When A Movement Has To Use Fear And Intimidation To Get What It Wants, How Worthy Is It?
Ward Connerly is an American hero
What an amazing 24 hours:
Political activism involves slogging through swamps and sludge and muck. It’s messy and ugly and gross. But every once in a while, you find that perfect moment, that mountaintop that makes it all worth it.
I had one of those yesterday with an American hero Ward Connerly.
Here’s my legislative testimony where I honored this heroic man — it’s just 90 seconds long:
You can watch the entire two-hour hearing here:http://tinyurl.com/I-1000-two-hour-hearing-video
I was one of the original co-sponsors of Initiative 200, the Washington State Civil Rights Initiative. It was my first. I worked on it for nearly 9 months and loved every minute of it. But I was an abysmal failure at leading its’ signature drive, having never done one before. We weren’t going to make it. So I called John Carlson and literally begged him to take over. He did. I then called Ward Connerly and asked him to help save it. He did. I essentially put Initiative 200 up for adoption. The two of them qualified I-200 for a public vote and carried it over the finish line with nearly 60% of voters passing it.
I-200 is one of my proudest failures.
Working together, we’ve successfully qualified 17 statewide initiatives for a public vote. Voters have passed 10 of them (it’ll be 11 this fall when voters bring back our $30 tabs!!). They’ve saved taxpayers over $43 billion (https://permanentoffense.com/about-us/).
We don’t win every battle but we know we can never win unless we’re willing to fight.