And Donald Trump’s America contains the following:
Kate Brown’s Oregon which contains
Ted Wheeler’s Portland
Jay Insee’s Washington which contains
Jenny Durkan’s Seattle
Gavin Newsom’ California which contains
Eric Garcetti’s Los Angeles and
London Breed’s San Francisco
J. B. Pritzker’s Illinois which contains
Lori Lightfoot’s Chicago
Andrew Cuomo’s New York which contains
Bill de Blasio’s New York City
Tony Evers’ Wisconsin which contains
John Antaramian’s Kenosha
In fact, Trump’s America contains 50 states with thousands of their own political subdivisions over which the President of the United States has no direct control of local affairs—but the local elected officials should. Whether local officials do or not exercise control or whether they are effective or not is generally not a federal question.
Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian ruled this week that Aaron and Melissa Klein, the bakers who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, must pay $135,000 in emotional damages to the lesbian couple they denied service. The ruling is also an effective gag order on the Kleins, ordering them to “cease and desist” from speaking publicly about not wanting to bake cakes for same-sex weddings based on their Christian beliefs. More here.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Perhaps Oregon has not yet heard the the Fourteenth Amendment binds the First on the states.