Thursday, September 08, 2005

I mean, I think that is what Maria Thompson, spokesperson for California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is saying, isn't she?
Schwarzenegger announced Wednesday night that he will veto legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry.

The announcement, made through his press secretary, Margita Thompson, said that the bill is in conflict with Proposition 22 a ballot initiative passed in 2000 to prevent California from recognizing same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.

"We cannot have a system where the people vote and the Legislature derails that vote," Thompson, said. "Out of respect for the will of the people, the governor will veto (the bill)."
In 1998, Gray Davis was elected governor with 58% of the vote. In 2002, he received 47%; not overwhelming, but still the will of the people. What makes these out of date election results any less valid than a referendum held five years ago?

Furthermore, and much more importantly, since when are elected officials required to follow poll numbers? Don't we elect them to take positions? Isn't that what a representative form of government is all about? Hell, why don't we just leave everything up to a vote by everyone? Every decision decided by majority vote of the masses... yeah, that would work.

Who even needs elected officials under that scenario? Why don't we all come home from work, boot the computer, and cast our votes for highway repairs; amendments to the Estates, Powers, and Trusts Law; and increased fines for illegal rights on red.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, I am calling you out: you are the girlie-man!

By the way, this from the Department of Credit Where Credit Is Due: even though he sometimes drives me a bit crazy (and I hope it's occasionally reciprocal), Boi From Troy nails it. And that, folks, is why we've been blog-friends for all these years.*

*It's only been two, but it feels a lot longer. Interpret that any way you'd like.