Stephen Pidgeon is a candidate for the post of attorney general in Washington — a Republican, of course — who is making his anti-gay bigotry the centerpiece of his campaign. Appearing on the James Dobson radio show, he offered up this bizarre bit of “reasoning”:
What you have, Dr. Dobson, is you have the oligarchy impressing its will upon the people. This is a form of tyranny, if you will, that even Thomas Jefferson warned us about, saying that when the court imposes its will on the public it’s an oligarchy, it’s a form of totalitarianism, where a few select people believe that their will should be imposed on the rest of us. It’s unconstitutional and more importantly it violates the fundamental freedoms of what it means to be an American to have a couple of select judges tell an entire state, ‘you can’t determine for yourself whether or not you’re going to be righteous in the sight of God or not.’
No, Mr. Pidgeon. You are free to go right ahead and be “righteous in the sight of God” all you want. No one will stop you from doing so. But you don’t get to force other people to comply with your twisted and bigoted sense of “righteousness.” That’s not a difficult distinction to grasp, really. His argument applies perfectly well to any court action that prevents the majority from imposing their will on others. Imagine for a moment that there was a large enough majority in an area to vote for a law to deny people the right to read their Bible; Pidgeon would be the first in line to demand that the “oligarchy” (I don’t think he knows what that word means) of unelected judges immediately overturn the will of the people.
Unsurprisingly, Pidgeon is also a birther.