Do You Wonder?

In Uncategorized on January 11, 2012 at 10:53 pm

This new year has been filled with many uncertainties, perhaps enough to last a whole year. Can Tim Tebow truly play quarterback? How far can he lead the Broncos? Is his style of play sustainable? What about the GOP nomination? Can Ron Paul pull off the unthinkable? So many questions, so many answers.

Do not let me forget our resolutions, you know those, more times than not, empty promises we make to ourselves to improve our lives in one or more areas, be it in health, religion, or finances–the list of resolutions could go on for days.

As for me, I gave up on setting resolutions years ago. I have friends and family who set them, and actually the resoultions set the tone for them over the course of the year. In a way, our New Year’s resolutions are ways for each one of us to set the agenda, just like policymaking. Those who set the agenda are likely to be highly influential or powerful people. For Mississippi’s Governor Phil Bryant, the year has started out with a tremendous bang, whereby the tone, a rather controversial tone, was set by outgoing Governor Haley Barbour.

Governor Barbour’s last official acts in office have come in question, as he pardoned over 200 individuals, with some of these individuals receiving a full and unconditional pardon for murder and manslaughter. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has petitioned a Hinds County Circuit Court to halt the immediate release of many of these individuals; to which the court agreed to an immediate injunction and stated that Governor Barbour may have violated the Mississippi Constitution by not providing proper notice to the public.

The tone has been set. Governor Phil Bryant is stepping into an intense spotlight. Further, Governor Barbour’s actions have many thinking of curbing this executive power. Governor Barbour’s resolutions, in this case, was to pardon individuals “to allow them to find gainful employment or acquire professional licenses as well as hunt and vote.”
And his resolution, as controversial as it is, makes us wonder about the laws allowing executives broad authority; makes us wonder whether the three branches of government are co-equal; makes us wonder…


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