It is the height of hypocrisy to believe that Alaska’s judiciary is “above the fray” of politics as a sort of wise and unbiased referee – a protector of the rule of law – to assist us citizen-peons in understanding the state and federal constitutions.

Even the leftist media has discovered that the judiciary has gone “a bridge too far” in interfering with elections and the will of Mat-Su voters in choosing a state representative.

No, the left doesn’t like Rep. David Eastman, never did, never will. But they have begun – with a thin and reedy voice – to understand the principles that are at stake in the current lawsuit brought against him by former Mat-Su Assemblyman Randall Kowalke. The aim is to convince a state judge to find that Eastman is disqualified from holding public office, despite being duly re-elected by Wasilla voters, because of his affiliation with the Oath Keepers organization.

Even the left can see where this is going. If they fail to defend Eastman, then the rule of law will be effectively replaced with rule by judicial fiat.

How is it that the Anchorage Daily News can understand this, but not the executive and legislative branches? Article 12, Sec. 4, the “disloyalty clause,” was controversial even in 1955.

This is the key on which Kowalke’s lawsuit hinges. He claims Eastman violated Alaska’s loyalty clause be joining a group that Kowalke says advocates for the violent overthrow of the government.

Of course, the Oath Keepers bylaws and documents say absolutely nothing about overthrowing the government. They merely call members to defend and uphold the constitution. Nonetheless, Kowalke aims to weaponize Alaska’s disloyalty clause to forever cancel Eastman from public service.

We do not have “three co-equal branches of government.” That term is propaganda that needs to be permanently abolished.

Historically, Alaska’s disloyalty clause came about at the height of so-called “McCarthyism.” It would certainly surprise most leftists today to discover that they themselves have become what they once hated. At least the ADN figured this out.

But the ever-growing power of the Alaska judicial branch has been in the making for decades. The judicial branch has, in recent years, decided that it is the collective dictator of Alaska. Let us count the ways:

1. They defy Grand Juries and road-block efforts to root out governmental corruption.

2. They creatively edit constitutional amendments.

3. They green-light Ranked Choice Voting despite the wanton statutory violations that brought it into reality.

4. They cancel the witness signature requirements for mail-in ballots.

5. In doing all this, they have defied both the Executive and Legislative branches, and also the Division of Elections, which have been empowered to make these judgments.

6. But they have empowered a small number of childish, leftist snots, who fully understand the tyranny of the judiciary. They have decided that David Eastman (who apparently joined Oath Keepers 12 years before Jan. 6, 2021, on the strength of its name and principles) is unworthy to represent his constituents. They don’t even think he should have an indictment or a jury trial before determining that his election will not be certified until after his trial is completed in late December. 

In doing so, they defy due process “guarantees.” These smug citizens and judges are using each other to demonize anyone who dares to oppose the RINO/Democrat oligarchy, defying the will of the people’s elected choice and advancing the judiciary’s unchecked march into dictatorship.

Alaska’s Constitution granted the executive and legislative branches the ability to stop this brutal power grab by the judicial.

We do not have “three co-equal branches of government.” That term is propaganda that needs to be permanently abolished. A junior high school student could understand that the legislature is higher than the executive, and the executive is higher than the judiciary.

But in actual practice, we have a monstrous judicial octopus, which since 1997 has grabbed the power of the purse, the power of amending the constitution, the power of life and death over the unborn and now the power of elections over the other two branches. We are at a point where bi-partisan impeachment would begin to look like a viable possibility, but only if there were legislators who understood constitutions and the fear of God. An oath eventually makes them accountable to the Perfect Judge. Once upon a time, people believed in that ultimate spiritual reality. For the unschooled, it is actually in the Declaration of Independence.

The oath in Alaska’s constitution does not say, “I solemnly swear to support and defend all judicial decisions of the state and federal courts.” This would be an absurdity on its face. It would presume that all judicial decisions, even power grabs that usurped the right of Congress to outlaw slavery in the territories in the 1857 Dred Scott case, or racist ones like Plessy v. Fergusonwould have to be obeyed.

Our vaunted “model” state constitution, now fully entrenched through the purchasing power of George Soros, nevertheless has its virtues. It granted the executive and legislative branches the ability to stop this brutal power grab by the judicial.

The executive need not enforce judicial decisions. This is abundantly clear in the federal and state constitutions; reinforced in principle by Federalist #78; and in Article III, Sec. 16 in the state document.

The legislature can impeach members of the judiciary; and they can limit its power of review, found immediately in Article IV, Sec. 1 and in Article I, Sec. 22.

What is missing is the willpower to do it. That can only be found by the pressures brought to bear upon them by an educated citizenry. And it does not have to be a majority, but rather a determined minority.

A minority, you say? I can hear the objection: “But democracy is the will of the majority!”

Well, what exactly is the lawsuit wielded by Randall Kowalke and a pliant judiciary? Apparently, this tiny cadre of babies can cancel the MAJORITY that elected Eastman. And certainly, our constitutionally aware citizens far out-number them.

The views expressed here are those of the author.

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OPINION: Lawsuit against Rep. Eastman is judicial lawlessness

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


  • Faith, Family, Freedom says:

    Well said, Mr. Bird!! Thank you.

  • Elizabeth Henry says:

    Clear and concise. What can we as citizens do? It is obvious this is a witch hunt. Our legislators need to get off of their self protected posteriors and do something. We defiantly lack courage within the Senate and House. If they smugly think Eastman deserves his plight, well it likely could come back to bite them later.

  • Neil DeWitt says:

    So Mr. Bird, are you bringing suit against our judicial system? Are you going to help or hinder Senator Eastman? I think all Mat-Valley residents that voted for Senator Eastman need to step up and rise above the “Valley Trast” name Anchorage thinks they are. They need to be tge minority you speak of here. They can beat this and set Anchorage straight once and for all. As William Wallace said “FREEDOM”

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    The verdict against the Oath Keepers that hit the news today is not promising. People need to help Rep. Eastman’s case by donating if you can. The wrongdoing going on in our nation right now is beyond words! Please help those who are trying to help us! Prayers for Rep. Eastman.

  • Kathy L. says:

    “Violent overthrow”????? As in the current ‘non-violent’ over-throw of our gov’t by Communist-minded individuals seeking to destroy America? The Left will always accuse the righteous of what they, themselves are doing.

  • Diana H Graf says:

    Thank you, Mr. Bird. I have been praying for Mr. Eastman ever since I saw a session of the judiciary circling him like jackals.
    They were trying to intimidate and trip him up even as he moved around the chamber. It was almost as if he had to be apologetic
    for being there. Nothing like that should be happening to a fine young man like him who is innocent until proven guilty.

  • Molly says:

    Thank you Alex Gimarc for putting this out there, in plain english for the masses to comprehend.
    We have spent years contacting our representatives, email, snail mail and phone calls and they just DO NOT LISTEN and DO NOT CARE. They dont even bother to contact us back. After their recent ridiculous overthrow of our republican majority, i have ZERO faith in any of our legislative MISrepresentatives now. These supposed conservative MISrepresentatives capitulate to the lefty mob, what makes you think any of them give a damn and will lift a pen to do the right thing for even their own future? Seems we only have three that we can have any faith in and the odds are clearly stacked against us these days.

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Dunleavy’s silence is what he does best

  • ML Moore says:

    Bob’s is spot on like usual. Keep these updates coming!