This isn’t why I came to the U.S. Free us from the tyranny of Inslee’s emergency powers

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It’s time to remove Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s emergency powers.

The freedom to make personal choices beckons the world’s downtrodden masses, who come to America and add vibrancy to our great patchwork of rich cultures. Often escaping demagoguery masquerading as temporary emergency powers, they add brilliance to our shining Tacoma city upon a hill — Yakima Hill, Fern Hill, Prospect Hill. I hope I glow a bit myself, after emigrating from Europe.

The notion of emergency powers may euphemistically shroud state aggrandizement, and that’s disconcerting because those who wield power rarely yield it, as we are now seeing with Inslee. In fact, the institutions implementing emergency edicts often swell beyond their original mandate. Then, big-government Leviathan emerges from the regulatory swamp, its slimy tentacles constricting individual rights to enforce conformity.

As recently evidenced, Leviathan’s minions get giddy on their enhanced powers. They invoke platitudes to justify their stultifying social-engineering agendas, often ruining livelihoods — and lives — in the process. Their “do as I say, not as I do” haughtiness lends credence to the maxim, “power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

By contrast, exercising personal choice invites the better angels of our nature to a joyous liberty dance. With a modicum of personal responsibility, it uplifts our spirits to revel in the broad, sunlit uplands of enlightenment. Surrounding our shining city upon a hill, it’s a wondrous place high above the swamp. A place where personality, ingenuity, entrepreneurship, family, and industry soar free from the beastly, burrowing bureaucrats with emergency powers.

Back down in the bureaucratic swamp, officious civil servants become so immersed in their policy echo-chambers that the ends justify the means. Where have you heard that phrase before? Probably to justify a social utopia that, when implemented by humans with hubris, inevitably descends into an authoritarian dystopia. A dark abyss where socially responsible automatons wallow in stifling homogeneity.

In fact, agendas implemented under emergency powers are often entwined with communal “truth” that is reminiscent of mob rule, and where anti-reason rhetoric arouses the capricious, culture-canceling crusaders. There, you’ll find plenty a soul-destroying collectivism that squelches happiness and smothers industry, individuality, inventiveness and ingenuity.

Our brave founders bequeathed the inalienable right to pursue happiness. Not fleeting, hedonistic happiness, but enduring satisfaction which is more attainable when we have the freedom to make decisions that lead to a sense of well-being. Actually, the dignity and sense of purpose implicit in personal choice promotes civic involvement that ultimately ushers in social responsibility — without dictates from governors with emergency powers.

That’s why our liberty must prevail over Inslee’s emergency powers — it is our inalienable right that provides the clearest path to a civil society orchestrated by limited government. A government that derives its legitimacy from the consent of the governed. By following James Madison’s advice to oblige government to control itself, the values of reason, humanism and empathy will prevail.

Benjamin Franklin said: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Let’s not allow Inslee to usurp our liberty in the name of safety. Acquiescing to his emergency powers is a slippery slope into the putrid swamp where misguided minions in our executive agencies do Leviathan’s misdeeds. They are susceptible to corruption in institutions which develop an emergent nature, and emergency powers.

I immigrated to glorious America because I prefer the uplifting uplands where the better angels of our nature dance amidst the flourishing marketplace of ideas. It’s so invigorating here, where our personal choices are the instruments of opportunity.

Free me from Inslee’s emergency powers, or I might as well die for my spirit will extinguish under the duress of mind-numbing conformity. Yearning to breathe free, I left that behind when accepting the welcoming embrace of Lady Liberty.

Noel S. Williams of Lakewood, formerly of England, became a U.S. citizen in 1992. He’s a U.S. Navy veteran with a master’s degree in Human Resource Management who works as an IT specialist.