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Calif. Referendums Empower Policy Fanatics

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Tuesday, 20 Dec 2016 10:27 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Referendums in California were originally proposed by progressive reformers to give the people, by means of  direct democracy, a way to circumvent the legislature and pass their own laws. Unfortunately it has degenerated into a method where fanatics with deep pockets impose their policy preferences on an unsuspecting populace not obsessed with the issue in question.

One of the referendums passed last month completely bans one time use plastic bags from stores. It doesn’t matter than one of the replacements, paper bags, produces more carbon than the plastic alternative. Or, that using grocery bags over and over can be a health hazard — because of the bacteria that can build up unless you wash the bag as often as your socks.

Think of the risk associated with using the reusable bag as being like eating at Chipotle for every meal and ordering extra cilantro.

The ban passed because the fanatics had plenty of campaign cash from environmental elitists who send the help out for the groceries and the people most affected by the ban —you and me — have enough trouble without raising millions of dollars to mount an advertising campaign to oppose the bad idea.

And that's how it usually goes. The average citizen has other priorities and their only source of information regarding an issue in most instances is the fake news put out by the referendum supporters. So apathy and ignorance carry the day.

The only time the strategy fails is when the average citizen has his mind made up regarding a topic and all the disingenuous information falls on deaf ears. This is why Proposition 62, which upheld the death penalty, passed in spite of pervasive elite opinion that holds the only moral position for a civilized society is to allow murderers to live to a ripe old age on the taxpayer dime while their victims are dead, dead, dead.

The only exception to this rule was next on the ballot, Proposition 63. This is a blatantly unconstitutional initiative that won’t survive review by Trump’s Supreme Court, although "justices" from the 9th circuit may be picketing the building.

Proposition 63 requires everyone purchasing ammunition in California to pass a background check every time  they buy a bullet. As Felicia Willson pointed out, "An ammunition background check is the equivalent of saying we need a background check to purchase gasoline as a preventative measure against drunk drivers."

It’s just another imposition on gun owners that don’t break the law in the first place.

The only reason it passed is because gun confiscation — excuse me, gun control — is a bedrock for the Democratic party and the millions of Hillary voters in the state who don’t own guns wanted to stick it to those of us who do.

Call it a vengeance vote.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

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Referendums in California were originally proposed by progressives to give the people a way to circumvent the legislature and pass their own laws. Unfortunately it's degenerated into a method where fanatics with deep pockets impose their policy preferences on an unsuspecting populace.
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Tuesday, 20 Dec 2016 10:27 AM
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