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Washington’s citizens hold precious their right of initiative and referendum. The state’s constitution gives it conspicuous protection, lest a jealous Legislature chew it away. In Washington the citizens have the ability to propose and enact legislation, even overturn an act of the Legislature. Truly, that is power to the people.

Right does not bestow privilege. The collectors of initiative signatures have a right to petition the government, they have a right to free speech, but that just makes them like everybody else. It does not make them a class of the anointed, separated by privilege. Exercising their right does not give them powers and protections beyond those of ordinary citizens. It does not give them the right to violate the rights of others. It does not make them a protected class.

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