While the Alaska Watchman has been critical of Gov. Dunleavy’s often lackluster approach to engaging in hot-button cultural issues, we were pleasantly surprised to see him offer a bill that would strengthen parental rights against the aggressive LGBTQ tactics that have swept through public education (see article below).

During the recent press conference introducing his bill, Dunleavy was in fighting form, pushing back against mainstream media reporters who were aghast that he would dare to reign in the transgenderizing protocols that many school districts have embraced.

The reality, is that this bill will probably never make it past an initial public hearing in the Democratic controlled Senate, but it is a start, nonetheless.

We need more of this type of leadership from our governor. He has the largest pulpit in the state and should regularly use it to advocate for the rights of the unborn, parental authority, school choice and religious liberties in the public square.

Even if the empowered Democrats in the Senate kill his legislation, Dunleavy can still embrace the full extent of his executive powers to enact policies and spending priorities that are pro-life, pro-family and pro-liberty. This might even mean challenging unconstitutional rulings by activist judges.

This is no time for half measures. We are in a battle for hearts, minds and lives. Any serious effort to advance a truly conservative agenda will most certainly be met with fierce opposition on the Left.

If Gov. Dunleavy has truly found his fighting spirit, he may be surprised to see the army of conservative-minded Alaskans who come to his aid. They’ve been waiting for the big man to stand tall.

The views expressed here are those of the author.

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EDITORIAL: Is Gov. Dunleavy signaling a willingness to fight?

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.