There were a number of state ballot initiatives around the country during the last presidential (s)election, including initiatives for the recreational use of marijuana, and in some states, measures to nullify the Federal law of mandated health insurance purchase under "Obamacare." These types of initiatives only reflect the growing disenchantment around the country with increasing encroachments of federal power on individual liberty, and it is a movement that, in my opinion, is only going to grow, as more and more Americans wake up to the fact that the Supreme Court is not the final arbiter of law, and that states can act to nullify such laws.
As regular readers of this website know, however, there is one state ballot initiative that interests me enormously, and that is/was California's Proposition 37, requiring companies to label food that has been genetically modified or engineered. Californians know all to well how much money was spent in that state by the likes of Mon(ster)santo and other companies to persuade them that such labeling would have implied a rise in the cost of already tight food bills.
In all likelihood, this was simple nonsense, and in all likelihood, the agribusiness companies knew it was nonsense to begin with, since such labeling would have promoted the growth of organic food growers - there's that hated word "competition" again - who likely would have driven price down, not up. What Mon(ster)santo's efforts were really all about was protecting its mercantilist policies that it and other companies have successfully pursued with the Federal Food and Drudge (Mis)Administration.
Frankly, when I heard that this measure had gone down to defeat in a state that can only be qualified as a "granola" state, I was rather surprised, and immediately began to suspect that there may have been fraud involved. After all, one should put nothing past the likes of these horrible companies and the health dangers that with recent studies look to be increasingly associated with their "products."
In short, what Mon(ster)santo and the other companies were and are afraid of is the market, as informed consumers would increasingly abandon their "products." In that milieu, with billions in profits at stake, if the ad campaign failed, there is always the option of simply rigging the vote.
Well, interestingly enough, Jon Rappaport is reporting on just this possibility:
Well, it is indeed intriguing that with so many votes, this particular issue was called so early, by a corporation in the pocket of, well, other corporations. Was there vote fraud? It's an open question, but the real point, one which Californians and, indeed, people in all states, should consider, is passing similar measures in all states, and moreover, requiring state health bureaucracies to certify all grains as safe before allowing these "products" to be planted within their borders.
In short California: if at first you don't succeed, try try again...
...and one more thing: next time, insist on paper ballots.
See you on the flip side.