Legislative malfeasance allowing executive to inject politics into state operations?
The operations of state government need to remain free of political consideration.
One might think that equal treatment under the law would be of primary concern. But the reality of (usually) leftist administrations is that they just cannot help themselves when opportunity comes under the guise of ‘regulatory’ services. Should we be surprised to see licensees being forced to accept controversial (or any specific) doctrine in order to ply their trades?
A letter from a friend who is a nurse, Abigail Nobel of Michigan Healthcare Freedom arrived. She reports – and makes a recommendation:
I received an email Tuesday that began:
Dear Licensee –
The Bureau of Professional Licensing (BPL) within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) would like to inform you that the Public Health Code – General Rules have been revised which will require implicit bias training for your profession, effective June 1, 2022.
The notice defines “implicit bias” as:
(A)n attitude or internalized stereotype that affects an individual’s perception, action, or decision making in an unconscious manner and often contributes to unequal treatment of people based on race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, age, disability, or other characteristic.
I don’t know about you, but where I come from “Original Sin” is considered part of human nature. It’s one of the things that makes us all equal – we’re flawed. However, there’s already a plan for salvation from guilt and shame, we have the Book of instructions, and our Saviour reigns!
Oversight for belief systems is solidly planted in the Church side of the Separation of Church and State. Inclusion and exclusion are ultimately judged by God alone. Here in America, belief choices are secured from state encroachment by constitutional rights of conscience.
Human nature is exactly why in America, we don’t accept thought police!
Implicit bias is part of identity politics and Critical Race Theory (CRT), which is supported or abhorred, depending upon where one falls on the political ideology spectrum.
Fine points of CRT:
- All of life is viewed through a lens of race
- There is no absolute truth
- There is no inherent equality; equity is conferred by power
- Everyone is oppressor or victim, based upon color
- Racism permeates our system, condemning it to destruction
For CRT in light of biblical truth, see this article from Answers in Genesis.
So what’s going on in LARA?
To be blunt – our Executive Branch is playing politics with health licensure, beginning with the Executive Order to start the process for implicit bias training for healthcare in 2020. It crosses far over the line of normal knowledge-based clinical education.
I deplore politics in healthcare, but there’s a deeper policy lesson to confront here.
Who made the implicit bias training rule? LARA
Who executes the rule? LARA
Who judges and penalizes rule-breakers? LARA
This lineup guarantees bias in LARA’s treatment of professionals. James Madison, primary author of the US Constitution, wrote in the years leading up to its adoption,
“The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands … may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.”
Our Constitution divided the three branches with separate powers because it’s necessary.
LARA is an example of the misplaced, intrusive Fourth Branch of government. Also known as the Regulatory or Administrative State, such officials are unelected, have no term limits, and are sheltered from public accountability. Possessing all three powers in one branch creates even greater threat to individual freedom.
How can we safeguard our freedoms from the tyranny of LARA’s Implicit Bias Training?
The Legislature gave LARA/ BPL its tyrannical combination of powers.
The Legislature is the only one who can take those powers back, and they need to hear our voice encouraging them to do so.
Tell them you want to:
- Immediately HALT all new licensure bills.
- LIMIT LARA/ BPL to CEUs already implemented.
- LIMIT LARA/ BPL discipline to cases of proven physical harm from malpractice or negligence.
- LIMIT ALL Michigan healthcare regulators – prohibit use of appropriations for Implicit Bias Training in Healthcare.
If our legislative branch does nothing to put an end to this, it is indeed lost.
Implicit bias training is troubling, as it is by design something that cannot be ‘neutral’ and therefore relies upon a specific bias in and of itself. Are we truly at that point where we allow government agencies to tell us how we must think, in order to use the skills given to us by our Creator?
Somehow I doubt it, but there are those who feel they are our bettors. Their inability to succeed in the private sector too often guides them to positions of authority where they thrive as petty tyrants, seizing on any levers of power that is allowed them.
If nothing else, the pandemic fraud has shown us that our checks and balances are weak, and possibly non-existent. The executive branch knows this and will abuse it.