11/03/09-by Bridgette P. LaVictoire
“If you put it up to the vote of the people, we’d have slavery again.”- Jesse Ventura.
Maine voters have decided that they would rather be bought out than uphold the traditions of liberty and freedom that have made New England a haven for those seeking rights away from the tyranny of others. They have bowed their heads to the nameless, faceless financiers of campaigns which continue to sew bigotry, hatred, and suspicion of their fellows. They have bowed their knees to potentates in the Catholic and Mormon Churches and claimed that this was about their freedom of religion.
They have betrayed all that made New England the unique place that it always was. They let themselves be scared by a state that is their neighbor.
What is worse, now that they have accepted those pieces of silver to betray their own state, expect that their Senators will be challenged by people from Alaska, Utah, Georgia, and Alabama. Let them face the fact that those who believe in buying elections will come knocking on their doors in order to unseat Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins. Let them find out what it means to become a state that whores out its own opinions to others.
The day will come very soon when Maine will regret turning its back on equality. It is time that the legislature of Maine strip the Catholic Church of all its exemptions. It is time to force the National Organization into the light. It is time to purge their dens of iniquity and shame and to force them into the light.
It is time to dismantle those who seek through deception and fraud to repress others.
Maine has chosen. They have chosen to abandon freedom for tyranny. They have chosen to allow the repression of others to continue.
Today, Maine joined those who seek to dismantle what Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Gouverneur Morris sought to build. They saw a nation devoted to freedom and liberty where the minority was not the subject to the tyranny of the majority.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Jefferson.
Today, Maine voted to ensure the majority’s tyranny continued.
Governor Ventura is correct, and more. Had the Civil Rights Act of 1964 been put to the vote, it would have been struck down. Had any rights of the minorities been put to the popular vote, they would have been struck down.
And the Catholic and Mormon Churches should remember this, had the majority of the past had their way, their churches would not exist in America today.
If they had voted on the First Amendment, we, today, would all be required to be Anglicans.