Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Beyond The Congressional Majority

(All emphases by Always On Watch)

The past several weeks, most of us voters have focused our attention on the consequences of having either a Republican or a Democratic majority in Congress. But other matters will also be on the ballots in various states. Among those referenda, according to the November 5, 2006 editorial in the Washington Times:
Missouri, Amendment 2: This ballot initiative to protect and grant access to embryonic stem cell research has drawn national headlines recently...Advocates of the amendment say that it will open the door to any number of cures, and that it bans cloning. But critics allege those assurances are false, and that the amendment's fine print actually permits cloning most conservatives oppose.

Michigan, Proposal 2: Otherwise known as the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, this ballot measure would prohibit state and local government from discriminating against or giving preferential treatment to any individual based on race, sex, ethnicity for employment. In other words, the campaign...would correct the Supreme Court's disastrous 2003 case upholding the University of Michigan's use of racial preferences in enrollment....

Virginia, Question 1: A state constitutional amendment to protect marriage as a union between a man and woman has a good chance of passing. With state supreme courts in Massachusetts and New Jersey legislating homosexual "marriage" from the bench, traditional marriage proponents have taken their fight to the voters, the democratic way....

Colorado, Referendum I: This is a domestic partnership initiative authorizing the state government to extend to homosexual couples many of the same benefits and protections that are currently granted to a married couple. Its supporters like to point out that the text of the referendum clearly states a "domestic partnership is not a marriage, which consists of the union of one man and one woman." Critics say that's just a matter of semantics and the initiative essentially legalizes homosexual "marriage."

South Dakota, Abortion Ban: The South Dakota legislature took the addition of two conservative justices on the Supreme Court as a sign that the days of Roe v. Wade were numbered. It passed an outright ban on abortion with no exception in the case of rape or incest. Opponents quickly gathered enough signatures to put the law on the ballot for the voters to decide. The law's original drafters knew that it would be challenged in court, perhaps getting as far as the Supreme Court....

California, Proposition 87: In the name of global warming, California liberals, a set which includes the uber-wealthy Hollywood class, have decided that the best way to get Californians to cut back on their carbon-dioxide emissions is to stick them with a $4 billion tax increase. Naturally, that's not what the proposition's supporters claim. They say that the tax increase on oil companies will not be allowed to be passed on to the consumer....
Don't forget to educate yourself as to any referenda on the ballot you will be casting on November 7!


At 11/05/2006 2:05 PM, Blogger lilfeathers2000 said...

On the mark as always.
Have A God Blessed Week!!!!

At 11/05/2006 3:09 PM, Blogger Brooke said...

Thanks for the roundup, AOW! That last one from Cali is particularly vexing to me; I am sick to death of liberals and environmentalists sticking the average Joe with more and more taxes, especially in the face of unproven "science."

Remember a mere 30 years ago when we were going into the next ice age? Ugh.

At 11/05/2006 5:49 PM, Blogger Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

Michael J. Fox's commercial for Claire McEmbryokill will keep Missouri solidly GOP.

At 11/05/2006 9:29 PM, Blogger Obob said...

I can vote with the conservatives on the far majority of these issues:
no on stem cell research: better yet, let those in favor donate. Darwin can be effective
no on affirmative action: its use is gone and a copy if Juan William's book should be handed out instead
abortion: rape & incest is one story, a matter of convienance is another
the Cali limo liberal law: again, why don;t we get to chose where our ta dollars go and let them lose in the wallet
gay marriage: here is where I break from the pack. I have to many friends who are gay and I cannot look them in the eye and tell them they cannot be wed. Plus, if I have to suffer through marriage, I'm taking a few more down with me ;) Just kidding I like my wife.
Sorry for the long post, just my humble jumbled opinions

At 11/06/2006 6:52 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

O Bob,
No problem with the long comment. I've been known to run on and on.

As serious as the issues are, my husband and I got a good laugh out of this portion of your comment:
Plus, if I have to suffer through marriage, I'm taking a few more down with me....

At 11/06/2006 6:53 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

And remember how the hole in the ozone layer was going to kill us all by now?

At 11/06/2006 6:57 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Also on the ballot here are two local bond-issues as well as two other proposed amendments to our state constitution (other than the marriage amendment). I'm guessing that most voters have similar extra issues on their ballots as well.

At 11/06/2006 9:56 AM, Blogger Mr. Ducky said...

I do hope the Missouri stem cell bill is defeated as well as other state bills.

Massachusetts will get a lot of high paying jobs and investment while people like Beamish still don't have a pot to piss in.

At 11/06/2006 1:18 PM, Blogger Brooke said...

I of course can't speak for Mr.Beamish's financial situation, but apparently his pot is big enough to have an internet connection and a computer, Ducky. He's doing better than most of the world is already.

At 11/06/2006 1:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

carbon dioxide - air for plants.

At 11/06/2006 7:45 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

I of course can't speak for Mr.Beamish's financial situation, but apparently his pot is big enough to have an internet connection and a computer, Ducky. He's doing better than most of the world is already.


When your car breaks down, it's the Beamishes of the world who repair it.

At 11/07/2006 2:35 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

I think a total of seven states have gay marriage bans on this year's ballot.
Hopefully all of them will join the 19 states that have already passed the measure.
This seems to be a no-brainer, regardless of how many gay people I know. I'll support civil unions, but marriage is between a man and woman.

At 11/07/2006 2:45 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

I'm not sure if these issues should even be "Republican issues".
I miss when being Republican meant LESS government intrusion.
What happened to balanced budget and fiscal responsibility?
I believe that if the Republican Party would stick to its core values including lower taxes, respect for the rights of hunters, gun owners, private property and strong national defense, we wouldn't be in danger of losing both the House and Senate.

At 11/07/2006 2:49 PM, Blogger Cubed © said...

I agree with some of the arguments on the list, and disagree with others, but I don't see on the list the fact that in Washington state, WATER (as in "hydroelectric power") is NOT considered by environmentalists pushing one particular referendum to be a "renewable resource!"

And today, the day when voters go to the polls to decide on this and other issues, we have had (depending on location) between nine (9) and six (6) inches of rain in the last twenty-four (24) hours...

At 11/07/2006 9:14 PM, Blogger kuhnkat said...

Funny how Embrynic Stem Cell Research is being sold as having been BANNED when it is perfectly legal. Only GUBMINT TAX DOLLARS is banned to be spent on it.

Little Che Suckit, thanks for again showing us where your traitorous values are. Dead on the tax and spend side of the ballot!!!!

You eastern elites keep seeming to be BROKE without the HUGE TAX BREAKS you keep buying!!!!


At 11/07/2006 9:34 PM, Blogger Elmer's Brother said...

Ducky what is your taxable income again?

At 11/08/2006 7:28 PM, Blogger Storm said...

Elmer's brother how much you want to bet he gets money from the government.

When exactly did it become the government's responisbility to make sure I have a pot to piss in?

At 11/12/2006 4:43 PM, Blogger Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

Ducky posts from a town called Milford, Massachussetts, a town roughly comparable in all financial statistics to a trailer park suburb called Florissant in North St. Louis County.

That's why I think it's hilarious when he talks about being "wealthy."

He lives far enough away from Boston to avoid seeing non-white people, but also far enough away from Boston to pay pad rent on a mobile home.


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