In other election news, the Atlantic reports:
On Tuesday, California voters overwhelmingly approved two ballot initiatives that were sharply opposed by the very same “victims” they were allegedly designed to protect. The final vote tallies are not yet in, but it looks like there was statewide approval for new criminal penalties on prostitution-related offenses, while a Los Angeles-only proposal to mandate the use of condoms in all pornographic films shot in the county is also heading to victory.
Ouch. And then there’s this:
The entire ballot initiative process in California has long been derided because of the way it allows special interest groups to bypass the legislature and create laws themselves. It also makes ballot an jumbled mess and frustrates voters with confusing and sometimes contradictory proposals. These are just two of latest examples that will have Californians spending a lot of effort helping people who didn’t ask to be helped.
Indeed. There is more here. I almost feel guilty for not voting now. California is often acknowledged (or derided) as a state known for its social tolerance, but I haven’t seen this at all in the political arena. From banning gay marriage to demanding that porn stars wear condoms (I wonder what that will do our state’s multi-million dollar porn industry?) to imposing stiffer penalties on sex workers, Californians can hardly claim to be the socially liberal torchbearers of a brave new world. Instead, I see a state populace comfortable with both draconian tax laws and draconian social laws. Socialism has never looked so good.
On the other hand, most Californians are more socially tolerant when politics is not involved. Can you imagine somebody who doesn’t like gay people insulting a gay person in their business establishment, or in front of their place of worship? No, because their self-interest would keep them from opening up their bigoted/uninformed traps. It’s time for the ballot initiative process to die a quick and painless death. Politics is just a way for people to force their uninformed opinions down the throats of everybody else. Limit the state to enforcing contracts and we’d have a much wealthier, much healthier, much more tolerant world to live in.