By Julie Baker
First it was doves, then it was wolves. Now they’ve targeted democracy and your right to vote.
The politicians and bureaucrats in Lansing have been working overtime to take double standards and hypocrisy to a whole new level — and they’re on the fast track to avoid your “emotional” input to stop them.
Sen. Tom Caperson (R-Escanaba) introduced bills that would, among other things, allow the unnecessary sport shooting of mourning doves, wolves, or any other protected species in Michigan that radical individuals want to use for target practice or skin out as trophies.
But S.B. 288 and H.B. 4552 go further, by targeting your right to vote and your elected representation on all issues relating to the unnecessary killing of traditional non-game species held in trust for all Michigan citizens.
This aggressive power grab has a hidden agenda that is known to be very unpopular and they want accountable representation and the people’s voice permanently removed from the process. They’ve crossed the slippery slope and are now ready to force it down your throat.
Some legislators have even gone so far as to suggest that the same registered Michigan voters who elected them, are now somehow incapable of being trusted to cast their fair public vote on a referendum or make a decision on how they feel about issues that are known to be very important to them.
Adding a slap in the face of families still struggling to make ends meet and deep budget cuts to important programs that serve the needs of vulnerable citizens in our state, the legislation goes even further, by attaching a $1 million appropriation, which is, by design, to silence registered voters by making it also “referendum proof.”
There is no question these out-of-touch special interest groups and undemocratic legislators fear your fair public vote — and they want to silence your voice in every way possible.
Registered Michigan voters must continue to have the right to petition other registered Michigan voters through referendum to allow a fair vote of the people of the state of Michigan. Blocking the right of all Michigan residents to vote is just wrong.
Please call your state representative and Gov. Rick Snyder today. Ask them put public policy before politics. Ask them to uphold your vote and the integrity of democracy by rejecting S.B. 288 and H.B. 4552, or any other “version” of this ridiculous attempt to circumvent the will of the people and your voice.
(Julie Baker is founder of the Songbird Protection Coalition, a coalition of Michigan citizens for wildlife conservation and protection who work to continue traditional policies in place for protecting and conserving native Michigan wildbirds and habitats through education and grassroots participation. She and the organization can be reached at P.O. Box 80095, Lansing, MI 48917.)