Posts Tagged ‘State Constitution’

Rendezvous with Stupidity

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

One of the reasons why I thought it was time to abandon the whole idea of a coal port was because regardless of right or wrong the battle would come at a large financial cost to Whatcom County and Bellingham.   Two recent Herald articles point out one aspect of the lunacy that comes at taxpayer expense.  On one hand we have some pretty powerful reasons why the City’s doesn’t want to waste resources putting the so called “Anti-Coal” initiative on the ballot.

“The initiative proposes  legislation that exceeds the authority of the City of Bellingham,” the suit says. “In its fundamental overriding purpose, the initiative seeks to regulate interstate commerce, the railroads, and the rights of corporations. It also declares local ordinances to be superior to federal law and state law. The City does not have the authority to pass and enforce the measures proposed. … To pass such a law would be directly contrary to state law, the state constitution, federal law, and the United States Constitution.”

via Bellingham files lawsuit to block coal train initiative | Cargo Terminal | The Bellingham Herald.

And on the other hand we have the initiative backers who don’t seem to care if the initiative is “directly contrary to state law, the state constitution, federal law, and the United States Constitution.”

BELLINGHAM – One of the leaders of the anti-coal train initiative campaign says his group will go to court to battle a city lawsuit aimed at keeping the measure off the November ballot.

Stoney Bird, the former corporate attorney named as one of the defendants in the city’s lawsuit, said he is undaunted by the seemingly overwhelming legal barriers to the initiative. As he sees it, the initiative signed by close to 10,000 people that would establish a “Community Bill of Rights” is a valid way for Bellingham citizens to determine their own environmental destiny.

Some say you can’t argue with stupid, but the reality is that the City has to argue with stupid because stupid has a lawyer.  And stupid doesn’t seem to care whether they can win, they are “undaunted by the seemingly overwhelming legal barriers.”  I wonder just how much will this little rendezvous with stupidity will cost us before it is all said and done?

 

34 words

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

Colorado for Equal Rights has turned in more than enough signatures so Colorado voters can have the opportunity this fall, to amend their state constitution with 34 words. 

Section 31. Person defined. As used in sections 3, 6, and 25 of Article II of the state constitution, the terms “person” or “persons” shall include any human being from the moment of fertilization.

Granted, they are simple words, but they are also powerful because they will legally establish personhood, at the moment of fertilization.  Does anyone remember that Jesus was a child before he was born?

…she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
(Mat 1:18)

It may seem ridiculous, but there are many out there who refuse to acknowledge that a baby in the womb, let alone a human embryo are actually people.  Of course the ridiculous, are mostly pro-abortion activists, Planned Parenthood and NARAL types, who know that to acknowledge these children as people, will spell the end of their 35 year long killing spree. 

If this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant’s case, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the Amendment.

Justice Harry Blackman in the majority opinion of Roe v. Wade (1973)

I personally hate to think that the moral base of America has degraded so far that law, rather than conscience, is required to stop the killing of children.  I like the direction that Colorado for Equal Rights is going; no new laws.

 

The second part of this story is the credit due to a young Christian woman, Kristi Burton, who championed this amendment. 

Kristi Burton remembers the day, at age 13, when she decided she would spend her life defending the unborn.

She made her commitment to the movement as she lay in bed with a cold or bout of flu, reading a book on community service and watching the 2000 elections on TV.

“It just came to me,” Burton said. “I prayed about it and knew God was calling me to do it.”

Burton, now 20, is the leader of a Colorado ballot initiative to define a constitutionally protected person as “any human being from the moment of fertilization.”

Denver Post – Face of “personhood” issue young, resolute

“She’s always been a very committed person, very sincere, an ‘I-want-to make-a-difference-in-the world-type person,'” said John S. Smith, senior pastor of Majestic View Church, the Baptist church in Kiowa that the Burtons have attended for seven years. “She was raised that way, but there’s always been something about her that doesn’t want to sit back and watch the world go by.”

Colorado Springs Gazette