Uphold has a problem: California is even worse than SC

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.images

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…

7 thoughts on “Uphold has a problem: California is even worse than SC

  1. Brad Warthen Post author

    I remember initially having a problem with that “greater than” symbol in school. I found it counterintuitive. It seemed to me that the sideways V should be pointing at the greater value, not the other way around.

    Being told the distance between the lines was greater toward the greater value didn’t help. I thought that was a less obvious way to read it.

    I still do, and I always pause for a split second to ask myself if I’m reading it right…

          1. Brad Warthen Post author

            Actually, I was on that course before the second grade.

            I wrote my first newspaper story — it was about one paragraph, showing my penchant for Hemingwayan brevity — for the school paper when I was 6. It was a hard-hitting piece on the first grade’s preparations for Christmas. It was a thrilling account. I left nothing out. Decorations were mentioned.

            I used to have a copy of that paper. If I ever find it again, I’ll post it here…

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