Well, I tried keeping these two links open in adjacent browser tabs, but then they started beating on each other (and liking it — you never can tell about these media stories):
- Washington Post: California Proposition 8 same-sex-marriage ban ruled unconstitutional
- CBS News: Santorum hopes to build momentum from 3-state sweep
I really am happy to see Prop. 8 knocked down, and no, I really don’t give a shit about the “undemocratic” nature of a court voiding the hateful, anti-liberty will of the people. I believe in freedom and am willing to use democracy as a tool — or to push it aside as needed — in order to maintain and expand freedom and minimize the constraints placed on human action by the coercive power of the state.
As further support for my disdain for democracy, I point to the fact that Rick Santorum topped the polls in three states, yesterday. That’s Santorum who not only hates the chaps-and-flannel-wearers who prevailed in yesterday’s court decision against Prop. 8, but also the libertarians and fellow-travelers who were equal victors in that case. Santorum has openly denounced those of us who “have this idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do, government should keep our taxes down and keep our regulations low, that we shouldn’t get involved in the bedroom, we shouldn’t get involved in cultural issues. You know, people should do whatever they want.”
And people voted for this intolerant, authoritarian tool.
So those two browser tabs were a double exercise in juxtaposition: bigotry vs. tolerance and democratic betrayal of liberty vs. antidemocratic support for it.
Kent McManigalFebruary 8, 2012 at 12:26 pm
Most things in life are not subject to a vote. Vote on what kind of pizza to order (and don’t force anyone to eat or pay for a pizza they don’t want); not on how you are allowed to live your life or on some idiot to rule you.
Henry BowmanFebruary 8, 2012 at 1:48 pm
What is democracy after all? It’s like announcing your intentions to a cab driver, then climbing into his trunk to be driven around randomly for four years; after which you are let out and informed that if you don’t like where you happened to end up better than where you started, you can either climb back into the trunk for four more years or choose the trunk of another cab.