Next week, the 2010 Iowa Legislative Session will open with an abbreviated schedule, a one billion dollar financial hole to dig out of, unacceptably high unemployment, an increasing push to pass the Iowa Marriage Amendment, and a looming election not as far in the future as some may think.
On Tuesday, January 12th, Governor Culver will deliver what political prognosticators are already speculating will be his final Condition of the State address. He will be greeted by a crowd of Iowans from every corner of the state who are planning to travel to Des Moines and lobby their legislators to “Let Us Vote” on the Iowa Marriage Amendment.
On April 3rd of last year, all the rules changed. People who had been happy to live their lives and largely ignore the political process were slapped in the face by an unelected, unaccountable, and out of control Iowa Supreme Court. The Court stepped outside their constitutional boundaries when they issued an opinion attempting to redefine marriage and then expected it to be treated as law. Anyone who has read the Iowa Constitution understands that courts don’t make law.
Then, the people of Iowa watched with sadness as Governor Culver, who had promised to take every action available to protect marriage, refused to represent the people of Iowa by using his office as a check and balance to the Court. Next, they learned that lawmakers like Jack Kibbie, who had always run as a pro-family candidate, was completely unwilling to use the power of his office to allow the people of his district to vote on the definition of marriage. Finally, Iowans were appalled by the utter arrogance of anti-family lawmakers like Mike Gronstal, who made it clear that they would use their office to oppose the will of the people and instead promote state sanctioned sodomy certificates.
Opponents of marriage have attempted to distract lawmakers by suggesting the budget disaster and the rising unemployment rates are the only issues that matter. They have done everything possible to downplay the constitutional and political ramifications of ignoring the actions of the Iowa Supreme Court. When those arguments fail to dissuade marriage supporters, they pull out their favorite red herring and say “the sky hasn’t fallen and your marriage isn’t impacted by what the Court did.” This short sighted and extremely self-centered argument ignores the fact that the Court’s opinion effectively forces the teaching of homosexual activity as acceptable and normal to Iowa’s 500,000 public school students. So, the people continue to respond with the same message, “Let Us Vote.”
Unwilling to allow radical homosexual activists and their out-of-state sugar daddies to dictate public policy without a fight, groups of everyday Iowans have begun to organize all over the state. This alliance of patriots actually believes Article I, Section II of the Iowa Constitution where it says, “All political power is inherent in the people.” They understand that if the Court is allowed to exercise legislative authority once, they will do it again. They comprehend the ramifications of judicial tyranny and are unwilling to watch their children become slaves to every whim of the Court. They are offended by the thought of elected Senators and Representatives who would stand between “We The People” and our constitutional right to vote. As a result, they are becoming increasingly engaged in the process.
So, as the 2010 session nears, the pressure on lawmakers to respond to their constituents continues to increase. Local LUV (Let Us Vote) Iowa groups are reaching out to their Lawmakers. Mike Gronstal has begun to bark about how he will never allow the people to vote. He claims that homosexuality is a constitutionally protected “right” but that Iowan’s right to vote is subject to his personal opinions. Still, the calls continue to come, “Let Us Vote.”
The most recent talking point to make the rounds among Democrats looking for a place to hide is to suggest that we support the Constitutional Convention that will be on the 2010 ballot. “You’ll have your opportunity to vote on a Constitutional Convention and that will be the only vote you get,” they say. Thankfully, Iowans understand that the two have nothing to do with each other. In fact, a constitutional convention almost certainly guarantees that the people will never have their voice heard again.
If the people of Iowa voted to hold a constitutional convention, people like Mike Gronstal and Jack Kibbie would play a major role in writing it. These same elitist lawmakers, who refuse to listen to their constituents or obey the constitution we already have, now want us to provide them the ability to write a new one? If Mike Gronstal is willing to stand between the people and their constitutional right to vote under the current constitution, why would we trust him to write a new one?
We do not need a new constitution. We like the one we have. What we want is a government that operates within the constitutional boundaries already established. We want a government where the people’s elected representatives are willing to say “No” to the Court when it overreaches. We are looking for a governor who understands his role in maintaining the proper separation of powers.
“We The People” understand that out-of-state special interest groups worked in Iowa for years to orchestrate the events of last spring. We know that the process of taking back our state from Mike Gronstal and the Senate Sodomy Caucus will take years. As long as we don’t allow him to rewrite the constitution, “We The People” still hold the political power. We intend to use it.
So, as the session begins next week, the people of Iowa will send a message to the political class. On Tuesday the 12th, when Governor Culver gives his annual address, many will drive for hours to stand and send that message together. Each day when lawmakers walk through the lobby or down to the Capitol cafeteria, there will be Iowans waiting to deliver the message again and again. For anyone having trouble getting the message, the people of Iowa will communicate it again next November. That message is clear and simple: Let Us Vote on the Iowa Marriage Amendment.
For more information on the LUV Iowa campaign or Tuesday’s gathering at the Capitol, visit www.LUVIowa.com.
By: Bryan English, Director of Public Relations for the IFPC Action
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