I learned everything I needed to know about government from School House Rocks.
Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley made that point in her addition to the court opinion on whether Wisconsin's state superintendent needs permission to create new policy for the state's public schools.
In short, the justices said the state superintendent needs permission from the governor. It overturns a 2016 decision that said the opposite.
Bradley took it a step further. She urged the court to cut the power of the growing bureaucratic state in Wisconsin.
Bradley wrote "The philosophical roots of rule by bureaucratic overlords are antithetical to the Founders' vision of our constitutional Republic, in which supreme power is held by the people through their elected representatives."
But she wasn't done.
"The concentration of power within an administrative leviathan clashes with the constitutional allocation of power among the elected and accountable branches of government at the expense of individual liberty," Bradley wrote. "Although this case does not involve a challenge to the constitutionality of legislative delegations of power to administrative agencies, I encourage the court to be mindful of the structural separation of powers and the safeguards it employs to preserve the rule of law."
In other words, it's a government of the people, by the people, for the people. Not a government of the government, by the government, for the government.
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