Jim Moeller was first elected as Washington State 49th Legislative District Representative in 2002 by a comfortable margin. He ran again, winning in what we could consider landslide margins in 2004, 2006 & 2008, but slipped in 2010, although still winning to be returned to Olympia. Prior he was twice elected to the Vancouver city council.
Ten years in the legislature and twice elected to city council before that seems to have Jim feeling pretty cocky, considering himself to be “the voice of the people” while discounting the people’s own voice.
Celebrating the recent Superior Court ruling against the people’s voicing yet again that we want a 2/3 majority vote for increasing taxes, we see Jim saying,
“this decision places the accountability for this fundamental civic responsibility squarely where it belongs: with the people’s voice — the Legislature.”
In justifying his turning against the overwhelming voice of the people, over 71% of us who voted for I-1053, the fourth time we have sent the legislature the message we want a 2/3 majority required to increase taxes on us, Jim Moeller also said,
“We are a constitutional republic based on the democratic principle of ‘one man, one vote’. The hardest thing for the right-wing to accept is that THEY DO NOT REPRESENT THE PEOPLE. Instead they exhibit the worst kind of arrogance towards the people – the disdain for those ELECTED by the people and sworn to uphold and protect the constitution – the ultimate voice of the people and the supreme law of the land.”
Those two quotes shows me he has placed himself and his views far above those of the people who elected him to serve them. In simpler terms, once you elect him, sit down and shut the hell up, he’s in charge and he will determine what you say.
Is it not Jim Moeller who is showing disdain for constituents when he joins a lawsuit seeking to overturn a clearly stated voice from the people? Yet, he accuses us of having disdain for elected representatives who ignore the real voice of the people and push forward their own agendas.
Jim Moeller also says,
“I believe that the voters elected the majority to institute THEIR agenda as granted under the constitution and the consent of the governed. Giving power to an UNELECTED MINORITY completely changes our republican (small r) system of government and throws the balance of power under the bus and the people with it.”
He fails to note that this “unelected minority” he speaks of amounted to over 71% of Clark County voters, over 66% of voters within his legislative district.
We also see more hypocrisy on his part in regards to his stated claim of “balance of powers.”
As we saw towards the end of regular legislative session this year, in a bipartisan move, Democrats & Republicans came together to form a majority coalition to stop the one-sided budget being rammed through by the majority party, who had locked out the minority party and members of the majority party seeking bipartisanship in what we know as the “Ninth Order.”
As that unfolded, Jim Moeller said,
“This is the worst abuse of power I’ve seen in the 10 years I’ve been here. The true colors of the Republicans can be seen the minute they get power, they rollover the majority with it.”
Yet, he prominently posts on his website,
“Constitutions are established to protect the rights of the minority. Without them, we would be subject to the tyranny of the majority.”
In other words, when the minority stands up and in a bipartisan manner defeats the “tyranny of the majority,” it is “an abuse of power” to Jim Moeller.
Why the majority of voters in the 49th continue to return him to Olympia is beyond me as he continues to show himself to be one of the most arrogant and hypocritical people ever to lay claim to being “the voice of the people.”
Jim Moeller continues to show he is one of the biggest hypocrites ever elected in Washington State!