What Democracy?...

on Wednesday, November 19, 2008

So, apparently, voting on a public matter of legislation only matters when the public votes the way liberals want them to...

...otherwise, the votes don't count:

In an appearance Sunday on CNN, Schwarzenegger said the state Supreme Court might overturn Proposition 8, the Los Angeles Times reported...

"It's unfortunate, obviously, but it's not the end," Schwarzenegger told CNN. "I think that we will again maybe undo that, if the court is willing to do that, and then move forward from there and again lead in that area."
This is absurd. For weeks now opponents of California's proposition 8 have rioted in the streets accusing prop 8 supporters of bigotry and hate, but so far the only bigotry and hate I've witnessed has come from the gay rights activists themselves.

First, they boycotted restaurants and theaters owned by individuals who donated to support prop 8, which ultimately even cost one man his job. Then they published a blacklist website listing the personal information of "Yes on 8" donors with the heading: "The following individuals or organizations have donated money to the California Proposition 8 campaign which seeks to ban same sex marriages. Please do not patronize them." And now:

A letter containing white powder was discovered at Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City [a few days ago]. The scare shut down a temple annex building for more than an hour.

About the same time, another envelope filled with white powder forced the closure of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' temple in the Westwood area of Los Angeles.
I'm gonna call this exactly what it is - a hissy fit. A temper tantrum. Did you see any conservatives rushing the streets and protesting in front of Trinity United Church in Chicago when we lost our election on November 4? Did we boycott any establishments that had an "Obama" sign hanging in the window? Did we start a website that listed the personal information of Obama donors calling for the "blacklisting" of such individuals?

If we had done any of the above, the left would be breathing into a paper bag. But opponents of prop 8 can send anthrax-ish letters to Mormon establishments and everything is just dandy. Am I the only one seeing a frightening double standard here?

Look, I have never used this blog as a religious forum, and I intend to keep it that way in the future. But why is the Mormon church experiencing such a backlash? Is it because they donated funds to support proposition 8? Oh, I'm sorry, I wasn't aware that only opponents of prop 8 were legally allowed to donate to the cause.

It’s called democracy, people. Both sides donated heavily and campaigned fervently for their cause. And even though Mormons only account for 2% of California's entire population, last time I checked, the final vote on prop 8 was nowhere near 2% YES and 98% NO.

Look, if you gay rights activists can make an affirmative argument and pitch it to the majority of voters, then success is yours. If not, you got the outcome you deserved - twice now.

In a rare twist to the issue, however, supporters of prop 8 can probably credit Obama for getting prop 8 to pass since, as my brother notes, Obama's election resulted in record numbers of minoroties at the polls with blacks voting 70% YES on prop 8 and hispanics voting 65% YES.

Prediction: Gay rights activists will keep placing the issue on the ballot every 2 years until it passes, and then, once it finally does pass (which it ultimately will), they will try to stop the issue from ever going to the polls again in an attempt to prevent gay marriage from ever being overturned.

The new slogan of the liberal left: "Democracy for me, but not for thee"

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