Friday, April 18, 2008

For gosh sake! Don't let the people decide

Harry Stein details some of the obstacles that the left has tried to put in the way of Ward Connerly and the efforts to put anti-preference propositions on ballots in several states this year, especially Colorado and Missouri. Realizing that every time such a proposition has been placed on a state ballot, it has won easily, the supporters of racial preferences and Affirmative Action have resorted to all sorts of sneaky maneuvers to try to keep it off the ballot altogether.
Still, as Connerly observes, “all the forces of the Left are converging in Missouri—Acorn and the rest of the race industry, the feminists, the unions, the contractors who feed off this stuff—and George Soros is providing a lot of the funding. They’re enlisting the whole vast left-wing conspiracy—and, believe me, it’s a lot vaster than the supposed right-wing one.” The ugliness is most evident on the streets, where supporters of the ballot initiative are busy gathering signatures. Opponents’ chief tactic is to use “blockers”—often burly union men—to shadow signature gatherers and scare off potential signers by charging not only that the initiative is racist and has the support of the Ku Klux Klan, but also that the signers risk identity theft. In addition, the pro-preferences sources have dispatched their people to sign petitions with false names and addresses, so that they will be invalidated later.
As Stein notes, the presence of such anti-preference propositions on ballots in possible swing states like Missouri and Colorado means that the presidential candidates will have to state their opinions on the issue. Republicans have tried to shy away from being seen as supporting Connerly's initiatives before. They're terrified with being tarred as a racist because they support a measure that would ban race being used in employment and education. Here is the exact wording of the initiative.
The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.
The rest of the wording states that nothing in the initiative shall interfere with court orders or federal law. It's easy to understand and clear. And that is what terrifies supporters of racial preferences.