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What Iowans want to know

February 7, 2011
The Daily Freeman Journal

To the Editor:

Prominent Iowa attorneys have steadfastly refused to acknowledge even the possibility of unconstitutional action by the Iowa Supreme Court in the Varnum case.

Remarks by jurists have shown disregard and even disdain for Iowa voters. Condescension reigns supreme.

For example former Iowa Justice Michael Streit recently said that "judges cannot sit back quietly and wait for voters to do what is right." (DMR 2/4/11)

So Iowa voters did wrong?

Streit invoked the song "American Idiot" to describe those that campaigned for his removal. He quoted, "Redneck agenda, do the propaganda, sing to the paranoia".

In his view Iowans are ignorant puppets not capable of clear thinking. Our strings are pulled by "out of state" interests.

Streit criticized pre-election sound bites calling them "attacks". But perhaps they were "facts". If the legal profession had addressed the real questions voters were asking, the retention outcome may have been different.

Did the Court really follow the rule of law? Why did the Court change the marriage law and order Iowans to follow the amended version? Do they have constitutional authority to do that?

This is what Iowans wanted to know. But their questions were ignored. It should come as no surprise that voters were angered. Iowans pay attention. Iowans have self respect.

In the immortal words of the great philosopher Otis Redding, "Respect is what I want, respect is what I need."

John Hesling




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