The people don’t always get it right. From slavery, to the right of women and minorities to vote, from the way we’ve treated our mentally ill, to Jim Crow laws and school segregation, it took “leaders” to cut through prevailing opinion, gossip and innuendo, and forge evolving visionary policy creating a more perfect union.

When it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic – the most lethal health sequence in Indiana history which has claimed more than 14,000 lives – the General Assembly moved at the behest of some of the people to crimp the power of our governor. Instead of waiting for this pandemic to end, comprehensively study responses and results, and then make policy changes, the General Assembly passed laws and overrode vetoes by Gov. Eric Holcomb to send public health mandates and restrictions into the hands of local units of government like county commissioners and school boards.

Brian A. Howey is publisher of Howey Politics Indiana at Find him on Facebook or Twitter @hwypol.

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