Thursday, July 2, 2009

A word for California Assembly Speaker Karen Bass

Over the weekend, California Assembly Speaker Karen Bass was interviewed by the LA Times, which asked her, "How do you think conservative talk radio has affected the Legislature's work?"

She replied, "The Republicans were essentially threatened and terrorized against voting for revenue. Now [some] are facing recalls. They operate under a terrorist threat: 'You vote for revenue and your career is over.' I don't know why we allow that kind of terrorism to exist. I guess it's about free speech, but it's extremely unfair."

Terrorism is an awfully strong word. Others have covered how ludicrous it is in a republic to call the exercise of one's right to representation "terrorism." When a representative fails to do her constituency's will, she should expect to be ousted from office.

I have another word for Karen Bass. "Entitlement." We mostly use that as a bad word these days, referring to a right considered so basic to humanity that it's unalienable.

Such rights do exist. By virtue of being a citizen of this free republic, you have the right to assembly, free speech and independent press, the right to keep and bear arms and the right to freedom from unwarranted search and seizure. These rights the founders considered basic and necessary to a free humanity, and enshrined as unalienable in the United States.

The right to keep your elected office if you flout the will of the voters isn't unalienable, but is so taken for granted in California that Karen Bass believes it is. How shocking. I hope her constituency will reject her version of entitlement and exercise their right to proper representation despite our heavily gerrymandered districts by introducing madame Bass to this kind of "terrorism" and voting her out of office.

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