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January 26, 2017

Executive Orders: How Nice

Harry M. Covert

Some words need to be scrapped for a while. Consider these for example: “amazing”, “great”, “wonderful”, “lies”, “left-wingers”, “right-wingers”, “progressives” and “alt-righters.” Oh, “frauds” and “pollsters,” too. There are numerous others but these will do for a short time. A respite, please.


In no way is this suggestion to gag free speech. What would I do? It’s the monotonous use that’s fretful. Say it, turn off the radios and televisions, and listen to some good music. Good idea. I’m ignoring satellite radio also for a while.


This could be a personal executive order and includes us commentators, bull-shooters, sportswriters (that will be difficult for sure) and proper newspaper reporters. Scribblers on what’s called social media ought to pay attention – but probably won’t.


All of the constant talk about executive orders does bring to mind some interesting things to discuss. It can be remembered that Teddy Roosevelt, the cowboy, Rough Rider extraordinaire, created the incredible U.S. Park Service by the stroke of his dip pen. That sure created a century of special presidential signatures and avoided the Congress.


We are well aware that body is a co-equal branch of the federal government. These houses often create havoc for The Resident in the Manse on Pennsylvania Avenue in the Capitol City. Let’s not forget the solons, sages and legislators. Solons isn’t used much these days. Not sophisticated enough perhaps. All the members of the House and Senate today love to wear lapel pins giving them status, at least for the Capitol Police.


The matters of executive orders on state and local governing levels are popular, too. They are tools to supersede or ignore wishes of elected office holders.


Madam County Executive Jan Gardner apparently hasn’t been too active in overriding the county council where she enjoys a majority. She hasn’t been completely out of ink. I do recall the battle over some ethics. Ms. Gardner disputed Councilman Kirby Delauter’s favorable ethics board ruling after a three-month study. With the stroke of a pen or computer delete button, the decision was overturned the next morning.


My researcher has unearthed another executive order involving the County Council. Several teachers in the pay of the county public schools also received favorable ethics result on whether the teacher-council members can vote on the budget and their salaries. The executive allowed this to stand. Mr. Delauter’s private company can’t bid on county projects. Should I mention that the teacher-council members are in the Democrat majority? Mr. Delauter is in the minority. His sin is being an elected Republican.


The county’s chief executive pulled off an early order by returning funds paid to the Sheriff’s Office for the Baltimore riot assistance. Local deputies and Frederick City Police bolstered law enforcement during the Charm City civil disobedience. Sounds better than civil unrest and rioting. Each was reimbursed for time and expenses. Helping out poor old Baltimore cost county taxpayers almost $50,000. City police kept their dollars, as they should have.


Executive orders certainly can be used for good and right things. Naturally, it depends on whose ox is being gouged or helped.


I have been astonished to learn that Maryland is a sanctuary state along with a bunch of others, like the left coast. There are two sides to every coin, borrowing an oft-used phrase. I do endorse cutting off federal funds o localities who ignorantly won’t enforce laws already on the books.


Citizens don’t get a refuge from those worrisome traffic violations or smoking in public. A visitor to the nation or any location hereabouts only faces threats if they violate laws.


Okay, these can be haggled at a later date. I just hope no disastrous felonies like rapes and robberies and murders occur any time soon. Some notice was made a couple of days ago where two men stopped for a traffic violation were in possession of loaded automatic pistols. They apparently didn’t know they couldn’t have weapons. City police were able to arrest them. Would you believe they were felons?


Well, shock and awe seems en route. Illegal or not, laws must be obeyed even if not liked. It would be nice if a presidential executive order would be nice to send half of the congressional membership home.


I know laws will continue to be enforced in Frederick City and county and hopefully around the Free State, too. “Great”, “amazing”, “wonderful!”


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