Carly Fiorina believes that “self-appointed judges” should not be allowed to decide important issues like same-sex marriage. Let’s repeat that:
Carly Fiorina believes that “self-appointed judges” should not be allowed to decide important issues like same-sex marriage.
Specifically, Carly Fiorina, while on ABC News’ “This Week,” told journalist Martha Radditz that “a bunch of self-important, self-appointed judges” should not be allowed to decide on “very personal issues” like same-sex marriage.
Fiorina, you’ll remember, was the Republican challenger to U.S. Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer of California. Fiorina, you’ll remember, lost, 52.2 percent to 42.2 percent. Which of course makes her opinion totally valid.
On Sunday, ABC discussed the news that Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman announced his support of same-sex marriage.
Republican Matthew Dowd, talking about marriage equality and Rob Portman, told the group:
I think Republicans, any Republicans that stand in the way of this, are standing in the way of march of history on this.
Rob Portman I know well. I did debate prep with Rob Portman in years past. He’s a good person. And the people that I think that have criticized him and said, oh, by the way, hHe only did it was a personal thing that affected him personally, he wasn’t going to do it otherwise. To me, why do we criticize people for that? The person that started MADD, it was a personal thing. The people that — many people who have come out against gun control have been personally affected by it. If somebody’s path to the truth, or somebody’s path to a place where we actually think they’re open and compassionate is a personal decision, god be wtih them.
Apparently, Fiorina actually believed that required a response.
Fiorina, direct from the ABC News transcript:
I think we have to be careful, because John Boehner’s views, which are different from Rob Portman’s views, are equally sincere. And I think when we get into trouble on this debate when we assume that people who support gay marriage are open and compassion and people who don’t are not. It’s why I believe the right way to solve these very personal issues is to let people vote on them, don’t have judges decide it, don’t even have representative government decide it, let people vote on it in the states.
I think people of both points of view, accept the democratic process. What they don’t always accept is a bunch of self-important, self-appointed judges saying this is culturally the new norm.
— Scott Wooledge (@Clarknt67) March 17, 2013
Now, let’s remember this is John Boehner, who on the very same show on Sunday, had said, he cannot imagine supporting a gay child’s same-sex marriage:
“I believe that marriage is the union of one man, one woman. It’s what I grew up with, it’s what I believe, it’s what my church teaches me. And I can’t imagine that position would ever change.”
I don’t care how sincere anyone is about their hate. Hate is hate, sincere or otherwise.
“Fiorina is typical of America-hating, and gay-hating, Republicans,” John Aravosis writes:
They hate our democratic system of government, they hate the separation of powers, and they hate that the third branch of government, the courts, have this penchant for doing the right thing, unencumbered by politics. So, they’ve been undercutting the courts’ authority for decades.
In the same way that the Republicans have systematically tried to destroy the media’s credibility for years, because the media was a gatekeeper of the truth, Republicans have been doing the same to judges for the exact same reason. To a Republican, a judge who can’t be controlled, a judge who adheres to the truth, must be destroyed.
The truth, you see, has a liberal bias. As does freedom. So both must be curtailed, as Republicans can’t win if the truth wins out.
Carly Fiorina believe that somehow, “self-important” people appoint themselves and magically become judges.
Carly Fiorina, you’ll also remember, is the woman who was fired from Hewlett-Packard after computer maker’s stock lost half its value.
She was then given $20 million.
Thinking you deserve $20 million for sinking a top ten Fortune 100 corporation pretty much is the definition of “self-important.”
But let’s think about the crux of Fiorina’s argument: Important civil rights issues should be decided by the majority.
You know where this is going.
Women would not have be allowed to vote when they were.
Slavery would have existed far longer than it did.
Black people would not have been allowed to marry white people.
The list goes on and on.
Civil rights, Carly, are inherent in our DNA, to paraphrase an important, but not self-important woman, Hillary Clinton.
You don’t vote on civil rights because the majority will — studies prove — almost always vote against the rights of the minority.
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