Tuesday night’s debate between 30th Legislative District candidates Roger Flygare and Linda Kochmar demonstrated clear differences between the two.
Kochmar, despite claiming that she would make tough choices, repeatedly said she would abide by the will of the voters on a wide range of issues. Apparently, she is unwilling to take principled positions on thorny issues, so one must ask why she wishes to represent us.
Flygare did not equivocate. His positions were clearly laid out.
Kochmar’s willingness to defer issues of rights to a popular vote is particularly troubling. Had the electorate been asked, we might not have ended slavery, extended women the vote nor recognized the right to vote for people who owned no property. Our Declaration of Independence recognizes rights as being “inalienable,” meaning that they cannot be taken away. Kochmar would compromise that central tenet of modern democracy that preserves the rights of the minority.
We are confronted with two assaults on civil rights: a nationwide Republican-led attack on the constitutionally guaranteed right of privacy which mandates women’s choice, and an assault on marriage equality. In both cases Kochmar said she would kick the can down the road (bow to the will of the people). In sharp contrast, Flygare voiced unequivocal support for those rights.
Kochmar’s weasely responses to issues of civil rights surely ought to disqualify her for the state Legislature.