4/26/21 | Submitted by Ruth Peterson | BoistfortPCO@gmail.com
What goes on in Olympia? Ruth Peterson has been a wonderful source of insight into the 2021 Legislative session. We havent heard from her for a few weeks. Here is an update from her and a comment. (the Editors) ~~~”This is not what the WA State Legislature did to us – it was what the Democrat majorities did to us. I’ve worked at the legislature for over 11 years. This session contained more bills that were passed on strict party lines than I ever remember before. Many of the policies were quite extreme.” Ruth Peterson
|Good morning from Ruth Peterson,
I know that people have been wondering where I have been. It’s been a few weeks since I have written. I obviously ruffled some feathers. I was told that if I continued to tell people about the bills that have been introduced in the legislature and explain to people how they can let their voices be heard, that I would have an ethics complaint filed against me. Because I think I provide a valuable service in my position, I chose to remain silent. In fact, I feel it’s a bit of a compliment. I must have been effective! Now that session is over, I can speak out again since the only rule I was apparently breaking was to speak about bills that are before us in the legislature.
Obviously, since the legislative session is over, we can do nothing to stop the horrible policies that were introduced and passed by the Democrat majority. I know that the media, and indeed most political pundits, will talk about new legislation in terms of what the entire legislature did to us. But that is not the case, and we need to stop framing the discussion that way. This is not what the WA State Legislature did to us – it was what the Democrat majorities did to us. I’ve worked at the legislature for over 11 years. This session contained more bills that were passed on strict party lines than I ever remember before. Many of the policies were quite extreme. As I’ve mentioned before, the new laws will let felons out of prison early and give back their right to vote before their sentences are complete, we are forcing our elementary schools to teach critical race theory, new laws have banned open carry at the Capitol and in all areas where there is a protest (let’s just see how that one is enforced – any guesses as to who will be held to the law and who will not?), and we have enacted dozens of new taxes including a new income tax. There is a long list of terrible bills and policies that have been enacted, and over the next few weeks, I’d like to detail some of them, because, quite frankly, we have some serious work to do.
If you agree with the policies that have passed, then, by all means, you need to continue to vote for Democrats. But if you look at the list of the policies, and they do not align with your principles, you need to be voting Republican. More importantly, you need to let others know what is happening. When people complain about higher gas tax or gas prices, you need to point them to the specific bills this year that increased those costs – bills passed by Democrats, with Republicans arguing against them every step of the way. You need to tell people how the legislature actually works. You need to tell people how to let their voices be heard. I plan to write quite frequently about bills that were passed this past session, and as I do, I’ll also give you links to resources you can use to let people hear the truth and read the actual documents. We all know that the media provides you with only the worldview they want you to have. My goal is to teach you how to find out what is actually happening and give you the tools to make a difference in the process. I also would love for you to share any of it you can – on Facebook, Twitter, websites, etc. – and I don’t care who gets the credit. I care that people become more informed.
You may want to remove yourself from politics because it is difficult. It’s unpleasant. And believe me, I can attest to the fact that it is sometimes depressing. Some people have even told me that they will solve the problem to moving to Idaho or Texas. But I have grandkids here, so I’m not going nowhere. There are others with businesses, farms, and jobs. There are a thousand reasons some of us cannot move. I also notice that many of these policies are being enacted at the federal level, so moving isn’t going to help for long. So what is our option? Our only option is to get educated and work to educate our friends. I do not believe the majority of people really agree with what was passed this year. There was a state-wide lockdown because of COVID, a fence was placed around the legislature, nobody was allowed inside the building, and people were easily blocked from having a say. The Democrat majority then proceeded to pass some of the most extreme policies ever. And they blocked the vote of the people in many cases. Is that what you want? If not, please stay tuned. We should encourage people to speak out and stand up for what is right. I have 9 grandkids. I’m doing this for them. How about you?
As always, please email me with any specific questions or subjects that may interest you. I’m happy to do the research and answer as best as I can.
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