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On March 4th news that the Virginia state central committee was pressuring Jeff Frederick to resign as RPV chairman hit the blogosphere. The following day the California Supreme Court held oral arguments on Proposition 8. While most would argue that these two events have nothing in common, I would like to disagree.

Last November California voters approved a state constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman. In a state that voted overwhelmingly for Barack Obama, this measure passed by 52.1% with Barack Obama on the ballot. After Prop 8 passed the opponents of the measure argued that a majority of the people have no right to take away the rights of the minority. They argued they have a right to homosexual marriage. If this is true the measure clearly removed that "right". In an attempt to win on this argument they appealed the measure to the courts which resulted in the oral arguments on Thursday. If the California State Supreme Court overturns the voice of the people, it will be yet another example of judicial tyrrany. Judicial tyranny occurs when the courts override a decision of the legislature or the people for political reasons, and not because it is legally unconstitutional. Conservatives would argue that Kelo vs. New London and, the two biggest thorns in the sides of social conservatives, Roe vs. Wade and Texas vs. Lawrence are examples of judicial tyranny. Judicial tyranny occurs when unelected judges make the law instead of the people and their elected representatives.

In California we are faced with the possibility that a few judges will of over five million voters will be overturned. In Virginia we are faced with the possibility that sixty plus members of the state central committee will overturn the will of the Virginia grassroots at the 2008 RPV State Convention. The last convention was attended by over 4,000 activists from across this commonwealth. Over the course of the campaign they were presented with two different visions for the RPV and were able to vote on the vision they agreed with. The Virginia grassroots overwhelmingly supported Jeff Frederick for chairman of the RPV. Instead of respecting that fact, members of state central have been opposing Jeff Frederick at every turn, and now it appears that in under a month a little over sixty party insiders will overturn the will of the Virginia grassroots as expressed last May. We went to Richmond last May to make our voices heard, and we thought they were heard. Now the party leadership says we don't care what you said we will ignore your voice. It makes you wonder why we should have voted at all last year.

In California the voters are faced with the possibility that their votes for prop 8 last November will be overturned by a couple judges. In Virginia Republican politics, we are faced with the possibility that our vote at last year's convention will be overturned.

This may not be judicial tyranny, but that is only because judges aren't involved.

Originally published on VA Social Conservative.

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Comment by Ed Drain on March 17, 2009 at 1:59pm
I personally find it disturbing that anyone who went to the time and expense of learning about the candidates, registering, and attending the convention, and then voting for the candidate, would be so willing to let a committee decide to remove that candidate when they don't "know enough about the job he has done to know ilf the action is warrented." It's not that I think everyone who voted has an obligation to track every move their elected official makes. But I have a real problem when a committee makes that decision behind closed doors in a way that is not subject to voters being informed or committee members being held accountable for their decisions.
Comment by Lauren Yoder on March 15, 2009 at 7:22pm
Both the SSC and the CSC were put in place to be able to take the actions they are now taking. If the court finds that prop 8 is unconstitutional they are required by the constitution to overturn it. The same goes for the Jeff Frederick problem here in Va. If the SCC finds that Jeff has not done his duties properly, their duty is to remove him. I voted for Jeff but I don't know enough about the job he has done to know if this action is warranted. I do know that I have complete confidence in the members of the SCC from the 9nth and believe they are in the best position to make that call. I want what is best for the RPV and hope that Jeff does also. If and when it becomes clear that he will be leaving, I hope he goes quetly and doesn't drag the party down with him.
Comment by Margaret Hawk on March 7, 2009 at 8:29pm
what a sad day it is for our state of Virginia, and our Country; we should not forget to continue to fight against this tyranny.








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