Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts says that the people should be allowed to vote on matters of public policy and not have it imposed on them by judges or legislators against their wishes, and the media act as if Romney was calling for the return of the Jim Crow laws.
At a press conference today, along with Cardinal Sean O’Malley and others, Romney said that the Constitution—state or federal—does not disallow such a popular vote.
“We have a Constitution. We can look in there and say, ‘Does it say here you can vote on matters unless someone can define them as civil rights?’ No,” said the Republican governor, a graduate of Harvard Law School who is mulling a presidential run. “It says you vote on all matters in this country and we’ll decide what is a civil right and what’s not. So, fundamentally, we come back to the principle that the people speak.”
He added: “Is there anything more fundamental to the commonwealth and this country than the principle that the power is reserved for the people, that government is the servant, not the master?”
I like the little dig about Harvard Law School. The clear implication we’re supposed to draw is, “This guy went to Harvard Law and still has the backward ideas.”
Government of the people, by the elite, for the protected
bk_keywords: Abraham Lincoln, Dred Scott.