates from them, is founded on their will only, and is instituted for the good of the elite as a whole.”

These are spoiled, bed-wetting children running your city. They are like playground twerps who stop their ears and talk out loud to avoid hearing anything unpleasant. To them, anything the mayor says is a mandate. Anything required by the city charter is – a suggestion.

If this is seen as a Constitutional crisis, we have been in one for some time, on many fronts and for many years. The legal oligarchy has removed from your hands not only elections but also the ability to recall them. The overthrow originated from them. The people will have restored the law, not overthrown it.

People of Anchorage, we are in this together. We sink or swim with you. While we can exercise civil disobedience with you, we cannot take control of your own city’s government. The remedy lies in your own hands. The details are best left to you.

If it is not obvious now, it will never be.

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Open letter to all people of Anchorage: Political power is yours

Bob Bird
Bob Bird ran for U.S. Senate in 1990 and 2008. He is a past president of Alaska Right to Life, a 47-year Alaska resident and a retired public school teacher. He has a passion for studying and teaching Alaska and U.S. constitutional history. He lives on the Kenai Peninsula and is currently a daily radio talk-show host for The Talk of the Kenai, on KSRM 920 AM from 3-5 pm and heard online


  • Kaye says:


  • Robert Bowe says:

    Just do it Governor. MAGA Make Anchorage Great Again

    • Lucy says:

      Does Dominion machines do your voting? How are these commies getting elected?? Felix Ravirez is a nightmare!! Who’s voting them in?? Barry Hussein Ovomit has focused on AK. Murkowski is a leftist lap dog rino. Get it together. We love you AK!!!!

  • Mike Layman says:

    Amen. And if Mike were to take such action it could be seen as “a shot heard round the world, knocking over that first domino of many that need to fall!

  • Ed Martin Jr says:

    Dreaming ! if he gave a damn for the preseving the Republic form of government he would have long ago filled the vacancy in the district 30 seat in our legislature ! His willfull , negligent & knowningly failure of this act is a scrage on the balance of his term ! Will ” we the people” get our REPUBLIC back in our largest city & State?

  • Mongo Like Candy says:

    There is a long list of politicians and officials who deserve Tar and Feathering. But the people of Anchorage don’t even have the guts to open their business or take their infernal masks off.

    • Anchorage Sheepdog says:

      Do you live in Anchorage? People, at least my circle, are being disobedient this whole time. With that said, you can’t even get necessities without being kicked out. Trust me I have been multiple times. They’re making it next to impossible for those of us who are fighting to even live.

      • Dee Cee says:

        I refuse the mask and I have been repeatedly attacked. I stay calm and I stay in control. I’ve never been kicked out yet.

  • Verne Rupright says:

    Dun-nothing is no doubt not going to do a thing…he is frozen by indecision…..standing what? out in a field looking back…hmmmm

  • Ruth Ewig says:

    Governor Dunleavy is awesome. He is standing up with Texas and at least 17 other states to help our president Trump. We need to ban the Dominion machine in each city and voting area in Alaska. That is where our strength will lie. We are in Fairbanks and have seen the results of Dominion payoff to certain legislators who did not honestly win their seats. A candidate can pay for the Dominion machine to alter the votes by percentages as pointed out by the MIT fellow who lost in Massechusetts and then figured out why he lost through an algorithm. Cheating candidates can buy into at all levels of government including judges. Each local voting city needs to verbally and with correspondence or petition get rid of Dominion so this treachery that puts wrong thinking leaders into office is stopped.

  • Sally Pollen says:

    Our governor does seem to be “frozen” by indecision. He has a statute on the books and an open window of opportunity to act for the people and businesses of Anchorage by declaring mayoral elections now. On the other hand, if the residents of Anchorage are rolling over for their deputy-mayor with hardly a whimper, he may think if they don’t care, he isn’t going to put a target on his back for them.

  • Michael S Totten says:

    The citizens of anchorage are weak! Plain and simple

  • Galu Tions says:

    This sounds so wonderful. It would be so fun to have the Constitution rescued by our Governor. I’m so looking forward to this important, and wonderful scenario.

  • Art Chance says:

    Gov. Dunleavy doesn’t miss an opportunity to miss a opportunity, so he won’t step in. That said, the only result of a special election would be a new leftist Mayor. So long as we have universal voter registration through the Permanent Fund Dividend application and mail ballot elections, the Left will control the MOA. We could hold an election in Anchorage and nobody would even know it other than union members, members of leftist non-profits, and people with their hooves in the MOA trough. All of these entities have up to date accurate contact data on all of their members and supporters. The unions have thousands of hours of paid release time for their members so they can work in political boiler rooms getting out their vote at your expense. A conservative/Republican has to run for office at retail. S/he he has to buy media in a media market so fragmented that it is almost impossible to target your potential voters. The unions and leftist interest groups can call on their members to “volunteer” to harvest votes, and in many cases have the wherewithal to pay their “volunteers,” and in the case of the unions, you’re often the ones paying for them. The Alaska State Employees Association (ASEA-AFSCME) alone has over 8000 paid days of union business release time per year. Most of it is either illegal on its face or should be considered an in-kind contribution to their endorsed candidates and thus violate campaign finance limits, but APOC has always found it more useful to the political process to go after Republicans/conservatives than to go after unions and Democrats. A conservative/Republican has to get real volunteers who have to take off from their job or business at personal expense to go door-to-door or put up campaign signs; a union just sends some guys from the hall or the apprentice school out as a sign crew.

    The writer sadly spoke the truth when he opined that the Constitution has come to mean: “All political power is inherent in the bureaucracy, judiciary and the legal class. All government originates from them, is founded on their will only, and is instituted for the good of the elite as a whole.”