When the California and other state municipalities passed "resolutions" either condemning or supporting Arizona's immigration law, SB 1040, I thought then it was a huge waste of time. I expect my municipality to focus on things like paving streets, providing services, keeping the local school district strong, maintaining law and order . . . than getting into the affairs of a state's law that does not even have an effect on them.
But why stop there?
Supervisor John Avalos said he sees the merits of the arguments on both sides of the debate. He and his City Hall aides turned to a Ouija board to ask for Milk's opinion.
We "actually put our hands on the Ouija board and the letters g-o-o-d-r-i-d-d-a-n-c-e-d-a-d-t came out. We asked Harvey, and Harvey gave us these letters: 'Good riddance don't ask, don't tell.' It was quite clear that Harvey Milk would have been opposed to 'don't ask, don't tell.' I can honestly say that's one aspect of this resolution that's really valid."
What is more sad - the fact that the San Francisco supervisors took the time out to debate over whether the Navy - over which the city has no control - should name a ship after the late Harvey Milk . . . or the fact that one elected official is comfortable enough to announce that he consulted an Ouija board and summoned the spirit of Milk, and no one thinks it's nuts?
I remember back in 1988 when Ronald Reagan revealed in his memoirs that Nancy regularly consulted an astrologer. I deeply admire the Reagans and respect them, but that was wrong. At its most benign, it is childish. At its worst, it is diabolic. Yeah, I do believe the Devil works through such things. No, I haven't been reading Jack Chick pamphlets (although I think they are quite funny).
Yes, I know past politicians were "spiritualists" and some consulted mediums, psychics, crystal ball readers, etc. So did a lot of dictators.