I object to the loons who push for Binding Citizen Initiate Referenda.
They think that they are acting democratically and are just but the reality is that they ignore our representative democracy and in many cases reject it utterly.
Mostly they are single issue nutters with a particular cause to push and see BCIR as a way to do that.
Colin Craig entertained these nutters and most coalesce around his cult party.
But CIR around the world is often used as a bully pulpit. California is one such case, where a CIR loon is trying to get a proposition across the line that would allow the state to mass kill homosexuals.
California has always done democracy a bit differently than most other states. Every other year, voters in the Golden State cast ballots not just for people to represent them, but for many of the actual laws that govern them. It’s not quite the ancient Athenian model of citizens gathering on a hill to make decisions, but it’s a version of direct democracy deeply-embedded in California’s political culture. Over the years, voters have answered for themselves weighty questions of taxation, same-sex marriage, election laws, and the legalization of marijuana, among many others. Read more »