Secrecy has its place. Often - as in the case of national defense - secrecy can save a nation. But in matters of our political affairs, secrecy can destroy our liberties and guaranteed freedoms like a cancer. Such a political disease now exists in our country. If not stopped, we’re soon going to be living in a very different nation.
An important request here. Put aside your personal political leanings for a few minutes and look at what’s happening in several states with as unbiased an eye as possible. Though only one political party is currently conducting this onslaught, it could easily be the reverse with a different outcome at the polls in recent elections. The issue of the moment is the dangerous, freedom-killing tactic - not the perpetrator.
In recent months, legislatures in half a dozen states passed major bills affecting millions of lives. They did so without public notice -without public hearings - in more than one instance without even participation of the other political party. Those bills were promptly signed into law by the respective governors - some such executions without advance notice of any kind.
Now, if you’ve been unable to put aside your political makeup - and if you’re a member of the state majority party that has used these treacherous tactics to put laws on the books you agree with - you may just say “Good for our side.” But suppose you were opposed to what happened and you’re now saddled with these new laws. Still feel good? Still happy? Suppose the roles were reversed.
In each instance, the major topics being legislated have been cutting voting access for minorities and direct threats to women’s health care - specifically availability of abortion services. But that’s just today. And maybe you agree with the outcome. But what about tomorrow? What about the next topic? Substitute such things as new taxes, gun controls, discriminating against YOUR ethnic heritage or race, blocking YOUR ability to vote, creating challenges to YOUR private use - or even ownership - of real property. And dozens of other issues. What if new laws YOU vehemently oppose directly affecting YOUR life were being conceived, passed and executed without your participation or even knowledge? What then? (more…)