Carol Platt Liebau: Elites: We Know Best

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Elites: We Know Best

It is amusing to watch elite media organs in Boston try to justify denying the people a vote on whether the state Constitution should be amended to reflect a fundamental shift in the age-old institution of marriage.

Then again, it's likewise remarkable to read the LA Times' condemnation of Governor Schwarzenegger, who rightly refused to sign a gay marriage bill in light of the people's overwhelming support for Prop. 22 ("Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.")

Apparently, the MSM believes that Americans are too stupid -- or too bigoted -- to do the "right thing" (as they see it), and that they therefore should simply have no voice in the matter. "Rights" should simply be defined (made up) by the courts out of whole cloth, and citizens should just sit back and enjoy it.

Interesting perspective. Too bad they don't take the same view when it comes to protecting the "rights" of unborn babies. After all, if it's a terrible thing to be denied the "right" to marry someone of the same sex, how much worse is it to be denied the right to live?


Blogger Go Bears Man said...

How would the elites in the MSM react if the courts had struck down gay marriage? They would be demanding that the people be able to vote on it!! Irony or Hypocrisy??

5:43 PM  
Blogger One Salient Oversight said...

I think the only solution is to have a referendum on the issue via a consitutional amendment. If the people of America want abortion outlawed then let it be enshrined in the consitution. If they want it legalised then let it be enshrined in the constitution.

Let's stop quibbling about which laws and states do which - let there be a clear and unambiguous amendment that the people have decided.

Problem for the Right is, of course, that a majority of Americans appear to be pro choice.

11:55 PM  
Blogger The Flomblog said...

The United States is a federation of 50 independent states. Thes states agree, via the constitution, to give certain powers to the federal government.

This arrangement has been an item of discussion since Hamilton and Jefferson sat doen for the first cabinet meeting.

Many of us, those on the right, Do not want these decision made by the federal government. We decied in 1789 not to have a parlaimentary form of government.

It has the potential of being a messy situation, but it comes the closest to guarenteeing individual liberty of any other form of government.

3:00 PM  

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