Tuesday, August 17, 2010

In which David B makes a political statement

During my exile in Utah, i noticed that there were a lot of ballot initiatives. (I mean, not a lot by California standards, but still a lot.) For those unfamiliar with ballot initiatives, they’re a process by which a proposed law gets placed on the ballot at an election (along with the various candidates for public office), and if the ballot initiative gets enough votes, it becomes law.

Anyway, Jeanne and i have been reading through the church’s redress petition to the United States in the late 1830s, and i just have to say that i’m rather surprised that any Mormon with a sense of history would be fully comfortable with the whole idea of a local majority making legal decisions.

1 comment:

Heather the Mama Duk said...

That's a good point. We don't have ballot initiatives here. In VA we had a lot of bond issues. They always passed, but Jamie was always super opposed to them because what they really all were were ways for the county to spend more money it didn't have.