An anti-equality group in Indiana is trying to put an anti-same sex marriage initiative on the ballot and they’re using the familiar but always hypocritical tactic of telling people that they have the right to a direct vote on the subject, all with ominous music playing over the ad.
I was recently asked to help promote a ballot initiative here in Michigan using the same message, that the people have a right to vote on the issue. And while I do disagree with the policy that was adopted by the legislature and is now being challenged, I said no. Because there is no consistent way to make that argument. When a legislature passes a law we don’t like, we demand the right to a direct vote on it; when they pass a law we do like and the other side demands a direct vote on it, we think that’s absurd. And it is. We are a representative democracy, not a direct one. And we have no credibility when we demand the “right” to vote only on those laws we want to stop.