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“Thanks for voting for me. I just wish you weren’t ignorant.”

I’m sure the good people of California will be glad to know their chosen leader in the United States House of Representatives thinks they’re idiots. Reacting to the passage of Proposition 8 by voters last week (the proposition bans same-sex marriage in the state), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi had this to say in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle:

In a wide-ranging interview with The Chronicle, Pelosi said she believes some voters might not have fully understood the initiative, which overturned a state Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. The measure was approved 52 to 48 percent.

“Unfortunately, I think people thought they were making a statement about what their view of same-sex marriage was,” the San Francisco Democrat said. “I don’t know if it was clear that this meant that we are amending the Constitution to diminish freedom in our state.”

The proposition couldn’t possibly have passed because voters understood the iniative and wanted to make it illegal for same-sex couples to marry. Nope, same-sex marriage is so obviously a legal right that the only explanation for the outcome of the vote is that people didn’t understand what they were voting for.

Just another example of what Thomas Sowell calls “the vision of the anointed” — the idea that there are an anointed few in society who understand what is best for the country because they are enlightened. The rest of us need to be told by government what to do because otherwise, we’ll be left to wallow in our ignorance.

Thanks, Ms. Pelosi, for your vote of confidence in your constituents. It comforts me to know you’re third in line to become President of the United States (only two heartbeats away!) and you wouldn’t let a little thing like the opinions of the people who voted for you affect the way you do business. I’m glad we’re in good hands.

 

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