Hawaii’s Republican Governor Linda Lingle is a giant [insert pejorative of choice here]. She recently vetoed a state bill that would grant equal rights to gays via civil unions, that straights get to enjoy through marriage.
Note that this bill was passed in both the state’s House and Senate when she says:
“It would be a mistake to allow a decision of this magnitude be made by one individual or a small group of elected officials.”
This person obviously has now idea how a representative government works. The entire role of the legislature is to represent the people.
Although, her hypocrisy isn’t surprising, as a Republican: they’re more than happy to use the power of government when it serves their desires, then turn around and pose as populists and claim government is evil when it’s tasked to actually serve the people and protect liberty and civil rights.
I wonder how much of a populist she would be about putting decisions of such magnitude as war and war funding to a popular vote. Think she’d whistle the same tune?
It’s one thing to put issues of taxes and such to popular vote, but you do not have a popular vote in regards to civil rights and liberties! It’s the role of government, the single governors and the small groups of elected officials, to protect the rights of the minority against the tyranny of the majority!
Again, not surprising. She stated herself that she always has and always will fight against gay marriage. She, like most ideologues, can’t see the irony that her very act of intentionally vetoing the bill that the congress passed is itself putting a single person in charge of making a monumental decision that affects many.