One Minnesota Ballot Initiative I Could Support

As we all know, we have a representative democracy, where we elect leaders to represent us in matters of governance. Depending on how we feel about how they represent us, we either vote them in or out. We don’t have a direct democracy, where the masses directly decide detailed governance issues. No nation on the planet has such a system, unless you consider California a nation.

Representative democracy has worked out well for us. Thanks to in large part to a series of difficult compromises crafted in our legislative bodies, we have one of the most successful states in the nation, and one of the most successful nations in the world.

Tell this to the Minnesota Legislature. Because it is utterly unwilling to compromise, it has not been able to pass much of anything. Therefore, they are passing the buck to voters to do their work for them. The following ballot initiatives may be in front of voters this fall:

Ban thousands of Minnesotans’ right to marry.
• Ban voting for those lacking a photo ID, disproportionately elderly, disabled, poor, and minority Minnesotans.
• Make it almost impossible to reach legislative compromises involving taxation.

I don’t think much of these ideas. But I think even less of the underlying process that increasingly undercuts our heretofore successful system of representative democracy.

However, there is one ballot initiative I could support. I wrote it this morning in in my parlor with a feather quill, but I have faithfully transferred it to typeface for you:

“Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to require an affirmative vote of seven-eighths of the State Legislature before more Constitutional amendments can clutter voters’ ballots?

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– Loveland

12 thoughts on “One Minnesota Ballot Initiative I Could Support

  1. john sherman says:

    I used to think initiative and referendum were good ideas until I moved to Moorhead and therefore became aware of North Dakota politics. For years there was a car dealer in Bismark named Bob McCarney (spelling approximate) who clearly was not being taxed to death and should have been. Every time he got an itch, he’d pull a few hundred thousand out from under his mattress to have it scratched by a ballot initiative. They were almost always terrible ideas and almost never passed, but they required everyone else to go on defense because he had enough money to hype his schemes.

    Whatever value these progressive ideas might have once have, they have, like so much else in our political life, fallen victim to the power of money. I hate to think how much money is going to be spent pushing such transparently bad ideas as the marriage amendment and photo id.

  2. Newt says:

    We wouldn’t need voter initiative if the courts gave a shit about Constitutional matters. It’s the last redress any of us has against rogue judges and legislators.

    1. john sherman says:

      By courts indifferent to the Constitution, I assume you mean the conservative majority on the Supreme Court that gave us Bradley and Citizens United.

      1. Newt says:

        Don’t be a moron, Sherman.

        Corporations are no less “people” than the union bosses that forcibly extort one-sided campaign donations from member dues.

        In Citizens United, the Supreme Court leveled the playing field for all organizations that choose to play in politics. As of this date, union donations, 99 pecent of which go to Dems, still constitute the vast majority of organizational political contributions. Cry me a river.

      2. john sherman says:

        Are corporations people for the amendments which entail the possibility of going to jail; can, for example, Massesy Energy be sent up the river for murdering miners? I saw a poster the other day: “I’ll believe a corporation is a person when Texas executes one.”

  3. Newt says:

    What an ignorant and off-point remark.

    Then, this corollary undoubtedly also holds true: “I’ll believe a labor union is a person when Texas executes one.”

    Further, the Teamsters are responsible for far more deaths than any mining company.

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