by Mel Seesholtz, Ph.D.
â€œLetâ€™s vote on it.â€ To most people
that sounds like the ideal way to solve any issue. But it can also be
one of the most dangerous.
In 1967 the U.S. Supreme Court struck down laws prohibiting interracial marriage. Loving v. Virginia was a landmark civil rights decision. But a 1968 Gallup poll documented that 72 percent of Americans opposed interracial marriage. Had America voted on the issue in 1968, civil rights would undoubtedly have been defeated.
On November 7, 2006 Americans in several
states will vote on ballot initiatives concocted and promoted by the
leaders of the evangelical Christian Right and their Republican sycophants.
Increasingly, their incestuous relationship is being exposed at the same time their so-called
â€œvalues votersâ€ are fading into history. The Christian Right
is slowly but surely dying, and for good reasons. But apparently they want to kill an independent
judiciary before they go.
Examples were provided in an October
17, 2006 article titled â€œJudicial Activism
Prompts Citizen Efforts to Restrain Judgesâ€
Pete Winn, associate editor of Citizenlink.com, a propaganda organ for James Dobsonâ€™s Focus on the Family theo-political empire:
South Dakotaâ€™s Amendment E is the most ambitious measure â€“ it would allow residents to sue judges over their decisions. Grand juries would be convened, and judges would face removal from the bench if they were found guilty of an infraction.
Montana voters, meanwhile, must decide if they want â€¦ the right to have recall elections if they should become â€œdissatisfiedâ€ with a judge.
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