California Attorney General Kamala Harris is well-regarded among progressives. She’s a rising star and a front-runner to replace Senator Barbara Boxer who is retiring after her current term ends. But Harris has a bit of a problem.
Attorney Matt McGlaughlin has crossed his T’s, dotted his I’s and submitted the $200 filing fee to register a ballot initiative. By law, Harris now has until May to give this initiative a title and description so signature gatherers can go out and try to collect the 385,000 signatures necessary to put that initiative on the 2016 ballot.
That’s a day in the life for a state attorney general, right?
It would be, except this initiative is unspeakably hideous and vile and blatantly unconstitutional. It calls for the summary execution of homosexuals, going so far as to deputize the populace to carry out said executions extra-judicially.
So what is an Attorney General to do? The law says she has do it, so she should do it, right?
You know what? No. No, she shouldn’t. She should give a press conference and announce that she is refusing to be party to unleashing this kind of hatred.
It’s easy to think that there’s no way this could get enough signatures. I’m not so sure, not with unlimited political contributions being funneled through right-wing churches and extremist organizations. 385,000 is not really that much, not in a state like California.
This is not about free speech. It’s about the government, by the Attorney General’s carrying out of her duty, legitimizing a political movement that seeks to murder an entire class of people. There is no good to be achieved in allowing this to go forward, so don’t.