The Democratic-dominated Massachusetts legislature today abdicated its constitutional duty to vote on an initiative brought before them by a fully constitutional process of law. They did so because they would prefer to defile the Constitution of the Commonwealth rather than perform a constitutional process whose potential outcome they find distasteful. Thus they willingly trample on the Commonwealth’s highest law to get after the intolerant Devils within it who (in today’s case) have petitioned to restrict legal marriage in the Commonwealth to opposite sex couples.
No doubt Boston Globe editorials Friday and to follow will sanctimoniously opine that this willful disregard for law represents a higher wisdom by the Legislature, and is saving us all from a far greater evil. Such transparent self-justification reminds me of this short passage from the play “A Man for All Seasons”, where Thomas More’s family urges him to arrest Richard Rich, a plainly evil man whose perjury will eventually send More to his execution. Out of respect for the rule of law, More refuses.
ALICE: (Exasperated, pointing after Sir Richard RICH) While you talk, he's gone!
MORE: And go he should, if he was the Devil himself, until he broke the law!
ROPER: So now you'd give the Devil benefit of law!
MORE: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?
ROPER: I'd cut down every law in England to do that!
MORE (Roused and excited): Oh? (Advances on ROPER) And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you-where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? (He leaves him) This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast-man's laws, not God's-and if you cut them down-and you're just the man to do it-d'you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? (Quietly) Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake.
Our Democratic legislators have today ignored the law and instead hoisted the voters of the Commonwealth onto the wobbly mainmast of their own principles. Their insouciance toward the rule of law will bring us far worse results than could the progress of any single constitutional amendment.