During the COVID-19 pandemic, governors across the United States have gone wild with unconstitutional, unilateral lockdowns of their states. It has been mostly Democrat governors who have infringed on the rights of their state residents, but one Republican numbers among them as well: Governor Mike DeWine of Ohio.
Governor DeWine is being forced to confront the wrath of members of his own party who have just introduced articles of impeachment against him for abusing his power and failing to consult the Ohio State Legislature during the pandemic.
The Daily Wire reported, “Four Ohio GOP lawmakers are leading an effort to impeach Republican Gov. Mike DeWine over his alleged ‘abuse of power’ during the coronavirus pandemic.
State Rep. John Becker introduced 12 articles of impeachment against DeWine on Monday. Becker was joined by state Reps. Candice Keller, Nino Vitale, and Paul Zeltwanger, according to Ohio’s 19 News. Becker also accused DeWine of ‘meddling’ in the presidential primary and harassing people with strict regulations, especially business owners.
‘Governor DeWine’s mismanagement, malfeasance, misfeasance, abuse of power, and other crimes include, but are not limited to, meddling in the conduct of a presidential primary election, arbitrarily closing and placing curfews on certain businesses, while allowing other businesses to remain open,” Becker’s office said in a statement. “He weaponized the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to bully and harass businesses and the people; to enforce a statewide mask mandate and other controversial measures of dubious ‘value.’”
Ohio Republicans are following in the footsteps of Republicans in Michigan, their rival state to the north, in introducing impeachment articles against their state’s governor.
The impeachment articles filed in Michigan claim that Governor Gretchen Whitmer violated separation of powers and used her office in a corrupt manner.
Representative Beau LaFave filed the impeachment articles. The Detroit News reported, “LaFave’s resolution includes four articles and contends that Whitmer ‘has exceeded her constitutional authority’ and ‘issued orders that are not in the best interests of the people of this state.’”
The primary responsibility of government is to protect the lives and liberties of We the People. However, governments have a history of using this duty as a trojan horse for implementing big-government interventionist policies.
One of the great things about our system of government is the sharing of power between the state and federal governments. However, that doesn’t mean that governors like DeWine and Whitmer can act like mini-dictators. Separation of powers is equally as important at the state level as it is at the national level.
The difference is that the federal government has guns and tanks while the states don’t have the military might of the Federal government. But a tyrant is still a tyrant regardless of how much heat they are packing.
America is a unique nation. There are very few governments where state and provincial governments were designed to have more powers than the national government. The Constitution of the United States isn’t perfect, but it is the best governing document ever devised. It has held up over 230 years and the states have played an important role in its longevity.
This system will endure as long as states abide by the separation of powers doctrine. Thus far, Mike DeWine hasn’t, and he is rightfully being forced to answer for his unconstitutional actions.
Let’s hope he is made to suffer the consequences as well.