MINOT, N.D. — One of the many reasons why legislating at the ballot box, through the initiated measure process, is a stupid way to make law is because there is no process.
Unlike what takes place in Bismarck, there are no committee hearings through which a formal and rigorous sort of debate can take place. There is no opportunity for amendment, either, when that debate reveals weaknesses.
For better or worse, we’re stuck with whatever is on the ballot.
The populist scolds, who are bewilderingly enamored with this process, carry on as though any proposed amendment to what the voters approved is some affront to the very idea of democracy.
But how do we know the voters might not like a different idea better?