Popular Sovereignty, Still Applicable?
By: Jacqueline Scott | March 8, 2013 | Opinion, Politics

I know that I may receive a lot of criticism for this article, but I really don't care.  When I read all of these article from law makers saying that people will be upset because laws that were enacted by a popular vote can be deemed  unconstitutional I think of the cry of popular sovereignty.  Now for those of you without History Degrees, or who don't remember from your history classes in High School or University, the cry of popular sovereignty was given in the battle of slavery, allowing the people in each state to choose whether or not they wanted slavery in their state.  Sound familiar?  I understand not wanting judges to overturn our rights to make laws left and right, but what about bad, or immoral laws?  Should there still be laws banning interracial marriage, Jim Crow laws, or any other judicial decision made in such a way?  It is crazy to think about it but it was only 2003 when sodomy was finally decriminalized all across America.  The will of the people, I'm sorry to say, isn't always fair.  Large groups of people can discriminate against other people, and who's out there to protect the rights of those people when the majority is against them?  In America it's the courts.

Jacqueline is the Founder of The Sexy Politico. She's a world traveler - fueled by her love for learning. She has lived in the United States and Eastern Europe, but as of now calls Wuxi, China her home. She's proudly travelled throughout the lower 48 states in America as an army brat, navigated her way from West to East in Europe, and has seen the most urban and rural areas of Southeast Asia. Through all her journeys she managed to double major in Political Science and History w/ a minor in Southeast Asian studies at Northern Illinois University, join the Peace Corps, and teach English to children on three different continents. She has learned a few things along the way she'd like to share as advice to a future world traveller: 1) Always accept a Grandmother's home-cooked meal and 2) Never lose your wits because you never know when or where you'll need them.


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