Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash: Pick Two (aghrivaine) wrote,
Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash: Pick Two


All of the special election Propositions here in California were defeated, about which I am personally glad, because I think all of them were bad laws. Around the country, most of the other props were defeated as well, including one in Ohio to reform the electoral process. After the last presidential election debacle in Ohio, I'd have thought that one would have been an easy win.

The only thing in the papers I see is a prop in Texas which bars same-sex marriage... and as an accidental side-effect, all marriage altogether. I guess those jackasses down in Texas are not so much against gay people, as they are against love altogether.

Anyway, I'm wondering if these propositions are worthwhile at all. Sure, some of them I might personally support and some of them I might be against - but the reality is we elect our governments to make the laws, not to propose laws for us to then vote on. Why are we electing politicians, if, when confronted with a legislature that doesn't favor their narrow political aims due to the results of the elections that put them into office in the first place - they just try and circumvent the popularly elected government by making an appeal directly to voters?

In some cases, state districting has been so badly gerrymandered that the legislature as elected may not represent a fair cross-section of the actual population, except as narrowly construed by districting committees. But how often does that happen, and are special ballot propositions really the solution? Instead of a dozen propositions - how about just one - to re-district (and monitor elections) by a non-partisan group. Which, I might add, is such a massive oversight in terms of a legitimate form of Democracy that Jimmy Carter famously opined that if the Carter Center were asked to oversee elections in America, he'd have to decline, as there was not even the basis for a fair election here!

So, in short: Propositions. I'm agin' 'em.

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