Book V: Grandpa Simpson was right
Missouri abandons democracy
Originally published Aug. 10, 2007
“I’ll be dead in the cold, cold ground ‘fore i recognize Missoura!” he says.
Seems to me that might not be such a bad call.
In 2006, Missourians (?) approved an amendment to their state constitution protecting stem cell research. But according to an article in today’s NY Times, Republicans in the state legislature in Missouri are doing everything they can to halt the will of the people:
“State lawmakers who opposed the constitutional amendment continue to fight it, introducing new bills that would bar some types of the research and suggesting that a ballot initiative to that end may lie ahead.”
Sure, it only won 51 percent to 49 percent, but we have a republican president who only won by that margin the second time around (lost by that margin the first time around) who immediately began ruling as though he was swept into power in a landslide.
Ah, but things are different when they lose. Instead of recognizing that the majority of people in their own state do not support them, the Republicans in the state house continue to try and create their Theocracy, effectively killing any and all economic and research expansion within their state. Expansion that might help Missouri move up from their rank of 37th in employment.
Ah, but making sure people in your state can get work is nothing compared to an attempt to legislate their own particular brand of religious fascism…
I also found this interesting:
“Opponents [of the amendment] say the replication of cells, regardless of implantation in the uterus, amounts to cloning.”
so are they opposed to all cell replication? does that mean babies made the old-fashioned way too? because those cells have to replicate. What about the millions of cells that replicate every day on the human body?
And what about the culturing of cells for medical tests? Don’t scientists and medical technicians have to replicate cells for that sort of thing? what about the making of medicines like penicillin?
But nevermind that for now.
State legislatures that refuse to accept the basic principle that when a majority of the people vote, that’s the way it goes need to be disbanded and sent back to a 9th grade civics class.
then again, maybe they should read their own state constitution. Article 1, Section 1 ought to be far enough:
“That all political power is vested in and derived from the people; that all government of right originates from the people, is founded upon their will only, and is instituted solely for the good of the whole.”