By now I’m sure you’ve heard about the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of TABOR. Yeah, we laughed out loud too. Since this lawsuit has no chance of going anywhere, it makes me think this charade is all just a PR stunt. What better way for anti-limited government forces to get together and hurl stones at TABOR than to use the media’s giant public platform? Because once you get right down to it, this isn’t about TABOR at all. This is about trying to kill the citizens initiative process – yet again.
Our initiative process has had more attempts on its life than all the mafia dons in the Godfather series combined. Yet this new stunt attempts to undercut not just future attempts at petitioning our government, like the recent SCR-001 and HB 1072 does, it attempts to rescind all previously passed constitutional amendments as well! Because what this lawsuit is trying to prove is that having a petition process where citizens can gather signatures to put initiatives on the ballot is “direct democracy” and not “representative democracy.” In other words, our state constitution is unconstitutional.
I’m not sure the lawsuit’s proponents really understand the far reaching effect that this lawsuit could have. No TABOR. No term limits. No automatic increases in K-12 funding. No campaign finance reform. No ethics in government. No merit selection of judges. No sunshine law in government.
And those are just some of our state constitutional amendments. What about our local, municipal government amendments? Better still, if successful, this suit would invalidate all initiatives in all states. Um. Good luck guys.
Look for II to assist the State in defending TABOR and the initiative.