Governor Michael Dunleavy is Mad … with a capital “M”.

Madness is different than insanity, which is permanent. Madness is usually temporary. We can get mad, then we reconcile with a friend. We can go mad in a riot, with that dreaded “mob mentality,” and do things we would never do alone.

Madness can also be pleasant, like when we go mad at a sporting event as our team comes from behind to win at the last moment.

Entire cultures and nations can go mad. Germans and Italians living under Hitler and Mussolini have said, “The entire country seemed to be in a sort of hypnotized fog, a kind of madness.” England went mad during its 17th century civil war, as did France, Spain, Russia during their own.

Western civilization has been mad since it was decided that unborn babies were not human, often defined as a “disease” and brutally torn apart by the hundreds of millions worldwide. Did we think that if one part of humanity is unworthy of lawful protection, that it would not spread and affect our God-given reason in seemingly unrelated and unforeseen ways?

…the governor is either too wooden-headed, too timid or threatened somehow.

Thus, we believe fairy tales that would only be enacted by children in the playground: that men can be women and women can be men. Or that homosexuality is normal and a divine gift. That God does not exist, that Communism and Marxism are different, that courts are dedicated to justice, that the U.S. Constitution has always been faithfully followed, that Alaska is a bona-fide state that controls its own destiny, or that we can reinvent our language to fit into this madness.

And on and on.

But why is Michael Dunleavy mad? What has he done?

He has been a willing dupe in the destruction of Alaska’s Constitution, prompted by the judiciary but supplemented by a timid Legislature. The judiciary has seized the power of amending the Constitution from the Legislature and the people; it has seized the line-item veto power from the governor.

And more: the judiciary seized the legislature’s power to define the limits to privacy, the power of the purse and the override of a line-item veto. A simple refusal to enforce these obvious usurpations of the constitution would have halted the power grab, but the governor is either too wooden-headed, too timid or threatened somehow.

Dunleavy’s madness became obvious in one breathtaking week, naturally glossed over or completely unreported because, well, the Leftist media likes it.

And the legislative leadership also fits into this. An oath is serious business, not a symbolic gesture, but you have to believe in a God of justice to take it seriously.

We will remind the reader, without going into details, of the governor’s continued third-down punts regarding shut-downs, corporate vaxing tyranny, masking mandates and the twinkle-toed Marxists in the Anchorage Assembly. His excuses have worn thin and worn out.

But all this is boilerplate, standard, run-of-the-mill political “wisdom,” not madness. And he shares responsibility with previous governors and legislatures.

Dunleavy’s madness became obvious in one breathtaking week, naturally glossed over or completely unreported because, well, the Leftist media likes it. It is a man who has lost his mind and has become a groveling beggar at the feet of the Marxist Democratic Party.

He has refused to defend the state from now unconstitutional federal judicial tyranny by accepting the forced subsidy of transgender surgery and hormonal treatments. I have often been asked by Dunleavy’s media spokesman, “When in the last 75 years has any state official refused to obey the courts?” So, I will now ask, “When in the last 250 years has the federal judiciary ever interfered with the specific funding issues of any state?”

All this is bad enough, but then came the Seal to the Mad Deal: Dunleavy appointed to the state supreme court Jennifer Henderson, the same arrogant feminist who wrote the ACLU v. Dunleavy decision, destroying the governor’s line-item veto power and the Legislature’s override prerogative. So, she spits in the governor’s face, flushes the Constitution into the toilet – and he rewards her for it. He is truly mad.

Madness is temporary. A cold shower comes to mind, but a brief dip into the ice of the Yukon River at forty below would be better, after which he might see what he has done.

But right now, no reasonable conservative can defend or re-elect him.

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The Madness of Gov. Michael Dunleavy

Bob Bird
Bob Bird ran for U.S. Senate in 1990 and 2008. He is a past president of Alaska Right to Life, a 45-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