What’s in the barrel?
Watching California’s leadership walk all over voters in order to pander to the gay lobby, I am left in complete amazement. Our Governor, Senators and a good part of the Legislature have all been working feverishly to overturn the vote of the people on proposition 8.
How is it that politicians, who have a duty to the people for their jobs, can look a majority vote in the face and try to tear it down? Aren’t they worried about job security? What about the voter’s mandate?
The San Francisco Bay times today is reporting that it doesn’t matter.
Voting for same-sex marriage or against an attempt to ban same-sex marriage is a safe move for politicians, a new study by the group Freedom to Marry has found. A review of such votes in 21 states by more than 1,100 legislators found that the legislators were consistently re-elected. The report revealed:
* Legislators who voted to end marriage discrimination in California, New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts had a 100 percent re-election rate in all 499 instances in three consecutive elections.
* Legislators who changed their position from opposing to supporting same-sex marriage had a 100 percent re-election rate in consecutive elections.
* Legislators who voted for marriage equality in their state’s lower house and then sought higher office all won.
* None of 664 legislators from 17 states lost re-election after voting against a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.
“For politicians, standing up for marriage equality is not touching a third-rail; rather, it is a track to re-election,” said Freedom to Marry Executive Director Evan Wolfson. “Legislators should take the findings of this report as proof that there’s no reason to back down from supporting the freedom to marry and opposing anti-gay measures. And those of us outside the legislature should not be afraid to ask our representatives to do the right thing.”
This is not the opportunity to forgive and forget or turn the other cheek. It’s time to ask ourselves, “What’s in the barrel? and toss out those who pander to corruption and are rotten at the core.
One hundred and twenty-nine years ago, President James Garfield brilliantly predicted the situation we now find ourselves in: “The people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption.”
What is a politician’s motivation to hold to the standards if we don’t hold them to those standards?