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April 08, 2010

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MichelleD

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.

All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.

- Thomas Jefferson

EmilyS

the complaint (link at Rinalia's blog) is a must read:
http://vvoice.vo.llnwd.net/e6/4625138.0.pdf

including the interesting point that the one of the plaintiffs is illiterate and they made him sign a document anyway.

Laura

Though the quote is from a Canadian politician, the philospophy applies here, especially to the Denver story:

"To have a referendum to decide on the fate of the minority, it's a problem. It's why we have constitutions – to protect the rights of the minority. It's why we have the Charter of Rights. So if it is always the majority vote by referendum, who will defend the minorities?" Jean Chretien

Caped~PetBull~Crusader

Brent I am pretty sure you can safely add Lakewood Ohio to this list!!!!

Social Mange

Oh, I love this paragraph. I think I'll fax it to Fats. I mean, Faatz. Why are so many politicians such idiots???

"City leaders are indeed, elected by getting the majority of the votes in their community. However, they still represent EVERYONE in their community, even the ones who didn't vote for them. And they are elected to make decisions on what is best for the city, not necessarily based on the will of the majority. If over the course of history, our elected leaders only did what the MAJORITY of voters wanted, we wouldn't have gotten very far. It certainly would have set back the civil rights movement, and it's possible that women would have never been allowed to vote either -- or that Faatz herself would even have been allowed to hold her position."

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