Posts Tagged ‘Bush v. Gore’

In the wave of post-election coverage, I ran across a story you’re not likely to have heard much about.  MSNBC is perhaps beside itself over the fact that Iowa voters removed three state Supreme Court justices last night.  This represented, “the first time [Iowa] high court justices have lost a retention election.”

The people chose to return these judges to private life apparently because of their participation in last year’s unanimous decision striking down a state law that defined marriage as between one man and one woman.

Not surprisingly, once the hoi polloi registered their dissatisfaction with their betters, a group of former governors, lawyers and judges said the justices’ removal would “threaten Iowa’s independent judiciary.

Now in the interests of full-disclosure, let me say that I am an advocate of civil unions.  Homosexuals deserve the same rights as everyone to dispose of their property, entrust others with automatic power-of-attorney, and the other rights that are traditionally accorded spouses.  Furthermore, they are entitled to these protections without having to take additional legal steps beyond those taken by a married heterosexual couple.

The Left is right to whatever extent it is simply advocating equal protection under the law.  The Left is wrong, however, to think that they are empowered to unilaterally order the changing of the English lexicon.  They are mistaken to believe that the power to ensure equal protection entails the right to demand that other Americans lend their approval to a lifestyle of which they do not approve…that they may force others (specifically the religious community) to either speak in muted tones with regard to issues that they believe are fundamentally wrong…or worse utilize the power of the State to force the people of Iowa to think a certain way.

It’s very revealing how times have changed the Left’s feelings vis a vis the people and the State.  You will all remember, I’m sure, how upset many on the Left were when the Supreme Court decided in 2000 (in Bush v. Gore) that that pesky little Constitutional mechanism of the electoral college actually DID have to be adhered to, and proclaimed Bush the winner of the hotly-contested race.  Back then the SCOTUS was the Devil-with-a-black-dress-on.  There was talk of chucking the electoral college, and going whole hog with direct democracy (well…minus those overseas military votes, which more and more frequently seem to suffer from “mistakes” don’t they?) The judges, after all, were really just servants of the people.

But this morning in Iowa?  Screw the people.  They’re stupid.  They voted for the conservatives.

No, your honors, they aren’t stupid….and that’s why you’re looking at the want ads today.