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Old 01-26-2012, 03:13 PM   #181
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don't people vote for their representatives? isn't that why we have a representative democracy and not mob rule?

how would Mississippi or Louisiana vote today if the question of interracial marriage came to a vote? what about in 1990? 1980?
I don't disagree with you, I'm just pointing out the train of thought.

The problem with a two-party system is that there will always be about 50% of the population who says that whatever elected representative doesn't represent them.
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Old 01-26-2012, 04:02 PM   #182
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Well, it's a weak train of thought then. Sometimes a concerted struggle over what is just is necessary, and we are after all a constitutional republic based on the principles of liberal democracy; factions don't have the right to impose whatever they wish on the whole based on numbers alone, they have to have a proper legal argument and articulate it through the mandated structures. States have the right to establish a referendum mechanism if they wish, line-item 'direct democracy' as it were, but that doesn't mean the usual constitutionally mandated checks and balances via the courts won't apply.

Anyway, I can tell you with confidence what the results of a "voter referendum" in Mississippi circa Freedom Summer as to whether to end Jim Crow would've been: Hell F'ing No. Because I was a child there during the '70s in the immediate aftermath of all that, my parents and several of our neighbors had been involved in registering black voters, sit-ins and marches, I heard their stories of how the white community responded at the time (from murders to threats to cold-shouldering) and I saw with my own eyes the social scars that remained; it's not like people magically forgot what their former relationships were like and society transformed overnight. But how many white Southerners would you find today who truly wish to go back to that? Virtually none. And how many black Southerners would rather go back to that than have had to deal with the inevitable reality of less-than-fully-changed white hearts and minds in the aftermath? Zero. And THAT, too, has implications for the future that should not be ignored. Look, Chris Christie made this analogy, not me! I'd love to see him get up in front of some of my black neighbors from childhood and try proposing to their faces that perhaps it would've been better for them to keep on as they were, in the "greater interest" of preserving "consensus" (i.e. passive black acceptance of white supremacy out of fear) in Southern society.
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Old 01-26-2012, 04:23 PM   #183
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Why not let the people decide ?

this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom --
and that government of the people,
by the people,
for the people,
shall not perish from the earth.




There is collective wisdom in the people
the people of New Jersey decided for themselves in the election of Nov 1915 about suffrage
only to have the federal government over rule and dictate to them.

Christie should talk about that other state wide referendum.
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Old 01-30-2012, 04:37 PM   #184
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NJ Governor Chris Christie, in Hot Water Over Civil Rights Remarks, Calls Gay Lawmaker 'Numbnuts'

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, facing criticism over remarks he made last week after calling for a voter referendum on same-sex marriage, in which he suggested African-Americans pursuing their civil rights would have wanted a voter referendum, sought to clarify those remarks in a press conference today.

Said Christie last week: "The fact of the matter is I think people would have been happy to have a referendum on civil rights rather than fighting and dying in the streets in the South.”

Following Christie's statement, out gay Assemblyman Reed Gusciora lashed out at him: "Govs. Lester Maddox and George Wallace would have found allies in Chris Christie over efforts by the Justice Department to end segregation in the South."

Christie sought to clarify his remarks in a press conference today: “The political climate in the South didn’t give them the option to have a referendum back then. They wished they would have had the option, but the political climate did not permit it, meaning they would not win.”

He also hit back at Gusciora:

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Christie said “numbnuts like (Assemblyman) Reed Gusciora should be ashamed of themselves” for comparing him to Maddox and Wallace.
Meanwhile, today Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver and Congressman Rush Holt will be joined by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), a Freedom Rider and then student activist who was beaten for leading protests against racial discrimination, at a press conference today to discuss Christie's remarks.

Holt condemned Christie's comments ahead of the presser:

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“I just thought it was unbelievable, unreal,” he said. “He’s a lawyer, governor and not to know that putting the issue of civil rights – segregation and racial discrimination in the American south – to a vote? We would have never made it during the 40s, the 50s or the 60s. Most of the governors except for a few of the states were outright segregationist. And most of these states in the old confederacy, people of color could not register to vote.”


Read more: NJ Governor Chris Christie, in Hot Water Over Civil Rights Remarks, Calls Gay Lawmaker 'Numbnuts' |Gay News|Gay Blog Towleroad


maybe Christie is a genius and this is some kind of broader, ironic point?

but he's right: "the political climate did not permit it, meaning they would not win."
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What's the irony? That "people" and "they" apparently meant black Southerners, as opposed to gay Jerseyans who should therefore be duly grateful to at least have the opportunity to see the majority reaffirm their unequal human dignity at the polls? That desegregation and same-sex marriage are crucially alike not so much in worthiness of cause, as in putting the poor, misunderstood governor in the position of having to choose between the majority reviling him today and the majority reviling him tomorrow?



Anyhow, he's got to run for President, because those are gonna be some of the best parodies ever. Part of Christie's appeal is that you can see the guy with a heart and a brain behind the cartoon, but there's no two ways about the fact that there IS a cartoon there.
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What's the irony?

by demanding a referendum about civil rights he tells us exactly why civil rights should not be placed up to a vote, citing the civil rights movement.



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Anyhow, he's got to run for President, because those are gonna be some of the best parodies ever. Part of Christie's appeal is that you can see the guy with a heart and a brain behind the cartoon, but there's no two ways about the fact that there IS a cartoon there.

deep down, i never totally lost sympathy for this one:

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I love how they think they know what the majority of JC Penney customers will do. Funny, Ellen has done huge business for Cover Girl. And no one is freaking out over it. They really look insane, especially since Ellen is one of the most popular and marketable celebrities right now.



Ellen DeGeneres' new gig as a spokeswoman for JC Penney is just one component in the retail brand's planned makeover, but not everyone is thrilled by the choice.

OneMillionMoms.com, a division of the American Family Association, is now calling for DeGeneres to be replaced by the Texas-based chain because she is a lesbian, Towleroad and other media outlets are reporting.

"Funny that JC Penney thinks hiring an open homosexual spokesperson will help their business when most of their customers are traditional families," the group writes on its website. "DeGeneres is not a true representation of the type of families that shop at their store. The majority of JC Penney shoppers will be offended and choose to no longer shop there. The small percentage of customers they are attempting to satisfy will not offset their loss in sales."

The group's statement concludes: "By jumping on the pro-gay bandwagon, JC Penney is attempting to gain a new target market and in the process will lose customers with traditional values that have been faithful to them over all these years."
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Right, because when supermodels are the spokeswomen for make-up and mascara, they are a true representation of the rest of us who buy this stuff?
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why does anyone listen to a hate group like the AFA?

Ellen is a sensationally popular media personality who's audience is likely very similar to the consumers of a brand like JC Penny. extensive research was put into her selection as a spokesperson and she was deemed someone who could help them maximize their profitability through her popularity and platform.

if one wants to tap into gay dollars, there are much better ways of doing it than by hiring someone as inoffensive, wholesome, and crowd pleasing as Ellen.
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I tried the Cover Girl Olay makeup she advertises just because of her and the ads I saw Didn't make my skin look nearly as beautiful as hers does, obviously I didn't expect it to. She eats a vegan diet and at 50 whatever I think she may have some non cosmetic help to look as good as she does.
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OneMillionMoms.com, a division of the American Family Association, is now calling for DeGeneres to be replaced by the Texas-based chain because she is a lesbian, Towleroad and other media outlets are reporting.

"Funny that JC Penney thinks hiring an open homosexual spokesperson will help their business when most of their customers are traditional families," the group writes on its website.
Wow, really?

"OneMillionMoms"-that might be a bit of an overexaggeration of how many moms would support any sort of lunacy with this group.

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Aw, darn, they might lose a few bigoted customers? What a shame that would be.
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congratulations, WA state.

WA Senate approves bill to legalize gay marriage - Yahoo! News
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Fantastic news .
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Rock the eff on, Washington. This is wonderful news.
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we will have to see what the Christians do

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Gay marriage opponent Jane Sterland, 56, stood outside the Senate gallery before the debate started. Sterland said she was disappointed by the light turnout of same-sex marriage foes.

"It saddens me that there aren't more Christians here tonight," she said. "I'm just very grieved about this whole thing. I want to be here for prayer support against this issue."
Nearly a dozen amendments were introduced, including several that passed that strengthen legal protections for religious groups and organizations.

Sen. Dan Swecker argued that the proposed law alters the definition of marriage and "will lead to the silencing of those who believe in traditional marriage."

Even though a referendum clause amendment was rejected, opponents have already promised to file a challenge, which can't be done until after it is passed by the full Legislature and signed into law by Gregoire. Opponents then must turn in 120,577 signatures by June 6.
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