Hysterical Opposition to SQ 777 Even in the
So Called Conservative Groups?
I haven't needed to smack OCPAC in quite a while. The new guy acting as the public face of the group is generally as exciting as watching paint dry but harmless enough. But last week OCPAC came out against SQ777 and must have gotten some feedback because they were back this week with a defense of their position and one that was unusually incoherrant.
I pulled the relevant parts out of their newsletter for discussion. They listed three main points:
"But wait. Here is problem number one. Who is going to decide what constitutes a "compelling state interest?" The answer is the courts. We have added a speed bump, but it is on a road over in a different branch of state government. That branch of government is notoriously liberal. What happens when the Oklahoma Supreme Court interprets "compelling state interest" in a progressive way that allows the Legislature to pass all kinds of onerous regulations? By amending the state constitution and allowing the court to define the terms, we are now stuck with a high level of codified tyranny that is hard to correct. It is not easy to amend a state constitution."