Good levelheaded post. It's always the same response when either party loses the House or Senate majority. Emotions run high and folks stop thinking
because they feel like they won the Super Bowl, or something.
Problem is, the money train is running in more than two directions these days. Plus, anonymous campaign finance contributions from foreign interests
are also influencing elections. The 2012 general election will not look like, nor proceed in a manner like any other election we've ever known. I
think this year's election was a prelude of things to come.
Without campaign finance reform, we as a nation really are doomed.
This election, Iowa voters ousted three state supreme court judges who along with four other judges, in a 7-0 decision, made Iowa the first Midwest
state to permit same-sex marriages. The judges were targeted in a campaign that was financed largely by out-of-state, and possibly foreign,
interests. The decision to allow same-sex marriages was termed as "legislating from the bench" (a term that is at best vague in definition) by its
opponents. Chiefly organized religious groups such as National Organization for Marriage and the American Family Association. Many contributions to
the campaign were, of course, anonymous.
That Iowan voters in their zeal to unseat the judges, based on one ruling, rather than seek through the state’s congress to actually legislate
against the ruling, really does spell doom for Iowa, if not for the the entire nation. What Iowans, those who voted against the judges, don't
understand is that they sold off their legal system.
Seven state supreme court justices unanimously voted that "a law defining marriage as between a man and a woman represented unlawful discrimination
under the state constitution." Rulings don't enact laws. Congress does. Congress doesn't interpret laws. Courts do. That's part of our nation's
and state's systems of checks and balances. But since the majority of Iowa's votes have it twisted how that system works, they sold out three fair
and impartial state supreme court justices to those who financed the campaign to unseat those judges.
The citizens of Iowa, whether they voted for or against the justices, are going to pay dearly, for their egregious behavior, over the next eight years
-- if not longer. They basically voted their approval of a fascist state.
Just think, right now there are Iowan voters running around thinking that they won something by unseating three justices, when in actuality they just
threw their entire legal system to the wolves.
Do Iowan’s still think that their landowner rights are safe? Nothing in Iowa is safe, now that their legal system has been sold off to the highest
bidder. It really is alarming. That is in addition to being a national disgrace.
Anyway, the reason I bring this up is because I think that our nation has very serious problems now that political candidates can procure and obscure
campaign donations from any source imaginable. To me, this is why America is doomed/not doomed/was doomed/could be doomed.
Again, thanks for the post.
edit on 4-11-2010 by oneiric because: grammar