The Deval Responds
I am disappointed by today's vote in the Constitutional Convention.
Translation: How dare the legislature respect the Constitutional right of the citizenry to petition the government. Who do they think they are? This is truly a disappointing day, indeed.
We have never used the initiative petition to limit individual freedoms and personal privacy...
Yeah, everybody knows that's always been the job of the legislature, the governor, and the attorney general.
...but today's vote was a regrettable step in that direction.
Upholding the rule of law.
Abiding by a ruling from the state's highest court.
Recognizing and respecting the Constitutional rights of the citizenry.
How "regrettable", indeed.
You folks have fun with that new governor of yours down there. Let me just say it's a good thing you got a seatbelt law. The next four years are gonna be a bumpy ride. Hold on tight.
But wait, there's more...
"We have work to do over the next year to turn this around. I am heartened by the fact that the overwhelming majority of the members of the legislature - a margin of over 2 to 1 -- voted to move on. I pledge to do what I can to build on that momentum, so that our Constitution will continue to stand for liberty and freedom, and not discrimination."
That slick-talking suit, stuffed full of big-government, nanny-state idealism and happy-go-lucky platitudes, wouldn't recognize liberty and freedom if they fell off the top of the Hancock Building and landed right on top of him.
Ask me how much I miss Massachusetts.
Come on, ask.
UPDATE: Upon re-reading that Deval quote, it seems he was not referring to the vote to put the matter to a vote, but more to the final vote itself.
Though, it's safe to say he's equally disappointed that the petitioners' rights were upheld and the that the legislature, in the end, decided to heed the SJC's ruling and voted not to recess, which would have killed the measure altogether.