As you’ll recall, yesterday I said this about the company that is precipitously deciding to move from Charleston (supposedly, although its presence in Charleston seems theoretical) to California over the Bathroom Bill:
I hate to break it to this guy, but there’s a distinct possibility that there’s a lawmaker in California just as loony as Lee Bright who will propose a similar bill. Then what is he going to do? It’s a significant feature of representative democracy that people who have a different worldview from you get to vote, too — and elect people like them. So there’s no way to guarantee that someone won’t file a bill that you find unfair, unjust or abhorrent.
Well, it turns out, that has already happened — although it’s a proposed ballot initiative rather than a bill:
California’s system of direct democracy — the voter initiative process — has produced landmark laws reducing property taxes, banning affirmative action and legalizing medical marijuana.
Now there’s a bid to declare that “the people of California wisely command” that gays and lesbians can be killed.
You read that right.
The “Sodomite Suppression Act,” as proposed, calls sodomy “a monstrous evil” that should be punishable “by bullets to the head or any other convenient method.”…
You can always count on California to make the rest of us look sane, can’t you?
True, the guy proposing this isn’t a lawmaker, but he is a lawyer. Juan should love that.
I want all y’all to remember this next time you find yourself wanting more direct democracy…