Ned the Enforcer

Following the lead of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has now unveiled the sanctions he proposes to levy against what the Hartford Courant calls “defiant travelers.”

We all know that where there are no sanctions, there is, practically speaking, no law. A law without teeth is a paper law that easily can be defied, much in the way that Antifa-infected Black Lives Matter protests evolve into mini-riots, stretching limbs into every powder-keg urban community in the U.S. –when defiant rioters meet no resistance from those who enforce constitutional laws written by legislators.

Police enforce laws. Police are the enforcement arm of legislators rather than governors. Without an enforcement mechanism, all laws are dead laws. And that is why Antifa and elements within Black Lives Matter dearly want, with assistance from sympathetic legislators trolling for votes, to defund police departments. When police departments have been disabled, leftist anarchy sits on the throne.

Lamont has been threatening air passengers from coronavirus-impacted states for some time. The governor has now, he thinks, put sharp teeth in his frequent executive orders.

“You go to a hot spot, you come back to this state, you either have a test that shows you tested negative or you must quarantine for 14 days,” said Lamont during a media availability on July 21.

Connecticut, the paper reminds us, has since late June “required visitors from states to voluntarily quarantine, but there was no enforcement.”

Now, Lamont said, “we are giving an option of having a $1,000 fine for people who refused to fill out the form.” What can it mean to give an “option of having a $1,000 fine?” Does it mean that enforcing the fines will be optional; and, if so, what is the legal standard of enforcement? Lamont issued an executive order that “requires anyone traveling from a state that has a new daily positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a seven day rolling average to self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the rime of last contact within the identified state.”

And, as an added disincentive bonus, Lamont has promised that the rules he has laid down “apply to those traveling to Connecticut by car as well as by air.” Lamont has said there are “no plans” to begin issuing fines right now. Does this mean Connecticut may restrict car traffic coming from New York should testing show the state has experienced a spike in coronavirus test rates?

Gov. Ned Lamont. (CTMirror.org)

Someone whose live contacts with Democrat operatives stretch back four decades — and who for obvious reasons shall here remain nameless — wonders, tearing at the remaining hairs on his balding pate, “Does this guy ever talk to leading politicians within his own party before he borrows his politically toxic prescriptions from Cuomo?”

We know that Lamont, whose family tree is firmly rooted in leftist soil, is a protégé of former U.S. Senator and Gov. Lowell Weicker, but even Weicker, at his most outrageous, mingled his political sweat with the sweat pouring off the brows of Democrat leftists who could lead him through the state’s sometime confusing political labyrinth. Then too, Weicker had been during his decades in the U.S Senate in good odor with national Democrat Party operatives; his progressive Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) rating was higher upon his leaving the Senate than that of U.S. Senator Chris Dodd’s .

But Lamont is, politically at least, The Man from Mars – a highly imitative governor without a clue. Of course, fortune, in the form of a politically inspired coronavirus business shutdown, has favored Lamont. The other two branches of Connecticut’s tripartite form of government, the legislative and judicial branches, having been clipped from democracy’s trunk, The Man from Mars is the only show in town. Weicker, whose buzz-saw politics gave the state its income tax, must be jealous. How much easier it might have been in 1991 to install his income tax by means of executive orders.

The well entrenched operative mentioned above wonders whether Lamont even wants a second term. Favored by the politician gods and a propitious and profitable marriage – Lamont’s capable wife is far richer than he – Lamont easily might retire after a first term to his family’s estate, Sky Farm, on the island of North Haven, Maine, bidding a good riddance to the problems in state government he has caused.

He notes that ambitious politicians, Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz among them, are crouching in the wings, ready to attribute to Lamont’s all too evident ineptitude the inevitable consequences of yet another prolonged Connecticut recession.

Donald Pesci lives in Vernon and is the writer of the Red Notes from a Blue State blog. This opinion piece comes to NancyOnNorwalk courtesy of CTMirror.org.


CT-Patriot July 25, 2020 at 5:14 am

Isn’t it interesting that law abiding citizens with nothing more than what may be virus are banished and quarantined if they arrive in Connecticut from another state within the United States.

But, illegal aliens get a full pass in sanctuary cities AND received taxpayer benefits as a reward of breaking US laws by entering the country illegally.

Those illegals then take jobs away from US citizens who pay taxes to the state and to the government. They blend into the city and face no reprisals.

Ned seems to have his priorities out of order here.

If someone arrives with a Covid virus and assuming this is an adult, I’m pretty sure that individual will self quarantine. But, you must have “papers” or face a fine? Sounds a whole lot like Germany during WWII…”Your papers please”

I travel to states, so will there be checkpoints for “papers”? Will the Stasi be there? Will people then find back roads to avoid the “Stasi” checkpoints?

Welcome to the socialist state of Connecticut..your papers please!


Ct. V July 25, 2020 at 6:12 am

This is a bunch of Fox News garbage. Ned hasn’t been perfect, but his approach has made Connecticut one of the few states to adequately handle the virus. This screaming about tyranny is just him making clear that we care about keeping our people safe from people coming from states that have not taken care of their people (like most states run by Republicans). And in terms of tyranny we ask them to fill out a short form and to quarantine.

Most CT residents desperately want to safely open the schools in a month. If making being thoughtful in our approach and erring a little towards safety gives us a chance to do so, I’d rather do that than be led by Ron DeSantis.

David July 25, 2020 at 9:56 am

Yeah. Ok, look, leaving aside any commentary on whether I agree with the specific policies of the governor (like
Some, dislike others), the number one imperative is to ensure the safety of the citizens of this state.

Connecticut has one of the best records in the nation controlling this virus for a reason. The governor took action quickly. Learned from others experiences, put a plan in place.

You can can make academic arguments all day long about the role of government etc, but the facts in the ground are undeniable. This measure is aimed at protecting our state and its citizens from the virus. If the Supreme Court strikes it down, another way will have to be sought.

Vitriol is now normal in political talk, blind vitriol is not. This article is blindness.

Bryan Meek July 25, 2020 at 4:16 pm

@CT V. Adequately handle the virus? We have the third highest fatality rate in the country. You must also think we have one of the better economies.

Bryan Meek July 25, 2020 at 4:17 pm

@David. CT had the 3rd highest death rate in the country behind only NY and NJ. It doesn’t have to be made political like it is everywhere else for obvious reasons, but ignorance of the Actual data doesn’t make the problem go away.

David July 25, 2020 at 10:23 pm

Brian. We got hit early. We got hit hard. Absolutely. No doubt about that.

Hey, that’s not what this article is about. The governor took action to address that and now we are a handful of states who have declining cases in the country.

But it’s ok. We know you’re a democrat…err, I mean, glass-half-empty kinda guy. Still this article is trashing the governor for taking action to protect our state. The author doesn’t like that. You don’t either, apparently. I’ll
Take the governor on this one. Regardless of what I think of his party or policies.

Bryan Meek July 26, 2020 at 6:29 am

You agree with the Governor. I agree with the science. The science says it was a bad move to place the sick into nursing homes. It also says that churches, schools, and bars should be open with the same conditions placed on every other establishment. Moreover, the Governor is not a leader and should have taken his own cues from his overpaid staff. Pomfret should not have been subjected to the same shutdown measures as Fairfield County, which should not have followed NY almost lockstep. And where was the Governor this past week while the legislature was convening to declaw the police, we could have used a leader to remind our lawmakers that we need real measures taken to help all citizens, not just those running for re-election. Pathetic.

CT-Patriot July 26, 2020 at 1:25 pm

I see that my previous comment was not posted… 2nd time..boy, sensitive site.

Let’s face facts…

FBI vehicles do not have “markings” henceforth they are unmarked vehicles.

All people “scooped up” in unmarked vehicles are put in front of a magistrate and charged. There are public records on this action.

Agents do not wear a “uniform” and are plain clothed with badge and credentials in a folding wallet.

Only when there is a “raid” will they don over jackets emblazoned with FBI, DHS, etc.

So, no, these are not some “secret police” but Federal law enforcement who did their due diligence prior, identify a known instigator and take quick action to stop further harm.

Mess with a Federal building, face the consequences.

Sam Tyler July 27, 2020 at 6:48 am

Live in Connecticut, but office is in Westchester County, N.Y. No exposure as I work alone in office with wife. Cannot work from home. Do I have to give up my job and join unemployment roles if I cannot commute daily? This is sad. Illegal aliens can can find sanctuary here, but I will have to be unemployed because of restrictions imposed by an inept governor?

Alexis July 27, 2020 at 11:17 am

David – I agree with you in that Gov Lamont made the right decisions. Were we hit hard? Absolutely, but the Gov, along with his staff, executed strong measures to get the spread under control. Bryan sounds ridiculous.

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