June 5, 2014
Which one will you be? Will you be the one who makes sure they get to the polls June 10, or will you be one who sees a primary as nothing important?
What many don’t realize is the primaries are used as a barometer of both parties to gauge the political landscape of the state as they begin planning future political moves. All it takes is one look at the questions both parties have included in the primary for South Carolina to determine what the parties’ political agendas are going to be.
A quick glance at the first two of the Democrats’ questions and it doesn’t take rocket science to see their party wants to expand online gambling, regulated by the state, for the purpose of repairing the roads and highways, going beyond the scope of the education lottery already in place.
The third question is a feeler to determine if the state is ready for medical marijuana. They’ve seen the tax profits and know what a boon of an industry it is.
For the Republican questions, Question 2 is the easiest to explain. They are asking if you would like a reduction income taxes by 1.4 percent per year until your tax bracket is zero. Many voters will say “no” to this question, but the reality of it is a far cry from putting it to the people.
Question 1 on the other hand, as presented by the Republicans, is the first shot fired across the bow concerning Roe V. Wade. Just take a look at some of what is referred to as TRAP legislation at the state level to undermine a woman’s right to choose in states such as Texas and Michigan. The question reads as follows:
Should Article 1, Section 3, of the South Carolina Constitution be amended to include the following language?
The privileges and immunities of citizens of South Carolina and the United States shall not be abridged, so that no person shall be deprived of life without due process of law, nor shall any person be denied the equal protection under the laws. These rights shall extend to both born and pre-born persons beginning at conception.
This isn’t about Right to Life or Pro Choice. It’s about the law. If states are allowed to undermine law declared constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court through subterfuge rather than legal channels, the fallout is tremendous.
What is the possible fallout from this one question on a primary ballot? For one, it may pack the voting booths with plenty of Democratic and Independent female voters interested in the subject, drawing away from the purpose of the primary, or, if this is indeed the direction South Carolina goes, abortion would be all but outlawed in this state, even in the case of incest and rape.
Tough choice. What will yours be?