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Should all major political decisions be made via public referendum?
Some major political decisions are in fact decisions about the rights of citizens, and should not be subject to a referendum.
Close to half of the US population does
anti-discrimination laws for LGBTQ+ people. Given such polices are human rights issues, a referendum is not suitable.
In Alabama and South Carolina,
(in 2000 and 1998, respectively) were held on overturning state-constitutional bans on interracial marriage. In each, over 40% of the electorate voted against overturning the bans.
most likely to analyse issues from a personal perspective
and not consider the concerns of other groups including minorities.
Certain rights are said to be
, regarded as 'certain moral truths that applied to all people, regardless of the particular place where they lived or the agreements they had made'. It would be principally unjust to grant the populous the power to remove such rights.
Government officials are likely to be as conservative, if not more so, than the population. Allowing them to make the decision will not result in better outcomes for the rights of citizens.
Referendums have often been used to force the government to
provide greater protection for minority rights