During a commencement speech at UNC-Chapel Hill, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg took a shot at North Carolina voters for having passed Amendment One, which amended the state’s constitution to recognize marriage as a male-female relationship. Bloomberg believes North Carolina singlehandedly proved how many a mile the civil rights march has yet to trudge. But it was Bloomberg who displayed a level of ignorance exceeded only by his colossal hypocrisy.
Considering that Newsweek recently created our first gay president from whole cloth, Bloomberg might have been trying to score political points with the media. But he scored no points for integrity. If Bloomberg truly believes North Carolina voters dealt civil rights a setback, he would’ve condemned voters in 39 other states for previously passing similar laws and constitutional amendments. That list includes traditionally leftist states like Illinois, Hawaii, and Michigan. Even California voters twice passed laws preventing state recognition of same-sex marriage.
It’s more likely Bloomberg was preaching to the ignorant hayseeds, hillbillies, and assorted bumpkins who call this allegedly backward Southern state their home. Being from New York City, he just couldn’t resist telling the rednecks how things are done “up North.” However, rather than displaying his intellect and tolerance, Bloomberg unveiled his utter contempt for the concepts of a constitutional republic.
In a perfect world, marriage would be the religious community’s exclusive territory, free from government in all forms. But we don’t live in a perfect world. So defining marriage is left to the best available option. Under that premise, marriage law is a state’s rights issues. The U.S. Constitution delegates no authority over marriage to the central government, nor does it prohibit states from assuming that authority. Therefore, the Tenth Amendment reserves any government involvement in marriage to the states and the people.
Each state can unilaterally address homosexual marriage as its voters see fit, either through ballot referendum or their representative bodies. That’s the beauty of a constitutional republic, wherein powers are decentralized and states enjoy wide autonomy in determining their own governance. If someone finds the statutory climate in their current state unbearable they’re free to move to another state where their values are more accurately reflected.
Bloomberg also faces conflict on another front. While the U.S. Constitution is totally silent on marriage, it’s far from silent on the right to bear arms. In fact, the restriction on restricting access to firearms isn’t limited to Congress alone; the Second Amendment is uninfringeable at any level. Yet Bloomberg, a man professing concern for civil rights, is one of the most vehement anti-gun politicians on the North American continent.
Michael Bloomberg is a man fully consumed with his own importance. As such, he fails to realize that North Carolina’s voters really don’t care what he thinks about their state’s business or how he does things “up North.” As the old Southern adage holds, I-95 funs both ways, Mike. Find the on-ramp nearest you, and good riddance.