By Emily Geiger
There have been a lot of people who were holding out hope that the Wonderful Wizard of Terrace Hill would step in and save the day (i.e. actually keep his word) on the gay marriage issue.
But, after we travelled down the Yellow Brick I-235, found the Great and Powerful Chester, and pulled back the curtain, like Dorothy, we were extraordinarily disappointed.
And, unbeknownst to most of us, Chester has proven himself to be quite the legal scholar as of late. He decided to give us all a lesson and teach us that the opinion of the Iowa Supreme Court is just the absolute final word whether a law is appropriate for the state. I know, I know… you thought this was supposed to be government of the people, by the people, and for the people, (not of the court, by the court, and for the court), but you’d be wrong.
And, even though he’s not in favor of preserving traditional marriage anymore, Chester is putting the full force of his weight (and that’s saying something) behind another proposal. Apparently, he thinks his idea to keep certain sex offenders behind bars after completion of their prison sentences by revoking their parole before they are even paroled to begin with (and without going through any civil commitment proceedings) will totally pass constitutional muster (despite the fact that his buddy over in the Attorney General’s office has pretty much told him he’s off his rocker on this one).
Apparently, our fearless leader got so caught up in the equal protection discussion of our constitution with the gay marriage folks that he forgot all about that little due process thing. But, nevertheless, he has vowed to fight on and pursue this idea, despite the fact that it’s dead in the water, even at its inception.
Good grief. Can you really blame people for questioning Chester’s view of the gay marriage decision when he can’t even understand why this sex offender idea doesn’t hold water? What a doofus.
And, I feel compelled to remind people that the Let Us Vote crowd is organizing a rally for this morning (Thursday) at 8:30 at the capitol building, and there are several other rallies being planned as well. Check out http://letusvoteiowa.org for more information.
Don’t forget to call and keep putting pressure on the Dems who have indicated in the past that they support traditional marriage, but now are waffling under threats from Dictator Gronstal.
Representative Brian Quirk – firstname.lastname@example.org, 515.242.6436 (desk),
Home Address: 1011 Sunset St., New Hampton, IA, 50659
Representative McKinley Bailey – email@example.com, 515.281.7480(desk),
Home Address: 521 Elmhurst Dr., Webster City, IA 50595
Representative Mike Reasoner – firstname.lastname@example.org, 515.281.3238 (desk),
Home Address: 702 New York Avenue, Creston, IA, 50801
Representative Kurt Swaim – email@example.com, 515.242.6417 (desk), 641.208.6330 (cell)
Home Address: 504 North Davis, Bloomfield, IA, 52537
Representative Larry Marek – firstname.lastname@example.org, 515.242.6442 (desk), 319.430.0294 (cell)
Home Address: 1741 Riverside Road, Riverside, IA, 52327
Representative Kerry Burt – email@example.com, 515.281.7342 (desk), 319.215.8685 (cell)
Home Address: 150 Hawthorne Ave., Waterloo, IA, 50702
Representative Wayne Ford – firstname.lastname@example.org, 515.281.4061 (desk), 515.271.0605 (home)
Home Address: 3301 Cottage Grove Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-3709
Representative Nathan Reichert – email@example.com, 515.281.7332 (desk), 563.571.5242 (cell) Home Address: 1155 Iowa Avenue, Muscatine, IA, 52761
Representative Paul Shomshor – firstname.lastname@example.org, 515.281.7325 (desk),
Home Address: 3018 Avenue M, Council Bluffs, IA, 51501
Representative Phyllis Thede – email@example.com, 515.281.7336 (desk), 563.508.1773 (cell) Home Address: 2343 Hawthorne Court, Bettendorf, IA, 52722
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