Government of the People, by the People, for the People
Remember California’s Proposition 8? The voters passed it overwhelmingly. The LGBT community challenged it in court and it was thrown out by an admittedly homosexual judge. It is still being litigated in the courts. So much for government of the people, by the people, for the people.
We have a similar situation replaying in the city of El Paso, but it has not received much attention outside of local news. This is what happened:
- El Paso voters overwhelmingly passed a ballot proposition that the city of El Paso will not pay for health insurance benefits to homosexual “partners” of city employees.
- The Mayor and City Council ignored the ballot and unilaterally decided to provide such insurance at city expense contrary to the will of the citizens.
- The incensed citizens, led by church leaders, initiated a recall petition and gathered the necessary signatures. A recall election was scheduled.
- The Mayor took the leaders of the petition to court. The citizens won the first round, but the Mayor appealed and won on appeal. The recall election will not be held.
- To add insult to injury, the State of Texas is now planning to file felony charges against the leaders of the recall election because they were church leaders. The court drama continues…
So much for government of the people, by the people, for the people. We are quickly losing our public “servants” beholden to the people and gaining new public “overlords” beholden to none. So much for freedom of speech, freedom of association, and freedom of religion. So much for our Constitution.
Reminds me of the closing summary in the Book of Judges:
“In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” (Jdg 21:25)
All is not as it looks.
The following links provide what I found to be the most comprehensive and objective summary of the situation in El Paso: